Developing an Extraordinary Quality of Touch

Feb 14, 2023

Feb 15, 2023

9:00 am To 5:30 am

60 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts, USA

//www.healinghandsbodywork.com

$550

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Event Description

Would you like to discover a way of working that ignites passion? Do you feel frustrated in your massage career? Do you feel “stagnant” in your sequence? Are you tired of searching for that next great “modality” that will set you apart ? Would you like to break out of old habits and find a new and improved way to work? Would you like to elevate your massage from ordinary to extraordinary? What if I told you there is a workshop that improves on your techniques with the skills you already have inside? Wouldn’t you like to find a way to work that generates rave reviews and has clients singing your praises? Developing an Extraordinary Quality of Touch is a very special and unique offering. Rather than trying to memorize a new set of techniques or modality, this course is for anyone who wants to learn to master their own healing legacy and learn to work in a way that elevates an ordinary to an extraordinary client experience using and adjusting skills you already have. Most Bodywork and Massage Therapy Continuing Education is heavily weighted towards new “modalities” and ways to touch, very little attention seems to be focused on “how” to touch, including cultivating awareness, listening to the body, how to move, manipulating limbs with grace, developing “soft hands”, making contact – really “feeling” what you are doing and responding in real time. Body mechanics is often presented with the focus on self-care and career longevity. Complete with stern warnings about precision placement of feet, posture. How many times have you been so focused on your body that you forget about the body on your table? When we are at ease in our own bodies, that energy is transferred to our clients and can be felt – optimizing your client’s ability to relax and receive the work. So how, and where can you develop your quality of touch? That is why I developed this class. My knowledge of how to work with you stems from a mix of Lomi Training, martial arts, movement therapies, ergonomics study, Zen study, presence, focus, and a deeply intuitive and highly developed sense awareness. I use these tools to try and improve my massage with each client, and I will try to help you. Admittedly my work is primarily about relaxation, stress management and mind/body balance. It is therapeutic but intuitive, not medical. There is less emphasis on science and rote memorization. This is about developing and strengthening intuition, nurturing and developing your senses, creating a calm confidence to “go off the script” and bringing out the best in you – your signature style. Cultivating a presence and awareness are key elements of really superior bodywork. The focus of this class will be on how to work, not learning new techniques. It is about refining the work that is already inside you, not copying something new. Thus for every student the outcome may be different. Drawing upon some of the elements of Lomi Lomi, like Ka´aleleau (flying) and Hana ka Lima (working with hands) you will learn how to add grace, fluidity and the aloha spirit to your work . Drawing also on some of the basic principles of Trager, where the way the body is moved, and how it feels, contributes to the overall success of the treatment. These principles will be reinforced by experiential exercises in class, demonstration, observation as well as ample hands-on practice. Further drawing on some basic principles of movement, the client’s body/mind is being educated by the touch of the practitioner and the way the body is moved. ABOUT THE CLASS:  This special class is limited to 6 students for maximum attention to each unique students goals. It is being held just outside of Boston, MA ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Edward Miano graduated from the Bancroft School of Massage.  As well he is a graduate of the Gantke® Schule für Körperarbeit (School for Bodywork.) in Germany, where he also teaches. He holds Licenses in both MA and Hawaii and loves to weave a sense of artistry into his work. His work is deeply intuitive and he brings a genuine passion and fun into his teaching.

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Edward Miano

About the Instructor

Experienced, intuitive, therapist and NCBTMB instructor, focused on relaxation, stress reduction through traditional western as well as Hawaiian philosophies. Trained at the well respected Bancroft School of Massage (Worcester, MA) as well as the Gantke Schule (Germany) under Mr. Robert Gantke, one of the pre-eminent practitioners of Kahuna bodywork and Lomi Lomi in the world today. Robert learned from IIima Margareta Kappl, who learned it from Kahu Abraham Kawai'i. Thus is my Lomi lineage - as close to direct as is possible today, with the passing of Kahu Abraham (who along with Aunty Margaret Machado, first introduced Lomi to non Hawaiians)

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Continuing education courses on applying body treatments in a dry room are essential for any massage therapist practicing out of a home. To learn about different treatments, you can take a comprehensive spa course or pick and choose from popular treatment types. Marketing courses will teach you how to design spa packages, and massage courses focus on using massage for temporary, cosmetic enhancement.

Sports Massage

Designed to aid athletic performance and help the body heal after exertion, sports massage focuses on key muscle groups and sets clear goals for each session. While often covered only briefly in massage schools, sports massage CE courses can help you perform more effective, efficient sessions for professional athletes and weekend warriors alike.

Classes in sports massage are dominated by phase-specific techniques for pre- or post-event, recovery, maintenance and rehabilitation massage. Rehabilitation courses often teach how to alter treatment protocols through different stages of healing. You can find courses specialized for certain sports, like running and golfing, learn how to get into event massage or use tools like heat packs and kinesiology tape.

Structural Bodywork

Rather than treating specific areas of complaint, structural bodywork emphasizes whole-body wellness. Structural Integration (SI) is a modality often associated with this approach. SI techniques focus on manipulation of fascia rather than muscles, the importance of correct posture and the impact of gravity on the body. Rolfing is one of the oldest SI methods, and many newer methods are based on its core principles.

Structural bodywork continuing education can be as simple as postural assessment and treatment or as comprehensive as learning the Rolfing system. Most courses underline the importance of balance and spotting how dysfunction on one side causes further dysfunction on the other. You may choose to learn structural bodywork techniques for just a few areas of the body, focus on joint mobilization or learn basic myofascial mobilization techniques.

Student Massage Clinics

Teacher Training

Teaching massage is a deeply rewarding experience that can change your perspective on massage and bodywork. It also offers another avenue for fulfilling your hands-on work experience requirement for re-certification. Whether you are already a teacher or thinking about becoming one, continuing education can help you hone your teaching skills and find new ways of reaching your students.

Teaching courses are available for a wide range of modalities from qigong to orthopedic massage. Broader courses teach you how to assess students and build better lessons with exams, improve your leadership skills and keep students engaged during lectures. Some classes challenge conventions, such as whether or not textbooks are necessary, or help you modernize student outreach through social media.

Thai Massage

Thai massage works the relaxing effects of massage, the stretching of yoga, and the spiritual wellness of energy work into one session. The modality is more physically dynamic than a typical massage. Sessions are performed on a floor mat with the client fully clothed. The practitioner helps the client through yoga-based, assisted stretches while pressing on energy and pressure points along the body. Because of it’s similarity to yoga, some people refer to Thai massage as “Thai yoga massage” as well.

Along with teaching the modality as a whole, Thai massage training can teach you how to improve your flow with better sequencing, incorporate the classic Thai herbal balls or start using your bare feet as tools. You can also learn how to adapt Thai techniques for table massage or work with special circumstances like pregnancy and disabilities.

Therapeutic Massage

In terms of continuing education, therapeutic massage is a catch-all term for any massage technique that does not fall under a broad modality. Courses in this area are often geared toward improving your overall massage sessions or teaching lesser-known modalities. You can pick up new techniques, learn to use new tools or take foundation courses in new modalities.

Practical anatomy lessons and treatment protocols for specific muscle groups, conditions, and areas of the body are the most common therapeutic massage CE courses. Interesting approaches like two massage therapists working in tandem and integrative massage, combining multiple modalities in a single session, are also taught. You may be able to find courses in resort massage and branded modalities as well.

Tui Na

Tui na is a quintessential Chinese bodywork technique. It is more rhythmic and incorporates more stroke types than acupressure but follows the same belief in energy meridians. It places particular emphasis on opening up joints to allow the flow of chi, or vital energy, through the body.

In continuing education, tui na may be taught on its own or incorporated into a larger healing system. It is often paired with other Chinese medicine techniques like cupping and herbalism. Because tui na is considered an integral part of medical practices in China, courses in clinical application and sports massage adaptation may be available.