Courses


All Level 1 & 2 workshops are held on weekends, conveniently starting at 6:30 pm Friday so you have time to decompress from work and eat dinner before we begin. 

FRIDAY:          6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY:    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
SUNDAY:         9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

 

Level One Geriatric Massage Workshop Description

 

This 2 1/2 day weekend workshop is the basis of our training program in Geriatric Massage. It offers 18 CE hours for massage therapists and qualifies students for the Level 1 Certificate in Geriatric Massage. By helping participants to gain insight into meaningful work with the elderly, the therapist who likes to work with seniors is put on the path to a massage career that is emotionally satisfying without being physically draining.

The Workshop features these topics:

  1. Physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging.
  2. Client assessment, cautions & contraindications. Psychological aspects of a healthy approach when working with the elderly, and attention to detail in the assessment of the older client.
  3. Modification of standard massage techniques and the development of methods to suit each client’s specific needs. Participants are encouraged to develop clinical reasoning in their first hands-on phase of the presentation.
  4. Practical hands-on work with older people.
  5. How to establish a Geriatric Massage practice. Topics include: Discovering appropriate referral sources, and marketing to senior facilities and active seniors in the community at large.

Our workshop schedules are continuously updated. Please review the latest Calendar shown on this site for the current listing of available workshops.

For further information, contact the Day-Break office at (317) 722-9896.

 

 

Level Two Advanced Geriatric Massage Workshop Description

 

This 2-1/2 day weekend workshop is the next level in our training program in Geriatric Massage. It offers 18 CE hours for massage therapists and qualifies students for the Level 2 Certificate in Geriatric Massage. There are two hands-on sessions–one in a Long Term Care or Assisted Living Facility, working directly with resident volunteers, and a second hands-on session in an Memory Care Unit (with dementia patients).

Prerequisite: Must have attended the Level 1 – Geriatric Massage Workshop within the last two (2) years.

The Workshop Features These Topics:

  1. Review of medical terminology and symptoms of the most prevailing age-related health problems and how to select approaches to the diverse afflictions of old age.
  2. Cautions in the positioning of challenged clients in hospital beds, standard beds, wheelchairs, and geriatric chairs.
  3. Specific approaches to massaging people challenged with stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s, dementia/Alzheimer, arthritis and those who may be wheelchair or bed bound.
  4. In-depth information on the most common age-related health problems and how to work specifically with each, as well as cautions and contraindications.


AFTER THE WORKSHOP, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:

  1. Choose the proper techniques to utilize while working under the direction of the prescribing physician but without the need for direct supervision.
  2. Know how to work with clients who have various degrees of age-related health and mobility problems.
  3. Be familiar with working in an Assisted Living Facility or Nursing Home.

Our workshop schedules are continuously updated. Please review the latest Calendar shown on this site for the current listing of available workshops.

For further information, contact the Day-Break office at (317) 722-9896.

 

Five Rites of Rejuvenation

 

This course is based on the five Tibetan Rites. It introduces the techniques and wisdom that can enhance your health and increase your joy and longevity with great quality. It demystifies the ancient science of Yoga. It offers 17 CE hours.

 

Symposium

 

Early on in the life of the Geriatric Massage Project, we began to realize that our approach to geriatric massage–successful as it was–could only improve by the inclusion of other hands-on modalities which would be suitable for our work with older people, such as Trager, lymphatic massage, and energy work. So the idea of inviting interested therapists and experts in suitable modalities to a conference of some sort led to the search for an appropriate location where we could meet for a week of studying and relaxing. Ideal locations were discovered both in beautiful Northern California Sonoma County, and in the Southern California Temecula area. The first three symposia were held in quaint Geyserville in Sonoma County. 

The symposium creates a wonderfully congenial atmosphere among the attendees. As this bonding process proved to be a major factor of the symposium’s success, we discontinued accepting the registration of folks who just want to attend the lectures or observe. The bonding process of those who participate led to many friendships over thousands of miles. One of our Canadian participants spent a week in Arizona visiting with a new friend. A woman from Lake Tahoe spent an entire vacation trip traveling from place to place–from Tahoe to Texas–visiting several of her new acquaintances from the previous year. This camaraderie is especially important for instructors who, under normal circumstances, might never have the opportunity to see each other again, all while working for a unique common goal. This fits beautifully with the actual purpose for these gatherings, namely exposing therapists who are deeply committed to working in the field of Geriatric Massage to other methods and philosophies. We feel that the interaction with like-minded therapists is invaluable.

Please see this site for Calendar or contact the Day-Break office for further information at (317) 722-9896.

 

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