Continuing Education Classes

CE classes at PNWSM are shorter and more flexible than the typical two- or three-day weekend CE class. Brian's Ballard classes are limited to 8-12 students, and are more personalized than larger, more formal, CE classes. The emphasis is on really learning and retaining the information, rather than just being exposed to it.

All classes are NCB approved (NCB #451040-09) unless otherwise noted, and valid for NCB, AMTA, and WA state CE Credit. You will be issued a certificate at the end of class.

In-Depth Face and Head Massage [Sold Out]

The facial muscles hold a significant amount of tension and are the source of many problems for our clients. In addition, the face is one of the most richly sensitive and enervated regions of the body, both on the sensory and motor side. Because the facial region is often overlooked in massage, incorporating skillful work in this area can offer your clients a more complete whole-body experience, and set your practice apart—as well as feeling wonderful.

This course will focus on integrated techniques for the cranium, scalp, face, neck and upper chest, as well as muscle-specific facial massage strokes and pressure points. The benefits of facial massage are extensive, including treatment for TMJ dysfunction, congestion and sinus issues, headaches, mood elevation, relaxation, and esthetic enhancement.

Your instructor, Tysan Dutta, is a graduate of the Cortiva Institute and the Euro Institute of Skincare, has a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Antioch University. She is certified in craniosacral therapy and studied structural injury work, neuromuscular release, and myofascial massage. Tysan believes that skillful facial massage should be incorporated into more bodywork sessions, and that the facial and cranial area is just as important as, if not more important than, any other region of the body.  

"Tysan is a fantastic instructor, and I will integrate this into my work right away." - Jo Sullivan
"It's clear Tysan loves this work, and has a ton of experience behind her." -Zinnia Su
"I loved this class." - Mari McGarvey, Adriane Martin

Instructor: Tysan Dutta (MA#60443553)
CE hours: 4 CE hours
Date and Time: Thursday, April 26th, 6:30-10:30pm
Location: Seattle (Ballard area)
Tuition: $90 if registered by April 18th, $100 thereafter.

Registration: This class is sold out. If you'd like to get on the waiting list, please contact info@pnwschool.com.

For those registered, the remaining balance ($50) is due at class, payable by cash or check only, made out to PNWSM.

 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Legs & Hips (Akureyri, Iceland)

The legs are often treated for the least amount of time in a session, yet they support the upper body and are under tremendous compressive force, whether moving or stationary. When the legs and feet are functioning properly, they are one of the fundamental anchors of our stability and support. When they're not, they are a major contributor to foot, knee, hip, and low back issues. 

In this class, you will learn specific, potent, and effective Deep Tissue techniques to release the muscles and fascia of the hips, legs and feet. These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. We will also focus on correct body mechanics and proper use of hands, elbows, and forearms to save wear and tear on joints.

To watch a short video demo of one of the techniques covered in class (originally presented in Austin, TX), click here

"So many new, practical techniques to try! All really great stuff." -Chrisann Rauschenbach

"This was the best adductor work I've ever had." -Crystal Johnson

Instructor: Brian Utting 
CE hours: 8 CE hours
Date and Time: Saturday, April 28th, 9:30am-6:45pm 
Location: Akureyri, Iceland

Tuition: $170 if registered by April 18th; $190 thereafter. Register for both the April 28th MSDT for Legs and Hips class and the April 29th MSDT Arms-Hands-Shoulder class for only $275. The price for the 2-class package goes up to $300 after April 18th.

Registration: Full payment is required at time of registration. Click here to pay online in USD. You'll be able to select one or both class days on that screen.

Questions or European Registration: Contact Reginn Unason at +354-787-339, or at <reginn84@hotmail.com>, for registration in Euros, ISK, or information about Akureyri.

Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and lodging arrangements for your stay in Akureyri, Iceland. If you have questions, you can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

MSDT Techniques for the Arms, Hands, and Anterior Shoulder (Akureyri, Iceland)

The anterior shoulder muscles (pectorals, subclavius, subscapularis, etc) are often chronically tight, which can cause pain and discomfort in the shoulder and upper back. Releasing these muscles creates a foundation for a more balanced shoulder girdle. Ideally, the shoulders should float freely on the ribcage, but they are often restricted, stuck down, and in pain. You will learn to effectively liberate anterior scapular muscles such as the pectoralis minor and the subscapularis, giving your clients a feeling of ease and freedom in their shoulders that reaches all the way around to their back.

The arms and hands, meanwhile, are tough, dexterous, and exquisitely sensitive. As massage therapists, they are perhaps our primary vehicle for sensation and communication, and we use them (and sometimes overuse them) intensively. Our clients' hands and arms are typically overworked as well (and often injured), especially with so much computer use in the workplace and at home. For all the work that they do, our hands and forearms seldom get the time or skilled attention that they deserve. 

In this class we will focus on specific techniques for releasing the muscles and fascia of the hands, thumbs and forearms; increasing mobility in the corresponding joints; and 'deconstructing' forearm muscles that have become fascially bound together. You will learn some simple but effective ways to make your arm massages more specific, potent and satisfying--and receive some good (and much-needed) work yourself.

"All my little finger joints feel so free, and like they are lined with satin." - Melissa D'Haene

Instructor: Brian Utting 
CE hours: 7 CE hours
Date and Time: Sunday, April 29th, 10am-6pm 
Location: Akureyri, Iceland

Tuition: $150 if registered by April 18th; $170 thereafter. Register for both the April 28th MSDT for Legs and Hips class and the April 29th MSDT Arms-Hands-Shoulder class for only $275. The price for the 2-class package goes up to $300 after April 18th.

Registration: Full payment is required at time of registration. Click here to pay online in USD. You'll be able to select one or both class days on that screen.

Questions or European Registration: Contact Reginn Unason at +354-787-339, or at <reginn84@hotmail.com>, for registration in Euros, ISK, or information about Akureyri.

Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and lodging arrangements for your stay in Akureyri, Iceland. If you have questions, you can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

Intraoral CE: Structural Work for the Head, Neck, and Jaw [Sold Out]

This class meets the 16-hour Washington State Intraoral Endorsement Requirement.

The jaw and neck hold tension and dysfunction for a very large percentage of the population, but few massage practitioners know how to specifically and effectively address it. This 16-hour class will give the most useful details of anatomy, ROM testing, structural assessment, and palpating and treating the most important and elusive regions. Specific content includes:

  • Specific anatomy of the upper cervical spine, TMJ, and jaw and cervical musculature
  • Visual ROM assessment for the neck, jaw, and face
  • Myofascial work for the cervical and jaw regions
  • Intraoral work for the temporal and pterygoid muscles
  • Discussion of the common symptoms for whiplash and TMJD

Instructor: Pat O'Rourke
CE hours: 16
Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday, May 5th and 6th, 9am-6pm
Location: 328 NW 46th St, Seattle, WA 98107
Tuition: $275 if registered by April 15th, $325 thereafter.

Registration: This class is sold out. If you'd like to get on the waiting list, please contact craniopat@earthlink.net

For those registered, the remaining balance ($175) is due at class, payable by cash or check only, made out to the instructor.

Note: The location is in a home, and cats will be present. If you have an allergy, please reach out to Pat, the instructor, at <craniopat@earthlink.net>.

 

Ethics, Supervision, Boundaries and State Law [Sold Out]

We will begin with a thorough review of state massage law, and some interesting, important, and occasionally upsetting changes to the law. After a review of professional ethics, roles, and boundaries, we will take a more personal approach to professional ethics. Ethics is a living subject and is best learned in a live, interactive format. As massage practitioners, we work closely and intimately with our clients, but we often experience isolation and burnout in our own practices. When ethical conflicts, confusions, and challenges inevitably arise, we often feel that we have no place to take them.  

In this peer supervision class, we will explore your current professional issues and dilemmas, whether they be interpersonal, ethical, financial, or other. This is not a 'you should eat your vegetables' approach to ethics, but rather an opportunity to draw support and gain insight from your peers and mentors. The class size will be quite small and intimate, with a maximum of 9 students. You will return to your practice refreshed and with a deeper sense of clarity.

"This the only ethics class I've ever taken that I wish were longer." -Mariah Vanhee
"This was the best ethics class I've ever taken." - Darcy Hovard, Erin Morgan
"This class was far better time spent than an internet facsimile of an ethics class." - Christian Green
"Masterfully organized, and complete in subject coverage, handouts, and time management." - Barbara Johnson

Instructor: Brian Utting and De'Anna Dean
Ethics CE hours: 7 ethics CE hours, meets WA state ethics requirement
Date and Time: Saturday, May 5th, 11am - 6:30pm
Location: Seattle (Ballard area)
Tuition: $120. 

Registration: This class is sold out. If you'd like to get on the waiting list, please contact info@pnwschool.com.

For those registered, the remaining balance ($60) is due at class, payable by cash or check only.

 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Posterior, Lateral and Anterior Neck

The neck is a strong, vulnerable and complex structure. It is the most movable part of the spine, and yet is strong enough to balance and support the head (10-11 pounds), even with chronically poor posture. Skillful deep tissue work in this area is not about brute force; it's about precision and strategy, informed by knowledge of the anatomical structures. It's rare to find massage therapists who really know how to massage the neck in a precise, specific way–especially around the small muscular attachments to the transverse processes-–even though this is often where the muscles are most frayed and/or inflamed.

In the morning you will learn specific techniques for releasing the cervical posterior paraspinal muscles (longissimus, semispinalis capitis, multifidus), suboccipital triangle, levator scapula (especially the cervical attachments), facet joints, splenius capitus and cervicis, posterior, middle, and anterior scalenes, sternocleidomastoid, and masseter. 

In the afternoon we will focus on deep muscle-specific techniques for the anterior neck. Many people learned in massage school to avoid this area, but it responds safely and well to skilled and precise touch. We will focus on the scalene, suprahyoid, infrahyoid, and longus capitus and colli groups. This is really helpful work for clients who have been in car accidents, have emotional issues with their necks or throats, or use their voices professionally (eg, singers). 

These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. The work is well-suited to either treating cervical injuries or improving your spa massage, and will increase your precision, palpatory sensitivity, and effectiveness. Body mechanics will also be a focus of the class as well as proper use of fingers to save wear and tear on joints. 

"I honestly learned more in your neck class than any other CE I've taken, and I've been at it almost 13 years." -Tracey Brandt 

"This is the best neck class I've ever taken." - Barbara Rue

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8
Date and Time: Saturday, May 12th, 10am-7pm
Location: Seattle (Wallingford area)
Tuition: $170 if registered by May 4th, $190 thereafter.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register.

 

Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbar and Sacral Ligaments (Post Falls, ID)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are more than a million workers who suffer back injuries in a year, and that they account for about 20% of the total work-related injuries. Back pain can be debilitating for many, and even when it's just a nuisance, it can significantly impact quality of life for our clients. Massage can be a helpful tool in the recovery and rehabilitation process, but it is all too common for clients to receive massage that has a minimal impact on their pain and discomfort. 

One of the things commonly missing is a better understanding of and ability to specifically palpate the terrain of the low back and sacrum, particularly connective tissue structures like the various supporting ligaments. These ligaments are every bit as important as the muscles, bones, and fascia, but are often overlooked by massage therapists, chiropractors, and physical therapists.  

In this class, you will learn to palpate and treat some of the most commonly injured ligaments in the low back and pelvis, including the iliolumbar, intertransverse, sacroiliac, sacrotuberous, supraspinous, and interspinous ligaments, as well as a few key postural muscles. 

"I found this class extremely informative; it's something my own body needed, and I hadn't been able to pinpoint it." -Sabrina Barrera

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8
Date and Time: Saturday, May 19th, 10am-7pm
Location: Post Falls, ID

Tuition: $170 if registered by May 11th; $190 thereafter. Save $25 if you register for both this class and MSDT Iliopsoas, Diaphragm, and QL on Sunday, May 20th.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register. To register for both Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th, click here.

 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Iliopsoas, Diaphragm, and QL (Post Falls, ID)

These muscular structures support the core--they are integral to maintaining balance, structural alignment, ease of breathing, mobility, and the ability to function without lower back pain. You will learn specific, potent, and effective Deep Tissue techniques to release the iliopsoas, diaphragm, QL, lower multifidus, and the lumbodorsal fascia. These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice, often with profound results. There will be a concise and insightful anatomy review of these structures with an eye toward fascial continuities and the functional relationships between them. We will also focus correct placement and proper use of fingers, knuckles, and elbows for optimal results and to save wear and tear on joints.

"Finally, a class that taught me something I can use!" -Melanie Geiger

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE Hours: 4.5
Date and Time: Sunday, May 20th, 10am-2:30pm
Location: Post Falls, ID

Tuition: $95 if registered by May 11th; $110 thereafter. Save $25 if you register for both this class and Assessment of Lumbar Ligaments on Saturday, May 19th.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register. To register for both Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th, click here.

 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Arms and Hands (Suncadia, WA)

Our arms and hands are tough, dexterous, and exquisitely sensitive. As massage therapists, they are perhaps our primary vehicle for sensation and communication, and we use them (and sometimes overuse them) intensively. Our clients' hands and arms often take a beating as well, especially with so much computer use in the workplace and at home. For all the work that they do, our hands and forearms seldom get the time or skilled attention that they deserve. 

In this class we will focus on specific techniques for releasing the muscles and fascia of the hands, thumbs and forearms; increasing mobility in the corresponding joints; and 'deconstructing' forearm muscles that have become glued together. You will learn some simple but effective ways to make your arm massages more specific, potent, and satisfying--and receive some good (and much-needed) work yourself.  

"All my little finger joints feel so free, and like they are lined with satin." - Melissa D'Haene

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours:
Date and Time: Tuesday, May 22nd, 10:30am-3:30pm
Location: Seattle (Ballard area)
Tuition: $110 if registered by May 10th, $125 thereafter.

Registration: A non-refundable $50 deposit is required to save your space. Click here to pay the deposit online. The balance is due at class, payable to the instructor, by cash or check only.

 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Legs & Hips

The legs are often treated for the least amount of time in a session, yet they support the upper body and are under tremendous compressive force, whether moving or stationary. When the legs and feet are functioning properly, they are one of the fundamental anchors of our stability and support. When they're not, they are a major contributor to foot, knee, hip, and low back issues. 

In this class, you will learn specific, potent, and effective Deep Tissue techniques to release the muscles and fascia of the hips, legs and feet. These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. We will also focus on correct body mechanics and proper use of hands, elbows, and forearms to save wear and tear on joints.

To watch a short video demo of one of the techniques covered in class (originally presented in Austin, TX), click here

"So many new, practical techniques to try! All really great stuff." -Chrisann Rauschenbach

"This was the best adductor work I've ever had." -Crystal Johnson

Instructor: Brian Utting 
CE hours: 8 CE hours
Date and Time: Saturday, June 2nd, 10am-7:15pm 
Location: Seattle, WA (Fremont area)
Tuition: $170 if registered by May 25th; $190 thereafter.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register.

 

Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Come and explore the profound and subtle world of craniosacral work. This 15-hour class combines anatomy, theory and techniques in a way that makes the subject interesting and applicable to your practice. The course will include:

  • The basic history and origins of biodynamic craniosacral work
  • Specific anatomy of the cranium, meninges, and nervous system
  • Discussion of the different internal movements of the craniosacral system: the cranial rhythmic impulse, mid-tide and long tide
  • An introduction to the perception of the cranial rhythms
  • Working with boundaries and grounding techniques
  • Numerous techniques for the sacrum, upper neck and head that can be easily integrated into a massage session or stand on their own
  • Developing an effective treatment plan using the techniques presented

"Pat's craniosacral classes elegantly combine deep intuition, palpatory sensitivity, and anatomical intelligence. Pat's cranial teaching is rare if not unique in the way that it skillfully combines craniosacral work, structural work, and everyday practice. Her classes are both profound and practical."  - Brian 

Instructor: Pat O'Rourke
CE hours: 15 
Date and Time: Saturday, June 9th (9am-6pm) and Sunday, June 10th (9am-5pm)
Location: Seattle (Fremont area) 
Tuition: $275 if registered with a $100 deposit by May 30th, $325 thereafter

Registration: A non-refundable $100 deposit is required to save your space. Click here to pay the deposit online. The balance is due at class, payable to the instructor, by cash or check only.

 

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Registration: A non-refundable $60 deposit is required to save your space. Click the button below to pay the deposit online. The balance is due at class, payable to the instructor, by cash or check only.