Special Benefits of Training at Green Mountain Institute
Small student-faculty ratio
For most of the programs we offer there are two teachers and only 6 to 12 students. This allows for personalized attention well beyond that usually available in massage training. It provides the opportunity to teach each student according to how she or he learns best. There is time for plenty of assistance when practicing, including the opportunity to have strokes performed on you by the teacher so you can experience how they should feel.
Two teacher system
Most of our programs are taught by two teachers. In addition to increasing the amount of personal attention our students receive this permits one teacher to demonstrate, focusing completely on what they are doing, while the other teacher describes what is being done and answers questions. The two teacher system also provides an opportunity to see two different practitioners work and to have the insight and experience of two individuals.
Our focus on the quality of touch
We spend a great deal of time working on the quality of touch and presence through a variety of unique experiential exercises. We believe that, while technique is important, and learning specific strokes and sequences contributes to the excellence of your massage, it is the quality of your presence, as manifested in your touch, that really makes an effective body worker.
Working on the public
For professional students this is an important part of your transition from student to competent practitioner. Having it occur during the training provides the opportunity to have any questions answered by your teachers and the chance to discuss the experience with fellow students. You leave the training with a sense of confidence in your skill.
Practicing on your teachers
Professional courses include opportunitiesto work on your teachers. Much advice can be given from just watching you work. However, direct and specific feedback from your teacher on the massage table helps pin point problem areas, getting you more on track if you are having difficulties and fine tuning and improving your massage if it is going well. The result is greatly increased proficiency and confidence.
Exploring the emotional aspects of massage
Emotions are often ignored in massage school. Our training helps prepare you for times when strong feelings come up for a client during a massage, and increases your ability to be comfortable with your own feelings. This results in an increased capacity to be present and create the safe space that allows another to change.