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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.

Things To Note:

** In order to partake in a continuing education course, participants are now required to provide proof of a negative COVID test within 72hrs of the course, or proof of vaccination status with no symptoms.

We value individual experience, as well as respect personal reasoning / privacy around this topic. If you are unvaccinated, and unsure how to obtain a free COVID test (whether insured or uninsured), please contact the office. AIM is prepared to provide a list of resources to help accommodate in the ways that we are able. We thank our community for your ongoing patience while we navigate these challenging deciscions to the best of our abilities. We will continue to support our participants while shifting through these times as a nurturing community.

** Due to COVID-19, class sizes will be limited. It is best to sign up as early as possible so that instructors may properly plan and know what to expect as far as numbers. Masks are currently required in all of AIM’s continuing education courses. Thorough sanitation protocols will continue to be followed as they have been.

** We have a new classroom space located downtown Ashland in the Railroad District. You will be able to find directions to our new space in your “Welcome Email”. You can expect to receive this email about a week out from the course that you are enrolled for. The classroom space is up a flight of stairs, meaning continuing education participants must be able to safely climb a flight of stairs in order to attend.

We are very excited to be offering hands on, in-person CE’s and are looking forward to safely meeting with the community once again.


Registration

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

When you register online, you can expect to receive a confirmation email as well as a receipt once processed by the office. You will also hear from AIM staff with details on what to expect regarding your specific course about a week out from the scheduled date! If you have questions in the meantime, feel free to call the office number listed above.

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.

** There is a special COVID-19 cancelation policy in place in order to protect students and staff so that we may continue to safely meet in person.


Course Descriptions: Updated 4/5/2022


Introduction to Active Cupping Techniques (DATE CHANGED)

 

Instructor:Jessica Masters
April 16, 2022 (Saturday), 9 am–6 pm (8 CE hours)
$175 ($195 after March 17, 2022)

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, is a graduate of Ashland Institute of Massage (2010). Jessica also holds a certification in Medical Massage, where she was first introduced to cups in 2014. She is the owner of Masters Medical Massage in Ashland, OR. Jessica has a passion for teaching and sharing her excitement about this incredibly effective modality.

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Nonviolent Communication Skills: Listening Deeply/Expressing Clearly

 

Instructor: Joanne Lescher
April 3, 2022 (Sunday) 9 am - 1 pm (4 Ethics/Communication CE hours)
$85 ($95 after March 17, 2022)

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 requirement for Oregon LMT license renewal.

Joanne LescherJoanne Lescher, CT, s 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”.

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Presence and Pacing, An Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

 

Instructors: Robyn-Michele Jones & Vileena Purpuri
April 7-10 (Thurs - Sun), 9 am-6 pm (28 CE hours)
$600 ($650 after March 24, 2022)

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a clothed modality that works deeply and gently, helping relieve stress and forward natural healing throughout the body. It is has been shown to be helpful for anxiety, chronic issues, injury healing, and trauma recovery. Students will become familiar with craniosacral system anatomy and practice techniques for both general and specific areas of the body. This course is also an introduction to perceptual shifts and practitioner skills which are useful in practicing any modality. Students will learn specific techniques for supporting nervous system settling. They will come away with a deeper understanding of the important role the practitioner plays in supporting the natural expression of Health. This Intro is a CEU course in itself. After attending this class, students can choose to apply to take the 2-year BCST Foundation Training continuing with Module 2, June 9-12, 2022.

 

Robyn-Michele Jones, CMT, RCST® is an approved teacher of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and director of the Intrinsic Touch Institute. She has studied and practiced many modalities since 1983. She is particularly drawn to the fluid interface between the energetic and the physical as is practiced in Myofascial Release and BCST. Absolutely excited by all there is to learn and share, Robyn Michele delights in bringing variety to the experiential and didactic pieces in the classroom. Her teaching style is clear, collaborative, and engaging.

Vileena Purpuri, RCST®, has been offering bodywork sessions for over 25 years. She began her study of craniosacral therapy in 1997 and received her approved teacher status in BCST in 2019. In addition, she has been a Rosen Method Bodywork practitioner since 2004. Having studied and assisted with many different teachers, and especially inspired through deepening in Stillness and the Heart, she is passionate to pass on what she has received. She looks to Mother Nature as one of her greatest teachers of this work and life.

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Advanced Myofascial Techniques: Headaches and Migraines

 

Instructor:Laureen Sutton
April 22, 2022 9 am-5:30 pm (8 CE hours, NCBTMB approved)
$179 ($199 after April 7, 2022)

Learn Advanced Myofascial Techniques that dramatically improve your ability to work with common types of head, sinus and eye pain, common headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, and more.
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

Laureen Sutton, co-owner and faculty member of Ashland Institute of Massage (AIM) Laureen Sutton, LMT, CAMT II is co-owner/director and an instructor at AIM as well as an instructor for Til Luchau’s Advanced-Trainings.com. She feels fortunate to be able to combine her passion for teaching with a style of bodywork which emphasizes proprioceptive awareness, movement, and a collaborative approach to working with clients. Laureen’s private practice utilizes Advanced Myofascial Techniques and deep presence to help clients with unusual situations. Laureen combines clarity of presentation with a relaxed and engaging teaching style in the classroom.

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Advanced Myofascial Techniques: Neck, Jaw & Head

 

Instructor:Laureen Sutton
April 23 & 24, 2022 9 am-5:30 pm (16 CE hours, NCBTMB approved)
$359 ($379 after April 7, 2022)

Learn highly effective Advanced Myofascial Techniques for reducing pain and balancing neck function. Dramatically improve your ability to work with fixations, whiplash, migraines, jaw issues, and more.
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

Laureen Sutton, co-owner and faculty member of Ashland Institute of Massage (AIM) Laureen Sutton, LMT, CAMT II is co-owner/director and an instructor at AIM as well as an instructor for Til Luchau’s Advanced-Trainings.com. She feels fortunate to be able to combine her passion for teaching with a style of bodywork which emphasizes proprioceptive awareness, movement, and a collaborative approach to working with clients. Laureen’s private practice utilizes Advanced Myofascial Techniques and deep presence to help clients with unusual situations. Laureen combines clarity of presentation with a relaxed and engaging teaching style in the classroom.

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When Structure Meets Energy Series: The Body Unwound

 

Instructor:Jim Gilkeson
April 30 & May 1, 2022 (Sat & Sun), 9 am–5 pm (14 CE hours)
$295 ($325 after April 14, 2022)

In this class, you will learn hands-on skills for working with regions of the body that hold stress that often comes as the result of forceful events and injury. These gentle, non-forcing techniques allow the body to unwind according to its own natural intelligence and self-correcting mechanisms. Major topics of the workshop are:
– unwinding legs and feet, arms and hands, head and neck;
– releasing held energy from within the body;
– understanding the potential for working with trauma.

Jim Gilkeson Jim Gilkeson, CST, 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. His gentle soul and quiet wisdom permeate his teachings, and bring a sweet magnetism to his presence in the classroom.

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Neuromuscular Therapy: The Anterior Neck

 

Instructor: Joseph Micketti
June 4, 2022, 9 am–4:30 pm (6 CE hours)
$135 ($155 after May 19, 2022)

Dare to go where few therapists go – the muscles of the anterior neck. Chronic neck pain often involves the anterior muscles of the cervical spine, but therapists usually focus treatment on the posterior muscles, missing out on crucial aspects of therapeutic treatment. We will explore this territory and learn how to skillfully apply therapeutic touch in order to release tension and trigger points in these anterior cervical muscles, changing the perception of the anterior neck being a hands-off area.
Muscles we will cover in this class: Supra- and Infra- Hyoids, Rectus Capitis Anterior and Lateralis, Longus Capitis and Longus Colli, Digastric, Scalenes, and Sternocleidomastoid.

Joseph Micketti, faculty member of Ashland Institute of Massage (AIM)Josheph Micketti, LMT, NMT, s a 1985 graduate of Boulder School of Massage Therapy. He spent four years on the teaching staff of Neuromuscular Therapy, St. John Method. Joseph has been a foundational piece of the AIM curriculum since 1994. His massage practice is based on injury rehabilitation and pain reversal using deep tissue techniques. Joseph and his wife, Janie Chandler, co-own Advanced Myotherapy in Ashland.

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Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care for Bodyworkers

 

Instructors: Christa Rodriguez
June 5, 2022 (Sunday), 9:30 am-4:00pm (6 Ethics/Communication/Boundaries CE hours) $135 ($155 after May 19, 2022)

According to the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, approximately 70% of the population has endured one traumatic event in their lifetime. This theory & discussion-based class is intended for massage therapists and bodyworkers wanting to learn how to help ease the burden of trauma for their clients. We will explore the types of trauma, how it may manifest in the mind & body, the primary principles of Trauma-Informed Care, communication cues, establishing safety, co-creating empowerment, scope of practice and more. Students will have the ample opportunity to interact with each other and in small groups throughout the course.

Christa M. Rodriguez

Christa M. Rodriguez, LMT, is a 2006 Ashland Institute of Massage alumna and is the school’s Massage Foundations instructor. Presently, Christa is serving her second term on the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists. Since 2012, Christa has taught several continuing education courses on topics such as business development, insurance billing, ethics, & communication.  Her teaching style is dynamic, passionate, & collaborative – she knows how to make tough topics engaging! Christa’s client-centered, integrative massage practice is based in Medford, OR.

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Active Isolated Stretching for the Spine

 

Instructor: Joshua Morton
June 18-19, 2022 (Sat & Sun) 9 am-6:00 pm (16 CE hours NCBTMB Approved)
$335 ($365 after June 2, 2022)

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic technique that stretches muscles, tendons, and fascia specific to anatomical planes of movement. It remodels the body using gentle, rhythmic movements that avoid triggering the myotactic reflex, which causes a contraction in the tissues being stretched. Utilizing the principles developed by Aaron Mattes, this unique stretching modality restores joint mobility, reduces muscular/fascial tension, changes neurology and improves circulation. Repeated, active muscle contractions along with gentle stretches create a venous/lymphatic pump, decreasing inflammation and combating disease. Using this system of pain free movements, the body is retrained and balance is restored to the joint.

         In this basic level class students will learn to identify the physiology behind AIS and how it can be applied to promote recovery from injury and support the natural healing process in the body. We will use ROM and palpation to evaluate the quality of movement and muscles before and after treatment, as well as determining when it is safe to perform stretching and which stretches to apply. This course will address working with scoliosis, disc conditions, spondylo/retrolisthesis as well as hardware considerations and post-op rehabilitation.

Joshua Morton, LMT, MAISS, MMLT is Co-owner/Master Instructor with AIS Northwest, LLC. Joshua has extensive training with Aaron Mattes, the creator of Active Isolated Stretching, and over 20 years teaching. Joshua is one of the leading AIS practitioners and instructors internationally. Joshua offers students in-depth experience and expertise in a supportive learning environment.

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GuaSha

 

Instructor: Tina Smith
June 25, 2022 (Saturday) 9 am-1:00 pm (4 CE hours)
$100 ($110 after June 9, 2022)

 

Gua Sha is a wonderful modality that can relax muscles, release fascial tension, and bring circulation to tense areas.  It can be integrated into most massages and brings great results to most clients. In Gua Sha, the massage therapist uses a round-edged tool to pressure and scrape skin. Gua Sha can address tight muscle fibers or areas of congestion or tension and help to release them effectively.

Please bring a GuaSha tool of your choosing to the class as well as a massage gel to use. There will be a few Gua Sha tools for sale (cash only) during the course.

Tina Smith, LMT, 

 

 

 

 

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Ortho-Bionomy® Releases using Isometric and Isotonic Techniques

 

Instructors:Jim Berns and Melissa Malm
Sept 17 & 18, 2022 (Saturday & Sunday), 9 am–6 pm (16 CE hours, NCBTMB approved)
$335 ($365 after September 1, 2022)

Isometric and Isotonic techniques add the additional tool of active movement to your therapeutic sessions. This can bring the element of strengthening into your session, giving the therapist an additional approach to releasing contracted areas. Isometrics and Isotonics can be invaluable for releasing “hard-to-reach” restrictions, without creating pain. Through the use of reciprocal inhibition, the muscle can be engaged, self-correcting reflexes can be stimulated, and habitual holding patterns can be released. These techniques can encourage clients to actively participate in their session and can easily become homework for self-care. Learn a fast and effective tool for your practice that is gentle for your clients and easy on your body.

Ortho-Bionomy® is a registered trademark of the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International, Inc. and is used with permission.
Jim BernsJim Berns, Registered Ortho-Bionomy® Advanced Instructor, has taught internationally for over forty years. He is coauthor of Ortho-Bionomy: A Practical Manual. Jim was trained by osteopath Arthur Lincoln Pauls, D.O., 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 teaching detailed information, a compassionate heart, and a unique sense of humor.
Melissa Malm, LMT, Registered Ortho-Bionomy® Instructor, has been a student and practitioner of massage and bodywork since 1997. She studied in the Bay Area both at the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville and the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley. In 2007, Melissa discovered Ortho-Bionomy and realized she had found her bodywork “home.” She is an Advanced Practitioner and in 2020 became a Registered Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy.

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We hope you’ll join us for a refreshing experience within the bodywork education world. We are looking forward to seeing you all practicing in person once again!

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Teaching Opportunities

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