Continuing Education



Continuing Education in Massage Therapy

CMassageUNM-Taos offers regular continuing education courses in massage therapy for licensed massage therapists who wish to maintain licensure in the State of New Mexico. Courses are approved by the New Mexico Massage Therapy Board for continuing education.

To register for courses you must enroll as a community student through student services at (575) 737-6200. You will need the permission of the Director to enroll so email Kirstie Segarra at kirstie@taosnet.com with your name, student ID and the CRN course number and name. She will forward permission to student services to lift the hold and you will be able to register on-line.

Cost in 2013 is $71 per credit hour, $15 one time enrollment fee, and $25 lab fee per course. A one credit course is 16 contact hours.

 

Course Descriptions

FALL

Professional Ethics and CPR Renewal, Segarra, 1 credit. Every two years LMTs in New Mexico need to take 4 contact hours of ethics. This course will look at new issues in massage therapy, regulations, and the continuing changing state of massage. An optional 4 hour CPR renewal is offered to students. This course meets on Saturday only from 9 am to 1 pm for Ethics and 1 pm to 5 pm for CPR renewal.

Myofascial Yoga and Psychology of the Chakras, Segarra, 3 credits Myofascial Yoga is a blending vinyasa/ashtanga/iyengar yoga influenced by Anatomy Trains Meridianstm taught in a way to assist the muscles and fascial body in stretching safely. This course will emphasize the blending of breath with movement in a conscious way of using the mind-body connection. Emphasis will be on using the core stomach muscles throughout the postures. Students will learn postures that include stretching, breathing, body mechanics alignment and form along with inner attention to ones’ self. The application of the seven chakras blended with Jungian Psychology will support the mind-body connection in this course.

Balinese Traditional Massage, Segarra, 1 credit This course is an introduction to visceral massage as taught by Jero Tapakan from the island of Bali. The course offers an introduction to Balinese culture. Students learn the traditional sequence and proper alignment of the techniques.

Thai Massage, Shaw, 1 credit.  Traditional Thai Massage is an experience of rhythmical movement where the practitioner leads the receiver through a flow of passive yoga stretches, deep muscle pressure and joint mobilization.  Rooted in the Ayurvedic, Yoga and Buddhist traditions of the East, this ancient art combines massage, yoga, meditation and the practice of compassion in action.  The traditional form of Thai massage as taught at the Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai as well as creative variations will be taught.  Class will emphasize meditative awareness, breathing, use of body weight and posture

Cranial Sacral II, Veal, 1 credit Cranial Sacral II will continue in the education of Cranial I and offer a more in-depth experience of bio-mechanical, somatio-emotional, an energetic aspects of Cranial-Sacral Therapy.  Ganesh Veal, DC has over 25 years of experience in Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST). Emphasis on anatomical understanding, practitioner neutrality and deep listening to the wisdom body.

Muscle Energy and Myofascial Release, Veal, 1 credit Ganesh Veal, DC teaches different segments of the body each time he teaches this course. Focus on various muscle energy techniques incorporated myofascial release.

Advanced Techniques in the Knee, Quintana, 1 credit This course will take a complete look anatomically at the knee joint, capsule, ligaments, tendons as well as the kinesiology of the knee. Advanced techniques and understanding from structural integration will be taught.

Facilitated Stretching, Gates, 1 credit Most of us know that stretching is an important part of any sport; however the importance of flexibility is often overlooked for relief of chronic pain and for maintenance of overall health. Facilitated stretching has been popular in the professional sports industry and increasingly with the general population due to the fact that it can bring about dramatic gains in flexibility in a very short time. Facilitated stretching overrides the stretch reflex that is the body’s natural defense against injury. With instruction, the student will learn how to perform three simple steps: stretch the muscle, contract it isometrically against resistance, and then stretch it again. You will need to wear loose fitting clothing.

SPRING

Myofascial Yoga and Anatomy Trains, Segarra, 3 credits Myofascial Yoga is a blending of different disciplines in yoga slowed down to facilitate the opening of connective tissue in the body to assist the muscles and fascial body in stretching safely. This course will emphasize the blending of breath with movement in a conscious way of using the mind-body connection. Students will learn postures that include stretching, breathing, body mechanics alignment and form along with inner attention to ones’ self. The application of Thom Myers work in Anatomy Trains will be taught explicitly throughout the course to deepen ones understanding of how our bodies compensate for injury patterns, traumas and other issues in the connective tissue. This course is a core track in the Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Myofascial Body, Segarra, 1 credit Yoga and the Myofascial Body is a two day experience of asana practice and how to open up the myofascial body through different yoga postures. We will explore integrations of Tom Myers Anatomy Trains with asana. Students will be challenged to observe and identify how they carry themselves in their daily lives and how to effect therapeutic change through proper development of an asana practice. The course is open to beginner and advanced yoga practionors. This course counts toward 16 CEUs for LMTs.

Prenatal Massage and Yoga, Segarra, 1 credit This course is open to all students interested in the Healing Arts and for Licensed Massage Therapists who would like CEUs to explore the application of massage and yoga asana working with prenatal clients. Basic anatomy and physiology of pregnancy will be taught as well as contraindications by trimester.

Cranial Sacral I, Veal, 1 credit Cranial Sacral I will introduce students to the bio-mechanical, somatio-emotional, an energetic aspects of Cranial-Sacral Therapy. Ganesh Veal, DC has over 25 years of experience in Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST). Emphasis on anatomical understanding, practitioner neutrality and deep listening to the wisdom body.

Muscle Energy and Myofascial Release, Veal, 1 credit Ganesh Veal, DC teaches different segments of the body each time he teaches this course. Focus on various muscle energy techniques incorporated myofascial release.

Advanced Hands-On Techniques in Oriental Medicine, Segarra, 3 credits This course is designed to replace Introduction to Oriental Medicine for students enrolled in the Massage Program. It will introduce and advance the understanding of yin/yang theory, five element theory and how it is directly applicable to massage sequencing. Student must have massage training to enroll this course.

Advanced Techniques in the Shoulder Girdle, Quintana, 1 credit This course will take a complete look anatomically at the shoulder girdle joint, capsule, ligaments, tendons as well as the kinesiology of the shoulder. Advanced techniques and understanding from structural integration will be taught.

Facilitated Stretching, Gates, 1 credit Most of us know that stretching is an important part of any sport; however the importance of flexibility is often overlooked for relief of chronic pain and for maintenance of overall health. Facilitated stretching has been popular in the professional sports industry and increasingly with the general population due to the fact that it can bring about dramatic gains in flexibility in a very short time. Facilitated stretching overrides the stretch reflex that is the body’s natural defense against injury. With instruction, the student will learn how to perform three simple steps: stretch the muscle, contract it isometrically against resistance, and then stretch it again. You will need to wear loose fitting clothing.

Hot Rocks, Chavez, 1 credit Ana Chavez is a local sobradora who has been teaching and practicing for over 25 years. The student will learn how to properly use hot stone therapy in a therapeutic setting from a traditional perspective.

 

SUMMER

Myofascial and Myoskeletal Techniques, Quintana, 3 credits This course will provide the opportunity for students to learn Myofascial and Myoskeletal Techniques in Massage as well as an opportunity to practice. Students will further their understanding of Myofascial Anatomy Trains and learn incorporation of Myoskeletal techniques. Other massage modalities may be explored at the discretion of the instructor. Students will work on each other in a safe, supportive, and professional environment.