Complete Course List

The classes listed below are not currently scheduled, but our instructors are available to teach these at your location (or ours) for your staff. All courses are approved by NCBTMB for Continuing Education credit (CEUs) for massage re-licensure. Are you interested in courses not listed below? We can design a custom training for you and your staff based on your business’ needs. Group rates available for private training.

Email us at education@cerebralvortexedu.com to set up time for a free consultation.



Teacher Training


Enrichment Activities for a Dynamic Bodywork Classroom
If you’re looking for ways to engage your quick learners while assisting those who may need more guidance this class is for you. Participants in this class will enjoy interactive and practical instruction regarding the development of classroom activities for enrichment using Bloom’s taxonomy as a model for student growth and the fostering of both critical thinking and problem solving in the classroom and in practice.


Presenting Bodywork: Elements of a Lesson Plan
Do you want to teach massage but don’t know where to start? Take this class! Elements of a Lesson Plan is a practical approach to delivering information in a dynamic way for an engaging classroom experience for the students and teachers. You know the info, now let us teach you how to teach it!


Presenting Bodywork: Classroom Management
Enjoy learning about what it takes in order to run the most efficient and engaged classroom through an analysis of the responsibilities of both the instructor and students. The format of the class is taught using content-specific methods so participants may experience the pedagogy as learners and can translate their experiences into their own classrooms and presentations. The authentic and practical information presented can be utilized immediately in any classroom or at any presentation.


Presenting Bodywork: Active Participation
Learn about how both formative and summative assessments are critical elements of every lesson plan. Participants will learn about different assessment techniques, when their use is most appropriate, and make decisions about which may work in their classrooms. The format of the class is taught using content-specific methods so participants may experience the pedagogy as learners and can translate their experiences into their own classrooms and presentations.


Presenting Bodywork: Assessment
Learn about how both formative and summative assessments are a critical element of every lesson plan. Participants will learn about different assessment techniques, when their use is most appropriate, and make decisions about which may work in their classrooms. The format of the class is taught using content-specific methods so participants may experience the pedagogy as learners and can translate their experiences into their own classrooms and presentations.


Exceptional Students – Diverse Learners in the Classroom
IEPs? Special accommodations? Look no further! Participants in this class will enjoy instruction regarding supporting every member of the classroom including English language learners and students with special needs. The class is taught using content-specific methods so participants experience the pedagogy as learners and can translate their experiences into their own classrooms and presentations. The authentic and practical information presented can be utilized immediately.



Massage Techniques


Engage Deeply – Accuracy, not Force
If you love efficiency in your work, this course is for you! Use your knowledge of muscle attachments and neurological laws (don’t worry, we review that stuff here!) for ease of effort and a gentler form of “deep” work.
Supplies needed: massage table, linens, and lotion/oil


The Deep Tissue Conundrum
“Deep Tissue” – a marketing phrase turned commonplace language – may interfere with the treatment choices we make and how we can accurately communicate. The purpose and intent of this course is to become re-acquainted with the structures that are involved with the most common client complaint areas, review treatment choices for those areas, and develop confident communication skills when speaking to clients about their pain.
Supplies needed: linens, lotion, note-taking supplies


Stability, Mobility, and You – a Body Mechanics Course
By the end of this course, participants will have an inventory of personal posture and movement patterns and demonstrate efficient body mechanics


Functional Flow
Take your treatments up a notch by learning to make every movement count. Gain a deepened understanding of the impact of connecting strokes on the nervous system and soft tissue, while improving time management within a session. This hands-on course will teach a variety of tools to help you seamlessly transition between treatment techniques and increase the therapeutic value of each massage.
Supplies needed: massage table, linens, and lotion/oil


Draping Mastery
Draping is a fundamental aspect of our professionalism that communicates confidence and competence to our clients. Learn to effectively, efficiently and ethically drape each area in a variety of positions and circumstances.


Smooth Moves: Stretching During Swedish Massage
“Stretch” your practice by learning to effectively include movement into the flow of your Swedish massage. Enhance the impact of your massage by learning to confidently stretch each of the major joints of the body with proper draping and body mechanics.


What a Pain in the Shoulder
What a Pain in the Shoulder examines the musculature and other soft tissues that may be contributing to client complaints of shoulder pain. This course will also explore techniques to address shoulder pain reduction which will employ a variety of positioning variations for optimal client comfort during treatment. Finally, hone your communication skills while practicing how to efficiently discuss self-care strategies with clients for an effective long-term pain reduction strategy.


What a Pain in the Neck
What a Pain in the Neck examines the musculature and other soft tissues that may be contributing to client complaints of cervical pain. This course will also explore techniques to address cervical pain reduction which will employ a variety of positioning variations for optimal client comfort during treatment. Finally, hone your communication skills while practicing how to efficiently discuss self-care strategies with clients for an effective long-term pain reduction strategy.


Pregnancy is not Pathology
The purpose and intent of this course is to review the physiological changes during pregnancy, dispel myths associated with working with a pregnant client, and practice confident draping and technique in the side-lying and semi-reclined positions.



Ethics


Values
There is more to ethics than the do’s and don’ts of our profession. Take a deeper look into the value systems of ourselves and others to allow for heart centered communication and compassionate conflict resolution.


Ethics – the Basics of Boundaries
Whether a seasoned professional or a beginning therapist, boundaries are the foundation of the therapeutic relationship. We’ll get back to basics in this interactive course, exploring the “ins and outs” of the ethical framework needed to support a professional and client-centered massage practice.



Modalities


Spa Modalities Overview
Gain an understanding of the intentions, effects and applications of commonly featured spa treatments. Learn important concepts applicable to body treatments and complementary modalities such as: aromatherapy, body scrubs, wraps and hydrotherapy among others.


Hot Stone Massage
Students learn how to safely administer hot stone massage including set up, care of supplies and hands on technique while acquiring an understanding of indications, contraindications, benefits and the physiological impact of this modality.


Understanding Ayurveda
Come join us in the exploration of Ayurveda, an ancient holistic approach to wellness. During this introductory course, you will learn how the 5 elements manifest within each of us and how the principles and practices can be applied in a massage therapy setting – a great way to expand your practice!


Reiki Level I
Reiki is a form of energy work in which the practitioner channels universal life force energy for the purpose of assisting one’s self and/or others in reducing stress. Reiki holds to a shared philosophy that stress reduction and relaxation promotes the body’s natural systems of self- restoration. Reiki Level I is a beginner’s course that requires no prerequisites, nor prior experience.


Nuad Bo-Ram Thai Massage, Level I
In this Traditional Thai Massage course, students will learn a full body two-hour protocol involving in-depth stretching, opening the joints and moving energy along the sen lines of the body. Traditional Thai Massage is practiced on the floor and is beneficial for both practitioner and client. Each day of class begins with yoga specifically designed to enhance the practitioner’s strength and efficacy as a Thai practitioner.

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