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Elective Class Descriptions

Based on their interests and needs, students select 160 hours of electives from these categories.

New students are invited to complete up to 60 elective hours prior to beginning their program.

Elective Class dates and times offered can be found on the Elective Class Schedule button above.


ADDRESSING TMJ PAIN 4 Hours

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Instructor: Rob Kelly, NCTMB
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training


The tempromandibular joint (TMJ) is where the mandible or jaw connects to the temporal bone on the side of the face. Tempromandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD) can be caused by stress, clenching the teeth, osteoarthritis and other structural problems. Symptoms include a clicking or grating sound when opening the mouth, dull pain in front of the ear, headaches or tenderness for the muscles around the TMJ. The class will teach ways to address TMJD. Approaches include palpating and massaging the muscles of the jaw and neck.

CANINE MASSAGE 4 Hours

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Instructor: Greg Robertson, M.S.
Prerequisite: none


Whether your pet is suffering from arthritis, recovering from surgery, or experiencing anxiety, this class will teach you techniques to help quiet your pet's problems. Thoroughly learn dog anatomy and how it relates and differs from the human body. A basic complete massage sequence will be taught with special emphasis on the hips. Behavioral control, acupressure points, and common trigger points will be covered. Your assessment skills will be greatly enhanced and your pet will be thoroughly grateful. Students must bring a dog to class with them, plus a towel or mat to work on. If you don't have a dog, ask Student Records for the instructor's contact information to make other arrangements. A small stool is helpful if working with a large dog on the floor.

CHAIR MASSAGE 8 Hours

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Instructor: Denise Mussio, C.T.M., NCTM
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training, pregnant women should avoid chair massage.

Bring: onsite chair or 2 pillows


Chair massage has proved a valuable business tool for massage therapists for decades. Pioneered under the title "On-site Massage," chair massage is a great way to increase clientele and income. The routines are performed on fully clothed clients on a special onsite chair or using pillows to modify a standard chair. Once you've mastered chair massage you can literally market your skills anywhere! This class consists of a brief history and demonstration of the technique, followed by extensive hands-on exchange for students to practice several easy-to-learn chair routines. Students will find that chair massage is perfect for use in corporate settings, at salons and spas, and at all sorts of events, on its own or to draw new clients to their tables. We will also focus on proper body mechanics for chair massage, marketing tips, and other practicalities. This class will equip you to really begin using your therapeutic skills in the marketplace.

EFFECTIVE SCIATICA TREATMENTS 4 Hours

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Instructor: Garry Adkins, BCTMB, LMT
Prerequisite: none

Bring: a sheet, large towel and oil or lotion.


Sciatic nerve dysfunction affects nearly 40 percent of adults at some point during their lifetime. The condition can cause extreme pain and numbness. In some cases, the syndrome has no specific cause. Traditional medical treatment is beginning to be replaced by complimentary therapies, such as specialized massage, with amazing results. This course encompasses a variety of techniques used in treating debilitating pain of the lower extremities. These methods will be demonstrated in order for participants to see how they can be substituted as non-surgical alternatives. You will not only be able to immediately experience the results for yourself, but will also be able to apply these techniques with various clients.

ENHANCED CHEST and SHOULDER MASSAGE 4 Hours

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Instructor: Larissa Cisaruk, NCTMB,C.T.M., R.S.Pn, C.S.P.
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training

Bring: two sheets, one blanket or beach towel, one small bath towel for chest cover, one pillow with pillowcase and oil or lotion.


A full massage should include more than focusing primarily on the back. Working with the anterior of the torso helps balance the entire body. The therapeutic value and significance of working with the chest and shoulder area is important in addressing posture, breathing, heart function, clear thinking, headaches, self-awareness, confidence and more. The techniques included in this class also improve upper and middle back condition.

In this class we work in the supine position (face up). Students will gain confidence in their ability to help with clients’ specific complaints, as well as providing relaxing massage. Proper draping techniques are used throughout the session.

ENHANCED GLUTEAL MASSAGE and FINISHING STROKES 4 Hours

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Instructor: Larissa Cisaruk, NCTMB,C.T.M., R.S.Pn, C.S.P.
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training

Bring: two sheets, one blanket or beach towel, one pillow, two pillowcases and oil or lotion


In this class we work with the lower posterior torso. We also practice various techniques appropriate for a comfortable and obvious ending of therapeutic massage sessions.

We will work in the prone position (face down) and use carefully modest draping techniques. Working with the lower posterior area is very beneficial for the entire back and legs. This area can also address sciatica, reproductive problems, lack of support, inability to feel grounded, bladder problems, lower body weakness, stiffness and low abdominal problems. We learn to ask/request client consent prior to providing this service. Client and practitioner boundaries are always respected.

EQUINE MASSAGE 16 Hours

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Instructor: Lisa Machala, LMT, RMT, CESMT
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training

Bring a bag lunch, folding chair and water. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy closed-toe shoes. 


This class will provide valuable training for both the horse enthusiast and those with little experience with horses. The basics of safety, the differences from human anatomy, saddle fit, energy balancing, stretching, muscles, movement, and massage will be covered. You will also learn to listen, watch and understand the horse. A horse will teach you how to trust and listen to your inner voice, to let go of the intellect, and follow your instincts and intuition. Students will report to class at a local stable.

FOOT REFLEXOLOGY 16 Hours

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Instructor: Larissa Cisaruk, NCTMB, C.T.M., R.S.Pn., C.S.P.
Prerequisite: In-class Reflexology recommended, but not required.

Bring: sheet, towel, clean feet, markers or pencils (lotion, a pillow, and a blanket if desired)


One of the most requested skills in massage therapy today, Reflexology correlates points in the hands and feet to organs, areas, and systems of the body. Many people are surprised to discover that a one hour foot reflexology session can actually be as beneficial as a full body massage. This modality of the healing arts is an extremely effective way to provide touch in an easily accessible and non-threatening way.

In this class, the students learn how reflexology of the feet can ease aches and pains, help prevent illnesses and maintain health in the whole body. Massage, acupressure points, self help exercises, and applications, as well as alternative reflexology techniques are included.

HANDS ON HANDS 8 Hours

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Instructor: Larissa Cisaruk, NCTMB, C.T.M., R.S.Pn., C.S.P.
Prerequisite: none

Bring: sheets, a blanket if you get cold easily, hand towel, lotion and markers or colored pencils


Our hands are constantly at work and taken for granted. They are our reliable tools, acting as daily workhorses and powerful instruments of healing. This class explores the proper treatment of hands. We will include basic hand reflexology (the correlation between specific reflexes to parts of the body), therapeutic massage, ROM, Chi Gong, acupressure and shiatsu.

Students will also learn some massage techniques for the neck, shoulders, and upper limbs that can benefit the hands. There will also be self-help applications, stretches, exercises, and tips to prevent strain and injury. It’s essential for therapists to learn to preserve hand function and health. This class provides those skills as well as how to benefit others.

HOT ROCKS 16 Hours

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Instructor: Randy Fillion, NCTMB, C.T.M.
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training

Bring: two sheets and a towel


For the spa industry, hot rock therapy is one of the most popular types of massage offered in the last decade. This course teaches the use of both hot and cold stones combined with various bodywork techniques. Designed to benefit the client as well as the practitioner, therapists find that the stones and their temperatures do much of the work for them. This course teaches about the different types of stones used, proper care for your stones, and contraindications for stone therapy. You will learn a one hour stone therapy treatment, and how to incorporate the stones with your own massage techniques.

INFANT MASSAGE 4 Hours

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Instructor: Toni Duncanson, LMT
Prerequisites: none

Bring a doll or stuffed animal large enough to practice techniques. Only unscented oil is allowed with babies. If desired, a mat can be used to work on the floor. Have a parent bring their baby to school for the last 90 minutes of class.

Students are taught how infant massage can enhance early development and well-being of babies. Techniques will be included for infants up to one year old. Students will learn how to use various forms of sensory stimulation to improve cognition abilities of newborns and infants. Practical applications for dealing with issues such as colic and congestion will also be discussed.

The first three hours of class will include lecture, demonstration, and practical application using dolls. For the last hour, students are asked to have a friend or family member bring a baby to class. If a student wants to work with their own baby, another care-giver will need to bring the infant to class. Students will then teach the parent how to perform infant massage by demonstrating on their doll as the parent follows along.

INTRO TO CRANIOSACRAL TECHNIQUES 16 Hours

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Instructor: Jennifer Pillow-White, NCTM, M.S.
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training


Using pressure no greater than the weight of a nickel, a CranioSacral Therapist can treat a wide range of medical problems, from migraine headaches to spastic cerebral palsy. Widely acclaimed for its ability to bolster the body's resistance to disease and its effectiveness on pain and dysfunction, CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle but powerful type of work that focuses on the movement of the fluids around the brain and spinal cord. Based on the work and teachings of Dr. John Upledger, D.O., these techniques are designed to release bony and fascial restrictions in the body that are caused by physical, emotional, or mental trauma. This class is designed to prepare students to take the CranioSacral Therapy 1 course offered by The Upledger Institute. It will introduce students to concepts behind CranioSacral Therapy, and the anatomy and physiology of the Cranial System. Students will have the opportunity to assess the CranioSacral rhythm and learn selected techniques for treating the adult client.

KINESIOLOGY TAPING 8 Hours

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Instructor: Brian Piccolo, LMT
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training

Wear loose fitting clothing that exposes shoulders, legs and arms.


Kinesiology Taping relieves pain through both physical and neurological mechanisms. The lifting action of the tape relieves pressure on pain receptors directly under the skin, allowing for quick relief from acute injuries. Chronic pain is affected through sensory stimulation of other types of nerve fibers. Students will learn the best ways to apply Kinesiology Tape to the major joints and muscles. This practice will serve to help prevent injuries to athletes and help current sprains and injuries to heal faster.

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE 16 Hours

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Instructor: Rob Kelly, NCTMB
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training

Bring: sheet and towel


Lymphatic drainage is a gentle, rythmic bodywork technique used to encourage the flow of fluid out of the tissue and into the lymphatic system. Stagnant or limited lymphatic flow can be a factor in many disease processes. Some of the benefits of lymphatic drainage are pain relief, decreased edema, increased ability to heal and deep relaxation. The class will include anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system, indications and contraindications to lymphatic drainage, lymphatic drainage techniques, and a general protocol for lymphatic drainage for the whole body.

MASSAGE FOR HEADACHES 4 Hours

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Instructor: Rob Kelly, NCTMB
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training


Millions of people in the United States experience some type of headache. During this course we will explore what brings about vasoconstriction of blood vessels and what techniques will help to soothe the pain. By the end of this class, not only will you feel informed, but you can also utilize the techniques learned with corporate, personal, and professional clientele.

MUSCULOSKELETAL DYSFUNCTION – ASSESS & INTERPRET 16 Hours

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Instructor: Mable B. Sharp, MS, PT, CST, LMT
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or prior training

Bring a sheet and wear shorts with halter-top, sports bra, or bathing suit.


The focus of this class is on dysfunctions of the spine and extremities commonly seen by massage therapists. Students will learn a variety of advanced assessment techniques for the musculoskeletal system and how to interpret their findings. Assessment skills included in class are history taking, palpation, gait and structural evaluation, and physical examination procedures. An overview of hands-on treatment techniques for the dysfunctions discussed will be presented.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE THERAPY 16 Hours

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Instructor: Teresa Stayer, P.T.
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training

Bring: sheet and towel, wear 2 piece bathing suit or sport bra with back hook and shorts


Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a three dimensional web from head to foot. Scarring, poor posture, inflammatory processes and trauma can change the integrity of the fascia by producing excessive pressure on pain sensitive structures (i.e. nerves, blood vessels, muscles etc.). Since many standardized tests such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans and EMG, do not show fascial restrictions, many clients suffering from pain and/or loss of motion go undiagnosed. Myofascial Release has been used to address carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual discomfort, and infertility. This introductory course is designed to be an exciting hands-on experience providing a logical/intuitive approach for the evaluation and treatment of the entire body.

ORTHOPEDIC MASSAGE & ASSESSMENT 16 Hours

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Instructor: Rob Kelly, NCTMB
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training

Bring: linens and sports bra


Students will learn to use assessment skills to identify common postural distortions such as head forward posture, upper/lower crossed syndrome, and pelvic tilt to name a few. Students will increase their understanding of postural and phasic muscles and their effect on posture. They will learn to match the physiology of tissue injury with the physiological effects of treatment. Students will learn to adapt treatment to the individual client, and develop an understanding of rehabilitation protocol to apply effective techniques. Learn how to incorporate massage techniques, stretching techniques and strengthening techniques into your massage treatments.

POSITIONAL RELEASE 8 Hours

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Instructor: Brian Schurgin
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training

Wear loose-fitting clothing.


Positional Release is a technique used when a tender point is found. This tenderness may be decreased or even eliminated by either lengthening or shortening the involved muscle. It is believed that changing the muscle's length influences (re-sets) the involved proprioceptors and that when the proprioceptors are sending correct information to the central nervous system, the point is no longer tender.

This is a hands on class. Due to the positional changes involved, it is suggested that students wear loose comfortable clothing. Time will be spent explaining physiology, demonstrating the technique and practicing. It will be helpful for the students to have a working knowledge of trigger points and muscular anatomy - particularly the muscles action and antagonists.

PREGNANCY / LABOR MASSAGE 16 Hours

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Instructor: Toni Duncanson, LMT
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training


Bring two sheets, two large bath towels, three pillows and unscented oil. This class will incorporate discussion of the physiological and emotional components of a women's pregnancy, growth of the child, and hands-on practice of massage techniques for expecting mothers. The lecture portion of this class covers development of the fetus and common symptoms and discomforts during the 3 trimesters of pregnancy, including labor.

Hands-on learning will include step by step massage techniques and positioning for pregnant women. Reflexology points will be discussed. Techniques to reduce labor discomfort will be demonstrated, as well as tips for post partum moms.

PREVENTING AND TREATING PROFESSIONAL BURNOUT 4 Hours

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Instructor: Garry Adkins, BCTMB, LMT
Prerequisite: none

Bring: a sheet, large towel and oil or lotion.


A study reported in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies showed that 78% of massage professional have experienced a work-related injury. Over decades of professional service the instructor learned the physiology and warning signs of injury. Principals of effective biomechanics and important safeguards are taught to protect the therapist to ensure a pain free career. The course encompasses a variety of soft tissue techniques and self-help therapies used in treating dysfunction of the hands, wrists, arms and torso.

SIDE-LYING MASSAGE 16 Hours

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Instructor: Larissa Cisaruk, NCTMB, C.T.M., R.S.Pn., C.S.P.
Prerequisite: none


Side-lying position accommodates all ages, shapes, and sizes. Besides the obvious advantages for pregnant women, side-lying massage is often necessary or preferred due to age considerations, disabilities, or for anyone uncomfortable in the prone and supine positions. Some applications are most effective when done on a side-lying client, and several actually require this approach. This class will give you the confidence to use this safe and nurturing position. It provides a complete protocol for side position that covers the full body and offers techniques that are especially useful for babies, children, pregnant women, the elderly, claustrophobics, and overweight people. People with neck and shoulder problems, heart conditions, pacemakers, sensitive breasts or abdomen, or recent surgery also need to lie on their sides. Side-lying massage allows the therapist access to the entire shoulder area front and back, as well as the hip and lower back

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SPA TREATMENTS 16 Hours

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Instructor: Angela Dubis, MA, NCBTMB
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training

Bring: For Saturday you will need 4 large bath towels, 10 hand towels, 1 set of sheets (including pillow case). For Sunday you will need 4 large bath towels, 16 hand towels, 2 sets of sheets (including pillow cases).

Turn any massage room into a full service treatment space with dry room treatment protocols. You will learn unforgettable custom spa experiences that you can offer your clients. By the end of this course you will be able to effectively perform a full body exfoliation, mud wrap and finishing treatment. You will be taught to increase your revenue by designing your own special add-on services with spa pedi or scalp treatments. You can even customize treatments to fit your style and clientele by substituting varying products.

SPORTS MASSAGE 16 Hours

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Instructor: Rob Kelly, NCTMB
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training

Bring: wear loose fitting clothing


Students will learn how to best work at an athletic event doing pre-event warm-up massage, and post-event cool-down techniques. Learning to work with the strengths and weaknesses of athletes, many types of competitive sports and activities will be discussed. The class will cover the basics of massage techniques for athletes, applying cryotherapy, physical assessments and corrections and muscle dysfunctions. Learn to detect signs of overuse, cycles of injury and the anatomy of muscular contractions.

TRIGGER POINT THERAPY 16 Hours

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Instructor: Rob Kelly, NCTMB
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training

Bring: sheets, sports bra and shorts or light weight, loose fitting clothing


Myofascial trigger points are small, hyper irritable nodules found in a taut band of muscle where there is decreased circulation and a buildup of metabolic waste products. Trigger points can produce pain both locally and to specific referral areas. They can be caused by structural imbalances, overuse, injury or stress leading to many pain syndromes such as headaches, chronic neck pain or thoracic outlet syndrome. This course will cover the anatomy and physiology of trigger points, also the role they play in acute and chronic pain syndromes. Students will learn methods and protocols to evaluate and deactivate trigger points throughout the body.

WRIST AND ARM PAIN 8 Hours

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Instructor: Rob Kelly, NCTMB
Prerequisite: 12 hands-on classes or previous training

Bring: a sheet and large towel


Many people who use their hands and arms extensively for professional or personal reasons, suffer from repetitive pain syndromes. These include carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome and tennis elbow. These pain syndromes cost employers a large amount of time lost and workmen's compensation pay. In this class, students will learn orthopedic assessments for these syndromes. They will also learn various treatments to address and relieve the pain caused by these conditions

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TABLE SHIATSU 16 Hours

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Instructor: Larissa Cisaruk, NCTMB, C.T.M., R.S.Pn., C.S.P.
Prerequisite: none

Bring: a sheet, pillow and two pillowcases.


This class enables Myomassologists to provide clients with the benefits of Shiatsu while working on a massage table rather than on the floor. Many Shiatsu techniques are easy to incorporate into your massage routines and Table Shiatsu provides you with a complete flow including compressions, stretches, and movements that translate beautifully to the table for both supine and prone positions. Recipients remain fully clothed in this workshop.

Students are introduced to basic philosophy, terminology, energy flow and meridians, diagnostic areas of the back, self-help and focusing exercises, as well as how to take inventory of their own bodies and proper body mechanics when working table side.

TABLE THAI 16 HOURS

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Instructor: Randy Fillion, NCTMB, C.T.M.
Prerequisite: none

Bring: a blanket and a pillow


In this class, applications of Thai Massage techniques are linked together and performed on a massage table to create a unique healing experience. This was designed for students who want to expand their table massage techniques, and may be uncomfortable working on the floor for extended periods of time.

THAI-YURVEDIC YOGA MASSAGE 20 HOURS

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Instructor: Randy Fillion, NCTMB, C.T.M.
Prerequisite: None

This class is conducted entirely on the floor. Bring a pillow, blanket, mat and thick quilt (for a total of 2" thickness).


Thai-Yurvedic Yoga Massage is a healing system built upon a 2,500 year tradition that comprehends the ancient art of Yoga, Buddhist spiritual practices, and Ayurvedic Medicine. This extraordinary bodywork style uses assisted yoga stretches, gentle rocking, deep compression, acupressure, and energy work. Done on the floor, using a mat or pad, over loose fitting clothes, students learn to press and move in a cooperative moving meditation. While decreasing pain and stress, Thai Massage promotes healing, relaxation, and improved range of motion. Students can expect to gain much insight into their daily practice using these techniques and the ancient wisdom behind them.

    Topics covered in this workshop are:
  • Puja, Prayer & Spiritual practices
  • Basic 5 Element Theory
  • The 7 Primary Chakras
  • Basic Meridian Theory
  • Dosha types (based on Ayurveda)
  • Energetic Concepts
  • Sen Lines
  • Posture & Body Mechanics

DEVELOPMENT OF A HEALER 8 Hours

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Instructor: Cheryl Croci, C.Ht.
Prerequisite: none


This class is designed for those interested in doing their own personal and spiritual growth work through the process of healing and making themselves whole. Concepts that enhance personal healing work mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually are introduced and reinforced. Intended as encouragement for massage therapists and anyone working in the healing arts, it is also open to anyone desiring personal growth.

    Topics include:
  • Importance of healing work at this time
  • Personal and planetary healing
  • Transforming belief systems
  • Healing emotional wounds and inner child work
  • Healing meditations
  • Experiencing spiritual growth and oneness

FENG SHUI 4 Hours

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Instructor: Christine Evans
Prerequisite: none


This class is not about good luck charms or hanging wind chimes in every doorway. It's not about forcing your rooms into pre-fabricated patterns that will somehow help you win the lottery. Feng Shui expresses the intention to honor nature in every day life, by working with rather than against our surroundings to cultivate peace and prosperity. An ancient Chinese system, Feng Shui is a tool for finding the optimal conditions for balance and harmony in the home, office, and landscape. Fire, earth, metal, water, and wood: these five elements are considered in relation to yin/yang attributes, the bagua, and chi flow. The class will cover the basic principles of Feng Shui and provide students with feedback on enhancing their own environments.

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT 4 Hours

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Instructor: Brian Piccolo, BA, MA, NCTMB
Prerequisite: none


This course has been a life-changing and transformational experience for many people. Based on philosophy from A Course in Miracles and Attitudinal Healing, this class teaches the keys to "inner peace" and "happiness," including instruction in how to help others achieve the same. Focus is on correcting misperceptions in order to heal the mind of guilt, fear, pain, and loss. By changing belief systems, you could find that this has a profound impact on your life and your work.

The terms "spirituality," "religion," "metaphysics," and "mysticism," are defined, clarified and discussed for the purpose of helping you make knowledgeable choices and decisions in your life while helping others do the same. As you grow spiritually, you will be more effective as a massage practitioner because of your ability to extend yourself to your clients, and because many of your massage clients will be seeking a greater understanding of themselves and their spiritual nature.

Of great significance is this course's ability to supply you with valuable spiritual and mental tools for releasing negative blocks to compassion, empathy, and love for all of your massage clients, no matter what cultural, ethnic, or religious background they possess. This holds true for your personal friends, family, and co-workers as well. This course of study will instill a greater sense of mastery and empowerment over any challenging life situations.

AROMATHERAPY 16 Hours

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Instructor: Tanja Krupa
Prerequisite: none

Bring: a bath towel and notebook


Each day we use scents to communicate, elevate, and recreate moods and sensations. Scents are unique in their ability to access the central nervous system without being filtered by the blood-brain barrier. Scents alone can directly stimulate the limbic center of the brain, the seat of emotion and memory. Aromatherapy uses essential oils derived from plants, roots, flowers, trees, and fruits to bring about physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual balance within people and environments. This class will explore the different aromas and therapeutic properties of essential oils. Students will create a signature roll-on oil blend, experience an energy balancing session and learn to make a therapeutic body butter.

AVOIDING DISEASE NATURALLY 4 Hours

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Instructor: Hallie Armstrong, ND
Prerequisite: none


Learn how to prevent diseases naturally through environmental health, nutrition and detoxification. Disease prevention will be presented with a holistic approach addressing the mind, body and spirit. This information can be used in your own life and shared with clients. Environmental health will include safe cosmetics, safe household materials such as plastics and cleaners, and green renovation options. Nutrition health will include information on specific diets, organic foods and using food as medicine. Detoxification information will include safe ways to detox your body effectively so it can function optimally.

CRYSTAL HEALING 4 Hours

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Instructor: Sue Burton Hidalgo, LMT
Prerequisite: none


Civilizations across the world, from ancient Egyptian to Native American cultures, have used stones and crystals in spiritual rituals and for their healing powers. Although no one knows the exact science behind the phenomenon, the earth's minerals show an inexplicable capacity to alter and enhance response in the human body. This workshop will explore the potential of using stones to heal. We will experiment with flow patterns in the human energy field using crystal layouts, and discuss basic patterns for using stones to compliment the energy centers of the body. This class is perfect for anyone fascinated with the beauty and energy locked within stones and crystals, and can add new dimensions to traditional massage.

GUIDED IMAGERY 4 Hours

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Instructor: Sue Burton Hidalgo, LMT
Prerequisite: none


Guided Imagery is a useful technique in the healing process. Numerous medically based studies have proven its effectiveness. A myomassologist who can offer guided imagery along with massage, possesses a skill that enhances their ability to help their clients. This class will provide students with a variety of dialogues they can use during massage to assist a client's relaxation and healing process.

Imagery is a tool that utilizes the power of one's mind to achieve desired physical and emotional results. It can stimulate all of our senses - sight, sound, smell, taste and feeling. When we remember or anticipate an event, we do so with our whole body. These thoughts can cause our face to flush, our pulse to quicken, and our hormones to energize. What the mind/body believes to be true creates physiological responses which help to encourage healing.

HERBOLOGY 8 Hours

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Instructor: Kellie Speciale, C.N., N.D.
Prerequisite: none


The Earth's herbal remedies for better health have been time-tested over thousands of years. Use of herbal tonics to treat various injuries, illnesses, and diseases, is found throughout the history of mankind. Herbology, the study of using herbs as traditional medicinal remedies, is a class for those who want to reclaim their health without relying on synthetic and engineered pharmaceuticals. Students will learn plant-derived remedies for many specific complaints, from managing infection to regulating hormones. We also discuss how to use herbs for general health and maintenance, from improving vision to increasing energy.

MIND/BODY MEDICINE 4 Hours

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Instructor: Harsha Jayatilake, M.D., FAAFP, DABHM
Prerequisite: none


In recent years, western medicine has begun to wake up to a concept that Myomassologists have always known: We must treat the complete body and mind along with the symptoms of an illness. Complementary and alternative medicine is gaining popularity as science, medicine, and spirituality begin to come together to share tools for healing. This class will detail the mind/body connection so vital to the process of caring for the entire person, and how that connection can be used to heal the body. Students will learn the ways that body, mind, and spirit work together toward self-healing, and how the thoughts, feelings, and words we choose every day can affect our bodies and immune systems. Emotions can and do affect our health, and an illness can be an opportunity to learn. We will emphasize the roles that the outer world and our overall attitude play in self-healing and inner peace. Mind/Body Medicine examines western medicine in relation to its eastern counterpart, and how alternative techniques, ideas, and treatments are useful in conjunction with traditional care to put individuals back in control of their own healing. We will also focus on the role that a Myomassologist can play in mind/body cooperative healing, and how often allowing an individual to really talk is the most potent medicine we can offer them. This look at the power of treating a complete individual will encourage you to challenge and expand your thoughts and attitudes on health, healthcare, and the relationship between the mind and body.

SOUND AND VIBRATION HEALING 4 Hours

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Instructor: Julia Franco-Briest, CIGT, NCTMB
Prerequisite: none


Sound and vibrations have been used for centuries for healing the body, mind and spirit. This elective provides a basic understanding of the principles of working with sound as a healing modality and demonstrates ways in which it can be used to restore balance. This combines the ancient wisdom of how sound can heal with modern science’s basic principle of “everything is sound”. There is no greater living resonator of sound than the human body. Sound has an effect on each atom of the body, for each atom resounds.

In this elective class you will learn about the history of sound and vibration healing, what frequency, resonance and entrainment are and how this modality affects the body in healing. This class provides both lecture and practical hands-on experience using Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, tuning forks, Tibetan bells and ting-shas.

TRANSFORMING GRIEF 4 Hours

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Instructor: Julia Franco, CIGT, NCTMB
Prerequisite: none


Grief does not only stem from death, but loss of any kind. This class provides an understanding of how loss and resulting grief manifest in the body. When we experience loss, we experience a heightened emotional state. If we do not work through our grief in a healthy way, emotions may be suppressed, ignored and stored in our body. Many studies have proven that when we suppress our emotions, they can manifest in our body physically as disease. When we are open to releasing emotional baggage, we are open to releasing the physical manifestations of those suppressed emotions. By providing awareness and some basic tools to help release these emotions, you will leave class feeling lighter and better prepared to offer support to others. You will experience techniques you can utilize to remain present for clients or friends. This is not a hands-on massage class, but students will learn exercises for a self care plan to share with others.

ALIGNING AND CLEARING THE CHAKRAS 4 Hours

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Instructor: Sue Burton Hidalgo, LMT
Prerequisite: none


The chakras are the seven centers of energy in the astral body. The word chakra means "wheel" in Sanskrit. It can be helpful to visualize a vortex where energy accumulates as it flows throughout the human form. The seven chakras correspond to specific endocrine glands, body functions, conscious and unconscious thoughts, colors, elements, and much more. This course is an excellent introduction to energy work for those having trouble "feeling" energy and for those just looking to expand their knowledge. Aligning and Clearing the Chakras teaches the basics of the human energy field. Students will learn hands-on and meditation techniques to align the chakras and affect the layers of the aura. These methods can be used for personal growth or to empower others.

POLARITY 16 Hours

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Instructor: Karen Kerns, RPP
Prerequisite: none


Polarity therapy is an energy balancing system which employs the currents of life force (energy). It was developed by Dr. Randolf Stone D.O., D.C., N.P. and drawn from Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. The life force is the circulating energy field that surrounds and penetrates the body and all living things. This work combines gentle, penetrating body touch with other healthful practices to balance the energies of the body, mind and spirit. It is based on a premise that disease is created when there is a physical, mental or spiritual block to the free flow of energy in the body. This block causes stress and the energy moves around instead of through the block. Polarity Therapy allows energy to re-enter that blocked area so that the body naturally realigns to its rhythmic flow of health. The life force is directed along natural pathways so that blocks are opened and healing and relaxation begins.

Polarity recharges the life force of a person. When this balance is present, the nerves relax. Nerves control organs and muscles. It works on the whole body. Once the body relaxes, the emotions start releasing. Energy does not distinguish between physical and emotional pain, both of which are expressions of blocked energy.

Polarity I is the study, application and utilization of techniques to balance the primary and secondary energies of humans. You will learn to feel, understand and direct energy patterns in the body. Specific dietary, exercise and meditation practices will be discussed to help hold the healing balance in place. Also discussed, will be the importance of the presence of the practitioner as a vital aspect of this work.

REIKI I 12 Hours

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Instructor: Sue Burton Hidalgo, LMT
Prerequisite: none


Envision a universe made of pure energy: energy that can be directed and redirected around and through the body to heal and restore. The philosophies behind Reiki hold that we live in exactly such a state. Reiki is the art of channeling this universal energy. One of the most popular and versatile forms of energy work, Reiki is easy to learn but difficult to master. First Degree Reiki is the basic introduction. It includes "tunings," energy activating sessions which enable the student to channel Reiki energy to others. The class also covers simple lessons in physiology, a demonstration of a complete whole body treatment, and a detailed description of hand positions to use on oneself and others. There is considerable hands-on practice in giving and receiving Reiki at this level.

REIKI II 12 Hours

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Instructor: Sue Burton Hidalgo, LMT
Prerequisite: Reiki I


The 2nd Degree training includes two more tunings. Reiki II goes beyond level I to increase your attunement to the flow of Reiki. Level II teaches three symbols to increase Ki flow to self & clients, work on thought patterns/habits, and time-line or absentee work. At this level, the student can give a treatment in about half the time it takes on the first level.

REIKI III 8 Hours

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Instructor: Sue Burton Hidalgo, LMT
Prerequisite: Reiki I & II


Reiki III furthers the work of levels I & II, with a strong emphasis on increasing the connection to powerful flows from the upper levels of the HEF (human energy field). Modern physics show us that matter and energy are interchangeable; this course addresses how to bring energy into matter. Attunements and techniques cause energy to run from the divine field of the HEF to the physical field. We will learn these symbols and techniques: Kundalini/chakras symbol, Inner Fire symbol & self-energizer breathwork, Sui Ching purification, Microcosmic Orbit, Hu Yin & Kidney Breathwork, the Daikomyo symbol and its application in a total body session for self or client.