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Cranial Sacral Therapy I

Cranial Sacral Therapy was developed by William Sutherland, D.O., who first recognized the movement of cranial bones while an Osteopathic medical student in the late 1800's. Today, CST is practiced by physical therapists, occupational therapists, dentists, M.D.’s, chiropractors, and massage therapists. This gentle but powerful technique accesses the flow of the cerebral spinal fluid, also called the cranial sacral rhythm, by a series of hand placements through the head and spinal chord and reveals restrictions in the connective and soft tissues. It is effective in releasing both physical and emotional trauma and can be used on infants as well as adults. It can also be used in areas where massage is contraindicated.



Cranial Sacral Therapy II

Prerequisite is Intro to CST and CST I or instructor permission. This is a two day class. In this class, students will learn to work with the cranial bones, specifically the sphenobasilar joint. The sphenobasilar joint is the joint of the sphenoid and the occipital bone. The sphenoid articulates with all other bones in the head and has been called the “keystone” of the body. Misalignment in the sphenoid can result in disruption with the pituitary gland, blood flow to the brain, and the nervous system and can be connected to symptoms of migraine, sinus and allergy problems, headaches, TMJ, neck and back pain, and emotional problems. Students will learn to feel for the universal movements in the sphenobasilar joint and for any restrictions that might be present. As in previous classes, students will practice hand placements and palpation skills on each other under Instructor supervision.

               


Cranial Sacral Therapy: Ear and Mouth Work

Prerequisite Introduction to CST or instructor permission. This class is for students who want to pursue further training in CST work or any massage therapist who practices therapeutic massage, It isn’t necessary to want to pursue extensive training in CST to learn some techniques that are beneficial to your practice. Students will learn hand placements and techniques to help resolve issues such as TMJ dysfunction, sinus congestion, tinnitus, and pain related to trauma from dental work. Discussion of the anatomy of the bones and soft tissue of the temporal bone, mandible, and mouth will be part of the instruction.



Hot Stone Massage

Explore the deeply penetrating, soothing, relaxing and long lasting effects of a Hot Stone Massage. Melt clients' tight muscles while saving your thumbs and fingers. Practice and receive a hot stone massage including stone and chakra layouts. Learn to work with equipment needed. Explore the many types of stones used and how to clean and care for them. All benefits and contraindications are discussed. This class is primarily hands-on so dress in comfortable clothing. Bring sheets, towels, pillowcases, oil and an apron(optional). Stones and warmers will be provided for your use during class. If you have stones and/or warmer you are welcome to bring them for your own use.



Infant Massage

Learn the value of tender, nurturing touch techniques to massage medically stable newborns and infants. This introductory class will show you how to introduce Infant Massage to empower parents, family, and caregivers of newborns and infants. Research has shown they can actively take part in the physical and emotional development of their child thorough nurturing massage. Students will practice specific stokes and sequence on a doll. Dress in comfortable clothing. Bring toddler size doll or your infant for the last 2 hours.



Pregnancy Massage

The expectant woman's body is challenged and massage offers a much needed holistic approach to reducing the stress and aches associated with pregnancy. This class will train you to offer a great massage to a very deserving segment of the population during a normally progressing pregnancy. Benefits and contraindications for pregnancy massage are covered as well as labor points and endangerment areas. You will learn proper positioning and draping for your client, specifically sidelying position which you will find valuable for all your clients. This class is part lecture and part hands-on so dress in comfortable clothing. Bring sheets, and body or bed pillows.



Reiki

Bringing two dynamic backgrounds together, Taylor Shoemake create a unique learning atmosphere for all to enjoy. The first half of class will be composed of a brief lecture on the history, uses, and benefits of Reiki. Next, we dive into hands on training which includes learning the Reiki hand placements and self-care procedures, your Level I attunement, and a chance to exchange Reiki with each other to get the energy flowing! Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.



Senior Massage

Today 1 in 8 Americans are over 65 with the 76 million Baby Boomers about to join the ranks. Senior massage as an industry is in its infancy. Learn about the physiology and the anatomy of the aging client. Students will practice working with varied positioning and specific massage techniques designed to comfort the elderly and relieve muscle tension. Dress in comfortable clothing. Bring sheets and body or bed pillows.



TMJ DYSFUNCTION: ASSESSMENT AND RESOLUTION 
Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction can be caused by several conditions and occurrences. Anything from whiplash injury to dental procedures can create TMJ pain. In this class, you will learn what questions to ask your client as well as how and where to palpate as part of the assessment process. Students will learn and practice hands-on protocols to address TMJ dysfunction and relieve pain. In the past, soft tissue techniques for TMJ problems were often painful. In the class, we will use a gentler yet effective way to accomplish relief for our clients. We will also discuss the best way to address mouth work. Self care techniques for TMJ problems will also be discussed. 

Solving Shoulder Problems

The shoulder joint is the most movable joint of the body but frequently injured. Tight shoulder muscles can cause countless dysfunctions in the shoulder, arm, wrist and hand. Get reacquainted with all the muscles that affect the shoulder including the rotator cuff, upper arm and neck. See how to identify postural deviations that create pain in the shoulder and learn techniques to release the muscles involved. Strengthening and stretching exercises are also included. This is primarily a hands-on class so dress in comfortable clothing. Bring sheets and body or bed pillows.


Unlocking the Pelvic Puzzle

The pelvis is the "foundation" of the body. Minor muscle imbalances can stress the hip joint and over time lead to wear and tear, even degeneration of the joint. Learn to "deconstruct" the hip and get reacquainted with its many muscles and structures. See how to recognize postural deviations and the muscles involved. Learn techniques for releasing the hip joint and unlocking the pelvic puzzle. Strengthening and stretching exercises are also included. This is primarily a hands-on class, so dress in comfortable clothing. Bring sheets and body or bed pillows.


     Working With the Body Not On The Body:       

A Soft Touch Unwinding Technique- Neck & Shoulder

Through my years of training and practicing cranial sacral therapy, I gradually developed a way of incorporating the light touch and unwinding of CST with Swedish massage techniques. In this class, students will learn and practice this way of working to resolve restrictions and pain in the neck and shoulders. It is helpful if students have a basic understanding of the Cranial Sacral Rhythm and the system involved. We will discuss the difference between working with the body as opposed to on the body and compare the difference in how it feels from both the perspective of the practitioner and the client. Students will learn hand placement and how to adapt pressure by listening to cues from the body. This is a hands-on class and students will give and receive feedback from each other as part of the learning process. We will also discuss the anatomy involved.



    Working With The Body Not On The Body:     

A Soft Touch Unwinding Technique-Pelvis & Leg

Through my years of training and practicing cranial sacral therapy, I gradually developed a way of incorporating the light touch and unwinding of CST with Swedish massage techniques. In this class, students will learn and practice this way of working to resolve restrictions and pain in the pelvis and legs. It is helpful if students have a basic understanding of the Cranial Sacral Rhythm and the system involved. We will discuss the difference between working with the body as opposed to on the body and compare the difference in how it feels from both the perspective of the practitioner and the client. Students will learn hand placement and how to adapt pressure by listening to cues from the body. This is a hands-on class and students will give and receive feedback from each other as part of the learning process. We will also discuss the anatomy involved.



The Neck/Arm Connection

The most common client complaint is pain in neck, shoulder, or arm.   Muscle strain symptoms are often results of poor posture, sleeping position, or repetitive motion injuries.   The brachial plexus originates in the neck and innervates to the fingertips, with many opportunities for neural tension or restriction along the way.   This class will increase your knowledge of the complex anatomical structures of the neck, dermatomes,and pain patterns.   We'll demonstrate safe techniques to improve neck pain & immobility, tennis & golfers elbow as well as carpal tunnel syndrome.   Dress comfortably, bring sheets, 2 pillows and your massage medium 

                          


 Muscle Energy Technique with Feedback

This class is an introduction to a unique and practical approach to M.E.T.   Students will learn about the nervous system’s role in muscular dysfunction and how to resolve these issues.   There will be a hands-on session to emphasize the protocol for assessing and implementing this technique on various muscles.   This M.E.T. system will make an effective and gentle addition to any therapist's tool belt.

Advanced MET


This class uses Muscle Energy Techniques to release muscle tension by way of the nervous system. The focus of this class is to release muscles of the spine using a unique set of MET protocol



Myofascial Pelvic Protocol

This class will teach students how to use myofascial technique to release structures in the pelvis. Students will learn how to assess and restore balance to the pelvis. We will address issues that cause pain and impingement due to sports activities, overuse and trauma.




Chair Massage

Chair Massage is the best marketing tool massage therapists have. The chair is a very therapeutic way to address the upper back ,neck and arms. In this class you will learn a 15 minute sequence with very thorough techniques that address major areas of tension and loosen tight muscles. Also included will be history and benefits of chair, preparing for session, stretches and body mechanics.