Schedule of Classes

I have canceled all classes for the remainder of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including my class in Ireland. All refunds have already been issued. They will be rescheduled at a later date. 

 

The Oncology Massage and the Indian Head Massage classes taught by Christine Courtney that I host that were scheduled for 2020 have been canceled due to coronavirus. We will be rescheduling these classes for 2021. Descriptions are below, and when registration is available for them, the links will be inserted.

Class description: 21 CE Hours of Oncology, 3 CE Hours of Ethics for 24 total hours.

  • 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 oft
  • 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
  • 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
You will learn how to adapt and alter your massage and many massage techniques will be covered including:

  • Holistic massage
  • Effleurage massage
  • Lymphatic drainage – how to adapt your massage for clients who have lymph nodes removed or damaged
  • Indian Head Massage – stimulate the Vagus nerve
  • Foot-Reflex Massage – to aid deep relaxation
  • Acupressure massage arm and hand massage – for comfort and relaxation
  • 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 centered during your work, let go when finished and how to do productive reflective practice.

Will be rescheduled in 2021

Authentic Indian Head Massage with Christine Courtney, Ethics with Laura Allen. 

Indian Head Massage is a seated massage which is preformed over the clothing. It is an Ayurvedic Massage this works on the upper body. A warm oil treatment can be added at the end of the treatment which relaxes the scalp and nourishes the hair.

Why take this course?
This is the most beautiful massage to give and receive. It brings a deep sense of peace and relaxation to the client.
It is a powerful massage to offer clients who:
• may have suffered loss
• are recovering from a serious illness
• or for anyone who just wants to feel better
What will you learn?
During this two-day course you will learn:
• A beautiful massage sequence for the:
o Upper back
o Arms
o Neck
o Face
o Head
• Ayurvedic philosophy of health

Free 3 Hour Ethics course with Laura Allen, author of The Educated Heart.

July 14-16, 2020  World Massage Festival, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City, IN  

August 1-5, 2021  World Massage Festival, Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, NV   You must register directly with the World Massage Festival for these classes. 

August 3   So, You Want to be a Massage Teacher

August 4  Using Research to Market Your Massage Therapy Practice

August 5  The Educated Heart (Ethics)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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