Weekend Workshops

2018 Workshops

We are currently working on the second half of our 2018 Weekend Workshop calendar – we hope to add Reflexology to the mix this year. For other continuing education opportunities, please look at our Oncology Massage CEU Retreat and Deep Massage – The Lauterstein Method.

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.

Oncology Massage with Vickie Torrey

Vickie Torrey
16 Hours, $320
September 15th-16th, 2018
8:00AM-5:00PM with 1 hour lunch break each day


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.

About the Instructor:

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 is currently a faculty member at Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy in Samara Beach, Costa Rica where she teaches Ethics and Communications and Oncology Massage.

See Vickie’s Week Long Oncology Massage CEU Retreat

Reflexology Level 1

Juliebeth Mezzy
16 Hours, $320
October 13th-14th, 2018
8:30AM-6:00PM with 1 hour lunch break each day


Through this two day workshop, students will learn the basics of Foot Reflexology. The class briefly touches on common theories of Reflexology. Students will learn locations of the reflexes on the feet. They will learn relaxation techniques and specific thumb and finger walking techniques for stimulating common reflexes. Students will learn a short routine that can be practiced on clients, friends, and family.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify what reflexology is, how it works, its effect on the body, and its purpose
  2. Demonstrate effective reflexology techniques
  3. Demonstrate effective sanitation and hygiene practices when performing foot reflexology
  4. Identify the reflex points and their correlation to the body.

About the Instructor:

Juliebeth Mezzy is a Board Certified Reflexologist and Massage Therapist. For 25 years she has maintained a private practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has been teaching Reflexology for the last 17 years at massage schools in the Hampton Roads area. In addition to Reflexology, Julie has also taught chair massage, swedish massage and kinesiology. In 2015, she won an award for Educator of the Year, through the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education.

Julie has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations including her state association, the Reflexology Association of Virginia.  Her goal is to bring Reflexology to the world by promoting its joys and benefits to all people she meets.

Juliebeth says “Reflexology chose me to do this work.” Starting out in Massage Therapy, her instructor told her she spent too much time on the hands and feet!

Her classes are fun, so much so that she actually guarantees that participants will have a blast while learning.

RockTape: Functional Movement Techniques – Basic

Beverley Giroud
7.5 Hours, $150
Next Date is 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.”

Prenatal Massage

Kaysie Noll
16 Hours, $320
Next Date is TBD


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.

PTSD: Helping to Break the Cycle Through Touch

Matthew Howe
16 Hours, $320
Next Date is TBD


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.

Ten Zo

Sandy Anderson
8 Hours, $160
Next Date is TBD


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 qikyo 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.

Hand and Foot Thai Massage Techniques

Sandy Anderson
6 Hours, $120
Next Date is TBD


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.

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.

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.

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.

(888) 816-8548