Institute of Therapeutic Massage Continuing Education Seminars
1730 Wilkes Ave. & W. Locust
Davenport, IA 52804
All of these classes are also offered at the Burlington campus
We are pleased to inform you of the new and exciting Continuing Education classes offered at the Institute of Therapeutic Massage. Here are just descriptions of the seminars we will be offering throughout the year. Be sure to check the calendar for dates on these seminars. Also, be sure to “Like” us on Facebook for weekly updates!
Spa Certification Program (discount for all 5 seminars)
Hot River Rocks 1 day 9am – 7 pm $150 seminar $50 rocks kit 10 c.e. hours
Get connected with this earthly treatment. Learn the benefits of this earth warming treatment. Students will learn a full body therapeutic hot river rock massage. Students will be instructed in proper heating and care of rocks, protocols for safe and proper application to client as well as contraindications and indications for Hot River Rock massage. Learn how hot rocks can serve as an extension to your hands to aid in client relaxation during massage.
Facassage™© with Bonita Howes Co-Founder/Director ITMW (Originator of Si Bonita Facassage™©)
2 days 9-5 $250 seminar $50 for supplies
Myotoning and myofascial release for the face, scalp, neck and shoulders. Workshop participants will learn a specific massage sequence for the face, scalp, neck and shoulders, refreshing the face muscles. Application of hot rocks to the face, hands and feet will be taught as well as cold bulbs to aid blood flow and circulation to the face. Myofascial release & acupressure toning techniques will be learned to lessen facial stress and tension exhibited by wrinkles & fine lines. Participants will also be taught face musculature re-education exercises to maintain muscle tone & elasticity. Additional techniques will be taught for the upper torso.
M’Lis ™© Cellulite Massage Treatment
2 days 9-4pm $250
Advanced Spa Mud, Algae Mud Treatments 1 day 8 hours 9-5pm $100
Siddha Body Detoxification C.E. Hours: 6 hours $125
This seminar is usually held on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday from 9-4p.m. or 10-5pm
Siddha Body Detoxification teaches students an ancient Indian technique that is both beneficial to the client and therapist. The students learn the history and definition of this detoxification treatment. They learn a brief description of the three body systems and how they detoxify, including the lymphatic system, the lungs, and the skin. The students also learn the descriptions and purposes of the herbs and oils that they will use. There is a discussion of the benefits and contraindications. They learn how to perform this treatment; layer the table, set up the room, choose products needed, draping, and cleanup of the room. The students watch the procedure with a demo and then perform the treatment on each other. This class will further increase the students’ knowledge of spa treatments and increase their marketability in the massage therapy job market.
Learning Outcomes; Students will be able to use the technique they learned to help induce the relaxation effect for the client. They will incorporate the use of the product, along with the technique learned, atmosphere they’ve created, and the power of touch to relax and rejuvenate their clients. This treatment is an ancient Indian treatment that will both benefit the clients and the therapists. Spa Therapy also teaches students how to become more marketable.
Program Content / Time Frame:
Siddha Body Detoxification examines the history of Siddha, the Three body systems and how they Detox. Students also examine individual herbs and oils and how they are used, including cloves stem, eucalyptus leaf, ginger root, rosemary leaf, allspice berry, sandalwood. ( C E G A R) Also part of any spa class is room set-up, benefits, contraindications, procedure.
Barefoot Therapists Series
Can be done individually or… discount if all 3 are taken
Barefoot Deep Tissue Ashiatsu Massage
2 days 9am – 5pm 12 CEs — $300 for two days (Limit 6, minimum 4)
Barefoot Ashiatsu is a technique originating from many different countries. This technique is practiced with bars overhead for balance, while the therapist applies strokes to the client with their feet. This allows the therapist to apply deep even strokes with minimal effort, thus, saving the therapists thumbs, hands and arms from injury or overuse. Your last massage of the day can be just as deep and good as the first! You may even be able to do more massages a day!
Fijian Massage Techniques 2 days 9-5 12 CE $250 Fijian Massage Techniques is a barefoot floorwork is a myofacial release of the body using your feet. What you will be taught in this seminar is the use of your bare feet to release myofacial restrictions on a client that is fully clothed on the floor. This technique has the potential to be used in conjunction with other bare foot floor techniques, can be considered an add-on in some cases. This allow for the freedom to do this technique in almost any environment, because all a therapist needs is a floor/ground, clean feet, clothed clients & something to stabilize the therapists. Please bring: pillow, loose clothing, flat sheet, walking stick/cane (if you have one).
INTRODUCTION TO THAI YOGA MASSAGAGE 2 days 9-5 12 CE hours $250
In this introductory class, students will learn the basics of Thai Massage strokes. And will slowly emphasize compression and rocking. The use of manual stretching techniques will be incorporated. While using their hands, palms, feet, knees, forearms and elbows. Will be taught using floor mats. Clients remains clothed during the treatment.
Bring a blanket and pillow and yoga mats and a Thai mat if you have one. Dress in yoga attire
Nurturing Touch Massage for Mother and Baby 24 CEs — $300 for three days
This 24 hour seminar covers all aspects of the childbearing years. Pregnancy massage topics covered include: the emotional and physiological changes of pregnancy, indications and contraindications of prenatal massage, how to design effective, individualized sessions for typical client needs, whether they be specific complaints or general relaxation, holistic techniques to relieve common pregnancy discomforts and reduce stress, how to work with high risk, complicated and bed-rest pregnancies, enhancing the couple’s experience through touch, modifying techniques for pregnancy, pregnancy posture and body use, correct therapist body mechanics and proper draping techniques. Labor massage topics covered include: how to prepare clients physically and emotionally for labor, increasing the client’s awareness for easier labor, teaching labor preparation, physiological and emotional components of labor, addressing more comfortable laboring positions, holistic methods to reduce anxiety and pain levels during labor, and massage techniques for normal and back labor. Postpartum massage topics include: rebalancing postural patterns, reducing the strain of parenting activities, improving recovery following Cesarean sections, physical and emotional adjustments of postpartum, holistic techniques to relieve postpartum recovery and the importance of pelvic and abdominal restoration. Infant massage topics include: the benefits of infant massage, baby’s senses, emotions and corresponding cues, growth and development, bonding and attachment, preparing for infant massage, techniques and specific considerations.
ENERGY HEALING WORKSHOP (aka charkas, auras and crystals too)
2 days 12 CEs Sat. & Sun. 10am -5pm $150 students $200 non-students
This workshop is designed for all ages and lifestyles. You will how to enhance your everyday life and health. Giving you great knowledge in any field that you might work, in or be retired from or stage in life.
You will learn what energy centers are, and why they are important in everyday life. Learn how you can balance your own center and others. You will learn what auras are and how to keep them clean and illness free. Introduction to crystals and color healing that will help your charkas
Acu-Cupping with Dr. Dan Howes Co-Founder/Director ITMW
1 day 9am to 5:50pm CE 7.5 hours Cost- $150
“Acu-cupping” is a technique of Chinese cupping, or fire cupping. Fire cupping refers to the traditional Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin, suctioning the fascia and drawing energy to the area. Students will learn moving cupping techniques for myofascial treatments in which the cups are massaged over the body to release tension. “Acu-cupping” techniques are also introduced to students, using the cups to draw energy to acupuncture points in the body.