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September 9th and 14th, 2019 (see SCHEDULE)
The Swedish massage includes dynamic massage techniques which aims at releasing the tensions that harden the muscles and the articulations in the body. This type of massage also has an effect of aiding and improving the lymphatic blood circulation and the elimination of toxins. Overall the Swedish massage helps the body to find its natural balance.
The therapeutic massage places more emphasis on the treating of specific problems or chronic issues that are pain related such as: headaches and migraines, neck pains, lower back pains, sciatica, bursitis, and tendinitis. This type of massage is more clinical and focused on the problem areas, but at the same time has a positive effect on the blood circulation, nervous and digestive system, heart, and the adrenal function.
Intuitive Massage and Aromatherapy
In the first part of this course we will study the elements of intuitive massage and the development of the intuition and the higher psychic senses. This will bring us from the psychic to the intuitive consciousness including the levels and types of extra sensory perception (E.S.P). This will be followed by the evolutionary path from the 5 senses to higher sensory perception, methods, and techniques.
This course will study cell memory healing. Massage will be conducted to the back, legs, feet, arms, hands, neck, face and ears.
The second part of this course will be on Aromatherapy. It will include information on creating blends of essential oils to create physically healing oils for muscles, nerves, joints, aches, pains, sciatica, rheumatism, flabby arms, cellulite, and aging etc. It will also include emotional & mentally healing oils for specific painful emotional states and to where to place them on the body and oils for personal and spiritual evolution.
Juniors and Seniors Massage
Children are thrown into a fast paced life. Many demands cause stress. Stress lessens the immune defense, raises blood pressure, contributes to a attention deficit disorder (ADD) depresion and hyperactivity. All these consequences can force the child to live reactively. These techniques offered have an effect on stress hormones, causing the recipient to be calmer.
How these techiques and knowledge helps to ease physical discomforts from conditions like arthritis, or osteoporosis, and increase circulation to infrquently used muscles. The benifit of this massage can help those who had strokes.
The course consist of soft touch massage and will focus on the joints and improvement of circulation.
Traditionally, Shiatsu is practiced on a futon, on the floor, wearing loose clothing and using no oils. Pressure is applied along specific points on acupuncture meridian lines to unblock energy using not only thumbs and fingers, but also the palms, the fists, the elbows, the knees and even the feet. Very therapeutic in nature, it also treats mental and emotion levels while giving a feeling of confidence.
It can also be practiced on a chair with a focus on the shoulders, back, back of the neck, arms, hands, head and the hips. Longer course learners will also learn how to move this art to the massage table.
Depending on the problem, the therapist will use other techniques such as kneading, rotation of the articulations, stretching or vibration to eliminate blockages and to stimulate weak points, activating the body's natural healing process.
Deep Tissue Massage
The deep tissue massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques; to enhance the function and aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, increase blood circulation to troubled areas, and inhibit motor-neuron excitability. This type of massage results in the after effects in the feeling of relaxation and well-being.
Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissue. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, or forearms.
Chair Massage - Acupressure
The acupressure is a method which derives from acupuncture but does not use needles.
It acts on pain and stress by the means of massages and using pressures on the same points as acupuncture.
It is also called chair massage; it is practiced through clothing sitting on a special chair. Study results indicate a reduction in migraines and headaches.
Sport massage has the objective of improving the physical output of the muscles that are in an athletic demand. The techniques help improve circulation and are often used in the preparation of strenuous activities or immediately after the muscles have been highly exerted. In both intervals, circulation of the muscles are generally improved and diffuses any minor pain or swelling. It is for this reason it plays a particular part in the preparation of the athlete for training and competition.
This course explains which areas of the body not to massage and the correct placement of the client on the table along with which oils to avoid using. With the techniques shown for prenatal massage, the client will benefit from the improve circulation which helps the edema. This type of massage also has been proven to reduce anxiety, decrease systems of depression, while relieving muscle and joint pains and give an improvement of the labor outcome and the well-being of the new born baby.
Reflexology is performed by exerting a deep pressure with the thumbs, on zones or reflex points located on the feet. These points correspond to the organs and the systems of the body. Reflexology is not a technique of massage but is more related with shiatsu or acupressure.
A specific touch applied to these zones makes it possible to locate the tensions and to restore balance in the body. Reflexology releases auto healing faculties of the organism and permitting relief of various disorders.
A massage with hot stones, even if it is truly not a massage properly speaking, is rather a delicious experiment which allows long relaxation. It has enormous advantages for health and is very relaxing. To begin, a massage with hot stones consists in using stones which were heated in water at 46 - 49°C. The water is a little hotter than warm but not sufficiently hot to cause burns or discomfort.
The stone used is a Basalt stone, it is a polished black rock which is formed during the solidification of the lava of a volcano and it can be found all over the planet. Basalt is particularly soft when it is polished, and this is what makes it very pleasant to use on the body. The therapist heats the stones in a bath maintained with warm water at 46 - 49°C as indicated previously. The stones must be immersed in warm water for a long period, so that the heat is well stored in the stone. The size of the stones varies.
Once you are ready, the therapist will place the stones on various pressure stress points of your body. The smaller stones are designed to be placed between your fingers, hands and feet and the larger ones are placed on the chest, legs and the thighs.
Lymphatic drainage is a technique of very soft massages intended to stimulate the circulation and detoxify the lymphs in the body while reinforcing the immune system. It is performed with the fingers and the palm of the hand on the whole body while following the direction of the lymphatic circulation and the meridians using varied pressure.
This practice drains the excess liquids, toxins, and cellular debris from the lymphs and helps to reinforce the immune system. The lymph is a colorless liquid which circulates in the lymphatic vessels thanks to the pulsated contractions of the muscles and the blood-vessels.
Glands located along the lymphatic vessels, in particular the groin area, under the armpits and on each side of the neck, make it possible to filter the lymph and to eliminate toxins and the debris which it transports.
This course, as given by a knowlegable professor, has been designed to complement the Swedish course in gaining the understanding of the human anatomy and physiology necessary to complete this study. In the anatomy course the student will develop a comprehension of the structure and function of the body, of the inter-relation of the body systems with the human organisms and develop a general understanding to the principles of human anatomy and physiology as it pertains to massage therapy.