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  




Thai Medical Massage: 

 Focusing on the Treatment & After Care for Low Back Pain

By: Vicki Kemner-Ramsdell

Location: Rochester Campus – 302 N. Goodman Street Suite 200, Rochester NY, 14607
Date(s):   Saturday, June 3rd 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

Thai Medical Massage will be a multi-focused approach to the treatment of low back pain. This class is not only for those who are practitioners of Thai Massage, but also those who ultimately want to add an effective treatment plan to their present modality.

For classrooms purposes demonstration and practice will be done on a massage table while students observe. In addition, students will participate in hands on practice of techniques as well as:

  • Multi-Dimensional approach to passively stretch and open the joints
  • Learning how to listen to the body and knowing when and how to respond using MFR.
  • Thai acupressure points that impact low back pain and related issues.
  • Vibrational techniques that treat low back and hip pain.
  • Looking at the problem of low back pain in a holistic manner.
  • Indications and Contre-Indications.
  • After care instructions for the client.

Who is eligible to attend:

Licensed Massage Therapists.

Supplies  you will need to bring:

  • Sheets
  • Unscented lubrication
  • A notebook to class each day.

Instructor Bio

Vicki Kemner-Ramsdell is a Master Thai Medical Massage therapist and NCBTMB approved educator, with over fifteen thousand hours of documented client care. Vicki also is a leading expert in the treatment of MS and related neuromuscular diseases.

Vicki teaches internationally on all facets of Thai Medicine and therapeutic cupping. Presently she is the Director of Education and Research for the Academy of Thai Massage & Energy Work in Frewsberg, NY. She also is an adjunct professor of Traditional Thai Medical Massage at the Professional Massage Training Center in Springfield, MO and Missouri College in St. Louis. In addition, she is also the adjunct teacher of TTMM at A Gathering Place in Maryland Heights and for the LMT Success Group.  Furthermore, Vicki speaks internationally on Thai Massage and Thai Medicine and therefore is a sought after guest speaker. 

Registration

Cost:  

  • $200

Final day for Registration:

Saturday, May 20th 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 May 26th, 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




 Introduction to Craniosacral Integration Therapy: 

The Healing Power of a Light Touch

By: Nurit Nardi, LMT, RCST

Location:  Syracuse Campus, 719 E. Genesee St, 3rd Floor, Syracuse, NY 13210
Date(s):    Saturday & Sunday, June 10th AND 10th 2017
Time(s):    Saturday  = 9:00am – 5:00pm
                   Sunday = 9:00am – 5:00pm
CEU Credits Granted:  14

To register call 315-424-1159

Class Size:

  • Maximum Class Size: 32
  • Minimum Class Size: 8
  • Prerequisites Courses: None

Course Description

Craniosacral Integration, a powerful hands-on approach that treats and supports the body’s wisdom and its innate ability to heal, is a wonderful tool to add to your existing massage practice.

It gently addresses the spine, skull, sacrum, and fascia to treat pain and trauma as well as supports the body’s self healing process.

Craniosacral Therapy has been around for a long time but lately it has become an increasingly popular therapy due to its effectiveness and safety.

This workshop provides a thorough introduction to a powerful and unique light touch therapy.

You can learn:

  • The theoretical foundation of Craniosacral Integration
  • The lineage and development of the work
  • Engaging with all levels of the system: physical structures, rhythmic motions, energy
  • The core principle of “health”
  • Hands- on cranial and sacral holds to help your clients in deep relaxation
  • The concept of subtle hands-on palpation
  • Developing therapeutic presence as a vital skill
  • The fundamental platform- types and conditions Craniosacral can help
  • The healing power of a light touch
  • Cultivating new self awareness and self growth
  • And more…

Who is eligible to attend:

Licensed Massage Therapists.

Supplies  you will need to bring:

  • One set of sheets
  • A notebook to class each day.

 

Instructor Bio

Nurit Nardi, LMT, RCST

Nurit’s journey with Craniosacral therapy began in 1997 when she attended her first Craniosacral class at the Upledger’s Institute.

She realized then that this approach spoke to her like no other form of bodywork she had ever done. It was different from anything she expected and experienced until then.

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

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

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

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

For the last eighteen years she has 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.  Her classes have been taught in private institutions and massage schools across New York State.

Her 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 her work considerably and has kept her involved in many cross disciplinary ventures.

Her passion is teaching. She has been a teacher at the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy in NYC for 17 years, and is 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.

She has 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.

Registration

Cost:  

  • $50 deposit (registration fee) due at time of registration
  • $315 (if registered by May 26, 2017)
  • $350 (if registered after May 26, 2017)

Final day for Registration:

Friday, June 02, 2017

Cancellation Policy:

  • Participants must pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
  • Students who Cancel before June 01st forfeit the registration fee.
  • Students who No-Show or Cancel after June 01st, 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




NYS Massage Board Review – By Dr. Gene Desepoli 

For more information visit http://massageboardreview.com/contact-us/ or call Dr. Gene Desepoli at 516-690-6878

Location:  Syracuse Campus, 719 E. Genesee St, 3rd Floor, Syracuse, NY 13210
Date(s):    Saturday, July 08th 2017
Time(s):     9:00am – 5:00pm                  
CEU Credits Granted:  Not-applicable – NYS Licensing Exam Review Preparation

Registration

Cost to OSTM Graduates:  

Website ONLY: $170

OR

Review Class with Website: $ 220

Payment and registration must be made directly Dr. Gene Desepoli.

To register call 516-690-6878 or email drgenelmt@gmail.com




Natural FaceLift Massage

 

By: Yuriy Esperson, LMT

Location:  Syracuse Campus, 719 E. Genesee St, 3rd Floor, Syracuse, NY 13210
Date(s):    Monday through Thursday, August 21st through August 24th 2017
Time(s):    9:00am – 5:00pm
CEU Credits Granted:  28

To register call 315-424-1159

Class Size:

  • Maximum Class Size: 32
  • Minimum Class Size: 8
  • Prerequisites Courses: None

Course Description

Featured in Massage Magazine (April 2015, page 52-53)

Based on and certified by the London Center for Indian Champissage International TM (LCICI) and then significantly advanced by Yuri Esperson, this class will focus on gentle and precise massage of the small muscles in the face.  While using no oils or creams, students will learn that holding the muscle for a prolonged period of time allows the facial muscles to strengthen and tighten. Specially designed massage strokes combined with acupressure gently moves out the old lymph, improves blood circulation, and brings fresh lymph into the facial area to provide a fresh, glowing look that lasts for days. Eighty percent of this 4-day workshop will be spent practicing these techniques.

Upon completion of the class, students will be able to perform a full one-hour facial treatment.

Students wishing to take an additional certification exam may do so after an additional 30 hours of practice. The certification exam is separate from the course, and which may be arranged directly with the instructor if desired. It consists of one hour theoretical and one hour practical parts, and is not included in the class time or tuition. Students who will successfully pass the exam  will be awarded by Certificate of Achievement (4 CE’s).

Learn more at www.faceliftmassage.com

Who is eligible to attend:

Licensed Massage Therapists, Estheticians, Nurses, Doctors

Supplies  you will need to bring:

  • Full set of massage table sheets (except face cradle cover)
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Pencil, pen, a notebook to class each day
  • Camera (cellphone camera is OK),
  • handhold mirror,
  • drinking water

Instructor Bio

Yuriy Esperson, LMT

Since youth, Yuri has been interested in the potential of the human body and mind. After earning a Master’s Degree in electro-technology at the St. Petersburg University (Russia) where he taught classes in his major and lead diploma projects for graduating students. At the same time, he dedicated himself to running. He spent time running across deserts and mountains for national teams, and went on to claim first place at the US National 24 hour race. He got interested in massage as a natural healing art with a lot of potential; potential which he went on to explore and master. He received training in all of the mainstream modalities, and went on to be voted the “Best of the Best” massage therapist in the Hamptons three years in a row. Yuri won Directors Choice Award during volunteering in Medical tent for Grand to Grand Ultra 2014-2016 self-supported 7 day running race. He was also invited as a pacer, coach and sports massage therapist to India during K2K run (October 2012)  famous Indian runner was crossing India from North to South (2500 miles) and TGIR (The Great India Run, July-August 2016) race from Delhi to Mumbai (980 miles)  Yuri is the author of the Natural Facelift Massage article published in Massage Magazine (April, 2015). He was featured in magazine articles, and had an array of celebrity clients, while continuing his education and looking for cutting edge techniques. In 2005, he traveled to the London Center for Indian Champissage to become one of the first people in the US certified in the practice of face lift massage. He then went back to get his teaching license in order to share the practice. From 2004 till 2008 Yuri is also explore and master various Healing Energy Arts. Graduated from The Monroe Institute of Applied Science (VA) he studied Matrix Energetics, Yuen Energetics, Demancic Bioenergy Healing and created very effective healing technic using Psycho Kinesis. Since 2007 Yuri is giving small group private classes in massage technics. Since 2011 he is teaching in London Center of Champissage International (UK) Natural Face Lift massage, Kansa Vatki Foot massage and other unique types of massages. Since January 2012 Yuri is an Instructor of continuing education at Swedish Institute of Health Science (NY, NY). Creator of Natural Face Lift Self-Care Massage and I-Stretch (Integrated Stretch), Q-Stretch (Quick Stretch), Kansa Vatki Padabhyanga Indian Foot Massage (Ayurvedic), Shiro-Abhyanga Indian Head Massage (Ayurvedic), Bodywork for Face (Face Exercise workshop), Bioenergy Healing Tools Yuri focuses heavily on practical results and he is committed to every student being able to apply the methods learned with the best possible results.

Registration

Cost:  

  • $645
  • $150 deposit (Non-refundable registration fee) due at time of registration

Final day for Registration:

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cancellation Policy:

  • Participants must pay a $150 non-refundable registration fee
  • Students who Cancel before August 11th forfeit the registration fee.
  • Students who No-Show or Cancel after August 11th, 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




Q-stretch

 

By: Yuriy Esperson, LMT

Location:  Syracuse Campus, 719 E. Genesee St, 3rd Floor, Syracuse, NY 13210
Date(s):    Friday, August 25th 2017
Time(s):    9:00am – 6:00pm
CEU Credits Granted:  8

To register call 315-424-1159

Class Size:

  • Maximum Class Size: 32
  • Minimum Class Size: 8
  • Prerequisites Courses: None

Course Description

Q-Stretch is a 1 day, very effective yet simple workshop, which teaches massage therapists, fitness and yoga instructors and personal trainers how to perform short 5-20 minute advanced stretches and body work. It is a short version of I-Stretch (Integrated Stretch). This work includes elements of Shiatsu, Thai Yoga Massage and components that are unique to Q-Stretch. Client doesn’t have to be undressed and session affecting whole body.

One of the unique aspects of the techniques is the “Tourniquet Effect,” which significantly increases blood flow through affected areas.  Benefits include reduced stiffness of joints, increased muscle strength and improved mobility.

Q-Stretch can be used by anyone as a daily routine in spas, gyms, corporate settings or anywhere else the space allows. It’s great for athletes as pre/post and during event modality, as well as for regular people. These sessions can be done on the table but will work anyplace where you can use a massage chair and may garner attention from people nearby. This can be a great method to add to your practice and grow your business.

This technique was tested in many sports events to serve runners: K2K run 2012 across the India, in Himalayan Mountains, during 3100 mile race in Queens, NY, Grand to Grand ultra 2014 race in Grand Canyons (Director’s choice Award).

Who is eligible to attend:

Licensed Massage Therapists, Physical Therapists, Personal Trainers, Fitness/Yoga Instructors

Supplies  you will need to bring:

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Pencil, pen, a notebook to class each day
  • drinking water

Instructor Bio

Yuriy Esperson, LMT

Since youth, Yuri has been interested in the potential of the human body and mind. After earning a Master’s Degree in electro-technology at the St. Petersburg University (Russia) where he taught classes in his major and lead diploma projects for graduating students. At the same time, he dedicated himself to running. He spent time running across deserts and mountains for national teams, and went on to claim first place at the US National 24 hour race. He got interested in massage as a natural healing art with a lot of potential; potential which he went on to explore and master. He received training in all of the mainstream modalities, and went on to be voted the “Best of the Best” massage therapist in the Hamptons three years in a row. Yuri won Directors Choice Award during volunteering in Medical tent for Grand to Grand Ultra 2014-2016 self-supported 7 day running race. He was also invited as a pacer, coach and sports massage therapist to India during K2K run (October 2012)  famous Indian runner was crossing India from North to South (2500 miles) and TGIR (The Great India Run, July-August 2016) race from Delhi to Mumbai (980 miles)  Yuri is the author of the Natural Facelift Massage article published in Massage Magazine (April, 2015). He was featured in magazine articles, and had an array of celebrity clients, while continuing his education and looking for cutting edge techniques. In 2005, he traveled to the London Center for Indian Champissage to become one of the first people in the US certified in the practice of face lift massage. He then went back to get his teaching license in order to share the practice. From 2004 till 2008 Yuri is also explore and master various Healing Energy Arts. Graduated from The Monroe Institute of Applied Science (VA) he studied Matrix Energetics, Yuen Energetics, Demancic Bioenergy Healing and created very effective healing technic using Psycho Kinesis. Since 2007 Yuri is giving small group private classes in massage technics. Since 2011 he is teaching in London Center of Champissage International (UK) Natural Face Lift massage, Kansa Vatki Foot massage and other unique types of massages. Since January 2012 Yuri is an Instructor of continuing education at Swedish Institute of Health Science (NY, NY). Creator of Natural Face Lift Self-Care Massage and I-Stretch (Integrated Stretch), Q-Stretch (Quick Stretch), Kansa Vatki Padabhyanga Indian Foot Massage (Ayurvedic), Shiro-Abhyanga Indian Head Massage (Ayurvedic), Bodywork for Face (Face Exercise workshop), Bioenergy Healing Tools Yuri focuses heavily on practical results and he is committed to every student being able to apply the methods learned with the best possible results.

Registration

Cost:  

  • $195
  • $50 deposit (Non-refundable registration fee) due at time of registration

Final day for Registration:

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cancellation Policy:

  • Participants must pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
  • Students who Cancel before August 11th forfeit the registration fee.
  • Students who No-Show or Cancel after August 11th, 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




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)

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




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