Mentorship – Integrating Advanced Techniques for Holistic Therapeutic Outcomes
Enrollment for 2022-23 Mentorship is open.
Information and course details:
This mentorship consists of a series of four experiential courses designed to explore the interplay between body, mind, and spirit with advanced therapeutic interventions. Small class size (minimum 3 students – maximum 4 students) ensures high level of instructional support. Participants will:
- Integrate a variety of techniques primarily myo/neuro/fascial, visceral, unwinding, craniosacral, structural decompression and energetic techniques with the intention of achieving holistic therapeutic outcomes.
- Advance their palpation and observation skills being attentive to the body’s communications.
- Explore bio-psycho-social concepts of pain, perceptions of intuition, how to work smart not hard and much more.
- Address somato-emotional, energetic and ethical issues that arise
- Apply critical thinking skills coupled with thoughtful curiosity throughout the courses.
Each course will focus on a particular region of the body. Layout of course hours is intended to:
- Support focused learning in manageable segments
- Provide opportunity for integration and application of learned skills into daily practice between class meetings
- Time to share/discuss experiences and address questions with the instructor and peers
- Encourage curiosity and respectful exploration in a minimally stressful learning environment
6869 Woodlawn Ave. NE, Suite 120, Seattle, WA
(this is NOT the mailing address)
Please note: Changes may become necessary depending on the continued impact of COVID-19 virus. Participants will be required to complete a health screening, have their temperature checked (using touch free thermometer), blood oxygen levels checked (using pulse oximeter) and wear a N95 or KN95 mask each class. Due to the extremely high risk factors of the virus relative to working the Neck, Head Face and Intraoral region I am requiring folks to be fully vaccinated for participating in this segment.
Space is limited. I am hosting two class groups (#1 & #2). To enroll, complete the application and send it along with the non-refundable deposit to hold your space. Copies of required documents must be received no later than a week before the first class (unless arrangements are made with the instructor in advance). The deposit is applied towards payment of series fee. Applications are prioritized first for those enrolling in the entire series of courses. After that, individual course enrollment on a first come first serve basis.
Please note: Schedule may be subject to change.
Should changes be necessary they will be negotiated with enrolled students to minimize adverse impact.
Each course includes 1.5 hours of Ethics addressing roles, boundaries and other practice considerations relative to the practice/business of massage and specific body region ethical considerations. All hours are applicable to meet Washington State ethics and hands on continuing education requirements for license renewal.
Certificate of Participation and detailed transcript will be issued upon completion of enrolled courses. All documents will identify completed courses, delineating and totaling the distribution of hands on, lecture and ethics specific hours. After completing the Head, Neck, Face and Intraoral course, documentation will be provided for participants to submit in order to obtain their state license endorsement for Intraoral work.
Make-ups for excessive absences may be arranged with the instructor. The make up fee is $30 per hour. Shared make-up time is allowable for the same fee.
Series Information Sheet with specific dates:
Pelvis to Toes – 24 hours = 1 x 8-hour + 4 x 4-hour class meetings
Participants will explore the relationship between the pelvis, hip, thigh, knee, leg, and feet. These structures provide stabilization as well as forceful movement for overcoming inertia. They are impacted by gravity, body weight and the constant compression as well as shearing forces based on our movement patterns. Students will explore ways to encourage movement, stabilization, energize and decompress these structures engaging superficial to deep fascia, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and interosseous membranes. We will also discuss commonly encountered injuries and conditions. Additionally, we will address safety, hygiene, ethics and informed consent issues.
The Trunk – Spine, Thoracic Cage and Abdomen – 24 hours = 1 x 8-hour + 4 x 4-hour class meetings
Participants will examine and engage the dynamic relationship between the spine, thoracic cage and abdomen. Students will explore the spine, diaphragm, sternum and ribs, enhancing breath and related organ function. Students will discover ways to access, activate, stabilize and decompress structures of the trunk to enhance function. Abdominal work will include some visceral techniques intended to enhance functional relationship between organs and structural function. Additionally, we will address safety, hygiene, ethics and informed consent issues.
Shoulders to Fingers – 24 hours = 1 x 8-hour + 4 x 4-hour class meetings
Participants will investigate the dynamic arms including specifics of the shoulder, axilla, upper arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand and digits. These highly mobile and expressive structures present a variety of treatment opportunities related to stress, pain and dysfunction. In this segment, we will utilize techniques introduced in earlier segments while expanding engagement unwinding techniques. We will also address the relationship with the neck, thoracic cage and pelvis. Additionally, we will address safety, hygiene, ethics and informed consent issues.
Head, Neck, Face and Intra-oral (meets state requirements for intra-oral endorsement) –
24 hours = 1 x 8-hour + 4 x 4-hour class meetings
PARTICIPATION IN THIS SEGMENT IS SUBJECT TO DEMONSTRAING FULLY VACCINATED STATUS FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL.
This course focuses on the Head, Neck, Face and Intra-oral structures as they relate to each other and the function of the whole body. It addresses the requirements necessary to obtain your Washington state intra-oral endorsement. Students will explore structures, function and dynamics of the neck, head, face and mouth using both external and intra-oral treatment applications. The ears, tongue and eyes will be engaged relative to their connections to myofascial related considerations and common conditions encountered in massage practice. We will also address specific concerns and considerations relating to working in the mouth and front of the neck. Additionally, we will address safety, hygiene, ethics and informed consent issues.
Please be aware that schedules may change based on the Governor’s Orders, Department of Health and Department of Education Guidance relative to the COVID-19 virus. I will err on the side of safety and health for all participants, their families as well as my own. If classes need to be delayed we will reschedule when possible. If we need to cancel classes appropriate refunds will be issues. Guidance will be provided for how we will interact in class regarding infection control, risk management and appropriate cleaning and sanitation practices.