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.


  1. Love this blog. It's a wonderful reference in case I missed something. Thank you Rain!!

  2. Love this blog. It's a wonderful reference in case I missed something. Thank you Rain!!

    1. so glad it helps! the video lectures are very good, i recommend using them!