Upcoming Classes

2018 Classes

March 23-24, AMTA-NC Chapter, Statesville NC

You must register with AMTA to attend these classes (you do not have to be a member). Classes will be held at the Statesville Civic Center. Visit their website to register.

One Year to a Successful Massage Therapy Practice   Friday March 23    8am-12 pm   4 CE Contact Hours

This class is packed full of low-cost and no-cost ways to market yourself. Whether you are a brand-new therapist or an “old hand” who just needs revitalization, you’ll get valuable information on how to fit great advertising into your budget, how to get the biggest bang for your buck, how to avoid advertising pitfalls, and how to maximize the return on your investment. You’ll come away with renewed optimism about how to get your name out there in an affordable way—and to your best advantage.

Quiz Bowl for Massage Therapy Students   Friday March 23   5pm-8pm

Have a blast while getting prepared for the MBLEx. You’ll be competing with massage therapy students from all over the state in our action-packed Quiz Bowl! All content areas of the MBLEx will be covered.

The Educated Heart: Roles and Boundaries for Massage Therapists   Saturday March 24   8am-11am   3 CE Contact Hours 

While many ethics classes tends to focus on the boundaries of the client, this one focuses on the boundaries of the therapist, and how observing them is directly related to maintaining your prosperity, longevity in the massage profession, and your own mental health.  Educating clients to your own boundaries with kindness and professionalism sets the tone for the therapeutic relationship, and allows you to be client-centered while taking care of yourself. Be prepared to share and interact with your peers during this class.

Using Research to Market Your Massage Therapy Practice   Saturday March 24   2pm-5pm   3 CE Contact Hours

Many therapists are intimidated by the word “research.” For some, that conjures up visions of past nightmares writing term papers in high school and college, trying to learn elementary statistics, looking for references that are appropriate and current enough. There’s no need to be intimidated! You’ll learn what constitutes valid research vs. media hype, what kind of claims to avoid making, where to locate good research, and how to share it. Strategies for sharing research with physicians and other health care providers in order to gain referrals, and how to share research with clients in order to bring in more business will be discussed in this class. If you’re interested as being known as a respected member of the mainstream health care team, this is a great class to get you started. The handouts will include numerous sources to help you locate current and relevant research.

April 30-May 3, AMTA-WI Chapter, Milwaukee WI

You must register with AMTA in order to attend these classes, held at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport. Visit the Chapter website to register.

Using Research to Market Your Massage Therapy Practice     3 CE Contact Hours

This class will be offered 3 times to give everyone the opportunity to attend:

Monday, April 30   6pm-9pm; Wednesday May 2   9am-12pm;  Thursday May 3, 9am-12pm

Many therapists are intimidated by the word “research.” For some, that conjures up visions of past nightmares writing term papers in high school and college, trying to learn elementary statistics, looking for references that are appropriate and current enough. There’s no need to be intimidated! You’ll learn what constitutes valid research vs. media hype, what kind of claims to avoid making, where to locate good research, and how to share it. Strategies for sharing research with physicians and other health care providers in order to gain referrals, and how to share research with clients in order to bring in more business will be discussed in this class. If you’re interested as being known as a respected member of the mainstream health care team, this is a great class to get you started. The handouts will include numerous sources to help you locate current and relevant research.

May 25-27 Laura will be hosting Oncology Massage w/Christine Courtney in Rutherfordton NC

Classes will be held at the Fellowship Hall located behind Mountain View Baptist Church located on Hwy 221 South of Rutherfordton.

Course fee: $375.00 for 24 CE hours

24 CE hours includes a 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 May 27 from 2:30-5:30, but it is included in the cost and there is no discount if you decide to skip it.
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.

You may register online by clicking here or contact Laura Allen at 828-289-5047 to book this course.

 

August 6-9, World Massage Festival, Las Vegas

When I’m not teaching, please visit me in the Soothing Touch booth, where I’ll be doing book signings. Don’t forget to send in your entry for the $1000 Champ Allen Memorial Scholarship, to be used for CE in the area of massage for medically frail populations, which will be given away at the Festival. Details for entry are on the WMF website.

Using Research to Market Your Massage Therapy Practice   Tuesday August 7, 8am-11am   3 CE Contact Hours

Many therapists are intimidated by the word “research.” For some, that conjures up visions of past nightmares writing term papers in high school and college, trying to learn elementary statistics, looking for references that are appropriate and current enough. There’s no need to be intimidated! You’ll learn what constitutes valid research vs. media hype, what kind of claims to avoid making, where to locate good research, and how to share it. Strategies for sharing research with physicians and other health care providers in order to gain referrals, and how to share research with clients in order to bring in more business will be discussed in this class. If you’re interested as being known as a respected member of the mainstream health care team, this is a great class to get you started. The handouts will include numerous sources to help you locate current and relevant research.

So, You Want to be a Massage Teacher? Tuesday August 7, 4 pm-8pm   4 CE Contact Hours

This class is an introductory class for those who are thinking about becoming a massage instructor, either in an entry-level massage school or as a CE provider. At the conclusion of this class, you’ll know how to:

  • Use a taxonomy to create a list of learning objectives
  • Create a class that matches your objectives
  • Utilize strategies for effective teaching and classroom management

It takes more than just being a good massage therapist to be a good instructor. You’ll get all kinds of tips for creating a teaching experience that will benefit both you and your students.

September 7-9, Dublin (Leixlip), Ireland

Advanced Massage Techniques   24 CE Contact Hours

Held at the Obus School of Healing Therapies, 15 miles from Dublin. Take a tax-deductible trip to the most beautiful place on earth! Learn a variety of useful techniques for assessment and getting people out of pain from TMJ Dysfunction, and treating neck pain, back pain, and pain in the extremities. This class includes an intense review of anatomy and physiology, including the actions of muscles…if you don’t understand the actions of muscles, anytime someone says “It hurts when I ____,” you’re blindly hoping to hit the right muscle during your work. Learn how to work without straining your hands, as well as useful techniques for getting referrals from physicians. Registration link coming soon.

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