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

 



Reflexology

By: Gail Valente, LMT

Location: Rochester Campus – 302 N. Goodman Street Suite 200, Rochester NY, 14607

Date(s): Date(s): Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14, 2019
Time(s): 9am – 5pm

CEU Credits Granted: 14 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.)

Cost: $349

$50 deposit due at time of registration – Registration deadline: 3/30/19

Course Description

Reflexology is an ancient healing modality usually directed at the feet or hands. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes on the feet which correspond to and are relative to our body systems and organs.

The benefits of Reflexology are:

~ Relaxation with the removal of stress

~ Enhanced circulation

~ Assists the body in maintaining homeostasis

~ Complements other healing modalities

In this two-day workshop we will explore the benefits of this healing modality and learn a Reflexology flow that you can incorporate into your menu of services.  Two thirds of our class time will be at the table giving and receiving Reflexology, allowing you to leave confident in your technique. Your detailed take home manual will support you as you explore this new modality with your clients.

Supplies you will need to bring:

  • Sheets
  • Pillow (with pillowcase)
  • Blanket
  • Water to remain hydrated
  • Notebook and pens
  • Comfortable clothing

Instructor Bio

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 effect 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:

$349

Final day for Registration, balance due date:

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Cancellation Policy:

        • Participants must pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
        • Students who Cancel prior to Saturday, March 30th, 2019 forfeit the registration fee.
        • Students who No-Show or Cancel after Saturday, March 30th, 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



Manual Lymphatic Drainage –

Level 1

By: Karin Cole, LMT

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

Date(s): Date(s): Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time(s): 9am – 5pm

CEU Credits Granted: 7 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.)

Cost: $200

($195 + $5 per/day for parking)

$50 deposit due at time of registration – Registration deadline: 4/13/19

Course Description

In this class you will understand the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system and its essential relationship to our circulatory system. You will be able to identify the pathways and flow of both the posterior and anterior trunk and upper extremities of the body and learn the specific manual technique (Vodder) that we will use to provide a safe and effective lymph drainage treatment to these areas.

This class will be both lecture and hands on.

Supplies you will need to bring:

  • Sheets
  • 2 Pillows
  • Notebook and pens
  • Stretchy Comfortable clothing that is easy to move or remove (Lymph drainage needs to be applied directly to the skin)

Instructor Bio

Karin Cole is a New York State licensed massage therapist and a certified life coach. She is the Massage Therapy and Bereavement Coordinator for the Palliative Care Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. She is the founder of Monarch Integrative Care, an integrative medicine home visit program for people with serious illness. She is certificated in oncology massage, geriatric massage, and complete congestive therapy for lymphedema, and served as the clinical supervisor at the Wilmot Cancer Center for several years.

Karin maintains a private practice, serves on the Advisory Board for the Finger Lakes Community College Massage Program, and also facilitates a consciousness group for medical professionals on death and dying. She is also trained in Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, and has studied western Shamanism for several years.

Registration

Cost:

$200

($195 + $5 per/day for parking)

Final day for Registration, balance due date:

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Cancellation Policy:

        • Participants must pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
        • Students who Cancel prior to Saturday, April 13th, 2019 forfeit the registration fee.
        • Students who No-Show or Cancel after Saturday, April 13th, 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



Manual Lymphatic Drainage –

Level 2

By: Karin Cole, LMT

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

Date(s): Date(s): Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time(s): 9am – 5pm

CEU Credits Granted: 7 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.)

Cost: $200

($195 + $5 per/day for parking)

$50 deposit due at time of registration – Registration deadline: 4/13/19

Course Description

In this class you will continue to practice the lymph drainage technique learned in level I (Vodder), review the anatomy and identify the lymph pathways and learn the specific methods for the lower extremities and the face. You will be able to provide a full body lymph drainage treatment.

We will also explore the causes and medical conditions for impairment of the lymph system. You will be able to recognize when precautions and considerations need to be observed, and learn how to effectively and safely provide manual lymph drainage to a person with a compromised system.

Supplies you will need to bring:

  • Sheets
  • 2 Pillows
  • Notebook and pens
  • Stretchy Comfortable clothing that is easy to move or remove (Lymph drainage needs to be applied directly to the skin)

Instructor Bio

Karin Cole is a New York State licensed massage therapist and a certified life coach. She is the Massage Therapy and Bereavement Coordinator for the Palliative Care Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. She is the founder of Monarch Integrative Care, an integrative medicine home visit program for people with serious illness. She is certificated in oncology massage, geriatric massage, and complete congestive therapy for lymphedema, and served as the clinical supervisor at the Wilmot Cancer Center for several years.

Karin maintains a private practice, serves on the Advisory Board for the Finger Lakes Community College Massage Program, and also facilitates a consciousness group for medical professionals on death and dying. She is also trained in Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, and has studied western Shamanism for several years.

Registration

Cost:

$200

($195 + $5 per/day for parking)

 Final day for Registration, balance due date:

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Cancellation Policy:

        • Participants must pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
        • Students who Cancel prior to Saturday, April 13th, 2019 forfeit the registration fee.
        • Students who No-Show or Cancel after Saturday, April 13th, 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



Myofascial Release for the Upper Body

By: Chris Morakis, LMT

Location: Rochester Campus – 302 N. Goodman Street Suite 200, Rochester NY, 14607
Date(s): Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 3rd, 04th & 05th
Time(s): 9:00am – 6:00pm
CEU Credits Granted: 20 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.)

Cost: $395

$50 deposit due at time of registration – Registration deadline: 4/19/19

Course Description

We know that the body holds tension and repressed emotion. Many of us, however, do not know what specific tissues are responsible for this occurrence.
In this workshop you will learn to identify, manipulate, and release myofascial tissue that holds chronic, painful, and exhausting stress and tension.
By the end of the workshop you will know how to release this unwanted stress in the chest, neck, shoulders, hands, back and waist; in other words, over the whole upper body.

In addition, you will gain an understanding of the relationship between posture and emotional attitudes and how constricted myofascial tissue leads to creating and reinforcing emotional negativity.
The strokes will be taught in sequence so that once learned you will be able to give a Myofascial Release Massage for the upper body.
Imagine how you will feel at the end of the workshop! Your hands will become supple and strong, your neck and shoulders will relax, your chest will be more open, you will naturally breathe more deeply with less effort, and your back and waist will be more flexible.

Imagine how your clients will feel after you have mastered these techniques.
This workshop, taken with the Myofascial Release Massage, Part 2: Lower Body, will enable you to offer a complete head-to-toe Myofascial Release Massage as well as work on specific problem areas. The hand, neck, and shoulder work is suitable for on-site application as well as clinical practice. We will discuss the conditions and occupations that will benefit most from this work. Contra-indications will also be noted.

Supplies you will need to bring:

  • Sheets
  • Towel
  • Lubricant (oil, etc)
  • Notebook and pens
  • Comfortable clothing (women please wear a bra/bikini top under your clothing for the hands on portion of class)

Instructor Bio

Chris was the first person to become certified in the Myofascial Release Massage. He took the Upper and Lower Body courses while a student at the Ohio College of Massotherapy from which he graduated in 1994 and immediately after completing these seminars was asked to serve Howard Rontal as a teaching assistant. He has assisted Howard over 40 times.

Chris is licensed by the State of Ohio as an LMT. In addition to his private massage practice Chris is responsible for massage therapy, rehabilitation and exercise at a Chiropractic Clinic in Ohio.

He was the massage therapist for the 2000 Hewlett Packard Women’s Bicycle Challenge in Boise, Idaho as well as for the LPGA in Warren, Ohio from 1998 through 2000. Chris is certified as a fitness trainer by the International Sports Sciences Association, and is an instructor of T’ai Chi and Chi Cong. From 2000-2003 Chris was also an instructor at the Ohio College of Massotherapy.

In addition, Chris, with his wife, own The Focal Point in Poland Ohio, where they are redefining preventative health care. Chris has worked for the Pro-Am PGA in Pittsburgh PA as a massage therapist. He is dedicated to educating students to the healing art of Myofascial Release Massage!

 

Registration

Cost:

$395

Final day for Registration, balance due date:

Saturday, April 19th, 2019

Cancellation Policy:

        • Participants must pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
        • Students who Cancel prior to Saturday, April 19th, 2019 forfeit the registration fee.
        • Students who No-Show or Cancel after Saturday, April 19th, 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




Integrated Manual Therapies and Orthopedic Massage for the Lower

By: James Waslaski, LMT

Location: Rochester Campus – 302 N. Goodman Street Suite 200, Rochester NY, 14607
Date(s): Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 01st & 02nd
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.)

Cost: $350

$50 deposit due at time of registration – Registration deadline: 5/18/19

 

Course Description

Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage for Lower Body Conditions Participants will use modalities such as functional assessment, myofascial release, posturology, neuromuscular therapy, scar tissue immobilization, myoskeletal alignment, P.N.F. stretching and strengthening in a very precise order. This unique presentation will address the clinical approach to assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of the lumbar spine, hip, SI joint, pelvis and conditions in the lower extremity immediately and permanently. Lower Body Conditions addressed are; Low Back Pain, Sciatica, SI Joint Pain, Frozen Hips, Bulging Discs, Patella femoral Pain, Patella Tendinosis, Chondromalacia, IT Band Friction Syndrome, Fixated Posterior Fibular Head Pain, Abnormal Knee Rotation, Medial & Lateral Collateral Ligament Sprains, Medial and Lateral Meniscus Tears, ACL & PCL Sprains, Hamstring Strains, Popliteal Pain, Plantaris Strains, plantarfasciitis, Achilles tendinosis, posterior medial shin pain, anterior lateral shin pain, anterior lateral compartment syndrome, fallen arches, hyper-pronated feet, ankle sprains and strains, bunions, hammer toes, neuromas, and joint arthritis

Supplies you will need to bring:

  • Sheets
  • Towel
  • Notebook and pens
  • Loosing fitting comfortable clothing

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:

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Cancellation Policy:

        • Participants must pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
        • Students who Cancel prior to Saturday, May 18th, 2019 forfeit the registration fee.
        • Students who No-Show or Cancel after Saturday, May 18th, 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




Introduction To Craniosacral Integration Therapy:

The Healing Power of Light Touch

By: Nurit Nardi, MA, LMT, RCST

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

Date(s): Date(s): Saturday & Sunday, August 17 & 18
Time(s): 9:00am – 5pm
CEU Credits Granted: 14 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.)

Cost: $360

($350 + $5 per/day parking)

$50 deposit due at time of registration – Registration deadline: 8/3/19

 

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.
Craniosacral Integration is an advanced form of bodywork that enables manual therapists to work deeply in the body while utilizing minimal pressure.
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 will 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…
Are You?
• A bodywork therapist who is curious about Craniosacral Therapy? You’ve heard great things about the results that people have experienced but you’re not ready to invest huge amounts of money or time in training until you know more about it.
• Someone you love receives Craniosacral Therapy treatment, and the results have been amazing. You wish you knew more about it so that you could use some of the techniques to help your loved one at home between treatments.
• A wellness or a healthcare practitioner who has taken a CST seminar, but it was ages ago, and you feel like you forgot most of what you learned. You don’t want to go back to take the class over, but you would love a refresher course.
• A licensed massage therapist who needs continuing education credits to renew your license

Supplies you will need to bring:

  • Sheets
  • Anatomy Book (if desired for reference – not mandatory)
  • Water to keep hydrated
  • Notebook and pens
  • Light comfortable clothing

Instructor Bio

Nurit Nardi, MA, LMT, RCST has been a body centered trauma therapist with a huge tool box of healing skills for 33 years. She specializes in Craniosacral and somatic therapies and is licensed in NY State.
After twenty years of teaching at the Swedish Institute for massage therapy, Nurit has pioneered the integration of this gentle manual therapy and strives to teach high quality, small group classes that are appropriate for body workers, yoga teacher, mental health practitioners and other health professionals.

Nurit’s training and professional experiences in the last 33 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 deepened her work considerably and has kept her involved in many cross disciplinary ventures. She is a certified teacher who works locally and internationally through the School of Images in NYC.

Students and graduates of other CST courses are invited to attend.
Nurit is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education approved provider.

 

Registration

Cost:

$360

($350 + $5 per/day parking)

Final day for Registration, balance due date:

Saturday, August 03rd, 2019

Cancellation Policy:

        • Participants must pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
        • Students who Cancel prior to Saturday, August 03rd, 2019 forfeit the registration fee.
        • Students who No-Show or Cancel after Saturday, August 03rd, 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, August 23rd through Sunday, August 25th rd 2019
Time(s):

    • Friday, August 23, 2019: 11:00am – 8:00pm
      Saturday August 24th, 2019 & Sunday, August 25th: 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
  • ho 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 8/2/19 ($475 starting 8/3/19)

    Final day for Registration, balance due date:

    August 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 August 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 585-241-0070





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