Massage Therapy Continuing Education

Continuing Education
Advance your skills & your career through a wide variety of hands-on Continuing Education classes

 

The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage is committed to providing its graduates and the massage community with a broad menu of continuing education classes*.

It is our philosophy that continuing education should be one of the cornerstones of the OSTM program. Our goal is to host an array of guest presenters who are knowledgeable and accomplished in their respective fields. Please join us for our impressive continuing education programs.

For any questions or additional information, please contact the campus offering the course: The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage Syracuse: 315-424-1159  or Rochester: 585-241-0070

*Please note: In the event of a cancellation by the school and/or CE Instructor, participants will be reimbursed for their entire purchase of the continuing education class.

UPCOMING CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES  



Cancelled – MotherMassage ®:

Massage during Pregnancy

By: Elaine Stillerman, LMT

Location:  Syracuse Campus, 719 E. Genesee St, 3rd Floor, Syracuse, NY 13210

Date(s):    Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 27th, 28th AND 29th 2017
Time(s):    Friday = 9:00am – 6:00pm
                   Saturday  = 9:00am – 6:00pm
                   Sunday = 8:30am – 3:00pm

NYS/NCBTMB/Florida Board of Massage Therapy CEU Credits Granted:  24
(10 CEU’s from MTANS – Canada)

Parking pass to nearby parking lot available – inquire at time of registration!

To register call 315-424-1159

Class Size:

  • Maximum Class Size: 30
  • Minimum Class Size: 12
  • Prerequisites Courses: None

Course Description

Throughout history, in tribal and traditional societies, massage was an integral part of a woman’s pregnancy, labor and postpartum experience. Typically, the women of the community gathered together to support her and her baby with herbal medicines, rituals, massage, physical and emotional support.

In this country, massage therapists and bodyworkers have an opportunity to encourage pregnant women to incorporate massage therapy into their prenatal, labor and postpartum care. Massage therapy offers the gravid woman a safe, nurturing and relaxing way to relieve the common discomforts she may be experiencing.

During the MotherMassage ®: Massage during Pregnancy professional certification workshop, you can learn the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor and postpartum, as well as the skills and bodywork techniques necessary to massage your clients competently from their first trimester through labor and postpartum recovery. Hands-on work includes full body prenatal massage in five different positions: side-lying without turning the client; side-lying turning to the opposite side; side-lying to supine; sitting and using the bodyCushion System ™, labor support massage and postpartum massage therapy. Appropriate draping and practitioner body mechanics are discussed. Hand-saving massage techniques and tools (tspheres®) are explored. Special attention is paid to treating the most common discomforts of pregnancy. The contraindications and precautions of prenatal massage are discussed in detail.

A variety of bodywork systems, such as Swedish massage, acupressure, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, myofascial release, reflexology, proprioception, etc. are used. Herbal remedies and nutritional supplementation are discussed along with marketing and promotional strategies to help increase your specialized practice.

This three-day course will be held from 9:00am to 6:00pm Friday and Saturday; and  8:30 am – 3:00pm on Sunday. Times are subject to change to accommodate travel plans and facilities. 24 CEs are granted from  FL and NY Boards of Massage, and NCBTMB. 10 from MTANS (Canada). This course is open to licensed massage therapists and bodyworkers, childbirth educators, nurse-midwives, lay-midwives, doulas, physical therapists, obstetricians and labor support coaches. All non-massage professionals must have basic massage skills as a prerequisite to this course.

A student manual is distributed electronically for students to print out and bring to class. Professional certification is awarded after completing the course, passing a take-home exam with at least 80% and validated proof that you have massaged two different pregnant women (Letters of Receipt of Service are included.)

You must pay in full at the time of registration. The cost of the class is US $425.00 for early registration and $500.00 for late registration – within 2 weeks of the class. If you are taking this class a second time, $25.00 per day will be discounted. A copy of your certificate is required for this discount.

Who is eligible to attend:

Licensed Massage Therapists, physical therapists, obstetricians, childbirth educators, labor coaches, doulas, labor nurses, and midwives. All non-massage professionals must have basic massage therapy skills. All LMTs and other licensed professionals must provide their license number at the time of registration. Others must provide documentation of their profession (doulas, childbirth educators, labor coaches).

Supplies  you will need to bring:

  • Purchase the textbook Prenatal massage: a textbook of pregnancy, labor, and postpartum bodywork (Stillerman, Mosby, 2008) before the first day of class. OSTM will carry the book. It is also available on-line at elsevierhealth.com or www.amazon.com.
  • Two large and two small towels
  • Four sheets
  • Two standard size pillows
  • One small pillow
  • Unscented lubrication
  • A notebook to class each day.

If you are able to provide a pregnant volunteer for Saturday morning’s practicum, please advise OSTM at least a week prior to the class.

Instructor Bio

Elaine Stillerman, LMT

The developer and instructor of MotherMassage ® is Elaine Stillerman, LMT. Licensed in New York since 1978, Stillerman began her pioneering work with pregnant women in 1980. She has been teaching the professional certification course “MotherMassage ®” at prestigious massage schools, spas and resorts across the country since 1990. She has written four books, MotherMassage: A Handbook For Relieving the Discomforts of Pregnancy (Dell, 1992) and The Encyclopedia of Bodywork (Facts On File, 1996), Prenatal Massage: A Textbook of Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum Bodywork (Mosby, 2008), and Modalities for Massage and Bodywork (Mosby, 2ed 2015). She has written numerous articles for magazines and journals and her work has been featured in dozens of national magazines. She has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio programs.

In 2013, Elaine was the inaugural recipient of AFMTE’s “Educator of the Year” Award and was inducted into the World Massage Festival’s “Massage Hall of Fame”.

To learn more about Elaine Stillerman, LMT you can visit her website: http://www.mothermassage.net/

 

Registration

Cost:  

  • $425 (if registered by October 06)
  • $500 (if registered after October 06)
  • $350 for participants taking the course a second time (must provide certificate when registering to receive discount – call for fax number/email address)

Final day for Registration:

Friday, October 20, 2017

Cancellation Policy:

  • Participants must pay in full when registering
  • Students who No-Show or Cancel after October 19th forfeit tuition in full.
  • Students who cancel on or before October 05th will forfeit $300 of tuition paid.
  • In the event the class is cancelled by OSTM, all monies paid are refunded to those registered

To register call 315-424-1159




Cupping Therapy: 

 Introduction to Cupping with Vicki Kemner-Ramsdell LMT

 

By: Vicki Kemner-Ramsdell

Location: Rochester Campus – 302 N. Goodman Street Suite 200, Rochester NY, 14607
Date(s):   Saturday, October 28th 2017
Time(s):   9am-5pm
CEU Credits Granted: 8

To register call 585-241-0070

Class Size:

  • Maximum Class Size: 24
  • Minimum Class Size: 8
  • Prerequisites Courses: None

Course Description

This class is geared to massage therapists, chiropractors & physical therapists. It has been proven that five minutes of cupping equals thirty minutes of deep tissue massage and provides a way to save the wear and tear on therapist’s hands. Cupping has become a popular method for bodywork professionals to incorporate into their practice. Introduction to Cupping is the first step in blending Cupping Therapy into your practice. This class views Cupping from a western perspective, no prior knowledge of Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) required. This course will cover the history, therapeutic benefits, contraindication, and guidelines or using cupping. As well as the self-care benefits of utilizing cupping and the basic Cupping moves. Students will become familiar with both Silicone & Kangzhu Cups for specific treatments. Students will also become familiar with techniques for the back, shoulders, quads, IT bands, hamstrings & the lower legs. Students will learn the Cupping techniques for specific conditions and the techniques for Plantar Fasciitis with ionic trigger point cups and dynamic Cupping.

This will be an 80% hands on class where a blend of basic techniques and advanced use of cups with be demonstrated and practice.

Supplies  you will need to bring:

    • Notebook & Writing utensil
    • Set of Sheets
    • Medium of their choice
    • Comfortable clothing and shoes
    • *Students will not need to purchase cups to participate in class but the instructor will have a variety of cups available for sale after the class.

Who is eligible to attend:

Licensed Massage Therapists.

Instructor Bio

Vicki studied Thai massage and was certified by Kam Thye Chow in Montreal and his teacher Asokananda of Thailand. She completed advanced Certification of Thai Medical Massage and Herbal Medicine with Pierce Salguero. In August 2009, she became a certified teacher of Traditional Thai Medical Message (TTMM), following in the Shivagakomarpaj lineage.
Vicki is an adjunct professor of Traditional Thai Medical Massage at the Professional Massage Training Center in Springfield, MO and Missouri College in St. Louis. She is the adjunct teacher of TTMM at A Gathering Place in Maryland Heights and for the LMT Success Group. Vicki speaks internationally on Thai Massage and Thai Medicine and is a sought after speaker.
Vicki is recognized as a leading expert on the treatment of neuro-muscular diseases using Traditional Thai Massage. Her clientele range from those who suffer from life altering diseases such as MS, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Auto-Immune, Arthritis and those who see her on a preventative basis. The Gateway Chapter of the MS Society has recently recognized Thai Massage as an effective treatment of MS. Vicki speaks regularly for the MS society on Thai Medical Massage and it’s therapeutic benefits for MS patients.
Vicki’s love of Thai Medicine and her natural understanding of the body and spirit makes her a perfect teacher to hand down this sacred art form. All of her classes are stimulating and packed with knowledge that only a therapist with thousands of hours of experience would have. She is a licensed massage and body worker, former EMT/Paramedic, Certified Yoga Instructor and has taught meditation at Missouri Heights and for the LMT Success Group. Vicki speaks internationally on Thai Massage and Thai Medicine and is a sought after speaker.
Vicki is recognized as a leading expert on the treatment of neuro-muscular diseases using Traditional Thai Massage. Her clientele range from those who suffer from life altering diseases such as MS, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Auto-Immune, Arthritis and those who see her on a preventative basis. The Gateway Chapter of the MS Society has recently recognized Thai Massage as an effective treatment of MS. Vicki speaks regularly for the MS society on Thai Medical Massage and it’s therapeutic benefits for MS patients.
Vicki’s love of Thai Medicine and her natural understanding of the body and spirit makes her a perfect teacher to hand down this sacred art form. All of her classes are stimulating and packed with knowledge that only a therapist with thousands of hours of experience would have. She is a licensed massage and body worker, former EMT/Paramedic, Certified Yoga Instructor and has taught meditation at Missouri colleges. Vicki’s greatest teacher was a blind Thai who taught her the art of integrating hands and spirit with the client to heal and comfort. 

Registration

Cost:  

      • $200

Final day for Registration, balance due date:

October 14th,2017

Cancellation Policy:

      • Participants must pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
      • Students who No-Show or Cancel forfeit the registration fee.
      • Students who Cancel after October 14th, 2017 forfeit the full tuition for the course.
      • In the event the class is cancelled by OSTM, all monies paid are refunded to those registered

To register call 585-241-0070




Advanced Craniosacral Integration Class II:
Advanced Palpation,  Listening, and Perception

By: Nurit Nardi, MA, LMT, RCST

Location:  Syracuse Campus, 719 E. Genesee St, 3rd Floor, Syracuse, NY 13210
Date(s):    Saturday-Sunday, November 04th – 05th , 2017
Time(s):    9:00am-5:00pm
CEU Credits Granted:  14

Parking pass to nearby parking lot provided for your convenience!

To register call 315-424-1159

Class Size:

  • Maximum Class Size: 32
  • Minimum Class Size: 8
  • Prerequisites Courses: Introduction to Craniosacral Massage or Proof of equivalent prior CE

Course Description

Craniosacral Integration II offers specialty training for body workers, massage therapists and anyone working with the body in the healing arts. Yoga and Chi Kong enthusiasts also reap rewards from this training.

Fundamental to Craniosacral Integration is the combination of the practitioners’ therapeutic presence, nonjudgmental listening skills, noninvasive intentions, deep knowledge of anatomy and the art of palpation. Of these, palpation skills are paramount – over and above even your mechanical skills.

In our two-day class, in an atmosphere of acceptance and support, we will:

  • Explore and trust in the sensitivity of your hands as you contact the fluid body.
  • Cultivate your ability to “be still” – that is, energetically grounded and calm in a clear field of healing that allows you to connect as never before to your clients.
  • Develop a safe and empathic listening field.
  • Become more comfortable with the challenges of the subtle palpation skills that Craniosacral Integration requires.
  • Introduce you to the primary sensory language of the body.
  • Witness the shift in tonality of the nervous system as it gently settles.
  • Help clients attain a state of very deep relaxation in a very short time.

Our teaching and learning methods are many and varied and include lectures, visual aids, demonstrations, guided sessions, imagery work and small group explorations.

While earning 14 continuing education credits, you will be adopting as your natural state a supportive, therapeutic presence that allows you to work effectively with clients without draining your own well.

Who is eligible to attend:

Massage Therapists who have completed Nurit’s Introduction to Craniosacral Massage or can provide proof of equivalent prior. CE

Supplies  you will need to bring:

  • Notebook & Pens
  • Set of Sheets
  • Instruction Manual for course: $5 day of class 
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • A parking pass will be emailed to you in advance

Instructor Bio

Nurit Nardi, MA, LMT, RCST

NCBTMB Approved Provider for Continuing EducationMy journey with Craniosacral therapy began in 1997 when I attended my first Craniosacral class at the Upledger’s Institute.

I realized then that this approach spoke to me like no other form of bodywork I have ever done. It was different from anything I expected and experienced until then.

After completing the basic training with the Upledger Institute, I was introduced and trained with Roger Gilchrist in the biodynamic approach (700 hours) which took me deeper into the fascinating work of the fluid body, pre -natal psychology, and the Primary Respiration. I began listening to the body in a new way, shifting tissues without any pressure. I became more and more familiar with the fluid language of the Primary Respiration.

I was also getting good results with challenging issues and realized that working that way was effective and precise clinically, emotionally and spiritually. I was fortunate to assist Roger Gilchrist in the Biodynamic basic training in New York City.

My own approach to the practice and teaching of Craniosacral therapy is, of course, a mixture of all of the various schools and teachers I worked with, plus many other years of training in other modalities including DreamWork, imagery for transformation, and Focusing.

As a teacher I choose to teach some aspects of biomechanics along with the more delicate work of the biodynamic.

For the last eighteen years I have been teaching Craniosacral classes at the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy in NYC. Continued interest from students and faculty resulted in my forming continuing education classes on various topics in Craniosacral Integration.  MY classes have been taught in private institutions and massage schools in New York State.

My training and professional experiences in the last 30 years as a licensed massage therapist, a registered Biodyanamic Craniosacral therapist, a Transpersonal therapist, a Focusing advanced practitioner and an expert teacher and practitioner in transformational dream and imagery work, has deepen my work considerably and has kept me involved in many cross disciplinary ventures.

My passion is teaching. I have been a teacher at the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy in NYC for 17 years, and am a certified teacher who works locally and internationally through the School of Images in NYC (www.schoolofimages.com) under the supervision of its founder Dr. Catherine Shainberg.

I have also developed many others cross disciplinary workshops in the field of immunology and health, a mind body approach to calm your stress and anxiety, and more.

I am currently in the process of developing a full program teaching Craniosacral Integration Therapy for the ones who are curious and interested in deepening their skills and knowledge in the field of Craniosacral but are not ready to invest huge amount of time and money in training.

Registration

Cost:  

  • $330 (if registered by October 13)
  • $360 (if registered after October 13)
  • $5 – Instructional Manual Required

Final day for Registration:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Cancellation Policy:

  • Participants must pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
  • Students who Cancel before October 27th, 2017 forfeit the registration fee.
  • Students who No-Show or Cancel after October 27th, 2017 forfeit the registration fee and full tuition for the course.
  • In the event the class is cancelled by OSTM, all monies paid are refunded to those registered

To register call 315-424-1159




Essential Oils

Therapeutic use of Essential Oils with Gail Valente

 

By: Gail Valente, LMT

Location: Rochester Campus – 302 N. Goodman Street Suite 200, Rochester NY, 14607
Date: Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Time: 9am – 5pm
CEU Credits Granted: 8

To register call 585-241-0070

Class Size:

  • Maximum Class Size: 24
  • Minimum Class Size: 8

Course Description

Learn how adding essential oils to your massage work can facilitate pain relief, and ease common client issues of headache, anxiety, and sleeplessness. This one day class will give you tools to safely and effectively supplement your work with the addition of essential oils. You’ll learn how 10 essential oils offer support therapeutically and emotionally giving a new dimension to your work. Your concise take home manual will let you replicate your own creations. You’ll leave class with your own creation of a massage oil blend and aroma stick inhalers.

Learning Objective

-Students begin to understand how essential oils can support their clients, ease their work and allow for greater healing.
-Students learn detail of 5 essential oils they can use in their practice, understand emotional and therapeutic differences in oils.
-Students learn how, where essential oils are grown, harvested, and distilled.
-Students will learn how to formulate a recipe for the symptom relief they need and make inhaler to treat specific symptoms.
-Students will learn the 5 basic essential oils to assist with pain and inflammation.
-Students understand how essential oils can alleviate pain and create another vehicle for client relief and healing.
-Students see the emotional component and olfactory benefits of these 5 essential oils and how they support the physical body with therapeutic benefits.
-Safe use of essential oils is as important as knowing which oils to select for a particular condition.
-Students will understand where to get accurate and safe information to ensure they are providing the best protocol for their client’s needs.
-Students will learn and embrace the benefits and wide-reaching response to essential oils they can discover and find value in including essential oils into their practice and daily lives with safety and integrity.
-Students will learn what oils will support their clients and what pertinent and important questions to ask to provide the safest, most effective blend.
-Students understand that essential oils have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties and can be used for this purpose very effectively without the use of hard chemical agents.
-Students will create inhalers, creams, oils, and hand sanitizer using essential oils to utilize in their practice as a body work professional.

Supplies you will need to bring:

    • pen
    • paper
    • wear comfortable clothes

Who is eligible to attend:

Licensed Massage Therapists.

Instructor Bio

Gail Valente, LMT

Gail Valente is a 2001 graduate of Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage. Shortly after graduation she focused her practice in Medical Massage, Myofascial Release to ease client pain issues. After Opening Retreat House Massage & Wellness Center in 2005 she began studying how foot reflexology could benefit clients. Her first introduction to teaching cam while supporting Kripalu’s Foot Reflexology Instructor, Eileen Donovan in the classroom. They went on to teach together for five years. In 2010, Gail began her study of essential oils at Aromahead Institute. She has taught Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils at the Swedish Institute in New York City since 2011 as well as OSTM Rochester and Syracuse Campuses. Gail began teaching Law and Ethics, Professionalism and Communication, and Business at OSTM Rochester Campus in 2013 and is currently the Clinic Director.

Registration

Cost:

      • $179

Final day for Registration, balance due date:

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Cancellation Policy:

      • Participants must pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
      • Students who No-Show or Cancel forfeit the registration fee.
      • Students who Cancel after Saturday, October 28th, 2017 forfeit the full tuition for the course.
      • In the event the class is cancelled by OSTM, all monies paid are refunded to those registered

To register call 585-241-0070


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