Academy for the Healing Arts
Massage School and Day Spa


Beaumont Studio:

7102 Phelan Blvd.
Beaumont, TX 77706

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday:
8:00am -5:00pm

 

Cash, checks and major credit cards accepted.

 

Texas:
Licensed Massage Therapist # MT023126
Continuing Education Provider # CE 1759
Massage Therapy Instructor # MI 01141

National Certification:

Board Certified Massage Therapist # 419601-00
Continuing Education Provider # 451789-11

Florida:
Licensed Massage Therapist # MA80382
Florida Continuing Education Provider # 50-14426

Louisiana:
Licensed Massage Therapist # LA4843
Instructor Certificate # LACI0146-01
LA Continuing Education Provider # LAP0136

 

Home : Barbara White Seminars : Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

"Raising the Standards in Massage Education"

Aromatherapy

Live Seminar (12 CE hours)
Home Study (6 CE hours)

Description:
This course is designed to build a fundamental knowledge of essential oils, their benefits, caveats and dangers. Discussions of the rendering processes and properties of oils are shared to assist in the selection of pure and safe oils. Consumer knowledge is important for the therapist’s safety as well as any recipient. This course shares recipes for making your own common household products and essential oil uses as well as building an understanding of how essential oils work.  Recipes included in this course are not intended as prescriptive or recommended uses. Knowledge of your scope of practice for any licenses you may hold is a must. Learn proper blending techniques and note the changes that occur in oil blends over time as they mature.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe essential oils and volatility.
  • Discuss the history and rendering processes of oils.
  • Discuss Therapeutic Grade of oils.
  • Safely select, blend, use and research essential oils.
  • Define and discuss the meaning of GRAS and NEAT
  • Describe different methods of essential oils use as they apply to the French, German and English models
  • Identify active chemical constituents of Essential Oils
  • Understand and discuss how essential oils work.
  • Use and blend essential oils to create common household products
  • Create balance blends that age with intended outcomes.

Asian Bodyworks

Live Seminar (16 CE hours)
Home Study (8 CE hours) Theoretical Approach to Asian Bodyworks

Description:
This course is designed to build a fundamental knowledge of nonwestern therapies, the various theories that arise from the different cultures and a general approach to energy and self-balance using these principles. Meditation exercises are included to help each student develop their energies and focus. Theoretical approaches to Asian bodyworking systems are not the same as performing traditional therapies but the theory does help develop a whole body approach. Both client and therapist receive more from the session.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the yin and yang relationship.
  • List characteristics of both yin and yang.
  • List 12 traditional Chinese medicine meridians
  • Pair organ meridians by yin yang groupings.
  • Identify the 2 extraordinary meridians.
  • Define terminology used in non-western therapies.
  • Describe and discuss the 5 element theory
  • Understand the use of a meridian clock
  • Discuss basic components of Ayurvedic theory
  • List 7 primary chakras.

Ayurveda: Abhyanga

Live Seminar (8 CE hours)

Description:
This lesson introduces the theory and history of Ayurvedic massage. Discussion will include panchakarama constitutional analysis, pranas, marmas, koshas and the flow of energies along the nadies and through the strota layers as they relate to the balance of the body, mind and spirit of the individual. Ayurvedic technique application will be limited to the following:
Garshana: Dry lymphatic skin brushing with either silk or wool glove. This ‘rubbing’ increases heat and enhances circulation while exfoliating the skin so subsequent oil and herbal treatments can penetrate deeply into the freshly cleaned pores. This technique also produces static electricity, which alkalizes the blood and detoxifies the body. Garshana is a precursor to other Ayurvedic therapies including Abhyanga.

Abhyanga: Herbal oil massage designed to deeply penetrate the skin, relax the mind-body, break up impurities, and stimulate both arterial and lymphatic circulation, enhancing the delivery of nutrients to starved cells and the removal of stagnant waste. The desired result is a heightened state of awareness that will direct the internal healing system of the body.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define Ayurveda
  • Discuss the history and developmental aspects of Ayurveda
  • Discuss the concepts of Panchakarama
  • Understand marma points
  • Identify constitutional analysis of each client
  • Chose appropriate oils for the Abhyanga recipient
  • Understand when Abhyanga is the correct therapy choice
  • Safely apply a Garshana session
  • Safely apply an Abhyanga session

Ayurveda: Vishesh

Live Seminar (8 CE hours)

Description:
A brief history of Ayurvedic massage will be discussed including concepts of panchakarama constitutional analysis and the flow of energies along the nadies and through the strota layers as they relate to the balance of the body, mind and spirit of the individual. Ayurvedic technique application will be limited to the following:
Garshana: Dry lymphatic skin brushing with either silk or wool glove. This ‘rubbing’ increases heat and enhances circulation while exfoliating the skin so subsequent oil and herbal treatments can penetrate deeply into the freshly cleaned pores. This technique also produces static electricity, which alkalizes the blood and detoxifies the body. Garshana is a precursor to other Ayurvedic therapies including Vishesh.

Vishesh: a deep muscular ayurvedic massage that breaks up adhesions and compromised circulation within the muscle spindles. When certain channels are blocked, then neither awareness nor blood can access deeply seated tissues. For certain body types and imbalances, this is an essential therapeutic approach.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define Ayurveda
  • Discuss the concepts of Panchakarama
  • Identify constitutional analysis of each client
  • Chose the appropriate oils and supplies for the Vishesh recipient
  • Understand when Vishesh is the correct therapy choice
  • Safely apply a Garshana session
  • Safely apply a Vishesh session

Ayurveda: Shirodhara & Swedana

Live Seminar (8 CE hours)

Description:
A brief history of Ayurvedic massage will be discussed including concepts of panchakarama constitutional analysis and the flow of energies along the nadies and through the strota layers as they relate to the balance of the body, mind and spirit of the individual. Ayurvedic technique application will be limited to the following:
Swedana: Herbalized steam bath that is unique because the head and heart are kept cool during the steam bath while the body is heated to remove mental, emotional, and physical toxins lodged deeply within the tissues. The cool head and heart provide a sense of calm and openness while the therapeutic steam over the entire body can penetrate and cleanse deeply without the body becoming overheated and stressed.

Shirodhara: gentle and methodical pouring of warm herbalized oil over the forehead. This procedure synchronizes brain waves and profoundly coordinates and calms the mind, body and spirit. While most Ayurvedic therapies have their impact on the physical and energy sheaths of the subtle body system, Shirodhara most effectively purifies the mental sheath, where patterns of behavior (vasanas) and emotional traumas can distract the mind from its role in supporting good health and spiritual growth.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define Ayurveda
  • Discuss the concepts of Panchakarama
  • Identify constitutional analysis of each client
  • Chose the appropriate oils each recipient
  • Understand which patterns are appropriate according to constitutional analysis
  • Safely apply a Shirodhara session
  • Safely apply a Swedana session

Balneology, Scrubs & Muds

Live Seminar (12 CE hours)
Home Study (8 CE hours) Balneology: Science of Bathing

Description:
Balneology is the science of the therapeutic use of baths. The use of water as a restorative agent is a powerful one. From ancient times to present day therapeutic modalities, water has long been one of our most potent allies in assisting the body’s healing process. This course will cover the properties of various products that may be used in spa applications. Each student will build, provide and receive an exfoliation and wrap treatment based on protocols presented in this class. Marketing spa treatments to different clientele demographics is included.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the historical evolution of spa therapies
  • List 5 different spa professionals
  • Identify 7 basic spa categories
  • Describe exfoliation treatments, three types of body masques or wraps, two types of hydrotherapy soaks
  • Match the desired outcome with the appropriate spa product/treatment
  • Design, provide and receive an exfoliation and body wrap session
  • Identify the demographic your spa services should be marketed to

Body & Table Mechanics

Live Seminar (6 CE hours)

Description:
Body and Table Mechanics exist to increase effectiveness of the techniques being employed while decreasing effort and energy expenditures, fatigue, strains and injuries to the therapist. Table Mechanics also include proper client positioning and draping protocols. We will practice bolstering, draping in supine, prone and lateral recumbent. Additionally, we will learn proper joint support for the client during range of motion and stretching. In this course, therapists will learn effective self-care strategies, movement patterns and balance and weight distribution for optimal effectiveness. Techniques include setting table heights according to therapy style, leverage techniques, seated, standing and kneeling mechanics, therapeutic use of elbows/forearms, legs and knees, proper alignment of all joints and breathing patterns.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define Body and Table Mechanics
  • Provide Self-Care: Hands & Wrists, Elbows, Shoulders and Pectorals, Upper Back, Lower Back, Pelvic Alignment, Knees, Ankles & Feet
  • Identify & properly set table height for varied modalities
  • Employ leaning and leverage techniques that reduce strain on the therapist’s body
  • Provide a variety of draping and bolstering options in supine, prone and lateral recumbent
  • Sustain endurance and balance through breath
  • Safely support joints through a range of motion
  • Demonstrate movement patterns for warm up and technique application
  • Avoid common mistakes

This course teaches proper movement and self-care for the therapist. The emphasis is on strengthening and stretching, proper stances for floor and table massage, and proper client positioning and adaptive techniques to avoid repetitive motion injuries and improve efficiency of massage application.

Body Wraps

Live Seminar (12 CE hours)

Description:
Body wraps can yield many different results. Learn how to relax, rejuvenate, smooth and tone skin surfaces.  Emphasis is on desired outcomes, development of treatments and setting equipment and treatment spaces. Both cocoon wraps and compression wraps will be presented.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Select products according to desired outcome
  • Design spa wrap treatments based on desired outcome
  • Set equipment, supplies and treatment spaces
  • Provide and receive a cocoon wrap
  • Provide and receive a compressive
  • Properly sanitize equipment
  • Discuss importance of presentation

Boundary and Stress Management

For the Massage Therapist
Live Seminar (6 CE hours)

Description:
With the rigors of western life the management of stress is often complicated. Boundaries are stretched until the original marker of the boundary is no longer visible. Conflicts arise when we no longer manage our boundaries and the resulting stress become more unmanageable. This course focuses on boundary management and understanding the relationship between wellness and illness. We will develop burn-out prevention plans, identify healthy and unhealthy behavioral patterns in our individual lives, set boundaries that cultivate wellness and practice positive conflict resolution skills. These skills will help us to grow our lives and practices as well as add a positive influence into the lives of the clients we reach. As therapists we are the example by which we are leading our clients. We must first learn these skills before we can exemplify them. This course will include some physical and centering activities.

At the end of this class each participant will be able to:

  1. Understand the relationship between wellness and illness.
  2. Develop a burn-out prevention and wellness plan.
  3. Develop healthy boundaries specific to their needs.
  4. Practice positive conflict resolution skills.
  5. Identify healthy and unhealthy behavioral patterns.
  6. Develop the skills necessary to foster positive breathing patterns & relaxation techniques

Business Management for the Massage Therapist

Live Seminar (12 CE hours)
Home Study (12 CE hours)

Description:
Massage Therapists enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities from private studios to doctor’s offices, spas and resorts. Regardless of location most massage therapists find themselves self-employed and need basic business skills to achieve their potential. This course is designed to build a fundamental knowledge of building and maintaining the business portion of your practice.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain marketing strategies & demographics
  • List 4 different assets clients are looking for
  • Identify your personal & professional boundaries
  • Describe elements of conflict resolution
  • Identify the difference between contract and employee agreements
  • Write a business plan for a new or existing business
  • Set service rates and calculate costs per client
  • Manage basic bookkeeping
  • Understand basic tax preparation and deductions

DTDeep Tissue Massage

Live Seminar (12 CE hours)

Description:
This course is designed to teach safe and efficient approaches in Deep Tissue Massage application including proper body mechanics for the therapist. We will discuss the differences in a “hard pressure” massage verses reaching the deeper layers of tissues. There will be a focus on the details of human anatomy, physiology and pathologies to enhance each student’s understanding of the techniques presented and improved results in reaching the client’s goals.

Objectives:

  • Each Participant will be able to explain the difference between the massage elements of pressure and depth
  • The participant will be able to demonstrate proper body mechanics to increase leverage and reduce personal body strain and expenditure of energy.
  • The participant will be able to discuss the stages of rehabilitation as they apply to the scope of practice of a massage therapist
  • Each Therapist will explain how the physiological laws apply to bodywork
  • Each Participant will demonstrate postural analysis techniques for the purpose of selecting proper massage applications
  • Each participant will perform massage applications to reduce muscular tension in the shoulder girdle and upper extremities, pelvic girdle and lower extremities, cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, and respiratory muscles

Dynamic Body: Healing in Motion

Live Seminar (6 CE hours)

Description:
Outside of the box! Don’t be timid when it comes to moving your client around. Their body will thank you for it. The body heals best when it is in motion. Create space in the joint capsules and open up angles with Dynamic uses of rocking, compression, stretches, ROM and alternative client positioning. This class combines many of the traditional therapies such as Rolfing, MFR, NMT, Swedish Gymnastics, Thai Massage and Shiatsu all in one dynamic format. Therapeutic Lateral Recumbent and Seated positions are frequently overlooked alternative client positioning which opens up joints and allows freer access to the body than prone and supine alone. Gain great ROM in the shoulder joint to free up adhered joint capsules, greater access to the knee, neck and spinal movements. Learn to read the clients body and put movement back in their joints.  Get ready to dust off some tools you may not have pulled out of your belt in years.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Build an awareness of their own body movements
  • Utilize movement techniques to disarm the receiver’s holding patterns or need to control
  • Identify adhesions and “stuck” or congested joints
  • Create space and movement in each moveable joint of the body
  • Increase mobility in resistant tissues of the body
  • Use compression to create expansion
  • Utilize therapist’s feet, knees and body to block, move and compress
  • Utilize active, active-resisted and passive movements

Dynamic Draping, The Art of

Live Seminar (6 CE hours)

Description:
Breaking the mold! We are typically taught in our foundational learning classes that the purpose of draping is for warmth and modesty, and it most certainly is, but all the really cool stuff gets passed up. Draping is an art form and can prove an ally in reduction of wear and tear on your own body. You will learn multiple draping styles and securely move the client around the table in dynamic moves without compromising their modesty (or yours) and learn to use your body and draping materials as a leverage tools in the process. Learn to use your knees and feet in treatment sessions as well as the sheets, bolsters, pillows and towels for leverage and ROM. Easily lift bodies off the table in hyper extension or provide secure anterior coverage for a lady in lateral recumbent, seated, cobra or sphinx.  Demonstration will be made on providing a bare-back chair massage with appropriate draping. Give the shoulders, neck or low back the ROM or stretch it needs without strain on your body.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Provide layered draping styles that allow for a greater ROM
  • Securely control draping materials
  • Use draping materials as tools
  • Remove soiled drapes and replace them without exposure
  • Create a “walking drape”
  • Provide safe dynamic stretches while minimizing therapist body strain

Facial Massage Treatments

Live Seminar (8 CE hours)

Description:
There are differences in the face treatments that can be delivered by a massage therapist, cosmetologist and esthetician.  This course is designed to prepare the massage therapist for safe and legal application of face treatments within his/her scope of practice. Emphasis will be on the difference in statutes and regulatory agencies as well the delivery of massage face treatments for your spa menu. The ability for a massage practice to incorporate spa treatments is an important one. Learn how to ad this one safely, effectively and within your scope of practice.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Discuss the differences in scope of practice for Massage Therapists, Cosmetologists and Estheticians
  • State the Massage Therapy laws that address hydrotherapy and face treatments
  • Chose products and develop a treatment within your scope of practice
  • Safely prepare equipment and temperatures
  • Provide a facial massage treatment
  • Properly sanitize all equipment
  • Effectively market spa services to build your practice

Foot Massage Technique

Live Seminar (6 CE hours)

Description:
This course is designed to build a solid understanding of the structures, proper functions and dysfunctions of our feet. We will discuss the translator stages of the foot as it moves through the gait cycle and the structures that are affected. Focus will be on identifying dysfunctional patterns and treating the affected structures. Techniques will be presented to aid plantar fasciitis, falling arches, ankle sprains, toes that drag, heavy medial and lateral weight bearing.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Identify the skeletal structures of the foot
  • Identify muscles of the foot and lower leg
  • Discuss kinesthetic movements of all joints of the lower leg and foot
  • Provide posture and gait analysis as it relates to the feet
  • Discuss the stages of the gait cycle
  • Demonstrate treatment for plantar fasciitis
  • Demonstrate techniques that aid ankle sprains
  • Understand falling arches; toe that drag; medial and lateral weight bearing; and techniques and exercises that may be helpful in alleviating these dysfunctions.

Hand Massage & Self Care

Live Seminar (6 CE hours)

Description:
Hand Massage and self-care is directed at the massage therapist’s personal health and prevention of repetitive motion injury. However, the techniques and information presented in this course is the same information each therapist should be imparting to their clients. You will learn techniques that will prolong your career as well as build your practice. We will address carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), De Quervain’s Tendonitis (DT), Whiplash and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Golfer’s/Tennis elbow both anatomically and therapeutically. Exercises and preparatory skills will be taught to prevent these injuries.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Discuss anatomy & Kinesiology of the hand and  related structures
  • Demonstrate therapist self-care techniques for the upper extremities
  • Demonstrate therapeutic applications for the therapist
  • Preform therapeutic applications for the client
  • Discuss common pathologies relating to the hand
  • Preform Yoga and Tai Chi poses that aid in hand health and self-care

Hot Stone Massage Class

Live Seminar (12 hours)

Description:
Hot Stone Massage is an amazing treatment that has a long history. This course presents an historic accounting of this age old therapy as well as the modern day spa uses. Providing hot stone massage is more complex than picking up river rocks from a flower bed and heating them for use on the body. We will cover the properties of the stones, selection of quality stones and their proper care. In addition, we will take a look at equipment requirements and recommendations for use with stones. A full body hot stone routine is presented by an experienced instructor, then practiced and received by each participant. This is a class to truly enjoy.

Each student will be able to:

  • Discuss the history of hot stone massage
  • Discuss the effects of heat on human anatomy and physiology
  • Screen for contraindications and caveats
  • Make appropriate modifications to treatment plans
  • Identify and select quality stones
  • Chose quality heating an treatment equipment
  • Set up for treatment and manage stone temperatures
  • Provide a full body hot stone session
  • Market Hot Stone Massage

Infant massage Class

Live Seminar (4 CE hours)

Description:
Infant massage is best suited to a parent, sibling or care giver. This class is designed to prepare a massage therapist to massage an infant as well as teach the care giver to provide bonding and therapeutic sessions to their child. The effects of massage on the human body are profound and thus these benefits will help the young recipient to develop healthy and happy. Among the benefits are greater cognitive skills, motor development, bonding, reduced anxiety, improved sleep and improved digestion and reduced colic. We will discuss energy meridians, reflexology and lymphatic drainage for the infant during this class. Dolls are provided for practice but live babies are welcome if you have access to a little person you love, please bring them with you. If you are bringing a baby, please let me know in advance. Let this class be a gift to you and those whose lives you impact. A massage license is not required to attend this class.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Discuss the benefits of infant massage
  • Identify contraindications for infant massage
  • Identify endangerment sites and proper direction of strokes
  • Set an appropriate and safe  atmosphere
  • Select safe lubricants
  • Provide an infant massage
  • Provide therapies that relieve colic

LomiLomi Hawaiian Massage

Live Seminar (16 CE hours)

Description:
Lomi means to massage or weave and is a deeply rooted part of the Hawaiian heritage. This course will cover a brief history in the Lomi traditions to foster a connection with the work. This sacred art must be felt and embraced from the inside out in order to be translated to the recipient. Providing is as good for the giver as the receiver. This deeply penetrating massage weaves the whole body together as the method massages from foot to head, left and right, top and bottom all at the same time. The constant figure 8 movements disrupt tension and stress holding patterns physically, mentally and emotionally and allow a loving safe place to heal. In a sense, it “re-boots” the system. This modality receives an “A” in my book as one of the most fantastic bodyworking methods ever!

At the end of this course each participant will be able to:

  • Develop a connection to the Hawaiian tradition of LomiLomi
  • Set appropriate table height to facilitate this therapy
  • Securely manage towel draping
  • Demonstrate required body mechanics, breathing and movement patterns
  • Develop the use of forearms as the primary tool
  • Perform fluid gliding strokes over and under the body
  • Provide and receive a full body lomi session

Lymphatic Drainage

Live Seminar (16 CE hours)

Description:

The lymphatic system, much to our demise, is often overlooked in our healthcare regimes. It is our greatest asset in prevention of illness, fluid retention, edemas and cancer. This silent system only moves 2-20% of the fluids and toxins in our bodies, but is so powerful that if it shuts down, death may occur within 24-48 hours. This course teaches gentle techniques in moving this very powerful system to regain health, maintain health and prevent disease. Students should be able to competently incorporate these gentle techniques into their practice upon completion of this course.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system
  • Locate the lymph node clusters
  • Map the direction and order of lymphatic drainage in the body
  • Palpate congestion within the lymphatic system
  • Set lymphatic treatment plan
  • Provide client education for the lymphatic system
  • Demonstrate a full body lymphatic drainage session

Marketing Me

Live Seminar (6 CE hours)

Description:
You cannot, not communicate. We will discuss 5 categories of “marketing me” with emphasis is on interpersonal communication skills and understanding the market. This course is designed to teach effective and ethical practice building skills and promotional ideas. How effectively are you interacting with your clientele demographics? This practice building seminar is a must for all therapists. Come prepared to market you.

Each participant will:

  • Learn 5 ways in which they market themselves to others
  • Be able to describe the importance and components of verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Become more aware of their body language
  • Identify their demographic audience
  • Develop marketing strategies
  • Refine presentation skills

Massage for Family and Friends

Live Seminar (4 hours-this course does not offer CE hours)

Description:
Massage is a natural component of human interaction and self-care. Professional Licensed Massage Therapists must study 500-2000 hours to provide safe and effective treatments to the public due to the complexity of the human body and pathologies that may be present. This course is designed to give a base knowledge of how to safely massage and when it is not safe to massage. A general set of effective techniques will be presented so that friends and families may share the nurturing touch of massage amongst themselves or for potential massage students to check it out before they commit to a licensing program. Please note that this class is not designed to prepare anyone to provided massage professionally. A license is required to accept compensation for any soft tissue manipulation, massage.

Each Participant will:

  1. Understand when it is safe to apply massage therapy
  2. Learn the basic strokes and proper application
  3. Develop safe personal body mechanics
  4. Be able to provide full body massage at home
  5. Safely deliver Range of Motion exercises and stretching
  6. Understand licensing requirements

Muscles & Palpation

Live Seminar (12 CE hours)

Description:
Pain and movement patterns become clear as you build muscles on a skeleton and experience first-hand the relationship between each structure from deep to superficial as well as the directions of pull of each muscle. We will palpate these structures on ourselves and our classmates for a deeper learning experience. This class is a fun and interactive learning experience that will improve your therapeutic skills.

At the end of this class each student will:

  • Identify skeletal structures of the human body
  • Identify muscular structures of the human body
  • Map nerve and circulatory structures through soft tissues
  • Understand the relationships between each major muscle
  • Describe the directions of pull and motions caused by each muscle
  • Locate structures on the live body

Myofascial Release: Lumbo-Pelvic

Live Seminar (16 CE hours)

Description:
The purpose of this class is to teach the therapist intuitive palpatory skills and to address the root of the dysfunction rather than chasing and patching the areas of pain. The Lumbo-pelvic region is the fulcrum for the entire body affecting the structures above and below. Without a stable base the rest of the structure loses integrity. Myofascial Release is a gentle long term solution to pain and postural distortions. This gentle therapy never forces the system and teaches the body to heal itself both physically and psychologically.

Objectives:

  • Each participant will experience their own fascial system and its intense impact on the person physically and psychologically.
  • The therapist will be able to discuss the theoretical approaches and inner mechanisms of Myofascial components of the human body.
  • The therapist will be able to perform multiple techniques to evaluate restrictions in the body.
  • Each participant will perform releases to the anterior, posterior and lateral fascia lines.
  • Each participant will perform releases for the superficial and deep fascia systems affecting the lumbo-pelvic region to restore balance to the pelvic girdle.
  • The Therapist will be able to perform a manual scar release.

Myofascial Release: Cervical-Thoracic

Live Seminar (16 CE hours)

Description:
Frequently fascial adhesions do not stay local and stretch to invade distant structures of the body. Myofascial Release is a method of relieving long term pain patterns that tended to invade surrounding and far reaching regions of the body. MFR techniques usually begin with light compression, followed by decompression. The therapist sustains pressure and follows any motion that occurs three-dimensionally as the surrounding fascia releases and eliminates or reduces the bracing or holding patterns. MFR techniques are highly effective in reducing pain and restoring motion on a long term basis. The purpose of this class is to teach the therapist intuitive palpatory skills and to address the root of the dysfunction rather than chasing pain. The Cervical-Thoracic region is a complex structural area. Balance of these structures is important for proper function.

Objectives:

  • Each participant will experience their own fascial system and its intense impact on the body structure.
  • The therapist will be able to discuss the theoretical approaches and inner mechanisms of Myofascial components of the human body.
  • The therapist will be able to perform multiple techniques to evaluate restrictions in the body.
  • Each participant will perform releases to the anterior, posterior and lateral fascial lines.
  • Each participant will perform releases for the superficial and deep fascial systems affecting the cervical-thoracic and abdominal regions as well as the temporomandibular joint and shoulder girdles.
  • The Therapist will be able to perform a manual scar release.

Myofascial Release: Lower Extremities

Live Seminar (16 CE hours)

Description:
The purpose of this class is to teach the therapist intuitive palpatory skills and to address the root of the dysfunction rather than chasing and patching the areas of pain. The Lower-extremities rely on the unrestricted and proper movement through the pelvis. MFR pulls through the Legs, pelvic girdle and low back release restrictions that cause pain in distant areas of the body. Myofascial Release is a gentle long term solution to pain and postural distortions. This gentle therapy never forces the system and teaches the body to heal itself both physically and psychologically.

Objectives:

  • Each participant will experience their own fascial system and its intense impact on the person physically and psychologically.
  • The therapist will be able to discuss the theoretical approaches and inner mechanisms of Myofascial components of the human body.
  • The therapist will be able to perform multiple techniques to evaluate restrictions in the body.
  • Each participant will perform releases to the anterior, posterior and lateral fascial lines.
  • Each participant will perform releases for the superficial and deep fascia of the body affecting the lower extremities.
  • The Therapist will be able to perform a manual scar release, relieve pain resulting from plantar fasciitis of the foot, shin splints and exercise induced compartment syndrome of the legs.

Myofascial Release: Upper Extremities

Live Seminar (16 CE hours)

Description:
Fascia lines our bodies inside out from head to toe. From the sheaths of each muscle fiber to the skin on our arms, fascia effects every movement we make. Students will be able to relieve pain and many restrictions in movements by gently releasing adhesions and stretching collagen fibers. It is important to understand that even the gentlest techniques can have a very potent effect on the body. This class focuses on the upper extremities. We will learn techniques to address Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS), Whiplash, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis and frozen shoulder syndrome.

Objectives:

  • Each participant will experience their own fascial system and its intense impact on the person physically and psychologically.
  • The therapist will be able to discuss the theoretical approaches and inner mechanisms of Myofascial components of the human body.
  • The therapist will learn techniques to relieve pain from carpel tunnel syndrome
  • The therapist will learn techniques to relieve pain from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Whiplash
  • Each participant will perform releases for the superficial and deep fascia of the body affecting the upper extremities.
  • The Therapist will be able to perform a manual scar release, relieve pain resulting from tendonitis and frozen shoulder syndrome.

Neuromuscular Therapy: Cervical-Thoracic

Live Seminar (16 CE hours)

Description:
Neuromuscular Therapy is an educated approach to treating compromised tissues. Specifically we are addressing the proprioceptive neuromuscular balance, smooth movement & firing order of muscles. We will learn to address over-stimulated muscles and under-stimulated muscles to reduce pain patterns and postural shifts in the human body.
The purpose of this course is to teach the relation between structure, dysfunction and pain, and to provide an educated approach to treating them.

At the conclusion of this course you will:

  • Define Neuromuscular Therapy, its importance and how it differs from other therapies
  • Identify and discuss tensegrity, postural distortions and spiral diagonal patterns as they correlate to specified pain patterns.
  • Identify tight vs. taught muscle groups and apply appropriate technique to balance muscle tone.
  • Discuss the physiological laws of bodywork as they apply to massage therapy.
  • List and define the stages of Rehabilitation as they apply to the Massage Therapist’s Scope of Practice
  • Successfully and safely address clients with scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, thoracic torsions and compressions, forward head posture, thoracic outlet syndrome, whiplash, torticollis, herniated and protruding disks, unbalanced respiratory patterns from stress and anxiety, stubborn Quadratus Lumborum pain, TMJ Dysfunction, headaches and more.
  • Perform Abdominal Massage
  • Learn Muscle energy techniques

Learn Releases for the Latissimuss Dorsi, QL, Multifidus & deep spinal rotators, spinal erectors, Rectus Abdominus, Respiratory Diaphragm, Internal & External Intercostals, Anterior and Posterior Serratus muscles, Scalenes, Sternocleidomastoid, plytasma, splenius group, masseters, ptyregoids, hyoids, sub-occipitals

Neuromuscular Therapy: Lower Extremities

Live Seminar (16 CE hours)

Description:
Neuromuscular Therapy is an educated approach to treating compromised tissues. Specifically we are addressing the proprioceptive neuromuscular balance, smooth movement & firing order of muscles. We will learn to address over-stimulated muscles and under-stimulated muscles to reduce pain patterns and postural shifts in the human body.
The purpose of this course is to teach the relation between structure, dysfunction and pain, and to provide an educated approach to treating them.

During this course you will:

  • Define Neuromuscular Therapy, its importance and how it differs from other therapies
  • Identify postural distortions, spiral diagonal patterns and gate patterns as they correlate to specified dysfunctions
  • Discuss tensegrity, Identify tight vs. taught muscle groups and apply appropriate technique to balance muscle tone.
  • Successfully and safely address clients with Medial and lateral foot placement (duck footed and pigeon toed), Genu Verus and Genu Valgus (knock knee and bow leg) and flat foot.
  • Perform techniques to relieve I-T band pain, hamstring/quadriceps spasms, “Charlie horses” and groin pulls, knee pain, ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis.
  • Learn Muscle energy techniques.

Neuromuscular Therapy: Lumbo-Pelvic

Live Seminar (16 CE hours)

Description:
Neuromuscular Therapy is an educated approach to treating compromised tissues. Specifically we are addressing the proprioceptive neuromuscular balance, smooth movement & firing order of muscles of the lumbo-pelvic region. We will learn to address over-stimulated muscles and under-stimulated muscles to reduce pain patterns and postural shifts in the human body. The purpose of this course is to teach the relation between structure, dysfunction and pain, and to provide an educated approach to treating them.

During this course you will:

  • Define Neuromuscular Therapy, its importance and how it differs from other therapies
  • Identify and discuss tensegrity, postural distortions and spiral diagonal patterns as they correlate to specified pain patterns.
  • Identify tight vs. taught muscle groups and apply appropriate technique to balance muscle tone.
  • Discuss the physiological laws of bodywork as they apply to massage therapy.
  • List and define the stages of Rehabilitation as they apply to the Massage Therapist’s Scope of Practice.
  • Successfully and safely address clients with anterior and posterior pelvic tilts, up-slips and down-slips, excessive or diminished lumbar curve, unstable pelvis and postural distortions.
  • Perform techniques to relieve sciatic nerve pain, stubborn Quadratus Lumborum pain, incompetent resisted hip flexion (kicking or pushing objects with foot), hip and I-T band pain, hamstring spasms/cramps and groin pulls.
  • Learn Muscle energy techniques.

Neuromuscular Therapy: Upper Extremities

Live Seminar (16 CE hours)

Description:
Clinical massage begins with a solid understanding of the body and its functions. We must understand a variety of basic and advanced modalities in order to make the appropriate choices for treatment based on individual client needs. The best results come about by an educated approach to bodywork designed for the individual. We will begin with a presentation of theory, physiological laws, and postural analysis. Neuromuscular Therapy is an educated approach to treating compromised tissues. Specifically we are addressing the proprioceptive neuromuscular balance, smooth movement & firing order of muscles. We will learn to address over-stimulated muscles and under-stimulated muscles to reduce pain patterns and postural shifts in the human body. The purpose of this course is to teach the relation between structure, dysfunction and pain, and to provide an educated approach to treating them. This course will cover structures and common dysfunctions of the upper extremities.

During this course you will:

  • Define Neuromuscular Therapy, its importance and how it differs from other therapies
  • Identify postural distortions, spiral diagonal patterns and gate patterns as they correlate to specified dysfunctions
  • Discuss tensegrity, Identify tight vs. taught muscle groups and apply appropriate technique to balance muscle tone.
  • Assess and balance Scapulo-humeral Rhythm
  • Successfully and safely address clients with protracted, elevated and depressed shoulders; and distortions in medial and lateral rotation and pronation and supination.
  • Perform techniques to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff injuries, “frozen shoulder”, Biceps and Tricep contractures, Tendonistis, “Golfer’s Elbow” and “Tennis Elbow”, DeQuervain’s Tendonitis and Limited ROM.
  • Learn Muscle energy techniques.

PNF Stretching

Live Seminar (6 CE hours)

Description:
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitated Stretches are usually used when pain or limited R.O.M. exists. Proprioceptors and agonist / antagonist muscle groups are used to “trick” the muscles into a greater length. Experience this interactive workshop and learn advanced stretching and flexibility techniques for yourself and your clients. This tool will increase your effectiveness in the treatment room.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the functions and differences in Muscle Spindle Fibers and Golgi Tendon Organs
  • Demonstrate the different types of muscle contractions
  • Describe Graded Responses
  • Identify agonist-antagonist relationships
  • Perform 2 variations of PNF stretches
  • Provide advanced stretch techniques to all joints of the body

Posture & Gait Analysis

Live Seminar (6 CE hours)
Home Study (8 CE hours)

Description:
This course is designed to build a fundamental knowledge and understanding of posture and gait deviations. It is not intended for diagnosis or correction of imbalances. Identifying the root cause of discomfort is the beginning point in reaching the client’s goals. Students will develop theoretical knowledge and a thought process that will allow them to better select techniques that aid special populations with specific needs.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define Posture and Gait deviations.
  • Describe normal posture and identify postural deviations.
  • Describe a normal gait pattern and identify deviations from the norm.
  • Discuss pelvic balance.

Prenatal Massage

Live Seminar (8 CE hours)

Description:
Massage during pregnancy is therapeutic bodywork which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the steps of the childbirth experience.  While going through these changes, massage therapy can be used to enhance: the functions of muscles and joints, improve circulation and general body tone, and relieve mental and physical fatigue. This course presents safe application of massage for the mother to be including proper bolstering, positioning, contra-indications and pregnancy related endangerment sites. We will also discuss the various stages of pregnancy, anatomy and positions of the uterine ligaments and considerations that are present along the way.

After this class you should be able to:

  • Explain how prenatal massage benefits the mother physically and emotionally
  • List and describe pregnancy related complications and their symptoms that would contraindicate massage therapy
  • Describe the physiological changes that take place in a woman’s body during pregnancy at each trimester
  • Perform a full body massage during all three trimesters of pregnancy
  • Provide proper prenatal bolstering and draping
  • Provide a variety of useful pre-labor coaching suggestions to prepare your client for delivery, physically and emotionally
  • Prepare suitable forms to use for release of liability and record-keeping

Professional Ethics and Standards of Practice

Live Seminar or Home Study (6 CE hours)

Description:
This course is designed to meet the NCBTMB requirements for professional ethics continuing education for certification renewal.  We will cover Scope of Practice, Legal Guidelines, Roles & Boundaries, Transference and Counter-transference, State Dependent Memory, Client Neglect and Abuse, Client/Therapist Confidentiality, Professionalism, Fair billing practices and Conflict Resolution.

Students will learn expectations and standards of acceptable, ethical, and professional conduct. Topics include: Professionalism, Legal and Ethical Requirements, Confidentiality, Business Practices, Roles and Boundaries, Scope of Practice, and Prevention of Sexual Misconduct. This course fulfills the NCBTMB continuing education requirement of 6 hours in Professional Ethics.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Define the Massage Therapist’s Scope of Practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of legal guidelines
  • Set and maintain healthy roles & boundaries
  • Identify Transference and counter transference issues
  • Discuss State Dependent Memory and management protocols
  • Avoid client neglect and abuse situations
  • Demonstrate Confidentiality and Professionalism protocols
  • Demonstrate Conflict Resolution skills

Raindrop Technique

Live Seminar (6 CE hours)

Description:
Raindrop Technique is a powerful, non-invasive tool for assisting the body in detoxification and immune responses by utilizing the antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory action of several key essential oils. Dr. Gary Young, the developer of the technique makes claims that this system corrects defects in the curvature of the spine that may be caused by viruses that hibernate along the spinal column. There are no prerequisites for this class; however, I strongly recommend that you complete the aromatherapy class preceding this one. It is available as a home study and a live seminar.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Discuss the properties of essential oils and their uses in Raindrop Technique
  • Display an understanding of the safe uses and dangers of essential oils
  • Identify the oils used in a traditional Raindrop Technique session
  • Prepare the supplies, equipment and treatment space for a session
  • Palpate and equalize energy balance
  • Deliver a full raindrop session

Reflexology

Live Seminar (8 CE hours)

Description:
According to reflexology theory, the body is divided into 10 longitudinal zones. It is based on the principle that specific points on the body, especially the hands, feet and ears can be manipulated to bring about a therapeutic effect in other areas of the body.  This 8 hour course will focus on foot reflexology and theory. Student will be able to experience reflexologies powerful effects and feel confident sharing this skill with their clients.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Discuss the theory of reflexology
  • Map the zones and meridians of the foot
  • Preform a client health history intake and assess the foot for contraindications
  • Demonstrate support techniques
  • Demonstrate pressure techniques
  • Apply a general reflexology routine by zones
  • Demonstrate an understanding of applying a routine by organ system

Shiatsu Level 1

Live Seminar (12 CE hours)

Description:
Shiatsu, meaning “finger pressure” in Japanese, is a traditional eastern approach to bodywork. This bodyworking method has its foundations rooted in the five element theory as it defines balance and control cycles of the body and uses the 12 paired meridians of the body as well as two extraordinary meridians. Yin and yang balance is re-established and maintained as the Qi energy, “life-force or breath” is circulated in its proper directions as pressure is applied to tsubu points along the meridians. Shiatsu is provided fully clothed on a floor mat and includes finger pressure and range of motion. In Level 1 we will apply a routine using the following meridians: Bladder 1 & 2, Kidney, Lung & Large Intestine. Theory, TCM anatomical position, terminology, body mechanics, and hand techniques will be covered.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Discuss the five element theory and Yin-Yang balance
  • Define Shiatsu,Qi, Hara, Kyo, Jitsu, Cun and Tsubo
  • Map the Urinary Bladder, Kidney, Lung and Large Intestine Meridian pathways
  • Demonstrate body mechanics for floor mat techniques
  • Demonstrate pressure and hand techniques
  • Complete a full body Shiatsu routine using supine, prone and seated positions
  • Identify key tsubo points in the body

Shiatsu Level 2

Live Seminar (8 CE hours)

Description:
Shiatsu is provided fully clothed on a floor mat and includes finger pressure and range of motion. The Liver, Gallbladder, Stomach and Spleen meridians will be incorporated into the level 1 routine. The Lateral Recumbent position will be introduced along with additional stretches and range of motion techniques. Dӧ-In is a self-treatment and preparation tool that will again be used to enforce the benefits of shiatsu, energy balance and the pathway of the yin and yang meridians.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Discuss Yin-Yang balance and direction of flow
  • Map the Liver, Gallbladder, Stomach & Spleen Meridian pathways
  • Demonstrate body mechanics for floor mat techniques
  • Demonstrate pressure and hand techniques
  • Complete a full body Shiatsu routine using Supine, Prone, Lateral Recumbent  and Seated positions
  • Provide and Receive Range of Motion and Stretching techniques
  • Identify key tsubo points within the Liver, Gallbladder, Stomach & Spleen Meridians

Shiatsu Level 3

Live Seminar (8 CE hours)

Description:
Shiatsu is provided fully clothed on a floor mat and includes finger pressure and range of motion. The Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium and Triple Warmer meridians will be incorporated into the routine. Hara Palpation, Potent Points and Governing and Conception Vessels will also be discussed. Dӧ-In is a self-treatment and preparation tool that will again be used to enforce the benefits of shiatsu, energy balance and the pathway of the yin and yang meridians.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Discuss Yin-Yang balance and direction of flow
  • Map the Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium and Triple Warmer Meridian pathways
  • Demonstrate body mechanics for floor mat techniques
  • Demonstrate pressure and hand techniques
  • Complete a full body Shiatsu routine using Supine, Prone, Lateral Recumbent  and Seated positions
  • Provide and Receive Range of Motion and Stretching techniques
  • Identify key tsubo points within the Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium, Triple Warmer, Governing and Conception Meridians

Shiatsu Level 4

Live Seminar (8 CE hours)

Description:
This course will focus on devising session plans, rather than a routine, that is built on each individual client’s needs. Emphasis will be placed on the meridian clock, hara palpation and signs and symptoms of the client presenting. We will theoretical discussion TCM diagnosis with an understanding that diagnosis and treatment are out of the scope of practice of a massage therapist. Techniques that use knees and feet will be practiced. Potent Point combinations for relieving common patterns will be demonstrated and practiced. It is recommended that you take this class only after considerable practice.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Discuss hara palpation & TCM diagnosis theories
  • Identify weak and strong meridian systems on the meridian clock
  • Demonstrate body mechanics for knee and foot pressure techniques
  • Provide a session to relieve common patterns of dysfunction

Thai Massage: Supine

Live Seminar (8 CE hours)

Description:
Nicknamed “Lazy-man’s Yoga”, Thai massage incorporates a wide array of powerful stretching techniques that open energy channels and revitalizes it’s recipients and the giver. This course will introduce the history and theory of Thai Massage as well as the benefits and contra-indications. There are 72,000 energy lines in the body. We will be focusing on the 10 primary sen channels, pressing techniques and manipulation (stretching) techniques. In this class you will learn floor mat body mechanics, common supine poses, pressing protocols and blood stopping. Focus will be on safe and proper alignment of client and therapist as well as focus, energy balance, smooth transitions and quality delivery of a supine routine. This is the foundation course for the Thai Massage series.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Discuss the history and theory of Thai massage
  • Identify the 10 primary sen channels
  • Demonstrate floor mat stances and body mechanics
  • Demonstrate pressing and blood stopping techniques
  • Provide and receive a supine Thai Massage routine

Thai Massage: Side Lying

Live Seminar (8 CE hours)

Description:
Thai Massage starts in the supine position, followed by each side in turn and then followed by prone position and finished in a seated position. This course incorporates side lying techniques to open channels that are best suited to this position. We will focus on floor mat body mechanics, common side lying poses, pressing protocols, safe and proper alignment of client and therapist as well as a centered approach to energy balance, smooth transitions and quality delivery.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Properly move the client into side lying positions
  • Identify the sen channels that are opened to easier access in side lying position
  • Demonstrate floor mat stances and body mechanics
  • Provide and receive a side lying Thai Massage routine
  • Develop a therapeutic touch quality and balance
  • Cultivate a mature approach and professional attitude to Thai Massage poses

Thai Massage: Prone

Live Seminar (8 CE hours)

Description:
Thai Massage starts in the supine position, followed by each side in turn and then followed by prone position and finished in a seated position. This course incorporates prone position techniques to open channels that are best suited to this position. We will focus on floor mat body mechanics, common prone poses, pressing protocols, safe and proper alignment of client and therapist as well as a centered approach to energy balance, smooth transitions and quality delivery.  Very potent poses that open anterior sen channels are presented in this course. These channels are commonly guarded and the root of physical and psychological dysfunctions.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Properly move the client into prone position
  • Identify the sen channels that are opened to easier access in prone position
  • Provide and receive a prone Thai Massage routine
  • Develop a therapeutic touch quality
  • Properly align body for leverage and balance
  • Cultivate a mature approach and professional attitude to Thai Massage poses

Thai Massage: Seated

Live Seminar (8 CE hours)

Description:
This course is the finishing position in the Thai Massage series incorporating sitting position techniques to open channels that are best suited to this position. We will focus on floor mat body mechanics, common seated poses, pressing protocols, safe and proper alignment of client and therapist as well as a centered approach to energy balance, smooth transitions and quality delivery.  After presentation of seated poses we will incorporate them into a full body routine with focus on smooth transitions and developing routines to fit the client’s needs and time frame. Thai routines can last anywhere from 1-3 hours.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  • Properly move the client into seated position
  • Identify the sen channels that are opened to easier access in a sitting position
  • Provide and receive a seated Thai Massage routine
  • Develop a therapeutic touch quality
  • Properly align body for leverage and balance
  • Cultivate a mature approach and professional attitude to Thai Massage poses
  • Provide and receive a full body Thai Massage session

Massage Therapy Instructor Training:

Teaching Adult Learners

(30 CE hours)

Description:
This course is designed for the therapist who desires to advance the art of massage through teaching others, and fulfills the "Course on Teaching Adult Learners" requirement for the Texas Department of State Health Services, Massage Therapy Instructor License. This session will cover basic education theories, characteristics, motivations, and instructional strategies for teaching the adult learner. An emphasis will be given to learning styles, lesson plan development, use of audiovisual equipment, and class presentation for the adult classroom. Also covered will be effective presentation and demonstration techniques, scope of practice, ethical guidelines and boundaries, and managing and pacing of the technique classroom to effectively complete all skill objectives. (Available for Texas CEU's only.)

Participants will:

  • Identify different learning style
  • Manage classroom personalities and discipline
  • Manage classroom activities
  • Demonstrate time management sills
  • Prepare lesson plans
  • Develop instructional strategies
  • Motivate and engage students
  • Operate classroom tools and technology
  • Define the scope of practice of a massage therapist
  • Demonstrate ethical guidelines and boundaries
  • Develop a short curricula, lesson plans, measurement tools and effectively deliver the presentation using a variety of props and technologies

Barbara G. White is Approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services. (TDSHS #CE1269) Texas DSHS
Barbara G. White is an approved Massage Therapy Continuing Education Provider through the Florida Board of Massage Therapy Florida Board of Massage Therapy
LAMassage Barbara G. White is an approved Continuing Education Provider by the Louisiana State Board of Massage Therapy. LBMT requires each class to be approved individually. Classes that have been submitted for LA approval for the 2012 year are indicated on the posted schedule. (LA CE Provider # LAP0136)

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