Continuing Education

We offer some of the premiere educators in massage therapy and bodywork, and are constantly adding more. Please check back for more classes that are being constantly added!  You may pay safely through PayPal here on the site (simply click add to cart, which will pop-up in a new window; when you are done just check out through the cart).  You can also call us at 501.623.3888 to answer any questions or register over the phone.

**All classes require registration and payment arrangement at least 2 weeks prior to the class start date.** (Exceptions made when necessary.)


Geriatric Massage Certification

Sharon is a graduate of the University of California with a major in Education. After teaching Biology and English internationally in Europe, Asia, Central America, and the Eastern United States, Sharon made a career change into the Wellness field in 1986. She attended massage school in Northern California and then graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy and Healthbuilders School of Massage Therapy in Saint Augustine, FL. Along with overseeing the function of Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute, she has a private practice and does volunteer Hospice work. She travels extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally teaching the Day-Break Geriatric Massage Level 1 & 2 workshops in massage schools and community colleges.

  • Member of ABMP (Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals)
  • Volunteer in Saint Vincent’s Hospice Care Program (Indianapolis)

 Instructor  
Sharon Puszko, PhD, LMT
 Approved NCBTMB  CE Provider #022353-00
Level 1 AR Approval #: 2010-108
Level 2 AR Approval #: 2011-007
 Hours 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM Friday, Saturday & Sundays 9 AM - 6 PM (1 Hour Lunch)
 CEU Credit 18 Hours per class
 Days Level 1: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
August 10-12, 2018
Level 2: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
August 13-15, 2018
 Cost $450.00 per class

 

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Level I Certification is a prerequisite for Level II.  For more information about these courses, please visit Dr. Puszko's website, www.daybreak-massage.com.

Level One Geriatric Massage Workshop Description


This 2 1/2 day weekend workshop is the basis of our training program in Geriatric Massage. It offers 18 CE hours for massage therapists and qualifies students for the Level 1 Certificate in Geriatric Massage. By helping participants to gain insight into meaningful work with the elderly, the therapist who likes to work with seniors is put on the path to a massage career that is emotionally satisfying without being physically draining.

The Workshop features these topics:

  1. Physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging.
  2. Client assessment, cautions & contraindications. Psychological aspects of a healthy approach when working with the elderly, and attention to detail in the assessment of the older client.
  3. Modification of standard massage techniques and the development of methods to suit each client’s specific needs. Participants are encouraged to develop clinical reasoning in their first hands-on phase of the presentation.
  4. Practical hands-on work with older people.
  5. How to establish a Geriatric Massage practice. Topics include: Discovering appropriate referral sources, and marketing to senior facilities and active seniors in the community at large.


Level Two Advanced Geriatric Massage Workshop Description


This 2-1/2 day weekend workshop is the next level in our training program in Geriatric Massage. It offers 18 CE hours for massage therapists and qualifies students for the Level 2 Certificate in Geriatric Massage. There are two hands-on sessions–one in a Long Term Care or Assisted Living Facility, working directly with resident volunteers, and a second hands-on session in an Memory Care Unit (with dementia patients).

Prerequisite: Must have attended the Level 1 – Geriatric Massage Workshop within the last two (2) years.

The Workshop Features These Topics:

  1. Review of medical terminology and symptoms of the most prevailing age-related health problems and how to select approaches to the diverse afflictions of old age.
  2. Cautions in the positioning of challenged clients in hospital beds, standard beds, wheelchairs, and geriatric chairs.
  3. Specific approaches to massaging people challenged with stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s, dementia/Alzheimer, arthritis and those who may be wheelchair or bed bound.
  4. In-depth information on the most common age-related health problems and how to work specifically with each, as well as cautions and contraindications.


AFTER THE WORKSHOP, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:

  1. Choose the proper techniques to utilize while working under the direction of the prescribing physician but without the need for direct supervision.
  2. Know how to work with clients who have various degrees of age-related health and mobility problems.
  3. Be familiar with working in an Assisted Living Facility or Nursing Home.


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Anatomy for Bodyworkers

Dr. James Mally is trained as a Naturopathic Doctor, and has been doing massage professionally in many different settings since 1975. He is a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, and the Lindsey Hopkins School, a 1000 hour massage training program. 

Dr. Mally is able to integrate his thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the practice of massage. He has been teaching massage certification programs since 1979, and was the owner and director of Healing Arts Institute in Citrus Heights, California for 21 years.

He is currently engaged in private practice, DVD production, and teaching advanced classes in deep tissue massagesports massage, and anatomy in massage schools around the world.

https://massagelibrary.com/Dr+James+Mally/Workshops+with+Dr.+Mally/

 Instructor  
Dr. James Mally, ND
 ApprovedNCBTMB CE Provider #451329-10
AR Approval #: 2017-002
 HoursFriday - Monday, 9 am - 6 pm
 CEU Credit32 Hours
 DaysTBA
Friday - Monday, 9 am - 6 pm
 Cost$500 + $25 materials

 

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Course Description

Improve your massage skills by developing a sense of the muscle layers in your client's body. Join us for a fun experiential anatomy class designed for the massage therapist. Have fun making muscles out of clay and layering them on a skeleton model.

We will start with the deepest muscles and work our way to the surface, taking the time to palpate the muscles on each other and to explore stretches and bodywork techniques for each muscle. This is a wonderful kinesthetic way of learning that will give you a three-dimensional sense of the muscles and improve your palpation and massage skills.

For the upper body, we will focus on muscles of the back, neck, face, shoulders, arm, forearm and hand. We will look at thoracic outlet syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome, and ways of working on the muscles and structures that can cause nerve impingement.

For the lower body, we will focus on muscles of the abdominal wall, hip, thigh, calf, and foot. We will look at sciatic pain, psoas tightness, IT band tightness, plantar fasciitis, and other problems of the lower extremity, exploring ways of working with these problems with an understanding of the relevant anatomy.



Massage Cupping
Therapy that really sucks

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Dr. James Mally is trained as a Naturopathic Doctor, and has been doing massage professionally in many different settings since 1975. He is a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, and the Lindsey Hopkins School, a 1000 hour massage training program. 

Dr. Mally is able to integrate his thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the practice of massage. He has been teaching massage certification programs since 1979, and was the owner and director of Healing Arts Institute in Citrus Heights, California for 21 years.

He is currently engaged in private practice, DVD production, and teaching advanced classes in deep tissue massagesports massage, and anatomy in massage schools around the world.

https://massagelibrary.com/Dr+James+Mally/Workshops+with+Dr.+Mally/

 Instructor  
Dr. James Mally, ND
 ApprovedNCBTMB CE Provider #451329-10
AR Approval #: 2017-010
 HoursTuesday, 9 am - 6 pm
 CEU Credit8 Hours
 DaysNovember 7, 2017
Tuesday 9 am - 6 pm
 Cost$160 + $25 materials
Price includes set of 4 silicone cups         
 Materials Needed  lubricant, towel, sheets, snacks, water

 

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Course Description

Massage cupping is a powerful tool to enhance your practice. Adding movement makes it even more effective. Kinetic Cupping is an innovative technique that involves moving flexible silicone cups over your client's skin, along with stretching. The combined effect lifts the skin and superficial fascia over the underlying tissues. Most massage work involves compressing tissues, but Kinetic Cupping lifts tissues. Along with soft tissue release, the synergy of these techniques helps to:

  • Relieve chronic muscle tension
  • Release adhesions
  • Prepare clients for deeper work

The cups are transparent, simple to use, and don't require heat or combustion. Best of all, they're easy on your hands! Workshop topics include:

  • History of cupping
  • Cautions and contraindications
  • Unique ways cups can be used with movement

You'll leave the workshop with extensive notes, a set of four silicone cups, and a variety of ways to incorporate cupping with your next massage client.


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Thai Massage 101

Nathan James is an advanced therapeutic massage therapist. He has an intense background in the body being an athlete, and working with them for most his life. Nathan’s passion for movement in the body is now expressed through bodywork and yoga. Within the past decade, Nathan spent the majority of his time working and studying the art of massage and yoga from various parts of the world. Thai massage became one of his specialties so he spent six months studying in Chiang Mai and became a certified Thai instructor. Also, through the years Nathan developed his own unique style of deep tissue that he calls Less Tissue. These combined techniques create an experience of release to the deeper tissues of the body without the pain. Allowing the breath to be the guide, Nathan works with the client to establish the space where the client lets go instead of forcing the muscle. He shares his depth of knowledge in Less Tissue and Thai massage by teaching several times a year in many cities in Japan and California. These classes strongly emphasize the quality of touch combined with intention.

 Instructor  Nathan James
 ApprovedAR Approval #: 2017-060
 Hours18 Hours
CEU Credit 18 Hours
 DaysFri-Sat, September 29-30, 2017
 Cost $300.00
 Materials Neededpillow, blanket, comfortable clothing, and Thai Mat, if possible, but not necessary for the training. Two Thai mats will be available on site.

 

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Course Description

    In this 18-hour course, we will explore the basics of Thai massage in the supine and side-lying positions.  We will discuss, locate, and work with the energetic lines in the body referred to as the "sen" in Thai terminology. Upon completion of this course, the practitioner will be able to perform up to an hour-long session with detailed knowledge of how to maneuver the body with ease from the floor.

Sequential Orthopedic Release Technique

 Instructor  
Kimberly Yutsus
 Approved ASBMT CE# 2013-06
 Hours  9 AM - 6 PM (1 Hour Lunch)
 CEU Credit  9 Hour
 DaysComing Soon
 Cost  $200.00

Course Description

This CEU course will teach manual therapy methods for the treatment of TMJ/TMD and migraines.  The treatments have also shown tremendous benefit for vocalists and singers in professional practice.  

The method relies heavily on the foundation kinesiology education of students for specific, evidentiary based treatment using well-defined protocols.   Three different protocols of varying lengths will be explained in precise detail.  The course emphasizes organization in both teaching and application of these methods, as standalone treatments or combined with other routines and therapeutic models.  

It is taught by Kimberley Yustus, BCTMB, LMT.  Ms. Yustus has an extensive 15 year career in massage and bodywork that includes extensive orthopedic and sports work with elite and Olympic athletes, among other things.  

Given the amount of supervised practice and the level of education provided, this course is limited to only 8 students! Register quickly, as seats will not stay open for long!


Lymph Massage, Protocol for Detoxification and Minor Pathologies

 Instructor  
Juul Bruin, LMBT, RN
 Approved
 Hours  9 AM - 5 PM (1 Hour Lunch)
 CEU Credit  21 Hours
 Days  Coming Soon
 Cost  $450.00

Course Description

In this course you will learn about The Lymphatic System and its relationship to detoxification and chronic health conditions.  During this three day training, you will learn Full Body Manual Lymph Drainage to incorporate with ease into your practice. We will discuss the roots of how people develop chronic conditions including on toxicity in the lymphatic system.  We will discuss the impact of this detoxifying treatment on various health conditions such as migraines, sinus congestion, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, PMS, post-surgical edema, Lyme disease, burns, sprains, and skin conditions.  

You will learn how to identify stagnant and congested tissue visually and through palpation.  Lymph massage helps increase immune function and provides an overall detoxification and well-being in the body.  This method is gentle and easy on the practitioner’s body – yet has very powerful healing ability to decongest tissues, free stagnation and restore health.