NCBTMB-Approved Continuing Education Classes
Elder Massage: Touching the Past
8 or 12 CEs
Presented at the 2013 AMTA National Convention
Learn about conditions of longevity, design comfortable, effective bodywork treatments, and provide a safe, accessible treatment space for fit or frail elder clients. Gain skills in communication and assessments for elder clients; safe positioning, turning, and draping; guidelines for accommodating elder client limitations, and focus on fall risk reduction assessment and techniques. In the 12 CE clinical class, apply elder massage techniques and the fall prevention protocol on elder volunteers.
Ethics and Communication
Interact with colleagues to discuss crucial issues and challenges for massage practitioners in the age of social media: maintaining boundaries, ensuring confidentiality, and representing our industry accurately and truthfully. Bring your ethical dilemmas for group input!
Learn the specific protocol for a 30-45-minute therapeutic facial massage treatment that requires no expensive equipment, and includes options such as applying moist, heated towels that soften skin and relax facial muscles, and aromatherapy oils that relax and rejuvenate. Instruction includes detailed anatomy of the skull and muscles of facial expression, physiology of skin, reflex points on the face and skull, and indications, cautions, and contraindications to facial massage.
Fundamentals of Oncology Massage
Learn how to plan and provide safe, nurturing touch for clients currently undergoing or recovering from treatment for cancer. Understand how cancer develops and spreads, and how you can accommodate medical treatment side effects and implanted devices, choose modality and technique adjustments, and explore emotions and self-care strategies surrounding the death of a client. In the hands-on segment, work with a partner to simulate hair loss, implanted devices, and chemotherapy and radiation side effects, designing and providing a therapeutic bodywork treatment.
Fundamentals of Pregnancy Massage
8 or 12 CEs
Working with a client throughout the childbirth year can be joyful and challenging: ensuring safety for mom and baby is the primary task. In this comprehensive class, learn about physiological and emotional changes during pregnancy, labor, and delivery; understand cautions and contraindications created by complications or by a high risk pregnancy, and positioning and draping techniques for the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Perform complete bodywork treatments appropriate for second and third trimesters on volunteer pregnant clients.
In Safe Hands: Treatment Planning for Clients with Arthritis
Arthritis is one of the most common reasons for which clients seek massage therapy. Understanding the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, possible complications, treatments and medications for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis empowers you to create treatment plans that ensure a safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for your clients.
In Safe Hands: Treatment Planning for Clients with Dementia
With 10, 000 people turning 65 every day, the rate of dementia is expected to swell in coming decades. Helping a client with any form of dementia can be especially challenging: symptoms are progressive, responses to massage can be unpredictable, and permission to treat may be elusive. Understanding the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, possible complications, treatments and medications for clients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), Frontotemporal dementia, and Vascular dementia. Empower yourself to create a treatment plan that ensures safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for clients.
In Safe Hands: Treatment Planning for Clients with Diabetes
Presented at the 2017 AMTA National Convention
Clients with diabetes present special challenges when receiving massage therapy. Understanding the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, possible complications, treatments and medications for the Type I, Type II, and gestational diabetes empowers you to create treatment plans that ensure a safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for your clients.
In Safe Hands: Treatment Planning for Clients with Fibromyalgia
Helping clients with fibromyalgia can be challenging: symptoms are transitory, responses to massage can be unpredictable, progress can be elusive. Understanding the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, possible complications, treatments and medications for fibromyalgia empowers you to create treatment plans that ensure a safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for your clients.
In Safe Hands: Treatment Planning for Clients with Autoimmune Conditions
People with autoimmune conditions face daily challenges, especially when receiving traditional or alternative health treatments. Understanding the autoimmune response as well as the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, possible complications, treatments and medications for autoimmune conditions such as lupus (SLE), multiple sclerosis (MS), Crohn's disease, and scleroderma empowers you to create treatment plans that ensure a safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for your clients.
Kinesiology in Practice
Sharpen your therapeutic skills and develop kinesthetic awareness by reviewing muscles and joints and applying biomechanical concepts to planning and providing an effective bodywork treatment. In the interactive segment, work with a partner to identify how posture and gait deviations affect movement, define goals and strategies for treatment, and perform a therapeutic massage based on workshop concepts.
Massage of the Abdomen
Presented at the AMTA-AZ Chapter Meeting, 2017
Learn how to perform a comprehensive, 30-45 minute protocol massage of the abdomen and anterior torso that combines fascial and Swedish techniques, to alleviate back pain, encourage effective bowel peristalsis, facilitate deep respiration, and release fascial restrictions. Massage of the abdomen can be a stand-alone treatment or integrated into a 90-minute protocol session, to create a dynamic, unique client experience. Instruction also includes a 5-minute protocol that can be incorporated into any traditional massage session.
The Peripheral Protocol: Isolating and Treating Muscles of the Face, Hands, and Feet
Presented at the AMTA-AZ Chapter Meeting, 2017
Learn specific techniques for isolating and treating the bones, soft tissue structures, and muscles of the cranium and face, wrist and hand, ankle and foot. Delve deeply into the anatomy and physiology of these critical areas. The Peripheral Protocol is ideal for people with chronic headaches, TMJD, those who spend time at a keyboard or stand for long periods: offer as a single 50-60 minute table treatment, extend a traditional massage session to 80-90 minutes by adding any single segment, incorporate the hand segment into a chair massage or the foot segment into a reflexology treatment. Clients describe the Peripheral Protocol as "unique...deeply relaxing...almost hypnotic!"
Understanding Client Medications
Presented at the 2016 AMTA National Convention
Ensure safe, effective bodywork treatment and safeguard your practice by understanding how client medications can affect massage treatment planning. Learn terms and concepts, drug administration routes, medication interactions, dosage issues, and adverse reactions. Practice utilizing drug information resources and obtaining necessary drug information during the intake interview. Identify cautions, contraindications, techniques and strategies for accommodating medication side effects for a wide range of commonly prescribed drugs. In the interactive segment, plan bodywork treatments based on case profiles of complex health conditions, with multiple medications and possible side effects.
Proactive Classroom Management
Presented at the 2013 AMTA National Convention, and the 2017 AFMTE Educational Congress
Create a classroom environment that honors diversity, instills respect for learning, and empowers students to succeed. Topics in this interactive class include acknowledging and nurturing an instructor's inherent authority; fostering student achievement through accountability and proactive feedback; and reaching disengaged, oversharing, or potentially at-risk students. Bring your past and current classroom challenges for discussion and input!
Burnout, ongoing fatigue, and injury are career-ending factors for too many promising bodywork practitioners. This interactive workshop helps new and veteran practitioners correct poor body mechanics, practice deep breathing patterns, and identify work habits that can prevent burnout and contribute to a longer, healthier bodywork career.
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