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General Interest/Continuing Education/Electives

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ABC's of Chinese Medicine - Part A

Course Hours: 30
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
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Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Ward

writing materials
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Advanced Foam Rolling

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Foam rolling is an effective way to stretch and even strengthen muscles, soften fascial adhesions and scarred areas or increase ROM.Ê This class is comprised of five hour-long facilitated foam rolling sessions where students learn to place and manipulate foam rollers to address specific pain, hypertonicity, trigger points and other needs.
Prerequisites: Myofascial Foam Rolling
Instructor: Dixon

Foam Roller (included in class cost, pick up at OSM Bookstore prior to first class)
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Aroma Point Therapy

Course Hours: 16
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Aroma Point Therapy is an innovative, gentle hands-on method of treatment that allies the potency of essential oils with key acupoints in order to create potent changes in the body, mind and emotions. Utilizing light pressure with properly diluted essential oils on specific points can dramatically enhance your healing arts practice.
Prerequisites: NONE
Instructor: Sidlo

BRING: Notebook, pen, water, dress in layers and have linens for the practice sessions each day. BRING: Notebook, pen, water, dress in layers and have linens for the practice sessions each day. Students will not need to have these oils for class as they will be provided for our practice sessions. Proper dilution rates for each oil covered will also be discussed. We will also cover 29 acupoints and students will receive 18 APT protocols that they can implement for their massage sessions. Oil list for Aroma Point Therapy Fundamentals for Bodyworkers: Bergamot Marjoram Blue Tansy Rosemary Jasmine Roman Chamomile Atlas Cedarwood Spearmint May Chang Ravensara Silver Fir Saro Ravintsara Vetiver Lavender Nutmeg Laurel Cardamom Black Pepper Juniper Berry Cypress Palmarosa Geranium Rose Helichrysum Rose Myrrh Clary Sage Black Spruce Frankincense Fennel Sweet Basil Lavender
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Aromatherapy Foundations - Part 1

Course Hours: 7.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Aromatherapy is a powerful, yet simple modality to incorporate into massage and your life. Connect with your sense of smell. By understanding where essential oils come from and how they interact with our bodies you can make the most effective use of them. Get acquainted with 5 essential oils and experience simple treatments that you can immediately incorporate into your practice. All supplies are included with this class. FOR ONLINE COURSES YOU WILL NEED TO PICK UP YOUR OILS KIT FROM THE OSM BOOKSTORE.This class is a prerequisite for Aromatherapy - Part II. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Sidlo

Bring required text. You will receive a lab kit on the first day of class, bring 1 bath towel, writing materials Required Text: Aromatherapy for Bodyworkers by Shutes and Weaver Recommended Text: The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, by Battaglia.
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Aromatherapy Foundations - Part 4

Course Hours: 7.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
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Prerequisites: Aromatherapy Part 1, 2, & 3
Instructor: Sidlo

Required Text: Aromatherapy for Bodyworkers, by Shutes & Weaver. Aromatherapy kit from part 1,2 and 3, a bath towel, and writing materials. Bring Aromatherapy essential oils from Part 1,2 and 3, a bath towel, and writing materials.
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Building Your Ethical Body

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This Ethics course provides a conceptual and physical foundation for working with the ethics of touch. The class is designed to strengthen the massage therapistÕs physical and mental resources, and provide clear strategies to build confidence and capability to deal with confusing and murky issues. It includes an overview and short practice of a variety of skill building techniques plus mindful movement exercises that strengthen practitioner boundaries and protect against harmful social/ environmental influences on massage and bodywork while connecting to oneÕs inner wisdom.
Prerequisites: Comm/Ethics or LMT
Instructor: Dixon

Wear comfortable clothing
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Craniosacral Therapy Introduction

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Craniosacral work is a gentle, powerful form of bodywork developed by an osteopathic physician. Craniosacral techniques move the cranial and sacral bones to free restrictions in the connective tissue and central nervous system. Craniosacral bodywork is especially useful for addressing pain and dysfunction in the head, spine and pelvis. The techniques can release physical and emotional trauma throughout the body and can be performed with the client clothed. This introductory course will introduce students to the history and basic concepts of Craniosacral Massage and a basic protocol of preliminary techniques that you can practice alone or integrate into a massage session.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

Sheets, bolster, and blanket RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Myofasical Massage and Body Mechanics and Self Care Manual, Dixon;
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Dao Yin Stretch

Course Hours: 7
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
This movement discipline strengthens and enhances vitality in many dimensions by opening the joints and clearing the channels of energy. Dao-Yin Stretch will also increase mobility, strength and resilience, improving your coordination, balance and endurance. Dao-Yin helps the student develop body awareness and understand the principles of alignment for practicing Shiatsu in an efficient manner.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Ward

Wear loose comfortable clothing, no jeans
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Five Elements Qigong

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Qigong means "energy work". It brings together mindful movements, breath and the imagery of nature to cultivate more energy, heal the organs, expand the breath and build immunity and strength. Coming together to "gong", or cultivate, qi (energy) in a group can bring a powerful healing force to our suffering world. Beginners and experienced practitioners can both benefit from this class. Forms are easy to learn and practice can be adapted to seated or standing and particular medical conditions. Regular and consistent practice builds powerful healing and develops keen attention to what feeds your body, mind, heart and soul. We will explore: Traditional Chinese Theory underlying the five elements or forces of nature, Interrelationships between the five elements, the five yin organs and their yang counterparts and frequencies of colors, sounds and imagery, Opportunity to practice the five elements Qigong form that can be used for emotional and physical preventative health
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

Wear comfortable clothes, including layers, wear comfortable shoes if you need them for support, bring yoga mat (if you wish, not required) and pillow to sit on Qigong means "energy work".Ê It brings together mindful movements, breath and the imagery of nature to cultivate more energy, heal the organs, expand the breath and build immunity and strength.Ê Coming together to "gong", or cultivate, qi (energy) in a group can bring a powerful healing force to our suffering world.Ê Beginners and experienced practitioners can both benefit from this class.Ê Forms are easy to learn and practice can be adapted to seated or standing and particular medical conditions. Regular and consistent practice builds powerful healing and develops keen attention to what feeds your body, mind, heart and soul.Ê Build community by learning and practicing Qigong with other massage therapists. This class presents a five elements Qigong form that can be used especially to heal the emotions and move stuck and stagnant energy to speed healing. The 5 elements (or 5 changes) are rooted in Daoist philosophy and aim to explain natural developments in the natural world. Almost every phenomenon can be understood as an expression of the five elements: the phases of life, the compass directions, the different types of food, the parts of the human body, emotions, colors, etc. When the five elements and energies are balanced inside Ð physically, mentally and emotionally Ð we feel happy, healthy and whole. This class is designed to strengthen the massage therapistÕs ability to use mindful and focused movement to reinforce breathing, awareness, relaxation, and issues in body, mind, emotions, and spirit. These kinesthetic tools directly affect quality of life, time needed to heal and sense of safety and ease for therapist and indirectly for clients. We will explore: ¥ Traditional Chinese Theory underlying the five elements or forces of nature ¥ Interrelationships between the five elements, the five yin organs and their yang counterparts and frequencies of colors, sounds and imagery ¥ Opportunity to practice the five elements Qigong form that can be used for emotional and physical preventative health Class Hours: class meets for a total of 3 hours Competency-based Objectives: The LMT who successfully completes this course will be able to: Describe verbally 1. Definition of five elements Qigong 2. Interrelationships between the five elements, the five yin organs and their yang counterparts 3. How to use the five elements practice to achieve enhanced ease in breathing, increased range of motion and soft tissue release 4. Benefits of Qigong for therapists and their clients Demonstrate practically (in-class participation) 1. Basic understanding of Steps that make up the five elements Qigong form for emotional and physical health Course Evaluation: To determine that students have competence in these skills there will be the following evaluation. (in-class participation) To pass the class and receive CEUÕs, a student must attend 90% of class and get a minimum of 90% of total available points. Required Materials ¥ Supplied by the instructor Recommended Materials: ¥ Bodylessons, by Marian Wolfe Dixon, available at www.amazon.com or from the instructor ¥ Qigong, by Kenneth Cohen, available at www.amazon.com Instructor: Marian Wolfe Dixon, MA (Psychology and Health Education), LMT (#3902) , NCTMB approved Continuing Education Provider (#769), www.marianwolfedixon.com Competencies/ Class Schedule (to be adapted as needed): Students will be introduced to processes designed to support integrity in life and bodywork practice. Emphasis is on practicing the five elements Qigong form to support the therapistÕs connection with nature and their own emotional health. A major portion of class time will be spent in demo and practice to enhance kinesthetic comprehension and build the studentÕs sensitivity and awareness. In-class participation is essential! Keep your videos on so instructor can better see you to give individualized feedback Introduction, syllabus, students, instructor, studentÕs past experience with Qigong Structured Practice ¥ Warm up and Preparation ¥ Lung Forms ¥ Liver Forms ¥ Kidney Forms ¥ Heart Forms ¥ Closing and Settling In-Depth review of Form - to energize, catalyze and direct shifts in the body. The Chinese characters for five elements are a combination of the numeral wu (five) and xing, which means to go, to walk, to travel, to circulate. The five elementsÒ are not static, they describe patterns of action. The five Chinese elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) are distinguished from the four elements of the classical theory of elements of ancient Greek (fire, water, earth, air).
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Franklin Method: Arthrokinematics of Knee

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Through touch, anatomical insights and movement, experience the inner workings of the largest joint in the body, the knee. Not only can this help relieve knee pain, but by embodying the function of the knee, the function of the feet and hips can be improved as well.
Prerequisites: None, Kines recommended, or LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement Alison Wesley and Ann Teachworth (Anatomy in Asana) Nope. WeÕre not sisters. But people ask that all the time. WeÕre just two long-time yoga practitioners/teachers/therapists with an obsessive love for anatomy who came together through applied anatomical study in the Franklin Method and want to change the world by improving each personÕs sense of themselves one bone at a time. With an emphasis on embodied functional anatomy, kinesiology, and mindbody training, their work helps people understand and experience their design and function so that they can operate more fully and freely in their bodies, minds, and lives. Alison is a Faculty Franklin Method Educator and Registered Yoga Teacher/Therapist in Portland, OR. She owns Working with Yoga, offering workplace yoga and assists Franklin Method Teacher Trainings alongside the creator, Eric Franklin. With him, she co-wrote Understanding the Pelvis: A Functional Approach to Yoga, published by Human Kinetics. She designed and leads mobility classes for back care at Rebound Physical Therapy and has a therapeutic movement video series called ThrUMovement. Ann Teachworth is a Franklin Method Educator, Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher in Orlando, FL. SheÕs the Director of Education and an instructor at the Orlando School of Therapeutic Massage and Yoga. Ann and her husband, Lynn, co-founded their continuing education company, Trunamics, to train and resources massage therapists and bodyworkers in an integrative approach to human body dynamics that encompasses not only the structural but also the functional and energetic aspects of the body. Their mission is to make good therapists great. www.anatomyinasana.com
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Franklin Method: Arthrokinematics of Spine

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
By understanding the arthrokinematics (movement within the joints): of each section of the spine, and how each plays a unique and significant role in our overall function, you will be able to facilitate a balance in the healthy motion of the spine. In this class you will use anatomical imagery and movement to experience and more deeply understand the function and motion of the many joints of the spine.
Prerequisites: None, Kines recommended, or LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement Alison Wesley and Ann Teachworth (Anatomy in Asana) Nope. WeÕre not sisters. But people ask that all the time. WeÕre just two long-time yoga practitioners/teachers/therapists with an obsessive love for anatomy who came together through applied anatomical study in the Franklin Method and want to change the world by improving each personÕs sense of themselves one bone at a time. With an emphasis on embodied functional anatomy, kinesiology, and mindbody training, their work helps people understand and experience their design and function so that they can operate more fully and freely in their bodies, minds, and lives. Alison is a Faculty Franklin Method Educator and Registered Yoga Teacher/Therapist in Portland, OR. She owns Working with Yoga, offering workplace yoga and assists Franklin Method Teacher Trainings alongside the creator, Eric Franklin. With him, she co-wrote Understanding the Pelvis: A Functional Approach to Yoga, published by Human Kinetics. She designed and leads mobility classes for back care at Rebound Physical Therapy and has a therapeutic movement video series called ThrUMovement. Ann Teachworth is a Franklin Method Educator, Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher in Orlando, FL. SheÕs the Director of Education and an instructor at the Orlando School of Therapeutic Massage and Yoga. Ann and her husband, Lynn, co-founded their continuing education company, Trunamics, to train and resources massage therapists and bodyworkers in an integrative approach to human body dynamics that encompasses not only the structural but also the functional and energetic aspects of the body. Their mission is to make good therapists great. www.anatomyinasana.com
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Franklin Method: Hip Flexors & Extenders

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
When thereÕs harmony in this pulley system of the body, thereÕs balance in the pelvic orientation which allows for more freedom in the lower back/hips. In this course, through physical insights using anatomical imagery, you will get to experience this harmony and learn ways to better address it with your clients.
Prerequisites: None, Kines recommended, or LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement Alison Wesley and Ann Teachworth (Anatomy in Asana) Nope. WeÕre not sisters. But people ask that all the time. WeÕre just two long-time yoga practitioners/teachers/therapists with an obsessive love for anatomy who came together through applied anatomical study in the Franklin Method and want to change the world by improving each personÕs sense of themselves one bone at a time. With an emphasis on embodied functional anatomy, kinesiology, and mindbody training, their work helps people understand and experience their design and function so that they can operate more fully and freely in their bodies, minds, and lives. Alison is a Faculty Franklin Method Educator and Registered Yoga Teacher/Therapist in Portland, OR. She owns Working with Yoga, offering workplace yoga and assists Franklin Method Teacher Trainings alongside the creator, Eric Franklin. With him, she co-wrote Understanding the Pelvis: A Functional Approach to Yoga, published by Human Kinetics. She designed and leads mobility classes for back care at Rebound Physical Therapy and has a therapeutic movement video series called ThrUMovement. Ann Teachworth is a Franklin Method Educator, Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher in Orlando, FL. SheÕs the Director of Education and an instructor at the Orlando School of Therapeutic Massage and Yoga. Ann and her husband, Lynn, co-founded their continuing education company, Trunamics, to train and resources massage therapists and bodyworkers in an integrative approach to human body dynamics that encompasses not only the structural but also the functional and energetic aspects of the body. Their mission is to make good therapists great. www.anatomyinasana.com
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Franklin Method: Muscles of Healthy Breathing

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Franklin Method for Muscles of Healthy Breathing: With a spotlight on the functional biomotion of the most important breathing muscle, the diaphragm, we will also embody muscles that assist healthy breathing. The results are not only the positive effects that come from good breathing (calm nervous system, better digestion, more energy) but embodying the muscles that support healthy breathing can greatly improve lower back, neck and shoulder tension as well.
Prerequisites: None, Kines recommended, or LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement Alison Wesley and Ann Teachworth (Anatomy in Asana) Nope. WeÕre not sisters. But people ask that all the time. WeÕre just two long-time yoga practitioners/teachers/therapists with an obsessive love for anatomy who came together through applied anatomical study in the Franklin Method and want to change the world by improving each personÕs sense of themselves one bone at a time. With an emphasis on embodied functional anatomy, kinesiology, and mindbody training, their work helps people understand and experience their design and function so that they can operate more fully and freely in their bodies, minds, and lives. Alison is a Faculty Franklin Method Educator and Registered Yoga Teacher/Therapist in Portland, OR. She owns Working with Yoga, offering workplace yoga and assists Franklin Method Teacher Trainings alongside the creator, Eric Franklin. With him, she co-wrote Understanding the Pelvis: A Functional Approach to Yoga, published by Human Kinetics. She designed and leads mobility classes for back care at Rebound Physical Therapy and has a therapeutic movement video series called ThrUMovement. Ann Teachworth is a Franklin Method Educator, Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher in Orlando, FL. SheÕs the Director of Education and an instructor at the Orlando School of Therapeutic Massage and Yoga. Ann and her husband, Lynn, co-founded their continuing education company, Trunamics, to train and resources massage therapists and bodyworkers in an integrative approach to human body dynamics that encompasses not only the structural but also the functional and energetic aspects of the body. Their mission is to make good therapists great. www.anatomyinasana.com
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Lymphatic Detox Introduction

Course Hours: 9
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Lymphatic Detox Massage maximizes the therapeutic effects of bodywork and is especially effective in reducing swelling, relieving acute and chronic pain, and detoxifying the body. Although extremely gentle and subtle the effects are potent on a physical level. In this introductory class, students become acquainted with main functions and actions of the lymphatic system, indications, contraindications and precautions. They will learn a simple protocol to drain the neck of toxins and a self-care practice to enhance detoxification and speed healing.
Prerequisites: Massage Fundamentals
Instructor: Dixon

sheets, breast drape, no lotion or oil, pillow or bolster as needed
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Massage for People Living with Cancer - Home Study

Course Hours: 6
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
The Home Study portion supports the live class webinar segment. It includes reading, viewing lectures, and testing. Comfort-oriented massage or touch can be safely administered to cancer patients, regardless of the severity of their condition. The purpose of this class is to present information that will soothe bodyworkers' fears about working with clients who have been diagnosed with cancer or are recovering from it.Ê The Home Study portion is a pre-requisiteÊto the live webinar class. Approved by Chiropractic Board.
Prerequisites: Must take concurrently w/ Massage for People with Cancer Live Class
Instructor: MacDonald

see FAQ Laptop or iPad Either a real practice body starting week 3 or a Body Buddy (directions to be given closer to the time about how to create this) Massage table Linens 4 pillows If you are using a real practice body, you will need massage oil or lotion rather than a cream 3-ring binder for handoutsNOTE: All materials must be brought for class on Friday. Required Reading Because each minute of time available to us in class is precious, some advanced reading is required from Medicine Hands: Massage for People Living with Cancer, 3rd Ed. (2014. Prior familiarity with some of the subject matter will allow class time to be spent in deeper discussion of the material. The following sections should be read before attending class: REQUIRED CHAPTERS: 4,5,7 AND 8 of Medicine Hands 3rd Ed. (2014) Special Needs Participants with hearing or visual impairments or other physical handicaps may wish to contact the instructor at least 2 weeks prior to the start of class to to identify themselves and to arrange for special learning needs. In this way, a learning plan can be created in order to enhance the participants learning. The same is true for those with learning disabilities. Arrangements can be made ahead of time for these participants to receive the handouts. Additionally, the instructor consistently reinforces the key concepts of the training and presents the material at a slow pace. This helps all students, especially those with learning disabilities.
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Massage for People Living with Cancer-Live Class

Course Hours: 24
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Description: Comfort-oriented massage or touch can be safely administered to cancer patients, regardless of the severity of their condition. The live webinar portion of the class will include demonstration videos of the hands-on techniques and giveÊlearners a chance to do hands-on practice under the supervision of the instructor. TheÊculminating activity will be to give a relaxation massage to a simulated cancer client. Approved by Chiropractic Board.Ê
Prerequisites: LMT, or A&P 3, Pathology 2, Massage Upper/Lower, A&A, Clinic
Instructor: MacDonald

see FAQ HOME STUDY class is a part of these certification hours, and are done outside of class. CLASS DATES: SA 10/02 SA 10/09 SA 10/16 SA 10-23 SA 10/30 SA 11/06 SA 11/13 SA 11/20 Laptop or iPad Either a real practice body starting week 3 or a Body Buddy (directions to be given closer to the time about how to create this) Massage table Linens 4 pillows If you are using a real practice body, you will need massage oil or lotion rather than a cream 3-ring binder for handoutsNOTE: All materials must be brought for class on Friday. Required Reading Because each minute of time available to us in class is precious, some advanced reading is required from Medicine Hands: Massage for People Living with Cancer, 3rd Ed. (2014. Prior familiarity with some of the subject matter will allow class time to be spent in deeper discussion of the material. The following sections should be read before attending class: REQUIRED CHAPTERS: 4,5,7 AND 8 of Medicine Hands 3rd Ed. (2014) Special Needs Participants with hearing or visual impairments or other physical handicaps may wish to contact the instructor at least 2 weeks prior to the start of class to to identify themselves and to arrange for special learning needs. In this way, a learning plan can be created in order to enhance the participants learning. The same is true for those with learning disabilities. Arrangements can be made ahead of time for these participants to receive the handouts. Additionally, the instructor consistently reinforces the key concepts of the training and presents the material at a slow pace. This helps all students, especially those with learning disabilities.
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Myofascial Foam Rolling

Course Hours: 7.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Foam rolling is an effective way to stretch and even strengthen muscles, soften fascial adhesions and scarred areas or increase ROM.Ê This class is comprised of five hour-long facilitated foam rolling sessions where students learn to place and manipulate foam rollers to address specific pain, hypertonicity, trigger points and other needs.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

Foam Roller (included in class cost, pick up at OSM Bookstore prior to first class) The class is designed to strengthen the massage therapistÕs ability to use mindful and focused movement to reinforce breathing, awareness, relaxation, and issues in body, mind, emotions, and spirit. These kinesthetic tools directly affect quality of life, time needed to heal and sense of safety and ease for therapist and indirectly for clients. We will explore: ¥ Research that suggests that myofascial bodywork has a role to play in clinical outcomes ¥ How foam rolling creates the two way ÒstretchÓ on fascia that characterizes myofascial massage ¥ Clinical approaches to implementing foam rolling with clients ¥ Opportunity to practice an all-purpose foam rolling protocol that can be used for self-care and to optimize outcomes with clients Class Hours: class meets for a total of 10 hours - 1 hour per week Competency-based Objectives: The LMT who successfully completes this course will be able to: Describe verbally 1. Definition of Myofascial Massage 2. Definition of Foam Rolling 3. How Myofascial Bodywork differs from Foam Rolling 4. How to find enhanced ease in breathing, increased range of motion and soft tissue release 5. Benefits of foam rolling for therapists and their clients Demonstrate practically (in-class participation) 1. Basic understanding of Steps that make up an all-purpose foam rolling for self-care and improved client outcomes Course Evaluation: To determine that students have competence in these skills there will be the following evaluation. (in-class participation) To pass the class and receive CEUÕs, a student must attend 90% of class and get a minimum of 90% of total available points. Required Materials ¥ Supplied by the instructor Recommended Materials: ¥ Bodylessons, by Marian Wolfe Dixon, available at www.amazon.com or from the instructor Instructor: Marian Wolfe Dixon, MA (Psychology and Health Education), LMT (#3902) , NCTMB approved Continuing Education Provider (#769), www.marianwolfedixon.com Competencies/ Class Schedule (to be adapted as needed): Students will be introduced to processes designed to support integrity in the body and for bodywork practice. Emphasis on practicing foam rolling to support the studentÕs strength, stamina and ROM. A major portion of class time will be spent in demo and practice to enhance kinesthetic comprehension and build body sensitivity and awareness. In-class participation is essential! Keep your videos on so instructor can better see you to give individualized feedback. Introduction, syllabus, students, instructor, studentÕs past experience with Myofascial Massage or Foam Rolling Structured Practice (not all steps may be included in every class and order may be shifted in individual classes) ¥ Warm up and Preparation Ð Rest and Assess ¥ Upper Back Protocol Ð shoulder girdle, shoulder joint ¥ Upper Extremity Protocol ¥ Inner Thighs, It band, back of thighs, Hips, Calves, Knees ¥ SI release, pelvic release ¥ Rebalancing ¥ Strengthening the Core ¥ Neck Release, TMJ release ¥ Closing Ð Rest and Re Assess Integration of Knowledge Ð where to go next?
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Myofascial Massage Introduction

Course Hours: 12
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Myofascial Massage (MFM) aims to achieve muscle, organ and nerve relaxation via the release of the connective tissue. MFM is comprised of two separate and unique bodywork approaches known as Direct and Indirect. This class provides an overview to both approaches and a sampling of a variety of direct and indirect techniques (including demonstration and practice time with jostling, rocking, skin rolling, compression, and myofascial stretching).Ê Massage therapists who practice myofascial massage report improved body mechanics, awareness, an increased sense of joy about bodywork and rave reviews from clients. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: Massage Fundamentals
Instructor: Dixon

sheets, massage cream (not oil or lotion), 2 pillows, blanket, REQUIRED TEXT: Dixon, Myofasical Massage, 2007. Read ch 3. 6 & 8 before class. Recommended Text: Body Mechanics and Self Care Manual, Dixon
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NMT-4 TMJ Dysfunction/Cert Test

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
NMT 4 is an 4 hour course that completes the series.Ê This course is openÊ only to students who have completed NMT 1, NMT 2 and NMT 3.ÊÊ This course will give students a competency to practice gloved Trigger point and myofascial work inside the mouth for clients with TMJ/D, muscular strain from dental procedures or sport injuries. The other part of the day-long course will cover extra-occularÊmuscle release around the eyes.Ê Ê
Prerequisites: NMT 1, NMT 2, & NMT 3 w/ T. Lloyd.
Instructor: Lloyd

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Pain and Stress

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
One in five people suffer with pain every year. One in ten people experience chronic pain every year. The annual costs of treating pain are greater than the costs of treating cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. 43% of Americans receiving massage reported they did so for health conditions such as pain management, injury rehabilitation, migraine control, or overall wellness. 88% of consumers agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

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Pain: Getting Shame Out of Pain

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This course provides an introduction to the process of practicing shame resilience and teaches students to access presence, awareness and mindfulness when treating people suffering with Pain. It also helps participants identify appropriate referral sources for patients experiencing Shame associated with Pain.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

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Pain: Moving from Helplessness to Hope

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This course provides an understanding and overview of the inquiry process. It teaches students to access presence, awareness and mindfulness (as opposed to fearful, angry or confused patterns of decision-making) when making crucial decisions about how to touch Patients in Pain.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

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Polyvagal Theory & Bodywork

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
In the era of Covid, understanding our clients' stress response is more important than ever. In this 4-hour course, you will learn what Polyvagal Theory is, how to identify the three types of threat response, and discover how to recalibrate the nervous system during times of high stress. This class pays particular attention to the relationship between chronic stress and sociological factors like class, race and gender.
Prerequisites: AP 3
Instructor: Moore

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Preventing Eye Strain and Upper Body Tension

Course Hours: 2
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This class helps therapists understand when a vision issue is creating a client's chronic upper body tension. Some causes related to vision include (1) strains related to poor posture and overuse of the eyes use of computers, cell phones or other near-point work, (2) emotional stress, and (3) longstanding vision conditions.. Students learn how to spot these causes, what other healthcare professionals to refer to, and they learn learning a treatment that includes bodywork and hydrotherapy methods to create a "Spa for the eyes".
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Sinclair

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Qigong

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Qigong means "ENERGY WORK". A moving meditation enriched with breath and imagery, this practice expands the breath, heals the organs and connects students with Nature and their inner Selves. Beginners and Experienced qigong practitioners will benefit from this self care class. Students will learn a series that they can practice on their own to recuperate and rejuvenate from the physical, mental and emotional stresses of bodywork. Movements are easy to follow and individualized for people living with acute or chronic illness or injury.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

Wear comfortable clothes, including layers, wear comfortable shoes if you need them for support, bring yoga mat (if you wish, not required) and pillow to sit on
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Qigong Sampler

Course Hours: 7.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This five-week class is designed to strengthen the massage therapistÕs ability to use mindful and focused movement to reinforce breathing, awareness, relaxation, and issues in body, mind, emotions, and spirit. These kinesthetic tools directly affect quality of life, time needed to heal and sense of safety and ease for therapist and indirectly for clients. We will explore: ¥ Research that suggests that qigong has a role to play in clinical outcomes ¥ Clinical approaches to implementing Qigong ¥ Opportunity to practice several Qigong forms that can be used for self-care and preventative health
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

Wear comfortable clothes, including layers, wear comfortable shoes if you need them for support, bring yoga mat (if you wish, not required) and pillow to sit on Qigong means "energy work".Ê It brings together mindful movements, breath and the imagery of nature to cultivate more energy, heal the organs, expand the breath and build immunity and strength.Ê Coming together to "gong", or cultivate, qi (energy) in a group can bring a powerful healing force to our suffering world.Ê Beginners and experienced practitioners can both benefit from this class.Ê Forms are easy to learn and practice can be adapted to seated or standing and particular medical conditions. Regular and consistent practice builds powerful healing and develops keen attention to what feeds your body, mind, heart and soul.Ê Build community by learning and practicing Qigong with other massage therapists. This class presents a five elements Qigong form that can be used especially to heal the emotions and move stuck and stagnant energy to speed healing. The 5 elements (or 5 changes) are rooted in Daoist philosophy and aim to explain natural developments in the natural world. Almost every phenomenon can be understood as an expression of the five elements: the phases of life, the compass directions, the different types of food, the parts of the human body, emotions, colors, etc. When the five elements and energies are balanced inside Ð physically, mentally and emotionally Ð we feel happy, healthy and whole. This class is designed to strengthen the massage therapistÕs ability to use mindful and focused movement to reinforce breathing, awareness, relaxation, and issues in body, mind, emotions, and spirit. These kinesthetic tools directly affect quality of life, time needed to heal and sense of safety and ease for therapist and indirectly for clients. We will explore: ¥ Traditional Chinese Theory underlying the five elements or forces of nature ¥ Interrelationships between the five elements, the five yin organs and their yang counterparts and frequencies of colors, sounds and imagery ¥ Opportunity to practice the five elements Qigong form that can be used for emotional and physical preventative health Class Hours: class meets for a total of 3 hours Competency-based Objectives: The LMT who successfully completes this course will be able to: Describe verbally 1. Definition of five elements Qigong 2. Interrelationships between the five elements, the five yin organs and their yang counterparts 3. How to use the five elements practice to achieve enhanced ease in breathing, increased range of motion and soft tissue release 4. Benefits of Qigong for therapists and their clients Demonstrate practically (in-class participation) 1. Basic understanding of Steps that make up the five elements Qigong form for emotional and physical health Course Evaluation: To determine that students have competence in these skills there will be the following evaluation. (in-class participation) To pass the class and receive CEUÕs, a student must attend 90% of class and get a minimum of 90% of total available points. Required Materials ¥ Supplied by the instructor Recommended Materials: ¥ Bodylessons, by Marian Wolfe Dixon, available at www.amazon.com or from the instructor ¥ Qigong, by Kenneth Cohen, available at www.amazon.com Instructor: Marian Wolfe Dixon, MA (Psychology and Health Education), LMT (#3902) , NCTMB approved Continuing Education Provider (#769), www.marianwolfedixon.com Competencies/ Class Schedule (to be adapted as needed): Students will be introduced to processes designed to support integrity in life and bodywork practice. Emphasis is on practicing the five elements Qigong form to support the therapistÕs connection with nature and their own emotional health. A major portion of class time will be spent in demo and practice to enhance kinesthetic comprehension and build the studentÕs sensitivity and awareness. In-class participation is essential! Keep your videos on so instructor can better see you to give individualized feedback Introduction, syllabus, students, instructor, studentÕs past experience with Qigong Structured Practice ¥ Warm up and Preparation ¥ Lung Forms ¥ Liver Forms ¥ Kidney Forms ¥ Heart Forms ¥ Closing and Settling In-Depth review of Form - to energize, catalyze and direct shifts in the body. The Chinese characters for five elements are a combination of the numeral wu (five) and xing, which means to go, to walk, to travel, to circulate. The five elementsÒ are not static, they describe patterns of action. The five Chinese elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) are distinguished from the four elements of the classical theory of elements of ancient Greek (fire, water, earth, air).
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Recordkeeping/Tax Reporting

Course Hours: 12
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
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Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Moore

writing materials
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Rehabilitation After Injury

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This class will cover causes of injuries, bodywork and other useful therapist, tools for helping clients with emotional concerns that arise with debilitating injury and how to help clients stay motivated while pursuing rehabilitation.
Prerequisites: Massage Upper/Lower, Kinesiology Upper/Lower or LMT
Instructor: Sinclair

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Reiki 2nd Degree

Course Hours: 18
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
The Second Degree Reiki Class is for those who want to dedicate themselves more deeply to the transformative and healing power of the Reiki energy. Through the use of the Reiki symbols there is an enhancement of the energy flow. These symbols form the central teaching piece in this class and we will practice extensively which each of them. In addition, the ability to do "distance treatments" is taught. Frank, who has been a Reiki Master since 1989, teaches this class in the tradition of Reiki Shiki Ryoho with Phyllis Lei Furumoto as the current Lineage Bearer. If you can bring some pictures to the class from your youth and of some people that have been or are important to you. Reiki practitioners of any lineage are welcome to this class but there needs to be a minimum time elapse of 6 months between Reiki 1 and Reiki 2. There is no maximum time elapse.
Prerequisites: Reiki 1st Degree (at least 6 mos prior to Reiki 2)
Instructor: Coppieters

2 sheets. If available please bring one or more pictures of yourself when you were young (from baby to teenager) and of one or two people who are dear to you.
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Shiatsu II - Short Form (Front)

Course Hours: 30
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
The Shiatsu program presents the theory, principles and techniques of Asian massage. In Shiatsu I, students learn a "kata", or choreographed set of techniques for the back of the body. In addition, students are introduced to the energetic anatomy upon which Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Shiatsu is based. Names, locations, and functions of the primary channels are discussed, as well as the five-element theory. Students also learn a self-massage sequence called Dao Yin. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: Shiatsu 1
Instructor: Ward

blanket, sheets, bolsters Remember to wear comfortable clothing and have your nails trimmed short.
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Tai Chi for Better Balance

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
The class is designed to strengthen the massage therapistÕs ability to use mindful and focused movement to reinforce breathing, awareness, and relaxation in body, mind, emotions, and spirit. These kinesthetic tools directly affect quality of life, time needed to heal and sense of safety and ease for therapist and indirectly for clients.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

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The Cardiovascular System - Massage and Pathologies of Circulation

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Refresh and build on your knowledge of the cardiovascular system in a dynamic course that will involve massage practice. We will examine symptoms of, angina, congestive heart failure and hypertension, and look closely at edema from different etiologies as well. There also will be a revie of medications your patients may be taking and recommendations on how to utilize this information in a massage session. This course will help bolster your confidence when deciding how much pressure to use, how to attune yourself to symptoms of shortness of breath, how to deal with edema, and how to promote relaxation from stress or recent illness. It will also show how massage can be a tool for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. You will leave the course with greater knowledge of the circulatory system, and it will broaden the scope of your potential clientele.
Prerequisites: AP 3 & Path 2 or LMT
Instructor: Pullella

Sheets, Massage oil/lotion & Bolster
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The ReEmbody Method: Module 1

Course Hours: 12.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
How a body behaves when it is threatened is different than how it behaves when it is secure, and those behavioral patterns are predictable. Side dominance is a key signature to assessing neurological pattern development, providing a pathway to developing efficient, effective protocols including touch and verbal technique.
Prerequisites: Kinesiology Lower or LMT
Instructor: Moore

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The Reembody Method: Module 2

Course Hours: 12.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
How a body behaves when it is threatened is different than how it behaves when it is secure, and those behavioral patterns are predictable. Side dominance is a key signature to assessing neurological pattern development, providing a pathway to developing efficient, effective protocols including touch and verbal technique.
Prerequisites: Mod 1 (Part 1) ReEmbody Method and LMT, or Kinesiology Lower
Instructor: Moore

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Preventing Eye Strain and Upper Body Tension

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Identify responses on physical and emotional levels related to strains from use of computers, phones, desk-work, etc and ways to consider countering the stacked tensions created by our work patterns. Treatments will include standard and hydrotherapy methods of care.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Sinclair

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