The Portugal Practitioner Foundation program is a 3-month intensive training that immerses students in the emotional aspects of massage therapy. This course is popular with students looking to deepen their relationship to - and understand of - their own bodies and emotions, and is appropriate for licensed massage therapists as well as newcomers to the field of massage therapy. Because of its thorough grounding in anatomy and physiology as well as massage technique, this course can be used to prepare students for a professional career in massage.*
The experience of the Portugal Program is often described as "transformative" and "life changing" by students, making this program appropriate not only for those looking to begin a career in massage, but also for those whose ultimate goal is personal development through a deeper connection with their bodies and emotions.
Students are given a foundation in multiple levels of body knowledge & awareness: the physical anatomy and physiology of the body, the energetic systems of the body, and the relationship between the body and the emotions.
There are three phases to the course, each lasting approximately one month. In the first phase, students learn a full body massage and basic musculo-skeletal anatomy. Attention is paid to grounding, centering, improving the quality of students' touch and developing the body-mind connection. In addition to learning basic massage strokes, the program emphasizes working with movement, breath, sound and energetic and emotional release techniques. Students give and receive sessions from fellow students.
In the second and third phases of the course, advanced massage strokes and different bodywork modalities will be taught, as well as techniques for specific situations. Students receive personalized supervision to improve and fine tune their massage, with instructors paying close attention to the quality of students' contact, the precision of their technique, their body mechanics and their sense of flow.
Praia da Luz, Portugal is a location of spectacular natural beauty, providing a serene and secluded environment in which students may initiate a process of lifetime learning, developing tools to deepen their relationships with themselves.
Throughout the course, students live in shared apartments, a short walk from a spectacular beach. Although this workshop is intensive, there will be time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and explore this part of Portugal.
*Licensing regulations for massage therapy vary from state to state. Please contact GMI or your state licensing board to ensure this course meets your needs regarding state licensure.