Massage Practitioner Program (250 Hours)
Our Massage Practitioner Program imparts essential methods for inducing relaxation, pain reduction, mental clarity and heightened states of peace and ease. The training qualifies graduates for self-employment within the city of Santa Barbara and specific municipalities which do not currently require State Certification. Our 250 hour training also prepares grads for entry level employment within the local spa industry if State Certification is not requested by the specific employer. Our 250 hour program provides the foundational knowledge and skills required for the advanced bodywork modules that comprise our 550 hour program, as well as covers content required for MBLEx exam preparation.
The Practitioner Program offers well-rounded, hands on curriculum in Swedish, Reflexology, and Seated Massage. Integral to the bodywork curriculum we include: Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, Health and Hygiene, Nutrition and Ethics. Students meet twice weekly, mornings or evenings and two or three weekends for classroom instruction.
Completion of the program requires passing grades on bodywork and written exams. Students qualify to start working in the clinic once they have passed their bodywork exam for Swedish or Reflexology. The bodywork exam for Swedish massage involves a full body session, for Reflexology a partial session, demonstrating competency on an instructor prior to clinic participation. Regular quizzes are given throughout the program in each of the modules. Written exam follows the last day of Swedish and Ethics.
Massage Practitioner Program
Bodywork Theory & Practice 148
Clinical Pathology/Contraindications 15
Health and Hygiene 15
TOTAL HOURS 250
Swedish/Deep Tissue/Chair 200
Swedish Classroom 81
Deep Tissue 63
Clinics (17 x 3.25) 54
Community Outreach 2
Clinic (1 x 3.25) 3
TOTAL HOURS 250
Swedish (200 hours)
The foundation for all of our massage related programs is Swedish massage. We begin with the essential methods of healing: gentle movement, massage, deep breathing and deep relaxation for the benefit of self and others. Students are guided through a succession of exercises that deepen their capacity to apply physical force, flow energy and hold presence. Once established in a state of presence, students engage in the giving and receiving of massage techniques: using gentle, big mitt contact, fluid pushing strokes, warming, and squeezing strokes. Students learn to flow progressively through each area of contact like water pouring over the body, penetrating the tissues and inducing states of deep relaxation. Building on relaxation techniques, students learn to warm, stretch and knead tissues with effective use of pressure to assist in tissue mobilization, metabolic waste removal, and nutrient absorption. . Students learn how to modulate Swedish techniques based on body type, presenting patterns, and contraindications.
Concurrent with their developing massage skills, students are guided through an applied anatomy Physiology and Kinesiology. The eleven body systems are explored in relationship to the stress response and relaxation response. Our Kinesiology study, explores the human body in movement, emphasizing: joint structure and function, range of motion, 45 muscles pertinent to Swedish massage, as well as their origins, insertions and actions. Learning methods include: enhancing system function through Qigong and massage as well as activating muscles through foundation movement, yoga stretches and palpation.
The course also includes a weekend immersion. The extended classroom time and curriculum content allows students to deepen their experience of intuitive sensory perception and bonding with fellow students. The weekend curriculum includes an assortment of sensory awareness exercises such as trust walks, blindfolded massage, a Round Robyn massage session, qualities of movement, Qigong, body pendulum and flower essences.
As students gain proficiency with their massage skills and potency of their touch, they can effectively address a wide range of pain and tension profiles and may request evaluation with an instructor. Following evaluation, students may satisfy their practicum requirement working with the general public within our clinic setting and community outreach events. In addition to the benefits of vocational training, students often report that the body/mind shifts they experience throughout their training has lasting impact in their daily lives, creates greater ease within themselves and harmony between family, friends and coworkers.
Reflexology (21 hours)
Reflexology and Detoxification
Reflexology Detoxification synthesizes the ancient art of vitalizing the whole body through stimulation on the feet and hands with self-care measures for assisting and supporting the detoxification process. The protocol and approach within this module specifically catalyzes tissue detoxification, lymphatic drainage, organ elimination, immune function and pain reduction. In addition to Reflexology protocol, students are introduced to the adjunctive measures of earthing, essential oils, hydration and nutrition. The course includes palpatory and observational assessment of the ten zones, the vital organs, glands, lymphatic, musculoskeletal and nervous system reflexes. The course includes clinic, SOAP notes and quiz.
Reflexology and Stress Management
Reflexology and Stress Management imparts reflex techniques on the feet and hands for vitalizing the organs, glands and nervous system. Emphasis is placed on clearing blockages in the zonal map or bipolar currents of Polarity Therapy. Reflex techniques offered are specific to clearing metabolic wastes that block and irritate the nerve terminals in the feet and hands. The nerves in the body may be likened to an electrical system. Clearing congestion in the nerve terminals of the feet allows the body to make contact with the energy in the ground and atmosphere that help power the organs and glands. Coupled with earthing practices and dietary measures, reflexology can dramatically reduce pain and inflammation, enhance vitality and address an assortment of stress related pathologies. Course includes palpatory and observational assessment of the ten zones, the vital organs, glands, musculoskeletal and nervous system reflexes. The course includes clinic, SOAP notes and quiz.
Seated Massage (7 hours)
Our Seated Massage course imparts how to effectively address stress through compressive work on the muscles and meridians of the back, shoulders and neck. Students learn to work with clients fully clothed in a stimulating 15-minute seated massage protocol for enhancing mental clarity, relieving stress and physical tension in the shoulders, back and neck.
Nutrition for body workers (13 hours)
Our Nutrition course empowers students with nutritional measures to address common challenges that may arise in the life of a student or professional bodyworker. The course specifically offers nutritional strategies for enhancing strength, immune function, mental focus, and resolving inflammation. The course also covers fundamental nutritional principles of Western Science.
Ethics (9 hours)
Our Ethics training offers a lively overview of the ethical issues that may arise within the context of bodywork, as well as the laws governing the bodywork profession. The course utilizes a variety of learning methods to explore personal and conceptual boundaries, negotiate agreements and establish appropriate goals and strategies for the session. Students engage in exercises such as pushing hands, sensory awareness of energy fields, active listening, reflective listening, nonviolent communication, and role play in addressing difficult clients. Issues regarding sex, money, power and spiritual longing will be explored within the context of practicing massage. Students learn to define their own personal ethics while understanding industry standards.
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