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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


Fascia Energetics - Neck and Shoulders


Instructor: Matthew Schulman
February 8 & 9, 2020 (Saturday & Sunday), 9 am–5 pm (14 CEU hours)
$275 ($310 after January 23, 2020)

Chronic pain and restriction occur in the fascia more than in the muscles. In this class we will cover techniques to target the fascia in the neck and shoulders to provide long term changes in people’s bodies. There are 3 goals – Increase ROM, Correct Posture, Reduce Pain.

Matthew Schulman, LMT 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 17 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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Kinesiology Review and Trivia Night: Muscles of the Gluteal Region


Instructor: Trout America
February 11, 2020 (Tuesday), 6 pm-9 pm (3 CE hours)
$60($65 after January 28, 2020)


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. Muscles of the Gluteal Region – 02/11/2020; Muscles of the Medial Thigh – 02/25/2020; Muscles of the Posterior Thigh – 03/10/2020; Muscles of the Anterior Thigh – 03/24/2020; Muscles of the Anterior and Lateral Leg – 04/07/2020; Muscles of the Posterior Leg – 04/21/2020.

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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Ortho-Bionomy® Upper Extremities ‘Structure Governs Function’


Instructor: Jim Berns
February 22 & 23, 2020 (Sat & Sun), 9 am-6 pm (16 CE hours, NCBTMB approved)
$310 ($350 after Feb 6, 2020)

Ortho-Bionomy® uses osteopathic-based gentle body positions and movements to stimulate self-correcting reflexes with the muscles and nerves. These responses can move the client out of pain and discomfort within 10-30 seconds. This method is very specific, structure oriented, and easily integrated into any body therapy. In this class, you will learn how to apply gentle pain relief techniques for shoulders, scapula, elbows, wrists, clavicle, and all the bones of the hand. This work is amazingly effective, yet gentle and easy on your body.

Jim BernsJim Berns, Ortho-Bionomy®–Registered Advanced Instructorhas 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). With more than three decades of teaching, Jim brings detailed information, a compassionate heart, and a unique sense of humor to the classroom.
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Kinesiology Review and Trivia Night: Muscles of the Medial Thigh


Instructor: Trout America
February 25, 2020 (Tuesday), 6 pm-9 pm (3 CE hours)
$60($65 after February 11, 2020)


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. Muscles of the Gluteal Region – 02/11/2020; Muscles of the Medial Thigh – 02/25/2020; Muscles of the Posterior Thigh – 03/10/2020; Muscles of the Anterior Thigh – 03/24/2020; Muscles of the Anterior and Lateral Leg – 04/07/2020; Muscles of the Posterior Leg – 04/21/2020.

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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Nonviolent Communication Skills: Listening Deeply/Expressing Clearly


Instructor: Joanne Lescher
February 29, 2020 (Saturday), 8 am-12 pm (4 CE hours, Ethics/Communication/Boundaries)
$75 ($85 after February 13, 2020)


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 address your real-life experiences, and you will 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 LescherJoanne 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.”
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Intro to Insurance Billing for LMTs


Instructor: Christa Rodriguez
March 7, 2020 (Saturday), 9 pm–4 pm (6 CE hours)
$125 ($140 after February 20, 2020)


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 Massage Foundations 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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Kinesiology Review and Trivia Night: Muscles of the Posterior Thigh


Instructor: Trout America
March 10, 2020 (Tuesday), 6 pm-9 pm (3 CE hours)
$60($65 after February 25, 2020)


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. Muscles of the Gluteal Region – 02/11/2020; Muscles of the Medial Thigh – 02/25/2020; Muscles of the Posterior Thigh – 03/10/2020; Muscles of the Anterior Thigh – 03/24/2020; Muscles of the Anterior and Lateral Leg – 04/07/2020; Muscles of the Posterior Leg – 04/21/2020.

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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The Yoga of a Master Practitioner


Instructor: Janie Chandler
March 14, 2020 (Saturday), 9:30 am–5 pm (6 CE hours)
$125 ($140 after February 27, 2019)

Increase the potency of your touch and extend the longevity of your practice. The yoga of a master practitioner is how we consciously make our bodies available as a conduit of the Life Force Impulse for the purpose of healing. Practicing this “yoga” allows energy to move freely in our bodies and be skillfully directed, rather than needing to strive, push, or force anything. Using breath, posture, core strength and meditation, your practitioner presence will rise to a whole new level. By preparing the ground ahead of time you’ll make the conditions favorable for the flow of prana to move through your body, making your mere presence a healing force. This is not a yoga class per se, but uses the word yoga to indicate the union of the practitioner with Life Force or prana, in order to be a most effective conduit in the context of a hands-on practice. This class will be very experiential, focusing on you and your energy rather than your clients. Drawing from her 30+ years of practitioner experience at the massage table and her decades long study of yoga, Janie shares the consciousness and body disciplines of a master practitioner which affect the power and efficacy of any treatment modality.

Janie Chandler, LMT, is an Advanced Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner and a founding faculty member of Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine Certification Program. Her breadth of personal and professional knowledge of the work, combined with an articulate, fun and authentic teaching style, makes her a powerful teacher and a transformational practitioner.
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Introduction to Active Cupping Techniques


Instructor: Jessica Masters
March 15, 2020 (Sunday), 9 am–6 pm (8 CE hours)
$165 ($185 after February 27, 2020)

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 nine 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.
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Neuromuscular Therapy: The Anterior Neck


Instructor: Joseph Micketti
March 21, 2020 (Sunday), 9 am–4:30 pm (6 CE hours)
$125 ($140 after March 5, 2020)

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)Joseph Micketti, LMT, NMT is a 1985 graduate of Boulder School of Massage Therapy. He spent eight years on the teaching staff of Neuromuscular Therapy, St. John Method. Joseph’s 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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Kinesiology Review and Trivia Night: Muscles of the Anterior Thigh


Instructor: Trout America
March 24, 2020 (Tuesday), 6 pm-9 pm (3 CE hours)
$60($65 after March 10, 2020)


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. Muscles of the Gluteal Region – 02/11/2020; Muscles of the Medial Thigh – 02/25/2020; Muscles of the Posterior Thigh – 03/10/2020; Muscles of the Anterior Thigh – 03/24/2020; Muscles of the Anterior and Lateral Leg – 04/07/2020; Muscles of the Posterior Leg – 04/21/2020.

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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When Structure Meets Energy Series: The Body Unwound


Instructor: Jim Gilkeson
March 28 & 29, 2020 (Sat & Sun), 9 am–5 pm (14 CE hours)
$275 ($310 after March 12, 2020)


This class applies gentle hands-on skills to work with regions of the body that hold stress and injury. Pain, injury and stress in tissues often occur as the result of a forceful event or events. Using gentle, non-forcing techniques allows the body to unwind with its own innate wisdom. We will work in a non-forcing way with the body’s 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 GilkesonJim 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. His gentle soul and quiet wisdom permeate his teachings, bring a sweet magnetism to his presence in the classroom.
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Fascia Energetics - Low Back and Pelvis


Instructor: Matthew Schulman
April 4 & 5, 2020 (Saturday & Sunday), 9 am–5 pm (14 CEU hours)
$275 ($310 after March 19, 2020)

Chronic pain and restriction occur in the fascia more than in the muscles. In this class we will cover techniques to target the fascia in the neck and shoulders to provide long term changes in people’s bodies. There are 3 goals – Increase ROM, Correct Posture, Reduce Pain.

Matthew Schulman, LMT 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 17 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.
Register


Kinesiology Review and Trivia Night: Muscles of the Anterior and Lateral Leg


Instructor: Trout America
April 7, 2020 (Tuesday), 6 pm-9 pm (3 CE hours)
$60($65 after March 24, 2020)


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. Muscles of the Gluteal Region – 02/11/2020; Muscles of the Medial Thigh – 02/25/2020; Muscles of the Posterior Thigh – 03/10/2020; Muscles of the Anterior Thigh – 03/24/2020; Muscles of the Anterior and Lateral Leg – 04/07/2020; Muscles of the Posterior Leg – 04/21/2020.

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: Muscles of the Posterior Leg


Instructor: Trout America
April 21, 2020 (Tuesday), 6 pm-9 pm (3 CE hours)
$60($65 after April 7, 2020)


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. Muscles of the Gluteal Region – 02/11/2020; Muscles of the Medial Thigh – 02/25/2020; Muscles of the Posterior Thigh – 03/10/2020; Muscles of the Anterior Thigh – 03/24/2020; Muscles of the Anterior and Lateral Leg – 04/07/2020; Muscles of the Posterior Leg – 04/21/2020.

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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Active Isolated Stretching - Upper Body


Instructor: Joshua Morton
April 25 & 26, 2020 (Sat & Sun), 9 am–5 pm (14 CE hours, NCBTMB approved)
$275 ($310 after April 9, 2020)

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. The simple yet profound difference is to avoid triggering the myotactic reflex. Repeated active muscle contractions along with gentle stretches create a venous/lymphatic pump, decreasing inflammation and combating disease. Dysfunctional movement patterns are exposed. Using pain free movements, the tissues are retrained and balance is restored to the joint. In this basic level class you will identify the physiology behind AIS and how it applies to healing. Contraindications and safety concerns as they apply to stretching will also be addressed. We will evaluate range and quality of movement before and after stretching, and apply the techniques to treat a wide variety of disorders in the shoulders, cervical spine and jaw. The material presented covers frozen shoulder, TMJ, thoracic outlet syndrome, whiplash and other upper body conditions.

Joshua MortonJoshua Morton, LMT, MAISS, MMLT,s a co-owner and Master Instructor with AIS Northwest, LLC. Joshua has over 2000 hrs. training with Aaron Mattes, the creator of Active Isolated Stretching and over 15 years teaching AIS. 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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Ethics for the Real World: Beyond the Basics


Instructor: Til Luchau
April 30, 2020 (Thursday), 5pm -9pm (4 CE hours, Ethics/Communication/Boundaries, NCBTMB approved)
$75 ($85 after April 9, 2020)

Designed for experienced practitioners, this very popular and engaging course uses real-life scenarios to give participants a new understanding about the power and potential of the client/practitioner relationship. The focus is on fresh perspectives relating to boundaries, compassion, responsibility, money, effectiveness, and other real-world issues. This course meets the 4 hour Ethics/Communication requirement for Oregon LMT license renewal and satisfies NCBTMB renewal requirements relevant to Standard V: Roles and Boundaries

Til LuchauTil Luchau, Certified Advanced Rolfer®,is a lead instructor and director of Advanced-Trainings.com. Til’s background includes faculty member of the Rolf Institute, resident practitioner at the Esalen Institute, and adjunct faculty member of Naropa University‘s Somatic Psychology Department. He has trained thousands of practitioners in his popular courses at schools and centers in more than a dozen countries across six continents. Til is the author of an Advanced Myofascial Techniques textbook series, and his regular column has appeared in Massage & Bodywork magazine since 2009. 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 - Sciatica and Disc Issues


Instructor: Til Luchau
May 1, 2020 (Friday), 9am-5:30 (8 CE hours, NCBTMB approved)
$179 ($199 after April 9, 2020)

Learn advanced myofascial techniques that dramatically improve your ability to work with Sciatica, Pseudo-sciatica, and sciatic pain; Hamstring Syndrome, Piriformis Syndrome, related lumbar disc issues; and more in this one day stand-alone class. 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 myofascial training at AIM or are ready to expand the therapeutic value of your work, this series of classes will be deeply satisfying.

Til LuchauTil Luchau, Certified Advanced Rolfer®,is a lead instructor and director of Advanced-Trainings.com. Til’s background includes faculty member of the Rolf Institute, resident practitioner at the Esalen Institute, and adjunct faculty member of Naropa University‘s Somatic Psychology Department. He has trained thousands of practitioners in his popular courses at schools and centers in more than a dozen countries across six continents. Til is the author of an Advanced Myofascial Techniques textbook series, and his regular column has appeared in Massage & Bodywork magazine since 2009. 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 - Inflammation


Instructor: Til Luchau
May 2 & 3, 2020 (Sat & Sun): 9 am-5:30 pm (Sat); 9 am-4:30 pm (Sun) (16 CE hours, NCBTMB approved)
$359 ($379 after April 9, 2020)

Inflammation is involved in nearly all musculoskeletal issues (including joint pain, muscle soreness, many neuropathies, chronic pain, and more). But working with inflammation can be a real puzzle: sometimes hands-on work can clearly help; other times, massage or bodywork can worsen inflammatory reactions. What makes the difference? And, how does inflammation cause pain? Can our emerging understanding of pain and the brain inform our work with inflammation as well? Join popular presenter and instructor Til Luchau as he helps clarify inflammation’s complexity and offers practical suggestions for your work. Based on input from active researchers, recent studies, and expert clinicians, topics will include: • Understanding inflammation’s progression and resolution • Types of inflammation • Pain, the brain, and inflammation • A toolbox overview of specific techniques, goals, and strategies for working with different types of inflammation.

Til LuchauTil Luchau, Certified Advanced Rolfer®,is a lead instructor and director of Advanced-Trainings.com. Til’s background includes faculty member of the Rolf Institute, resident practitioner at the Esalen Institute, and adjunct faculty member of Naropa University‘s Somatic Psychology Department. He has trained thousands of practitioners in his popular courses at schools and centers in more than a dozen countries across six continents. Til is the author of an Advanced Myofascial Techniques textbook series, and his regular column has appeared in Massage & Bodywork magazine since 2009. 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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When Structure Meets Energy Series:Touch, Presence & Healing


Instructor: Jim Gilkeson
May 16 & 17, 2020 (Sat & Sun), 9 am–5 pm (14 CE hours)
$275 ($310 after April 30, 2020)


This class teaches you to work at the cusp of structure and energy. You will learn to use the physical body as a “handle” on physical, emotional, and psycho-spiritual processes. This is a non-modality bound approach to energetic bodywork. We will cover the development of bodyworker to healer, as well as the recurring psycho-spiritual themes in energetic work and their application in energy-active bodywork. You will learn: Four broadly applicable energy-based treatments that demonstrate principles of touch, connection and presence; Personal meditative energetic practices that apply to your development as a therapist; Recurring psycho-spiritual themes in energetic work and their application in energy-active bodywork.

Jim GilkesonJim 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. His gentle soul and quiet wisdom permeate his teachings, bring a sweet magnetism to his presence in the classroom.
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Conscious Practice: Professionalism, Partnership and Communication Strategies


Instructor: Jordan Barton
May 23, 2020 (Saturday), 9 am–6 pm (8 CE hours)
$165 ($185 after May 7, 2020)


How we talk and what we say about the massage industry outside our studio is a foundation for our professional development. We will look at communication styles, ideals of professionalism, strategic patterns and the application of a graceful practice from the outside in. You will develop tools for personal development in relation to your individual practice and awareness of the larger industry that surrounds us. In this course we will review communication archetypes, tools for identifying and engaging various individuals in order to elevate customer service experiences, and how professionalism is a core concept for growth. We will also look at ways to outline and apply strategic action planning for tracking and completion. Applying this awareness will uplevel your professionalism, and the wider view of the industry in general.

Jordan Barton, LMT is a graduate of Ashland Institute of Massage’s class of 1994, and has not stopped moving since! Over the last 25 years he has worked across the country with addiction patients, practiced sports and medical massage, and managed a premiere resort spa among other things. He has a vast knowledge of industry and team dynamics, the importance of professional standards, and tools for navigating practitioner safety in the workplace. An educator since 2005, Jordan has also served on the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists.
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Deep Pressure, Body Mechanics and the Keys to Longevity


Instructor: Jordan Barton
May 24, 2020 (Sunday), 10 am–2 pm (4 CE hours)
$80 ($90 after May 7, 2020)


Review the basics, see them from another perspective, and apply your craft with new tools to create the core services your clients want and you know they need. This course negotiates the use of and access to areas of the body – it is not a specific treatment and technique course. These tools are meant to be applied as a foundation for work that students have already been taught, or will receive in the future. There will be hands-on exchange; critique from individuals in the group as well as the instructor; and self assessment and peer support skills. We will discuss new tools (including body cushions and table styles) and how to adjust for varying client body types.

Jordan Barton, LMT is a graduate of Ashland Institute of Massage’s class of 1994, and has not stopped moving since! Over the last 25 years he has worked across the country with addiction patients, practiced sports and medical massage, and managed a premiere resort spa among other things. He has a vast knowledge of industry and team dynamics, the importance of professional standards, and tools for navigating practitioner safety in the workplace. An educator since 2005, Jordan has also served on the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists.
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Ortho-Bionomy® Lower Extremities ‘Structure Governs Function’


Instructor: Jim Berns
May 30 & 31, 2020 (Sat & Sun), 9 am – 6 pm (16 CE hours, NCBTMB approved)
$310 ($350 after May 14, 2020)

Ortho-Bionomy® uses osteopathic-based gentle body positions and movements to stimulate self-correcting reflexes with the muscles and nerves. These responses can move the client out of pain and discomfort within 10-30 seconds. This method is very specific, structure oriented, and easily integrated into any body therapy. In this class, you will learn how to apply gentle pain relief techniques for knees, patella, femur head, ankle, and all the bones of the feet. This work is amazingly effective, yet gentle and easy on your body.

Jim BernsJim Berns, Ortho-Bionomy®–Registered Advanced Instructorhas 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). With more than three decades of teaching, Jim brings detailed information, a compassionate heart, and a unique sense of humor to the classroom.
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