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FOR THERAPEUTIC BODYWORKERS & HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Ethics and Research in the Digital Age Sunday, April 23
Health Restorative Bodywork Therapy 15 Wednesdays: May 3 - Aug 9
Septum Work – Postural Assessment & Myofascial Techniques Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7
First Aid Saturday, May 6
Adult CPR Saturday, May 6
Shiatsu Basics Saturday, May 13
Foot & Hand Reflexology 3 Weekends: June 3 & 4, July 8 & 9 and Aug 5 & 6
Cupping for Massage Therapists Sunday, June 4
Massage Basics Saturday, June 10
Indian Head Massage Sunday, June 11
Introduction to Cupping Monday, June 19
Hydrotherapy 2 Mondays, June 19 & July 3
Birth Doula & Bodywork Therapy 3 Weekends: June 24 & 25, July 15 & 16, and July 29 & 30
Auricular Therapy Monday, July 3
Shiatsu Basics Saturday, July 15
Caring for Loved Ones at the End of Life Wednesday, July 19
Thai Massage 3 Weekends: July 22 & 23, August 5 & 6 and August 19 & 20
Moxibustion Monday, July 24
Pain in the Butt – Sciatica, Piriformis & Friends Sunday, July 30
Massage Basics Saturday, August 12
Lomi Lomi Friday - Sunday, August 25 - 27

CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider.


Ethics and Research in the Digital Age   #702

Sunday, April 23 • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register by April 13

Tuition Fee: $115 • $15 late registration fee after April 13
Total hours: 6
NCBTMB: 6 CE hours

imagesPrerequisite: Graduate of a massage or bodywork training program

Are you looking for a fun ethics and research Continuing Education course to meet the NCBTMB requirements? Specifically designed for BCTMB therapists, this course will knock out your ethics and research continuing education requirements in just one workshop!

With more than 200 social media platforms to choose from, it’s clear we are living in a world of online communication. Since 2005, social media use has grown a staggering 712%. These days, most people prefer to search for local businesses online and communicate via text messages and snail mail. Even email seems to be becoming archaic. In light of these recent trends, online communication is rising to the top of ethical discussions–what is appropriate to share and how do you remain professional and ethical in the digital age?

Similarly, many people are acquiring information regarding more specific medical conditions through internet searches and taking a more active role in their personal healthcare. This necessitates Evidence Informed Practice for all health care practitioners. Discover how easy it can be to keep up with recent research in the field of bodywork and how to apply it to your practice.

Upon completion of the course, you will have gained knowledge of:

  • The top 5 social media platform to use to promote your business and communicate with clients
  • Recent trends in online marketing and social media
  • Ethical communication for social media, email and text messaging
  • Where to find scholarly articles and how to glean information from them
  • How to apply research to your bodywork practice

Studying ethics and research can be dry and boring. Take this course and enjoy what you are learning while knocking out your CE requirements!

Instructor: Courtney Kupfer, BA, NCTMB. Courtney earned a B.A. in Theatre/Dance from Luther College in 2006. Through her study of movement, Courtney became fascinated with the human body, which led her to pursue massage and shiatsu training at CenterPoint. She has been working in the bodywork field since 2009 and is currently CenterPoint’s Student Affairs and Programming Director.

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Health Restorative Bodywork Therapy   #4205

15 Wednesdays: May 3 - Aug 9 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Register by April 13

Tuition Fee: Summer Special: $695 ($100 discount!) • $15 late registration fee after April 13
Materials: $83.00 + tax
Total hours: 45
NCBTMB: 45 CE hours

Prerequisite: Current student or graduate of a therapeutic bodywork training program (Western or Eastern bodywork therapy)

Please bring two twin flat sheets and one pillowcase or face cradle cover. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Most bodywork therapists encounter clients who experience symptoms of Chronic Exhaustion and Depletion (CED). As our society gets busier, CED affects more and more people, especially post-partum women, parents with young children, people working long hours, and patients experiencing or recovering from medical treatments and surgeries. Even students who work and attend school often experience CED. Health Restorative Bodywork Therapy is a course designed to give practitioners from all bodywork modalities skills to assess and treat CED. In this course, students learn to evaluate primary patterns, signs and symptoms of CED. Students discover how to the address clients’ CED with a holistic approach integrating nutrition, application of heat using infrared therapy, craniosacral therapy-inspired techniques, auriculotherapy, and the use of therapeutic magnets. Additionally, students learn and practice a self-care routine designed to restore and maintain both health and wellness. The core of this course centers on the application of the techniques learned to treat CED. Through practice on one another and self monitoring of symptoms, students accumulate data on their own progress. This data is presented as a part of the capstone project at the end of the term. The project includes research findings, results and experiences with treating CED and the experience of regularly practicing the self-care routines.

In this class you will learn:

  • Concepts and assessments of Chronic Exhaustion and Depletion
  • Foundational principles of Qi and the role it plays in CED
  • Techniques and applications of InfraRed Therapy
  • How nutrition and digestion play a role in healing and restoration
  • Craniosacral therapy-inspired techniques to use with individuals who experience CED
  • How to use Auricular Therapy, Magnet Therapy and Ion Cords with individuals who experience CED
  • A self-care routine that can also be taught to clients to help restore and improve health and wellness

This course is great for any bodywork therapist looking to add new tools to their treatments, specifically tools that take the effects well beyond the bodywork session. Health Restorative Bodywork Therapy is a class that will heal the healer as they learn to help others.

Instructor: Andrej Peterka, L.Ac., is a Minnesota licensed acupuncturist with massage therapy training. He has been in practice since 1990. He studied the use of ion pumping cords and therapeutic magnets with the renowned Kiiko Matsumoto of the New England School of Acupuncture and uses them extensively in his practice. He worked as an acupuncturist at United Hospital and Newbridge Wellness Centers, and has a private acupuncture practice in Saint Paul. Andrej is currently teaching in the Eastern Sciences department at CenterPoint.

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Septum Work – Postural Assessment & Myofascial Techniques   #745

Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7 • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by April 20

Tuition Fee: $265.00 • $15 late registration fee after April 20
Materials: $5.00 + tax
Total hours: 14
NCBTMB: 14 CE hours

Prerequisite: Current student or graduate of a therapeutic bodywork training program (Western or Eastern bodywork therapy) with at least 150 hours of training.

Please bring one twin size sheet set, one pillowcase or face cradle cover, a hand towel, and a blanket or beach towel for warmth. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring massage lotion or cream (no oil).

In the human body, a septum is the empty space between connective tissue or fascial envelopes that surround the structures of the body. When healthy and hydrated, septums slide and glide, but can become restricted due to dehydration and tension. Septums are also influenced by physical and emotional traumas, and tend to adhere together, limiting movement of the affected muscles or joints. Opening tight, restricted septums can increase range of motion and function and create long lasting changes in posture.

Septum Work is an introduction for bodyworkers interested in learning postural assessment and applicable myofascial techniques. Students will learn basic myofascial techniques for the foot, pelvis, back and neck that can be customized to each client, based on their postural assessment. Participants will also learn a framework for refining communication with clients, using simple, specific, non-judgmental language.

In this class students:

  • Learn to assess postural differences and restrictions
  • Assess breathing patterns
  • Gain an understanding of the main structures of the human body and their role in posture
  • Discover five basic myofascial techniques
  • Practice body-centered communication skills

Enroll in this course to learn a profound system of postural assessment and application that can offer significant benefits to your clients.

Instructor: Attila Pegan, NCTMB. Attila’s massage studies began in 1999 when he participated in a seminar on manual therapy in his native country of Hungary. He completed a 770 hour massage training program, and worked at the Hungarian Institute of Rheumatology and Physiotherapy. In 2002 Attila traveled to Thailand and completed all 6 levels of the International Thai Massage School in Chiang Mai. He returned to Thailand for further study in 2005 and 2006. Attila is approved as a Continuing Education Provider by NCBTMB and maintains a busy clinical and teaching practice in Savage, Minnesota. He currently teaches Thai Massage at CenterPoint.

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First Aid   #302-S

Saturday, May 6 • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Register by April 20

Tuition Fee: $45 (not eligible for discount) • $15 late registration fee after April 20
Materials: CPR & First Aid Textbook: $20.95 + tax; First Aid only book also available for $12.95 + tax; $7 mailing fee for either textbook
Total hours: 4

Prerequisite: Must read the textbook prior to the class

This American Heart Association First Aid course covers basic emergency response to respiratory failure, bleeding, poisoning, shock, burns, broken bones, and more. The class consists of demonstration and class participation to learn the techniques. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive the American Heart Association Adult First Aid certification. The certification is valid for two years from the date of the course.

Course policies: Attendees must obtain and read the text prior to the class, and be prepared to demonstrate the skills to the instructor’s satisfaction.

Instructor: CenterPoint Faculty that are certified American Heart Association’s First Aid/CPR/AED trainers

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Adult CPR   #301-S

Saturday, May 6 • 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Register by April 20

Tuition Fee: $45 (not eligible for discount) • $15 late registration fee after April 20
Materials: CPR & First Aid Textbook: $20.95 + tax + $7.00 mailing fee (to be read before class)
Total hours: 4

Prerequisite: Must read textbook prior to the class

This American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR course teaches basic life support techniques to use on adults. The class consists of demonstration and class participation to learn the techniques. In addition to learning CPR for adults and children, you will by certified to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive the American Heart Association Adult CPR certification. The certification is valid for two years from the date of the course.

Course policies: Attendees must obtain and read the text prior to the class, and be prepared to demonstrate the skills to the instructor’s satisfaction.

Instructor: CenterPoint Faculty that are certified American Heart Association’s First Aid/CPR/AED trainers.

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Shiatsu Basics   #506-3

Saturday, May 13 • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by May 4

Tuition Fee: $75 (not eligible for discount)
Total hours: 6

All are welcome!

Please bring two twin size flat sheets, one pillowcase or face cradle cover, and a blanket or beach towel for warmth. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring or wear socks.

For those who wish to practice natural healing at home with family, friends and self, Shiatsu Basics provides an ideal introduction. Participants learn simple yet effective finger pressure techniques to relieve and prevent chronic aches & pains and everyday ailments. Basic theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Qi, Yin/Yang, and Eight Principles) are taught to facilitate understanding of how and why Shiatsu works.

Learn basic Shiatsu techniques for the neck, back and feet. Discover how simple and effective Shiatsu therapy is for relieving headaches, backaches, stiff necks, and fatigue. Experience giving and receiving Shiatsu.

Instructor: CenterPoint Faculty

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Foot & Hand Reflexology   #3209

3 Weekends: June 3 & 4, July 8 & 9 and August 5 & 6 • 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Register by May 18

Tuition Fee: Summer Special: $695 ($100 discount!) • $15 late registration fee after May 18
Materials: $159.69 includes tax (materials, text and lab fee)
Total hours: 45
NCBTMB: 45 CE hours

Prerequisite: Massage and shiatsu bodywork therapists, allied health professionals, and current students of a massage or bodywork therapy training program with a minimum of 150 hours of training.

Please bring: two twin flat sheets and one pillowcase or face cradle cover. Students will be given required supplies on the first day of class. Please be prepared to practice the techniques outside of class.

The ancients worldwide knew the power of pressing points on the feet and hands to increase health and well-being. Discover what they knew!  The hands and feet contain points and regions that correspond to all the body’s structures and functions, making reflexology an ideal adjunctive technique for any of CenterPoint’s programs. Reflexology is based on the holistic model of the body, and makes use of the concept that the whole is reflected in each of the parts. In this fun and exciting course, you will learn the detailed maps of the hands and feet, the techniques to make your reflexology work effective and therapeutic. Students learn:

  • Why some conditions are best addressed on feet or hands
  • Traditional Thumb-Walking
  • Non-traditional techniques to save your thumbs
  • Condition specific protocols
  • Add-on techniques such as foot soaks, paraffin dips & aromatherapeutic lotions
  • Basic Aromatherapy with specific application to energetic Chakra points on the feet

In addition, students are introduced to Aromatherapy with Essential Oils which are integrated into foot and hand treatments. Reflexology can serve as a stand-alone therapy, or be combined with your other tools and techniques for spa, salon, fitness center, or private practice. There will be many opportunities to experience the healing effects of hand and foot reflexology, and practice your technique during the in-class practice on the other participants.

Instructor: Theresa May, NCTMB, APP, has been practicing and teaching massage and bodywork techniques since 2001. She attended the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Scottsdale Arizona, where she later became a teacher and administrator. Her areas of expertise include aromatherapy, reflexology, spa techniques, lymphatic drainage massage, prenatal massage, and therapeutic modalities. Using all of these techniques, she has created protocols for working with Parkinson’s disease, stroke and cancer patients, and for those at the end of life. Theresa is an instructor at CenterPoint.

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Cupping for Massage Therapists   #735

Sunday, June 4 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register by May 25

Tuition Fee: $95 • $15 late registration fee after May 25
Materials: $43.00 + tax
Total hours: 5
NCBTMB: 5 CE hours

Prerequisites: Current student or graduate of a therapeutic bodywork training program (Western or Eastern bodywork therapy)

Please bring two twin flat sheets, two pillows, two hand towels, a blanket and massage lotion or cream (no oil). Wear loose, comfortable clothes.

Tired of pouring all of your energy into one stubborn muscle? Get things moving faster and with less effort using cupping. Cupping therapy is an ancient technique in which local suction is created on the skin, mobilizing blood flow to promote healing. By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping is used to increase blood flow. This results in loosening adhesions, softening connective tissue and decreasing tension in stubborn trigger points.

Take this course to learn “dry” cupping techniques. You will discover how and when to best integrate cupping into a massage session. Students receive a 17 piece cupping set and will practice cupping on one another during the class with instructor guidance and feedback. This course is perfect for practitioners looking to differentiate themselves by offering a unique service to their clients.

Instructor: Courtney Kupfer, BA, BCTMB, earned a B.A. in Theatre/Dance from Luther College in 2006. Through her study of movement, Courtney became fascinated with the human body, which led her to pursue massage and shiatsu training at CenterPoint. She has been working in the bodywork field since 2009 and teaches the Communications & Ethics course. Courtney is also CenterPoint’s Student Services Manager.

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Massage Basics   #503-3

Saturday, June 10 • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by June 1

Tuition Fee: $75 (not eligible for discount)
Total hours: 6

All are welcome!

Please bring one twin size sheet set, one pillowcase or face cradle cover, and a blanket or beach towel for warmth. Massage lotion will be provided. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Massage Basics is designed for people who are considering a career in massage and bodywork, or for those who would like to learn a simple and safe massage sequence to practice on family and friends. You will learn a variety of basic massage techniques for the head, neck, back, arms and legs emphasizing continuity, completeness and confidence. Massage is great for stress reduction, relaxation, and improved circulation. Come prepared to experience giving and receiving massage.

Instructor: CenterPoint Faculty

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Indian Head Massage   #706

Sunday, June 11 • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register by June 1

Tuition Fee: $115 • $15 late registration fee after June 1
Materials: $3.60 + tax
Total hours: 6
NCBTMB: 6 CE hours

Prerequisite: Current student or graduate of a therapeutic bodywork training program (Western or Eastern bodywork therapy).

Please bring two twin flat sheets, one pillowcase or face cradle cover and one bath sized towel.

The art of Indian Head Massage is an Ayurvedic form of healing and relaxation used to ease tension and balance energy. Ayurvedic philosophy holds a belief that if energy isn’t moving freely, it can cause an imbalance in the flow resulting is discomfort. Beginning with the head, a variety of massage techniques are used to relax, stimulate and revive the scalp. The effect of this is to help stimulate hair growth and vitalize the brain. The use of stretching and pressure points on the neck and shoulder muscles aid in mobility and ease discomfort. Finally, the treatment finishes with a calming face massage increasing lymph drainage.

In this class you will learn:

  • The techniques of Indian Head Massage
  • Marma points – points in the body where concentrated life force energy is located
  • The benefits and contraindications of Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage can be a stand alone 30 minute treatment or can be integrated into a Shiatsu, Thai massage or table massage session making it a great addition to your bodywork service menu.

Instructor: Mary Sullivan, NCTMB. Mary is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist practicing massage since 1998. Soon after completing her massage training she moved to Algarve, Portugal where she worked in a four star resort day spa. This gave her the opportunity to refine her skills in massage by attending trainings in Indian Head Massage and Lymphatic Drainage massage. Mary studied Thai massage at Wat Po in Bangkok. At the Nosara Yoga Institute Mary studied Pranassage, which is a fusion of movement with breath to bring heightened body awareness to the recipient. Mary is the owner of Bodywork Harmonics.

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Introduction to Cupping   #717-S

Monday, June 19 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Register by June 8

Tuition Fee: Tuition: $60 • $15 late registration fee after June 8
Materials: $5.00 lab fee
Total hours: 3
NCBTMB: 3 CE hours

Prerequisites: Graduate or current student of a Shiatsu or Asian Bodywork Therapy program including TCM.

Please bring two twin flat sheets, one pillowcase or face cradle cover and one large towel. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Cupping therapy is an ancient technique in which a local suction is created on the skin mobilizing blood flow to promote healing. The function of cupping is to move Qi and Blood in the meridians. At the end of this class, students will be able to explain the history, indications, and contraindications of cupping, and perform basic cupping techniques. Cupping can be used for a variety of things including breaking up stagnation, treating Wind Invasion, and reducing muscle pain. This course is perfect for practitioners looking to differentiate themselves by offering a unique service to their clients.

Instructor: Michael Casper, B.A., CI. AOBTA, Dipl. ABT. Michael earned his B.A. in English literature from Swarthmore College in 1988 and then moved to Minneapolis to work as a professional dancer and choreographer. He completed his training in Shiatsu from the Minnesota Center for Shiatsu Study in 1997. In 2007, Michael completed the Massage Therapy program at CenterPoint. Michael currently practices at Qi Nordeast Acupuncture Clinic in northeast Minneapolis. He is an AOBTA Certified Instructor and is a Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy, NCCAOM. Michael teaches Clinic Summary Session and is a supervisor in CenterPoint’s student clinic.

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Hydrotherapy   #716-S

2 Mondays, June 19 & July 3 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Register by June 8

Tuition Fee: $115 • $15 late registration fee after June 8
Materials: $20.00 lab fee
Total hours: 6
NCBTMB: 6 CE hours

Prerequisite: Prior training in bodywork therapy

Please bring one twin size sheet set, one pillowcase or face cradle cover, two bath towels, four hand towels, and a swimsuit for use in the steam therapy unit.

The average adult human is made up of 65% water so it is only natural that water possess healing properties. Hydrotherapy is the use of water in its various forms to treat a variety of conditions and to help to cultivate wellness. This course focuses on the history of hydrotherapy, the three forms of hydrotherapy and their uses in treatment protocols. Participants learn about the benefits of dry brushing, salt and sugar scrubs, hydrocollator packs and cryocups. Students also have the opportunity to experience the steam pod. In this course you learn to use traditional hydrotherapy techniques to enhance a bodywork session without the use of expensive or complicated equipment. Enroll in this course to discover these simple and therapeutic techniques that can easily be integrated into your bodywork practice.

Instructor: Krisha Crabtree, B.A., BCTMB. Krisha earned her B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1993 (Honors Psychology major, Dance and English minors). She graduated from Northern Lights School of Massage Therapy (now known as CenterPoint). She has been working in massage since 1998 and is certified as a NeuroMuscular Therapist by the International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies. Krisha is currently an instructor in the Therapeutic Massage department and supervises student clinic at CenterPoint. Krisha is also a member of CenterPoint’s Advisory Board. She is known for her sound effects, pop culture references and occasionally dancing in class.

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Birth Doula & Bodywork Therapy   #3211

3 Weekends: Saturdays & Sundays, June 24 & 25, July 15 & 16, and July 29 & 30 • 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Register by April 28

Tuition Fee: Summer Special! $695 ($100 discount!) • $15 late registration fee after April 28
Materials: $145.00 + tax
Total hours: 45

Prerequisite: Current student or graduate of a therapeutic bodywork training program (Western or Eastern bodywork therapy)

Please bring two twin flat sheets and one pillowcase or face cradle cover. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

A Birth Doula is a person trained in childbirth who provides physical, emotional and informational support during the childbirth process. Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a birth doula present at labor. With the support of a Doula, women report having a more positive birth experience and have an increased likelihood of an unmedicated, natural childbirth. In addition to Birth Doula training, students learn bodywork techniques for prenatal and labor support. The integration of bodywork therapy into the labor experience helps to stimulate the production of natural oxytocin, increasing feelings of well being and promoting a higher pain threshold.

Students learn:

  • DONA International Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Prenatal support & Doula business practices
  • Client communication
  • Labor support and comfort measures
  • Eastern and Western pregnancy and labor support bodywork techniques
  • How to deal with challenging childbirth scenarios
  • About the newborn and basics of breastfeeding support
  • Postpartum support and resources

This course follows DONA International standards and prepares students to apply for DONA certification upon completion of additional requirements. This course provides massage & bodywork therapists with a unique and complimentary skill set that will set them apart from other professionals.

Instructors: Liz Lull, B.A., CD (DONA), LCCE, BDT (DONA), IBCLC & Amber Kay Bastian, B.A., AOBTA, CD (DONA)

Liz Lull is the founder of Enlightened Mama & Enlightened Wellness, a safe, judgement-free space for families to get quality education, wellness, and support throughout the journey of parenting, from preconception on. Liz is a certified birth doula and doula trainer with DONA (Doulas of North America), a Lamaze®-Certified Childbirth Educator, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, trained through University of California, San Diego.  She is also a member of the Childbirth Collective and serve families in the entire St. Paul/Minneapolis metro and surrounding area.

Amber Kay Bastian is a graduate of CenterPoint’s Shiatsu Therapy Program and holds advanced certification in prenatal massage. She is a DONA Certified Birth Doula, Lamaze International Certified Childbirth Educator and Certified Breastfeeding Counselor. Amber currently practices bodywork at Blooma and has her own Doula and bodywork practice, Birth Nerd.

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Auricular Therapy   #690-S

Monday, July 3 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Register by June 22

Tuition Fee: $60 • $15 late registration fee after June 22
Materials: $12.50 + tax
Total hours: 3
NCBTMB: 3 CE hours

Prerequisites: Graduate of a Shiatsu or Asian Bodywork Therapy program including TCM

Please bring two twin flat sheets, one pillowcase or face cradle cover and one large towel. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Auricular therapy is a health care modality in which the external surface of the ear, or the auricle, is a microcosmic representation of the body macrocosm. When an area of the ear is stimulated, relives the pathological condition in the associated region the body. The ear has well mapped somatic representations similar to the foot zones in reflexology. auricular therapy is useful for treating concerns in any of the major systems and is especially helpful for pain and addiction cessation. In this introductory level course students will learn to place ear beads, or seeds, on the specific location on the ear based on the desired pattern outcome. Auricular therapy is an excellent tool to add to your practitioner toolkit, allowing treatment to continue long beyond the session.

Instructor: Michael Casper, B.A., CI. AOBTA, Dipl. ABT. Michael earned his B.A. in English literature from Swarthmore College in 1988 and then moved to Minneapolis to work as a professional dancer and choreographer. He completed his training in Shiatsu from the Minnesota Center for Shiatsu Study in 1997. In 2007, Michael completed the Massage Therapy program at CenterPoint. Michael currently practices at Qi Nordeast Acupuncture Clinic in northeast Minneapolis. He is an AOBTA Certified Instructor and is a Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy, NCCAOM. Michael teaches Clinic Summary Session and is a supervisor in CenterPoint’s student clinic.

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Shiatsu Basics   #506-4

Saturday, July 15 • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by July 6

Tuition Fee: $75 (not eligible for discount)
Total hours: 6

All are welcome!

Please bring two twin size flat sheets, one pillowcase or face cradle cover, and a blanket or beach towel for warmth. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring or wear socks.

For those who wish to practice natural healing at home with family, friends and self, Shiatsu Basics provides an ideal introduction. Participants learn simple yet effective finger pressure techniques to relieve and prevent chronic aches & pains and everyday ailments. Basic theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Qi, Yin/Yang, and Eight Principles) are taught to facilitate understanding of how and why Shiatsu works.

Learn basic Shiatsu techniques for the neck, back and feet. Discover how simple and effective Shiatsu therapy is for relieving headaches, backaches, stiff necks, and fatigue. Experience giving and receiving Shiatsu.

Instructor: CenterPoint Faculty

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Caring for Loved Ones at the End of Life   #747

Wednesday, July 19 • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Register by July 13

Tuition Fee: $58 • $15 late registration fee after July 13
Total hours: 3
NCBTMB: 3 CE hours

All are welcome!

Please bring one twin size sheet set, one pillowcase or face cradle cover, and a blanket or beach towel for warmth. Massage lotion will be provided. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

We all face the unthinkable when someone we love hears the words “incurable,” “terminal,” or “no further treatment.” Whether your loved one is cared for in a facility or at home, you can have positive impact on them. In this course, you will learn how to support your loved one, both emotionally and physically in this time of need.

Participants will learn:

  • Simple hands-on techniques to bring comfort to loved ones at end of life
  • Household hacks that make caring for someone easier
  • An overview of hospice care and how to get the most out of their services
  • Emotional self-care techniques to help you care for yourself as you care for others
  • What to expect in the final hours

This course is a helpful introduction to caregiving and provides participants with the tools they need to safely and compassionately care for others in need. Take this course to help bring comfort to those you love in their final hours.

Instructor: Theresa May, NCTMB, APP., has been practicing and teaching massage and bodywork techniques since 2001. She attended the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona where she became a teacher and administrator. Her areas of expertise include aromatherapy, reflexology, spa techniques, lymphatic drainage massage, prenatal massage, craniosacral, and therapeutic modalities. Using all of these techniques, she has created protocols for working with Parkinson’s disease, stroke and cancer patients, and for those at the end of life. She teaches Foot & Hand Reflexology and Craniosacral Techniques at CenterPoint.

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Thai Massage   #4204

3 Weekends: Saturday & Sunday, July 22 & 23, August 5 & 6 and August 19 & 20 • 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Register by June 29

Tuition Fee: Summer Special: $695 ($100 discount!) • $15 late registration fee after June 29
Materials: $42.00 + tax
Total hours: 45
NCBTMB: 45 CE hours

Prerequisite: The completion of a massage or shiatsu training program, or an equivalent manual therapy program. Students currently in a training program need to have completed at least 120 hours of bodywork technique.

Please bring two twin flat sheets, one pillowcase or face cradle cover. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and wear or bring socks.

Thai Massage is part of the four-fold traditional medical system of Thailand (the others are herbal medicine, nutritional medicine and spiritual practices). Thai medicine shares features with Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, including the concepts of energy flow through pathways of the body. This style of bodywork emphasizes the mind-body connection and has been utilized in the treatment of physical, emotional and spiritual disorders.

The main techniques of Thai Massage include the application of stretching and pressure throughout the whole body to stimulate energy flow. Thai Massage is often called Thai Yoga Massage because the therapist uses his or her body to move the client into a series of stretches similar to Yoga. Thai Massage is performed on a mat and utilizes the thumbs, fingers, forearms, elbows, palms, knees, legs, and feet for stretching, massage and pressure techniques, joint mobilization and muscle compression. Thai Massage is a very active and energizing, yet deeply relaxing experience for both the practitioner and the client. Once the client has relaxed, the practitioner, with a heightened sensitivity, stretches the client to his or her comfortable limit.

A high level of significance is attributed to the abdominal region. According to Thai Medicine, all the major energy pathways of the body have their origin in the vicinity of the navel. Therefore, the abdominal massage techniques are a crucial component of the healing benefit of this training.

In this course, you will discover the main features of Thai medicine, including the concepts of energy flow through pathways of the body. The main manual applications of pressure and stretching will be presented and practiced. Students learn to perform a full body Thai Massage. Techniques for the supine, side-lying, and prone positions are included. This course also includes yoga warm-ups and meditation at the start of each class. This is a great course to choose to integrate Thai Massage techniques to expand your massage and/or shiatsu toolbox.

Instructor: Attila Pegan, NCTMB. Attila’s massage studies began in 1999 when he participated in a seminar on manual therapy in his native country of Hungary. He completed a 770 hour massage training program, and worked at the Hungarian Institute of Rheumatology and Physiotherapy. In 2002 Attila traveled to Thailand and completed all 6 levels of the International Thai Massage School in Chiang Mai. He returned to Thailand for further study in 2005 and 2006. Attila is approved as a Continuing Education Provider by NCBTMB and maintains a busy clinical and teaching practice in Savage, Minnesota. He currently teaches Thai Massage at CenterPoint.

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Moxibustion   #689-S

Monday, July 24 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Register by July 13

Tuition Fee: $60 • $15 late registration fee after July 13
Materials: $8.00
Total hours: 3

Prerequisites: Graduate or current student of a Shiatsu or Asian Bodywork Therapy program including TCM.

Please bring two twin flat sheets, one pillowcase or face cradle cover and one large towel. Wear loose, comfortable clothing

Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy using moxa made from dried mugwort. Moxibustion is the art of bringing heat to the meridians to tonify Qi and blood, promote Yang Qi and disperse Cold and Dampness. Students will receive an introduction and history of moxibustion, learn types and grades of moxa wool, techniques, precautions and contraindications, and learn the principles and indications for use of moxa based on contemporary theories and practices of Japanese practitioners. Upon completion of this class, students will be able to explain the history, indications, and contraindications of moxa, and perform basic techniques.

Instructor: Michael Casper, B.A., CI. AOBTA, Dipl. ABT. Michael earned his B.A. in English literature from Swarthmore College in 1988 and then moved to Minneapolis to work as a professional dancer and choreographer. He completed his training in Shiatsu from the Minnesota Center for Shiatsu Study in 1997. In 2007, Michael completed the Massage Therapy program at CenterPoint. Michael currently practices at Qi Nordeast Acupuncture Clinic in northeast Minneapolis. He is an AOBTA Certified Instructor and is a Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy, NCCAOM. Michael teaches Clinic Summary Session and is a supervisor in CenterPoint’s student clinic.

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Pain in the Butt – Sciatica, Piriformis & Friends   #732

Sunday, July 30 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuition Fee: $95 • $15 late registration fee after July 20
Total hours: 5
NCBTMB: 5 CE hours

Prerequisite: Current student or graduate of a massage therapy training program

Please bring one twin size sheet set, one pillowcase or face cradle cover, a hand towel, and a blanket or beach towel for warmth. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring massage lotion or cream (no oil).

How often have you overheard someone complain of hip pain? Chronic sciatica? Suspected bursitis? An aching IT band? Nearly everyone has had a ‘Pain in the Butt’ at some point. Many important muscles live here, and they are in need of attention!

Take this course to:

  • Learn to identify the musculature and anatomy of the hip/buttock
  • Understand common problems with these tissues
  • Learn basic strengthening, stretching and balancing techniques for the region
  • Learn to work on the gluteal area in a safe, structured way that is thorough yet honors client privacy.

Feel confident in identifying the causes of common complaints and what to do about them. Don’t let other’s butt pain be a pain in yours.

Instructor: Krisha Crabtree, B.A., BCTMB. Krisha earned her B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1993 (Honors Psychology major, Dance and English minors). She graduated from Northern Lights School of Massage Therapy (now known as CenterPoint). She has been working in massage since 1998 and is certified as a NeuroMuscular Therapist by the International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies. Krisha is currently an instructor in the Therapeutic Massage department and supervises student clinic at CenterPoint. Krisha is also a member of CenterPoint’s Advisory Board. She is known for her sound effects, pop culture references and occasionally dancing in class.

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Massage Basics   #503-4

Saturday, August 12 • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by August 3

Tuition Fee: $75 (not eligible for discount)
Total hours: 6

All are welcome!

Please bring one twin size sheet set, one pillowcase or face cradle cover, and a blanket or beach towel for warmth. Massage lotion will be provided. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Massage Basics is designed for people who are considering a career in massage and bodywork, or for those who would like to learn a simple and safe massage sequence to practice on family and friends. You will learn a variety of basic massage techniques for the head, neck, back, arms and legs emphasizing continuity, completeness and confidence. Massage is great for stress reduction, relaxation, and improved circulation. Come prepared to experience giving and receiving massage.

Instructor: CenterPoint Faculty

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Lomi Lomi   #655

Friday - Sunday, August 25 - 27 • 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Register by August 10

Tuition Fee: $375 • $15 late registration fee after August 10
Materials: $5.00 + tax
Total hours: 24
NCBTMB: 24 CE hours

Prerequisite: Current student or graduate of a therapeutic bodywork training program (Western or Eastern bodywork therapy)

Please bring: two twin flat sheets, two wiping towels, two face cradle covers, two pillow cases and three bath towels for draping. Wear loose comfortable clothing.

Lomi Lomi, a Hawaiian massage modality, is traditionally done as a rite of passage for children coming of age by the Big Kahunas in the temples of Hawaii. This ritual bodywork is based on unconditional love and acceptance, where the person receiving is truly honored for who they are without judgment. This modality is described as long, continuous flowing strokes using the forearm to embrace the body like an ocean wave that then gently recedes.

In this class you will learn:

  • The ancient bodywork lineage of Hawaii
  • The 7 sacred principles in Lomi Lomi
  • How to apply full body strokes
  • How to use the forearm to save on wrists and fingers
  • What it is to honor your client
  • How to hold a sacred space for clients

Students who learn Lomi Lomi experience self-discovery of what it means to love, honor, and respect themselves while at the same time honoring those they work on. Participants use their forearms to embrace the body and provide pressure that saves hands and wrists. Lomi Lomi provides the therapist and the receiver with what it means to experience honor and sacredness in a healing art.

Instructor: Michele Reid, BCTMB. Michele graduated from CenterPoint’s East West Therapeutic Bodywork program in 2006 and is board certified by NCBTMB. Michele traveled to Hawaii in 2005 to learn Lomi Lomi. She has since deepened her practice and assisted as a teacher and facilitator to Tom Cochran, Sacred Lomi. Michele is a Lomi Lomi practitioner, has a private practice and has developed the Lomi Lomi course that she teaches at CenterPoint.

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