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FOR THERAPEUTIC BODYWORKERS & HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
NEW! Five Element Qigong 13 Wednesdays, Sept 13 – Dec 6
Shiatsu Basics Saturday, September 16
Advanced Asian Bodywork Therapy 3 weekends: Sept 16 & 17, Oct 21 & 22, and Nov 18 & 19
Fall Equinox Celebration – Meditation & Qigong Friday, September 22
Craniosacral Techniques 3 weekends: Sept 23 & 24, Oct 14 & 15, Nov 11 & 12
Cupping for Massage Therapists Sunday, September 24
Spa & Resort Techniques 3 Weekends: Oct 7 & 8, Nov 4 & 5, and Dec 9 & 10
NEW! Traditional Chinese Medicine 101 (in Only Four Hours) Sunday, October 8
Massage Basics Saturday, October 14
NEW! Pain in the Neck – Text Neck, Migraines, & Whiplash…Oh My! Sunday, October 15
Introduction to Cupping Monday, October 23
Hydrotherapy 2 Mondays, Oct 23 & Nov 6
NEW! On the Spot – Essential Oils for Mood Shifting Sunday, October 29
Hot & Cold Stone Massage Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5
Auricular Therapy Monday, November 6
NEW! Bullet Journaling: Creativity, Balance, and Wellness Wednesday, November 8
Shiatsu Basics Saturday, November 11
NEW! Foam Roller Boot Camp Sunday, November 12
Moxibustion Monday, November 27
NEW! Introduction to Lymph Drainage Massage Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3
Massage Basics Saturday, December 9
First Aid Saturday, January 6
Adult CPR Saturday, January 6
Health Restorative Bodywork Therapy 15 Wednesdays: January 10 – April 18
Shiatsu Basics Saturday, January 13
Kinesiology Taping for Bodyworkers Sunday, January 14
Tai Chi – Fan Form 12 Wednesdays, January 17 – April 4
NEW! Auricular Therapy for Massage Therapists Sunday, January 21
Thai Massage 3 Weekends: February 3 & 4, and 24 & 25, and March 24 & 25
NEW! Eating Seasonally and Locally – How and Why? Saturday, February 10
Massage Basics Saturday, February 10
Cupping for Massage Therapists Sunday, February 11
Couples Massage & Wine Tasting Wednesday, February 14
Active Isolated Stretching: Lower Body Saturday & Sunday, February 17 & 18
Hydrotherapy 2 Mondays, February 19 & March 5
Introduction to Cupping Monday, February 19
GuaSha – Asian Folk Therapy Saturday, March 3
Advanced Side Position Massage Sunday, March 4

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.


NEW! Five Element Qigong   #744

13 Wednesdays, September 13 – December 6 • 5:10 - 5:50 pm
Register by September 7

Tuition Fee: $120 (not eligible for discount) • $15 late registration fee after September 7
Total hours: 13 sessions

All are welcome!

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring or wear socks.

This class is an interactive experience into the qualities of the Five Elements and their mental and spiritual strengths. Five Element Qigong exercises are used to restore health, balance the emotions, and empower you to tap into your greatest potential. Weekly you will explore each element, it’s practices, organ system emotions, and function. The Qigong movements use breath-work to generate energy and circulate it in the meridians and organ systems to increase vitality.

Enroll in Five Element Qigong and you receive a handbook to support your personal practice with reflective exercises to learn the depth of your elemental aspects.

Health is possible at every age and these movements can be done by all skill levels and body types. Continued practice of Qigong cultivates healing and increases longevity.

Instructor: Andrea Sullivan, Cert Instructor, Cert ABT, AOBTA, NCTMB. Andrea graduated from CenterPoint’s Shiatsu Therapy Program in 2005. She is certified in Chi Nei Tsang, having studied with the Universal Healing Tao School in Thailand with Grand Master Mantak Chia. She practices Tai Chi and Qi Gong on a regular basis, and maintains a private bodywork practice. She teaches in CenterPoint’s Shiatsu Department and Supervises in CenterPoint’s Clinic.

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Shiatsu Basics   #506-5

Saturday, September 16 • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by September 12

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

All are welcome!

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing & bring one sheet and a large towel.

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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Advanced Asian Bodywork Therapy   #4300

3 weekends: Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17, October 21 & 22, and November 18 & 19 • 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Register by: August 30

Tuition Fee: $795 • $15 late registration fee after August 30
Materials: $12 + tax
Total hours: 45
NCBTMB: 45 CE hours

Prerequisite: Completion 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.

Are you a practicing shiatsu therapist that is ready to refine your skills and go deeper into TCM application? Do want to increase your clinical effectiveness for clients with difficult and complex conditions? Are you so excited about shiatsu and TCM that you want more? This course is for you!

Advanced Asian Bodywork Therapy offers you, the Shiatsu and Asian bodywork therapist, additional skills and techniques to improve clinical effectiveness. You will have the opportunity to deepen your intuitive awareness while improving and refining your assessment and treatment skills. This course focuses on refining your assessment ability and giving you the tools to treat complex patterns of disharmony.

This course includes the following areas of emphasis:

  • Refining and practicing assessment methods including Hara and Navel diagnosis, 5-Element body type analysis and discernment through palpation and visual assessment techniques
  • Addressing mental and emotional conditions with assessment and treatment strategies utilizing the 5-Element Creative and Destructive cycles
  • Deepening point selection skills in treatments with the use of Transporting points, Lou points for musculo-skeletal conditions and the Spirit and Ghost points for effective results
  • Using the 8 Extraordinary Vessels to asses and treat advanced conditions and difficult patterns
  • Assessing and treating conditions of the “Fu” organs (Yang organs)
  • Deepening and expanding the utilization of the 5-Element theory in assessing and treating clients’ imbalances
  • Assessment and long-term treatment planning for Yin and Yang combined pathologies, complex conditions and western physical and mental-emotional diseases

Enroll in this course to increase your clinical effectiveness and personal well-being. Each class begins with Medical Qigong exercises that can be beneficial to clients with advanced diseases like diabetes, cancer, trauma/PTSD, irritable bowel and more. You will quickly be able to integrate the powerful tools, knowledge and techniques from this course into your practice.

Instructor: Andrea Sullivan, C.I. AOBTA, NCTMB. Andrea graduated from CenterPoint’s Shiatsu Therapy Program in 2005. She is certified in Chi Nei Tsang, Thai Yoga Massage and studied with the Universal Healing Tao Center in Thailand with Grand Master Mantak Chia. She teaches Tai Chi and Medical Qigong on a regular basis and maintains a private bodywork practice. She teaches in CenterPoint’s Shiatsu Department and is a supervisor in CenterPoint’s Student Clinic.

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Fall Equinox Celebration – Meditation & Qigong   #715

Friday, September 22 • 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Register by September 19

Tuition Fee: $15 (not eligible for discounts) • $15 late registration fee after September 19
Materials: $1.00 + tax
Total hours: 1.5

All are welcome!

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

The fall equinox is a time of harvest and a time of reflection upon our achievements. The equinox provides us the opportunity for introspection and letting go of any challenges of the previous season. Through qigong and musically guided meditation, you identify and reflect upon the wonderful gifts of the summer season and set intentions of personal growth for the upcoming fall. Participants create a personal talisman representing their gratitude and personal growth intentions for the upcoming season. Celebrate the concept that the past supports the present, which creates the future. You will leave this class feeling grounded, peaceful and inspired.

No previous qigong or meditation experience is necessary, all are welcome!

Instructor: Andrea Sullivan, Cert ABT, AOBTA, NCTMB, ABMP. Andrea graduated from CenterPoint’s Shiatsu Therapy Program in 2005. She is certified in Chi Nei Tsang, having studied with the Universal Healing Tao School in Thailand with Grand Master Mantak Chia. She practices Tai Chi and Qi Gong on a regular basis, and maintains a private bodywork practice. She teaches in CenterPoint’s Shiatsu Department and Supervises in CenterPoint’s Clinic.

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Craniosacral Techniques   #3204

3 weekends: Saturdays & Sundays, September 23 & 24, October 14 & 15, November 11 & 12 • 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Register by September 7

Tuition Fee: $795 • $15 late registration fee after September 7
Materials: $23.95 + tax
Total hours: 45
NCBTMB: 45 CE hours

Prerequisite: Current student (with at least 120 hours of bodywork training) 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.

Are you looking for a new skill to add to your bodywork practice? Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on method for correcting problems in the Craniosacral system in which the brain and spinal cord function. Using a light touch, practitioners work through clothing, assessing and releasing restrictions in the craniosacral and fascial systems throughout the body to improve the functioning of the whole person. Craniosacral Therapy encourages the body’s natural healing mechanisms to dissipate the negative effects of stress, and improve the body’s internal environment. CST is increasingly used as a preventive measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of common problems.

Everyone benefits from this work of balancing and regulating the cerebral spinal fluid, and especially those with:

  • Headaches (migraine and tension)
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Learning disabilities and attention deficiencies
  • Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
  • Emotional imbalance
  • Stress and tension-related problems
  • Neurological disorders (Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, etc.)
  • Temporo-mandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), and other connective-tissue disorders

This course explores the anatomy and physiology of the craniosacral system, and students learn hands-on cranial and fascial release techniques to manage and reduce pain, various illnesses, and dysfunction. Craniosacral techniques are easily incorporated into massage and shiatsu bodywork sessions. Experience how these techniques offer astonishing results with minimal effort.

Instructor: Andrej Peterka, B.A., L.Ac. Andrej is a licensed acupuncturist with training in massage therapy and Chinese medicine. He has worked as an acupuncturist at United Hospital and Newbridge Wellness Centers and has a private acupuncture practice in Saint Paul. Andrej received in-depth training in Craniosacral therapy and has been using it successfully in his acupuncture practice for more than ten years. Andrej is currently teaching in the Eastern Sciences department.

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Cupping for Massage Therapists   #735

Sunday, September 24 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register by September 14

Tuition Fee: $95 • $15 late registration fee after September 14
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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Spa & Resort Techniques   #3208

3 Weekends: Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8, November 4 & 5, and December 9 & 10 • 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Register by September 21

Tuition Fee: $795 • $15 late registration fee after September 21
Materials: $392.00 (includes sales tax)
Total hours: 45
NCBTMB: 45 CE hours

Prerequisites: Current student (with at least 120 hours of bodywork training) or graduate of a therapeutic bodywork training program (Western or Eastern bodywork therapy).

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). Please be prepared to practice the techniques outside of class.

Spas have become the largest employers of massage therapists in the U.S. Spa techniques combine natural healing traditions with relaxation & restoration for the spa massage client. Spa training prepares the massage or shiatsu therapist to find employment in spa establishments, resorts, hotels, salons, and cruise ships. Bodywork therapists also incorporate spa techniques into private practice without the need for extensive equipment or special “wet room” facilities. The foundation of CenterPoint’s Spa & Resort course is therapeutic. Spa techniques are taught from the healing perspective in addition to comfort and relaxation. These ancient practices have therapeutic benefits for todays massage clients.

In this course students discover historical background for spa and resort massage, and a vast array of spa techniques including wraps, clay application, hydrotherapy, heated stone massage, and much more. Essential Oils and Aromatherapy are introduced and integrated into many of the Spa treatments. Students learn and practice:

  • Safe use of hot and cold stones to bring balance and grounding to clients
  • The art, science, and application of Aromatherapy Exfoliation techniques using salt, sugar and manual brushing
  • Body wraps with various mediums including clay, mud, seaweed, herbs
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Marketing ideas

Spa & Resort Techniques is an excellent way to expand your sessions with clients. You can combine many of the spa techniques with your massage or shiatsu sessions to create just the right treatment. Select this Elective to learn many tools to offer a wide range of services to your clients, both in private practice and in established businesses.

Instructor: Megan Hurley, AAS, AMTA. Megan is a 2002 graduate of CenterPoint’s Therapeutic Massage program. She also earned an AAS in veterinary science from Argosy University in 2007. Since completing her massage training, Megan has worked in a number of different health care settings, including multiple spas, a bodywork collective, and an integrated physical therapy clinic. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for all spa techniques, especially hot stone massage, which she believes to be partially responsible for her longevity as a massage therapist!

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NEW! Traditional Chinese Medicine 101 (in Only Four Hours)   #748

Sunday, October 8 • 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Register by October 2

Tuition Fee: $75 • $15 late registration fee after October 2
Total hours: 4

All are welcome!

Have you ever wondered how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) works? TCM includes a complete science of the physiology of the body and the relationship between the organs and the musculature of the body. The theory of TCM includes the principles of the Five Elements in nature and Qi as the vital force. The qualities of the primary organs of the body share the same qualities and function as the Five Elements. This course will demystify how shiatsu practitioners assess your symptoms. Attend this basic workshop to experience the science of TCM and the wisdom and effectiveness of Shiatsu Anma therapy.

Instructor: Andrea Sullivan, C.I. AOBTA, NCTMB. Andrea graduated from CenterPoint’s Shiatsu Therapy Program in 2005. She is certified in Chi Nei Tsang, Thai Yoga Massage and studied with the Universal Healing Tao Center in Thailand with Grand Master Mantak Chia. She teaches Tai Chi and Medical Qigong on a regular basis and maintains a private bodywork practice. She teaches in CenterPoint’s Shiatsu Department and is a supervisor in CenterPoint’s Student Clinic.

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Massage Basics   #503-5

Saturday, October 14 • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by October 5

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

All are welcome!

Please wear loose clothing. Bring two twin sized sheets, a face towel, and a large blanket or towel for warmth. Massage lotion will be provided.

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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NEW! Pain in the Neck – Text Neck, Migraines, & Whiplash…Oh My!   #740

Sunday, October 15 • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by October 5

Tuition Fee: $115 • $15 late registration fee after October 5
Total hours: 6
NCBTMB: 6 CE hours

Prerequisite: Current student or graduate of a massage 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).

Neck pain is a common client complaint and it is on the increase as we spend more time looking down at our cell phones. As bodyworkers, we are often called upon to alleviate headaches, fix poor posture, rehabilitate muscles after auto accidents or injury, and soothe away work stress.

Take this course to:

  • Be able to identify the musculature and anatomy of the neck
  • Understand common problems with the local tissues
  • Learn basic stretching and self-care techniques for the region
  • Learn to work on the neck in a safe and structured way in prone, supine, and side positions
  • Identify elusive trigger point patterns that will change the way you approach a session
  • Practice basic stretching and self-care techniques for the region

Feel confident in identifying the causes of common complaints and what to do about them. Don’t let others’ neck 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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Introduction to Cupping   #717

Monday, October 23 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Register by October 12

Tuition Fee: $60 • $15 late registration fee after October 12
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 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.

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

2 Mondays, October 23 & November 6 • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Register by October 12

Tuition Fee: $115 • $15 late registration fee after October 12
Materials: $20.00 lab fee
Total hours: 6
NCBTMB: 6 CE hours

Prerequisite: Current student or graduate of a massage training program

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: Rose Ostenson, BCTMB, AMTA, is a graduate of CenterPoint’s Therapeutic Massage Program. She practices massage at Spirit of the Lake Yoga and Wellness Center. She has volunteered to be a massage therapist for athletes at the Twin Cities Marathon and the MS150 Bike Ride. She has experience with hospital based massage therapy and with owning and operating her own massage practice. Rose is a member of AMTA, an instructor in the Therapeutic Massage department and a supervisor in CenterPoint’s Student Clinic. She loves spreading her passion for massage and bodywork through teaching.

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NEW! On the Spot – Essential Oils for Mood Shifting   #741

Sunday, October 29 • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Register by October 19

Tuition Fee: $119 • $15 late registration fee after October 19
Materials: $13.22 (materials and lab fee)
Total hours: 6
NCBTMB: 6 CE hours

All are welcome!

Essential oils provide gifts from nature to help balance and soothe our mental and emotional bodies. This experiential “play shop” will connect you with your inner wisdom and show you how to open the door to the healing messages from the plant kingdom and help bring more well-being and balance in your daily life.

In this course, you will:

  • Find your power oils for mental and emotional well being
  • Tap into your inner wisdom and experience what each oil can offer you
  • Learn on-the-spot methods to ground, balance or lift your mental and emotional state using essential oils
  • Deepen your connection to the plant world and the energies, information, and gifts they offer
  • Have a great time while exploring the world of essential oils!

Take this course to explore how to use your intuitive guidance for listening to the oils and learn to select essential oils from an intuitive yet educated viewpoint. Step up your self-care game through the soothing power of essential oils.

Instructor: Jodi Baglien, ABMP, AIA, NAHA, is a CenterPoint graduate who blends her expertise as a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Shiatsu Therapist, Healthcare Consultant, Educator and business owner, with her passion for spiritual awareness and well being. Jodi creates and implements aromatherapy training and presentations for Senior Care facilities, VA hospitals, and numerous Holistic Health practices and holistic conferences. Jodi is currently the Director of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and Owner of “jodi baglien well being + wisdom studio”.

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Hot & Cold Stone Massage   #720

Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5 • 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Register by October 19

Tuition Fee: $275 • $15 late registration fee after October 19
Materials: $71.00 + tax
Total hours: 15
NCBTMB: 15 CE hours

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

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

Hot and cold stones can be used introduce the earth element to treatment. Hot and cold stones are increasingly used as a defining feature in facials, body applications, manicures, and pedicures. They are used for relaxation, injury rehabilitation, energy balancing, deep tissue work and reflexology. Hot and cold stones can be combined with a variety of massage techniques to customize a treatment

In this course you will learn the basics of stone massage, general treatment considerations including contraindications, type of stones and their uses, equipment needs and setup, techniques for using stones and a basic protocol to use in your practice. Student will have the opportunity to practice using stone massage and receive feedback on their technique.

This class is perfect for anyone looking to work in or currently working in the spa and resort industry or a private practice practitioner looking add a new service to their menu.

Instructor: Megan Hurley, AAS, AMTA. Megan is a 2002 graduate of CenterPoint’s Therapeutic Massage program. She also earned an AAS in veterinary science from Argosy University in 2007. Since completing her massage training, Megan has worked in a number of different health care settings, including multiple spas, a bodywork collective, and an integrated physical therapy clinic. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for all spa techniques, especially hot stone massage, which she believes to be partially responsible for her longevity as a massage therapist!

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Auricular Therapy   #690

Monday, November 6 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Register by October 26

Tuition Fee: $60 • $15 late registration fee after October 26
Materials: $14.50 + tax
Total hours: 3
NCBTMB: 3 CE hours

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

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

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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NEW! Bullet Journaling: Creativity, Balance, and Wellness   #745

Wednesday, November 8 • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Register by October 26

Tuition Fee: $60 • $15 late registration fee after October 26
Total hours: 3

All are welcome!

Please bring a journal, multi-colored pens, and a straightedge (or ruler).

Are you feeling out of balance, scattered, disorganized, and in need of focus? Does life seem too complicated? There is a creative and dynamic solution for you: Bullet Journaling! Bullet Journaling blends practical planning, creative journaling, and intentional goal setting in a unique and enjoyable process. Bullet Journaling offers tools to help you focus on the areas you wish to improve while keeping you organized and on task. In this course, you will learn the basics of the Bullet Journal system. Inspiring examples with potential uses will be presented. You will be guided to set up the basics of your own journal. Discover how Bullet Journaling contributes to improved health and wellness, work and home balance, and mental health management. Experience Bullet Journaling to balance your life.

Instructor: Olivia James, B.A., is a Marketing and Communications Specialist at the Autism Society of Minnesota, where she spreads information and awareness about autism and mental health. She blogs about mental health at We Got So Far to Go. As a compulsive list maker, Olivia has been Bullet Journaling for nearly 2 years, and found the system a perfect match for a busy lifestyle.

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Shiatsu Basics   #506-6

Saturday, November 11 • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by November 7

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

All are welcome!

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing & bring one sheet and a large towel.

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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NEW! Foam Roller Boot Camp   #743

Sunday, November 12 • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Register by November 2

Tuition Fee: $75 • $15 late registration fee after November 2
Materials: $19.50 + tax
Total hours: 4

All are welcome!

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring or wear socks.

Have you ever played with foam rollers? Foam rolling is a inexpensive and effective way to ease away muscle tension, promote mobility, loosen muscle tissue, and decrease recovery time after work outs. Foam rollers are used for self-mysofacial release, a technique that helps to loosen fascial tissue, a thin layer of connective tissue surrounding muscles.

In this class, you experience and learn:

  • foam roller techniques to target specific muscle groups
  • how to use your foam roller as a tool for stretching
  • techniques for mobility and strengthening
  • the importance of rest and recovery through foam rolling

This is a great experiential class for those new to foam rolling and those with experience. Take Foam Roller Boot Camp to take your self-care to the next level.

Instructor: Nicole Kilgo, B.S., D.C., received her Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism from St. Cloud State University in 2007 and then her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in 2010. She has continued training in sports injuries, pre/post natal care, soft tissue injuries, rehabilitative exercise, kinesiology taping, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, CPR and First Aid. Today, Dr. Nicole operates her own chiropractic office, Whole Life Chiropractic, in Minneapolis. She lives a passionate life revolving around being healthy. She is excited to share her passion of chiropractic, health and wellness to help everyone truly Live their Whole Life.

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Moxibustion   #689-F

Monday, November 27 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Register by November 16

Tuition Fee: $60 • $15 late registration fee after November 16
Materials: $8.00 lab fee
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 a blanket or large towel for warmth. Wear loose, comfortable clothing including socks.

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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NEW! Introduction to Lymph Drainage Massage   #742

Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3 • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by November 9

Tuition Fee: $230 • $15 late registration fee after November 9
Materials: $58.95 + tax
Total hours: 12
NCBTMB: Currently, this workshop does not qualify for NCBTMB CE hours

Prerequisite: Current student or graduate of a therapeutic bodywork training program (Western or Eastern bodywork therapy). This course is also open to estheticians and allied health care professionals.

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).

Lymph Drainage Massage (LDM) is perhaps the most researched and scientifi­cally validated form of massage in the world. This introductory course, based on the Vodder Method, will add a powerful, pain relieving tool to your therapeutic toolbox that not many bodyworkers have. By learning the simple and gentle basics of LDM, you will aid in the pain relief of soft tissue injury, surgeries, or inactivity experienced by your clients.*

Take this course to learn LDM techniques for:

  • upper body, lower body, face, and neck
  • pain and swelling reduction following injury
  • pre and post-surgical application to reduce swelling and pain, and to ex­pediate the healing process
  • reducing edema/swelling from overuse or from inactivity such as bedrid­den and wheelchair bound clients
  • bolstering the immune system during cold and flu season
  • general health and well-being

Take this course to to learn the basics of Lymph Drainage Massage and discover how these simple, yet powerful techniques can help your clients and boost your business.

*This introductory course does not prepare the therapist to work with lymphedema patients or patients with a compromised lymph system from cancer surgery.

Instructor: Carolyn Hauck. Carolyn Hauck is a massage and shiatsu therapist with over 1300 hours of training from CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Bodywork School. Beside her successful human practice at her private studio in Plymouth, Carolyn is trained in Equine Sports Massage and travels throughout Minnesota to work with equine clients.

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Massage Basics   #503-6

Saturday, December 9 • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by November 30

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

All are welcome!

Please wear loose clothing. Bring two twin sized sheets, a face towel, and a large blanket or towel for warmth. Massage lotion will be provided.

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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First Aid   #302-W

Saturday, January 6 • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Register by December 21

Tuition Fee: $45 (not eligible for discount) • $15 late registration fee after December 21
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-W

Saturday, January 6 • 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Register by December 21

Tuition Fee: Saturday, January 6
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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Health Restorative Bodywork Therapy   #4205

15 Wednesdays: January 10 – April 18 • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Register by December 21

Tuition Fee: $795 • $15 late registration fee after December 21
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 (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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Shiatsu Basics   #506-1

Saturday, January 13 • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by January 9

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

All are welcome!

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing & bring one sheet and a large towel.

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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Kinesiology Taping for Bodyworkers   #729b

Sunday, January 14 • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register by December 28

Tuition Fee: $115 • $15 late registration fee after December 28
Materials: $36.00 + tax
Total hours: 6
NCBTMB: 6 CE Hours

Prerequisites: Current student or graduate of a Massage or Bodywork Therapy training program (Western or Eastern bodywork therapy).

Please wear loose comfortable clothes, wear of bring athletic shorts, and female participants wear or bring a tank top.

It is time to reexamine how we move, injure and heal! New research indicates that the most integral part of healing is movement. First utilized by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, kinesiology taping is used by a growing number of healthcare professionals to benefit patients through movement and healing.

This course will focus on the basics of kinesiology taping to help reduce pain sensation, delay fatigue, normalize muscle tone, decompress swelling and inflammation, and distribute movement forces in clients of all activity levels.

In this course participants learn:

  • Movement therapy concepts and the methods of functional taping
  • The physiological effects that kinesiology taping brings to benefit clients of all activity levels
  • To utilize basic functional taping for the applications of pain reduction, stability, posture improvement, rehabilitation and edema management

Take this workshop to learn the when, where, and how-to’s of kinesiology taping. Use stability and mobility strategies in conjunction with kinesiology taping to help build a better framework for your clients to heal, move better and move more!

Instructor: Nicole Kilgo, B.S., DC. Nicole received her Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism from St. Cloud State University in 2007 and then her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in 2010. She has continued training in sports injuries, pre/post natal care, soft tissue injuries, rehabilitative exercise, kinesiology taping, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, CPR and First Aid. Dr. Nicole operates her own chiropractic office, Whole Life Chiropractic, in Minneapolis. She lives a passionate life revolving around being healthy. Nicole is an instructor in the Western Science Department and is excited to share her passion of chiropractic, health and wellness to help everyone truly live their whole life.

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Tai Chi – Fan Form   #758

12 Wednesdays, January 17 – April 4 • 5:10 - 5:50 pm
Register by January 11

Tuition Fee: $120 (not eligible for discount) • $15 late registration fee after January 11
Total hours: 12 sessions


All are welcome!

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring or wear socks.

The Tai Chi Single Fan routine is a graceful and strengthening form of martial arts and dance from the Chen style of Tai Chi Chuan. It utilizes meditative movements that can be applied as a style of self defense and has healing benefits to energize the body and calm the mind. Each movement develops mindfulness and strengthens the mind-body connection.

Tai Chi produces and collects energy in the internal organs to improve longevity, mental clarity, physical agility and strength, and to reduce stress. Regular practice can also help to resolve health issues such as arthritis, back pain, insomnia, and digestive issues. Tai Chi Fan Form encompasses the essential movements of all Tai Chi forms. Each class includes warm-ups, Qigong exercises, Tai chi posture review, refinements, and additions to the form. All skill levels are welcome!

Instructor: Andrea Sullivan, Cert Instructor, Cert ABT, AOBTA, NCTMB. Andrea graduated from CenterPoint’s Shiatsu Therapy Program in 2005. She is certified in Chi Nei Tsang, having studied with the Universal Healing Tao School in Thailand with Grand Master Mantak Chia. She practices Tai Chi and Qi Gong on a regular basis, and maintains a private bodywork practice. She teaches in CenterPoint’s Shiatsu Department and Supervises in CenterPoint’s Clinic.

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NEW! Auricular Therapy for Massage Therapists   #754

Sunday, January 21 • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Register by January 11

Tuition Fee: $75 • $15 late registration fee after January 11
Materials: $9.50 + tax
Total hours: 4
NCBTMB: 4 CE hours

Prerequisites: Current student or graduate of a therapeutic massage training program

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and wear or bring socks.

Auricular therapy is based on the concept that the ear is a microsystem of the entire body. Auricular therapy is used by acupuncturists and shiatsu therapists to treat a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional conditions. By using this map of the ear, massage therapists may also tap into this simple and powerful system.

In this class, massage therapists learn:

  • How to utilize auricular therapy to enhance massage treatments
  • How to place seeds on specific points on the ear to help treat corresponding areas of the body
  • Auricular Points for full body balancing and integration
  • Auricular Points to help treat internal organs and the endocrine system

Auricular therapy serves as an extension of the massage session. Clients can be taught to manipulate auricular points by themselves to continue supporting the healing process at home. Take this course to add depth and a unique form of healing to your massage practice.

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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Thai Massage   #4204

3 Weekends: Saturday & Sunday, February 3 & 4, February 24 & 25, and March 24 & 25 • 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Register by January 18

Tuition Fee: $795 • $15 late registration fee after January 18
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-size flat sheets and 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. It 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. Thai Massage is performed on a floor mat, and utilizes the thumbs, fingers, forearms, elbows, and palms for massage and pressure techniques.

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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NEW! Eating Seasonally and Locally – How and Why?   #755

Saturday, February 10 • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Register by January 25

Tuition Fee: $60 • $15 late registration fee after January 25
Total hours: 3

All are welcome!

Diets come and go but a healthy connection with food brings joy and health without signing up to a prescriptive diet. If you want to learn to have a passion for your food, this is the course for you.

In this course, you learn how to:

  • Connect with local foods and markets
  • Respect the seasonality of foods year-round
  • Choose specific foods to foster a seasonal and healthy connection to your diet
  • Feed yourself and your family in a healthy, nutritious, and pleasurable way

Wellness is a byproduct of a healthy approach to food. Everyone can benefit from connecting with their food through mindful eating. Sample recipes will be provided.

Instructor: Ramon Carrion. Growing up in Spain, Ramon developed a passion for food from his mother, who knew how to feed her whole family with healthy, homegrown food. Ramon obtained certifications in nutrition and holistic health therapy from Stonebridge Associate College in London. Ramon moved to Minnesota in the fall of 2016, and now manages Ruf Acres Farm and is the project manager at the Ruf Acres Market, both located in Faribault. He serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Heath Finders Collective.

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Massage Basics   #503-1

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

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

All are welcome!

Please wear loose clothing. Bring two twin sized sheets, a face towel, and a large blanket or towel for warmth. Massage lotion will be provided.

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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Cupping for Massage Therapists   #735

Sunday, February 11 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register by January 25

Tuition Fee: $95 • $15 late registration fee after January 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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Couples Massage & Wine Tasting   #711

Wednesday, February 14 • 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Register by January 31

Tuition Fee: $75 per couple (not eligible for discount), $15 late fee per couple after January 31
Total hours: 4

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.

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s day gift? This is the class for you! CenterPoint is partnering with Lunds & Byerly’s to provide you with the perfect pre-valentines day date night. The evening will begin at CenterPoint with a two hour workshop for couples to learn and practice basic principles and applications of massage. Participants will then go over to Byerly’s tasting room (St. Louis Park) to sample a delicious selection of wines.

Together you and your partner will learn:

  • The five Swedish massage strokes and how and when to use them
  • Basic principles around pressure, depth and touch
  • A simple sequence for relaxation massage

No knowledge of anatomy is required, only a desire to give and receive feedback of what feels good to you. This class is the Valentines Day present that will keep on giving!

Instructor: Krisha Crabtree, B.A., NCTMB. Krisha Crabtree has a BA in Psychology with dance and English minors from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN (1993). She has been a massage therapist since 1997, when she attended Northern Lights School of Massage Therapy. Krisha is certified in NeuroMuscular Therapy, and has been an instructor at CenterPoint from 2001-2005 and from 2012 to the present. Her teaching style uses humor and analogy to make things easy to understand.

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Active Isolated Stretching: Lower Body   #659

Saturday & Sunday, February 17 & 18 • 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Register by February 1

Tuition Fee: $350 (not eligible for discounts)
Materials: $56.00 + tax
Total hours: 16
NCBTMB: 16 CE hours


Prerequisite: Training in bodywork and manual therapies, fitness professionals, massage and bodywork therapists, athletic trainers, and physical therapists.

Please bring two twin flat sheets, one pillowcase or face cradle cover and one bath towel. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing such as athletic shorts or sweats suitable for stretching. No jeans, dresses, skirts, etc.

The Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a type of athletic stretching that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups, but more importantly, AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes.

The Mattes AIS Technique is an effective treatment for deep and superficial fascial release, restoring proper fascial planes for optimal physiologic function. Performing an Active Isolated Stretch of no longer than 2 seconds allows the target muscle to optimally lengthen without triggering the protective stretch reflex and subsequent reciprocal antagonistic muscle contraction as the isolated muscle achieves a state of relaxation. These stretches provide maximum benefit and can be accomplished without opposing tension or resulting trauma.

Active Isolated Stretching: Lower Body applies the Mattes AIS Technique to the lower body. It is beneficial for many conditions affecting the legs and hips including restriction and pain due to piriformis syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome, restricted quadriceps and hamstring muscles, dysfunction of the lateral hip rotators, lower leg compartment syndrome, a variety of knee conditions, and much more. Enroll in this workshop to help your clients walk, move and live without the pain and restriction that is currently disrupting their lives.

This course is ideal for anyone trained in bodywork and manual therapies, or fitness professionals including massage and bodywork therapists, athletic trainers, and physical therapists. Active Isolated Stretching is beneficial for reducing pain, stiffness, chronic musculoskeletal conditions, and limited range of motion. It is an excellent system for massage and shiatsu therapists to integrate into their sessions with clients.

Instructor: Roger McNear CPT-ACE, NIHS. Roger McNear is a native Minnesotan who developed a love for endurance sports in the early 1970′s when he began distance bicycle riding and skiing marathon distances. In the mid 1970′s Roger began teaching fitness and wellness. As more and more people inquired into personal training services with him, he obtained certification through the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer. Roger is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Soon Roger was taking classes from his mentor, Aaron Mattes, developer of Active Isolated Stretching (A.I.S). Recognizing the amazing restorative and healing benefits of AIS, Roger began teaching AIS, and has done so for years. He maintains a private practice in Cambridge, MN.

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Hydrotherapy   #716-W

2 Mondays, February 19 & March 5 • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Register by February 1

Tuition Fee: $115 • $15 late registration fee after February 1
Materials: $20.00 lab fee
Total hours: 6
NCBTMB: 6 CE hours

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

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: Rose Ostenson, BCTMB, AMTA, is a graduate of CenterPoint’s Therapeutic Massage Program. She practices massage at Spirit of the Lake Yoga and Wellness Center. She has volunteered to be a massage therapist for athletes at the Twin Cities Marathon and the MS150 Bike Ride. She has experience with hospital based massage therapy and with owning and operating her own massage practice. Rose is a member of AMTA, an instructor in the Therapeutic Massage department and a supervisor in CenterPoint’s Student Clinic. She loves spreading her passion for massage and bodywork through teaching.

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Introduction to Cupping   #717-W

Monday, February 19 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Register by February 1

Tuition Fee: $60 • $15 late registration fee after February 1
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 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.

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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GuaSha – Asian Folk Therapy   #652A

Saturday, March 3 • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register by February 18

Tuition Fee: $115 • $15 late registration fee after February 18
Materials: $19.75 + 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, 1 pillowcase or face cradle cover, a hair band and writing materials.

GuaSha is also known as “dermal friction”, and is a scraping technique used on the surface of the skin, to improve microcirculation and bring more blood and Qi to an area. It is an excellent technique for a bodyworker therapist’s toolbox because the moving of blood and Qi penetrates to internal viscera, allowing for a significant decrease in muscle stiffness and pain. Gua Sha, used routinely, enhances immunity and treats over 30 common diseases without the use of drugs. The technique is accomplished by using a special piece of bone or stone, called a medical board, on slightly oiled skin.

“Gua” means to scrape or rub, and “Sha” is the term used to describe the appearance of a faint pink or red rash, also known as petechiae, intentionally raised by the technique. Once discounted as only a popular folk therapy, Gua Sha in this modern world has its newfound usefulness as a facial enhancement technique, which has inspired its revival. This class will provide an entire facial enhancement protocol as well as body techniques.

Upon completion of this class, you will be able to describe the usefulness of GuaSha to a client, implement the technique effectively for maximum results and understand all benefits and contraindications. This is an excellent adjunct therapy that can be easily integrated into to your massage or shiatsu practice.

Instructor: Dona McGlennen, RN, CNP, L.Ac. Dona is a gerontological nurse practitioner and acupuncturist who is passionate about bodywork. She has extensive training in the healing arts and is certified in massage therapy, shiatsu therapy, CranioSacral therapy and is a reiki master. She has completed a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Dona owns and manages a clinic for acupuncture, bodywork, and related healing modalities in St Paul. Dona is occasionally a guest Student Clinic Supervisor at CenterPoint.

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Advanced Side Position Massage   #721

Sunday, March 4 • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by February 22

Tuition Fee: $115 • $15 late registration fee after Feb 22
Total hours: 6
NCBTMB: 6 CE hours

Prerequisite: Graduate or current student in a massage 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).

Are you a massage therapist wanting to increase your therapeutic effectiveness? Are you ready to work more efficiently and with greater ease? This course is designed for massage therapists who want to access, assess and treat primary musculature with an advanced approach. Accessing a region from the side position allows the soft tissue to be addressed from new and different angles which contributes to the overall effectiveness of a treatment.

Many clients are not comfortable lying in the traditional prone and supine positions for long periods of time. Clients experience greater comfort in the side position while you have better access to structures for greater influence and better results. This advanced work saves wear and tear on your body and sets you apart from other therapists. Working with your clients in the side position makes your sessions easier and more effective.

In this course you learn how to:

  • Position and drape your clients in side position with ease and comfort
  • Assess and access the following in side position:
    • Tensor Fasciae Latae (TFL)
    • Gluteal muscles
    • Iliotibial tract (IT)
    • Peroneals/Fibularis muscles
    • Quadratus lumborum (QL)
    • Iliopsoas
    • Scalenes
    • Adductors (including adductor magnus)

Students give and receive bodywork in a comfortable atmosphere of learning and discovery that includes instruction, observation and individual feedback. The instructor, Krisha, will give a brief “outside the box” lecture about each structure and demonstrate the techniques. She will give specific instruction, observation and feedback to ensure proper body mechanics, and assist in fine-tuning your palpation and treatment skills. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll realize how much easier it is!

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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