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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


Exploration of Wholistic Cranial Sacral Techniques

 
Instructor:Xuba Evaristo
February 16th & 17th, March 16th & 17th & April 13th & 14th (Saturdays & Sundays) 10 am - 5 pm (36 CEU hours)
$630 ($690 after Jan. 31))

Wholistic Cranial Sacral Therapy is a simple, profound and highly effective manual manipulation technique. With a wide range of applications (including self care!) and very few contraindications, it is appropriate for almost any condition.This course will provide both new and practicing therapists a detailed look at the Craniosacral system and Cranial Sacral therapy. We will delve into history, theory, anatomy and physiology, as well as spend much time devoted to practicing techniques and clarifying clinical applications. Drawing from a wide array of Cranial Sacral approaches, this 36 hour course is spread over three weekends scheduled one month apart. Students will receive a Course Manual, in-between weekend practice homework, and on-going instructor support. You will finish this series with an excellent, 10-Step protocol to use immediately in your practice. Note: This course is not part of an Upledger, Visionary or Biodynamic certification program. Instead, it is intended to give therapists the tools to start to integrate some useful Wholistic Cranial Sacral techniques into your practice. This course is designed as a series with a discounted price of $210 per weekend. The first weekend only may be taken as a stand-alone introduction for $250 ($270 after Jan. 31). Students choosing to commit to the remaining two weekends must pay the $380 balance prior to Feb. 28 in order to receive the discounted price.

Xuba Evaristo, LMT has been a student of the body most of his life through athletics and dance. He studied Asian Philosophy and pre-Med prior to embarking on his many Wholistic Bodywork studies. He has been in full time professional practice since 2000, combining the best of many modalities including Cranial Sacral Therapy, Deep Tissue Bodywork, Myofascial Release, Oriental Bodywork and Energy Balancing. Xuba (pronounced shoe-buh) brings his experience and education with a wide array of medical conditions, pre-and post-operative appropriate therapies, and injury prevention and recovery to his classroom.
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Intro to Insurance Billing for LMTs

 
Instructor: Christa Rodriguez
March 2nd (Saturday) 9am – 4pm (6 CEU hours)
$125 ($140 after February 17, 2019)

Do you receive calls from potential clients asking if you take insurance? Are healthcare providers contacting you with referrals in hand? Don’t know where to start? In this newly-expanded version of her popular course, AIM’s insurance wiz will help you navigate the basics: types of insurances; HIPAA requirements; medical terminology; billing codes and forms; documenting SOAPs; and checking for coverage. Integrating insurance into your practice takes knowledge and patience, but the rewards are great. Help make massage available for those who otherwise would not be able to receive treatment. Bring a pencil and a sense of humor!

Christa M. RodriguezChrista M. Rodriguez, BS, LMT, is a 2006 AIM alumna and an instructor of both Professional Development and Swedish Massage at AIM. Dubbed the “Laughing Therapist” by her clients, Christa brings levity and thoughtfulness to courses that may otherwise seem nebulous. Her private practice focuses on treating clients who use medical insurance and personal injury protection insurance for accident or injury recovery.
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Fascia Energetics Free Intro Lecture

 
Instructor: Matthew Schulman
March 8th, 2019 (Friday) 6pm - 9pm
Free

If you have enrolled in the Fascia Energetics Yang Line class and missed the Introduction weekend workshop on January 12-13, please plan to attend this free lecture covering introductory principles to this style of work. The lecture is open to the public for anyone interested in learning more about what Matthew has to offer.

Matthew Schulman has been a full time LMT since 2007 and has been training in Taoist martial arts since 2002. In addition to his training at AIM, Matthew learned the “old way” through apprenticeships and countless hours of study, practice, and meditation. He had the great opportunity to study closely with Paul Grilley who introduced him to many of the ideas and research that form the basis of this work. Fascia Energetics has come about as the result of these 16 years of learning and growth. It is Matthew’s hope to add this drop of knowledge to the bodywork field, helping it to grow and be accepted as the deep path for healing that it truly is.
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Fascia Energetics Yang Line

 
Instructor: Matthew Schulman
March 9th & 10th, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday), 9am – 5pm (14 CEU hours)
$275 ($310 after February 21, 2019)

In this class we will cover the Dense Connective Tissue lines that make up the Yang Tissue Pathways in the body. These are dense CT lines that go from the head all the way to the feet and form the basis of our posture and Yang Chi circulation. The Yang Chi Pathways change slowly over time and symptoms don’t show up until significant shortening and misalignment has developed. These changes can be permanent without intentional correction and almost all chronic pain conditions arise from the changes in these pathways. Understanding and treating these changes allows for long term correction of Pelvic and Spinal alignment and Yang Chi circulation. This class draws heavily on MFR techniques and emphasizes treatment of the IT band, lower leg compartments, and paraspinal fascia.
This class is part of an ongoing series on Fascia Energetics. If you missed the Fascia Energetics Introduction weekend on January 12-13, 2019, please plan to attend Matthew’s free 3 hour lecture/introduction on March 8th from 6pm – 9pm.

Matthew Schulman has been a full time LMT since 2007 and has been training in Taoist martial arts since 2002. In addition to his training at AIM, Matthew learned the “old way” through apprenticeships and countless hours of study, practice, and meditation. He had the great opportunity to study closely with Paul Grilley who introduced him to many of the ideas and research that form the basis of this work. Fascia Energetics has come about as the result of these 16 years of learning and growth. It is Matthew’s hope to add this drop of knowledge to the bodywork field, helping it to grow and be accepted as the deep path for healing that it truly is.
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Ortho-Bionomy® Subtle Energetic and Physical Techniques(Phase 5)

 
Instructor: Jim Berns
March 23rd & 24th, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday), 9am – 6pm (16 CEU hours)
$310 ($350 after March 10, 2019)

This class provides you with the sensitivity, awareness and palpation skills to engage the client’s physical and energetic body. Bridging the gap of the body and the mind, the physical and the emotions, and the conscious and the nervous system allows our work to go even more deeply within our clients and ourselves.
You Will Learn To:
· Develop more sensitivity in your hands and your whole body.
· Feel and follow the client’s inner and outer unwinding movements.
· Use specific techniques to bring balance to your client’s body: physically and energetically.
· Work distally from a point to release the body more fully.
· Barely move their body, yet release contractions deeply, easily, and with little effort.
This class can be the opening to a whole other world of subtle body therapy work. 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.
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SI Joint Dysfunction: Assessment and Treatment for LMTs and PTs Middleway Method Somatic Education

 
Instructors: Shari Sunshine and Tobin Rangdrol
April 6th & 7th, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday), 9am – 6pm (16 CEU hours)
$310 ($350 after March 21, 2019)

SI joint dysfunction, often at the root of low back pain, is a subtle and complicated phenomena, often with no single solution to the puzzle. To be most effective, therapists need to pay close attention to clients’ sensations, emotions, behaviors, and responses to treatment, working dynamically with what arises.
In this weekend workshop for practicing Massage Therapists and Physical Therapists, the goal is to give participants a solid foundation from which to begin the lifelong learning process that comes with the assessment and treatment of SI joint dysfunction.
In this workshop, participants will:
• Practice distinguishing between SI joint dysfunction and other similar conditions of the low back
• Review the Anatomy of the SI joint and surrounding structures
• Analyze some of the most common mechanisms of SI joint dysfunction
• Practice palpation, gait analysis, functional analysis, verbal and visual assessment to identify SI joint dysfunction
• Refine touch sensitivity for awareness of alignment, spasm, inhibition, and return to function in response to treatment
• Practice proprioceptive stimulation for functional balancing, and muscle activation for stabilization
• Experience core activation and pelvic floor activation
• Learn take-home exercises for client self-care


Shari Sunshine was one of the original founders of Ashland Massage Institute and the creator of Syntropy Insight Bodywork. She has worked as a healer and teacher since graduating from McKinnon Institute in 1978, and has a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Shari is now the Wellness Director at Ratna Ling Retreat Center in Sonoma County. Visit Ratna Ling at: http://ratnaling.org.

Tobin Rangdrol began studying Syntropy Insight Bodywork from his mother, Shari Sunshine, in 1997, and graduated from the Lomi O’luea School of Traditional Hawaiian Massage in 2002. He developed Middleway Method over 14 years teaching at Arcata School of Massage, in response to the need for comprehensive wellness education beyond the field of massage and bodywork. He is now the Director of Middleway Method, and a Somatic Educator in Arcata, CA. Visit Middleway Method at https://middlewaymethod.com.
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Advanced Myofascial Techniques Series -The Upright Ribcage

 
Instructor: Til Luchau
May 3rd, 2019 9 am - 5:30 pm (8 CEU hours)
$179 ($199 after April 11, 2019)

This special stand-alone class continues with myofascial techniques that dramatically improve your ability to work with the ribcage and related structures such as the spine, diaphragm and mediastinum. Increase your effectiveness when working with back pain, rib pain and injuries, ligament and joint conditions, respiratory issues, surgery recovery, thoracic stability, scoliosis and postural issues, and movement limitations.Completion of either our “Rib I,” “Spine, Rib, & Low Back,” and/or “Scoliosis” courses (via seminar or DVD) is highly recommended (though not required) preparation for this course. All are welcome!
Offered in partnership with Til Luchau’s Advanced-Trainings.com, the Advanced Myofascial Techniques series presents practicing somatic 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 common structural and functional 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. This season, we are fortunate to welcome Til Luchau himself to our school. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn from a true master!

Til Luchau
Til Luchau, Certified Advanced Rolfer®, is a popular presenter and author of the bestselling Advanced Myofascial Techniques books. He is a former faculty member and Coordinator of the Rolf Institute Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration program, as well as Adjunct Faculty in Naropa University’s graduate school of Somatic Psychology. His regular Myofascial Techniques column has appeared in Massage & Bodywork magazine since 2009, and his articles have been published in magazines and peer reviewed technical journals in Australia, Canada, Poland, Korea, Japan, the UK, and the USA. He directs and is a lead instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com. Til’s ability to connect interdisciplinary, big-picture ideas with practical, real-world applications has made his trainings and events popular worldwide.
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Advanced Myofascial Techniques Series - Scoliosis Parts I & II

 
Instructor: Til Luchau
May 4th & 5th, 9 am - 5:30 pm (Saturday) & 9 am - 4:30 pm (Sunday))
$359 ($379 after April 11, 2019)

Learn advanced myofascial and manual therapy techniques that dramatically improve your ability to work safely and effectively with scoliosis; movement restrictions of the trunk; as well as rib, spine, and thoracic pain (whether or not associated with scoliosis). The Scoliosis course is often referred to as the “culminating class” of the series, bringing together all the theoretical and practical aspects of the other courses in the Advanced Myofascial Techniques series. Completion of the “Spine, Ribs & Low Back” course (via DVD or seminar) is HIGHLY recommended, though not required.
Offered in partnership with Til Luchau’s Advanced-Trainings.com, the Advanced Myofascial Techniques series presents practicing somatic 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 common structural and functional 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. This season, we are fortunate to welcome Til Luchau himself to our school. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn from a true master!

Til LuchauTil Luchau, Certified Advanced Rolfer®, is a popular presenter and author of the bestselling Advanced Myofascial Techniques books. He is a former faculty member and Coordinator of the Rolf Institute Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration program, as well as Adjunct Faculty in Naropa University’s graduate school of Somatic Psychology. His regular Myofascial Techniques column has appeared in Massage & Bodywork magazine since 2009, and his articles have been published in magazines and peer reviewed technical journals in Australia, Canada, Poland, Korea, Japan, the UK, and the USA. He directs and is a lead instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com. Til’s ability to connect interdisciplinary, big-picture ideas with practical, real-world applications has made his trainings and events popular worldwide.
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Ortho-Bionomy® Exploration of Movement ‘Using Hands-on Movement to Analyze, Integrate, and Deepen Releases’

 
Instructor: Jim Berns
May 18th & 19th, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday), 9am – 6pm (16 CEU hours)
$310 ($350 after May 5, 2019)

In this hands-on class we will be adding movement on the table as an additional tool to help our clients be more open, pain-free, and flexible. You will gain additional hands-on techniques and sensitivity to evaluate where deeper blockages are, use movements to release the blockages, fluidly connect parts up, integrate at a very deep level in the body, and have self care homework for your clients. 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.
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When Structure Meets Energy Series-Connection: Where Body Meets Energy

 
Instructor: Jim Gilkeson
June 1st & 2nd, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday), 9am – 5pm (14 CEU hours)
$275 ($310 after May 16th, 2019)

Regardless of the healing modalities you use, there is a way to bring the world of energy and consciousness into your touchwork. “When Structure Meets Energy” is a course series for bodyworkers who want to blend energetic principles and practices with their bodywork practice. It is also a course for practitioners of subtle energetic disciplines who wish to incorporate the physical body into their work. Participants will work in a non-modality-bound way with both the physical structure and the energy field of their treatment partners. This series is about integrating energy work and bodywork practices into what can be called “energy-active bodywork.”
In Connection: Where Body Meets Energy you will learn to work at the cusp of the body’s physical structures and the energy that moves through and around them. In the process, you will learn several safe, effective strategies both for connecting with your partner in touchwork and for connecting with your own energy field in practices for your personal development.

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.
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Fascia Energetics Free Intro Lecture

 
Instructor: Matthew Schulman
June 7th, 2019 (Friday) 6pm - 9pm
Free)

If you have enrolled in the Fascia Energetics Head and Neck class and missed the Introduction weekend workshop on January 12-13, please plan to attend this free lecture covering introductory principles to this style of work. The lecture is open to the public for anyone interested in learning more about what Matthew has to offer.

Matthew Schulman has been a full time LMT since 2007 and has been training in Taoist martial arts since 2002. In addition to his training at AIM, Matthew learned the “old way” through apprenticeships and countless hours of study, practice, and meditation. He had the great opportunity to study closely with Paul Grilley who introduced him to many of the ideas and research that form the basis of this work. Fascia Energetics has come about as the result of these 16 years of learning and growth. It is Matthew’s hope to add this drop of knowledge to the bodywork field, helping it to grow and be accepted as the deep path for healing that it truly is.
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Fascia Energetics/ Head and Neck: Descending Yang Line

 
Instructor: Matthew Schulman
June 8th & 9th, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday), 9am – 5pm (14 CEU hours)
$275 ($310 after May 23, 2019)

In this class we will continue with the Fascia Energetics approach to the Connective Tissue/Chi relationship, focusing now on calming the 3rd Dan Tien (Head/Brain) and descending Yang Chi through the Yang Fascial lines.Yang Chi can get stuck in the Head and Neck causing excessive mental activity, over sensitive nervous system, pain and tension in the neck/shoulders, Lower Dan Tien deficiency, and chronic disembodiment. We will cover practices and techniques for descending Yang Chi while addressing the entire Fascial/Muscular/Skeletal structure of the Head and Neck.
This class is part of an ongoing series on Fascia Energetics. If you missed the Fascia Energetics Introduction weekend on January 12-13, 2019, please plan to attend Matthew’s free 3 hour lecture/introduction on June 7th from 6pm – 9pm.

Matthew Schulman has been a full time LMT since 2007 and has been training in Taoist martial arts since 2002. In addition to his training at AIM, Matthew learned the “old way” through apprenticeships and countless hours of study, practice, and meditation. He had the great opportunity to study closely with Paul Grilley who introduced him to many of the ideas and research that form the basis of this work. Fascia Energetics has come about as the result of these 16 years of learning and growth. It is Matthew’s hope to add this drop of knowledge to the bodywork field, helping it to grow and be accepted as the deep path for healing that it truly is.
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Touch, Empathy and Clarity: Energetic Strategies for Smart, Safe Connection

 
Instructor: Jim Gilkeson
June 22nd, 2019 (Saturday), 9am – 6pm (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.
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Ortho-Bionomy® Releases for the Spine & Pelvis- ‘Structure Governs Function’ (phase 4)

 
Instructor: Jim Berns
August 3rd & 4th, 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.
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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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