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This 100-hour course is intended to train students with the foundational elements to become professional massage therapists. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform a full-body massage. Students will learn traditional massage techniques, including: effleurage, petrissage, friction, percussion, and vibration. Students will also learn more about professional draping, body mechanics, tableside manners, professionalism and legal issues, contraindications and benefits of massage. This course will include lecture, videos, and supervised hands-on practice. Course Prerequisites:  •18 years of age or older •A high school graduate (or GED) •Successful completion of Intro to Massage/Massage Foundations Recommendations:  This course is not recommended for students who are in their first trimester of pregnancy or anyone whose health or comfort would be compromised by the class activities.  Student should have no aversion to touching or being touched before enrolling into a massage program.   Required Textbook / Instructional Materials:  Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage, 5th Edition by Sandy Fritz.   Please purchase prior to the start of class.   

28 sessions.

Start date: 05/30/17

End date: 07/10/17

Weekly - Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Mon 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (5/30/2017-7/10/2017)

Tuition: $675.00

Materials Fee: $45.00

Room :  Community Education Room 5



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6 HOURS - certificate awarded upon successful completion of course. Ayurveda is the traditional healing system of India and holds vast historical knowledge and many useful techniques to finding health. Whether for yourself, or to apply to assisting your massage clients, this class is open to all. Western medical research has demonstrated that our physical body both gives off and absorbs electrical and chemical energy. By understanding how this energy interacts with the various anatomical systems, particularly the nervous system, we can “observe and correct” imbalances.  This class will focus on the Ayurvedic paradigm of energy organization and how to address balancing the chakras. Deeply relaxing and healing these techniques can be used on friends, family or clients. This energy work is completed with clothing on, or for the massage practitioner can be incorporated into a full body relaxation massage.  Prerequisite:  none (but suggested to have taken Ayurveda: An Introduction course prior to enrolling in this course). Required Reading / Instructional Materials:  Please bring a fitted sheet, a pillow case, and a bottle of water to class.  Also bring a blanket if you tend to get cold.     Recommended Reading:  Modalities for Massage and Bodywork, 2nd edition, by Elaine Stillerman

2 sessions.

Start date: 05/22/17

End date: 05/23/17

Weekly - Mon, Tue 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM (5/22/2017-5/23/2017)

Tuition: $89.00

Materials Fee: $15.00

Room :  Community Education Room 5



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16 HOURS – CERTIFICATE AWARDED This class will provide prospective Massage Therapists with the foundational theory information they need to know before completing the rest of the requirements to meet the State of CA Massage Therapy Certification. The instructor will review certification requirements, program outline, conduct rules, textbooks, materials and supplies. The class will cover a Student Success Curriculum, and Introductory Body Mechanics as time allows. The class will include a full-body demonstration of massage. Note: This is the first course requirement for students beginning the massage therapy program, it must be taken prior to the 100hr Swedish massage class. Course Objectives:  Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: Transition to being a student in massage class Use Goal Setting for the Massage Student Incorporate positive affirmations as a coping mechanism for the Massage Student Understand and utilize Learning Styles for the Massage Student Appropriately incorporate professional conduct in the classroom dynamic Review the Massage Program course outline, requirements, assignments, conduct rules, textbooks, materials and supplies View a hands-on demonstration of a full body relaxation massage to determine if this program is what the students desires to commit to completing Have an introductory understanding of Body Mechanics in the following areas: Interpret biomechanical research related to massage application. Create an ergonomically effective massage environment. Use basic biomechanical principles to develop effective body mechanics. Course Prerequisites:  none   Required Reading / Instructional Materials:  Handouts will be provided, please bring a bottle of water daily and sheets as discussed by instructor the first day for the Body Mechanics portions of the rest of class.         Recommended Reading/References:  Mosby’s Essentials Sciences for Therapeutic Massage, 5th edition by Sandy Fritz & M. James Grosenbach; Illustrated Essentials of Musculoskeletal Anatomy, 5th edition by Sieg and Adams; Trail Guide to the Body, 4th edition by Andrew Biel; and Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain  

5 sessions.

Start date: 05/15/17

End date: 05/19/17

Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM (5/15/2017-5/19/2017)

Tuition: $99.00

Materials Fee: $15.00

Room :  Community Education Room 5



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$30 material fee, payable to Instructor.  THIS IS ONLY TO BE USED BY TRUDY OR PATRICIA TO PAY FOR MATERIAL FEES FOR  VOC. REHAB STUDENTS OR OTHER STUDENTS PAID FOR DIRECTLY BY AN INSTITUTION OR AGENCY.  

17 sessions.

Start date: 01/09/17

End date: 05/01/17

Weekly - Mon 1:00 PM - 1:10 PM (1/9/2017-5/1/2017)

Tuition: $30.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

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14 HOURS - certificate awarded upon successful completion of course.   All assessment is a learned skill, and the ability to incorporate this skill into massage sessions enhances the quality of the treatment given. Palpation assessment is the use of touch to examine the body. Our hands are our most versatile and exquisite assessment tools. They need to be trained to interpret what they perceive accurately. For the therapeutic massage professional, palpation is an essential and continuous process, and the hands become skilled with experience. The main considerations for palpation in basic massage are the ability to differentiate between types of tissue, the ability to distinguish differences of tissue texture in the same tissue types, and the ability to palpate through various layers from superficial to deep. We will be doing several fun activities to encourage this sense as it develops into a skill!     Course Objectives:  Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: Understand that hands are our most versatile, exquisite assessment tool; Begin to develop the ability to differentiate between types of tissue; Begin to develop the ability to distinguish differences of tissue texture in same tissue types; Begin to develop the ability to palpate through tissue layers from superficial to deep; Understand that the massage therapist’s entire self must become sensitive to subtle differences in the client’s body;  Discern that with palpation what is going on must be felt and not thought about because too much thinking shifts awareness away from kinesthetic input; Identify and address during massage elements relating to function and dysfunction of posture through palpation; Complete a palpation assessment of the various layers, tissues and systems of the body; and Use massage application as palpation assessment.  Course Prerequisites: none   Required Reading / Instructional Materials:  Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage, 5th Edition by Sandy Fritz, Essentials Sciences for Therapeutic Massage, 4th Edition by Sandy Fritz & M. James Grosenbach.  Also bring massage setup (flat and fitted twin sheet, pillow case, 3 hand towels and hand/foot sanitizer) and a bottle of drinking water.   Recommended References:  The Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual by Joseph E Muscolino.

4 sessions.

Start date: 07/17/17

End date: 07/20/17

Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (7/17/2017-7/20/2017)

Tuition: $129.00

Materials Fee: $15.00

Room :  Community Education Room 5



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8 HOURS - certificate awarded upon successful completion of course. This class covers the critical material needed to individualize every treatment each time a client comes for a session. Particularly when our treatment plan and desired outcomes include more than relaxation and stress reduction, the massage professional must be adept at assessing and analyzing the clients' needs. We will break down in depth physical assessment - standing, mechanical balance and gait, palpation assessment – all the way from near touch to body rhythms, and briefly discuss ROM assessment and muscle activity assessment.    Course Prerequisites:  100 hour Basic Swedish Massage Techniques course   Required Reading / Instructional Materials:  Please wear comfortable massage working clothes but also bring a bathing suit or work-out attire that is conformed to the body to complete postural analysis.    Recommended References:  Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage 5th edition by Sandy Fritz Essential Sciences for Therapeutic Massage 4th edition by Sandy Fritz

3 sessions.

Start date: 07/31/17

End date: 08/02/17

Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (7/31/2017-8/2/2017)

Tuition: $99.00

Materials Fee: $15.00

Room :  Community Education Room 5



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36 HOUR - certificate awarded upon successful completion of course. The objective of this class is mastery of a Therapeutic/Swedish massage. Students will learn how to utilize advanced tools like forearms and elbows. They will learn advanced techniques for the neck, shoulder girdle, leg, thigh, gluteals, and the pelvic region. Maintaining proper body mechanics while learning these new techniques will be stressed throughout. This class builds on techniques learned in previous classes and provides students with a range of massage techniques to enhance their practice.    Course Objectives:  Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: Continue developing mastery of body mechanics while giving a Swedish Massage Continue developing mastery of draping, oil application and issues of hygiene while giving a Swedish Massage Learn, use and move toward mastery of advanced techniques of Swedish Massage, utilizing alternate tools like forearms, fists, knuckles etc. to deliver a full body massage.  Students can assess client needs and utilize appropriate massage techniques for muscles of the upper back, neck and shoulder regions.  Students can assess client needs and utilize appropriate massage techniques for muscles of the lower back, hip and thigh. Course Prerequisites:  100 hour Basic Swedish Massage Techniques course   Required Reading / Instructional Materials:  Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage , 5th edition by Sandy Fritz; Modalities for Massage and Bodywork by Elaine Stillerman.    Also, bring the following items to class each day:  1 fitted/1 flat twin size sheet (no satin finish or jersey/t-shirt material), one pillow case, 4 hand towels, 1 large towel or blanket, sanitizer, dispenser.  Charts, feedback forms, aromatherapy, music and environmental elements will be provided.   

7 sessions.

Start date: 04/24/17

End date: 05/03/17

Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (4/24/2017-5/3/2017)

Tuition: $275.00

Materials Fee: $30.00

Room :  Community Education Room 5

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