Save Your Body: A Self-Care Workshop for RMTs
Cycle 11 Credits pending (Cycle 10 Credits: 14 PE/A2)
Please note this is not a YAMUNA® certification course, nor is it eligible to be used as a re-certification course for existing YAMUNA® practitioners. This course is designed solely for self-care for massage therapists and does not certify participants to work with clients/patients. You can expect deep, technical work, all of which you will practice on yourself. It is all about you, there is no partner practice in this class. However, if you choose to certify in any of YAMUNA® modalities, this class can serve as your per-requisite.
Save your Body is a two-day custom-designed workshop to meet the self-care needs of RMTs created by Beth Sampson, RMT. Healthcare practitioners tend to put their own self-care on the back burner, leading to early burnout. In this course, we explore concepts and principles of self-care and how they can be applied in daily life as well as look at common challenges that RMTs face that lead to putting self-care last. You will learn methods to relieve stress and pain in your own body, prevent injuries caused by the challenging ergonomics of massage therapy, and revitalize your energy. We will be spending time reviewing the physiology of breathing and explore how to optimize your breath throughout the day, as well as reviewing common default work ergonomics that can cause problems and seek a perspective shift on how to change this.
The majority of this workshop focuses on teaching RMTs the hands-on techniques of Yamuna® Body Rolling (YBR®) for self-use. YBR® is a comprehensive body of work of over 30 years in the making using custom-designed small balls to release and realign all aspects of the human body and was designed for individuals to be able to maintain their bodies at home without the need of an outside therapist. This makes Yamuna® Body Rolling an especially effective tool for massage therapists, as they can ‘treat’ ourselves at home or in their clinics. This workshop teaches participants to use basic Yamuna® Body Rolling routines that Beth has streamlined to address common pain areas and injury patterns that are endemic to RMTs, and to restore proper biomechanics and work ergonomics. Participants are also taught how to quickly release their own bodies in-between patients throughout the day using basic YBR® techniques that she has identified as being highly effective for this purpose. You will learn modified routines designed specifically for RMTs that can be done quickly and effectively throughout the day in between patients to release trigger points in the Scalenes, SCM, and Upper Traps, restore upright posture, relieve low-back pain, and rejuvenate tired and aching feet and hands.
YBR® provides effective relief and prevention of tension headaches, lower and mid back problems, neck and shoulder tension, foot and calf fatigue, and wrist and hand problems stemming from the repetitive stress syndromes that are particular occupational hazards for RMTs. This workshop will teach you to bring rapid relief to trouble spots and build physical and mental stamina. In addition, these techniques will increase range of motion, improve flexibility, balance, core strength, muscle tone, and speed healing when injuries do occur.
By the end of this workshop, RMTs have a deeper understanding of their problem areas in their own bodies and walk away with tools and practical applications to treat themselves quickly and effectively. They also increase their awareness of their own faulty default biomechanics and ergonomics and how to change them. This increases their confidence, sense of well-being, can reduce “burn out”, and allows them to opportunity to maintain structural integrity in their bodies so they are able to effectively execute manual therapy techniques with their patients without incurring injuries themselves.
Beth has been an RMT since 2009 and has been a Yamuna® Practitioner/Instructor since 2003. Upon the request of her fellow RMTs she originally developed this workshop in 2010 in response to the problematic “5-year” burn out rate faced by RMTs.
Granville Island Hotel, Vancouver, BC
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday, May 24, 2018 9:00am – 5:00pm
Granville Island Hotel, Vancouver, BC
Saturday, May 26, 2018 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, May 27, 2018 9:00am – 5:00pm
Dharma Labs, Vancouver, BC (this venue is small so please reserve your spot sooner than later)
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 9:00am – 5:00pm
Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina, Victoria, BC
Saturday, September 22, 2018 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, September 23, 2018 9:00am – 5:00pm
More June, September, and October dates to be announced shortly.
Workshop Fee and Payment:
$375 + $18.75 GST
Fee includes use of all balls and foot/hand equipment during workshop. Ball and foot/hand equipment will also be available for sale in the workshop at a special discounted rate.
Register for Save Your Body:
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Up to 4 weeks in advance of course 100% refund (less a 10% administration fee)
Within 3 weeks of the course – 80% refund
Within 2 weeks of the course – 60% refund
Within 5 days or no show – no refund
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