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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

Advanced Myofascial Techniques Series - Leg, Knee and Foot Parts I & II


Instructor: Bruce Nelson
Oct. 12 & 13, 2019, 9am-5:30pm (Sat.) & 9am- 4:30pm (Sun) (16 CEU hours)
$319 ($339 after Sept.19, 2019)

Learn highly effective Advanced Myofascial Techniques that dramatically improve your ability to work with conditions such as: hamstring injuries; knee and ankle issues; hammertoes; heel spurs; plantar fasciitis …and more! Offered in partnership with Til Luchau’s Advanced-Trainings.com, the Advanced Myofascial Techniques series presents practicing manual therapists and qualified students with advanced and little-known myofascial techniques which can be easily incorporated into existing personal styles. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, the focus is on unusual, interesting, and fresh approaches that will both expand technique repertoire and inspire creativity and innovation. Potential topics include:Specific techniques for commonly encountered complaints; Relieving pain, restoring lost function, and getting lasting results; Utilizing both active and passive movement to enhance effectiveness; Precision in working with specific tissue types and body layers; Combining indirect or subtle work with deep or direct work; Tracking subtle psychophysiological and nervous system responses; Ways to work sensitively, safely, and comfortably at very deep levels.If you have enjoyed MFR training at AIM or are ready to expand the therapeutic value of your work, this series of classes will be deeply satisfying.

Bruce Nelson is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™, a Berry Method® Practitioner, a Reiki Master, is Level II Certified in Advanced Myofascial Techniques, and is an Instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com’s Advanced Myofascial Techniques series. Bruce is known for a keen focus on overall wellness, and for his clear, compassionate, and community-minded teaching style. As a person, practitioner and teacher, he describes himself as a “holistic adventure-seeking student of the world.” He has been a participant, fundraiser, and coach with Leukemia Lymphoma Society since 2003. He lives and practices in the greater Anchorage, Alaska.
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Registration for Advanced Myofascial Techniques seminars will be processed through their website at advanced-trainings.com, and their early enrollment and cancellation policies shall apply. For details, visit advanced-trainings.com, email info@advanced-trainings.com, or call 877.499.8811. Participants may also contact AIM at 541-482-5134 for registration assistance.
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Advanced Myofascial Techniques Series - Knee Issues


Instructor: Bruce Nelson
Oct.14, 2019, 9am-5:30pm (Mon.) (8 CEU hours)
$159 ($179 after Sept.19, 2019)

Learn Advanced Myofascial Techniques that dramatically improve your ability to work with: knee injuries; ligament and joint conditions; surgery recovery; stability and movement limitations; patellar and knee pain, and more! Offered in partnership with Til Luchau’s Advanced-Trainings.com, the Advanced Myofascial Techniques series presents practicing manual therapists and qualified students with advanced and little-known myofascial techniques which can be easily incorporated into existing personal styles. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, the focus is on unusual, interesting, and fresh approaches that will both expand technique repertoire and inspire creativity and innovation. Potential topics include: Offered in partnership with Til Luchau’s Advanced-Trainings.com, the Advanced Myofascial Techniques series presents practicing manual therapists and qualified students with advanced and little-known myofascial techniques which can be easily incorporated into existing personal styles. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, the focus is on unusual, interesting, and fresh approaches that will both expand technique repertoire and inspire creativity and innovation. Potential topics include:Specific techniques for commonly encountered complaints; Relieving pain, restoring lost function, and getting lasting results; Utilizing both active and passive movement to enhance effectiveness; Precision in working with specific tissue types and body layers; Combining indirect or subtle work with deep or direct work; Tracking subtle psychophysiological and nervous system responses; Ways to work sensitively, safely, and comfortably at very deep levels.If you have enjoyed MFR training at AIM or are ready to expand the therapeutic value of your work, this series of classes will be deeply satisfying.

Bruce Nelson is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™, a Berry Method® Practitioner, a Reiki Master, is Level II Certified in Advanced Myofascial Techniques, and is an Instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com’s Advanced Myofascial Techniques series. Bruce is known for a keen focus on overall wellness, and for his clear, compassionate, and community-minded teaching style. As a person, practitioner and teacher, he describes himself as a “holistic adventure-seeking student of the world.” He has been a participant, fundraiser, and coach with Leukemia Lymphoma Society since 2003. He lives and practices in the greater Anchorage, Alaska.
Note:

Registration for Advanced Myofascial Techniques seminars will be processed through their website at advanced-trainings.com, and their early enrollment and cancellation policies shall apply. For details, visit advanced-trainings.com, email info@advanced-trainings.com, or call 877.499.8811. Participants may also contact AIM at 541-482-5134 for registration assistance.
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Kinesiology Review and Trivia Night: Movers of the Shoulder Joint


Instructor: Trout America
Oct. 15, 2019 (Tues.), 6pm-9pm (3 CEU hours)
$60 ($65 after Oct. 2, 2019)

Have you ever wanted to take a professional kinesiology course without the stress of an exam? A course where you can pick and choose which muscle groups you want to review? Introducing the Kinesiology Review and Trivia Night Series! Designed for the busy therapist who wants to go back and add new layers of understanding to the anatomy behind bodywork, each three hour class will cover one functional muscle group. In addition to reviewing muscle attachments and actions, we’ll look at muscle innervation and fascial connections, and do some palpation! Add to this a touch of trivia, and you get a fun night of learning with information you can apply directly to your practice. Take a single class, only the classes you want, or the whole series:09/17 – Tuesday – Muscles of Scapular Stabilization;10/01 – Tuesday – The Rotator Cuff;10/15 – Tuesday – Movers of the Shoulder Joint;11/05 – Tuesday – Movers of the Elbow;11/19 – Tuesday – Movers of the Wrist and Hand.

Trout America, LMT, BA, began his teaching career as an English instructor in Japan in 2005. After graduating from AIM in 2011 he joined our school’s science instruction team. His teaching style emphasizes the fun in learning, making him one of the most popular instructors on staff. Trout excels at finding ways to connect each student to the material and making class time memorable!
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Table Thai


Instructor: D'vorah Swarzman
October 26 & 27, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday), 9 am–5 pm (14 CEU hours)
$275 ($310 after Oct. 11, 2019)

Learn how to integrate Thai Massage stretches, compression, traction, joint mobilization and acupressure into your table/oil massage. There will be a strong emphasis on body mechanics and honoring the traditional spiritual roots of this ancient Thai healing art. This class will enhance your table massage but does not take the place of Traditional Thai Massage, which is performed on the floor.

D'vorah SwarzmanD’vorah Swarzman, LMT, has been studying the art and science of traditional Thai massage since 1993, returning regularly to Thailand for further study. She is a graduate of Heartwood Institute’s 750 hour Advanced Massage Therapist program. She has a private practice in Ashland, Oregon and is an instructor with and founding member of the Thai Healing Alliance International. She integrates rhythm, improvisation and mindfulness into her practice. .
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Kinesiology Review and Trivia Night: Movers of the Elbow


Instructor: Trout America
Oct. Nov. 05, 2019 (Tues.), 6pm-9pm (3 CEU hours)
$60 ($65 after Oct. 23, 2019)

Have you ever wanted to take a professional kinesiology course without the stress of an exam? A course where you can pick and choose which muscle groups you want to review? Introducing the Kinesiology Review and Trivia Night Series! Designed for the busy therapist who wants to go back and add new layers of understanding to the anatomy behind bodywork, each three hour class will cover one functional muscle group. In addition to reviewing muscle attachments and actions, we’ll look at muscle innervation and fascial connections, and do some palpation! Add to this a touch of trivia, and you get a fun night of learning with information you can apply directly to your practice. Take a single class, only the classes you want, or the whole series:09/17 – Tuesday – Muscles of Scapular Stabilization;10/01 – Tuesday – The Rotator Cuff;10/15 – Tuesday – Movers of the Shoulder Joint;11/05 – Tuesday – Movers of the Elbow;11/19 – Tuesday – Movers of the Wrist and Hand.

Trout America, LMT, BA, began his teaching career as an English instructor in Japan in 2005. After graduating from AIM in 2011 he joined our school’s science instruction team. His teaching style emphasizes the fun in learning, making him one of the most popular instructors on staff. Trout excels at finding ways to connect each student to the material and making class time memorable!
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Kinesiology Review and Trivia Night: Movers of the Wrist & Hand


Instructor: Trout America
Oct. Nov. 19, 2019 (Tues.), 6pm-9pm (3 CEU hours)
$60 ($65 after Nov. 6, 2019)

Have you ever wanted to take a professional kinesiology course without the stress of an exam? A course where you can pick and choose which muscle groups you want to review? Introducing the Kinesiology Review and Trivia Night Series! Designed for the busy therapist who wants to go back and add new layers of understanding to the anatomy behind bodywork, each three hour class will cover one functional muscle group. In addition to reviewing muscle attachments and actions, we’ll look at muscle innervation and fascial connections, and do some palpation! Add to this a touch of trivia, and you get a fun night of learning with information you can apply directly to your practice. Take a single class, only the classes you want, or the whole series:09/17 – Tuesday – Muscles of Scapular Stabilization;10/01 – Tuesday – The Rotator Cuff;10/15 – Tuesday – Movers of the Shoulder Joint;11/05 – Tuesday – Movers of the Elbow;11/19 – Tuesday – Movers of the Wrist and Hand.

Trout America, LMT, BA, began his teaching career as an English instructor in Japan in 2005. After graduating from AIM in 2011 he joined our school’s science instruction team. His teaching style emphasizes the fun in learning, making him one of the most popular instructors on staff. Trout excels at finding ways to connect each student to the material and making class time memorable!
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Meaningful Touch in Hospice Care


Instructor:Kelly Vittoria
Dec. 7, 2019 (Saturday), 9:30 am- 5:45 pm (7 Ethics/ Communication/ Boundaries CEU hours)
$145 ($160 after Nov. 25, 2019)

As health care providers we have the profound opportunity to provide compassionate, therapeutic touch to those who are at the end of life. This can be a comforting and deeply meaningful experience–for the therapist as well as the client. In this day-long class, we will consider the many facets of working in hospice care. In a safe classroom environment, we will navigate the tender territory of death and dying and take time to explore our own relationship to this transitional time in life. We will discuss the numerous benefits of providing touch at the end of life, as well as practice safe touch techniques, and hone our ability to read our client’s nonverbal communication cues. This 7-hour continuing education class, open to massage therapists, hospice volunteers and other health care providers, will include credit for 4 Ethics/Communication/Boundaries hours as required by the OBMT for license renewal.

Kelly Vittoria, LMT, RCST, has been a practicing massage therapist for 18 years, and an instructor for 11 years. In addition to her private practice, she offers end-of-life care to Rogue Valley community members on hospice. Her warm and welcoming presence creates a feeling of safety and ease with both her clients and students.
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Registration

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

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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