Upcoming Classes

I will be teaching Advanced Massage Techniques at the Obus School of Healing Therapies in Leixlip (about 15 mins from Dublin), Ireland June 9-11, 2017.

Incorrect posture, overuse and misuse of muscles can lead to tension and injury. Regular massage is one of the most effective therapies for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the muscular-skeletal system.

A constant build-up of tension in the muscles can lead to stress on joints, ligaments and muscles. When tension develops it can often go undiagnosed until it becomes serious enough to cause the client discomfort or pain.

The skilled massage therapist is able to detect variations in the soft tissues and by using the correct techniques can help the client maintain a much healthier physical body.

The effect of massage is cumulative and when received regularly it can help prevent injuries, and restore balance to the body, mind and spirit.

The techniques thought on this course build upon the basic strokes of Swedish Massage with elements drawn from trigger point/neuromuscular therapy. You will also learn different methods of stretching and strengthening muscles and myofascial release techniques. The intent of this body work class is to teach the student methods to help get your clients out of pain, restore lost range of motion, help to increase flexibility and to educate the client in self care techniques

You must register for this class directly with Obus. Click here to go to their registration page.

I will be hosting three classes in Rutherfordton NC this fall, taught by Christine Courtney, owner of the Obus School of Healing Therapies in Ireland.

Oncology Massage

Course dates: (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)  September 8-10, 2017

Course times: 9.30am to 5.30pm

Course fee: $375.00

  • 21 CE hours + 3 hour class, The Ethics of Working with People with Cancer free of charge Taught by Laura Allen. If you already have your Ethics credit you are not obligated to attend this portion of the class, which will be Sept 25 from 2:30-5:30, but it is included in the cost and there is no discount if you decide to skip it. As this class occurs after August 1, you may hold over the credit from this class until the next license renewal period.
    You will learn

    • What is cancer.
    • Current treatments for cancer and their effects on the body
    • Stages of cancer
    • Massage adaptations

    Correct Positioning – Correct positioning and bolstering is vital to help client release tension from held muscles which brings relaxation into the body.  Also medical devices need to be accommodated.
    Pressure – Knowing what pressure to use is vital to safe massage.
    Duration – All bodywork following treatment needs to be undemanding on the body. Learning how to give an effective massage in shorter times is important.  As the clients’ energy returns duration can be lengthened.
    Lymphatic drainage massage and lymphedema: A thorough knowledge of how the lymphatic system works and how to adapt massage when working with clients who have lymph nodes removed, examined or radiated.  Knowing how chemotherapy affects the lymph vessels is vital to giving a safe and effective massage.
    Skin integrity: There can be lifelong changes to the skin following some cancer treatments and the massage therapist needs to know how to adapt.
    Types of massage and touch therapy:  You will learn how to work with clients in various settings such as hospital, day care, home and in your clinic.
    Contraindications:  There are some (but few) conditions that contraindicate massage and you learn clear and definite direction regarding when it is contraindicated to massage.
    Cautions and adaptations:  There are lots of situations where you need to be cautious and this course will give you the knowledge and confidence to know the difference between caution, adaptation and contraindication.
    Intake forms:  We will discuss what questions you need to ask any client who is currently receiving treatment to ensure the best possible outcome from the massage.
    You will also receive suggested questions to ask on your standard intake form for clients who are cancer free for a number of years but may still need some adaptation to ensure you always have as much information as you need to give the best treatment.
    Follow-up:  Therapists will learn the importance of following up on how the client felt following the massage.  This helps you adapt the next massage to increase the benefits and eliminate any side effects.
    Emotional aspects of touch:  Students often receive new understanding of what family and friends experienced while being treated for cancer.  They also realize (or re-remember) just how powerful touch can be and this can have a profound effect on them during the course and afterwards.

    Practical sessions – Variations of and adaptations to many massage techniques

    • Holistic massage
    • Effleurage massage
    • Lymphatic drainage massage
    • Indian Head Massage
    • Foot-Reflex Massage
    • Acupressure massage arm and hand massage

    Looking after yourself:  It is important that the therapist knows how to take care of themselves when working with clients who may have a difficult history of illness. We will focus on methods to help you stay centred during your work, let go when finished and how to do productive reflective practice.

    Back up from OBUS School of Healing Therapies: Following the course you will be invited to join a closed group on Facebook.  This is to give you a forum to discuss cases (without names), ask questions and build confidence.  It will only be open to people who have attended training in OBUS which gives you the freedom to ask whatever you like.

    This class Includes The Ethics of Working with People with Cancer taught by Laura Allen.

    Even though abiding by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice applies to every client, it becomes even more relevant when working with people who have cancer, or who are in a fragile and compromised state of health due to any reason.  Just as fragile populations have special considerations for receiving massage during illness and its aftermath, there are special considerations for ethical behavior when working with them.

    This class is a review of the Code of Ethics is from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork with the focus on working with seriously ill people. Don’t let the fact that you may not be associated with the organization keep you from adhering to this code, which is the most thoroughly detailed Code in the massage profession.

    Contact Laura Allen at 828-289-5047 to book this course.

    Sept 11-12, 2017, Laura is hosting Christine Courtney in Rutherfordton NC in Rutherfordton NC for a two-day class in Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils in Massage. Christine is regarded as an expert in essential oils. She has been hosted numerous times at hospitals to teach this course to physicians and nurses.

    This is a 16 hour course in the therapeutic use of essential oils in massage. It is a comprehensive foundation course for qualified massage therapists, reflexologists and complementary therapists who wish to add to their knowledge base.

    Regular massage is one of the most effective therapies for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the muscular-skeletal system.  As qualified massage therapists you know that massage alone is very therapeutic.  But when essential oils, which are blended therapeutically with herbal vegetable oils, are added to the therapy, the benefit to the client multiplies enormously without any extra physical strength from the therapist.

    During this course we will study:
    25 essential oils which have a wide range of healing properties including

    Hormonal balancing
    Immune supporting
    To name but a few

    8 Infused herbal vegetable oils.  Learning how and when to add these to your blends will add to the therapeutic power of the massage and the essential oils.  They increase the strength of the blend without risking any skin reaction.

    During this two day workshop you will learn:
    Learn how and why aromatherapy works
    How to blend essential oils safely for massage
    How to blend essential oils and herbal oils for personal use
    What essential oils are best for:
    Muscle Pain
    Digestive Problems
    Hormonal Problems
    Anxiety, Depression and Stress
    What herbal vegetable oils to use for skin problems
    Using room diffusers to promote health and relaxation
    How to use aromatherapy inhalers for a wide range of health problems

    How and when to effectively add essential oil into your massage sequence.
    Acu-pressure hand and arm massage to aid relaxation
    Aromatic Vagus nerve stimulation to aid deep relaxation and help support your client during times of high anxiety, depression or grief.
    Aromatic foot massage to aid relaxation

    Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
    Make therapeutic blends designed specifically for your clients
    Offer blends to your clients to use at home to continue the healing process between treatments.
    Make aromatherapy inhalers for you clients
    Add to your current treatments:
    Acu-pressure hand and arm massage
    Upper back stimulation of the Vagus nerve
    Aromatic foot massage

    Who can attend this class?
    This course is designed for complementary therapists with no previous experience in aromatherapy
    It is also open to anyone with an interest in aromatherapy and who wants to expand their skills.

    Click here to book Therapeutic Use of Essential oils

    September 22-24, 2017 Laura is hosting Christine Courtney in Rutherfordton NC for a 3-day class in Lymphatic Drainage Massage. Includes a FREE Ethics Class taught by Laura Allen for a total of 21 CE Hours.

    Course dates: (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) September 22-24, 2017
    Course times: 9.30am to 5.30
    Course fees: $375.00
    21 CE hours + 3 hours ethics training free of charge.

  • 21 CE hours + 3 hours ethics free of charge Taught by Laura Allen. If you already have your Ethics credit you are not obligated to attend this portion of the class, which will be Oct 3 from 2:30-5:30, but it is included in the cost. As this class occurs after August 1, you may hold over the credit from this class until the next license renewal period.
    imagesCourse content:
    The anatomy of the lymphatic system
    Location of nodes
    Drainage patterns
    Indications for lymphatic drainage massage
    How to perform lymphatic drainage on yourselfUpon completion of the course:
    The student will know how to perform a treatment which is specific to an area of the body:

    • The face
    • The upper body
    • The abdomen
    • Lower body

    The student will also know how use lymphatic drainage for:

    • Post trauma or injury – recent and old
    • Pre and Post surgery
    • To aid recovery from colds and flu
    • To use lymphatic drainage to ease painful arthritic joints

Includes The Educated Heart: Roles and Boundaries for Massage Therapists 3 CE Hours

Setting your boundaries with clients in a gentle but firm way is necessary for creating financial stability and safeguarding your own mental health.  Educating clients about our own expectations with compassion, humanity, and even the use of humor is actually showing them a kindness. In this class we’ll condense tricky issues like confidentiality, sexual attraction, dual relationships, fee-setting and other policies into simple, understandable terms. Ethics classes tend to focus on the boundaries of the client, and while we’ll discuss those as well, the focus of this class is on the little-examined issue of maintaining our own boundaries for the highest good of the therapeutic relationship. This class is interactive; feel free to bring your own ethical dilemmas to the table for peer review.

Contact Laura Allen at 828-289-5047 to book this course.