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We are not going to lie. COVID-19 has thrown our entire industry for a loop. In the current moment, we may not be considered "essential" front-line workers but we all know how important our work truly is. You worked hard to build a career as a massage therapist. Your clients miss you!
We all have to shift and adjust to the "new normal." Soon enough we will be back to providing services to our clients. Our clients will have just gone through this trauma. Many will have distanced themselves from human touch and maybe even human contact. We will need to be ready to support them in ways we were never called to do before.
Just because you are not at work doesn't mean that you should not be working. We are working hard to add options so that you can still take LIVE WEBINAR format classes, taught by a live instructor, get real-time answers to your massage related questions, share lessons with a community of other therapists, all in the similar unchartered territory that you are in now.
More than ever, you NEED the skills to get clients out of pain. To help them to deregulate their stress responses. To feel safe to experience all of the benefits of touch. We need to be ready to hit the ground running when we get back to business. Make this brief timeout your time to learn more than ever!.
Can anyone take these classes? We will do our best to accommodate you, however, there is limited space in our webinars. We allow students whose classes were postponed the first option to attend these webinars. If you have already paid for a class and are transferring to a webinar, you should reply to the postponement email that was sent to you as soon as possible to let us know which webinar you wish to transfer to. If you cannot find that correspondence, you can simply email our office with your request and we will look you up.
What if I am not very computer savvy? The process is actually quite easy. We will provide you with detailed instructions and support on how to navigate the online learning system. (In fact, this tutorial should count as continuing education itself because online meetings are expected to become quite commonplace over the next couple of years.)
What do I need to attend a webinar? You will need some type of computing device. That could include a personal computer, a laptop, a tablet or your smartphone. You will also need an internet connection. Ideally, you would have a massage table set up close to your computer or be able to move your device closer to your massage table. It is recommended that you have a person to work on. You do not need a Zoom account, but you will need to download the Zoom app. We will help you to do that prior to your webinar.
Will I be doing hands-on work? We strongly recommend setting up a massage table and having a body to work on during your class. (Even in the age of social distancing, people will still volunteer to let you practice massage techniques on them.) If you are unable to work on a body during the class, you will still be encouraged to participate.
What are the exact times that I will need to have a body to work on? That will vary from class to class. Generally, the first hour or so will be a lecture. Then there is a demonstration followed by some Q&A and then there are practice sessions where students are walked through the protocol while they work on a partner. Some students like to work with a partner during the demonstration as well. It is ideal to have someone to work with on-call for most of the class. There are plenty of opportunities to practice hands-on techniques.
What if I don't have a partner to work with? You will be learning hands-on techniques so it is to your benefit to have someone to practice on as much as possible. If you don't have access to another body to work with, you can still view the demonstration and view the practice session. You can visualize yourself doing the work. You can work through the motions with your hands. Some techniques you will be able to practice on yourself. We do recommend that you practice the techniques you learn as soon as you can.
I am required to attend live CE hours in order to renew my license. Classes that we offer in live webinar format are approved by NCBTMB as live contact hours. You will be taught in real-time by an instructor and you will have an opportunity to practice hands-on skills. Most states accept NCBTMB approved courses. If in doubt, please contact your state's Board of Massage.
Will I be able to interact with an instructor? YES! In fact, we have moderators and teacher assistants in all of our webinars, so you may have an opportunity to interact with several different instructors.
What about privacy issues? We are taking the steps necessary to protect your privacy. Our classes are NOT open to the public and not run through social media channels. Every class will have its own code and students will be asked not to share their conference codes. Students entering classrooms must enter through a waiting room area and be approved to enter the class. Classes will be strictly monitored and in most circumstances, videotaping of conferences will not be permitted. (There may be certain instances when a portion of a webinar is recorded. All attendees will be notified if and when this occurs. All recorded data will be retained on private, secure servers.)
What classes are offered via Webinar? We are finding that the classes most in demand are those that incorporate treatments that are considered "medically necessary" including the Professional Level and Masters Level of our Medical Massage Program. We are also offering Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Advanced Lymphatic Drainage. We are pleased to announce that we have recently added Craniosacral Therapy Level I to our course offerings. We will be adding additional classes to our webinar offerings in the future.
What if I take the webinar and I find I really prefer live courses? Yes, we get it. We are massage therapists. We are hands-on folks too. But we still want to allow you to have the opportunity to learn some really important skills at a time when you are probably slow and give you some skills that will be really important when you return to work. One of the biggest benefits of taking a class by webinar is that you can review the class for free an "in-person format" in any city that the class is being offered through December 31, 2022.
What if I sign up for a webinar and can't make it? No worries. If you can't make it to a webinar, please give us as much advance notice as possible. You will receive a credit to take another webinar or a live class at a later time. You will have until December 31, 2020, to use that credit.
If I have a course credit, can I use it for a webinar? Yes. The easiest way to transfer is to send a reply to an email that we have sent you or if you can't find it, send a new email to our office letting us know your full name, your best contact information, the class that you were enrolled in and the class that you would like to take instead. If there is a balance due, we will contact you. If you still have an additional credit, we will hold it for you. It may take up to three business days for us to process this transaction and respond via email. You may also call our office at #954-596-1170 for assistance.
We are doing our best to set you up to win!
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If your class has been postponed and you would like to transfer to a webinar, you do not have to enroll again. Please reply to the postponement notification email that we sent you advising us of which webinar or date you would like to transfer to.