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Continuing Education

Continuing Education at Ashland Institute of Massage (AIM)

Classes & Workshops

Welcome to the Ashland Institute of Massage Continuing Education page! We offer an evolving variety of high-quality continuing education classes and workshops for licensed massage therapists, other health care workers, and occasionally the general public. Held year-round, these classes range in topic from therapeutic treatment skills to new bodywork modalities, from ethics to insurance billing.

Course Descriptions

Touch, Empathy and Clarity: Energetic Strategies for Smart, Safe Connection

Instructor: Jim Gilkeson
June 22nd, 2019 (Saturday), 9 am–6 pm (8 CEU hours)
$165 ($185 after June 6, 2019)

Note: This course meets the 4 hour Professional Ethics, Communication and/or Boundaries requirement for Oregon LMT license renewal. You may enroll for the full 8 hours, or just the 4 hour morning session for $85 ($95 after June 6, 2019)
One of the most frequently asked questions in classes on touch and energy healing is about avoiding unwanted energy transfer from a client. In this course, we will explore safe, effective energy-based strategies for touch work that will help you both to avoid energetic problems and allow you to connect effectively with your partner. This course is a mixture of lecture, discussion and hands-on practice covering topics such as Sorting out Who’s Who; Sorting out your Intention; Containment; Attraction Points and Affinities; and the concept of Boundaries vs. Interface/Transition Zones. Recommended for massage and bodywork therapists, empaths, and subtle energy practitioners.

Jim Gilkeson
Jim Gilkeson has taught energy healing for 35 years. A former Harbin Hot Springs bodywork therapist, Jim has written two books on energy healing: A Pilgrim in Your Body: Energy Healing and Spiritual Process and Energy Healing: A Pathway to Inner Growth.

Introduction to Active Cupping Techniques

Instructor: Jessica Masters
June 23 (Sunday), 9 am–6 pm (8 CEU hours)
$165 ($185 after June 8, 2019)

A new twist on an ancient modality, cupping is no longer only for chinese medical practitioners. In the hands of a massage therapist, cupping can melt away superficial fascial tension, release trigger points without stress on practitioner thumbs and joints, and move lymph effortlessly. This class offers an introduction to active cupping techniques that will allow you to achieve great results with minimal time and effort. Cups will be provided, and available for purchase in class. If you have a set already, please bring them.

Jessica MastersJessica Masters, LMT, has been licensed for seven years in the state of Oregon and practices out of Siskiyou Massage Clinic in Ashland. A graduate of Ashland Institute of Massage in 2010, Jessica also holds a certification in Medical Massage, where she was first introduced to cups in 2014. Jessica has a passion for teaching and sharing her excitement about this incredibly effective modality.


Instructor: Lisa Mendenhall
June 27, 2019 (Thursday) 2-4 pm (2 CEU hours)

Learn vital life saving techniques and earn your necessary CPR requirements for licensing. Course includes CPR, AED use, relief of choking in adults, children, and infants. This course is for the lay rescuer public as well as people working in corporate or industry.

Lisa Mendenhall is an Advanced EMT (AEMT) Firefighter with Jackson County Fire District #4 and one of the owner/operators of First Response First Aid & CPR, LLC, a local medical training organization in Southern Oregon.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Instructors: Brian and Helene Shoen
July 12–14, 2019 (Friday 5:30–9:30 pm)(Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–6 pm) (20 CEU hours)
$380 ($420 after July 1, 2019)

This concise 2½-day workshop will give you the knowledge and skills to immediately incorporate manual lymphatic drainage into your practice. This simple, powerful, and deeply relaxing technique uses gentle manual maneuvers to stimulate lymph circulation, healing and detoxification, as well as enhancing the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems.
This class will guide you through:
The relevant anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the lymphatic system including the location of nodes and drainage patterns.
Specialized hands-on techniques to guide and powerfully improve the flow of lymph.An overview of important complementary interventions to help your clients further improve their lymphatic flow, including movement, breath work, and rebounding. This course includes a manual with pictures and descriptions of all techniques and useful client education and homework handouts. If you are ready to expand the therapeutic value of your work with a highly effective in-demand technique that is easy on your hands, this class will be profoundly valuable.
Helene and Brian Shoen, both LMTs, run a Health Coaching and Medical Massage Clinic where they specialize in highly effective methods to detoxify and repair the body and rebalance the Autonomic Nervous System. They have practiced Manual Lymphatic drainage in a variety of settings, from post-surgical and injury care to edema management, and regularly integrate lymphatic drainage elements into their massage sessions to deepen relaxation, reduce soreness, and improve the efficacy of Deep Tissue and Trigger Point work. For more information, please visit

Usui/Holy Fire® III REIKI Level I&II – Practitioner Certification

Instructor:Joan Maute
July 20 & 21, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday), 9 am-6:30 pm (18 CEU hours)
$410 ($440 after July 8)

Would you like to learn an amazing healing modality that is easy on your body, easy to learn, easy to do and actually energizes and heals you while you’re workiing? This 2 day course is open to anyone interested in learning a simple and powerful natural energy healing method. Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki techniques can be used on yourself, on other people, even on your pets, to facilitate deep healing of emotional, physical, and spiritual issues by working with all of the body’s energy fields. Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki can be combined with other healing modalities and traditional Western medicine, and is now often used in hospitals, Hospice, and other medical settings. At the end of this class you will have the skills you need to go out into the world and help to heal yourself and others. After completion of the class there is continuing support and mentoring available to help you grow personally and professionally. The ICRT website also has a wealth of free information to support your personal healing and professional Reiki practice. No prerequisite required.
Joan W Maute LRMT, CPT, LMT,Originally from Hawaii, Joan Maute has been practicing Reiki since 1995 and is a Licensed Usui/Holy Fire® III Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher with the International Center for Reiki Training. She teaches all levels of ICRT certification classes around the US and Quebec, Canada, and maintains healing therapy practices in Hawaii and Virginia at her Rising Light Reiki Centers. Joan loves teaching others how to heal, and brings to her classes excellent training, real life experience, hard earned wisdom, love, compassion, humor, Grace, and a relaxed Aloha spirit that instantly puts students at ease. She is also a licensed Massage Therapist. Register

Nonviolent Communication Skills: Listening Deeply/Expressing Clearly

Instructor: Joanne Lescher
July 27, 2019, 8 am–12 noon (4 Ethics/Communication/Boundaries CEU hours)
$75 ($85 after July 10, 2019)

We all want to be heard and understood! Our clients certainly do, and keeping communication clear and effective can be a challenge of its own. Join Joanne to learn some simple techniques that will help you discover the healing power of empathic listening—for both your professional and personal lives. We will also address your real-life experiences, and you’ll take home fresh ideas and techniques for expressing yourself cleanly and clearly. This course meets the 4 hour Ethics, Communication and/or Boundaries requirement for Oregon LMT license renewal.

Joanne Lescher Joanne Lescher, CT, is a certified trainer in nonviolent communication. As an experienced mediator and group facilitator, she equips people to dialogue with each other more effectively. Renowned for her warmth, empathy, and humor, Joanne teaches practical skills that clients can immediately exercise in their practices and lives. Her reputation has been affectionately summarized as an “ability to tame lions.” Register

Ortho-Bionomy® Releases for the Spine & Pelvis- ‘Structure Governs Function’ (phase 4)

Instructor: Jim Berns
August 3 & 4, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday), 9 am–6 pm (16 CEU hours)
$310 ($350 after July 21, 2019)

The releases demonstrated in this class use osteopathic-based gentle body positions and movements to stimulate self-correcting reflexes within the muscles and nerves. This highly specific and structurally-oriented method can move the client out of pain and discomfort within ten to thirty seconds. This class focuses on releases for the neck; thoracic and lumbar spine; sacrum; iliac; and psoas muscles. This course is NCBTMB approved.

Jim Berns Jim Berns, Ortho-Bionomy®–Registered Advanced Instructor, has taught internationally for over thirty years. He is coauthor of Ortho-Bionomy: A Practical Manual. Jim was trained by Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls, the founder of Ortho-Bionomy®. A certified massage therapist since 1979, he was named 2013 Educator of the Year by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Jim brings to his over three decades of teaching detailed information, a compassionate heart, and a unique sense of humor.


You may register online by clicking on the class of your choice or calling 541.482.5134.

Early Enrollment Discount

We offer an early enrollment discount for registrations paid in full by the noted early enrollment date for each course. See course descriptions for details.


Cancellations may be made via letter, email or phone. Cancellations with fewer than three (3) days’ notice will be charged half the seminar tuition. Other cancellations will be charged a $25 cancellation fee.

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