In 1997 Michelle graduated from Mountain State School of Massage in WV and became a nationally certified, licensed massage therapist. Since that time Michelle has worked as a full time massage therapist in medical, wellness and spa settings and currently maintains a private practice. Michelle provides a clinical approach to massage therapy after studying Myofascial Release with Robert King in 1998 & Advanced Deep Tissue Massage withBruce Baltz in 2000.
In 2009 Michelle joined the faculty at the Mountain State School of Massage where she taught Deep Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Integrative Massage, Aromatherapy & supervised the Student Clinic for 4 years.
In 2010 Lolita Knight selected Michelle to be one of her few certified instructors to carry on her courses as she moves into retirement. Michelle completed 84 classroom hours with Lolita as well as NCBTMB approved continuing education provider training & completed 60 hours as Lolita's teaching assistant in many of her classes. Michelle currently offers Lolita's courses as well as some of her own (all NCBTMB approved) continuing education courses around the country as well as at her studio in Teays Valley, WV where she also provides massage therapy by appointment
NCBTMB APPROVED CEU's I'M OFFERING at 3540 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, WV 25526:
3/23/14, 4:30-7:30 Tibetian Foot Massage Ritual 3 CEU $59
A specific foot treatment ritual is presented to relax, balance & detoxify the entire body. Ritual includes Vitaflex (Tibetan Reflexology) massage, lymph drainage techniques & relaxation massage applied with therapeutic essential oils. Unlike traditional reflexology that is hard on therapists hands, Vitaflex Tibetan reflexology is very easy on therapists hands & when combined with therapeutic essential oils greater benefit is achieved for the client.
3/23/14, Chinese Facial Massage Fusion 7 CEU $149
A relaxing and rejuvenating facial massage treatment engaging 25 pressure points (including 2 on the hand and arm). Treatment includes a “honey pat”, warm moist towel application, aromatherapy, lymphatic drainage, TMJ treatment, acupressure & relaxation massage. All techniques learned and experienced help tone, uplift, remove tension, reduce wrinkles, puffiness and increase circulation to the face and create a youthful glow. These facial massage techniques can benefit Bell’s palsy, facial tics, eye droop, sinus problems, eyesight & TMJ difficulties.
5/2/14, Panoramic Deep Tissue Massage 8 CEU $155
Students will learn a variety of cross fiber & fascia release techniques with elbows, (single & double), forearms, pisiform, knuckles, and lateral hand methods to save hands. Techniques are focused on neck, shoulders, back & lower back.
6/8/14, Introduction to Aromatherapy & Essential Oils 6 CEU, $125
Information will be presented on the history, cultivation, distillation, healing properties, safe application & use of therapeutic essential oils & aromatherapy. The educated & safe use of essential oils & aromatherapy can improve physical, mental, and emotional well-being of client & therapist. Therapeutic essential oils may also create additional income, attract new clients, offer existing clients something new & exciting and add value to your current services. Students will learn & experience basic protocols of aromatherapy, creating blends & utilizing essential oils for therapeutic benefits. Each student will receive a free sample pack of therapeutic essential oils. Therapeutic essential oils will also be available for purchase.
8/31/2014, 10am - 6pm, Raindrop Balancing Massage 8 CEU, $149
Raindrop integrates the use of Native American healing techniques, Lymphatic drainage, Vitaflex (Tibetan reflexology), relaxing massage therapy techniques and application of 10 highly detoxifying therapeutic essential oils to bring balance to every physical, mental & energetic system of the body. Raindrop massage has a deep effect on the client even though it is easy on the therapist. Participants will learn history, benefits & proper application of Raindrop. Each participant will give & receive a Raindrop balancing massage.
10/4/2014, 10:30am - 6:30pm Indian Head Massage Fusion (for Table & Chair) 8 CEU $149
Ancient Indian Head Massage techniques are presented for both massage table and chair massage. These expanded classes include brief introduction to using aromatherapy oils and warm towel application in addition to the traditional techniques. While the title indicates only the head being massaged, this massage technique works on the scalp, face, TMJ, neck, upper arms, shoulders, and upper back areas, focusing on the parts of the body most prone to tension and stress. These massage & pressure point techniques have been practiced for over a thousand years in India and are calming, yet revitalizing while giving clients gentle relief from pain & headaches.
10/5/2014, 9:30am-12:30pm Introduction to Chinese Moving Cups Massage 3 CEU $59
Learn history, safe usage & proper application of this ancient Chinese healing technique. Cups are kept moving to avoid any marking, bruising or damage to the skin. This technique is highly effective at improving skin tone, reducing scar tissue, adhesions, Myofascial restriction, trigger points, energy blockages, wrinkling & cellulite dimpling while increasing circulation, lymphatic drainage & detoxification. Technique is very easy on the therapist while having a profound effect on the client.
10/5/2014, 1:30-4:30 Chinese Moving Cups Massage II 3 CEU $59
(Must have already taken Intro to Cupping) Learn to expand your moving cups massage techniques with specific protocols for facial toning, sinus decongestion & fascia release for neck, chest & shoulders.
10/5/14, 5:00pm -8pm Hand & Body Saving Stratagies for Massage Therapists 3 CEU $59
11/2/14, Introduction to Reflexology 6 CEU $120 (Early bird registration price $99 if registered and pain in full by 10/27)
CEU'S AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST:
Clinical Deep Tissue Massage 16 CE $275
Deep tissue doesn’t need to be painful for the client or therapist! Learn guidelines for safe & effective clinical deep tissue massage, 7 different types of strokes for fascia release, proper body mechanics to avoid injury, basic postural assessment skills & specific techniques for neck, shoulder & back pain. All techniques presented & practiced in ways that have the least physical impact on the therapist’s hands and body while still working into the deeper layers of the client’s tissues for maximum benefit & pain relief.
Fijian-Thai Fusion Barefoot Massage 16 CE $299
This protocol varies from other barefoot techniques in that no bars, overhead ropes, or oil is required. All techniques presented can be done with clients fully clothed in soft cotton & the therapist can be barefoot or wear cotton socks. In this class Michelle presents her fusion of the best techniques she has learned in TCM, Shiatsu, Thai Yoga Massage, Tibetan massage & Fijian massage. These techniques have a deep therapeutic effect on the client without putting stress or strain on the therapists’ body as hands are almost never used. Students will learn benefits and proper application of these massage techniques.
Aromatic Hot Stone Massage 16 CE $299
Learn how to safely combine ancient Native American healing techniques with hot stones & therapeutic essential oils for maximum relaxation, detoxification, and stress & pain relief. The history of these healing techniques, safety guidelines, effective usage, specific strokes & applications will all be presented & experienced during this course that is easy on the therapists’ hands. Both client and therapist will feel the beneficial effects of this massage!
Soft Touch Island Massage 4 CE $79
Not to be confused with mindless fluff! Islands massage is a whole new way of providing deep relaxation massage with a soft flowing touch. Frequent variances to strokes, speed, sounds, pressure, direction and style incorporated over the entire body create the ultimate in relaxation? How? Sensory confusion. The client can’t figure out what you are doing or where your hands are going next so the brain shuts off and then the client can just feel the massage thus achieving a much deeper sense of relaxation & total bliss. Clients often report feeling like the therapist must have had more than two hands.
Aromatherapy treatments to expand your business 4 CEU $85 or 8 CEU $159
An introduction to Aromatherapy, therapeutic essential oils, therapeutic benefits & outcomes, standard protocols, safe usage & informed purchasing will be presented. Incorporating aromatherapy & essential oils into massage & spa treatments is a simple yet effective way to create additional income, attract new clients, offer existing clients something new & exciting, offer seasonal or holiday treatments and add value to your existing services.
Indian Head Massage (Table only) 4 CE $79
While the title indicates only the head, this massage technique also works on the scalp, face, TMJ, neck, upper arms, shoulders, and upper back areas, focusing on the parts of the body most prone to tension and stress. These massage & pressure point techniques have been practiced for over a thousand years in India and are calming, yet revitalizing while giving clients gentle relief from pain & headaches. Techniques may be performed with client on a massage table or while the client is fully clothed sitting in a chair (so it may be used for chair massage events, corporate/office events, for clients who may be disabled and cannot lie on a table and as an add on for clients who may be waiting for or receiving another service such as hair or nail services).
NCBTMB APPROVED HOMESTUDY COURSES
(May be completed via email in 24 hrs or via snail mail if preferred):
Intro to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy 6 CEU $79
Ethics for Bodyworkers 4 CEU $49
Hand & Body Saving Strategies for Bodyworkers 3 CEU $39
Creating Prosperity in your massage practice 2 CE $25
CEU'S AT OTHER LOCATIONS:
*Get all 24 REQUIRED NCBTMB APPROVED CEU'S for the special package price of $399 in Lewisburg, WV 4/30/14-5/2/14!*
OCTOBER 15, 2014- Charlotte, NC (email me for details)
OCTOBER 17-19, 2014- JOHNSON CITY, TN @ Reflections of Health School of Massage (Details & registration at http://www.reflectionsofhealth.com/ce-courses/continuing-education-courses.html )
NOVEMBER 14-16,2014 NASHVILLE, TN @ Mind Body Institute (Details & registration at http://mindbodynashville.com/celist/month.calendar/2014/11/25/- )
DECEMBER 10-15, 2014 NASHVILLE, TN @ MIND BODY INSTITUTE (Details & registration at http://mindbodynashville.com/celist/month.calendar/2014)
2015- Virginia, Maryland, WV, NC (details coming soon)
~More dates coming soon! ~
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***** Class Prices may increase slightly for locations other than Teays Valley, WV due to travel costs.
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