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J.) Breast and Chest Massage (Seattle September 30 - 1, 2017)


Product Description

Instructor: Barbara Helynn Heard, LMT; NCBTMB #1056

In this class students will learn massage of the ribcage, chest and breasts to support healthy breathing and general stress relief within full body wellness massage. Students also learn how this massage can benefit clients living with breast cancer, breast augmentation, breast reduction, mastectomy, fibrocystic breast tissue, and other non-cancerous breast conditions.

The chest and breast massage taught in this class is intended to be easily integrated into a holistic, full body session to relieve tension, stress and pain, and to increase our clients’ ease of movement in both the upper and lower body. This work consistently helps clients feel and connect with their whole body in a wonderful way that many have not previously experienced.

Emphasis is placed on making our touch safe, pleasant, sexually neutral, and effective for both female and male clients. In many of the techniques taught, pressure is directed to the muscles and ribs located deep to the mammary glands which are within breast tissue. Students will learn massage techniques which are done with the chest draped and other techniques which are done bare chested/breasted for both men and women.

More than half the class is devoted to hands on massage practice. The balance of the time is spent participating in discussion of the issues specific to breast massage listed below.

This course meets Washington State training requirements (WAC 246-830-555) for specialized training in breast massage which are effective 7/30/17. Course training includes:

  • breast anatomy and physiology
  • pathology
  • indications & contraindications
  • appropriate therapist-client or patient boundaries
  • client/patient safety related to breast massage
  • draping requirements
  • expected outcomes
  • therapeutic treatment techniques

SPECIAL CLASSROOM POLICIES FOR THIS CLASS -- By registering, Attendees agree to the following policies:

  • Attendee must be a licensed massage therapist in any US State with an official massage licensing board, or a healthcare professional with breast massage in their scope of practice. If a massage therapist practices in a state without massage licensing, permission from the instructor is required.
  • Attendee must be present for all class hours, including all lecture and technique demonstrations.
  • Attendee understands that full chest and breast areas on both women and men will be treated within this class, and that the full chest and breast will be undraped for much of the treatment. Attendee understands that the nipples and areolas will be touched during some of the treatment sequences as a general part of the breast. Specific nipple/areola treatment is not included in this course.
  • Attendee agrees to both give and receive all techniques with fellow students, both male and female. Friends or work associates taking the course together understand all students are expected to rotate "trades" with other students during practice times rather than only work with the same student(s) throughout the course.
  • Attendee agrees to adhere to professional standards and ethics both during the course, as well as when working with the public in a clinical/office setting.
  • In order to receive their Course Completion Certificate, all registering students agree to the these policies for this course. Any student who does not adhere to the course rules will be immediately asked to leave the course and will receive neither course credit nor tuition refund.

What to Bring: Set of sheets, face cradle cover and pillow; wear loose clothing. Bring a lunch.

Lunch: Sharing community is traditionally a significant element of classes which Barbara Helynn teaches. You are invited, and encouraged, to bring a bag lunch both days so we can eat together in the hotel dining area, and share ideas and stories in an informal and friendly manner. A cooler will be available to store lunches, but no microwave. (Potluck is unfortunately not an option due to the hotel policies.)

Class Date: September 30 - October 1, 2017
Class Time: Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Seattle Location 4 -- Holiday Inn Express (please click on the link for location details)
Cost: $295 if registered by 9/22/17; $325 if registered after 9/22/17
Cost/Hour: $18.44/hr if registered by 9/22/17; $20.31/hr after 9/22/17
CE Hours: 16