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Continuing Education

Innovative Courses in Your Own Backyard

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Fun, creative, and innovative courses to keep your practice and your energy going!

You need CE credits to keep your license…but you shouldn’t have to travel a long distance to get them.

Port Townsend School of massage offers courses so you can get your credits close to home.  Not only that–we want to truly add value to your practice.

That’s why we’re always working to create fresh and fun courses that will increase your knowledge, save your hands, and help you bring in new clients!

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Upgrade Your Technique

Enhance your knowledge and offerings by learning new techniques.

 

Stand out from the crowd by staying on the cutting edge of massage techniques​.

 

Take pride in offering your clients a diverse array of therapeutic options.

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Revitalize Your Practice

Freshen up the look, feel, and energy throughout your business.

Attract new clients by offering newer, more diverse options in massage therapy.

Retain clientele through your ability to offer continual and increased value to their lives.

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Energize Your Life

Get your groove back! There’s a reason you went into massage–rediscover that passion!

 

Take charge of your future by continuing to improve your practice.

 

Regain your confidence knowing that you are offering the best that’s available in massage therapy.

Upcoming Classes for 2024

Remember, we have moved to a new space at 2219 W. Sims Way here in PT, located between the roundabouts. So much more access and PARKING!   We look forward to seeing you in class!

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CPR Classes

Continuing Education

May 16 & 17

9AM to 1PM  Each Day

Choose Either Day

4 Credit Hours

2 Year Certification / First Aid Credential

$100

Teachers

PTSM

PTSM is hosting 2 days of CPR classes! 

Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 from 9 AM to 1 PM. Choose either day for your convenience. Cost is $100. This class is good for your 2 year CPR/First Aid credential, as well as 4, non-hands-on CE's. Call 360-379-4066 to sign up and for more information. We look forward to seeing you in class!!

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Art & Craft of Energy Medicine

Continuing Education

2 Day Course

We understand the extended program was a HUGE commitment, so we decided that it might be better for Gloria to present the shorter version, which still contains the richness of the extended curriculum, but in a shorter form.

May 18 & 19

9AM to 6PM each day /  1hr Lunch

16 Credit Hours

$375

Teacher

Gloria Two Feathers

We are VERY excited to announce that Gloria Two Feathers is bringing her profound and popular Art and Craft of Energy Medicine to PTSM as part of our 2024 Continuing Education Calendar!

This course explores the dynamic relationship between philosophy and application methods in a body-oriented learning environment. This class embraces and integrates the cognitive, emotional, physical and spiritual dimensions of the healing process. This training unites the passionate, life-giving nature of the spirit with the art and craft of healing.

You and your clients are very worth the time it takes to practice YOUR medicine, and enhance any and all the work you do!

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Shoulder Injuries & Techniques

Continuing Education

2 Separate Classes June 8 & 9

Brian Utting is returning for 2, 1 day classes.  There’s a great discount if you choose to take both!!

Total Tuition for both days is $340

with a $50 non-refundable deposit

OR

Either one-day option is $190 with a $50 non-refundable deposit

Evaluation & Treatment of Shoulder Injuries

Class 1

June 8

9:30AM to 6:15PM

Saturday

8 Credit Hours

(NCBTMB-approved for CE credit)

$190

Teacher

Brian Utting

Learn precise and specific orthopedic assessments and thumbs-free techniques.

A lot of our clients suffer from chronic rotator cuff injuries that seem to stubbornly persist using conventional massage techniques. Learn precise and specific orthopedic assessments and thumbs-free techniques to identify and successfully treat some of the most common injuries to the subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, long head of the biceps, and acromioclavicular joint. The class will include a review of rotator cuff anatomy, palpation of the rotator cuff muscles and related structures, and instruction in appropriate treatment massage techniques to treat the soft tissue lesions. You will also receive a detailed 30-page handbook for future reference.

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Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Shoulder Girdle

Class 2

June 9

9:30AM to 6PM

Sunday

8 Credit Hours

(NCBTMB-approved for CE credit)

$190

Teacher

Brian Utting

Learn to effectively liberate some of the major anterior structures of the shoulder girdle and techniques for releasing the muscles of the shoulder.

The shoulders are meant to float freely on the ribcage, held in elegant suspension by 16 muscles, but very often they are restricted, stuck down, and in pain. In the morning, you will learn to effectively liberate some of the major anterior structures of the shoulder girdle (such as the pectoralis minor, subclavius, and subscapularis), and help to give your clients a feeling of ease and freedom in their shoulders that reaches all the way around to their back.

In the afternoon, we will work with the shoulder girdle from the side-lying position. Besides being deeply comforting and relaxing, skilled side-lying work gives you excellent access to the structures of the shoulder. You will learn specific, effective, and potent techniques for releasing the muscles of the shoulder girdle, including the trapezius, rhomboids, latissimus dorsi, serratus anterior, levator scapula, subscapularis, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, pectoralis minor, and the surrounding fascia.

You will also learn some focused, muscle-specific work to release bound up erector spinae and transversospinalis muscles. These muscles are often glued down and are a major source of pain and limitation for our clients. The side-lying position gives you excellent access to some of the smaller muscles of the back (and their fascial wrappings)--muscles that are fundamentally important to our posture, movement, and well-being, but that are often completely missed in a standard massage.

We sometimes think of side-lying work as primarily for pregnant women, but almost all of your clients can benefit from skilled side-lying work in this area, and it feels wonderful. 

The day will focus on straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. Body mechanics will also be a focus of this class, as well as proper use of fingers and elbows to save wear and tear on joints.

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Fundamentals of Pregnancy Massage

Continuing Education

June 22 & 23

9AM to 6PM each day /  1hr Lunch

16 Credit Hours

$370

Teacher

Essie Hicks, LMT

Fundamentals of Pregnancy Massage provides instruction in a side-lying position, for traditional Swedish and Deep Tissue techniques that are safe for the pregnant body!

Two massage sequences will be taught during the seminar and resources for further study of pregnancy massage will be provided as well as review of labor massage and appropriate standards of care within the scope of practice for a massage therapist. There will also be a discussion on promoting pregnancy massage for the massage practice, and locating clients.

Course Objectives:

Educate practitioners on safe procedures for giving a safe full body pregnancy massage.

Provides participants with suggestions for safe use of aromatherapy for pregnant people.

Increase the knowledge, competence and confidence for the treatment of pregnant people in the modalities of Swedish and Deep Tissue massage therapy, and Labor Massage for the purposes of pain relief, relaxation and decreased pain during lab.

Resources:

Resources provided will include a list of affordable textbooks on pregnancy massage, prenatal yoga, midwifery, doula services, research from the National Institute of Health, and anatomical charts of the musculoskeletal system of the pregnant body, and safety recommendations for aromatherapy and texts. Resources will be useful to participants in furthering education and providing resources for their pregnant patients.

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Myofascial Balancing

Continuing Education

2 Separate Classes in August & November

Richard Polishuk and Lauren Christman are returning for 2 Myofascial Balancing classes this year!

The Myofascial Balancing courses, each dealing with a different region of the body, are based on a few simple ideas, delivered with a good deal of experience and sophistication. Some of the ideas are:

 

Muscular stabilization is the force that organizes our bodies in gravity. Improving stabilization is at least as important as improving relaxation or mobility.

 

Our posture turns our stabilization on or off; the best thing we can do to enhance our stabilization is to improve our alignment.

 

While most practitioners learn to evaluate alignment visually, we find that much more detailed and accurate information can be gathered through palpation of standing clients. Learning to palpate in this way often radically improves students’ visual evaluation skills as well.

 

Our alignment patterns reshape our myofascial tissues into unbalanced patterns. In our classes, students learn to feel the directional imbalances in the soft tissue and to use gentle, unlubricated techniques to balance the position and mobility of the tissues. We also use stretching and other self-care strategies to reinforce this balancing effect.

 

One of the most useful services practitioners can provide is to teach clients how to improve posture and movement patterns in daily life. Students in these classes learn a clear model of posture and movement strategies designed to improve clients’ understanding of their necessary role in achieving long-term results.

 

In many cases, orthopedic problems (the ones with diagnostic labels) are simply exaggerated versions of the imbalances present in most people. In other cases, the problems have a different sort of cause (for example, osteoarthritis). It’s extremely valuable to be able to tell the difference! These classes include an overview of common orthopedic problems, including both assessment and treatment options.

 

Our primary focus is assessment-driven myofascial work. The work can be directed at deep or superficial layers, as needed. The amount of force used can be varied to be comfortable and appropriate for both the client and therapist. It is also non-lubricated, so it can be done on skin, through a sheet, or through clothes.  Myofascial Balancing frequently uses the skeleton as a ‘handle’ and as a guide in evaluating alignment. The work is designed to keep the loop between evaluation and treatment as short as possible, so that the practitioner remains well-oriented and therapeutic goals can be attained quickly. We teach palpatory evaluation of the client’s alignment pattern in standing, and ongoing palpatory assessment of tissue mobility on the table. We also teach simple postural and movement strategies to help clients improve alignment and usage in daily life; we believe this is a critical aspect of successful treatment. 

 

We (Richard and Lauren) both have long teaching backgrounds, and we’re especially excited about presenting these courses. One of the best things about the material is that the core ideas can be usefully applied in many different ways. We’ve explored the possibilities enough so that we can really have fun helping students find the applications that are exciting and practical for them.

Myofascial Balancing of the Pelvis & Shoulder Girdle

August Class

August 3 & 4

9AM to 6PM each day

16 Credit Hours

(NCBTMB-approved for CE credit)

$320

Teachers

Richard Polishuk

Lauren Christman

Learn precise and specific orthopedic assessments and thumbs-free techniques.

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Myofascial Balancing for the Spinal Facet Joints

November Class

November 9

9AM to 6PM

16 Credit Hours

(NCBTMB-approved for CE credit)

$185

Teachers

Richard Polishuk

Lauren Christman

Learn precise and specific orthopedic assessments and thumbs-free techniques.

Call or email for information and to sign up.

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Intro to the Art of Asian Massage

Continuing Education

October 19 & 20

9AM to 6PM  each day

16 Credit Hours

$300

Teacher

Mary Lakes

Mary Lakes is bringing her Intro to Asian Art class to PTSM in October!

The traditional Chinese Medical model views the body as a field of energy. Within this field, the energy moves through channels called Meridians, which work a lot like irrigation systems. When the energy is flowing freely throughout the body, there is health. When the energy flow is blocked, the area above the block “pools”, jams up and grows stagnant. Stagnation over time sets up sites for disease. The areas below the obstruction have constricted flow and can become deficient over time. Blockages can be caused by injury, disease, emotions, stress, or repetitive movement. The pathways can also become “silted up” with limited exercise or movement, with aging or illness. There is often pain associated with blockages. Asian massage techniques stimulate your body’s natural ability to re-establish a harmonious, internal balance and flow, thus relieving pain.
Asian healing systems are a study of how to maintain, support and preserve health. The modalities explored in Introduction to Asian Theory and Practice are from China, Japan and Thailand. They are hands-on healing traditions thousands of years old that share common theoretical concepts. The techniques demonstrated and practiced in this workshop can easily be integrated into any style of bodywork!

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Important Notes:

Payment for the class is due at time of sign up. Cancellation 14 days prior to the class, a refund, less $50 cancellation fee, will be given.  If cancellation is 7 days or less, no refund will be given. We adhere to our cancellation policy strictly, as we contract with Continuing Education Instructors who travel and we need to guarantee seats are sold in order to proceed with these classes.  If you call to cancel because of illness, you will be refunded the class payment, less the $50 cancellation fee.

PTSM reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time.  If a class is cancelled, students will receive a full refund within two weeks of cancellation. No refunds or credits will be issued for students who miss portions of or fail to attend a class.  If you have any further questions, please call us at (360) 379-4066.  We look forward to seeing you.

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