Tuesday, September 29, 2015

[HLI] Week 3 - CMT/HHA program

Monday -  9/28


  • Bones of the lower leg
    • text: Illustrated Musculoskeletal Anatomy (Seig), pg. 82

  • Femur
    • text: Illustrated Musculoskeletal Anatomy (Seig), pg. 81

  • Scapula
    • text: Illustrated Musculoskeletal Anatomy (Seig), pg. 5

  • Sternum
    • text: Illustrated Musculoskeletal Anatomy (Seig), pg 

Reviewed geography and features of the above bones. 


Hot stone massage video: we reviewed types of rock, basic hot stone technique and Debby gave us notes on collecting the stones we'll need to use for hot stone massage as well as a list of items to get before the hot stone demo class.  If you missed the video, it's available to watch in the library upstairs. 

You will need
  • rocks (metamorphic and igneous are best, sedimentary tend to crack in the heat after a while according to the video) - an assortment of various flat and shaped stones (see video for examples). 
  • carrier oil (Debby uses a blend from Aveda)
  • plastic or metal bowls
    • lg: cold water
    • sm/med: carrier oil
  • towels - big and hand
  • heating pan, one of those big electric turkey pans. Two if you plan to work with both hot and warm stones. 
  • flannel sheets
Contraindications and cautions (there will be more on this when we do the actual demo/class but you will always want to do a thorough intake)
  • Open wounds - caution and avoid the area, local contraindication
  • Rash - depends on the rash, but in the very least use caution and avoid the area, local contraindication
  • Contagious conditions of skin or illness - depends, get more info, probably global contraindication.
  • Hot stone is not advised with certain cancers, as it can cause them to spread in the body.
  • Cardiac patients, the elderly, pregnant women and children - stick to stones in a moderate warm range, avoid using stones in the hotter temperature ranges. 
  • Shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia - global contraindication
  • Increases circulation, joint mobility, elimination of toxins
  • diaphoretic
  • increases yin
  • decreases yang
  • sedating
  • can relieve sinus pain
We briefly reviewed options and variations on sanitary procedures and hygiene, client intake, and basic safety. Also ways to market and educate clients about the benefits of hot stone, when they haven't tried it yet. There will be more on this during the class. 

Swedish Demo and Review:
We reviewed the hand sequence from last week, and then moved to the arm (upper and lower). Then practiced everything we've learned to date. 

Tuesday, 9/29
Ethics/EFT (HHA) with Darlene - am

We reviewed the procedure for how to take the MBLEx and also the various licensing boards at the state and national level, as well as professional organizations.  For your convenience, these resources are linked on the "Study Resources" page that is linked up at the very top of the blog. I will be adding to the list on that page as we get new information, so check back often! Here are the 3 organizations we were told about today. 

  • CAMTC: California Massage Therapy Council - www.camtc.org
  • FSMTB: Federation of State and Massage Boards - www.fsmtb.org
  • ABMP: Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals - www.abmp.com (these are the folks with the exam coach, also they offer a student membership with insurance for $45 a year, use the school code 5001571 when you sign up to verify you go to HLI.)

  • Class syllabus
  • Schedule of upcoming ethics class dates and topics
  • ABMP Code of Ethics (we reviewed this in class, read it, it's relevant to the homework)
  • MBLEx content outline for study
  • Informational websites 
  • Read Ch. 1 of text, do exercises in chapter as you read, and complete quiz #1
  • Visit FSMTB and CAMTC and complete worksheet - list 4 things you learned by reviewing the websites. 
  • Print out MBLEx Handbook (you can bring to page and Darlene will bind it for you).

We reviewed the procedure for application to both the MBLEx and then for certification with the state after we pass. It's very complicated.  Darlene has copies of both of these applications to look over. If you missed, I'm sure we will review all of this information again, but please come ask to go over my notes if you like - there's a lot there. The basic gist of it is: 

  • You are going to want to have state issued identification that matches the name on your application *exactly* as well as a secondary form of ID with the exact name on it as well. You will need this to take the MBLEx - now is the time to update addresses and names on ID, so it isnt' a last minute scramble! 
  • Passport photo - no white clothing, shoulders showing, as well as forehead and ears showing.
  • MBLEX is 100 multiple choice questions, exam is basically predictive and you are going to get questions that are weighted against your weaker points, it is different for everyone. 
  • the various fees and applications and everything else are going to run about $465 in total once you are all said and done, so start saving now.  
  • The penalties for cheating or lying are pretty steep. Don't.
  • Make sure you have copies of any state, city or local licenses you've held in the bodywork field EVER, or any others in the last 10 years or so. 
For 10/13, our next Ethics class meeting, please make sure you have your book and bring it to class! You can find it used on Amazon.com pretty easily. 

EFT 1 with Jan - afternoon
Emotional Freedom Technique 
text: Emotional Freedom Technique: A Universal Aid To Healing (Craig)
lecture, demo and practice

We reviewed some basic information about EFT and watched an inspirational video. Jan went over some basic information about acid conditions in the body, optimal PH level, stress, anxiety and fear responses to trauma and the nature of emotional trauma and how it can contribute to bodily dysfunction. EFT, which releases fear and traumatic emotions from the body at the feeling level (not memory, though we access memory to get a hold of those emotions) can help contribute to greater health and well being. 

EFT works along the meridians of the body and we utilize various points on these meridians and instead of applying needles (acupuncture)  or pressure (acupressure) we tap them to release the energies. 

Jan then demo'ed and ran us through the basic EFT sequence a couple of times, then we paired up and practiced teaching it to each other to release different things. 

You want to read the whole manual of course, but the bits we went over today really start on page 22. The actual sequence is on pg. 25 - we did not do "baking a cake" pg. 22, we did "the ham sandwich" pg. 27 (context is everything) and went over phrasing. 

Practice, practice, practice! There's a cheat sheet on pg. 33 for quick reference if you get lost. 

Next Tuesday afternoon we'll be doing a class on The Chemistry of Man.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

[HLI] Week 2 - CMT program - 9/21 and 9/22

Monday - 9/21

Ok I missed class this day so this is a little bit sparse. Trying to just get the main bits for review. Apparently there was cheesecake. That will teach me to miss class! :-P

Anatomy and Physiology:

  • Bones of the hand and foot 
    • 14 phalanges, 5 metacarpals, 8 carpal bones (2 rows: 4 proximal, 4 distal)
    • 14 phalanges, 5 metatarsals, 7 tarsal bones (3 rows: 2 proximal (heel), 1 intermediate, 4 distal) 

  • Muscle Manual (Visniak), pg. 8
  • Illustrated Musculoskeletal Anatomy (Seig), pg. 8 (hand) pg. 83 (foot)

  • Muscle Manual workbook (Visniak), pg. 117 (hand), pg. 164 (foot)
  • Anatomy Coloring Book corresponding pages (not homework, just suggested): pg. 33 (hand), pg. 40 (foot)

Helpful video tutorials:

In-class Swedish massage demo/practice:

  • new - hand sequence 
  • review -  foot and leg (anterior).


Tuesday - 9/22

Anatomy and Physiology:
  • Reviewed flashcards on body locations and also landmarks (pgs 3 and 10 of MM)
  • Bones of the upper and lower arm
    • humerus (proximal)
    • radius and ulna (distal) 
    • bony landmarks.
  •  Illustrated Musculoskeletal Anatomy (Seig) pg. 81, 82

Anatomy homework:
  • review Muscle Manual (Visniak),  pg. 194 (arm), pg. 153 (shoulder and upper arm)
  • Muscle Manual workbook (Visniak), pg 101, 116
  • Anatomy Coloring book (not actual homework, just helpful),  pg. 29 (portions relevant to humerus), pg. 31,  pg. 34

Helpful video tutorials: 

Raindrop Technique (Young Living) 

  • Video and discussions

  • write up benefits, uses and contraindications of oils used for Raindrop. Due before RT workshop.
    • oregano origanum compactum
    • thyme thymus vulgaris
    • basil or balsam fir ocimum basilicum or abies balsamea
    • cypress cupressus sempervirens
    • wintergreen gaultheria procumbens
    • marjoram origanum majorana
    • peppermint mentha piperita
    • Valor (individual ingredients not in list above)
    • AromaSeiz (individual ingredients not already covered)

In-class Swedish massage demo/practice:

  • review - foot, anterior leg, hand

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

[HLI] CMT program - week 1 notes

9/14 notes:

First day! We introduced ourselves to each other and went over some basics about the class, what to expect, supplies needed, etc.  We also signed and acknowledged the class protocols .

Massage modality: Swedish
1. Overview of basic strokes in Swedish massage sequence.
2. Basic overview of anatomical definitions and terminology related to body locations and movement.
handouts: Ch. 1 pg 8/9
3. Basic Swedish massage sequence packet, full body broken down into sections.

1. Start making flash cards with terminology on handout, as well as terminology on pages 3 and 10 of Muscle Manual.

Demo/sequence learned: 
After lunch, Sandy demo'ed how to set up and adjust the height of a massage table. We then went over the basic Swedish massage stroke sequence on the foot.

9/15 notes:

Massage modality: Swedish
1. Some basics on the history of Swedish massage
2. Benefits of Swedish massage
3. Contra-indications and cautions
4. Best environment for performing massage, in terms of what works for the practitioner and the client.
5. The importance of a medical history, getting one and then checking in with client before each session.
6. Basic things therapists need to know - nail maintenance, hygienic hand-washing technique (yes, this is a thing), cleanliness and use of scents (don't wear perfumes, etc.).  What kinds of clothes to wear (comfort, professionalism, handy pockets for lotions, etc) when practicing.

1. Syllabi:
     a. CMT program overview
     b. health and hygiene
     c. contraindications, cautions, pathology and special populations
2. Brief history and massage basics (Ch. 2, pg. 11 - 13) (we reviewed this in full)
3. Hygienic handwashing (we reviewed this in full)
4. Basic anatomy and physiology (Ch. 3, pg. 15-16, Figure 17 A - F) (we didn't go over this, but we will soon so make sure you have it!)

250 word essay on Ling and Mezger, due 2 weeks from 9/15

Sandy reviewed the basic sequence for the foot, then moved up to the sequence for the anterior leg (client in a supine position), and also demonstrated appropriate draping techniques for working on those areas as well as helping the client on and off the table. We then paired off and practiced!

Useful stuff you might want to buy for yourself:
1. A set of scrubs (this is not mandatory yet but Jan said it might be soon, and it's good to get in the habit of wearing them, more professional). There's a Scrubs and Beyond store in Modesto, you can also find them online.
2. Index cards.
3. emery board or a nail file
4. lotion for your hands
5. nail brush for hand-washing (bring this to class if you don't want to share one in the bathroom)
6. A small bottle of hand sanitizer (we have this in class near the lotions)

Housekeeping and basic info:
1. SIGN IN each morning or you won't get credit for the hours you were in class.
2. There's a basket for your name-tags when you leave.
3. Wipe your table down with a baby wipe, before you fold it up after you use it in class.
4. Remember to take your sheets home to launder them, don't make someone walk up the stairs at school and do it for you!
5. Blankets and pillows are in the sheet room off the main classroom area, if you need them, but if you borrow a set of school sheets you need to take them home, wash them and return them freshly laundered.

CMT practice time is this week, 9/18 and the school is open from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm if you need to show up and get some practice in, but it is not mandatory.