From Reinhold, LMT

In the times of Buddha, the most famous among the physicians was Jivaka Kuma Bhacca, (known as Shivaga Komarpaj in Thailand today) who was described as giving free attention to the Buddha himself.

The fame of Jivaka as a healer was extensively well known and the stories on his life and skills are prominent in Thera Veda Buddhist writings. As the father of Medicine, the teachings of Shivago traveled to Thailand along with the monks who propagated it. Shivaga Komarpaj became the central figure of the Buddhist medical system in Thailand and the guide and inspiration for practitioners of Traditional Thai Massage.

This sophisticated, sequenced, deeply interactive, rhythmic acupressure amongst muscles, fascia and Sen pathways, in concert with assisted stretches and yoga-like movement, is an integrated approach stimulating the nature within every human being to right one’s self. “Uninhibiting” the ultimate flow of our potential, resulting in an enlivened calm with the recipient.

Why Take Oncology Massage?

Introduction to Oncology Massage (14 CEs) is an AMAZING opportunity for anyone who has wanted to learn more about working with clients who are undergoing treatment for cancer. Even if you don’t plan to work with the oncology population, all massage therapists encounter clients who have survived or are in the midst of surviving cancer.

The instructors: Felicia Newsome has extensive experience in the oncology massage field in a variety of settings. Daniel Verina is a nurse and a teacher of nurses and also has years of experience. Both of them have worked (and continue to work) at the most prestigious cancer centers in NYC.

The content: You will learn about cancer biology, current treatments, ports/equipment, cautions/contraindications, bolstering, touch pressures to consider, and more.

New dates added for this comprehensive introduction to the field of Oncology Massage!

Upcoming Course Dates:
April 9th & 10th, 2016
June 25th & 26th, 2016

Russ Beasley Returns to CATA

We’re excited to welcome sports massage expert Russ Beasley once again to teach his 4-part Sports Massage Series: Common Injuries and Treatments. Dates: June 14, 21, 28 and July 5th, 3:30-9pm. Each workshop offers 5 CEs. Sign up for all 4 for just $350! Contact for more info.

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Thai Moves

Check out these beautiful images from a recent Thai Clinic with Reinhold and Thom Paul. You, too, can take part in the Thai Clinic on Tuesdays, 12:30-3pm!

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The Neck Series

The neck and shoulders could arguably be the most frequently requested area to receive massage work. Along with the low back, the neck is probably the bread and butter of most massage practices. In massage school the aspiring therapist is taught the anatomy of the cervical spine and basic postural imbalances of the head, neck and shoulders. Most modalities have their own approach for dealing with neck issues. For the curious and dedicated therapist, exploring new or alternative ways of working, regardless of the area of focus, can expand one’s vision and approach for solving a problem or at the very least add variety to one’s practice.

Finding the right tool for the job is always the ideal approach to any work and so filling one’s toolbox with a variety of tools is a goal unto itself. I have always maintained that our focus as LMTs should remain on the work and so continuing education is the best and most proactive way to enhance one’s knowledge base and grow one’s client base.

To this end, the Master Class Series will present a 4-part neck series, “Neck Assessment and Treatment Protocols.” In the first class, coming up on March 14th, we will combine eastern and western approaches to assessment including western techniques like structural integration, postural assessment, and orthopedic manual testing and an eastern modality like Sotai. The second class will demonstrate treatment protocols for the posterior neck. The third and fourth classes will deal with the anterior neck and will be taught by Christine Schneider, who specializes in laryngal therapy.

– Michael Alicia

Class 1: (March 14) – Eastern and Western Assessment Tools (Michael Alicia)
Class 2: (April 18) – Posterior Neck Protocols (Michael Alicia)

Class 3: (May 16) – Anterior Neck Assessment Tools (Christine Schneider)
Class 4: (June 13) Anterior Neck Protocols (Christine Schneider)

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Do Massage Therapists Get Massage?

Probably not often enough. And probably for different reasons. I know when I first started practicing massage, I looked to do exchanges. I was accustomed to getting regular massage in school and wanted to continue to receive the work, but also to continue to practice with other therapists and to exchange ideas. Exchanges became difficult when schedules got busy and paying customers beckoned. Paying for massage at times was difficult because money was tight, but probably the biggest obstacle for me was finding the right therapist.

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Body Mechanics, Body Mechanics, Body Mechanics

This may seem an odd way to introduce Joe Muscolino and his COMT series (Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy) at CATA, but one of the things I admire most about his work is his integration of good body mechanics in his teaching.

I met Joe this past April at the AMTA NY state convention. His clinical orthopedic assessment and treatment techniques workshop was a breath of fresh air for me because besides being chock-full of valuable assessment and treatment techniques, every technique was taught with an eye toward working effectively and efficiently using good body mechanics. For the practitioner looking for classes with solid assessment tools and a variety of techniques for addressing orthopedic issues AND getting a refresher in good body mechanics, this class is for you. We will be offering 6 COMT classes starting in February and running intermittently through November.

The first–COMT: Neck–takes place Feb. 27th & 28th.

Michael Alicia