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East Meets West in Our Unique Bodywork Therapy Degree Program

02 Jun 2017

You've already decided to pursue a career in a natural health care field as a bodywork therapist. Great! But you say you can't make up your mind whether to go after training in massage or shiatsu therapy? Great! What??? Okay, it's not so great that you can't make up your mind, but what is great is that with one of the training programs we have available, you don't have to. Our East West Therapeutic Bodywork A.A.S. program combines the best of both Western and Eastern therapeutic modalities in one curriculum. Students in this program learn Eastern and Western massage techniques, ...

Understanding the Concept of Ayurveda and Its Benefits for the Bodywork Professional

02 Apr 2014

If you are a bodywork professional or a student on your way to pursuing a career in massage therapy and you’re seeking a fresh, unusual approach to health rejuvenation that has its basics in ancient medicine, ayurveda may be just what you’re seeking.  Let’s begin with the basics of ayurveda and the primary benefits of this Eastern approach to health. Ayurveda is an ancient Hindu system of health maintenance that is traced as far back as 3000 BC. The term “ayurveda” comes from two words: “ayus” (or “life”) and “veda” which means “knowledge.” The purpose of this approach to massage ...

What Is Asian Bodywork Therapy?

30 Dec 2013

Familiarizing yourself with a wide range of modalities is a great idea for bodywork professionals, no matter what your focus or specialty. Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) is an important area for anyone interested in studying other facets of massage therapy.Before we explore some of the benefits of ABT, it's good to have an understanding of what the term means. This practice has its basis in traditional Chinese medicine and is designed to assess and evaluate the body’s energetic system. The idea behind this technique is to use traditional Asian treatment strategies to bring balance to the body, the emotions, the ...

The History of Lomi Lomi and Thai Massage

31 Jul 2013

In massage clinics and centers across the continental U.S. two techniques from Far East have become entrenched. One comes from Polynesia, the other by way of Thailand.  We're talking about Lomi Lomi ("loving hands") and Thai massage, also referred to as Thai yoga massage. It's fitting in the case of Lomi Lomi massage that there are two word bonded in syllabic and phonetic harmony.   Harmony what this Polynesian form of massage, popularized further in Hawaii, is all about. The Polynesian and Hawaiian Huna tribes believe that all creatures on earth should live in a state where harmony and love are ...

The Ancient Roots of Massage Therapy

23 Apr 2013

Though there is evidence of it in cultures such as the ancient Greek and Roman, for the most part modern medical practice has its origins in fairly recent developments.  In contrast, massage therapy and other holistic approaches termed as "alternative" medicine, has its roots in antiquity.  When you examine practices in such diverse ancient cultures from Peru to Egypt, you may be struck by their approach to health care.  For instance, its believed that the ancient Egyptians were the first to use essential oils for health purposes.  Tomb paintings discovered in Egypt show what appears to be therapeutic application of ...

The Benefits of Shiatsu Massage

21 Oct 2012

Shiatsu is a form of massage that originated in Japan and traditional Chinese medicine, and has been widely practiced around the world since the 1970s. Shiatsu means “finger pressure,” which describes the technique. In shiatsu therapy, pressure with thumbs, hands, elbows, knees or feet is applied to pressure points on the body. This form of massage also focuses on rotating and stretching limbs, joints, and pressure points, or meridians, as they’re called in traditional Chinese medicine. Eastern medicine has a completely different perspective on health, the body and what is needed for healing. The West approaches illnesses and disease as ...

Learn Lomi Lomi the Ancient Hawaiian Healing Massage That Provides Honor and Sacredness: Clinic Fri – Sun, Sept. 28 – 30 • 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

24 Sep 2012

Lomi Lomi is an ancient Hawaiian massage modality that provides honor and sacredness. It is traditionally done as a rite of passage for children coming of age. Lomi Lomi meaning “masseur, masseuse” in Hawaiian is conducted by the Big Kahunas in the temples of Hawaii for the children. Going beyond simple massage, the Lomi Lomi is a Hawaiian holistic healing tradition. The person who receives the massage is truly honored for who they are without any judgment, as this therapeutic massage is based on unconditional love and acceptance. Long, continuous flowing strokes, using the forearm to embrace the body like ...

Learn Massage Basics For Your Family & Friends: Saturday, June 9 • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm • Register TODAY!

07 Jun 2012

Many people like to get and give massages for relaxation, recreation, health improvement, stress reduction and the list goes on. If you'd like to learn the basics of massage sign up for this course. In this one-day course you’ll learn basic massage techniques. When you complete this class at the end of the day you’ll know the proper massage therapist techniques for massing the head, body, arms, and legs.We could also call this class “Family and Friends Massage” because we get so many people who just enjoy giving and getting massages and want to know the proper way to give a therapeutic ...

FREE CHAIR MASSAGE at CenterPoint Student Clinic Open House May 19th 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

09 May 2012

Please join us on Saturday, May 19th from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM for the CenterPoint Student Clinic Open House. CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu School is located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota at 5300 West 35th St. just across the street from L.A. Fitness. We have a fabulous student clinic that offers discounted massage and shiatsu appointments to the general public. Our highly trained students would love to get their hands on you! To introduce ourselves to you, we invite you to attend our Student Clinic Open House on Saturday, May 19th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. It’s FREE ...

Registration Deadline for Dr. Kaneko’s workshop is Friday, May 25th!

07 May 2012

 You don't want to miss this! Dr. Kaneko returns to CenterPoint!  It's not often you have an opportunity to study with a Master. He played an essential role in introducing holistic health and Shiatsu massage to the Western world, and developed the  style of Shiatsu massage called Shiatsu Anma. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr. DoAnn Kaneko back to CenterPoint. Dr. Kaneko is the founder of Shiatsu Anma, and is the inspiration behind CenterPoint's Shiatsu Therapy program. It is a great honor to have him share with CenterPoint's students and graduates his immense wisdom and teachings. Register ...