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The International Professional School of Bodywork, founded in 1977 as the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, quickly became known as IPSB. The school was created by three individuals, including Carole Osborne, who wanted to teach massage therapy and combine body mechanics and movement with consciousness-raising techniques to touch the mind, body, and spirit of an individual. IPSB is COMTA approved and was granted course approval in 1977 from the California Bureau for Private Post-Secondary and Vocational Education as a vocational training school under the provisions of Section 94311(d), California Education Code.
It is one of the oldest massage therapy schools in the US. IPSB has earned the reputation of being an innovative school devoted to the art and science of contemporary bodywork and massage IPSB is noted for its commitment to excellence, the quality of its faculty and staff, and the quality of their students and graduates.
Pure Pro is a therapist owned and operated company that creates and manufactures the highest quality body work, facial, and skin care products specifically designed for massage therapists, estheticians, spas, and alternative health care professionals. Every day they bring together the finest, hand-selected, natural ingredients to create each of their unique formulations. Pure Pro oils, lotions, creams, essential oils, and arnica products provide the most gentle, yet powerful tools to help you promote physical healing and reduce stress. Their values guide them in their work to sustain your health and improve your well-being.
With more than 5,500 birth and postpartum doula members and growing, they are the largest doula association in the world. They support doulas by providing quality training and meaningful certification.
Visit the MASSAGE Magazine official Web site for news, articles, and information about massage and techniques; exclusive online features; massage research; business tips; self-care tips; resources, such as associations by category; and the latest massage-related products in their annual Buyer’s Guide.
Massage Therapy Canada - Cathie Maillet
MTC magazine is published by massage therapists for massage therapists. It is Canada’s national voice.
Massage Therapy Canada magazine is produced by MT publishing, and has become a respected resource massage therapists have come to rely on for current trends, research, news, technique and interest and development within the massage therapy profession.
Released quarterly, MTC magazine features regular columns and departments written by leading experts in their field.
Tracy Walton is a massage therapist, researcher, writer and teacher. She focuses these efforts on massage therapy for people with cancer, offering instruction and writing in oncology massage. She works to bring safe, effective massage therapy to people in cancer treatment, at end of life, and in survivorship. In a typical week, she will interact with a variety of people - researchers, spa directors, other therapists, massage clients, educators, health care providers and an editor or two - toward this end.
Penny Simkin PT, CCE, CD (DONA) is a physical therapist, childbirth educator, birth doula, birth doula trainer and DONA International Founder and Mentor. She is the author of many books and lectures internationally. Penny is Lead Instructor for the Simkin School Labor Support Course and Lead Instructor for the Birth Doula Trainer Course.
Thomas Myers studied directly with Drs. Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller. He has also studied less extensively with movement teachers Judith Aston, Emilie Conrad, and in the martial arts. His work is influenced by cranial, visceral, and intrinsic movement studies he made with European schools of osteopathy. Author of Anatomy Trains. Living on the coast of Maine, Tom directs Kinesis, which conducts professional certification and continuing education courses worldwide.
Dr. Michael Shea, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Michael J. Shea is one of the preeminent educators and authors in the fields of somatic psychology, myofascial release and craniosacral therapy. He presents seminars throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. He received his master's degree in Buddhist Psychology at Naropa University, and a doctorate in Somatic Psychology at The Union Institute. Dr. Shea was certified in 1986 as one of the first Full Instructors of CranioSacral Therapy by the Upledger Institute and was an advanced Rolfer for 20 years. He is currently adjunct faculty and teaches human embryology in the pre and perinatal psychology doctoral programs at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute in California.
As a formal student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his teaching style is grounded in his spiritual practice of developing compassion with the use of manual therapy. For many years he has also apprenticed with a medicine man on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. From these traditions, he brings a unique cross-cultural perspective to teaching health and healing. Because of the influence of the Dalai Lama, his clinical focus is on treating infants and children with neurological problems and developmental delays. This also includes teaching clinical skills for adults that carry pre and perinatal trauma.
Dr. Shea is the author of a number of books, including Somatic Psychology and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy - Volume I and Volume 2. He has been a Florida Licensed Massage Therapist since 1976, and is a founding member of the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings. He makes his home in South Florida with his wife, Cathy.
BeFit-Mom, founded by perinatal exercise specialist and author Helene Byrne, is dedicated to helping women stay fit and healthy during and after their pregnancies, and to inspiring and motivating women to lead their entire families to better health and wellness.
Oakworks, Inc. makes high quality massage tables, massage chairs and massage table accessories including bolsters, face rests, sheets, armrests, stools, table warming pads, massage oil and more. Check out their line of professional grade portable, stationary, electric lift and, hydraulic lift massage tables. Pre- and perinatal massage therapists, investigate their new Sidelying Support System for comfortable, secure and safe prenatal positioning at very economical prices. Since 1977, Oakworks, Inc. has been committed to providing safe, durable, comfortable and ergonomic equipment to industries supporting the health and wellbeing of people all over the globe.
Body Support Systems, Inc.
The bodyCushion is a high-tech, high-quality body positioning system that allows a person to lie face-down, face-up, or on their side without unnecessary pressure on soft tissue areas. The bodyCushion is adjustable to allow an extensive range of body types to have maximum support and comfort. The bodyCushion is used by more than 60,000 professionals worldwide: Massage Therapists (especially pre- and perinatal massage therapists), Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Rehabilitation Specialists and various other medical professionals. Hundreds of individuals also use the bodyCushion to ease their back pain, recover from surgery, find comfort during pregnancy, or to simply relax!
Massage Therapy Foundation
Located in Evanston, IL, the Massage Therapy Foundation (the Foundation) was established and chartered by visionary leaders of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA.)
The Massage Therapy Foundation advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education and community service.
Seattle Midwifery School
Seattle Midwifery School has been educating childbirth professionals for more than 30 years. Their well-known, rigorous midwifery training program, founded in 1978, is the oldest direct-entry midwifery program in the country.
In the late 1980's, with the help of experts in the field of childbirth, they began developing a series of premier birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, lactation education training courses for their Doula and Extension Education Program that draw participants from across North America to a lovely retreat-like campus. In spring of 2008, in honor of childbirth pioneer and faculty member Penny Simkin, they announced the renaming of the Doula and Extension Education Program to the Simkin School for Allied Birth Vocations.
Sohnen-Moe Associates, Inc.
They provide convenient, affordable access to state-of-the-art information, products, and services for professional development. They are committed to supporting small business owners (particularly those in the healing arts fields) in developing profitable, enjoyable businesses. They want people to do what they love and earn a decent living doing it. They believe in supporting people in living their lives and running their businesses from their values. They help make managing and marketing your business a pleasure.
Explorations in the Theory and Practice of Massage Therapy and Bodywork.
Debra Curties has been a massage therapist since 1984, and has been teaching Pathology and Clinical Theory to massage therapy students since 1987. She is the Executive Director and one of the owners of Sutherland-Chan School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her love of teaching and of the massage therapy profession have merged in many of the roles she has assumed in the past 15 years, including President of the American Massage Therapy Association's Council of Schools, founding member of the Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance and the Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools, and contributor to the Ontario Core Curriculum and the Ontario College of Massage Therapists' Standards of Practice. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the AMTA Foundation. She is the 1998 recipient of the Ontario Massage Therapist Association's Meritorious Service Award and the 2000 recipient of the AMTA Council of Schools Meritorious Service Award.
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
For over thirty -five years, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen has been an innovator and leader inworking with movement, touch, and the body-mind relationship. Her work has influenced the fields of bodywork, movement, yoga, dance, infant and child development, and many other body-mind disciplines.Bonnie has an extensive background in movement, including various dance styles, dance therapy, bodywork, martial arts, voice, and yoga. She is an Occupational Therapist and was certified as a Neurodevelopmental Therapist by Dr. and Mrs. Bobath, as a Laban Movement Analyst and a Kestenberg Movement Profiler. Among her other teachers have been, Erick Hawkins, Marion Chace, Irmgard Bartinieff; Andre Bernard and Dr. John Upledger. Bonnie, first began exploring movement with children with cerebral palsy in 1958. In the early 1970's, she helped to establish a school for occupational and physical therapists in Tokyo, Japan. Her private practice is devoted primarily to working with infants with developmental difficulties. She has taught dance, yoga, anatomy, developmental movement and other subjects in the throughout the U.S., and in Canada, Europe and Asia. Bonnie is the author of the book Sensing, Feeling and Action and the subject of the DVD, Body-Mind Centering® and Dance. In 1973, she founded The School for Body-Mind Centering® where students from over thirty countries have come to study.
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