Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Our Continuing Education program has been compiled with great care and consideration regarding the industry needs and trends, however if there is a class you are interested in taking but do not see please give us a call and we will attempt to meet your needs.

Listed below are the classes we are offering, a 7 day advanced pre-registration is requested and a $50 non-refundable deposit is required in order to register for most classes. Please complete the form below to register for a class or you are welcome to contact us to make arrangements as well. We accept the following forms of payment for our classes: cash, Debit, MC and Visa. We apologize but outside gift certificates can not be used for purchasing product or education.

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 Class Listing – 2019

March:

2     Situational Stretching/Upper body, David Vaughan, MTI, 8 hours
23   Sports Massage, David Vaughan, MTI, 8 hours

April:

13-14    Orthopedic Massage & Sports Stretching/Upper, David Vaughan, MTI, 16 hours
28      MT Marketing That Works!, Harry Winn, MTI, 3 hours

May:

4      Postural Analysis, Kathleen L. Smith, CNMT, PTA, MTI 6 hours
5      Introduction to Myofascial Release, Kathleen L Smith, CNMT, PTA, MTI 6 hours
12    Cupping Massage, Kevin Anderson, MTI, 6 hours
19    Himalayan Salt (Hot) Stone Massage, Harry Winn, MTI, 3 hours

June:

2     “Move Your Mood”, Isaac Chilton, BCSI, MTI, 6 hours
9      Prenatal Massage with Kevin Anderson, MTI, 3 hours
15    Situational Stretching/Lower body, David Vaughan, MTI, 8 hours
22    Intro to Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), Kathleen L. Smith, CNMT, PTA, MTI, 8 hours
23    NMT Techniques – Transverse (Simple) Deviations, Kathleen L. Smith, CNMT, PTA, MTI, 8 hours
30    Hot Stone Massage, Harry Winn, MTI, 3 hours

July:

13-14     Orthopedic Massage & Sports Stretching/Lower, David Vaughan, MTI, 16 hours
20     Body Mechanics/Stretching for MTs, David Vaughan, MTI, 8 hours

August:

18     MT Marketing That Works!, Harry Winn, MTI, 3 hours
24     Sports Massage, David Vaughan, MTI, 8 hours

September:

1      “Move Your Mood”, Isaac Chilton, BCSI, MTI, 6 hours
1      Advanced Foot and Hand Massage Techniques with Kevin Anderson, MTI, 3 hours
7      Situational Stretching/Upper body, David Vaughan, MTI, 8 hours
8     Prenatal Massage with Kevin Anderson, MTI, 3 hours
15    Cupping Massage, Kevin Anderson, MTI, 6 hours
21    Postural Analysis, Kathleen L. Smith, CNMT, PTA, MTI, 6 hours
22    Introduction to Myofascial Release, Kathleen L Smith, CNMT, PTA, MTI, 6 hours
28    Introductory Ayurved – Marma Therapy Massage with Dr. Kulkarni of the Astanga Ayurved Center, 4 hours

October:

5       Fibromyalgia Massage, David Vaughan, MTI, 8 hours
13     Himalayan Salt (Hot) Stone Massage, Harry Winn, MTI, 3 hours
19-20      Orthopedic Massage & Sports Stretching/Upper, David Vaughan, MTI, 16 hours

November:

1 – 3 Craniosacral-fascial Therapy for children and adults, Kim Sherlock and Holly Steflik of CFT Global, 3 day workshop / 23 hours
3      Infant Massage with Kevin Anderson, MTI, 3 hours
9      Intro to Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), Kathleen L. Smith, CNMT, PTA, MTI, 8 hours
10    NMT Techniques – Transverse (Simple) Deviations, Kathleen L. Smith, CNMT, PTA, MTI, 8 hours
10    Advanced Foot and Hand Massage Techniques with Kevin Anderson, MTI, 3 hours
16    Ethics/Foundations of TMJ Massage/Intraoral techniques, Dee Vickers, MTI, 10 hours
17    Advanced TMJ Techniques/Hot Stone TMJ, Dee Vickers, MTI, 8 hours
17    Prenatal Massage with Kevin Anderson, MTI, 3 hours
TMJ fieldwork for certification, Dee Vickers, MTI, 12 hours (off site)
24   Sports Massage, David Vaughan, MTI, 8 hours

December:

8      Hot Stone Massage, Harry Winn, MTI, 3 hours
14    Body Mechanics/Stretching for MTs, David Vaughan, MTI, 8 hours

Craniosacral-fascial Therapy

Learn the Gillespie Approach to CFT – A gentle, yet powerful modality that changes the theories of traditional fascial and craniosacral methods. Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT) is based on the theory that the craniosacral and fascial systems are one.

During this hands on learning three day seminar, you will explore the craniosacral fascial
system. CFT techniques are designed to facilitate and follow the release of strain, allowing optimal mobility and therefore better brain function. You will learn gentle, yet powerful techniques with a great deal of treatment being exchanged during the seminar. Most participants find it personally and professionally transforming.
CFT can easily be used to enhance or compliment other therapy.

Class Dates & Times
November 1st through the 3rd, 2019
8:30AM to 5:00PM each day
23 CEUs, must register in advance!
Instructors: Kim Sherlock and Holly Steflik of CFT Global

Kim Sherlock and Holly Steflik are skilled instructors committed to sharing CFT – The Gillespie Approach with the world. We hope to inspire you to use the work to help others.

Participants MUST register in advance through CFT Globalwww.craniosacralfascialtherapy.com

Introductory Ayurved – Marma Therapy Massage

Learn one of Ayurved’s most powerful ancient tools for relaxation and rejuvenation!

The vital and energy points of the body are known as marma. Ayurveda says, there are 107 marma points in the whole human body. In Ayurveda, it is a point in the human body that’s located at the intersections of veins, muscles, joints, bones, ligaments or tendons. These points are considered to be vital points because they are infused with prana (life force energy) and are influenced by consciousness. Marma points are also stimulated by touch / massage.

This introductory class is part of a 20 hour certification workshop which provides a full spectrum of knowledge about Marma Points Massage based on Ayurvedic concepts that diverges deeper into the marma point. Learn self-care rituals for daily rejuvenation as well as simple ayurveda protocols for various body areas. For massage therapy practitioners and healers from any background who want to facilitate deeper relaxation for their clients this training is ideal.

The classes include theory, demonstrations, hands-on supervised practice, experiential meditation and yoga, self-care protocols, and Q&A times of the human body. During the course, we would disseminate information to the students about the specific and powerful points of marma that can be triggered to provide maximum benefits to their clients.

Class Dates & Times –
Saturday from 11AM to 3PM (Sept. 28, 2019)
$100 for 4 CEUs

20 CEUs – approved by NAMA, NCBTMB

TMJ Foundations

Class Dates & Times

Registration cost for full TMJ certification course (30 CEUs) is $500, pre-registered by two weeks prior to weekend, $550 after

Full weekend without certification (18 CEUs) is $360, pre-registered by two weeks prior, $410 after

Certification is optional and can be added during weekend classes.

Saturday, November 16th, 2019 – TMJ Ethical Boundaries, TMJ Hot Stone Massage and TMJ Intraoral Massage, 8AM to 6PM

Sunday, November 17th, 2019 – TMJ Management Advanced Techniques, 8AM to 5PM. Students must sign up for both days of the weekend class.

TMJ Fieldwork for Certification, Dee Vickers, MTI, 12 hours (off site, after completion of weekend)

Dee Vickers LMT, NCTMB
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TMJ Ethical Boundaries Massage 

Explore the ethics and boundaries of working with TMJ therapy. Discussion of the boundary concerns when working with TMJ therapy. The importance of supervision with TMJ therapy and the supervision process is presented.

TMJ Hot Stone Massage 

Enhance your TMJ massage skills by using hot stones to relieve tension and relax the soft tissue restricting the TMJ joint and upper body muscles.

Hot Stones are provided for use during the class.

TMJ Management Intraoral Massage 

Cranial facial massage and myofascial release inside the mouth to relieve tension in the muscles affecting the TMJ joint.

TMJ Management Foundations 

Cranial facial massage for the Tempromandibular Joint. Focus is on general tension relief for TMJ tension. Anatomy and physiology of the TMJ joint, palpation on the muscles association with TMJ disorder and contraindications are covered in the course.

TMJ Management Advanced Techniques 

Cranial facial extra oral and intraoral massage focusing on trigger point release and myofascial release techniques for TMJ tension.

Participants need to bring a flat sheet, lotion/oil, and 1 hand towel. Wear comfortable clothes and bring snacks/water as desired.

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Dee Vickers, LMT, BCTMB, M.ED., is a board certified massage therapist, the Director of Gould’s Academy of Massage, Nationally Approved Massage and Bodywork continuing education provider, and the owner and lead educator for Massage CE Education. She has been a professional educator for over twenty years and combing her passion for education and massage for over ten years. Her clinical specialty in private practice is TMJ disorder massage, fertility and pregnancy massage, rehabilitative bodywork.

She received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Auburn University in Education, as well as, her massage therapy certification from Gadsden State Community College. She interned under Patricia Casebere who was a direct apprentice of Dr. Janet Travell the founder of trigger point therapy.

Her classes are a lively blend of hands on skills, inspiring information and light hearted methods. Her approach to massage and bodywork education is hands on with a focus on individual attention to participants. Mentoring massage therapists and building massage community are an integral part of her mission.

Move Your Mood

As a manual therapist you interface with the human form five to seven days a week. People walk into your therapy room exhibiting all kinds of shapes. Some shapes are healthy and helpful. Some are unhealthy and painful. Have you ever wondered how we become the shapes we make?  Where are these shapes held; in the fascia or in the brain?

In this six hour “Move Your Mood” class we will explore answers to those questions. We will explain how we get stuck and how manual therapy unsticks stuck fascia.

We plan to challenge some ideas about “exercise” and teach you to stay in your scope of practice as you recommend healthy movement to your clients.

Get ready to learn words like “interoception” and “ideokinesis.”

And get ready to get friendly with a foam roller!

Class Dates & Times

10AM to 5PM
Fee:  $175
June 2nd, 2019
September 1st, 2019

Instructor:  Isaac Chilton LMT CPT CES BCSI

Isaac Chilton has a passion for molding human “structural behavior.” He is a Board Certified Structural Integrator (International Association of Structural Integrators) and Certified Personal Trainer specializing in Corrective Exercise and functional movement reeducation. He holds certifications with ATSI (Anatomy Trains school for Structural Integration formally KMI), International Association of Structural Integrators, the Upledger Institute in Cranial Sacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation, CORE school for Structural Integration (sleeve training only), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (with a specialization in corrective exercise), Stott Pilates and TRX.

Isaac is a Massage Therapy Instructor and Continuing Education provider in the state of Texas. He has a background in teaching Anatomy & Physiology, various massage modalities, myofascial work and Corrective Bodywork both in workshop settings and at a massage school. He has been teaching and molding bodies for over 20 years.

Neuromuscular Therapy

“Neuromuscular therapy treats the CAUSE of the pain, not just the SYMPTOMs.”

Come to the Institute of Bodywork Studies to learn an exciting series of techniques that you can use with your clients after the very first class!  These techniques access the postural distortion patterns that cause your clients’ chronic pain.  Surprise!  They are probably NOT in the area of pain.

Neuromuscular Therapy combines structural postural analysis, myofascial release and trigger point therapy to the direct areas of causation.  Developed in the 1930s, therapists are more commonly found on the east and west coast than here, so it’s great to offer these classes in Texas!  These weekend classes can be used toward a 100 hour certification series in the future.

This class is extremely hands on and will teach you the skills to treat your clients deeply but quickly and efficiently for longer lasting results.  They will keep coming back for more!

Class Dates & Times

6 CEU classes:  Postural Analysis and Introduction to Myofascial Release

10AM to 5PM
Fee:  $175 per day
May 4 & 5, 2019
September 21 & 22, 2019

8 CEU classes:  Introduction to Neuromuscular Therapy, NMT – Simple Transverse Deviations

10AM to 6:30PM – must register for both days of weekend
Fee:  $400 for the weekend (16 CEUs)
June 22 & 23, 2019
November 9 & 10, 2019

Please Bring Set of Massage Sheets & Massage Lubricant

Instructor:  Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, CNMT, MTI, PTA

Kathleen is a certified neuromuscular therapist that has been practicing and teaching NMT for 18 years.  New to the DFW area of Texas, she is excited to bring this therapy class series here.  She received her NMT basic training and certification from the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Therapy in Charleston, SC and has offered the NMT 100 hour certification series for the last seven years in Santa Fe, NM.

Hot Stone Massage

If you operate your own practice and want to increase your income, or want to add this to your skill set to use at work, or need the CEUs as a requirement for recertification, then consider learning this useful modality.  Hot stone massage is an ancient technique used by Native Americans and Europeans as early as 1500 B.C.  Intended to be extremely relaxing, a hot stone massage involves the placement of sanitized, warmed, smooth rocks (usually basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat) on different parts of the body in conjunction with traditional massage techniques like Swedish massage.  Heated stones can also be used with applied pressure by the massage therapist during treatment for firm pressure and deep tissue work.  Cool stones may also be used to address muscle injury.

Registration can be done by calling us at 972.353.8989, or online at www.bodyworkstudies.com.  Registration must be completed one week prior to class.

Class Dates & Times
Price: $90
3hrs of CEUs
Instructor: Harry Winn
Please Bring Sheets & Lubricant

June 30, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm
December 8, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm

Himalayan Salt (Hot) Stone Massage

If you operate your own practice and want to increase your income, or want to add this to your skill set to use at work, or need the CEUs as a requirement for recertification, then consider learning this highly sought-after modality.  Himalayan salt (with that famous shade of pink) has been around for millions of years.  Learn this beneficial treatment that provides a new level of relaxation for your clients as you use warm, hand-carved salt stones from the Himalayan Mountains for this massage.  With 84 essential nutrients and minerals, the 100 percent pure salt from these stones will remineralize your client’s skin to deliver an increased level of wellness and replenish with benefits that go beyond skin deep.

Registration can be done by calling us at 972.353.8989, or online at www.bodyworkstudies.com.  Registration must be completed one week prior to class.

Please bring sheets and lubricant.

Class Date & Times
Price: $90
3hrs of CEUs
Instructor: Harry Winn

May 19, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm
October 13, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm

MT Marketing That Works

If you operate your own practice and are looking for tips and methods that can affordably bring you more first-time and repeat clients, or you need the CEUs as a requirement for recertification, then consider these valuable and proven strategies.  Topics include various ways to market your practice with emphasis on cost vs. return on investment, traditional vs. e-marketing methods, do-it-yourself marketing vs. outsourcing, when and when not to market, time and financial requirements involved, and other relevant issues.  Then we cover real world examples of some of the marketing strategies tried in a massage therapy private practice along with their results.  Once completed, you will have a better understanding of this necessary evil called marketing and a framework to build your own strategies to help you reach your professional and financial goals.

Registration can be done by calling us at 972.353.8989, or online at www.bodyworkstudies.com.  Registration must be completed one week prior to class.

Please bring paper and pen to take important notes.

Class Date & Times
Price: $90
3hrs of CEUs
Instructor: Harry Winn

April 28, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm
August 18, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm

Infant Massage

Participants will learn the art of infant massage using a variety of techniques from several modalities. Students will learn massage for the healthy as well as the premature infant, along with how to massage the toddler. Upon completion of this class, participants will have the skills to work with infants & their parents in a variety of settings.

Registration can be done by calling us at 972.353.8989 or at www.bodyworkstudies.com. Registration must be completed one week prior to class. Payment made directly to instructor, cash or check only. Deposit not required for this class.

Class Dates & Times
Price: $90
3hrs of CEUs
Instructor: Kevin Anderson

May 26, 2019 10am – 1pm
November 3, 2019 10am – 1pm

Advanced Foot & Hand Massage Technologies (Reflexology)

This course addresses the history, theory, and techniques behind the bodywork practice of applying pressure to areas of the hands and feet to effect physical change in the body. This manipulation of tissue using fingers, thumbs, and hands is commonly referred to as reflexology. The science utilizes long accepted anatomical meridians or zones, (as set forth in oriental medicine), as its scientific basis. This class is intended for practicing licensed massage therapists.

Registration can be done by calling us at 972.353.8989 or at www.bodyworkstudies.com. Registration must be completed one week prior to class.

Payment made directly to instructor, cash or check only. Deposit not required for this class.

Class Dates & Times
Price: $90
3hrs of CEUs
Instructor: Kevin Anderson

March 3, 2019 10am-1pm
June 2, 2019 10am-1pm
September 1, 2019 10am-1pm
November 10, 2019 10am-1pm

Cupping Massage

A wonderful ancient technique has found its place in the modern world of healing. Cupping bodywork is based on the common practice of Chinese cupping therapy, and the incredible results that this simple treatment produces have truly impressed those who experience its subtle power.

By creating suction and negative pressure, Cupping therapy is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways. Cupping bodywork is versatile and can easily be modified to accomplish a range of techniques, from lymphatic drainage to deep tissue release. This complements many health modalities ranging from spa treatments to medical massage and physical therapy.

Registration can be done by calling us at 972.353.8989 or at www.bodyworkstudies.com. Registration must be completed one week prior to class.

Payment made directly to instructor, cash or check only. Deposit not required for this class.

Class Dates & Times
Price: $175
Please Bring Sheets & Lotion or Oil – If you have a cupping set, please bring it to class.
6hrs of CEUs
Instructor: Kevin Anderson

May 12, 2019 from 10am to 4pm
September 15, 2019 from 10am to 4pm

PreNatal Massage

Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension. Modern research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration. Massage can aid in reduction of swelling, regulation of hormones and relief of nerve pain.

This course addresses the history, theory, and techniques behind the bodywork practice of safe massage to effect physical change in the body while safeguarding mother and child.

Registration can be done by calling us at 972.353.8989 or at www.bodyworkstudies.com. Registration must be completed one week prior to class. Payment made directly to instructor, cash or check only. Deposit not required for this class.

Class Dates & Times
Price: $90
3hrs of CEUs
Instructor: Kevin Anderson
March 17, 2019 10am-1pm
June 9, 2019 10am-1pm
September 8, 2019 10am-1pm
November 17, 2019 10am-1pm

Situational Stretching for the Upper Body

Have a client with a “crick” in their neck?  Headaches or migraines? Chronic upper back pain? Hand pain and numbness?  Learn some of the symptoms, causes, and a hands-on approach to enhance your massage by addressing these and other issues by incorporating these quick and easy situational stretches into your routine, correct these problems and leave your client relatively pain-free.

Class Dates & Times
Price: $225
8hrs of CEUs
Instructor: David Vaughan
Please Bring Set of Massage Sheets & Massage Lubricant

March 2, 2019 from 10am to 6:30pm
September 7, 2019 from 10am to 6:30pm

Fibromyalgia Massage

Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects a great number of people.    Therapists must learn special ways to deal with these clients, both physically & psychologically because of the pain and issues they face. Learn facts about fibromyalgia: definition, causes, symptoms, and ways to reduce the pain. Also, learn a hands-on, relatively pain-free method to address this condition that will have the fibromyalgia client becoming a regular client.

Class Dates & Times
Price: $225
8hrs of CEUs
Instructor: David Vaughan
Please Bring Set of Massage Sheets & Massage Lubricant

October 5, 2019 from 10am to 6:30pm

Situational Stretching for the Lower Body

Have a client with lower back pain?  Very tender IT Bands?  Hip pain? Quads or hamstring issues? Learn some of the symptoms, causes and a hands-on approach to enhance your massage by addressing these and other issues by incorporating these quick and easy situational stretches into your routine, correct these problems and leave you client relatively pain-free.

Class Dates & Times
Price: $225
8hrs of CEUs
Instructor: David Vaughan
Please Bring Set of Massage Sheets & Massage Lubricant

June 15, 2019 from 10am to 6:30pm

Sports Massage

This course will explain sports massage; different types, when to apply them, and the physical and psychological benefits to the athlete. This modality helps athletes prepare for an event and compete at a high level using pre-event & intra/inter event massage.  You will learn to help athletes recover from stress, along with the impact of competition using post event massage. You will also learn how to correct physical problems, performance issues, help with rehabilitation, how to correct issues created by recurring problems by using a scar manipulation technique, and how to correctly do PNF stretching using maintenance massage.

Class Dates & Times
Price: $225
8hrs of CEUs
Instructor: David Vaughan
Please Bring Set of Massage Sheets & Massage Lubricant

February 23, 2019 from 10am to 6:30pm
March 23, 2019 from 10am to 6:30pm
August 24, 2019 from 10am to 6:30pm
November 24, 2019 from 10am to 6:30pm

Body Mechanics & Stretching for the Massage Therapist 

The demand for massage and other bodywork is continually increasing. There are more career choices for massage therapists than ever before. The problem is that work related injuries are also on the rise, as is the attrition rate of the profession. Learn about conditions frequently experienced by massage therapist and how to protect yourself by stretching, along with other techniques.

Class Dates & Times
Price: $225
8hrs of CEUs
Instructor: David Vaughan
Please Bring Set of Massage Sheets & Massage Lubricant

July 20, 2019
December 14, 2019 from 10am to 6:30pm

Orthopedic Massage/Sports Stretching for the Upper Body  

This course will address and explain common upper body issues faced by athletes and regular clients such as tennis/golfers elbow, thoracic outlet, chronic upper back pain, and more. Learn hands-on how to address a multitude of issues and correct them in as little as one visit in some cases. In addition, learn how to address many injury/problems that affect athletes, how to manipulate scar tissue to reduce further injury, and how to perform advanced stretching techniques to reduce/prevent injury and to help them perform at an optimal level.

Class Dates & Times
Price: $400
16hrs of CEUs
Instructor: David Vaughan
Please Bring Set of Massage Sheets & Massage Lubricant

April 13-14, 2019 from 10am to 6:30pm
October 19-20, 2019 from 10am to 6:30pm

Students must sign up for both days of the 2-day class.

Orthopedic Massage/Sports Stretching for the Lower Body  

This course will address and explain common lower body issues faced by athletes and regular clients such as sciatica, shin splints, IT band syndrome, chronic lower back pain, and more. Learn hands-on how to address a multitude of issues and correct them  in as little as one visit in some cases. In addition, learn how to address many injury/problems that affect athletes, how to manipulate scar tissue to reduce further injury, and how to perform advanced stretching techniques to reduce/prevent injury and to help them perform at an optimal level.

Class Dates & Times
Price: $400
16hrs of CEUs
Instructor: David Vaughan
Please Bring Set of Massage Sheets & Massage Lubricant

July 13-14, 2019 from 10am to 6:30pm

Students must sign up for both days of the 2-day class.