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  • Instructors who are experts in their field
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FOR THERAPEUTIC BODYWORKERS & HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
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
Tai Chi – Fan Form 12 Wednesdays, January 17 – April 4
Kinesiology Taping for Bodyworkers Saturday, January 20
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: Upper 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
Auricular Therapy Monday, March 5
NEW! Connective Tissue Therapy – Neck & Shoulders Saturday, March 10
Shiatsu Basics Saturday, March 10
Reiki – Level 1 Sunday, March 11
NEW! Save Your Wrists, Use Your Elbows – Posterior Body Saturday, March 17
Ethics and Research in the Digital Age Sunday, March 18
Spring Equinox Celebration – Meditation & Qigong Tuesday, March 20
Moxibustion Monday, March 26
Massage Basics Saturday, April 7
Active Isolated Stretching: Lower Body Saturday & Sunday, April 7 & 8

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.


Moxibustion   #689-F

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

Tuition Fee: $60 • $15 late registration fee after Nov 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

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

Tuition Fee: $230 • $15 late registration fee after Nov 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 - 9:00 pm
Register by December 21

Tuition Fee: $795 • $15 late registration fee after Dec 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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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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Kinesiology Taping for Bodyworkers   #729b

Saturday, January 20 • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register by January 4

Tuition Fee: $115 • $15 late registration fee after Jan 4
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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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 - See Special Winter Discount!

Tuition Fee: SPECIAL WINTER DISCOUNT! $100 off of $795 = $695 • $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 owns the Ruf Acres Market and serves as the manager of Ruf Acres Farm, 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: Upper Body  #658

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

Tuition Fee: $350 (not eligible for discounts)
Materials: $105 + tax (one-time purchase for any course in the AIS series)
Total hours: 16
NCBTMB: 16 CE hours

Prerequisite: Training in bodywork and manual therapies, fitness professionals, including 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: Upper Body applies the Mattes AIS Technique to the upper body. It is beneficial for multiple conditions including neck injury, pain, stiffness, torticollis, SCM difficulties, limited range of motion of neck and shoulders, chronic conditions of the shoulder girdle, shoulder rotator cuff injury, and much more. Enroll in this workshop and learn to address 70% of your clients’ complaints: neck and shoulder injury, pain and discomfort.

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 Feb 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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Auricular Therapy   #690-W

Monday, March 5 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Register by February 22

Tuition Fee: $60 • $15 late registration fee after Feb 22
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 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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NEW! Connective Tissue Therapy – Neck & Shoulders   #756

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

Tuition Fee: $155 • $15 late registration fee after Feb 22
Total hours: 8
NCBTMB: 8 CE hours

Prerequisites: Graduate or current student of a massage training program with completion of advanced therapeutic massage 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).

Connective tissue therapy is a form of massage that targets fascia, ligaments, and tendons in an effort to increase circulation, correct postural dysfunction, and ease chronic tension. This class focuses on working the connective tissue surrounding muscles in the neck and shoulders. Specific work on connective tissues allows for the muscles to relax, helping free them of tension and prevent potential injury.

In this class, students:

  • Learn about connective tissue and how it operates
  • Gain a greater understanding of structural alignment
  • Practice connective tissue therapy strokes focused on the neck and shoulders

Take this course to expand your toolbox of efficient techniques that require less force to treat common “problem areas.” This course is part of a series of three. Watch for future classes focused on other key areas of the body.

Instructor: Chelsea Weimer, AMTA, is a graduate of CenterPoint and was previously the National Therapist Trainer and Field Operations Specialist at Bavia Health. She has experience with hospital based massage, working in 16 Twin Cities Hospitals. She is a certified birth doula, and has done volunteer work with the Gopher Football Team and Twin Cities Marathon. Chelsea is currently a CenterPoint instructor for Swedish Massage, Special Populations and is a supervisor in Student Clinic.

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Shiatsu Basics   #506-2

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

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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Reiki – Level 1   #722

Sunday, March 11 • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Register by February 22

Tuition Fee: $115 • $15 late registration fee after Feb 22
Materials: $19.95 + tax
Total hours: 6
NCBTMB: 6 CE hours

Prerequisite: All are welcome

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

Does working with others leave you feeling drained? Instead of utilizing your own energy, utilize the energy of the universe! Reiki is a form of energetic healing, utilizing very gentle touch or off-body techniques to sense and guide flows of healing energy. Through the attunement process in this course, the practitioner will have the ability to tap into the Reiki energy, and gain a fundamental understanding of Reiki principles that will help guide the use of Reiki for self and others.

This work is an excellent addition for any bodyworker, and can be learned with little or no previous experience or training. Reiki can be used to enhance sessions with clients, or as a method of self-care and self-healing.

With the Reiki training and attunements, the student gains access to self-care and client-centered protocols and learns how to apply Reiki energy. The basic fundamental principles of Reiki are covered, as well as some simple techniques and hand placements for full-body treatments and self-treatments. In the practice portion of the class, each participant gives and receives treatments to deepen their connection with Reiki and establish familiarity with the techniques.

This course is a great introduction to energetic healing and is ideal for holistic health practitioners, allied health professionals, and bodywork therapists looking to add a new skill to their tool box.

Instructor: Cale Albert, Reiki Master, ABMP. Cale is a graduate of CenterPoint’s East West Therapeutic Bodywork program and practices in Shoreview. His instructional background began with martial arts and Reiki. At CenterPoint he has worked one-on-one as a tutor, assisted in the Therapeutic Massage Department and is currently an instructor for Special Populations and a supervisor in CenterPoint’s student clinic.

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NEW! Save Your Wrists, Use Your Elbows – Posterior Body   #757

Saturday, March 17 • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register by March 1

Tuition Fee: $115 • $15 late registration fee after March 1
Total hours: 6
NCBTMB: 6 CE hours

Prerequisite: Graduate or current student of a massage training program with completion of Swedish massage training.

Please bring two twin flat sheets, one pillowcase or face cradle cover, one bath-size towel and massage lotion or cream (no oil). Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Massage therapists, do you love what you do and want to keep doing it for a long time? Take this course to learn creative forearm and elbow techniques to prevent wear and tear on your wrists and thumbs. This course is for massage therapists, specializing in any modality, who want to enhance their practice and have career longevity. Techniques with the forearm and elbow will be demonstrated on the posterior body to give you new ways to preform old strokes. Benefits of this course include learning a variety of new techniques, a refresher in proper body mechanics and giving your wrists and thumbs a well deserved break!

Upon completion you will be able to your use forearms and elbows to effectively perform massage strokes in a creative manner while maintaining proper body mechanics. Demonstration and time for hands-on practice will be given. The instructor gives one on one guidance and feedback to students during their practice time to ensure they are meeting the objectives of the course.

Be sure to watch for a future course focusing on the anterior body!

Instructor: Rose Ostenson, NCTMB, AMTA. Rose 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 massage athletes at the Twin Cities Marathon and the MS150 Bike Ride. She has worked in hospitals as a massage therapist and operates her own massage practice. Rose is an instructor in CenterPoint’s Therapeutic Massage department and supervises in the Student Clinic. She loves spreading her passion for massage and bodywork through teaching.

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Ethics and Research in the Digital Age   #702

Sunday, March 18 • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register by March 8

Tuition Fee: $115 • $15 late registration fee after March 8
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 a laptop or tablet if you own one.

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 BA 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. Courtney is also CenterPoint’s Student Services manager.

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Spring Equinox Celebration – Meditation & Qigong   #743

Tuesday, March 20 • 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Register by March 15

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

All are welcome!

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

The Spring Equinox is an inspirational time of progress and new growth. The seeds planted today bring the transformation of tomorrow. Celebrate the spring of your renewal with Qigong movements to embody the changes of this time. Set intentions for growth and use the available energy to blossom a bright future.

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, CI AOBTA, Cert. ABT, BCTMB. 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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Moxibustion   #689-W

Monday, March 26 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Register by March 15

Tuition Fee: $60 • $15 late registration fee after March 15
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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Massage Basics   #503-2

Saturday, April 7 • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by April 3

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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Active Isolated Stretching: Lower Body  #659

Saturday & Sunday, April 7 & 8 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register by March 22

Tuition Fee: $350 (not eligible for discounts)
Materials: $105 + tax (one-time purchase for any course in the AIS series)
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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