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Camp Pebble Wellness Institute :: Massage Courses

229 E Sheridan St. |  Ely MN 55731 :: 218.365.0809 ::  admissions@pebblespaco.com

Chair Massage

12 hours - 4 class, 8 clinic

Chair massage is often performed off-site at parties, group functions, or businesses, therefore it can be a great tool for both community outreach and advertising. Chair massage is done on a fully clothed client while they are seated in a special chair that allows work on the neck, back, arms, and hands. A chair can also be an important tool for persons of special groups or clients unable to lie down on a table. This class will explore the different applications of massage as well as therapist body mechanics when using a chair.   

Sports Massage

13 hours - 8 class, 5 clinic

Sports massage can be performed directly before (pre-event) or after (post-event) a sporting event.  It can be useful to help an athlete warm-up, cool-down, prevent injuries, or speed up the healing process. The massage work tends to be localized to work the muscle groups the athlete will be using.  As a massage therapist, it is important to understand the athlete you will be working on to use the correct technique. This class reviews both technique, tools needed, and proper application of massage on athletes. Lab will consist of working on focused groups of athletes in both pre-event and post-event environments.  

Reflexology

13 hours - 8 class, 5 clinic

Foot reflexology is an ancient therapy that practices the theory that feet contain reflex points that correspond to the body’s structures and functions. In this course, students study a detailed map of the feet with its reflex points and meridian lines, techniques used to stimulate those points, and the philosophies behind the techniques. We discuss how to incorporate reflexology into a massage treatment, the use of foot scrubs and bath, the holistic philosophy grounding reflexology, and incorporation of scents. Reflexology can be offered at spas, salons, fitness centers, and your private practice either as a stand alone treatment or as part of other modalities. Students will learn by experience as well as through practice the beneficial effects of foot reflexology.  This course will provide an hour long session of reflexology for the students individual practice.

Prenatal Massage

7 hours - 5 class, 2 lab

Pregnancy massage is a modality rooted in Swedish massage, yet is tailored to meet the independent needs of each client while at all stages of pregnancy. The client lies on the massage table either on their side, prone, or supine with the assistance of pillows and bolsters to accommodate them at any stage of pregnancy. Massage work while pregnant can help considerably with sleep, stress reduction, inflammation, muscle aches and pain, and circulation. We will discuss common contraindications to take into consideration, or ways to manipulate a massage session to meet the needs of a pregnant client. The student will be asked to create an hour-long massage session conducive for pregnant clientele and then perform this session as a case study.

Baby/Child Massage

6 hours - 2 online, 2 lab, 2 clinic

Beginning in infancy, a child’s vitality, self- confidence, behavior, and overall healthy development can be enhanced through gentle massage. It can aid in sleep, encourage relaxation, help with growth and teething pain, and have an effect on the hormones that control stress. This course will introduce therapists to the use and precautions of massage on an infant or child clientele, as well as coaching parents on the incorporation of massage techniques to use on their children.  

Chakra Balancing

6 hours - 2 class, 2 lab, 2 clinic

A chakra is an energy center, and the human body consists of 7 chakra points on a plane. These 7 chakra points work in unison to provide the right balance of energy for mind, body, and spirit. They each have their own symbol, color, meaning, and placement on the body. Through stress, illness, grief, poor diet, anxiety, or any number of reasons one or more chakras can become unbalanced or blocked, throwing the entire system out of play. Energy healing, meditation, breath work, and body/mind exercise are common practices used to unblock one's chakras. As a bodywork practitioner, we can help lead a focused session to help a client focus on their individual chakras through means of energy and guided meditation.  This course will provide historical relevance, common theories of chakra balancing, and tools or means therapists can use to provide chakra balancing sessions. With energy work it is important to work closely with the client and have their full approval before performing energy work of any kind.  

Classic Massage 1

65 hours - 45 class, 5 lab, 15 clinic

In our classic massage courses, we use Swedish massage as our base of study. The purpose of Swedish massage is to promote relaxation, stress reduction, health, and body awareness. It acts as the foundation for massage work in which deeper and more precise techniques can be added. It involves the application of lotion or cream to the skin surface for gliding, kneading, rolling, and other types of massage strokes to reduce stress and tension found within the body. Draping techniques, client positioning, therapist self-care, and body mechanics are practiced.

Classic Massage 2

65 hours - 35 class, 5 lab, 25 clinic

This course allows the student to understand the individualized needs of a client and creative ways to match each session to the client’s needs. The student learns to incorporate a wide variety of new strokes, stretches, and range of motion movements. Students begin to concentrate on specific body regions and develop palpation skills to locate areas of tension. Muscle anatomy, bony landmarks, and body mechanics are reviewed. In this course, other modalities will be introduced along with case specific moves to help each client.

Deep Tissue Massage

25 hours - 15 class, 10 clinic

Deep tissue massage is designed to focus on trouble spots by manipulating deep layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance their function. Deep tissue massage is appropriate for those suffering from physical injury, chronic pain, or those who perform repetitive motions. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of muscles and connective tissues. This helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduces tension in muscle and tissue. The forearms and elbows become more heavily incorporated in a deep tissue massage to produce the desirable pressure. This course focuses on the indication and contraindication for deep tissue work as well as the necessary body mechanics needed to perform this work. We will discuss the importance of maintaining open lines of communication with the client to determine the difference between a good pain vs hurtful pain tolerance.

Craniosacral Therapy

18 hours - 10 class, 4 lab, 4 clinic

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on energy work for correcting problems in the craniosacral system in which the brain and spinal cord function. Using a light touch, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral and fascial systems to regulate and balance cerebral fluid. Craniosacral therapy encourages the body’s natural healing mechanisms to improve the negative effects of stress and the body’s internal environment, while bolstering resistance to disease and a wide range of common problems.  Common reasons to receive craniosacral work are tension and migraine headaches, chronic neck and back pain, learning disabilities, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, emotional imbalances, TMJ, and trauma recovery. Through this course we explore the anatomy and physiology of the craniosacral system while learning cranial and fascial release techniques, which can have maximum results through minimal effort of the therapist. 

Acupressure

8 hours - 4 online, 2 lab, 2 clinic

Acupressure is a method of precise finger placement and pressure on specific points of the body known as meridians, the same points used in acupuncture. These pressure points improve blood flow, release tension, and enhance energy leading to an increase of energy through the body and the promotion of self healing. Acupressure can lead to states of deep relaxation, reduce pain and tension, and improve circulation, therefore useful for a vast range of clientele. This course will introduce students to a thorough map of the meridian lines of the body and how they correspond within the body’s structure and function. Students will be able to learn how to provide acupressure to clients as well as themselves through lab exercise.  

Hot Stone Massage

10 hours - 6 class, 4 clinic

Hot stone massage incorporates heated, flat, smooth stones into an established massage routine, they aid in relaxation and ease muscle tension. This course will introduce you to the necessary tools and techniques necessary to begin offering hot stone treatments. The history, indications, and contraindications for use will be covered and lab work will consist of developing an individual routine, receiving, and providing hot stone massage work.

Facial Massage

18 hours - 8 class, 5 lab, 5 clinic

Facial massage can be beneficial for anti aging, sinus relief, lymphatic drainage, TMJ, the appearance of scar tissue, and acne. There is a never ending variety of tools and techniques on the market. This course focuses on massage sequence of moves to encourage blood flow and lymphatic draining.  Students will be introduced to techniques such as cupping, gua sha, acupressure, the use of steam, hot towels, and natural products for their added benefit. We will review bone structure, the musculature, and lymphatic system so students can understand where and how to focus their work. Students will leave with a fully developed hour-long facial routine to use within their individual practice.  

Spa Treatments

20 hours - 10 class, 5 lab, 5 clinic

Spas have become one of the largest employers of massage therapists in the United States offering work in spa establishments, resorts, hotels, salons, and on cruise ships. Spa techniques combine therapeutic work with relaxation, comfort, and restoration in mind, these techniques can easily be incorporated into private practice work. In this course students learn the historical relevance and application of spa techniques including wraps, salt scrubs, hydrotherapy, dry brushing, and more. The use of aromatherapy and heat application are introduced as a means to balance and ground clients.  The application of salt, sugar, and manual brushing as a form of exfoliation alongside body wraps with various mediums are introduced. This course offers the opportunity to learn the tools necessary to offer a wide range of services to your clients, both in private practice and established businesses. 

Hydrotherapy

10 hours - 8 class, 2 clinic

Hydrotherapy involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. It encompasses a broad range of approaches and methods that take advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature and pressure, for therapeutic purposes. The purpose is to stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation as a means to treat the symptoms of certain diseases, reduce pain, inflammation, muscle tension, and aid in relaxation. The most common application in massage work is through hot or cold towels and stones, soak and saunas, or pressurized jets. Through this course students study the relevance of hydrotherapy as a means to enhance massage bodywork.

Ayurveda

12 hours - 5 online, 5 lab, 2 clinic

Ayurveda is the traditional system of medicine in India. It seeks to treat and integrate body, mind, and spirit using a holistic approach. Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is believed to be one of the oldest forms of medicine. The belief is based on the theory that every human has a distinct constitution placing them in one of three doshas, Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. It places emphasis on diet, herbal remedies, meditation, breathing, and physical therapy correlating with one’s dosha to treat disease and maintain health. This course is meant as a holistic elective to introduce students to an eastern approach to mind and body health.  

Massage and Cancer

4 hours - 2 online, 2 lab

Pathology, etiology, indications, and contraindications are reviewed for massage work on a client with cancer. Case studies are used to generate discussion and guide practice leading to the integration of technique, applications, and adaptations that are the most beneficial for that population. Students will create and practice a full body treatment plan for the representative population. By the end of the course, students design and perform beneficial treatment sessions. 

Massage and Fibromyalgia

4 hours - 2 online, 2 lab

Pathology, etiology, indications, and contraindications are reviewed for massage work on a client with fibromyalgia. Case studies are used to generate discussion and guide practice leading to the integration of technique, applications, and adaptations that are the most beneficial for that population. Students will create and practice a full body treatment plan for the representative population. By the end of the course, students design and perform beneficial treatment sessions.

Massage and the Impaired

4 hours - 2 online, 2 lab

Pathology, etiology, indications, and contraindications are reviewed for massage work on a client with physical or mental impairment. Case studies are used to generate discussion and guide practice leading to the integration of  technique, applications, and adaptations that are the most beneficial for that population. Students will create and practice a full body treatment plan for the representative population. By the end of the course, students design and perform beneficial treatment sessions.

Lymphatic Drainage

5 hours - 2 online, 3 lab

Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique consisting of light touch and stretching of the skin that follows the natural direction of the lymphatic flow, it is used to move excess fluid that can build up within your body's lymph vessels. It can be helpful for those suffering from swelling, tenderness, infection, edema, hormone imbalance, fatigue, lupus, depression, and anxiety. This course will review anatomy, makeup, and capacity of the lymphatic system in order to understand indications and contraindications for lymphatic drainage massage work. Students will be shown a designated lymphatic routine to receive and practice on one another.