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Harrisburg Massage Therapy Continuing Education Conference

Massage Therapy Continuing Education Conference

Trager Principles & Resistance-Release Work with Deane Juhan

Bodysaver – “No Thumbs” Deep Tissue Massage with Patrick Ingrassia of Nayada Institute

Introduction to Thai for the Table  with Patrick Ingrassia of Nayada Institute

Myofascial Release Massage with Christopher A. Morakis – This workshop has been cancelled. Space is still available in the other classes.

Ethics for the Massage Professional with Kenn Howard

Three days of CEU’s that will fulfill all of your requirements for PA Licensure renewal (except CPR and Child Abuse Recognition). Choose from a variety of courses and get your requirements finished in three days with nationally recognized instructors. Classes begin Sunday at 9:00 AM and include the following choices. Please arrive by 8:00 AM on your first day of classes to complete the registration process so the workshops may start on time.

Registration Fees and Due Dates:
Full registration, including all classes is:
Before 6/31 – $395     7/1-7/31 $425     8/1-8/31 $450     9/1-10/9 $475

Per day registration fee:
Before 6/31 – $135     7/1-7/31 $150     8/1-8/31 $165    9/1-10/9  $180

If space is available, On-Site Registration:
Full conference – $525 or Per Day – $200.

Full Payment Required With Registration.

Registration Information:

Preferred method of registration is to download, print and mail or FAX the registration form.
FAX: 412.241.4933
Mail: Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy, 3600 Laketon Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Registration may also be done by phone: 800.860.1114
There is no option to complete your registration online.

Download a copy of the brochure.

Trager Principles & Resistance-Release Work
with Deane Juhan

Oct. 15 – Shoulder Girdle    Oct. 16 – Pelvic Girdle    Oct. 17 – Spine & Torso
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:15 PM
Hours:  7 PER DAY – NCBTMB & Pa Renewal approved
You may take one, two or all three days of classes for up to 21 hours of credit.

I met Dr. Milton Trager at Esalen Institute, where I was a member of the massage crew, in 1976. His work completely changed the course of my career, and I studied with him for 24 years until his death in 1997. I am a practitioner and teacher of his work, and his approach has been the core of my practice for 38 years.

Resistance-Release Work has been the most significant development in my practice and teaching since my Esalen years and my early association with Dr. Trager. It is based upon his sensibilities and intentions, but it is a further extension of his work as it has been taught by his institute training program.

The Trager Approach, like many modalities, has traditionally focused upon relaxation, lengthening, softening and so on, manipulating the tissues of a passive, receptive client. The Trager process of relaxation is very powerful and effective, but in recent years I have recognized that relaxation is only one half of the work of resolving pain and restrictions and restoring freedom of movement. The other half–transferring the relaxed state to more functional patterns of movement–requires active participation of the client to re-coordinate old habits and to establish new patterns.

Muscles activate and coordinate in response to vectors of resistance. Resistance-Release Work combines relaxation (release) with the application of specific vectors of force (resistance) around which more functional movement can be reorganized. These vectors consist of tractions and compressions that challenge synergistic groups of muscles to exert their forces in a more complete and more coordinated fashion. As muscles are more consciously activated, their capacity for more complete relaxation is greatly enhanced. The results, as muscles learn to work more effectively in concert, are more strength and more ease, and a sense of personal empowerment for clients as they learn that their own consciously aware efforts can transform discomfort, pain and restricted movement.

The principles of the work are not difficult to learn initially, and their applications unfold endlessly as the practitioner becomes more familiar with them and with the holding patterns of their clients.  Resistance-Release Work is a powerful addition to virtually any bodywork modality. Assigned reading will be sent via email after registration.

Presenter: Deane Juhan may be best known as the author of Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork – which many consider the essential text on the means, methods, uses, and deeply personal applications of what has come to be known as “bodywork” – a vast, sophisticated series of modalities and techniques that take massage to the level of personal transformation at its greatest expression, profound emotional release and reintegration at its most basic core.

First trained in Esalen massage, he developed a private practice and led workshops in massage as well as seminars in anatomy and physiology for bodyworkers. In 1976 he met Dr. Milton Trager, founder of the Trager Institute for Psychophysical Integration, and has been a practitioner and instructor of the TRAGER Work® approach ever since. He is on the faculty of the Northern California Trager Institute.

Bodysaver – “No Thumbs” Deep Tissue Massage
with Patrick Ingrassia of Nayada Institute

(additional $30 workbook fee paid to instructor)
Sunday & Monday 10/15-16/2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:15 PM
Hours:  14 NCBTMB, New York & Pa Renewal approved

The Nayada Institute is offering our revolutionary BodySaver Massage course! The BodySaver Method™ is a unique modality that protects you from strain, fatigue, and injury while allowing you to offer longer, more effective sessions. Better still, it can be combined with any other modality to take your practice to the next level. Are you ready to offer your best massage, all day, every day? Want to perform therapeutic massage at ANY pressure without EVER having to use your thumbs? Register for the BodySaver Massage course today!

Introduction to Thai for the Table
with Patrick Ingrassia of Nayada Institute

(additional $30 workbook fee paid to instructor)
Tuesday 10/17/2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:15 PM
Hours:  7 NCBTMB, New York & Pa Renewal approved

Thai Massage for the Table creates a partnership between you, your client, and the movements of this flowing modality. This course offers a unique fusion of Eastern techniques presented in a format that is friendly to the Western practitioner. Thousands of years of Asian tradition meet modern ergonomics and body mechanics to give you techniques that are creative, versatile, and powerful. With Thai Massage for the Table, you’ll learn a modality that’s safe, effective, fun to perform, and in demand!

Nayada’s BodySaver Method™ enhances the traditional Thai massage, allowing you to perform the authentic techniques of this modality with less strain and a reduced risk of injury. With Thai Massage for the Table, you won’t need to climb onto the table or floor to offer traditional techniques. You’ll use a natural rocking motion to avoid the stretch reflex, allowing your clients to relax and move with you, while leveraging your body weight and momentum to power the massage without strain.

Presenter: Patrick Lee Ingrassia, LMT, is a world-renowned massage therapist, teacher, and innovator, as well as the founder of the Nayada Institute of Massage. Patrick graduated from the Florida School of Massage, and went on to earn his Thai Massage Teacher Certification from the Institute of Thai Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand, after studying extensively with Master Chongkol Setthakorn. He has been teaching massage in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, and Mexico for over 15 years.

Patrick invented the BodySaver Method, a unique modality that allows massage therapists to extend their careers and protect their bodies while delivering effective massage at any pressure. He also invented the hot stone Accuroller and developed the Stick and Stone Massage modality. He is a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist, Kripalu Certified Bodyworker, Certified Personal Trainer, and Yoga teacher. Emphasizing experiential training, Patrick teaches creative, practical methods that students can put to use immediately to enhance their massage careers.


Ethics for the Massage Professional
with Kenn Howard

Free bonus included with full 3 day
conference registration ONLY.

Time: 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM OR 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
(First 30 registrations will be in the 5:45 PM section.
After 30 registrations, you will be placed in the 8 PM section.)

Hours:  4 NCBTMB & Pa Renewal approved
Sunday and Monday Evenings

Enjoy this exploration and discovery of ethics for massage therapists with Kenn Howard, author of the column “A Question of Ethics” in the Massage and Bodywork magazine. Kenn’s experience and style will help make your day of discussing professional boundaries, dual relationships, inappropriate behavior and how to deal with it an enjoyable experience.

Presenter: KENN HOWARD, MT, NMT, is a graduate of PghSMT Massage Therapy Training and Advanced Massage Therapy Training and is trained in a number of other massage techniques. He is certified in TouchPro© Chair Massage and has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.


To register for this conference download, complete and mail/FAX the registration form with payment or call 800-860-1114 and place your payment on a charge card.

Mail registration form with payment to:
Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy
3600 Laketon Road
Pittsburgh, PA  15235

FAX completed registration form to:

We will send you a confirmation in the mail.  If you are traveling by plane, please confirm the workshop with the school before buying your ticket.  Occasionally we do have to cancel workshops due to low enrollment.  If a workshop is cancelled for any reason our liability is limited to a return of the deposit paid.

Submitting your registration indicates you have read and agree to the following refund policy:
Minimum and maximum participation is required for conference and individual workshops.  If a workshop does not reach minimum participation or is full at the time of your registration, you will be first offered a spot in another workshop.  If that is not an option the full registration fee paid will be refunded.  If you choose to cancel your registration with written notice at least 30 days before the conference, your registration fee, less a $50 processing fee, will be refunded or credited toward a future workshop.  If you choose to cancel your registration with written notice after 30 days before the start of the conference, your registration fee will not be refunded or credited.