Massage Therapy Continuing Education

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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


          • Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils

            with Gail Valente, LMT

            By: Gail Valente, LMT

            Location: Syracuse Campus – 719 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY, 13210
            Date(s): Saturday, February 23rd 2019
            Time(s): 9:00am – 5:00pm
            CEU Credits Granted: 7 CEUs

            To register call 315-424-1159

            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, aromastick inhalers, and hand sanitizer!

            Supplies you will need to bring:

                              • Bring a pen and paper,
                              • and wear comfortable clothes!

            Who is eligible to attend:

            General Public, Licensed Massage Therapists, PT’s, Chiropractors, NYS Licensed Bodywork Professionals

            Instructor Bio

            Gail Valente, LMT

            Gail Valente, LMT is a 2001 graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage. Since 2005 she has owned and operated Retreat House Massage and Wellness Center.
            In 2006 Gail took coursework in Foot Reflexology at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Gail enjoyed sharing this work with her clients, seeing the deep relaxation they experienced and was eager to continue her study. She became the teaching assistant and co-teacher with Eileen Donovan, longtime Kripalu Reflexology instructor.
            In 2011 Gail enrolled in Aromahead Institute and embarked on a journey into Aromatherapy. Her coursework was rigorous and joyful. Gail truly enjoyed seeing real relief from the healing power of essential oils and now incorporates Aromatherapy in all aspects of her life – from making all her own home cleaning products to creating blends that have real affect on her clients well being, pain relief and stress reduction. In 2012 Gail enrolled in Aromahead’s Teacher Training and began teaching aromatherapy to other massage therapists locally as well as at the Swedish Institute in New York City.
            Most recently Gail has returned to Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage to teach new massage therapy students professionalism, law and ethics, and communication and business

            Registration

            Cost:

                                • $195 plus $5/per day for parking = $200

            Final day for Registration, balance due date:

            February 16, 2019

            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 February, 16, 2019 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 315-424-1159



          Massage for People Living with Cancer

          By: Mary Aguilera-Titus, BA, LMT, BCTMB

          Location: Rochester Campus – 302 N. Goodman Street Suite 200, Rochester NY, 14607
          Date(s): Friday, March 1st through Sunday, March 3rd 2019
          Time(s):

            • Friday, March 1, 2019: 11:00am – 8:00pm
              Saturday March 2, 2019 & Sunday, March 3: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

          CEU Credits Granted:

            • 24 CEUs

          To register call 585-241-0070

          Class Size:

              • Maximum Class Size: 24
              • Minimum Class Size: 8
              • Prerequisites Courses: The course is open to licensed, certified or professional massage therapists; bodyworkers certified in other non-invasive, gentle modalities; or other therapists by permission of the instructor.

          Course Description

          Comfort-oriented massage or touch can be administered to people with cancer regardless of the severity of their condition. The purpose of this class is to train touch therapists in the basics of massage in cancer care. All therapists will benefit from the course whether they are private practitioners, work in a spa, chiropractic, or wellness setting, or hope to work in a hospital or hospice.
          Curriculum includes significant time devoted to hands-on practice as well as:
          ● Understanding the process of opening the heart to those with serious illnesses
          ● Metastasis
          ● Adjustments that must be made for clients who are:
          ■ Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation or who have a history of either
          ■ At risk for lymphedema
          ● How to perform intake with an oncology client
          ● The opportunity to provide a supervised massage to someone who has undergone cancer treatment

          Supplies you will need to bring:

          Because each minute of time available to us in class is precious, some advanced reading is required from Medicine Hands: Massage for People Living with Cancer, 3rd Ed. (2014, Findhorn Press).

          Please read Chapters 4, 5, 7 and 8. The best price is on Amazon. Prior familiarity with some of the subject matter will allow class time to be spent in deeper discussion of the material.

          Required Materials

              • 3-ring binder OR folder to hold handouts
              • Clip board
              • Kleenex
              • Rings must be removed during hands-on practice. Bring a chain or pouch to store them in during this time.

           

              • Unscented MASSAGE oil (no containers that require dipping or no commercial or massage cream)
              • 1 set of twin sheets (Days 1 & 2)
              • 2 hand towels and 2 bath towels
              • 2 clean pillows and pillow case

           

          FOR SUNDAY CLINIC SESSION- DAY 3

              • Clean set of twin sheets
              • Clean towels
              • 1 blanket for client warmth
              • Pillows and clean pillow cases
              • Please, no heavily-scented detergents
          • Who is eligible to attend:Licensed Massage Therapists, PT’s, Chiropractors, NYS Licensed Bodywork Professionals

            Instructor Bio

            Mary Aguilera-Titus, BA, LMT, BCTMB has been in practice since 2002. She comes from a close-knit family of seven, and when two of her sisters passed away in the summer of 2006 from breast cancer, the experience left an indelible mark and formed much of her approach and desire to support those living with cancer. Knowing that skilled touch can be a powerful support to people impacted by a diagnosis of cancer, Mary has focused much of her work in the field of oncology massage.
            Mary is part of the interdisciplinary team of the Palliative Care Service at Suburban Hospital, providing inpatient massage therapy; and is also part of the Integrative Medicine Service at Sibley Memorial Hospital, providing outpatient massage therapy.; both hospitals are affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine. She is also an instructor with Oncology Massage Education Associates, offering education to other massage therapists. Mary is a charter member of the Society for Oncology Massage and serves as chair of the Education Committee.

            Registration

            Cost:

                    • $425 before 2/8/19 ($475 starting 2/9/19)

            Final day for Registration, balance due date:

            February 22nd, 2019

            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 February 22nd, 2019 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





            Cupping for the Modern Practitioner

            with Vicki Ramsdell, LMT

            By: Vicki Ramsdell, LMT

            Location: Syracuse Campus – 719 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210
            Date(s): Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17th 2019
            Time(s): 8:30am – 5:00pm
            CEU Credits Granted: 16 CEUs

            To register call 315-424-1159

            Class Size:

            • Maximum Class Size: 24
            • Minimum Class Size: 8
            • Prerequisites Courses: Must be a NYS Licensed Bodywork Professional (Chiropractor, PT, LMT, etc.

            Course Description

            Cupping is an incredible modality that, among many other benefits, increases circulation, relaxes soft tissue and support, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors. Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage and Detoxification are only 3 of the many therapeutic results from Cupping.

            Cupping for the Modern Practitioner is a 16 CE hour comprehensive certification course.
            The class will tech a wide range of applications for the entire body using multiple styles of cups. Students will receive a comprehensive manual of treatments. The class is 80% hands-on lab exchange where each practitioner provides and receives each of the treatments under close supervision of the instructor. Each protocol will be demonstrated by the instructor. At the end of class students will have a comfortable knowledge of cupping.
            Covered:

            Back: Multiple Cupping methods
            Asthma Treatment
            Frozen Shoulder & Decreased ROM
            Abdominal Cupping

            Facial: TMJ & Sinus
            Scars & Tattoos
            Magnetic Cupping
            Lymphedema

            Arms: Tennis elbow
            IT Band treatment
            Quads & Calfs

            Feet: Plantar Fasciitis

            The lecture portion of the class is geared at the Therapeutic benefits of cupping and its impact on different body systems, indications & contraindications, guideline of when using cups, cupping marks, use & care of cups and history of cupping. How to introduce and explain cupping to clients.
            Graduates can use cupping methods acquired from our program in hospitals, high end spas & wellness centers, cruise ships, addiction rehab facilities and much more.

            You’ll walk away from these 16 hours with the skills that will broaden your practice in ways that will amaze you and you’ll feel fully prepared moving forward to do it.

            Supplies you will need to bring:

              • Tables, cups, lubrication and cleaning supplies furnished – All of the cups used in class are new and will be made available for purchase after class
              • 2 Sets of Sheets & face cradle cover
              • bath towel & 2 hand towels
              • water to keep hydrated

            Who is eligible to attend:

            Licensed Massage Therapists, PT’s, Chiropractors, NYS Licensed Bodywork Professionals

            Instructor Bio

            Vicki RamsdellVicki began the study of eastern forms of health and wellness back in the late 60’s, an interest & passion that has followed her through life. She studied Thai massage and was certified by Asokananda of Thailand (1990) his student Kam They Chow in Montreal in 2005.

            In 2009 she completed an 800-hour advanced Certification of Thai Medical Massage and Herbal Medicine with Pierce Salguero and became a certified teacher of Traditional Thai Medical Message (TTMM), following in the Shivagakomarpaj lineage.

            Vicki has worked as an adjunct professor of Traditional Thai Medical Massage at the three Missouri massage schools and currently teaches CE classes at the New York Institute of Massage in Buffalo, NY and Onondaga Massage School in Rochester NY teaching Thai Massage and Cupping. In 2010 Vicki started the Academy of Thai Massage, Energy Work & Cupping. Vicki speaks internationally on Thai Massage, Thai Medicine and Therapeutic Cupping and is a sought-after speaker.

            Vicki is a leading expert on the treatment of neuro-muscular diseases using Traditional Thai Massage and Cupping. Vicki’s love of Thai Medicine and her natural understanding of the body and spirit make 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.

            Registration

            Cost:

                • $360 + $5/per ay for parking – $370

            Final day for Registration, balance due date:

            March 9th, 2019

            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 March 9th, 2019 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 315-424-1159





            Integrative Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage for Upper Body Conditions

            with James Waslaski, LMT

             

            By: James Waslaski, LMT

            Location: Rochester Campus – 302 N. Goodman Street Suite 200, Rochester NY, 14607
            Date(s): Saturday & Sunday, March 23rd & 24th 2019
            Time(s): 8:30am – 6:30pm
            CEU Credits Granted: 18 CEUs

            To register call 585-241-0070

            Class Size:

            • Maximum Class Size: 24
            • Minimum Class Size: 8
            • Prerequisites Courses: Must be a NYS Licensed Bodywork Professional (Chiropractor, PT, LMT, etc.

            Course Description

            Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage Upper Body Conditions Based on revolutionary clinical research, participants will learn new techniques that will forever change the way they approach myofascial, trigger point, and tendon pain. These innovative structurally oriented routines, offer pain-free multi-modality methods for achieving immediate results from the following clinical conditions: Rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement, bursitis, pectoralis minor strains, bicipital tendinosis, rhomboid pain, thoracic outlet, cervical sprains and strains, whiplash, atlas / axis & C1/C2 mobilization, facet joint dysfunctions, migraine headaches, bulging discs, medial and lateral epicondyle pain, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and joint arthritis. Ground-breaking Frozen Shoulder and Hip Capsule Adhesion techniques will highlight this dynamic interactive workshop. This incredible multimedia presentation, consisting of assessments, treatments, and client self-care for chronic pain and sports injuries, will facilitate permanent results; even in the most complicated clinical conditions.

          Who is eligible to attend:

          Licensed Massage Therapists, PT’s, Chiropractors, NYS Licensed Bodywork Professionals

          Instructor Bio

          James Waslaski, LMT is an Author & International Lecturer who teaches approximately 40 seminars per year around the globe. He’s served as AMTA Sports Massage Chair and FSMTA Professional Relations Chair. He’s developed 8 Orthopedic Massage and Sports Injury DVDs, and authored manuals on Advanced Orthopedic Massage and Client Self -Care. His new book: Clinical Massage Therapy: A Structural Approach to Pain Management, was published by Pearson Education in 2011.

          James is a Certified Personal Trainer with NASM. He presents at state, national and international massage, chiropractic, and osteopathic conventions, including keynote addresses at the FSMTA, World of Wellness, New England Regional Conference, the World Massage Festival, and Australian National Massage Conventions. His audience includes massage and physical therapists, as well as athletic trainers, chiropractors, osteopaths, nurses and physicians.

          James received the 1999 FSMTA International Achievement Award, and was inducted into the
          2008 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. James was awarded Massage Therapist of The Year in 2012 at the Canadian Massage Conference. He was also nominated and awarded by his peers and colleagues the designation of Teacher of The Year 2015 at the World Massage Festival.

          Registration

          Cost:

              • $350

          Final day for Registration, balance due date:

          March 16th, 2019

          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 March 16th, 2019 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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