Effective Treatments, Safe Body Mechanics for Mat-Based Bodywork, Fri.-Sun., 5-9PM
weekends of 1/31, 2/28 and 3/22, 2020
This NCBTMB-approved, hands-on course provides practical experience in delivering effective bodywork techniques working on a floor mat. Where applicable, the techniques will also be adapted for table work. Upon registration, students receive treatment (included as part of tuition) to experience how the techniques they will be learning can be sequenced for beneficial therapeutic effect. The course consists of video lectures, self-massage techniques and applied techniques addressing the trunk, upper and lower extremities. Time is taken to cultivate the quiet receptivity and safe body mechanics that result in effective treatments for your clients with little to no repetitive strain for you as the therapist. Each lesson will begin with an anatomy review pertinent to the areas being worked. The small-group format of the course is taught in three weekends, with three weeks to a month in between to practice the techniques and develop experience incorporating them into your treatments. This course earns the practitioner 36 CE credits. Jan/Apr/July/Oct: neck/thorax/pelvis; Feb/May/Aug/Nov: shoulders/arms/forearms/hands; Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec: hips/thighs/lower legs/feet. Once you've completed the course, you may audit at no further cost (other than your hard work) all subsequent sessions for the remaining year with hands-on guided practice. Thai massage enthusiasts- this is YOUR course! You'll learn why and how the techniques work and when they're appropriate, all while saving your forearms and hands from wear and tear.
Herbal Compresses and Topicals
Saturday & Sunday, TBD
Students develop a basic understanding of choosing and preparing herbs based on desired treatment outcomes in this hands-on workshop taught in two 7-hr blocks.
Students will make herbal compresses to be steamed then applied to the body. The warmth and steam help the tissue soften and allows the herbs' medicinal properties to penetrate to the muscles and tendons. We will make a massage oil to treat dense, matted tissue in chronically tight areas, a cooling liniment for reducing inflammation / relieving over-worked muscles and preventing chronic tightness/density (also good for relieving itch/discomfort from insect bites/stings and the hot redness that comes from barred work like trapeze/lyra/rope palms- ouch!); as well as a trauma liniment and a liniment to treat chronic conditions. we also make a cooling salve that is great for cupping/drawing out heat; and a warming balm that's great for joints, and stiff, painful areas. Students will participate in hands-on demonstrations incorporating each topical into a bodywork treatment. LMTs earn 14 CEs, with one hour for lunch in Humboldt Park, Chicago. Free street parking is available. All herbs, solutes, materials, containers and labels will be provided. The workshop is limited to 10 participants. Tuition is $450, register below.