Continuing Education Hours Available
All of the classes listed below are approved by the Arkansas Department of Health and the NCBTMB.
Brenda L. Schwarzbach is an approved continuing education provider with the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
100-hour Certification Class for Joseph B. Stephenson’s Natural Healthcare ‘Creative Healing’
$1999.00 for the class. This is the first time this class has been offered since 2021.
Saturday and Sundays
May 20/21, May 27/28/2023
June 3/4, June 10/11, June 17, 18, June 25/25/2023
This 100 hour class is for full certification for Stephenson’s work. It is also accepted by Dr. Gowri Motha’s Gentle Birth Method.
Read the Class description below
Tuition Payment 100 hour Creative Healing 2022 $1999
Tuition Payment 18 hour class CH – 2022 $375.00
100 hour Certification Class
For Massage Therapists and other Practitioners
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.
Anyone is able to enroll in our classes. If you are interested in classes specifically for the 'Gentle Birth Method' we have a 24-hour program that fits this need.
I have put the 100-hour intensive class into 5 blocks. The 5th block is available only to those who are taking the entire class. The other 4 modules have portions that 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 and neck -
History, Ethics, Principals, and equipment. Technique applications will include general lymphatic drainage, sinus, and ear congestion, face pain, support for neuralgia in the head, and cosmetic facelift. Also learn to reduce congestion in the throat, eye support, headache, and migraine relief.
Module 2 - Working with releasing the tissue around the spine, pelvis, decongesting the kidneys, sciatic and leg pain.
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 the kidneys, massage and nerve support for whiplash, myofascial movements for helping specific dermatomes.
Of course, the largest part of the class is for relief for Sciatic pain and weakness in the legs, For the middle part of the back, there are applications for pain between the shoulders and working around the scapula.
Module 3 - arms/ shoulders, knees and feet - There are separate massage movements for pain in the arms, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, pain in the hands, Dupuytren's contracture, wrist pain, swollen fingers, swollen ankles, sprained ankle, restless leg syndrome, and plantar fasciitis.
Module 4 - The digestive organs, diaphragm, and heart,
Abdominal Massage for the digestive organs, heart, and diaphragm. Abdominal toning, and decongesting the tissue around the Gall Bladder, Liver, Spleen, and Pancreas. Wonderful relaxing applications for stress, anxiety, depression, shortness of breath.
Relieving stress in the chest, and the diaphragm is great for both men and women.
Module 5 - The Female Treatments - for relieving PMS, prenatal clients, menopause, pain in the lower abdomen, and movements specifically recommended for the Gentle Birth Method. Female disorders, incontinence, and infertility.
Module 6 - This is a 100-hour certificate student class only. Asthma, lung congestion, constipation, tailbone, issues of men and boys, children and infant treatments, and treatments for the elderly. Male issues including stress, infertility, back pain, Issues for children and infants.
Clinical practice and exams will be scheduled for the completion of this class. Completion of the certificate class will also allow you to qualify to become a globally recognized Gentle Birth Method Practioner.
125 hour Elite Massage Class
This class will give you a certificate for Creative Healing as well as give you additional hours in pathology, medications and lymphatic massage.
125 additional hours required by the Department of Defense for the interstate license. This is now available for those who would like to upgrade their licensing credentials.
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
Creative Healing for Prenatal Clients 18 hour class
Prenatal Class for CE’s
The bulk of the class will be the applications of Stephenson’s Creative Healing used for the second and third trimesters.
The Arkansas approved class includes several of the Creative Healing treatments Dr Gowri Motha ObGyn uses in her Gentle Birth Method Programme in London, England, but does not cover Dr. Motha’s philosophy and recommendations outside of the Creative Healing treatments.
- Relax and support your prenatal client
- Reduce morning sickness symptoms
- Optimize digestion and pancreatic function
- Increase energy
- Boost the immune system
- Boost kidney function by stimulating the lymphatic system
- Decongest the tissue of the pelvis
If you like to work with prenatal clients who are committed to having a natural birth this is a wonderful class.
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
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
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
Stephenson’s Natural Healthcare Method
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.
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. This class is only NCBTMB approved.
Therapeutic Stretch 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!
Creative Healing for Women – 18 hour class
Two Day Class
Working with the lymphatic system for puffiness and swelling
Digestive tune-up for metabolism and correct elimination
low back pain and sciatica
Therapeutic Foot Spa Class
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.