This course provides key conceptual preparation and encouragement to seek additional hands-on training in seated massage, and reviews core elements that will benefit experienced seated massage practitioners.
Through text, photos, case studies and sample forms, explore an expert's recommendations for equipment, communication, documentation and body mechanics. The textbook also provides detailed instructions and photos for numerous seated massage routines.
This home study program is presented by David Palmer, the 'father' of Chair Massage according to Massage Magazine and the developer of the first massage chair. Based on Japanese acupressure techniques, this program presents a complete chair massage sequence for the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, hands, and scalp. This step-by-step presentation teaches practitioners three complete, upper body acupressure sequences.
Expand your knowledge of chair massage by learning practical and useful information to design, implement and maintain a successful chair massage business or to complement an existing practice.
Presented in a format that will educate, inspire and prepare you to integrate seated massage into an existing practice, create a new business exclusively with seated massage or develop classes to educate practitioners in this modality, Mastering Chair Massage begins with simple techniques and progresses to enhanced skills while emphasizing good body mechanics throughout.
In Beyond Religion, the Dalai Lama proposes the development of a secular system of ethics that transcends religion and focuses on our shared humanity and our interdependence as a key part of that humanity. His Holiness discusses the importance of global tolerance and rejection of violence, as well as the need for morality to be included in education.
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Jessica Shenefield, LMBT, NCTMB
I found the demonstration of proper and improper movements/strokes to be extremely helpful! I feel this course was a good review of subject matter already familiar, and added to my knowledge base and practical skills as well. The DVD and texts go hand-in-hand and are beneficial for various learning styles. Thank You for an enjoyable course!
Felicia Wilkes, LMT
This course was very easy to read and understand. The references and pictures provided valuable details to fully understand the content. I can use all the knowledge presented in this course in my massage practice.
This was a WONDERFUL ethics course! Interesting, heart-warming, and full of lots of things to mentally chew on and digest. Would be great in a classroom setting as well. I've learned quite a lot and will be returning to this book over and over again in the future.
Kim Rubey, LMT, BCTMB
Excellent course! The warm up/stretching program included with the kata is invaluable for maintaining healthy joints, strength and balance. David Palmer is a master teacher!!! All body workers need to learn this efficient method of bodywork. A must for maintaining a life time practice of skilled touch. Thank you! Thank you!
Sarah McDermott, LMT
The questions were only for the first 6 chapters of the book. There are 13 chapters. So that was strange. The book is very interesting and easy to read. It is educational even for an experienced LMT, with great tips for protecting my hands during chair massage! Thank you!
Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.
As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.
Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.
Leslie L. DeMatteo, LMT, MS, has been an active massage therapist since 1998, after graduating from the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy in Sarasota, FL. There she completed the massage therapy program along with a certificate program in Nuad-Bo-Rarn: Traditional Massage of Thailand.
Since then, she has completed continuing education in cranial-sacral fundamentals, cancer and mastectomy massage, reflexology, trigger point therapy and prenatal massage. She is also certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and is a Professional Level member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).
Her work in massage therapy continuing education and teaching in a massage school ignited a passion for adult training and education, which led her to pursue her Bachelor's Degree in Adult Learning: Vocational Instruction, followed by her a Master's Degree in Adult Learning.
Ms. DeMatteo is the instructor for many of the Institute's courses including such courses as Advanced Prenatal Massage, Ethics of Diversity. Cupping Therapy: A Step-by-Step Approach, Diversity: Cultural Competence, Mastering Pregnancy Massage, and many more.
Linda Fehrs attended both the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy in New York – a state with some of the most rigorous licensing requirements in the U.S. – and also served as an instructor at the Hudson Valley School of Massage.
She is a professional member of the AMTA and the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists. Linda has actively practiced massage therapy in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 2002 with a focus on medical massage and massage for those with special needs, such as developmental and physical disabilities.
David Palmer began his professional massage career in 1980. He began working with chair massage in 1982 as a way of making skilled touch more accessible to the mainstream public. For his pioneering work in bringing chair massage into public consciousness, David Palmer has been acknowledged by Massage Magazine as the "father"; of Chair Massage. In November 1997, David also received the prestigious President's Award from the American Massage Therapy Association for his meritorious service to the profession. Through the founding of the Touch Pro Institute, David has trained tens of thousands of practitioners in the techniques and marketing skills of chair massage.
Mr. Palmer is the author and instructor of Chair Massage Fundamentals.
Sean Riehl has been a bodyworker since 1998 when he completed his training program through the Body Therapy Institute in California and subsequently served as an instructor there. Certified in Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Neuromuscular Therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, Myofascial Release and Shiatsu, Mr. Riehl established Real Bodywork in 2000 producing high-quality, professional, instructional massage and yoga videos. With over 40 video titles, Real Bodywork is the preeminent producer of videos in the massage training industry.
Mr. Riehl is author, co-creator and instructor on various Institute courses including Neuromuscular Therapy & Advanced Deep Tissue, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Myofascial Release, Advanced Anatomy & Pathology, Clinical Massage Therapy, Integrative Massage: Earth, Fire and Spirit, Nerve Mobilization and more.