100 hour Certification Class
Do you need to renew your license? Black Brook School offers a long list of CE classes for massage therapists.
You may choose a class from 6 to 100 hour CE classes depending on your needs and desire for knowledge. Browse the descriptions below and learn more about what we have to offer.
Certification as a Stephenson's Method Practitioner is awarded after the entire 100 -hour Intensive has been taken and the student can perform a series of treatments correctly. To receive certification as an instructor the student must take the class twice, take a practice exam and be approved by an approved instructor. In the United States at present, the Black Brook School is the only massage school in the country teaching this modality.
I have put the 100-hour intensive class into 4 blocks. The 4th block is available only to those who are taking the entire class. The other 3 modules have portions which may be taken by any massage therapist who would like to get hours in Creative Healing or by those therapists who have already taken the class and want to review certain parts of the class.
Module 1 - Head, neck, sinuses, arms, and shoulders.
History, Ethics, Principals and equipment. Technique applications will include : High Blood Pressure, general lymphatic drainage, sinus and ear congestion, face pain, neuralgia, Bell's Palsy and cosmetic facelift, sore throat, laryngitis, eye treatments for Graves disease, dry eyes, Instruction for Pigeon toes, headaches, migraines, epilepsy, Parkinson's, pain in the arms, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, pain in the hands, Dupuytren's contracture, wrist pain, swollen fingers.
Module 2- Working with the spine, pelvis, kidneys, pain between the shoulders, sciatica, knee, and feet.
Myofascial and lymphatic massage for the back. The Creative Healing application for Sciatica is one I turn to again and again. Some weeks I've used this on as many as 5 clients.
The treatment for sciatica also includes: Nourishing and cleansing the kidneys, whiplash, the swollen column, the quarter turns for helping specific Dermatomes.
Relief for Sciatic pain in the legs, weak legs, swollen ankles, sprained ankle, restless leg syndrome, and pain in the feet. For the middle part of the back: The flu spot, Pain between the shoulders, working around the scapula.
Module 3 - The digestive organs, diaphragm, and heart, Gentle Birth Treatments
Abdominal Massage for the digestive organs, heart, and diaphragm.
The general treatment, abdominal massage based upon the 4 principals, Abdominal toning, Gall Bladder, Liver, and Pancreas.
The abdominal reflex areas for the shoulder pain. The heart and diaphragm applications for stress, anxiety, depression, shortness of breath
Relieving stress around the area of the heart is great for both men and women.
Module 4 - This is a 100-hour certificate student class only. Asthma, lung congestion, constipation, tailbone, issues of men and boys, children and infant treatments
Male issues including stress, fertility, prostatitis. Issues for children and infants. Colic, breathing, adenoids, pigeon toes, and more.
Clinical practice and exams as well as specific work for the elderly
Beyond Basics Head Neck and Sinus’s 6 hour class
Beyond Basics Head and Neck – 6 hours
CE classes need to give you information you can use with your clients immediately and be presented in a fun and engaging way.
This class includes:
Basic concepts and principals
Using a bench and olive oil
Headaches and migraines
Sinus, stuffy ears without inflammation
TMJ, Pain in the face, Face lift
Needs for class – hand towel, linens, table, oil
Beyond Basics Shoulders and Arms 6 hour class
Beyond Basics Shoulders and Arms – 6 Hour CE classes
This Stephenson’s class combined with Swedish massage addresses the following issues that concern many massage therapists and clients
1. Pain in the arm
2. Unable to raise arm above head
3. Checking for carpal tunnel syndrome.
The Filter beds in the wrist
Ganglions, Throwing the arm away pain, Restless arms
1. Tennis elbow
2. Golfer’s elbow
This is also useful for Rotator cuff injury, Wrist and Hand issues, Dupuytren’s contracture
Arthritis, Jammed finger, Painful thumbs
Discussion for specific issues of arms and hands for massage therapists
You will need a hand towel, bath towel, your linens and your table
Assessment and Treatment of Shoulder Pain with Dr. James Mally
March 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
When a client presents with shoulder pain, you need to know how to properly assess the cause of the pain and to formulate effective treatment strategies.
The workshop covers some of the most common causes of shoulder pain, including:
- Adhesive capsulitis
• Impingement and bursitis
• Rotator cuff tears
• Slipped bicipital tendon
• Thoracic outlet syndrome
Expand your toolbox of assessment and treatment strategies through a series of demonstrations and practice of these techniques:
- Joint capsule release
• Soft tissue release
• Multidirectional friction and eccentric contraction
• Trigger point therapy
• Reciprocal inhibition
Please wear athletic attire for this workshop.
($150 plus $10 materials fee)
Muscles in Clay and More
Anatomy for Bodyworkers with Dr. James Mally
Refresh your memory but also upgrade your palpation skills with this fun class.
Not only will you build muscles out of clay but Dr. Mally will also show you specific Sports massage techniques to release the musculature bit by bit.
Your assessment and palpation skills will soar with this class.
Stephenson’s Method for Hips, Back and Sciatica – 12 hour class
Therapists who work with back pain on a frequent basis will find these CE classes invaluable.
The Creative Healing application for Hips, Back and Sciatica is one that I have use for years for people with acute or chronic Lorsosis and sciatica.
The class also includes information and techniques for
- pain in hips, legs, knees and feet
- discomfort in the Kidney region
- Twisted hip
- How to use the low back and sciatic treatment in prenatal clients
- Applications of the sciatic treatment in the elderly with chronic pain issues.
There is ample demonstration and hands on training
Needs for class – linens, table, hand towel, large bath towel
Honoring the Belly – 12 hour class
Honoring The Belly 12 hours NCBTMB or ADoH approved fro two days of CE classes
Creative Healing application for the digestive system
What is the Digestive tune-up?
Discussion of how abdominal massage may help low back pain
How this is used during pregnancy
Thoughts on diabetes, fibromyalgia, depression, celiac disease, gluten intolerance,
- yeast overgrowth and other digestive issues
Needs for class – linens, table, breast drape for women, hand towel,
Demonstration with Lots of hands on experience as always!
This is part of Module 3 offered in October, 2017
Honoring the Breath – 12 hour class
Creative Healing applications for the Lungs and HeartMr. Stephenson’s ideas on breathing and how the lungs work.
Mr. Stephenson’s thoughts about tight clothing and chilling the lungs
Brief refresher on the anatomy of breathing
Relax the shoulders – free the breath
Relaxing and engaging the diaphragm
Educated breathing and how to re-educate your client.
Issues of the mid-back
Understanding the way ribs move
Demonstrations of the quarter turns along the spine
needs for class – linens, table, breast drape for women, hand towel, oil.
Creative Healing for Women – 18 hour class
Part 1- Common issues for women at any stage of life
Head, Neck and Sinus issues
The face lift technique
Low back and sciatica
Lecture and Demonstration for pre and postnatal clients
PMS, Menstrual pain
Next class is our resort class in Wisconsin September 16 & 17, 2017
Register and pay for this class
Prenatal clients, Protocol for each trimester, Support after pregnancy,
Mr. Stephenson’s thoughts about weight loss and gain
This application of Creative Healing is also excellent for clearing the organs during pre and post menopause.
Gentle Birth Method Short Course – 24 hour class
We will explore the philosophy and the foundation of Dr. Gowri Motha ObGyn program. including her thoughts about why she has spent the last 25 years developing Gentle Birth Method. We will touch briefly on diet and nutrition, herbs, and the use of Ayurvedic medicine, reflexology, visualizations and Bowen technique. The bulk of the class will be the applications of Stephenson’s Creative Healing used for the second and third trimesters.
The class includes all of the Creative Healing treatments Dr. Motha uses in her Gentle Birth Method Programme in London, England with prenatal clients from all over the world. The applications you will learn will do the following:
- Reduce nausea and vomiting
Optimize digestion and pancreatic function
Increase energy levels
Reduce anxiety and stress
Eliminate back and neck pain
Stimulate the lymphatic system in all key areas of the body, especially the pelvis
If you like to work with prenatal clients who are committed to having a natural birth this is a wonderful class.
Therapeutic Stretch – 6 hour class – Arkansas Department of Health approved only
I love this class and it is broken up into two parts
Part 1 is for the therapist. Let’s learn those holding patterns you have as a therapist or other activities you do on a regular basis and find stretches that will target those problem areas for you.
Part 2 is for your clients. Using soft tissue release and other active and passive stretches I will show you ways to stretch the client while on the table.Needs for class: day 1 soft clothes you can stretch in, a blanket or yoga mat for the floor, Day 2 you will need your table and linens.
and no we won’t be throwing each other into the air, but its a cool idea!
Therapeutic Foot Spa – 6 hour class – Arkansas Department of Health approval only
Therapeutic FootSpa is a great add on for your clients and is also a fun way to get your CE’s.
The class is in two parts
Part one is the spa which includes brown sugar scrub and peppermint foot wrap and reflexology relaxation techniques.
Part 2 is Exercises for the feet and Creative Healing applications for working with bunions, sprains, sciatic pain in the feet swollen ankles, plantar fasciitis and pain in the heel.
You will need to bring: 3 hand towels, two bath towels, 2 wash cloths and a basic for hot water. You will also need your linens and your massage table.
Enertropic Therapy – Upper Body Basics 6 hour class
Enertropic Therapy means and energy movement in response to a stimulus.
I have been using this neuromuscular work since 1997 for acute and chronic pain.
Using finger pressure to access a unique pattern of locus points on the body gives you a wonderful way to release pain held in the tissue with less work.
You will need your table and linens
Enertropic Therapy – Lower Body Extended Hands On – 6 hour class
Enertropic Therapy means and energy movement in response to a stimulus.
You must have taken the Upper Body Basics class before attending this one.
Sciatic pain, referred pain and pain in legs and feet will be addressed.
This class will include all 4 patterns and how to link them up by using paired points.
I will also show you how to work as tandem therapists on the same client as well as how to do Enertropic Therapy for self care.
You will need your table and linens