Continuing Education

“Raising the Standards in Massage Education”

Current Seminar Schedule
Continuing Education
Barbara White Seminars is proud to offer high quality Continuing Education. We provide a variety of classes to suit the advanced training needs of any Massage Therapist. If you don’t see the class you want, just ask!

All classes are approved for Texas and Florida CE Credit. Louisiana and NCBTMB classes are approved individually. Any class not already approved will be submitted for Louisiana or NCBTMB approval upon request.

If your group is interested in hosting a private class, please call for details and scheduling information.

You may enroll in courses using “Register Online” links directly from this page.

Course Descriptions

Aromatherapy

Live Seminar (12 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.

Deep 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

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

Hot Bamboo Massage

Live Seminar (12 CE hours)

Description:
Penetrate the tissues deeply and safely with little effort using heated bamboo tools. During chair massage events, Bamboo tools help prevent fatigue by providing leverage and removing strain from your body and joints. The heated tools relax tissues without effort.  Bring tools that the clients love and they will remember you. The heated tools penetrate tissues with ease and glide and roll over clothing effortlessly. This is your opportunity to stand out while you save your hands. This class will present proper tool selection, care and use. We will be blending the use of bamboo and stones in this class to work the fascia and deep muscles of the body on both the table and in the chair. Each student will learn multiple techniques using a variety of bamboo tools and will be able to provide a full body service.

At the end of this course each participant will:

  1. Identify and select quality tools
  2. Identify different types of tools and their uses
  3. Explain the proper methods of caring for the bamboo tools
  4. Demonstrate proper set up of equipment
  5. Demonstrate Gliding techniques, Rolling, Petrissage, Trigger Point, Stripping
  6. Provide Full Body Bamboo Massage
  7. Utilize safe pressure protocols
  8. Utilize secure modified draping methods
  9. Demonstrate seated massage techniques
  10. List Indications & Contraindications for use of Bamboo
  11. List the Benefits of Hot Bamboo Massage
  12. Identify effective marketing strategies for Bamboo Massage

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

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 (12 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.

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

Traditional Thai Massage

Live Seminar (24 CE hours)

Traditional Thai Massage: Supine & Side Laying
Live Seminar (12 CE Hours)

Traditional Thai Massage: Prone & Seated
Live Seminar (12 CE Hours)

Description:
Traditionally, 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 techniques to open channels that are best suited to each posture. We will learn floor mat and table body mechanics, common 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.

Objectives:

  • Discuss a brief history of Thai Massage
  • List Indications and Contraindications for Thai Massage
  • Describe Qi movement within the Sen Channels
  • List the 4 Divine States of Consciousness
  • Properly prepare their space for a Thai Massage session
  • Display personal energy balancing protocols before and after a Thai Massage session
  • Properly move the client into supine position
  • Properly move the client into side lying position
  • Properly move the client into prone position
  • Properly move the client into seated position
  • Demonstrate effective bolstering and pose modifications for special populations
  • Identify the Sen Channels that are opened to easier access in supine positions
  • Identify the Sen Channels that are opened to easier access in side lying positions
  • Identify the Sen Channels that are opened to easier access in prone positions
  • Identify the Sen Channels that are opened to easier access in seated positions
  • Demonstrate proper pressing protocols with thumbs, fingers, hands, elbows, feet and knees
  • Demonstrate Range of Motion protocols for each joint
  • Demonstrate proper stretching protocols for each muscle group
  • Demonstrate safe and effective body mechanics for Thai Massage of the floor mat
  • Demonstrate safe and effective body mechanics for Thai Massage of the table
  • Demonstrate safe and effective application of common Thai Massage poses
  • Provide and receive a Thai Massage routine with smooth transitions
  • Properly align body for leverage and balance
  • Cultivate a mature approach and professional attitude to Thai Massage poses