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Chico Therapy Wellness Center & Massage School

The Oldest and Largest Massage School in Northern California

Course Catalog - 2014

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 Program250 Hours

Instructor: Mike Metzger C.M.T., N.M.T.,L.D.T., O.M.T., M.F.T., S.R.T., M.S.T.

mangivemassageLevel I 250 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, 25 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.

$2,900.00 and additional $7.50 S.T.R.F. fee  


Level1B Massage Therapist Training Program250 Hours

Instructor: Mike Metzger C.M.T., N.M.T.,L.D.T., O.M.T., M.F.T., S.R.T., M.S.T.

Level I 250 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 250 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:

$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.

The payment plan cost will be offered at the rate of $20.00 per class hour. Students on payment plan must place $250.00 non-refundable down payment to start the advanced class. The student will have 30 days past the last day of the advanced massage therapy class to pay the full balance. Full balance must be received within this time frame in order for the student to receive credit and certificate of completion for the advanced massage therapy class. If the full balance is not paid the student will be handed over to a collection agency. No credit and no refund will be given to students who don’t pay the final tuition balance. 

Advanced Massage Therapy Class Descriptions

Auto-Immune Issues20 Hours

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

Instructor: Mike Metzger C.M.T., N.M.T.,L.D.T., O.M.T., M.F.T., S.R.T., M.S.T.

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 Techniques15 Hours

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

Instructor: Mike Metzger C.M.T., N.M.T.,L.D.T., O.M.T., M.F.T., S.R.T., M.S.T.

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 C.M.T., N.M.T.,L.D.T., O.M.T., M.F.T., S.R.T., M.S.T.

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 

*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


Externships 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.


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 C.M.T., N.M.T.,L.D.T., O.M.T., M.F.T., S.R.T., M.S.T.

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 C.M.T., N.M.T.,L.D.T., O.M.T., M.F.T., S.R.T., M.S.T.

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 C.M.T., N.M.T.,L.D.T., O.M.T., M.F.T., S.R.T., M.S.T.

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 C.M.T., N.M.T.,L.D.T., O.M.T., M.F.T., S.R.T., M.S.T.

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 ...

Orthopedic Massage – 20 Hours

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

Instructor: Mike Metzger C.M.T., N.M.T.,L.D.T., O.M.T., M.F.T., S.R.T., M.S.T.

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- 20 Hours

prenatal(10 Hours lecture: anatomy/physiology anatomy 10 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 

Reflexology - 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.


Reiki - 7-8 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 C.M.T., N.M.T.,L.D.T., O.M.T., M.F.T., S.R.T., M.S.T.

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 – 15 Hours

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

Instructor: Kathleen Turner

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 C.M.T., N.M.T.,L.D.T., O.M.T., M.F.T., S.R.T., M.S.T.

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 Mechanics6 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 - 20 hours

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 20 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

Instructor Steve Metzger is an RN and CMT with advanced training in myofascial release and women’s health bodywork.

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


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