Weekend Workshops

In addition to longer programs, CRSMT also provides continuing education opportunities in the form of weekend workshops throughout the core curriculum of the Massage Therapy Program. These workshops allow us to take advantage of the many varied specialties of our Instructor staff and present a different assortment of workshops in each term.

Workshops are open to currently enrolled students, CRSMT alumni, and the wider community! Space is limited so please inquire promptly about availability.

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Ten Zo

Sandy Anderson
8 Hours, $160
December 16th, 2017
May 26th, 2018

For clients who are uncomfortable removing their clothes for a massage treatment, or who cannot get down on the floor to receive a shiatsu or Thai massage treatment on a futon, Ten Zo is the answer.  Ten Zo is a treatment given to a fully-clothed client on a massage table.  It uses Western concepts such as a knowledge of anatomy and the ability to palpate muscle tension, and kneading, elbow and forearm techniques from massage therapy.  The Eastern concepts of qi, kyo and jitsu are incorporated along with palming, thumbing and range of motion techniques for the hips, shoulders and neck from shiatsu.

To elongate muscles, stretches for the arms, legs and back from Thai massage complete the treatment. Techniques will be shown a few steps at a time and by the end of the workshop, participants will have incorporated all of the steps into a full-body treatment.

Clothing:  Due to the nature of the stretches used, loose-fitting pants (elastic waist or drawstring) and a loose-fitting top are required.  Tank tops, shorts and skirts should not be worn because of the risk of exposure. Jeans and other types of pants with zippers should not be worn because they are too constricting for the stretches.

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Hand and Foot Thai Massage Techniques

Sandy Anderson
6 Hours, $120
December 17th, 2017
May 27th, 2018

Do you want to expand your skills in a new and refreshing way? Have you been interested in Thai massage but are not sure where to start? During this unique workshop, you will be introduced to Thai massage by learning hand and foot methods that are designed to enhance your Western massage treatments, or can be offered as a separate modality. These exciting detailed techniques include using balms (optional), and wrapping the hands and feet; Thai thumb, finger, and knuckle glides, presses, and point work; and Thai stretches for the wrist, fingers, ankle, and lower leg. This workshop will show you how to easily integrate these techniques into a 30, 60, or 90 minute massage. You will also learn how to create a relaxing and rejuvenating 30 or 60 minute treatment using just these techniques. Additional discussion includes the incorporation of these techniques into chair massage and sports massage.

Participants can either remain fully clothed or be draped for this workshop. If you choose to remain fully clothed, wear loose fitting apparel that allows easy access to your hands, forearms, feet, and lower legs.

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Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga

Samantha Saladino
8 Hours, $160
TBD

This class will cover the essentials of yoga anatomy and help students deepen their own practice, work more effectively with clients and have a stronger grasp on anatomy and physiology; both western and eastern. The class will explore anatomy, physiology and Yoga through the practice of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation. This class will focus on the chakra system of eastern philosophy and the western anatomy of the endocrine system, the musculoskeletal system, nervous system and the respiratory system.

The workshop is great for body workers, yoga practitioners, dancers, athletes, or people wanting to deepen their understanding of the inner workings of the body and strengthen their private practice.

Lomi Lomi Massage

Marla Simms
16 Hours, $320
TBD

This workshop is an introduction to the flow and dance of Hawaiian massage.  The contents represent teachings that are being passed down from the kumu (teacher) in their purest form.  This style of Lomi Lomi uses the forearms almost exclusively.   Exposure to these techniques gives new and seasoned bodyworkers more options than simply using the hands and fingers.  This bodywork is at once rhythmic, stimulating and soothing.  This workshop teaches a basic Lomi Lomi routine which will consist of prone/supine/side lying approaches.  It is fast pace, forgiving and embraced by Aloha!

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Yoga for Strength and Endurance Workshop

Samantha Saladino
4 hours, $80
TBD

In this workshop, we will explore the anatomy of the body through the practice of alignment based asana (yoga poses), vinyasa (yoga flow) and pranayama (breath work). The techniques explored will educate the student about the body as well as learning techniques to move deeper into the poses in a safe and sustainable manner. All levels are welcome and encouraged to come with an open mind willing to explore the landscape of the body, mind and soul.

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Cosmology and Symbolism: Using Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine To See Energy Patterns In Your Clients

Dr. Lou Walters
8 Hours, $160
TBD

Ancient Chinese people noticed patterns between energy cycles in nature and in the human body.  They believed the human body was a mini representation of all the things that happen in the universe.  Disease and pathology are due to that energy getting stuck.  In this 8 hour seminar Dr. Lou Walters, a naturopathic physician specializing in holistic healthcare, will cover Eastern verses Western thought, yin and yang, Five Element Theory, and the ancient symbolism of the twelve meridians.  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) principles will be utilized to help you see the symbols and patterns of nature in your clients to help guide your treatments.

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PTSD: Helping to Break the Cycle Through Touch

Matthew Howe
16 Hours, $320
April 21st-22nd, 2018

This workshop will help the massage professional gain understanding of what PTSD is, and what can be done to help. We will explore what our role and scope can be in the healing process. This class will teach you how to work with trauma and elevated nervous activity. You will learn techniques that will help clients turn down the noise in their tissues. We will provide the therapists time to grow in their experience through hands-on time and focused instructor attention.

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Nutrition Made Simple: Optimizing Health and Preventing Disease Through Food

Dr. Lou Walters
6 Hours, $120
TBD

With Dr. Lou Walters, a naturopathic physician specializing in holistic healthcare.  Many of the chronic diseases that plague humans today are largely rooted in the food people choose to eat over time.  This 6 hour seminar will combine modern knowledge with traditional wisdom to:

 

  • Make sense of the medical jargon, especially around fats and carbs.
  • Understand the functions of each nutrient and the foods that contain them.
  • Maximize the nutrient content in your food through how to pick, store, and cook it.
  • Make choices to improve performance, focus, and long-term health.
  • Optimize digestion to improve nutrient absorption.
  • Find the right “diet” for you.
  • Assess your own nutritional health status.

 

In addition to the self-assessment tool, musculoskeletal and nervous system supporting nutrients will be reviewed.  Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Walters was an actor, stand-up comic, and public high school teacher in Los Angeles.  The seminar will be entertaining as well as informative.

RockTape: Functional Movement Techniques – Basic

 Dr. Steve Capobianco
16 Hours, $320
TBD

This course introduces the concept of movement therapy and enhancement via functional taping methods. It includes a review of the current literature supporting the theory of kinesiology taping for the purposes of rehabilitation, edema/swelling management, neuropathic pain, scar mobility and postural management. FMT Basic is an evidence-informed kinesiology taping course that redefines our understanding of the effects of elastic therapeutic taping on pain mitigation, circulation and proprioception. FMT Basic lays the groundwork for a practical framework of ‘taping movement, not muscles’ to replace an outdated model focused on directional taping to activate or inhibit muscles.

This course is intended for practitioners and therapists with all levels of experience with taping. All supplies needed for the course are provided.

Education Objectives of FMT Basic

At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the physiological effects of kinesiology taping
  • Master functional taping and understand its role and use for the applications of rehabilitation, edema management, neuropathic pain, scar mobility and posture improvement.
  • Introduce the concept of a longitudinal muscle chain approach to the elastic therapeutic taping and a myofascial sequencing model of “Taping movements, not muscles.”
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Prenatal Massage

Kaysie Noll
16 Hours, $320
April 14th-15th, 2018

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to discuss the benefits of pregnancy massage, identify the changes in the anatomy and physiology of the pregnant body, outline pregnancy by trimesters, and utilize positioning and massage techniques that will benefit the pregnant client. During the course we will practice demonstrated hands on techniques and learn how to utilize health intake forms designed for the pregnant client. We will prioritize the development of communication skills which will assist in creating a treatment plan for the pregnant client. Additionally, students will learn to define what constitutes a “high risk” pregnancy and identify contraindications and precautions while massaging the pregnant client.

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Oncology Massage

Vickie Torrey
16 Hours, $320
TBD

This class explores and dispels the personal and professional fears about working with clients experiencing cancer or other chronic health conditions. Through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice, students learn about: benefits of massage/bodywork for cancer patients, communication with clients and allied health care professionals, massage skills for cancer patients, compassionate touch techniques, and working with end-stage patients.

What are the accommodations like?

We are on occasion able to accommodate Weekend Workshop participants on campus, but typically our housing is booked with students of our core curriculum. We are happy to recommend accommodations at local vacation rental spots or hotels. We also invite you to visit the Samara Infocenter. They provide free assistance with travel plans and everything to do with Samara and the area.

How do I get there?

We recommend that you book your flight into Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, Costa Rica. LIR is about 2 hours from Playa Samara via car or shuttle. There are several rental car options, or you can take an airport shuttle. There are many shuttles and taxi drivers posted at the airport, but we recommend booking your shuttle in advance through the Samara Infocenter. Rates for shuttles can range $100-$130 one way.

Our campus is located in the heart of Playa Samara down the little road that runs behind the Banco Nacional across from the Pali grocery store.

What do I do when I get there?

We recommend that you arrive to Playa Samara on the Thursday or Friday before your workshop. Please get in touch with our local staff via email at info@crsmt.com, phone: 2656-0491, or by stopping by the office. We would love to meet you, give you a campus tour, and provide you with campus keys.

Our campus is located in the heart of Playa Samara down the little road that runs behind the Banco Nacional across from the Pali grocery store.

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