Continuing Education at GMI
The following are ongoing Continuing Education Classes held out of our Vermont facilities.
Thai / Shiatsu Bodywork Intensives
Level: Open to All Levels, except Part IV Intermediate/Advanced
Thai-Shiatsu Bodywork, a creative blend of Thai massage, shiatsu, yoga and meditation, energizes the giver as you calm, balance and recharge the receiver.
In each workshop you will learn to apply powerful acupressure techniques while deeply supporting the receiver in assisted-yoga stretches. Moving effortlessly from your dynamic body center (hara) you will discover how to apply acupressure by leveraging, leaning, and lowering body weight rather than tiring yourself with muscle strength. Pressure points for specific health purposes will be taught as well as points to awaken and balance the vital life force along the body's pathways of subtle energy as you also facilitate blood flow and stimulate lymphatic drainage.
The marriage of Thai massage and shiatsu allows you to apply a range of techniques while varying the practice to suit your own body dynamics and needs.
Energy-Based Approaches to Bodywork
In this workshop we will explore different pathways to experiencing the body's energy. The intention is to increase your perception and awareness of the flow of energy as well as to teach techniques for stimulating and balancing this energy in yourself and others.
The more present you are, and the more alive your touch, the more likely it becomes that emotions will surface in your client. Your work begins to touch a deeper level and more dramatic results, even life changing ones, can occur.
This workshop offers an opportunity to explore your life energy, the force which enlivens us physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.
Sports Massage Incorporating an Energetic Understanding
Sports massage is not just for athletes. Everyone can benefit from these techniques. Stress, posture, working from a desk, pregnancy etc all contribute to muscle strain & tension and sports massage can help. However serious athletes and those who are physically active also derive tremendous benefits from sports massage. It aids in fine-tuning their performance, prepares them for exercise or competition and assists them to recover rapidly after an event, activity or injury.
Sports massage helps to optimize the positive factors that affect performance such as healthy muscle and connective tissues; normal range of motion; high energy; fluid and pain-free movement; and mental calm, alertness and concentration. It can help minimize negative factors such as dysfunctional muscle and connective tissue, restricted range of motion, low energy, pain, and anxiety.
Approaches to the Cranial Sacral System
Level: Open to All Levels
The craniosacral system consists of the cranium (containing the brain), the spine (containing the spinal cord) all the way down to the sacrum and coccyx. Thus it incorporates the entire central nervous system.
Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) is based on the principle that our bodies know how to heal themselves. Balancing the cranial sacral system is a gentle non-invasive way to benefit overall health and restore healthy patterns after stress or trauma. If any of the cranial bones become jammed together or strained in some way, there is a restriction of the pumping of cerebrospinal fluid. The whole nervous system is strained. Restrictions are caused by physical or emotional traumas. These events are essentially frozen into our bodies until they are released.
While CST had its origins in the medical model, many practitioners discovered that it could be easily incorporated with Eastern theories involving chakras and energy healing. In this course you will learn basic concepts for healing in yourselves, your families, and clients. There will be demonstrations of how to approach and balance the cranial sacral system. The primary focus will be on how to activate and listen to our innate intelligence in the fluid body.
Skinner Releasing Technique for Body Workers
Level: Open to All Levels
This training can dramatically increase the ease and effectiveness with which you work. Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) is a movement based, body mind integration technique using partner assisted exercises, imagery and tactile studies. In this workshop you will further your experiential knowledge of anatomy and body mechanics, while learning to work with more power, rhythm and musicality yet with less effort and stress on your body. In addition to experiential work and practice of the new releases, you will receive supervised coaching at the massage table as you practice whatever type of bodywork you customarily do, helping you to incorporate your new awareness into your work. You will also learn release techniques and guided imagery that you can use with your clients. Part of the goal is to have your work feel as good to give as to receive.