Massage CEUs in Costa Rica

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Our courses include NCBTMB approved continuing education credits good for license renewal in most of the United States and Canadian Provinces. We provide stress-free door-to-door airport transfer, and students stay in furnished bungalows on our lush tropical campus. Classes are held on the beach or in our serene open air classrooms, and we provide all the equipment and supplies you need.

We are offering 100% flexibility with refunds on deposits and tuition payments for all our continuing education courses this year. This means you can reserve your space in the course with no fear of losing your money. We will transfer your payments toward another course or refund the full amount if you change your mind for any reason.

We will require a minimum of 10 students to hold a course, and the deadline for the minimum will be 30 days prior to the start of the course. We will keep in touch with updates. Please hold off to book air travel until you have received your welcome communication from us.

2020 Course Calendar

Understanding the Complexity of the Nervous System and Concussion

June 21st – 27th, 2020
30 Hours of NCBTMB Approved CEU

Course Description

The nervous system and concussion are often scary for practitioners to deal with it. It can often become frustrating with the idea of formulating an assessment and treatment plan around something seemingly so ambiguous. Ambiguity is perpetuated by a health care system that continues to offer patients misguided information regarding their recovery. Understanding the complexity of the nervous system and concussion will change that. The objective of this course is to gain a full understanding of the complexity of the nervous system and mild traumatic brain injury.

Certification in the United States

  • 30 Hours NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Credits

Certification in Canada

  • 15 Hours CMTO Category A Approved Credits

Instructor

understanding the nervous system and concussion deposit

Conor is a Canadian massage therapist and has been practicing and teaching in Ontario for 13 years. As both a massage therapist and sports injury therapist, Conor provides a unique approach to clinical practice combining disciplines of manual therapy integrated with movement-based rehabilitation strategies. Conor shares a special interest in concussion management. His passion is to help massage therapists better understand the nervous system and its role following a concussion injury. Conor’s goal is to help educate massage therapists worldwide and help them to become leaders in the concussion management space. Conor is the owner of a private multidisciplinary clinic just outside of Toronto, Ontario. While not in clinical practice he is on faculty at Mohawk College in the massage therapy program. He is also the producer of the podcast, “The Concast”, where he discusses the manual therapy industry from an evidence-based perspective. During his career, he has also had the pleasure of working major sporting events such as the Pan AM games as well as managing athletes and consulting for national level and club teams in both the NHL and NCAA.

Highlights

The objective of this course is to gain a full understanding of the complexity of the nervous system and mild traumatic brain injury.

Day one is spent looking at an overview of the divisions, anatomy, and physiology of the autonomic, central and peripheral nervous systems. In the afternoon we will take our theoretical knowledge and apply to the lab. Here you will develop the confidence to accurately understand what dermatomes, myotomes, and deep reflexes mean the patient in front of you.

On day two you will take what you have learned on day one and work with a patient. The tone in patients is a common theme on day two. You will explore techniques of joint play, vibrations, and positional release and how they can quickly yield results to reduce a patient’s pain, increase their function and improve their range of motion almost instantly.

At the end of day three, you will leave confident of the path to take from the time of injury through to patient assessment and guidance. Practitioners will have a thorough understanding of the recognition of red flags, how to assess when to refer and make appropriate evidence decisions.

Day four begins by providing strategies for rehabilitation and guidance on specific symptoms patterns. The afternoon discusses common types of headaches suffered by a post-concussion patient and how to address them in treatment. Lastly, the course addresses the cervical spine’s influence concussion. You will be provided with assessment, treatment and rehabilitation strategies based on particular patient presentations.

Tuition and What's Included

The course fee of USD $900 includes tuition, on-campus accommodations, and airport pickup and dropoff

What’s Included with Understanding the Nervous System and Concussion?

  • 30 NCBTMB CEU credits
  • 6 nights lodging in our Oasis Villas – fully appointed bungalows with complete kitchens in the heart of Playa Samara
  • Airport Pickup and Dropoff
  • Text book and use of all classroom facilities (tables, linens, lubricant etc.)

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Meals – all accommodations come with fully equipped kitchens, and there are several local grocers including an organic market all within 5 minutes

Oncology Massage and Self Care Retreat

July 7th – 15th, 2020
25 Hours of NCBTMB Approved CEU

Course Description

Journey back to yourself, in a five-day Oncology Massage and Caregivers’ Retreat, that’s waiting for you here, in the tropical paradise of Costa Rica. As a bodyworker, you can enhance your skills and expand your knowledge in how and when to compassionately touch persons experiencing cancer and other life-altering health conditions. As a family caregiver you will learn simple integrative touch therapies that you can use with confidence and ease for your loved ones and yourself.

We know and honor that both bodyworkers and family caregivers provide ongoing care to others. This adventure retreat allows you to celebrate who you are; with grounding exercises, rejuvenating self-care tips, transformative quests into the core of your soul, quiet moments of deep solitude, as well as thrilling Costa Rican escapades into the beauty of this tropical wonderland.

  • 25 Hours NCBTMB Approved CEU
  • No Prerequisites
  • Retreat is open to all – no massage experience is required, but licensed massage therapists may use 25 CEU hours for license renewal

Instructor

Vickie Torrey

Vickie Torrey, MBA, MHA, LMBT is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist with 30 years experience in therapeutic massage and 40 years experience as a Counselor/Certified Social Worker. Ms. Torrey has previously served as Director of Education for the North Carolina Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), taught massage and movement for Omega Institute of Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York, and wrote for the Charlotte Post a monthly newspaper column entitled “Hands On Health,” that focused on massage, bodywork and mind-body psychology. In 2018, Vickie was nominated for the AARP Purpose Prize Award for her innovative work with caregivers. She teaches classes in Hot Stone, Intuitive, and Oncology Massage in Brazil, Costa Rica, and the US. Vickie spent 10 years as a faculty member at Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy in Samara Beach, Costa Rica where she taught Ethics and Communications and Oncology Massage.

Highlights

  • Be good to yourself. For five days, enchant yourself with the beauty of Playa Samara of the Nicoya peninsula.
  • In our open air classroom, listen to the sounds of monkeys in the mango trees as you learn cancer pathology, current research and how to unravel and find peace with the emotions of providing care.
  • Melt into the soothing, soul-enriching power of light compassionate touch as you experience integrative touch therapies through partner exchange.
  • Feel the joy of the healing power of Color Therapy. Sink your feet into the sand and learn grounding exercises to the rhythm of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Free yourself of old stories that no longer serve you while experiencing quiet, serene moments during your Walking Meditations on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica.
  • Uplift the community as a volunteer by offering Oncology Massage to cancer patients from Samara, Nicoya or others.
  • Escape on a Costa Rican adventure like the zipline canopy tour, snorkeling, horseback riding, kayaking and more!

Tuition and What's Included

The course fee of $975 includes tuition, on-campus accommodations, and airport pickup and dropoff

What’s Included

  • 25 NCBTMB CEU credits
  • Airport Pickup and Dropoff
  • 6 nights lodging in our Oasis Villas – fully appointed bungalows with complete kitchens in the heart of Playa Samara
  • Day trip to the stunning Waterfalls of Belen and Lunch in the local favorite La Roca Restaurant overlooking the Verde Valley
  • Typical Costa Rican Food Cooking Class with local Chef Xinia who has 15+ years experience teaching cooking classes
  • Yoga Class with Alignment Based Yoga Instructor Tess McGrath and Breakfast at the hidden gem Soda La Perla
  • Group Barbecue
  • Latin Dance Class
  • Adventure Tour of your choice: Ocean Kayak, Horseback Riding, Snorkeling, Surf Lesson

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Any meals not listed above – all accommodations come with fully equipped kitchens, and there are several local grocers including an organic market all within 5 minutes

Advanced Orthopedic Massage

July 17th – 25th, 2020
36 Hours of NCBTMB Approved CEU

Course Description

Advanced Orthopedic Massage Workshop by Seminars for Health

Achieve a deeper healing potential and retain your clientele with this essential Orthopedic Massage. This course was developed for LMTs, CMTs, and RMTs based on the application of physiotherapy. Your instructors, trained in both physiotherapy and massage therapy will present you with original concepts such as muscle base, scooping, and vector of force. Additionally, because the body is designed to move, a strong emphasis of this course is on moving the joints to produce the desired effect – a return to health. This course consists of 9 modules which include Fundamentals of Orthopedic Massage and regional focus on Anterior Neck, Posterior Neck, Chest and Anterior Shoulder, Rotator Cuff, Lumbar and SI Joint, Hip and Thigh, Leg and Foot, and Forearm, Wrist and Hand.

Prerequisite: Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Athletic Therapists, Nurses, and Osteopaths.

Certification in the United States

  •  36 Hours NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Credits

Certification in Canada

Instructor

Orthopedic Massage CEU in Costa Rica

Mara Boaru, PT, BScPT, RMT

If you want more precision in your work Mara is a great instructor choice for you. Creator and instructor of SFH Intraoral TMJ with Precision Program and co-instructor of the SFH Advanced Orthopedic Massage certification courses, Mara provides superior instruction, explaining distinct specifics of finger placement, to effect best treatment results. She has a tremendous amount of patience in teaching detailed anatomy and palpation skills. She is known for her attentiveness, humor and approachable style. This is a perfect combination to have when instructing intraoral palpation of a vulnerably and hidden area.

Human movement is Mara’s fascination and passion. Obtaining a Physiotherapy degree in 2008, she went on to strengthening her hands-on skills, graduating from Mount Royal University Massage Therapy program in 2010. Mara is an avid learner, acquiring an abundance of continuing education courses and seminars.  Her special interests are mobility, palpation, jaw and neck regions. Her talents are demonstrated with instructing the SFH Advanced Orthopedic Massage, SFH Kinetic Massage, and SFH Dynamic Cupping Certification programs and Cadaver Lab.

Highlights

  • Learn advanced orthopedic massage techniques in the jungle paradise of Sámara, Costa Rica
  • The course includes regional focus on the following areas:
    • Anterior Neck
    • Posterior Neck
    • Chest and Anterior Shoulder
    • Rotator Cuff
    • Lumbar and SI Joint
    • Hip and Thigh
    • Leg and Foot
    • Forearm, Wrist, and Hand
  • This course will dramatically change your client’s progress and response to treatment.
  • Learn how to implement Orthopedic Massage in your regular practice and understand it in reference to pathologies.
  • Invest in YOURSELF and lengthen your career with improved body mechanics.

Tuition and What's Included

The course fee of $1050 USD includes tuition, on-campus accommodations, and airport pickup and dropoff

What’s Included

  • 36 Continuing Education Credits Approved by NCBTMB, CMMOTA, MTAA, MTAS, MTAM, CRMTA, or 40 Continuing Education Credits Approved by NHPC, or 18 Continuing Education Credits Approved by CMTO
  • Airport Pickup and Dropoff
  • 8 nights lodging in our Oasis Villas – fully appointed bungalows with complete kitchens in the heart of Playa Samara
  • Text book and use of all classroom facilities (tables, linens, lubricant etc.)

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Meals – all accommodations come with fully equipped kitchens, and there are several local grocers including an organic market all within 5 minutes

Asian Modalities Certificate Program

November 22nd – December 12th, 2020
100 Hours of NCBTMB Approved CEU

Course Description

Students of the Asian Modalities Certificate Program will learn how to perform two types of Asian bodywork, shiatsu from Japan and Thai massage from Thailand, which are based on balancing energetic systems of the body.

To give students a solid foundation of knowledge to support the hands-on skills learned, the history of these modalities are presented, along with traditional Chinese medicine, including Qi, Yin Yang theory, Five Element theory, channels (meridians), tsubo, as well as principles of traditional Thai medicine.

Instructor

Sandra-Anderson

Sandra K. Anderson has a BA, and certification in massage therapy, shiatsu, and Thai massage. She has been a bodywork educator for over 25 years. Currently, in addition to her private practice, Sandra is author of The Practice of Shiatsu and Mosby’s Pocket Guide to Stretching.  She is also co-author, with Patricia M. Holland, of Chair Massage and Communication & Ethics for Bodywork Practitioners, co-author, with Ann L. Mihina, of Natural Spa and Hydrotherapy, and co-author, with Jean’e L. Freeman of Career Longevity: The Bodywork Practitioner’s Guide to Wellness & Body Mechanics. Sandra also creates and conducts continuing education workshops in Western and Asian bodywork techniques. She is a consultant for massage therapy and bodywork education programs, and reviews and edits bodywork education materials.

Highlights

Students learn the benefits, indications, contraindications, and assessments for shiatsu and Thai massage. They also learn proper application of palming, finger and thumbing techniques, elbow and forearm techniques, stretching, joint mobilization, and foot techniques with the use of effective and efficient body mechanics.

Warm-up, centering, and focusing methods are emphasized as well as postural awareness. At the completion of the class, students are able to perform 60 minute traditional shiatsu and Thai massage treatments on a mat on the floor.

Both written and hands-on evaluation will be used to assess students for complete understanding of techniques prior to receipt of the certificate of completion.

Tuition and What's Included

The course fee includes tuition, on-campus accommodations, and airport pickup and dropoff…

100 Hour Asian Modalities Certificate Program: Novebember 22nd – December 12th, 2020 – $3400

Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine Only (60 hours): November 22nd – December 3rd, 2020 – $2040

Thai Massage Only (40 hours): December 3rd – December 12th, 2020 – $1360

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PLAYA SÁMARA, COSTA RICA

Location

Playa Samara is a perfect paradise for continuing education in Costa Rica. The town is nestled in the beautiful green hills of the famous Nicoya Blue Zone on the Pacific Coast of the peaceful Central American nation.

Highlights

Enjoy strolling the streets of the small downtown area and visiting the many local and international restaurants, bars and discos, and cute gift shops. The beautiful and tranquil Samara Bay is surrounded by miles of palm tree lined white sand beaches and provides a perfect and safe location for kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, SUP, and swimming as well.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Enjoy simple and comfortable accommodations in our Costa Rican style bungalows tucked away in the heart of Playa Samara just seconds from the beach. Each 2 or 3 bedroom bungalow is fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms and living room. Single or double bedrooms are available as well as studio apartments. Enjoy the swimming pool, lush gardens, WiFi access, hot water showers, and fans. A/C is available at an additional charge.

The Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy is the world’s premiere study abroad institution for massage continuing education. Students receive outstanding NCBTMB approved continuing education in small group settings. Our courses are designed and taught by industry leaders and provide an enriching experience for our students. Our residential campus lies in the remote jungles of the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica just a short walk from the beach.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How does the payment work?

Prices for each course are listed under the Tuition and What’s Included tab. The price for each course includes the tuition, course materials and textbook if applicable, and shared housing (double occupancy) in our oasis bungalows on campus. All our course prices include airport pickup and dropoff for (LIR) Daniel Oduber Liberia International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica. Some of the courses include additional items like excursions – please review the description for each course for further details.

In order to enroll for the course, we ask that you make a deposit of $350 USD. The remainder of the course fee is due by the first day of class. Full refund is available up to 30 days prior to the start of the course. After 30 days prior to the start of the course, the $350 deposit is non-refundable.

Payment can be made via any major credit or debit card through our website, paypal, wire transfer, or check by mail. Please reach out to our Director of Operations, Tess McGrath at tess@crsmt.com, for assistance making payments.

How do I get there?

Our campus is located in Playa Sámara, Costa Rica about 2 hours away from the nearest airport – Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, Costa Rica. Our airport shuttle pickup is at 2PM on arrivals day. Arrivals day is the first date listed in the course description for each course. If you have any doubts, please contact our Director of Operations, Tess McGrath at tess@crsmt.com, before booking your flights. The departing shuttle for airport dropoff on departures day will leave as early as necessary to get ensure timely arrival for the first flights leaving. Depending on group size, multiple shuttles may be scheduled to leave throughout departures day. Departures day is the last date listed in the course description for each course.

If you choose not take the school provided shuttle(s), you may rent a car or book a private shuttle at the hour of your choice. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refund or compensation if you choose not to take the school provided shuttle(s). Please feel free to visit www.samarainfocenter.com for assistance with shuttles or car rental.

Costa Rica does not use proper addresses with a number and street name like in other countries, but rather simple landmark based directions. The address to the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy is as follows:

25 Metros Sur del Banco Nacional
Sámara, Nicoya
Guanacaste, 50205
Costa Rica

What are the accommodations like?

Enjoy simple and comfortable accommodations in our Costa Rican style bungalows tucked away in the heart of Playa Samara just seconds from the beach. Each 2 or 3 bedroom bungalow is fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms and living room. Single or double bedrooms are available as well as studio apartments. Enjoy the swimming pool, lush gardens, WiFi access, hot water showers, and fans. A/C is available at an additional charge. Our campus is just a two minute walk from the beach and many markets and restaurants.

For the shared housing option, we place two students to a bedroom who will share a bathroom with each other, and the common areas like living room, kitchen, and porch with the other students in the house. We typically do not book more than 2 students to a bathroom, however on occasion depending on enrollment levels 3 students may share a bathroom.

For a small additional fee, students may request to upgrade to a private single room within a shared house or to upgrade to a private studio apartment. Please contact Director of Admissions, Tess McGrath at tess@crsmt.com, for details on single and studio upgrades and their pricing related to individual courses.

For more information and photos of our accommodations, please follow this link.

Do I get credit for renewing my massage license with these courses?

United States

It depends on the jurisdiction in which you are licensed and practice massage therapy. All of our continuing education courses are approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) which makes our courses good for license renewal in MOST of the United States. Please be sure to research the requirements for license renewal in your state by visiting the respective website for your state board of massage therapy to ensure that NCBTMB approved credits will satisfy the requirement set by your state board.

Canada

We do have several courses that are approved by various licensing organizations throughout Canada. Please read the course details for each course carefully to ensure that a particular course will satisfy the requirements for license renewal depending on which province you are licensed and practice in.

What kinds of activities and adventures are available?

Costa Rica is frequently ranked as one of the top countries in the world for travel and tourism. You can visit countless beautiful beaches, cloud forests, hot springs, volcanoes, and more. Here locally, you can go horseback riding, hiking, swimming, kayaking, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, zip-lining, rent quads or side-by-side quadcars, visit waterfalls, take yoga and dance classes and more! Please get in touch with the Samara Infocenter for more information on tours and adventures while you are here. They provide free help with booking tours.

www.samarainfocenter.com

What about Corona Virus? I'm worried about making a deposit if I'm unable to travel for the course...

We understand your concerns, and are holding the courses tentatively depending on the safety and ability for our students to travel to Costa Rica! We are offering 100% flexibility with refunds on deposits and tuition payments for all our continuing education courses this year. This means you can reserve your space in the course with no fear of losing your money. We will transfer your payments toward another course or refund the full amount if you change your mind for any reason.

We will require a minimum of 10 students to hold a course, and the deadline for the minimum will be 30 days prior to the start of the course. We will keep in touch with updates. Please hold off to book air travel until you have received your welcome communication from us.

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