Location: Calgary, AB
Dates: November 23, 2022 – August 31, 2023
Modality: Unspecified
Cost: Various
Credits: Vary

Acupressure and Meridian Massage- 10 credits

This Acupressure and Meridian Massage course is designed to teach students the basics concepts and techniques used in acupressure and meridian massage. This course focuses on identifying and treating musculoskeletal conditions using acupressure and meridian massage principles and techniques.

The ancient practitioners of China spent thousands of years perfecting their system of massage. While they use the terms acupoint, meridian and qi, in this course, we update the language and discuss the concepts of trigger points, neurovascular nodes, myofascial meridians and how mechanical force is transmitted through predictable pathways in the body. Students will learn the principles of how acupressure works and what it can be used for, including cautions and contraindications.

With a modern understanding of acupoints, meridians, and “energy,” we then move to section two, where students learn seventeen different manual techniques to treat the body’s connective tissues. The techniques are broken down step by step, detailing body mechanics, hand positions, and areas of application.

In sections three and four, students will learn how to locate the exact locations of over 100 of the most commonly used acupoints in the body and how to apply the appropriate techniques learned in the previous section to each of the points.

Section five focuses on assessing and treating common musculoskeletal disorders such as shoulder pain, neck pain, low back pain, and headaches using a variety of techniques and acupoints.

In section six, the focus moves to homecare. Homecare is an essential part of any form of massage therapy. In this section, students will learn simple stretch exercises, basic strengthening exercises and postural correction exercises.

Myofascial Cupping Introduction – 3 credits

This course is designed to introduce the concept of myofascial cupping and or build upon existing skills using myofascial cups. Students will learn how to go beyond treating general myofascial adhesions. The course begins with a brief history of cupping, then goes through anatomy and physiology, cautions and contraindication, assessment and treatment of each region of the body.

The information presented comes from the most up-to-date research in the field of fascia, cupping and pain management.

As an added bonus I will also be showing students how to use cups for self-care, as well as essential oils and ointments that compliment cupping perfectly.

Nutrition for Inflammation – 4 credits

Inflammation is at the root of almost every chronic health condition. The list of symptoms of systemic inflammation is a lengthy one including joint and body pain, weight gain, brain fog, anxiety and depression, digestive problems, migraines, skin issues and persistent fatigue to name a few of the more common ones. Inflammation is at the root of almost every autoimmune disease as well.

In this course, we are going to cover how to heal inflammation naturally using food as medicine and integrative medicine practices such as meditation and exercise. We will begin with understanding how the immune system works, then discuss inflammation when it is doing what it should and when it is not. We will discuss what causes inflammation, leaky gut syndrome, dysbiosis and how to determine where your “weak link of inflammation” is. Students will learn what foods to avoid, and how to create a diet plan that works right for them.

I too used to suffer from inflammation-related issues. I had brain fog, fatigue and skin issues. I was on the edge of adrenal fatigue and burnt out. As a practicing Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, this was hard for me to accept, but it was my reality. I used the principle and techniques in this course to heal myself, and hundreds of my patients.

There is a new fad diet every day. Someone telling you “do not do, that do this!” In Nutrition for Inflammation, we address the root of the matter. We address the cause of the problem, inflammation, and in doing so, we treat all the branches – the symptoms. We explore the latest health and nutrition research to reverse chronic inflammation.

Foundations of Orthopedic Assessment – 6 credits

Orthopedic assessment is one of the most important skills for a massage therapist to learn and become proficient in. I have had the opportunity to teach Orthopedic Assessment at several different colleges and in-person workshops in Calgary, Alberta, and have found it to be an indispensable skill in a clinical setting.

This course is designed to take students step by step through the entire process of assessing a client. Students will be guided through the process of assessment which begins as soon as the client walks through the clinic door. In Part One of Foundations of Orthopedic Assessment, students will learn the history of Orthopedic Assessment, and why it is important and relevant.

In Part Two, students will be guided through the inquiry and history-taking process, which includes not only the proper questions to ask but a detailed description of why to ask them and how to ask them in such a way to build rapport and gather information quickly. Students will learn the basic skills of observation, including postural assessment and gait. Students will learn how to assess movement with consideration of the concepts first presented by Dr. James Cyriax. Beyond the basic planar movements and active, passive and resisted movements, students will learn the concept of functional assessment. Part Two concludes with a discussion of using palpation as a viable means of assessment.

In Part Three, students will learn about and explore the concepts of tissue dysfunction. They will be taught about the different tissues of the body and learn about how each tissue can become dysfunctional. They will then learn how to apply the concepts learned in previous chapters in a clinical setting.

Unfortunately, many RMTs fail to complete as detailed of an assessment as is taught to them in school. With that in mind, students will be guided to focus on key questions to assure that even with limited time, they are still able to collect the most important information from their clients allowing them to rule out contraindications and perform massage safely and effectively.

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Calgary | AB


Dr. Jess Reynolds

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