NCBTMB-Approved Continuing Education Classes
Elder Massage: Touching the Past
8 or 12 CEs
Learn about conditions of longevity, design comfortable, effective bodywork treatments, and provide a safe, accessible treatment space for fit or frail elder clients. Focus on fall-risk assessment, and learn a specific fall-risk prevention protocol. Gain skills in communication and assessments for elder clients; safe positioning, turning, and draping; guidelines for accommodating elder client limitations. In the 12 CE clinical class, apply elder massage techniques and the fall prevention protocol on elder volunteers.
Ethics in the Social Media Age
2, 3, or 4 CEs
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 of 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.
Fundamentals of Oncology Massage
8 or 12 CEs
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, how to 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.
In the 12 CE class, learn about risk factors and medical treatments, complete a case study, and practice specific positioning and bodywork techniques for clients with breast, lung, colorectal, or skin cancer.
Fundamentals of Pregnancy Massage
8 or 12 CEs
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.
The 12 CE class includes a 4-hour clinic in which participants 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, or ankylosing spondylitis empowers you to create treatment plans that ensure a safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for your clients.
In Safe Hands: 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.
In Safe Hands: Clients with Dementia
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: Clients with Diabetes
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: 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: Clients with Respiratory Conditions
Understand the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, possible complications, treatments and medications for chronic respiratory conditions such as sinusitis, asthma, COPD, and cystic fibrosis; identify contagious and non-contagious respiratory conditions, and create treatment plans and a physical environment that ensure a safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience.
In Safe Hands: Clients with Skin Cancer
Recognizing signs and symptoms, understanding the etiology, risk factors, prevention strategies, possible complications, treatments and medications for actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and any of the various forms of melanoma empowers practitioners to create treatment plans that ensure a safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for your clients.
Massage of the Abdomen
Learn how to perform a comprehensive, 30-45 minute protocol massage of the abdomen and anterior torso that combines myofascial, Swedish, and visceral 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.
The Peripheral Protocol: Isolating and Treating Muscles of the Face, Hands, and Feet
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!"
Posture and Gait Assessment
Learn how to quickly and efficiently assess your clients' posture and gait, so that you can create an effective, individualized treatment plan and bodywork session. This interactive, hands-on class provides understanding of posture and gait concepts, assessment guidelines, partnered practice in assessment of client structures and movement patterns, and development and application of a treatment plan based in assessment findings.
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.
Techniques in Sidelying
Placing a client in a stable, comfortable sidelying position ensures full access to lateral structures and muscle groups for specific massage techniques, and provides a truly complete bodywork experience. Learn recommendations for table positioning and body mechanics, plus secure positioning, draping, and repositioning. Design a 50-60-minute session that includes Swedish and myofascial techniques, passive stretching, and joint mobilizations performed entirely with the client in sidelying position, with segments that can be incorporated into a standard treatment, allowing work in supine, prone, and sidelying positions.
Understanding Client Medications
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.