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NCBTMB-Approved Continuing Education Classes

Classes are resuming; please visit the Calendar page to see what's coming!

Ethics in the Social Media Age

2 0r 3 CEs

Interact with colleagues to discuss crucial issues and challenges for massage practitioners in the age of social media: maintaining boundaries, ensuring confidentiality, and representing our industry accurately and truthfully. Bring your ethical dilemmas for group input!                                                                                                                      

In Safe Hands: Clients with Arthritis

2 CEs

Arthritis is one of the most common reasons for which clients seek massage therapy. Understanding the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, possible complications, treatments and medications for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis empowers you to create treatment plans that ensure a safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for your clients.

In Safe Hands: Clients with Autoimmune Conditions

2 CEs

People with autoimmune conditions face daily challenges, especially when receiving traditional or alternative health treatments. Understanding the autoimmune response as well as the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, possible complications, treatments and medications for autoimmune conditions such as lupus (SLE), multiple sclerosis (MS), Crohn's disease, and scleroderma empowers you to create treatment plans that ensure a safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for your clients.

In Safe Hands: Clients with Dementia

2 CEs

Helping a client with any form of dementia can be especially challenging: symptoms are progressive, responses to massage can be unpredictable, and permission to treat may be elusive. Understanding the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, possible complications, treatments and medications for clients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), Frontotemporal dementia, and Vascular dementia empowers massage therapists to create a treatment plan that ensures safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for clients.

In Safe Hands: Clients with Diabetes

2 CEs

Clients with diabetes present special challenges when receiving massage therapy. Understanding the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, possible complications, treatments and medications for the Type I, Type II, and gestational diabetes empowers you to create treatment plans that ensure a safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for your clients.

In Safe Hands: Clients with Fibromyalgia

2 CEs

Helping clients with fibromyalgia can be challenging: symptoms are transitory, responses to massage can be unpredictable, progress can be elusive. Understanding the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, possible complications, treatments and medications for fibromyalgia empowers you to create treatment plans that ensure a safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for your clients.

In Safe Hands: Clients with Neurological Conditions

2CEs

Ensure a safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for clients with Parkinson’s disease, stroke, seizure disorders, or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Learn the signs and symptoms, understand the etiology, risk factors, and possible complications; understand treatments and medications and therapeutic massage guidelines, including cautions and contraindications, positioning, draping, and techniques.

In Safe Hands: Clients with Mental Health Disorders

2 CEs

Nearly every family is affected by a mental health condition. In this class, learn about the impact that attitudes regarding mental health have on individuals and society; typical symptoms, risk factors, and possible complications of depression, bipolar, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorders, and PTSD, and medications and treatments for mental these health conditions. Explore ethical, confidentiality, and scope of practice issues, and how massage therapy can complement traditional mental health treatments to help clients work toward management of their mental health conditions.

In Safe Hands: Clients with Skin Cancer

2 CEs

Recognizing signs and symptoms, understanding the etiology, risk factors, prevention strategies, possible complications, treatments and medications for actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and any of the various forms of melanoma empowers practitioners to create treatment plans that ensure a safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for your clients.

In Safe Hands: Clients with Respiratory Conditions 

2 CEs

Understand the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, possible complications, treatments and medications for clients with chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, sinusitis, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, and poost-COVID-19.

Learn how to create a physical environment and an individual treatment plan that ensures a safe, comfortable, and effective massage experience for clients with chronic respiratory conditions, including those recovered from COVID-19. Gain insight into specific massage techniques that can encourage deeper respiration in clients with chronic respiratory conditions. 

Treatment Focus: Anterior Torso

4 CEs

Formerly titled Massage of the Abdomen, this class has been updated to expand the specific techniques on primary and secondary muscles of respiration, for clients who are recovered from COVID-19. Learn how to perform a comprehensive, 30-45 minute protocol massage of the  anterior torso that combines myofascial, Swedish, and visceral techniques, to alleviate back pain, encourage effective bowel peristalsis, facilitate deep respiration for post-COVID-19 clients, and release fascial restrictions. Massage of the anterior torso can be a stand-alone treatment or integrated into a 90-minute protocol session, to create a dynamic, unique client experience.

Treatment Focus: Head and Face

4 CEs

Learn specific techniques for isolating and treating the bones, soft tissue structures, and muscles of the cranium and the face after delving deeply into the anatomy and physiology of these critical areas. The Peripheral Protocol I gently mobilizes the sutures of the skull and relaxes the muscles of facial expression, while temporarily reducing swelling and increasing circulation, making it ideal for clients with TMJD, chronic sinusitis, and eye strain.

Treatment Focus: Hands and Feet

4 CEs

Learn specific techniques for isolating and treating the bones, soft tissue structures, and muscles of the wrist and hand, and the ankle and foot, delving deeply into the anatomy and physiology of these critical areas. The Peripheral Protocol II gently mobilizes the joints of the wrist and ankle, and within the hands and feet, and relaxes overused hand and foot muscle. This treatment is ideal for people who spend time at a keyboard or stand for extended periods, clients with repetitive strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, foot/toe deformities, and following bunionectomy.

Self-Care Strategies

4 CEs

Burnout, ongoing fatigue, and injury are career-ending factors for too many promising bodywork practitioners. This interactive workshop helps new and veteran practitioners correct poor body mechanics, practice deep breathing patterns, and identify work habits that can prevent burnout and contribute to a longer, healthier bodywork career.

Techniques in Sidelying

4 CEs

Placing a client in a stable, comfortable sidelying position ensures full access to lateral structures and muscle groups for specific massage techniques, and provides a truly complete bodywork experience. Learn recommendations for table positioning and body mechanics, plus secure positioning, draping, and repositioning. Design a 50-60-minute session that includes Swedish and myofascial techniques, passive stretching, and joint mobilizations performed entirely with the client in sidelying position, with segments that can be incorporated into a standard treatment, allowing work in supine, prone, and sidelying positions.

Understanding Client Medications

4 CEs

Ensure safe, effective bodywork treatment and safeguard your practice by understanding how client medications can affect massage treatment planning. Learn terms and concepts, drug administration routes, medication interactions, dosage issues, and adverse reactions. Practice utilizing drug information resources and obtaining necessary drug information during the intake interview. Identify cautions, contraindications, techniques and strategies for accommodating medication side effects for a wide range of commonly prescribed drugs. In the interactive segment, plan bodywork treatments based on case profiles of complex health conditions, with multiple medications and possible side effects.

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