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Core and Elective Course Descriptions

T101 Introduction to Bodywork

An introduction to the wide range of bodywork professions. Lecture topics cover the history of massage, bodywork and somatic therapies, a descriptive overview of massage, the physiological and emotional benefits of touch, hydrotherapy theory, lubricants and their uses, the laws governing massage therapy, professional bodywork organizations, and preliminary instruction in working around the massage table. This course is excellent for those who are curious about, or considering a career in bodywork. 12 Hours. ($250.00)

Amanda Hooten, LMT
Grade Evaluation: Weekly quizzes, final exam

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T102 Touch Dynamics

An introduction to the importance of touch, its dynamics, and the skills, knowledge and qualities necessary for the therapist to provide a safe and nurturing environment for touch therapy. The class focuses on the value of awareness, presence and intent in bodywork. Case histories will be provided for discussion, and students will explore their personal touch histories and how touch has impacted their lives. Lecture is combined with experiential exercises. 22 Hours. ($450.00)

Mary McDaniel, LMT
Grade Evaluation: Participation, research paper,
touch history paper, final exam
Course Text: Embodying Healing

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T105 Therapist Client Communications

Designed to assist students in developing appropriate therapeutic behavior and professional boundaries through tests and activities to develop self-awareness, exercises in storytelling and listening, role-playing, and analysis of case histories. Students will also begin to learn how to develop the therapeutic traits of empathy, genuineness, self-disclosure, respect, warmth, immediacy, concreteness, confrontation, potency, and self-actualization. 22 Hours. ($450.00)

Mary McDaniel, LMT
Grade Evaluation: Journal, participation, self evaluation, final exam
Course Texts: Becoming Naturally Therapeutic and Boundaries

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T106 Massage Ethics and Tennessee Law

A course focusing on the special ethical circumstances of the licensed massage therapist within the greater context of the helping professions. The course covers 3 areas of the ethical decision-making process: legal, professional, and personal. Developing a working knowledge of current licensure rules and regulations, and industry-wide standards is central to the course. 18 Hours. ($380.00)

Steve Sommers, LMFT, LMT and Assistant: Suzan Sommers, LMT
Prerequisite: Completion of one 300-level course
Grade Evaluation: Participation, 3 short papers, take-home exam on rules and regulations
Course Text: The Ethics of Touch

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T201 Anatomy

A physical science course that educates the student to the three systems of the body most important to movement and structural function – the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. The lecture approach is collegiate-level and content specific to bodywork, including an introduction to medical terminology, and an overview of the physical structures progressing from cells, to tissue, to muscle groups, to the body in motion. 18 Hours. ($650.00)

Faith Hendrix, RN, LMT
Grade Evaluation: Weekly quizzes, mid-term exams,
and final exam
Course Text: Trail Guide to the Body

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T202 Physiology

A physical science course that educates the student to the following systems of the body – integumentary, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, and excretory. The lecture approach is collegiate-level and content-specific to bodywork, including an overview of the visceral organ systems. Additional focus is placed on bridging the western medical model with holistic approach of complementary and alternative models. 33 Hours. ($650.00)

Hollie Potts , RN
Grade Evaluation: Weekly quizzes, mid-term exams, and final exam
Course Text: The Massage Connection and Anatomy Coloring Book

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T203 Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy

A physical science course that integrates review of the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems with advanced study of muscle origin, muscle insertion, nerve innervation, and muscle action. Experiential portion of the course teaches the student how to test individual muscles for strength, weakness or imbalance along with muscular balancing techniques. Also discussed are the function and analysis of motion, the bio-mechanics of anatomy, and structural assessment. 33 Hours. ($650.00)

Robin Green, LMT
Prerequisite: T201 Anatomy
Grade Evaluation: Weekly quizzes, mid-term exam, final exam and practicum completion
Course Text: Trail Guide to the Body

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T205 Terminology, Pathology and Documentation

An overview of medical terminology, pathological conditions most commonly confronted by massage therapists, the anatomy and physiology of these disease processes, as well as charting and documentation of subjective, objective, action and plan of treatment (SOAP) notes. 22 Hours. ($450.00)

Amanda Hooten, LMT
Prerequisite: T201 Anatomy
Grade Evaluation: SOAP notes completion, weekly quizzes
Course Text: Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage and A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology

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T302 Swedish Massage

A foundation course of massage technique in which the student will learn a sixty-minute total-body Swedish massage routine. Areas covered will include massage techniques, professional draping, lubrication, client positioning, client intake, practitioner posture, presence and intent. Students will also discuss issues that arise in practice sessions. 42 Hours. ($850.00)

Andrea Mindigo, LMT and Assistant: Amanda Hooten , LMT
Prerequisite: T102 Touch Dynamics and T201 Anatomy
Grade Evaluation: Practicum massages, technique assessment, weekly quizzes, final assessment
Course Text: Save Your Hands

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T302B Swedish Massage

A foundation course of massage technique in which the student will learn a sixty-minute total-body Swedish massage routine. Areas covered will include massage techniques, professional draping, lubrication, client positioning, client intake, practitioner posture, presence and intent. Students will also discuss issues that arise in practice sessions. 28 Hours. ($600.00)

Andrea Mindigo, LMT and Assistant: Amanda Hooten , LMT
Prerequisite: T102 Touch Dynamics and T201 Anatomy
Grade Evaluation: Practicum massages, technique assessment, weekly quizzes, final assessment
Course Text: Save Your Hands

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T303 Advanced Techniques

Building on the foundation of T302 SWEDISH MASSAGE, this hands-on course adds stroke techniques to address specific muscles and muscle groups. Students will advance their knowledge of Swedish massage, improve palpation and location of anatomical landmarks, fine-tune body mechanics, and learn specific skills for stretching, range of motion, clothed bodywork, and side-lying position for pre-natal massage. 42 Hours. ($850.00)

Suzan Sommers, LMT and Assistants: Steve Sommers, LMT or Shari Hooper, LMT
Prerequisite: T302 Swedish Massage
Grade Evaluation: Practicum completion, 5 quizzes, technique assessment, and final exam
Course Text: Trail Guide to the Body

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T306 Acupressure for Massage

A combination lecture and hands-on introduction to meridian theory and the practical application of acupressure. The primary focus is teaching therapists to utilize acupressure as an integrative, adjunct modality in their massage practice. Students will be instructed in point location, both static and active acupressure skills, and a blended “Acumassage” technique developed by Steve Sommers, LMFT, LMT. 42 Hours. ($850.00)

Mary Beth Crawford, LMT and Assistant: Kim Hibbard, LMT
Prerequisite: T201 Anatomy
Grade Evaluation: Practicum completion, quizzes and final exam

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T307 Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy is focused, specific work for locating and treating trigger points in muscles which are often the key factors in chronic pain and dysfunction. This course covers areas of the body which are common locations for client complaints, including neck, shoulders, and lower back. Techniques learned include trigger points, fascial release, and post-isometric muscle release. 42 Hours. ($850.00)
**E502 CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY may be substituted for this course requirement of certification.

Lynne Ferrell Pool, LMT and Assistant: Denise Leverette, LMT
Prerequisite: T201 Anatomy
Grade Evaluation: Technique assessment, practicum, weekly quizzes, and final exam

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T308 Integrative Therapy

This advanced hands-on course teaches the student how to assess the specific needs of a client visually, verbally, logically, and intuitively. Focus of technique integrates all mastered modalities by segmental regions of the body: back and chest, head and neck, hips and pelvis, knee and thigh, ankle and foot, shoulder, elbow, and hand. The approach is somatic and holistic, and includes discussion of the body-mind connection, the anatomy of injury, and sports massage technique. 42 Hours. ($850.00)

Mindy Oldham, RN, LMT and Assistant: Bill Ott, LMT
Prerequisite: T302 through T306
Grade Evaluation: Practicum completion, technique assessment, and quizzes
Course Text: Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage and Trail Guide to the Body

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T401 Business Marketing

A preparatory course for entering the marketplace. Topics include creating a business vision, identifying your target market, scheduling to balance personal and financial needs, developing a personal website, setting achievable financial goals for the first five years of practice, writing and designing a business card and brochure, composing a resume, and an introduction to strategies for marketing and advertising. 22 Hours. ($450.00)

Teresa Greene, BS, LMT
Grade Evaluation: Design and Build your personal massage website, resume and cover letter, interviews, and participation in class discussion
Course Text: Business Mastery

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T402 Clinical Internship

This course provides the student a venue for integrating the skills from all of the previous training, before the transition into professional practice. Internship offers an experience of operating in a group massage therapy practice. While working in the Cumberland Institute Intern Clinic, interns handle all telephone contacts, set and confirm appointments, conduct client intakes and create treatment plans, perform therapeutic massage sessions, summarize and document SOAP notes for client files, manage the daily books, and maintain and supply the treatment rooms. Internship integrates thirteen (13) hours of in-class supervision with sixty (60) in-clinic hours. 73 Hours. ($500.00)

Mindy Oldham, RN, LMT
Prerequisite: T205 and T302 through T306
Grade Evaluation: Assessment of duties performed, phone log management, record keeping, client evaluations, faculty evaluations, intern summaries, documentation, attendance

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T502 Craniosacral Therapy

A course of training in which the student refines the skill of palpation while learning the ten-step protocol of craniosacral approach, myofascial release, advanced unwinding, and somato-emotional release. Craniosacral therapy is a subtle-intent approach to releasing and balancing physical, emotional, and somatic imbalance within the body.
**T502 may be substituted as an option to T307 NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY. See Academic Director, Mary McDaniel, for details. 42 Hours. ($850.00)

Mary McDaniel, LMT and Terry Scruggs , LMT
Prerequisite: T102 Touch Dynamics and T201 Anatomy
Grade Evaluation: Documented practicum, technique assessment, quizzes
Course text: The Heart of Listening II

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E305 Lymphatic Drainage Massage

A combination lecture and technique course training the therapist when, why, and how to integrate lymphatic drainage into a massage session. Lymphatic drainage massage is indicated for detoxification of metabolic waste stored within tissue and fiber of the body and can be of benefit for post-operative recovery and other endemic conditions. Lecture will focus on review of the lymphatic system, as well as indication and contraindication. Technique will focus on palpation, stimulation, compressive pumping, and flushing of the lymphatic system. 42 Hours. ($850.00)

Denise Gleason, LMT, CLT
Prerequisite: T201 Anatomy and T202 Physiology
Grade Evaluation: Technique assessment, mid-term exam and final exam

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Continuing Education Courses

C102 Seated Chair Massage

Techniques for on-site or corporate chair massage, including a 5, 10, & 15-minute routine plus marketing your massage practice with chair massage. 13 Hours. ($255.00)

Amanda Hooten, LMT

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C111 Breast Care Using Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage to palpate lymphatic fluid and stimulate drainage in the normal, healthy breast. Boundaries for legal and appropriate inclusion of breast massage, overview of indications and contraindications for LDM and knowledge of how to instruct clients on healthy breast care. Female Therapists only. 13 Hours. ($225.00)

Denise Gleason LMT, CLT
Prerequisite: E305 or T103

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C201 Neuromuscular Therapy for Head and Neck

Assessment and trigger point treatments for muscles in the head & neck area, as well as post-isometric muscle release, positional release and fascial work. 13 Hours. ($225.00)

Lynne Ferrell Pool, LMT

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C203 Neuromuscular Therapy for Shoulders and Extremities

Assessment and trigger point treatments & post isometric muscle release for levator scapulae, supraspinatus, rotator cuff muscles, as well as many others. 13 Hours. ($225.00)

Lynne Ferrell Pool, LMT

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C204 Neuromuscular Therapy for Upper Torso

Assessment and trigger point treatments & post isometric muscle release for trapezius, rhomboids, latissimus dorsi and pectoralis, as well as many others. 13 Hours. ($225.00)

Lynne Ferrell Pool, LMT

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C205 Neuromuscular Therapy for Lower Torso

Assessment and trigger point treatments & post isometric muscle release for quadratus lumborum, gluteals, piriformis, & illiopsoas, as well as many others. 13 Hours. ($225.00)

Lynne Ferrell Pool, LMT

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C206 Bodywork Techniques for TMJ Dysfunction

This class will focus on the musculature of the TMJ and other soft tissue that influence the dysfunction. You will work externally and internally within the oral cavity. 8 Hours. ($170.00)

Lynne Ferrell Pool, LMT

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C210 Massage Techniques Using Forearms and Elbows

Building skills in effective hand-saving techniques for therapists, using forearms for long, layering strokes & elbows for point-specific work. 8 Hours. ($170.00)

Mindy Oldham, RN, LMT

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C227 Holistic Massage for Injuries/Trauma

This class provides an overview of adaptive responses to injury and the impact of bodywork in the healing processes. Because our bodies are programmed to survive, the body can put a container around the injury, whether consciously or unconsciously in order to function. How do we as bodyworkers work with clients in the healing process – lecture, sharing and hands-on class. 21 Hours. ($495.00)

Mindy Oldham, RN, LMT and Michael Stahl, LMT

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C308 Basic Jin Shin Do® Bodymind™ Acupressure, Level 1

Combines gentle yet deep finger pressure on acupoints with body focusing techniques to facilitate the release of physical and emotional tensions and armoring. 45 Hours. ($850.00)

Steve Sommers, LMFT, LMT
Other Levels of JSD Offered at CI: C316 Intermediate, C317 Advanced and C318 – Integrating Key Theories & C319 – IKT 2. Each is a prerequisite to the next level and vary in hours.

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C310 Jin Shin Do® Bodymind™ Communication Skills

The main goal of this course is to increase the comfort and skill of the licensed massage therapist in addressing the feelings, thoughts, and images that emerge for the client on the table. 14 Hours. ($250.00)

Steve Sommers, LMFT, LMT
Other Levels of JSD Offered at CI: C316 Intermediate, C317 Advanced and C318 – Integrating Key Theories & C319 – IKT 2. Each is a prerequisite to the next level and vary in hours.

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C315 Five-Element Theory

Lecture and discussion around the internal forces (human organ & body systems, emotions, & beliefs) as they interplay with external forces (seasons, times of day, & physical substances) in the flow of life within and around us. 8 Hours. ($170.00)

Steve Sommers, LMFT, LMT

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C316 Intermediate Jin Shin Do®

Jin Shin Do® can help to relieve tension and stress, reduce pain and discomfort, reestablish the balance of energy between body and mind, and increase client self-awareness. The JSD process supports the client to move out of the head and into the body, where s/he can access creative self-healing and release stagnant energy and stress patterns. 55 Hours. ($900.00)

Steve Sommers, LMFT, LMT

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C321 Fascial Freedom Technique

Non-lubricated bodywork techniques for freeing connective tissue in a three layered approach to release deeply-held tension and increase range of motion. 21 Hours. ($350.00)

Steve Sommers, LMFT, LMT and Suzan Sommers, LMT

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C323 Bodymind Communication Skills

Skills for addressing the feelings, thoughts and images that emerge for a client on the table, including body-focusing, active listening, verbal & non-verbal communication skills. 13 Hours. ($450.00)

Steve Sommers, LMFT, LMT

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C402 Reiki – 1st Degree

History & theory of Reiki, first-level attunement and hands-on techniques for facilitating the flow of physical energy in self and others to assist the body’s natural ability to move towards healing. 13 Hours. ($225.00)

Mary McDaniel, LMT

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C403 Reiki – 2nd Degree

The second level attunement, which opens a greater energy flow and adds a component addressing emotional energy, as well as learning the keys and techniques for long-distance healing facilitation. 13 Hours. ($225.00)

Mary McDaniel, LMT
Prerequisite: Reiki – 1st Degree

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C406 Chakra Principles for Touch

Introduction to the Chakra system, chakra balancing techniques, and integration of energy into bodywork. 8 Hours. ($170.00)

Mary McDaniel, LMT

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C407 Cave Day

This course is a combination of lecture and experiential exercises to bring about awareness of our thoughts, feelings and beliefs and how they resonate with the truth of who we are. 8 Hours. ($170.00)

Mary McDaniel, LMT

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C408 Beginning Aromatherapy for Massage

Introduction to the properties, formulation and application of a beginner’s list of 10 essential oils in bodywork, and hands on experience mixing & formulating products for massage practice. 13 Hours. ($265.00)

Mary McDaniel, LMT

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C418 Level 1 Geriatric Massage Techniques

This workshop will enable you with the fundamental knowledge to confidently and successfully work with elders. You will learn to assess the general condition of each client, modify your standard massage techniques and develop special methods to suit any special needs. Practical hands-on work included. 18 Hours. ($400.00)

Deb Conley, CMT – DayBreak Geriatric

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C505/C511 Tennessee Massage Law and Ethics

A review of the laws governing massage therapists and massage establishments in the state of Tennessee. Ethical Issues within the professional massage practice will be discussed. 4 Hours (2 hours Ethics/2 hours Law). ($100.00)

Mindy Oldham RN, LMT & Steve Sommers, LMFT, LMT

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C508 Tennessee Massage Law and Business for License Renewal

A review of the laws governing massage therapists and massage establishments in the state of Tennessee. Business Issues within the professional massage practice will be discussed. 4 Hours (2 hours Business Ethics/ 2 hours Law). ($100.00)

Mindy Oldham RN, LMT & Steve Sommers, LMFT, LMT

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C712 Chinese Hand & Foot Reflexology

The combination of Eastern and Western techniques using Acupressure and Reflexology. This course also employs aromatherapy essential oils. 17 Hours. ($289.00)

Wolfgang Luckmann, LMT, LAP

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C715 Indian Head, Face & Foot Massage with Ayurvedic Oils

Indian Head Massage, also known as “Champi” has been practiced for many centuries as part of the family health care. Indian mothers would massage hair, head, neck and shoulders to stimulate growth and relaxation. Primarily a hands-on class. 8 Hours. ($165.00)

Wolfgang Luckmann, LMT, LAP

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C801 Thai Massage 3-Day Intensive

Save your hands and expand your practice! Learn a full body Thai Massage in the supine and prone positions. Also, learn how you can incorporate many of these techniques into your table massage. Class includes step-by-step manual and DVD. 21 Hours. ($369.00)

Jill Burynski, LMT

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C802 Traditional Thai Foot Massage

Learn the simple yet powerful Thai method of foot reflexology. No thumb walking! You will leave this course with a whole new service to add to your menu as well as a 30-minute or 15-minute add-on service. Class includes step-by-step manual and a rosewood reflexology tool to keep. 7 Hours. ($169.00)

Jill Burynski, LMT

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C804 Thai Massage Weekend Immersion

Save your hands and expand your practice! Learn a full body Thai Massage in the sidelying and seated positions. Great for pregnant women and seniors. Class includes a step-by-step manual and DVD. 16 Hours. ($299.00)

Jill Burynski, LMT

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C805 Thai Massage for the Table

Amaze your clients with Thai Massage. Learn how to incorporate Thai Massage into your table sessions. This class is great for those interested in practicing Thai but cannot or don’t want to practice in the traditional floor style or for those that want an introduction to Thai Massage. 7 Hours. ($169.00)

Jill Burynski, LMT

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C830 PreNatal Massage Certification

Advanced Prenatal Massage course that contains common contraindications and safe positioning PLUS the most common structural changes experienced during pregnancy and perform specific massage techniques that address the client. 22 Hours. ($550.00)

Sandy Ventura Gordon, LMT

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C831 Massage Birth Assistant/Doula Certification

This program was the first in the Massage Industry and was created to provide Massage Therapists with a high quality program enabling them to have necessary skills to attend births with confidence and professionalism. 22 Hours. ($550.00)

Sandy Ventura Gordon, LMT

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C890 Somatic Experiential Therapy – Module 1

This modality uses an inter-relational model of somatic awareness and experiential techniques. It is highly effective in working with chemical and process addictions, trauma, and attachment disorders, with an emphasis on emotional regulation. This 4-module training is designed to give therapists the tools to transform the nervous system around issues of trauma. 21 Hours. ($495.00)

Experiential Healing Center & Steve Sommers

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M507 Mentoring in Tennessee

This course is designed to familiarize massage therapists, who are applying for licensure, with the laws governing massage therapists and massage establishments in the state of Tennessee. 5 Hours. ($150.00)

Mindy Oldham, RN, LMT

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