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Chico Therapy Wellness Center & Massage School

The Oldest and Largest Massage School in Northern California

Course Catalog - 2015

All of the massage therapy classes described in this catalog will be held at Chico Therapy Wellness Center campus located at 392 Connors Court, Chico, CA 95926. All advanced massage therapy classes described in this catalog have a non-refundable $250.00 deposit.

Level 1A Massage Therapy Practitioner Program

400 Hours

Instructor: Mike Metzger, CMT, NMT, LDT, OMT, MFT, STRT, MST, SMT

mangivemassageLevel I 400 Hour Massage Therapy Practitioner training allows you to get started with basic Swedish massage therapy techniques. Upon completion, you will be prepared to start a career as a massage practitioner. This program includes basic full-body Swedish massage techniques with an emphasis on proper body mechanics, basic anatomy and physiology of the human body. Massage etiquette and business guidelines, tips on advertising and marketing are also covered to help generate quick cash flow. Introductions to additional massage techniques also offered at Chico Therapy Wellness Center.

Class hours are divided with approximately 40 % lecture, 20% demonstration, 40% hands on. Other certificate requirements include: 20 documented hours of guided hands on practice, 35 documented clinic appointments (student massage appointments on campus), 95 % classroom attendance required, two critiques by a Chico Therapy Wellness Center instructor or approved certified massage therapist, two written exams with a 70% or higher score and hands on practical final exam. A high school diploma or equivalent is required for enrollment. People under 18 years of age without a high school diploma or equivalent may take an “Ability to Benefit” test administered by Chico Therapy Wellness Center to determine the potential student’s ability to succeed in the class.

Students in this Level I training will learn:

  • Full body Swedish massage techniques
  • One on one student to instructor training
  • Basic anatomy and physiology of the human body
  • Proper body mechanics, Massage etiquette
  • Approved by State Board of Nursing (BRN Provider # CEP12935) Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • C.P.R. Certification, Life Line Training Center at Chico Therapy Wellness Center
    (open to the public with advanced notice)
  • Business ethics, advertising and marketing to
    generate cash flow
  • Introductions to many advanced massage and bodywork modalities

Level I Massage Therapy Practitioner Program classes are scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 8am-1pm and at 5pm-10pm. Two weekends from 9:00 am-6:00 pm will also be required. Week end dates will be announced on the enrollment agreement, flyer, and the Chico Therapy Wellness Center web site.

$4,900.00 and additional $12.50 S.T.R.F. fee  

Level1B Massage Therapist Training Program

150 Hours

Instructor: Mike Metzger, CMT, NMT, LDT, OMT, MFT, STRT, MST, SMT

Level I 150 hour Massage Therapy Practitioner Training or equivalent transcripts from other state approved massage therapy institutions are required to enroll. The Level IB program offers three areas of emphasis:

  • Therapeutic/ Sports Massage Therapist
  • Spa Massage Therapist
  • General Practitioner Massage Therapist

Whether you’re a new massage practitioner wanting to learn more or an experienced therapist looking for a new ‘edge’, these programs are designed to be flexible to meet your needs and schedule. In addition to completing a required ‘core’ set of classes (which varies dependent upon the emphasis area), students may select additional classes from our extensive list of advance classes. Most classes are between 15 and 35 hours, and offered on weekend and evenings for your convenience. One, 100 hour externship is required to complete Level IB as well as 40 documented case study practical hours on C.T.W.C. campus and an additional 110 hours of advanced classes pertaining to one of the three areas of emphasis listed above.

The 100 hour externship consists of participating with Level I students during lecture and hands on portions of basic massage therapy training. The Level 1B student will work under the instructor and supervision of the school director at all times and will be required to pass two written exams with a 70% or higher on each. A Level 1B Massage Therapist Certificate will be issued by Chico Therapy Wellness Center to acknowledge your achievement.

$2,900.00 and additional $7.50 S.T.R.F. fee 
Students have choice of either am or pm classes. Course completion 18 months.

 Level 1C Bodywork Professional Training Program

500 Hours

If you desire the highest level of distinction and preparedness, continue your education by completing an additional 500 hours of coursework at Chico Therapy Wellness Center. All coursework counts toward your 1000-hour total, as long as you include at least 125 hours of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology and 30 hours of Business and Ethics. You will obtain these hours by completing a 150 hour externship, 100 hours of teacher assisting in Level 1A/B advanced class, 60 hours of documented case studies, 40 hours of assisting C.T.W.C. with on-site promotional events, and by selecting an additional 150 hours from the variety of advanced massage therapy classes described in the catalog. Additional Level 1C Program requirements include participating in an individualized counseling session, receiving detailed feedback on your work, completing a thorough self-evaluation process and passing two written examinations as well as a hands on final practical examination. A Level 1C Bodywork Professional Certificate will be issued by Chico Therapy Wellness Center to acknowledge your achievement. Courses need to be completed within 36 months of the initial enrollment date.

$6,000.00 and additional $15.00 S.T.R.F. fee


Advanced Massage Therapy Classes


Level I 400 Hour Massage Therapy Practitioner Training or equivalent transcripts from other state approved massage therapy institutions and ninety five percent attendance is required to pass the following advanced massage therapy classes in order to obtain a certificate of completion. An assessment test may be given to determine if the student is qualified to enroll. The student must pass the assessment test with a 70% or higher to enroll.

Days and times of the following advanced massage therapy classes vary. The scheduled dates for the advanced classes can be found here, or you may obtain a copy of the Upcoming Class Schedule at the administration desk. Classes are scheduled a minimum of three months in advance. 

Payment Plan:

$12.00 Per Class Room Hour- VIP Club Member Price

$13.00 Per Class Room Hour - 3 or More Classes Package (Paid in advance)
$14.00 Per Class Room Hour - Level I Student Discount
$16.00 Per Class Room Hour - Base Price
$20.00 Per Class Room Hour - 1 Week of Class Starting - LATE PAYMENT

Payment formula price breakdown for the following advanced classes:

*Level 2 contract filled out prior to first class
*One year to complete
*No Refunds
*Only one transfer of credit per contract

Classes are subject to cancel when enrollment does not meet the minimum requirements. Classes may be combined when enrollment in one class is low and the classes meet at the same time. Students may be transferred in the event they are unable to pay the tuition and/or the class has insufficient enrollment.

Students must contact the office fourteen business days in advance of the first day of the desired advanced class to withdraw from, transfer to any other class. If proper notice is not given, students will be counted as absent and there will be no credit issued and no refund for the missed class.

The base price for advanced classes is $16.00 per class hour. There may be additional material fees not included in the tuition. Material fees and amounts are clearly posted in the catalog with the description of the class. All material fees are due before the first day of class 


Student wishes to enroll in Neuromuscular Therapy class. The class is 35 hours long. Student is to multiply $16.00 by the number of class hours, 35, to calculate the total tuition cost for the class = $560.00

All students currently enrolled in Level I Massage Therapy Certification training will get any advanced class/ classes at the rate of $14.00 per class hour.

Anyone who pays in full for 3 or more advanced classes 30 days in advance will get the classes for the rate of $13.00 per class hour. 

Advanced Massage Therapy Class Descriptions

Acupressure for CMTS

20 hours

Instructor: Michael Turk


Acupressure's 28 Great Points

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

(10 Hours lecture/demonstration: theory, anatomy, and physiology; 10 hours guided hands-on practice using Touch Your Memory methods)

Course Description
Acupoint therapy is the root of Chinese acupuncture with a tradition going back at least 3,000 years. Acupressure evolved into modern Asian massage techniques. In China, gentle anmo—rub and press—massage and deep tissue tuina—stroke and pinch—were developed; while in Japan, shiatsu—finger acupressure—massage emerged. Students will learn how to integrate acupressure into their massage practice thus offering the pain relieving benefits of acupressure to their clients. Because acupressure reduces most pain quickly and with less effort, the massage practitioner benefits by expending less energy.

 Ancient texts clearly state the goal of stimulating acupoints is a qi sensation called deqi. Acupoints when properly located and stimulated are known by specific qi sensations, energy feelings that accompany the reduction of pain. Named acupoints are found at specific anatomical locations and produce unique sensations that indicate the qi energy is flowing. The most powerful acupoints for relieving pain are hidden. An ancient medical text described a test to locate hidden acupoints. When located and stimulated correctly, hidden acupoints produce the most powerful qi sensations.

 The class will include lecture, discussion, demonstration, and practice, giving students an opportunity to learn how to locate and stimulate 28 acupoints thus producing qi sensations. Students will also be taught methods of locating, evaluating, and stimulating hidden acupoints.

Learning Goals
Students who prepare for and participate in “Shiatsu/Tuina” will develop a deep understanding of the Chinese theory of yinyang and how yin and yang guide the practice of acupressure. They will know how to correctly locate 28 acupoints using anatomical markers. Students will be able to analyze the state of health of their clients and themselves and use that evaluation in the application of acupressure treatments to reduce pain and increase energy and vitality. They will be able to analyze the pain of their clients and use that evaluation to guide the application of acupressure treatments using a step-by-step approach.

Student Responsibilities
To prepare for the class, the following reading and exercises are suggested from Pain’s Healing Secret. To prepare for discussions on healing, qi energy, types of pain, and how to locate acupoints read the following sections:

  • The Experience of Pain, pages 1-18
  • The Experience of Qi Energy, pages 19-28
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine, pages 51-96
  • Key concepts to remember (at the end of each acupoint chapter) between pages 97-196

Also from Pain’s Healing Secret exercises:

  • Survey your body for energy-pain sensations on page 22
  • Use the method described that can produce a qi sensation—Rapid Healing, pages 23-5
  • Locate the 28 acupoints covered in the book; see “Key concepts…”
  • Evaluate your health according to yin and yang—Yinyang Theory, pages 60-86

For students who wish to receive the maximum benefit from this class, quizzes and a practical exam will be given during the class. Students who prepare and participate and desire to take a test will be rewarded with a—smiley face —award. Students must request the test for the smiley face during the Friday class.

Acupressure Theory

20 hours

Instructor: Michael Turk

 Acupressure theory guides practice in treating pain and disease.

10 Hours lecture/discussion: theories of yinyang and five elements

10 Hours exercises: play the yinyang game and five element thinking

For General Information: "Betty" at (530) 213-3332 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Enrollment: "Lily" at Chico Therapy Wellness Center at (530) 891-4301

The study of Chinese medicine trains the mind in pattern recognition for the evaluation of pain and other disorders to restore balance and health. Patterns of two describe opposites (yinyang), patterns of three describe levels (heaven, earth, and human), patterns of four describe time and space (seasons and directions), and patterns of five describe interactive phases of change (five elements).

Specifically this course teaches a method of thinking from the mind of the ancient Chinese doctor. The early Chinese developed theories of medicine based on number patterns rooted in a network of associations and terms. This correlated symbolic system of terms forms a multi-dimensional pattern. These spatial relationships describe predictable changes that guide action.  

It is possible to educate your intuition. Intuition is that flash of insight that sheds light into darkness or simply a gut feeling. Ideas connect in the subconscious mind, the part of the mind that uses symbolic associations. Yinyang thinking and the five steps of energy creation and regulation are ancient principles that guide the transformation of energy from blocked and painful to free flowing and pain-free!

Learning Goals
Know how to apply acupressure at specific acupoints to stimulate the desired effect. Students will develop a rich understanding of the theories of yinyang and the five elements. Learn to evaluate the unwanted disorder with the signs and symptom in relation to the patient with a specific constitution. Establish a Chinese correlative cosmological department in the visual/spatial part of the brain.


Friday: Introduction and discussion to introduce the different functions of the right brain and the left brain, information science east and west, Chinese correlative cosmology. Discuss the theories of qi, yinyang, five elements and etc.

Saturday and Sunday: Based on the theories introduced Friday participate in interactive practice by writing and recalling and imaginative storytelling with a partner and in class.


  • Kaptchuk, Ted J. The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine. (Buy either the first edition, very low cost when used or the expensive second edition.)
  • Turk, Michael. Pain’s Healing Secret. Chico, California: Acu Press, 2001.
  • Turk, Michael. Chinese Cosmology handout accompanies the course.

Student Responsibilities
To prepare for the class discussions, in Pain’s Healing Secret,

  • read pages 1-90, study pages 64-86. Read The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine, a basic classic that introduces correlative cosmology used by practitioners of Asian medicine.

Auto-Immune Issues

20 Hours

(10 Hours lecture: anatomy/physiology, 10 hours hands on guided practice)

Instructor: Mike Metzger, CMT, NMT, LDT, OMT, MFT, STRT, MST, SMT

Many C.M.T.s will eventually have a client who has an auto-immune disease. This class investigates many aspects of auto immune diseases, including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, lupus, lymes disease and some types of cancer. Students will be taught proper techniques and modalities of massage, fitting each of the more common auto-immune diseases as well as the contraindications in greater detail than previously learned in the Level I massage therapy certification. Students will also learn about the various types of arthritis, prevention, and the different stages of each one. This class will go more in depth into the anatomy most affected by these auto-immune diseases. Areas of study will include:

  • Definitions
  • Nomenclature
  • Characteristics of benign vs. malignant neoplasm
  • Metastasis
  • Grading and staging of cancer

Basic Anatomy 

30 Hours

skeletens(20 hours lecture: anatomy/physiology, 10 hours guided hands on guided practice)

Instructor: TBA

This class will give students a more detailed understanding of the names, functions, and properties of the skeletal, muscular, endocrine, respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems, skeletal landmarks, and joints, as well as organization and glands of the lymphatic and nervous systems. With this knowledge students will be able to navigate more precisely while doing bodywork.


*Blending Multiple Techniques

15 Hours

(5 hours lecture: anatomy/physiology, 10 hours guided hands on guided practice)

Instructor: Mike Metzger, CMT, NMT, LDT, OMT, MFT, STRT, MST, SMT

Students will learn how to utilize a blend of advanced massage therapy techniques and how to integrate them in the proper sequence to achieve optimal results. This class is a vital learning experience in which the instructor teaches advanced therapists how to get the most out of their training, maximizing clients healing effects thus strengthening their career.

*Preferred Pre-requisites (at least 3 advanced courses listed below, beyond Level I massage therapy certification):

  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage
  • Myofascial Release
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Orthopedic
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Sports/Injuries Massage

Chair Massage

20 Hours

(5 hours lecture anatomy/physiology 15 hours hands on guided practice)

Instructor: Mike Metzger, CMT, NMT, LDT, OMT, MFT, STRT, MST, SMT

Chair massage is not just for promotional events. Research conducted by Dr. Fields, PhD, Touch Research Institute of Miami, concluded that a fifteen minute massage heightens alertness, improves performance in math problems, reduces stress hormones and generally improves attitude and work ethic.

Students will learn specific techniques to help alleviate back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, neck fatigue and headaches in a matter of 15 minutes!

Graduates will be pre-screened and approved by director Metzger for possible employment.  

Deep Tissue 

30 Hours (15 hours lecture: anatomy/physiology 15 hours hands on)

Instructor: Green, Rolfing Practitioner, Licensed C.M.T.

The term deep tissue massage is defined as the use of different massage styles that are directed towards the deeper tissue structures of the muscles and fascia.

During this course you will learn:

  • Deep tissue techniques
  • How to access tissue safely
  • How to apply appropriate pressure
  • To understand body profiling
  • How to structurally analyze clients 

Deep Tissue II 

30 Hours

(15 hours lecture: anatomy/physiology 15 hours hands on guided practice)

Instructor: Green, Rolfing Practitioner, Licensed C.M.T.

This class is an extension of the basic Deep Tissue class. The class provides a more advanced massage technique directed toward deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia.

Instructor educates students about how to raise their bodywork to the next level.


Establishing an Ethical Quality Client Therapist Relationship

20 Hours

(15 hours physiology/psychology, 5 hours guided hands on demonstration and open discussion)

Instructor: TBA

The emphasis for this class will be on the client/massage therapist relationship from a variety of different vantage points. The primary intent of the class will be to educate the massage therapist in such a way that will enhance their practice by establishing a strong and informed ethically sound, quality, business relationship, environment and process.

Content and sequence of instruction will consist of the following:

Therapist as a person and as a professional
Being comfortable and congruent with self and others

Myers Briggs Inventory
Learning about the MBTI instrument, its value and application to understanding oneself and the client more effectively

Communication Styles
Knowing how to effectively communicate with client’s style and knowing one’s own style of communication
How to establish the tonal climate

Conflict Styles
How to create a win/win working relationship
Proactively establishing self-representative boundaries

Individual Differentiation
How to make the connection

Emotional intelligence
Personal competence and social competence

Attachment (Siegel, Bowlby, and Erikson)

Transference and counter transference 



25 Hour Blocks of time required

For twenty years, CTWC Director, Mike Metzger has created externship opportunities in many different local work environments. Past graduates have worked with various chiropractors, health clubs, spas, sport teams, and businesses, etc.

Tuition is paid in advance (Level 2 Payment Formula). Director must approve location of desired externship and met with owner/supervisor and externship candidate. If all parties agree, externship can start. Externship candidate will be supervised by owner/supervisor each work day. A time card must be signed at the end of every work day. CTWC Director/Staff will supervise occasionally. Time card is to be turned in to CTWC at termination of agreed hours. A certificate will be awarded at completion of externship. 


Essential Oils Intro

Monday April 13th & Friday April 17th
5pm-10pm Chico Therapy Classroom
(10hours CE)

Instructor: Candace L. Noyer RMA-CMT

  • How to use Essential Oils in your massage business and personal life for wellness
  • Base Oils
  • Learn the attributes of (10) oils : Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Orange, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Rose, Sandalwood, Frankincense and Tea tree.
  • Blending Recipes
  • Methods of extraction / distillation
  • References / Products

Essential oils have been used in nearly every area of my life for my massage clients and my family and friends. I use them to help with stress reduction, pain management, illness, chronic conditions and preventive medicine and wellness. We use our oils in multiple ways daily…..


*Hot Stone Massage

15 Hours

hotstone(5 Hours lecture: anatomy/physiology 10 hours guided hands on practice)

Instructor: Ginger Metzter, CMT

Since ancient times stones have been used for physical and spiritual healing.  The use of the smooth stones creates a natural and effective extension of your hands.  The heat enhances therapeutic treatments by warming the body, relaxing the muscles, and melting away knots.  The weight from the stones proved physical and mental comfort to soothe the soul.

Hot stone therapy is rapidly growing among spas and private practices the world over.  Hot stone massage can be integrated with ease in Neuromuscular Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Swedish, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Shiatsu, Sports Massage and other traditional techniques.

The class will cover:

  • Which materials are required to get started
  • The benefits and cautions
  • About the types of stones, textures, and shapes
  • Full body sequence
  • Stone massage techniques
  • Advanced restorative protocols

*$20.00 Material fee

Intro to Lomi Lomi

15 Hours

(7 Hours lecture: anatomy/physiology 8 hours guided hands on practice)

Instructor: Marilyn Draper

Lomi Lomi is ancient Hawaiian healing art traditionally passed down through generations of Hawaiian families. Lomi Lomi utilizes very large, broad movements with two handed, forearm, and elbow application of strokes, covering a large area. Students will also be taught how to open joints and move fluids through the body in their natural rhythm. 

Lymphatic Massage

20 Hours

(10 Hours lecture: anatomy/physiology 10 hours hands on guided practice)

Instructor: Mike Metzger, CMT, NMT, LDT, OMT, MFT, STRT, MST, SMT

The lymph system of the body is the center of our immune system.  Learn the powerful but gentle Vodder technique, as taught by French physician Bruno Chikley M.D. Dr. Chikley is one of the top experts in the world on the lymphatic system and has received various European Awards. Lymphatic massage has proven effective for autoimmune problems (Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Lyme’s, Lupus, etc.) as well as sinus and allergy problems, and boosting the immune system.

Students will learn about:

  • Sports injuries
  • The layout and flow of the Lymphatic system
  • Location of lymph nodes and how they help the body
  • Where to find lymphatic organs and tissue.
  • Benefits and contraindications
  • Scar tissue integration
  • Swelling (Edema), lymph edema


Myofascial Release

20 Hours

(10 Hours lecture: anatomy/physiology 10 hours guided hands on practice)

Instructor: Mike Metzger, CMT, NMT, LDT, OMT, MFT, STRT, MST, SMT

Fascia is what covers the body’s muscles, tendon, and organs.  When it becomes stressed or injured it can cause a wide array of problems.

The techniques covered in this class were developed by John Barnes, P.T., who is considered the world’s leading expert on myofascial problems. He has spent 35 years perfecting these cutting edge techniques from around the world.

Myofascial bodywork is excellent used alone or in conjunction with most modalities.

The class will teach techniques to help with the relief of:

  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Joint Problems
  • Plantar fascitis
  • Auto-Immune issues such as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue for example
  • Chronic low back pain
  • And many more symptoms  


skeletonMyoskeletal Alignment Massage

20 hours

Instructor: Mike Metzger, CMT, NMT, LDT, OMT, MFT, STRT, MST, SMT

This "cutting edge massage therapy technique", was developed by Erik Dalton PhD. He teaches this technique all over the world and is based out of the  Freedom From Pain Institute, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This class will teach quick and effective Postural Analysis, how to identify Upper and Lower Crossed Syndromes on your clients (before they create painful and chronic issues). This class will also teach how to treat Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Pelvic Imbalance, Hyper - Lordosis, Cervical and Lumbar Compression, Tendon and Ligament Issues, Repetitive Stress Injuries and much more.


Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)

35 Hours

(17 Hours/ lecture: anatomy/physiology 18 hours guided hands on practice)

Instructor: Mike Metzger, CMT, NMT, LDT, OMT, MFT, STRT, MST, SMT

This course teaches students how to work on typical problems often confronted by massage therapists. Students will learn Myofascial trigger points, referral pain areas, muscle attachments and functions, the laws and principals of muscle/nerve communication and the St. Johns Institute’s technique for treating muscle problems. With this knowledge, you will be able to work on issues such as:

  • TMJ
  • Scoliosis/ and low back problems
  • Cervical Injuries
  • Whiplash, Shoulder Pains
  • Chest and Ribs
  • Arm injuries, Carpel Tunnel
  • Pelvic re-alignment
  • and many more ...


Advanced Neuromusclar Therapy (NMT)

20 hours

What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a highly specialized form of massage which focuses on the nervous system in order to address pain or health problems of the skeletal and muscular systems. It is a system of soft tissue massage techniques that aim to balance the central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system to correct any disorders brought about as a result of any imbalances between the two. Neuromuscular therapy enhances the function of joints and muscles, and speeds healing by facilitating the release of endorphins. Neuromuscular therapy aims to restore homoeostasis between the two systems. It helps to address the underlying causes of pain, spasm, or tension. Neuromuscular therapy has a holistic approach towards healing in that emphasis is laid on stimulating the body to heal itself. NMT techniques are used to stimulate soft-tissue repair in the affected areas.

Benefits of Neuromuscular Therapy:
The American Academy of Pain Management recognizes Neuromuscular Therapy as an effective treatment for specific pain points. Dysfunctions such as acute to chronic pain resulting from occupational, sports and/or automobile injuries, benefit from receiving Neuromuscular Therapy. Specific types of dysfunctions and repetitive motion and accumulative traumas respond well to this treatment, including sciatica, rotator cuff dysfunction, carpal tunnel and thoracic outlet syndrome, pain issues, Sciatica, Piriformis syndrome, TMJ, and migraines. – also problems with numbness and tingling in the extremities (arms, legs, hands, or feet)
Students will gain knowledge in more advanced techniques to help their clients gain more balance and mobility, healing, and vitality through use of refined skills. Students will learn to assess postural distortion, to correct inflare/outflare, cranial release, cervical stabilization, shoulder compartment techniques, Movement and Flexibility, Low back, upper back, what overrides all the good done for clients, and many other techniques that enhance the healing experience.
Class size is limited so sign up today.

Pre-requisite: NMT 35-hour course from CTWC
Class scheduled: March 21-22, 2015 (Saturday and Sunday) 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Next Class Scheduled: October 17-18, 2015 (Saturday and Sunday) 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Instructor – Margaret Hansen CMT – California Certified Massage Therapist #8206
Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist, Certified Reflexologist, Certified Natural Health Practitioner, Advanced Certified Massage


Orthopedic Massage

20 Hours

(10 Hours lecture: anatomy/physiology 10 hours guided hands on practice)

Instructor: Mike Metzger, CMT, NMT, LDT, OMT, MFT, STRT, MST, SMT

This technique was pioneered by James Waslaski, Whitney Lowe and Leon Chaitow. They have worked with some of the top physicians in the U.S. as well as many professional athletes. This class is a must for anyone working in the medical and sports massage fields. This is very helpful with frozen shoulder, scar tissue release, adhesions, rotator cuff issues, whiplash, sciatica, carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome, muscle imbalance and more.

This is essentially a 12-Step medical massage protocol, for most issues.


Pre-Natal Massage

25 Hours

prenatal(10 Hours lecture: anatomy/physiology anatomy 15 hours guided hands on practice)

Instructor: S. Metzger, RN, C.M.T.

Learn how to safely perform a relaxing and therapeutic massage for clients in various stages of pregnancy. The instructor will teach students:

  • Universal precautions/ contra indications of pre-natal massage
  • Positive and negative effects of pregnancy
  • Side lying and semi-reclined positions
  • Sequence of massage strokes in both positions
  • Muscles and connective tissues commonly involved in pregnancy
  • Safe and dangerous essential oils for pre-natal massage
  • Post partum issues 



20 Hours

Instructor: M. Hansen

Experience the Art and Science of Reflexology!

What is Reflexology? Reflexology is a therapy that correlates reflexes throughout the body to areas on the feet, hands and ears. Applying various, specific reflexology massage techniques to these areas can have an effect on the corresponding body part. The affect that reflexology has on the targeted part of the body is to increase circulation to that area and promoting healing through that circulation. Often reflexology therapy promotes more than just increased circulation in the body, it promotes the individual into a state of rest and relaxation which also aids and assists the body to begin the process of natural healing.

Students will gain the knowledge that will increase their skills, and give clients the optimum relaxation experience. This class will address what Reflexology is, how to “meet the feet”, how to “think beyond the obvious and facilitate healing in the client”, and how to assess imbalances and restrictions in the body. It will also cover what the 10 zones are, proper use of hand techniques, and how to properly administer a Reflexology session. Techniques for children, elderly, and labor and delivery are taught, as well as the proper use of Essential Oils, and their contraindications. Students will also learn how to protect the hands and will learn a comprehensive and complete Reflexology routine.



7 Hour Class

Instructor: R. Waters

Reiki relaxes the mind and body as it flows through bio-energetic currents, providing a calming sense of wellbeing while promoting balance and wellness. It rejuevenats, bringing profound emotional and phsycial attunement, allowing you to ramble on down your life path feeling refreshed. It reconnects you with the source of your innate essense by the passive laying of the hands on fully clothed body and can also be integrated into massage, conventional; or complimentary healthcare


Soft Tissue Release

20 Hours

(10 Hours lecture: anatomy/physiology 10 hours guided hands on practice)

Instructor: Mike Metzger, CMT, NMT, LDT, OMT, MFT, STRT, MST, SMT

This technique can be used in a passive or aggressive approach for deep tissue work and provides training for upper and lower body. The curriculum is designed to teach you cutting edge techniques that Stuart Taws of the British Sports Institute, developed for use on Great Britain’s Olympic athletes. It is the quickest soft tissue technique for getting muscles to release tension.

This technique is great for:

  • Sports Massage and therapeutic problems
  • Quickly and effectively breaking up scar tissue and adhesions
  • Increasing range of motion and flexibility to muscles and joints.
  • Helping to eliminate minor muscle spasms.
  • Increasing energy and power to muscles.


*Spa Therapy with Hot Stones

20 Hours

(5 Hours lecture: anatomy/physiology 10 hours guided hands on practice)

Instructor: Marti Darcangelo

Today’s massage technician is an important element in the salon and spa industry. Knowledge of these spa treatments offered are essential. This class covers a common range of the treatments offered by salon, spas and wellness centers all over the world. Spa therapies will teach different specialty treatments to enhance anybody worker’s menu of services. This is a great way to provide a unique massage experience, increase revenue and customize client’s desires and needs.

This class covers:

  • Spa ethics, professionalism and teamwork
  • Introduction to Aroma therapy
  • Contour and Detoxifying Body Wrap treatments
  • Full Body Polishing
  • Explores Mud Packs and paraffin applications and removals
  • Body scrubs and polishing
  • Body wraps and detoxifications
  • Facials
  • Enhancements
  • Aromatherapy
  • Paraffin treatments
  • Mixing ingredients for skin conditions

*Material Fee: $30.00 


Sports Injuries Massage

20 Hours

(8 Hours lecture, 12 hour anatomy/physiology guided hands on practice)

Instructor: Mike Metzger, CMT, NMT, LDT, OMT, MFT, STRT, MST, SMT

This class will teach students how to recognize and treat sports related injuries as well as injuries that are caused by repetitive stress.  The student will experience a multitude of soft tissue injuries under the supervision of the instructor. Students will also learn pain management techniques along with advanced anatomy and physiology.

Students will learn:

  • The difference between healthy and damaged tissue
  • General injury treatment.
  • How to train in hot and cold environments.
  • How to apply different techniques to treat injured joints, and muscles.
  • How to deal with tendonitis and frozen shoulder
  • Different types of sports massage.


Structural Analysis/Body Mechanics

6 Hours

(3 Hours lecture anatomy/physiology 3 hours hands guided on practice)

Instructor: Green, Rolfing Practitioner, Licensed C.M.T.

Therapists will learn how to be aware of their client’s posture, gait pattern, and be able to accurately assess specific muscle and skeletal issues. Students will be taught prevention and proper massage for the treatment of postural related issues, including their own.

This course is a vital tool for any practitioner or therapist involved in bodywork. 


Therapist Self Care and Wellness

20 Hours

(10 hours lecture: anatomy/physiology/kinesiology 10 hours demonstration, guided hands on and open discussion)

Instructor: TBA

The life of a C.M.T. can be stressful. Always taking care of others and putting one’s self last places tremendous stress on the mind and the body. If we are unhealthy, how can we take care of our clients and families? Material in this course is meant to teach massage therapists the basics of how the body functions with nutrients from food, supplements, drugs, exercise and psychological stress issues. The course will also describe healthy lifestyle habits for individuals with a busy schedule, as well as contra indications of certain diets, supplements and exercises for those who have specific health care needs.

Exercise /stretches, body mechanics, nutrition advice specifically designed for massage therapists will be discussed and demonstrated in this class.

Keeping ourselves healthy is the most important way we can help to ensure longevity in our career and a healthy body and mind throughout our entire lives! 


Transforming Abuse Through Massage

18 Hours

(Lecture: anatomy/physiology and guided hands on practice)

Instructor: Carlile, Domestic Violence Specialist, Forensic Child Interviewer, C.M.T.

This class specializes in educating the massage therapist or anyone working with clients that are having (or have had) a history of abuse or trauma.  “Secrets” are the lifeblood on which physical stress and disease feed, by the very nature of massage and body work, those secrets are evoked.  Shock and trauma become locked in the body and touch will activate it.

Topics include:  Incest, rape, child abuse, domestic violence, high conflict situations, and their effects on your client; unresolved issues within yourself and your experience with trauma; the power of positive touch and thought; and massaging with tenderness.

In the class students will learn:

  • How to use the hands to bring out the hidden wounds, unspoken truths whether they are articulated or not.
  • How to look for changes in skin tones.
  • To understand voice intonation.
  • To have quality contact with your client. 


women1Women’s Health Bodywork Class Description

25 hours

Instructor: Steve Metzger

Learn knowledge and skills to support women of all ages. Women have unique needs and you will gain better understanding and learn techniques to support your female clients for better health and function. This class is an advanced hands-on course. Prerequisite Training: Massage Level I and Myofascial release.

In this 25 hour course, you will learn:

  • The primary health needs of women at different ages
  • Anatomy and physiologic considerations for female clients
  • Postural alignment and pelvic balancing
  • Techniques for headaches, migraine and stress management
  • Techniques for opening the shoulders and chest for pain management, better posture and function
  • Treatment after cosmetic surgeries (liposuction, tummy tucks and breast surgeries)
  • Self-care for the woman

Supplies needed for the course include: Twin size sheet set, 2 pillows and unscented massage


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