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January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01

What Are My Choices?

CEU Courses, Colleges, Education

By Editorial Staff

You've made the decision to become a massage therapist and invested a lot of money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be successful.

Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education information and other goods and services to help your practice grow?

"What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This installment focuses on CEU courses, colleges and education choices.

Acquired Touch: Acquired Touch - NCBTMB providers - presents seminars on DVD with Elaine Calenda, Al Eckhardt and Michelle Howard, an education team with over 30 years' experience. These professionally filmed seminars make it fun and easy to learn and earn continuing education units. Phone: 303-678-0367; Web:

Advanced School of Massage Therapy: We offer 300-, 200- and 100-hour certification courses, and our weekends are always full of different workshops. In most of our programs you can pick your own advanced classes. We pride ourselves in having small class sizes with an average of 12 students per class. This facilitates high quality learning with emphasis on one-on-one instruction. We also offer massage therapy to the public. Phone: 805-495-1353; Web:

American Medical Massage Association: The AMMA provides its members with a variety of programs, products and services, including continuing education and curriculum development for schools that offer medical massage training programs. Phone: 888-375-7245; Web:

AZ Institute of Thai & Oriental Massage: Traditional Thai massage, 30 hour intensive. Includes a video and workbook. NCBTMB approved provider for continuing education. Upcoming 2005 dates are: Jan. 24-28; March 21-25; May 23-27; Sept.19-23; Dec. 5-9. Phone: 480-644-8817; Web:

Bastyr University: Bastyr University, located north of Seattle, Washington, is one of the world's leading academic centers for advancing knowledge in the natural health sciences. Founded in 1978 to train naturopathic physicians, Bastyr has evolved into a multidisciplinary university for serious study in a broad range of natural health sciences. Phone: 425-823-1300; Web:

Blue Heron Academy: Blue Heron Academy is dedicated to uplifting and positively promoting the image of natural and alternative health care and to providing motivated students the opportunity to vastly improve their careers and their lives. Phone: 888-285-9989; Web:

Body Therapy Associates: Pre- and Perinatal massage therapy 32-hour certification developed by Carole Osborne-Sheets. Move far beyond basic maternity massage adaptation. Learn over 80 advanced techniques that enhance pregnant, laboring, and postpartum women's comfort and health. Gain competency and confidence, and become a maternity massage therapy specialist. Carole and her instructors bring warmth, academic excellence, and three decades of somatic wisdom to these courses. CEU approved by various agencies; scheduled worldwide. Phone: 800-586-8322; Web:

Boulder College of Massage Therapy: Boulder College of Massage Therapy is an NCBTMB-approved provider of continuing education. BCMT offers the following certificates through its Advanced Bodywork Studies program: Art of Zen; Spa Elements; Prenatal, Labor, Postpartum; Ortho and Sports; Energy Healing; Canine Massage. We also offer a wide variety of individual continuing education courses that will keep you current with trends and engage you in new areas of exploration. Phone: 800-442-5131; E-mail: ; Web:

Brian Utting School of Massage: Approved by NCBTMB as a continuing education approved provider. The school strives to provide training and support that enhances the skills and experience of massage therapists. Most of our courses require that you are a licensed health care provider. The school's 1000-hour professional massage licensing program starts every 8 months. Phone: 800-842-8731; E-mail: ; Web:

CEUonline: Continuing education provider for acupuncturist, massage therapist, and nursing. We offer home studies that can be ordered online. Phone: 239-495-8282; Web:

China Studies: China Studies is an educational organization established to offer educational tours to China. We offer programs in Acupuncture, TCM, herbal studies, tui na massage, acupressure and Feng Shui. All of our programs can qualify one for Continuing Education Units for TCM doctors, registered nurses and massage therapists. Phone: 800-551-2482; E-mail: ; Web:

Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy: Dedicated exclusively to teaching massage therapy since 1980. New programs begin every January, May and September with flexible schedules. Accredited by COMTA (Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation). Financial aid available for those qualified. Selected courses approved for college credit at Charter Oak State College. Advanced studies programs available. CCMT is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education approved provider. Phone: 860-282-CCMT; E-mail: ; Web:

Desert Resorts School of Somatherapy: Private massage school offering 300-, 600- and 1000-hour massage training programs and many continuing education seminars. Our specialties include aromatherapy and spa services, lymph drainage massage and deep tissue massage. Located in beautiful Palm Springs, Calif., with a satellite in Palm Desert. Convenient payment plans and reasonable fees; students can take only the classes they need for licensing in their area. Phone: 800-270-1175; E-mail: ; Web:

European Massage Therapy Institute: is approved by the Texas Department of Health, the regulating agency for massage therapy in Texas, to offer both a 300-hour basic massage therapy course and a wide variety of continuing education courses that are required for yearly registration renewal. Phone: 800-458-5440; E-mail: ; Web:

Healing Arts School for Massage Therapy: Healing Arts School provides a supportive atmosphere that integrates the mind, body and spirit while promoting learning, challenge and growth in students. Students receive training in a wide variety of modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Myofascial, Energy Work, Reiki, Pranic Healing and have ongoing access to continuing education in these and related specialties, giving them both a breadth and depth of knowledge and skill. Phone: 866-647-8080; E-mail: ; Web:

Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies: provides massage professionals with more than 30 exciting, Category "A", continuing education, home study programs. Affordable, convenient and comprehensive, these valuable programs are taught by nationally recognized experts. Toll-free advisory support included at no extra charge. All approved and/or accepted by the NCBTMB, AMTA, AMBP, Florida and most other states. Free resource guide available. Phone: 800-364-5722; Web:

International Palmtherapy Association (IPTA): Increase your business. Rapidly remove specific emotional pains through the stimulation of lines and areas in the palms of the hands. Call for a FREE videotape and information. Join our next exciting seminar on March 7-11, 2005, in Las Vegas. 40-hour, 5-day Palmtherapy certification program is registered with the State of California and approved (meets/exceeds) for continuing-education hours by ABMP and AMTA. Instructor Moshe Zwang, ND, author of Palm Therapy: Program Your Mind Through Your Palms. Phone: 661-944-4909; Web:

JORBA Seminars: delivers a comprehensive educational package for massage therapists and acupuncturists in state of the art conferences that are all inclusive, career building experiences. Our events are about professional growth and hands-on education, with opportunities for professionals to network, develop skills, and build their practices. They feature the best speakers, achievers, continuing education opportunities, and products. Tailored to you - your needs, your profession, and your future. Phone: 888-730-3428; E-mail: ; Web:

Massage Therapy Training Institute: Our sole purpose is to provide you with the curriculum, instructors, and educational facilities to help you to achieve your career and personal growth goals. At MTTI, you will learn more than massage technique - you will learn to become a healing arts professional. MTTI offers programs in Massage Therapy, Wellness Consulting and Energy Healing, as well as the largest selection of NCBTMB Approved CEUs in the Kansas City area. Phone: 866-443-9140; E-mail: ; Web:

Massage Video Sales: Earn your CEUs in the comfort of your own office or home with the convenience of your own scheduling for a fraction of the cost of live seminars. We offer home study courses in pregnancy, infant, fibromyalgia, cranial sacral, neuromuscular, oriental floor shiatsu and Thai yoga, ethics, HIV, and many more. We are approved through the NCBTMB, Florida, Nebraska, and accepted in most states, the AMTA and ABMP. Phone: 866-328-9703; E-mail: ; Web:

New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts: The Academy is proud to have been offering the finest education in bodywork for more than 20 years. Our carefully selected faculty, each of whom is dedicated to offering the highest quality education in bodywork and year round continuing education courses, add up to perhaps the finest professional bodywork training available in the country. Programs include: Ortho-Bionomy(r), Wholistic Massage, Somatic(r) Polarity, Cranial Sacral, Hakomi for Bodyworkers(r), Trager(r) and Thai Massage. Phone: 888-808-5188; E-mail: ; Web:

Omeri: Whitney Lowe is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on pain & injury assessment and treatment. Practitioners seeking to improve their skills in medical or orthopedic massage know that Whitney Lowe's products and seminars are superb. Lowe excels in translating complicated material into useable, practical information available for daily use in the massage clinic. Phone: 888-360-1614; E-mail: ; Web:

PetMassage Training and Research Institute: PetMassage(tm) is unique among animal massage forms. By applying variations of traditional massage, acupressure, positional release, Healing Touch and animal communication, PetMassage(tm) teaches you to support your animals in their bodies, minds and spirits. This is a skill that most pets' owners can learn. It is not "alternative" therapy. It does not take the place of proper veterinary care. Pet massage is "complementary" animal healthcare. There is an exciting future for those who learn to practice it professionally. We offer training and materials for both home study and in-house workshops. These items can be purchased as part of a complete package of course materials or can be purchased separately. Approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education provider under Category A, AMTA, ABMP, and the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB). Phone: 800-779-1001; E-mail: ; Web:

Repetitive Use Injury Therapy (RUIT)®: We offer continuing education in the Muscle Release TechniqueSM modality. The Muscle Release TechniqueSM is a unique injury therapy that combines compression, extension, movement and breath to give the therapist a tool to provide, in many cases, relief from pain in one treatment. With the Muscle Release TechniqueSM scar tissue is broken up, the muscle is lengthened, muscle memory is restored and relief from pain starts immediately. Phone: 303-674-7948; E-Mail: ; Web:

School of Shiatsu and Massage: is the premier learning center for aquatic and land bodywork therapies and the home of Watsu(r) (water shiatsu). In addition to traditional massage training, SSM offers unique and innovative water modality certification programs. Tuition includes room and board as well as access to Harbin Hot Springs. Phone: 707-987-3801; E-mail:; Web:

Serenity Now! Massage Therapy, Inc: Hands hurt? In three days (25 CEUs) you can be trained to give an entire posterior routine using your feet. Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy will allow you to give the deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet while reducing stress and strain to your body at the same time. As seen in Massage Therapy Journal, Massage & Bodyworks Magazine, Massage Magazine, CNN, Discovery Health, Outside Magazine, Self, Health and Allure. Phone: 800-504-1990; E-mail: ; Web:

Tai Chi Massage: Devotes time to the massage therapist by using principles of Tai Chi Chuan, an ancient Oriental system for self-defense and health, in order to perform more effective massage techniques without strain. The Tai Chi approach can be helpful for the massage therapist when working at the therapy table to address proper bodymechanics, posture, breath and mental focus. It encourages better balance and coordination, and increased joint flexibility and strength. Phone: 207- 582-7491; E-mail: ; Web:

Texas Association of Massage Therapists: presents 5th Annual Convention and Trade Show, "Legislative Awareness" February 18-19 at the Marriott Austin Airport South, Texas. Keynote Speaker: David Kent. Additional Speakers: David Lauterstein, Janine Ray, Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Michael Critz, Rosario Perez-Garza. Earn up to 12 CE hours. Pre-Registration ends January 19th - members: $150.00; non-members: $250.00. Register same day - members: $175.00; non-members: $275.00. Phone: 800-809-9970; E-mail: ; Web:

Transsage Trainings: Offering Category "A" continuing education units in Transsage and Hot Stone Massage. Transsage is a revolutionary modality that incorporates the mind within a bodywork session. Intention setting, guided imagery, progressive deep relaxation, and subconscious reinforcement are merged with almost any type of massage or bodywork to create powerful results. 45 credit hours are available with this technique. Hot Stone classes offer 6 credits. Phone: 888-999-1068; E-mail: ; Web:

Zen Gate Chiatsu Institute for Asian Bodywork: offers Zen Shiatsu training with Matthew Sweigart, CI. 45-hour basic course, 150-hour practitioner certificate, and 600-hour national certification available. Continuing education credits certified by AOBTA and NCBTMB for massage therapists and bodyworkers. Six-day and weekend intensive trainings are now being held at beautiful Lake Tahoe. Teacher training offered for qualified professionals. Phone: 530-546-7200; Web:

If your company offers products or services to the massage profession and you would like to be listed in "What Are My Choices," please contact Massage Today at 800-324-7758.


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