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ACUPRESSURE (100 Hours)
TEXTBOOK:  The Web That Has No Weaver - Kaptchuk, T and The Tao of Pooh - Hoff, Benjamin
PREREQUISITE:  NONE
This is an introductory course designed to enable the massage therapist to incorporate some basic acupressure techniques during th eir massage. Basics to be covered: The 12 major meridians - introduction to the 5 elements and the yin/yang theory, along with a basic acupressure attunement and how to address specific ailments the therapists' clients might be dealing with.

ADVANCED THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES (25 Hours)
PREREQUISITE:  500 Hours of Core Curriculum

This class gives students an opportunity to enhance their therapeutic skills with more hands-on practice.  Students will learn, review and practice varying methods to help correct soft-tissue issues including application of TENS/EMS units, Cupping techniques, Hydrotherapy and more.

AROMATHERAPY I (25 Hours)
MATERIALS FEE $30.00 FOR THIS CLASS

Different essences have special powerful properties, which can enhance the massage therapist's work.  Discover the fundamental principles of aromatherapy by using essential oils with curative properties to heal, rejuvenate and balance the mind, body and spirit.  Learn how to choose and benefit from the unlimited combinations of essential oils.  Additional lab fees will be announced at time of class.

INTRO TO AYURVEDA (16 Hours)

Discover the exotic healing of bodywork from traditional India.  Abhyanga, or Ayurveda massage, is a deeply relaxing massage technique that goes deep into the muscles with firm slow strokes to ease tension from the body and the mind. Herbal sesame oil is used to penetrate the tissues and release impurities from the body. This massage is taught in both a one-person and two-person tandem format. Lectures will highlight the key aspects of Ayurvedic massage as well as the difference between Ayurvedic and regular massage. Class time will also include demonstrations, handouts and a lot of hands-on experience.

BAREFOOT COMPRESSION MASSAGE (25 Hours)

This unique bodywork protocol is taken primarily from John Harris's barefoot compression massage affectionately referred to as "The Walkaround". Footwork is modified based upon trigger point therapy and sports massage. No oil or lotions are used in this fully dressed massage. No table either; with barefoot massage we use the floor and futon as with some TCM modalities.  The advantages of using the lower and more powerful half of the body for the "sweat work" of the massage is obvious to any
seasoned body worker. There is a strange mix of sedating and relaxing results while still remaining incredibly effective in regards to pain relief, muscle conditioning and alleviating/treating soft tissue trauma.

BOWEN TECHNIQUE (25 Hours)

Australian based, this technique uses a series of gentle, transverse strokes to manipulate fascia tissue and thereby realigning the body by balancing and stimulating energy flow.

BUSINESS PRACTICES PRACTICUM (25 Hours)

TEXTBOOK: Business Mastery 3rd Ed. - by Sohnen-Moe, Cherie

PREREQUISITE:  300 hours

This course focuses on skills not only important for a successful business, but also for a successful life.  It includes the techniques used for starting a business, planning, budgeting, understanding of ownership options and taxes.

 

The class will work together to create a business plan, establish a pre-operational time-line and a business budget.  Solo work will include running the CalCopa Student Clinic for one week.

 

CANINE MASSAGE ACUPRESSURE (25 Hours)

PREREQUISITE:  300 Hours

This class takes an eastern approach to canine care. Students will be able to identify canine meridians and acu points. They will learn general well-being acupressure/shiatsu sessions for dogs. Additionally, students will be able to incorporate this knowledge to address specific ailments associated with canines.

CANINE MASSAGE:  ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (25 Hours)

PREREQUISITE:  300 Hours

This class gives students the ability to learn canine anatomy, physiology and pathology. Using western techniques of therapeutic massage, students will learn how to give overall well-being massages, as well as techniques to address specific ailments associated with canines.

CHAIR MASSAGE (25 Hours)

This class will provide you with techniques and body mechanics for a massage chair and/or a regular chair. Part of the class will be dedicated to on-site health fair or events. This continuing education will provide you with proper skills in dealing with a diverse clientele, as well as marketing skills necessary to open an on-site business.

CHAKRA BALANCING (25 Hours)

The Chakra Balancing class teaches students the location and purpose of the seven chakras. Students will be able to identify the movement of each chakra and use various techniques to help balance the chakras. The techniques include the use of color, music, crystals, essential oils and directed energy.

CRANIOSACRAL BALANCING I (50 Hours)

This course may have additional costs associated with the class.

This course consists of lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice. Topics covered are the history of CranioSacral Therapy, the anatomy of the connective tissue system, listening to the body and its rhythms through the primary respiratory mechanism and the cerebral spinal fluid. Establishing a "practitioner's mind" and negotiating boundaries with a client are emphasized throughout the class. Students will apply this knowledge by practicing and experiencing a full body protocol of techniques for therapy.

CUPPING & GUASHA (10 Hours)

PREREQUISITE:  NONE

This is an introductory course to a Traditional Asian Medicine approach to health using suction cups and tools for scraping the surface of the skin.  These two techniques are part of family health care and is valuable to remove stagnation and disharmonies from the body.  These two techniques were featured by Dr. Oz as a way to help eliminate pain and movement limitations in the body.

INTRO TO CRYSTALS (15 Hours)

MATERIALS FEE $30.00

This class introduces students to the proper use of crystals as a way to help correct the energy of the body.  Students will be able to identify the qualities associated with major crystals and the proper placement to help the body heal itself.  This class also includes a field trip and may include additional costs.

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE (50 Hours)

PREREQUISITE: 500-HOURS OF CORE CURRICULUM

Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia. Students will learn techniques for a 60-minute and 90-minute massage, as well as focusing major parts of the body.

EAR REFLEXOLOGY (Auriculotherapy) (25 Hours)

This class is designed to train the therapist in applying pressure to points located on the ear, brought to us from the ancient method of healing from Chinese medicine. We will be training the therapist in guiding the body to better health and to apply these techniques to facilitate healing of specific ailments for the client.

 

FOUNDATIONS OF ENERGY MEDICINE (50 Hours)

Using the Principles of Polarity as the foundation of this class, "Foundations of Energy Medicine" is an introductory course into the healing powers the body sustains. This class addresses issues of energy medicine in regards to body and bodywork; intention, boundaries and holding space and presence of touch.

 

GERIATRIC MASSAGE (25 Hours)

This elective provides special techniques useful in dealing with the elderly. This much-needed specialty field is now opening for the therapist wishing to expand his/her practice into the community service area. This elective includes both lecture and lab.

 

HAWAIIAN LOMI LOMI I (25 HOURS)
PRE-REQUISITE: 300-HOURS CORE CURRICULUM OR MASSAGE PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATE
MATERIAL FEES: $50.00 PAID TO THE INSTRUCTOR

This class will provide the student an understanding of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage. Hawaiian Lomi Lomi is an ancient healing art that was taught within a family and handed down only to family members. Along with teaching the actual Lomi Lomi massage, you will also learn Lomi Lomi breathing techniques, Hawaiian folklore and the interrelationship of healing oneís self and others.

 

HAWAIIAN LOMI LOMI II (25 HOURS)
PRE-REQUISITE: HAWAIIAN LOMI LOMI I
MATERIAL FEES: $50.00 - PAID TO THE INSTRUCTOR

This class will provide an understanding of injury and sports Lomi Lomi strokes that can be incorporated into the basic Lomi Lomi massage. You will also learn more Lomi Lomi breathing, Lomi Lomi dance techniques and Hawaiian healing process.

HOT STONE MASSAGE (25 Hours)
MATERIALS FEE: $30.00 PAID TO THE STUDENT STORE

Hot stone massage involves the application of heated stones within the context of a therapeutic massage. The heat from the stones will penetrate the muscles and offers multiple benefits such as complete relaxation, increased detoxification and needed relief to muscles suffering from deep muscular tension, fatigue and stress. Learn the layouts and techniques the honor the use of natural materials and their properties.

INFANT AND TODDLER MASSAGE (10 Hours)

Infant and Toddler massage will not only help the little onesí body, but mood as well. During this class you will learn how to massage and teach others to massage small humans. We will be using basic strokes while SINGING! We will learn the fun side and professional side of bodywork on wee humans. It will be a fun class with lots of discussion.  Learning how to calm with touch and give children an opportunity to gain a sense of security from an early age.

 

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE (50 Hours)

Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a gentle technique that works through the body's lymphatic system to activate the body fluid circulation and stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. The result of these actions can include reductions in edemas, detoxification of the body, regeneration of tissue as well as many other benefits.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE INTRODUCTION (10 Hours)

This class focuses on a basic understanding of fascia and how it can inhibit movement. Students will learn basic techniques to soften fascia on the superficial, middle and deepest levels.

PREGNANCY (25 Hours)

This class provides a beginning understanding of all aspects of pregnancy, labor and infant massage. The course will also cover how to get into the pregnancy massage business by using marketing ideas such as business cards and brochures.

REFLEXOLOGY Ė FOOT (25 Hours)

This class involves working with the feet using special pressure points and techniques, correlate to various organs and zones of the body. Relieve stress and tension in the body and learn how to market your reflexology skills in the massage field.

SELF CARE FOR THE MASSAGE THERAPIST (50 Hours)

Many traditions of natural medicine extend back over several centuries, with an impressive accumulation of practical knowledge. Within this class we focus on different methods for maintaining the therapistís optimum health and body awareness. We cover several methods of meditation and relaxation, nutrition and working naturally to heal different ailments that may occur with therapists' lives. Body mechanics are stressed and reviewed for several types of modalities.

POST-PARTUM PREGNANCY MASSAGE (25 Hours)
PREREQUISITE: PREGNANCY AND INFANT MASSAGE I
MATERIALS FEE $30.00 - PAID TO THE INSTRUCTOR

This class will provide the student a more in depth study into pregnancy massage, and how to incorporate it into the actual labor to help the mother-to-be better adapt to the events happening and aid in the actual birthing process. This course will introduce more techniques to be used in infant massage for the therapist and to be shown to the parents to aid in the bonding between child and parents. With this class there will be internship/externship hours that will be required for completion of this course and certification. These will be arranged with the instructor on the first night of class.

REFLEXOLOGY Ė HAND (25 Hours)

Within this class we will study the ancient art of zone therapy and its correlation with the organs and systems of the body on the hands. This study is to educate the student in the healing that can occur on the hands to help the client and to complete the relaxation of the client. We will also train the therapist to aid the healing in specific ailments as well as a complete wellness of body, mind and soul.

REIKI II (10 Hours)
PREREQUISITE: REIKI I

REIKI II SESSION FEE $20.00 (Required) - PAID TO THE INSTRUCTOR

Many traditions of natural medicine extend back over several centuries, with an impressive accumulation of practical knowledge. Within this class we focus on different methods for maintaining the therapistís optimum health and body awareness. We cover yoga, tai chi, meditation, massage, NLP/hypnotherapy, chakra balancing and working naturally to heal different ailments that may occur in a therapistís life.

REIKI III (25 Hours)
PREREQUISITE: REIKI II AND APPROVAL FROM INSTRUCTOR

To become a Reiki Master, you should first evaluate yourself what path you would like to take.  If you merely want the title for prestige or to give you a sense of achievement, the Reiki Level III training should be sufficient for you.  However, if you intend to become a true Reiki Master, you have to work towards being shown the Master Symbol. If you also want to teach others Reiki, you must extend your training up until you are qualified to pass on the attunements to younger students.

THAI FOOT MASSAGE (25 Hours)
MATERIALS FEE OF $35 PAID TO THE INSTRUCTOR

Thai Foot Massage has been practiced for more than 5000 years. It is based upon the belief that there are more than 7,200 sensory nerves spread throughout the body that relay signals to internal organs. It uses the theory of the Thai Sen lines and how they start and end in the feet.

SPA SERVICES I (25 Hours)

Learn about body wraps, exfoliation (salt glows and scrubs), mudpacks, cellulite massage and more. These services work very well in conjunction with massage therapy in a spa environment. An additional lab fee will be announced at time of class.

SPORTS AND MEDICAL MASSAGE (100 Hours)

This course is part IV of our Massage Practitioner program (600 Hours) and covers a wide range of massage techniques and may be taken for Continuing Education. The class includes detailed assessment information, precautionary tests, Pre/Post-Event Sports Massage, Training and Curative Massage and Oncology Massage. Students learn everything from the subtly of touch to deep tissue techniques. This is required for anyone planning to pass the Nationals.  Note: Students registering for this class will also be scheduled in the Student Clinic.

THAI MASSAGE (50 Hours)

         Nuad Bo 'Rarn - Ancient or sacred techniques handed down from generation to generation. 

This ancient Asian bodywork utilizes pressure points, yogic stretches and rhythmic manipulation to balance the body's energy. A rhythmic rocking motion and compression along the body's sen lines are used to restore energy, calm the mind and relieve tension. As has been the custom for over 2500 years, this bodywork is performed on a mat on the floor over loose clothing.  Recommended for those who prefer a firm massage and don't mind being stretched, pulled and twisted. You will feel relaxed yet energized afterwards.

THAI ON THE TABLE (25 Hours)

Thai Massage has been practiced in Thailand for centuries. Thai Table Massage is among the fastest growing massage modalities in the U.S. Thai Table Massage is a combination of energy work and yoga stretching with no oil and is practiced on a massage table.

TUI NA (25 Hours)

Tui na is a bodywork therapy that was developed in China over 2,000 years ago. It works with the energy system in the body known as the meridian system. Like Acupressure, Tui na works with the chi energy of the patient to bring a balanced state of health. The work is done entirely with the practitioner's hands to help increase the beneficial flow of chi through the client's
meridian system.

SWE-DEEP-THAI (20 Hours)

PREREQUISITE: 300 HOURS AND EITHER THAI MASSAGE, OR THAI ON THE TABLE

This class combines the skills from Swedish massage, Deep Tissue and Thai to create a hybrid experience for the client.  Students will learn how to properly drape the disrobed client to maximize the stretches associated with Thai, while maintaining the therapeutic techniques of Swedish and Deep Tissue.

VISCERAL MASSAGE (20 Hours)

Most of your internal organs are muscular tubes or muscular sacs that can hold tension and harden. Additionally, adhesion can form prohibiting optimal function of these organs. Visceral Massage (Massage of the internal organs of the abdomen and thoracic cavity) can help eliminate scar tissue and realignment of these organs, allowing for proper functioning.

ADVANCED CURRICULUM (25 Hours)

REQUIRED TEXT: Review For Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Certification

This class is designed to refresh and reassure students of their education in human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, clinical pathology, massage therapy and bodywork theory, assessments and application, as well as professional standards, ethics and business practices to prepare a student to take the MBLex exam, National Certification Exam, or any city testing that might be necessary for licensing purposes.

SHIATSU (100 Hours)

PREREQUISITE:  NONE

TEXTBOOK:  THE WEB THAT HAS NO WEAVER - by Kaptcuk, T.  and THE TAO OF POOH - by Hoff, Benjamin

Students will learn to apply pressure with thumbs and palms to specific acupuncture points on the twelve meridians and two vessels of the body. Basic theory of shiatsu, oriental diagnosis, yin-yang and the five elements theories will be discussed. At the completion of these hands-on elective, students will be able to complete a full body shiatsu treatment using proper body mechanics, as well as know the benefits and contraindications of shiatsu and have a good foundation for advanced shiatsu course work.

REIKI I (15 Hours)

REIKI SESSION FEE $40.00 (Required) - PAID TO THE INSTRUCTOR

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes natural healing. It is administered by laying on hands and can be easily learned by anyone.

SHIRODARA (10 Hours)

PREREQUISITE:  300 Hours

 

Learn to perform a 90-minute service that your clients will love.  Shirodhara involves the warm and consistent flow of aromatic oils on the forehead, specifically on the chakra point just above and between the eyebrows. The oils are allowed to flow over the scalp and through the hair, creating a blissful sensation that is followed by a lengthy scalp massage. 

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