Continuing

Education

Massage therapists in Arkansas are required to take 18 hours of continuing education for license renewal every two years. ASM hosts some great classes to help meet this requirement. Contact us for more information, or register right on this page!

You may register for CE classes through this page. Click on the Buy Now button that correlates with the class. Mobile devices may have more difficulty with pay pal button alignment, we apologize for this inconvenience.

To register for a CE class without paying in full, a minimum $50 deposit is required. To do this, you can call the school office and pay via phone or mail in a check. Early bird registration specials need to be paid IN FULL before the required early bird date. If it isn't paid in full by early bird , you will owe the balance of the regular class price at the time of the class.

Arkansas School of Massage

6108 S 31st Street

Fort Smith, AR 72908

479.648.0021

Refunds and Cancellations:

If the class should be cancelled by the school or instructor, a full refund will be given.

If you cancel your registration prior to 48 hours of class start time, a refund will be given, minus a $50 fee.

If you cancel your registration in less than 48 hours of class start, no refunds will be given.

 

If you do not show up for class, no refund will be given. 

Foot Reflexology - 18 Hours

November 9 & 10 : 8:00 - 6:00 (Saturday and Sunday)

Instructor: Marsha Mathes 

 

Reflexology is the study of reflex points on the feet and hands that correlate to each organ, gland and all parts of the body. When stimulation or pressure is applied to these specific reflex points, it allows the body to return to balance or homeostasis. Thus, it balances the Chi or life force similar to acupuncture. Come learn this ancient healing art of reflexology.  

The proven benefits of reflexology include:
• Overall relaxation response
• Pain reduction
• Improvement of symptoms of health concerns
• Increased blood circulation
• Relax muscles
• Enhancement of medical care
• Complement to cancer care and stroke rehabilitation
• Adjunct to mental health care
• Post-operative recovery and pain reduction 
• Easier delivery and post-partum recovery

And much more…

Reflexology can be a “stand-alone” modality, it can be incorporated into a massage or it can be an “add-on” to a massage.

The instructor, Marsha Mathes, attended Kaleidoscope School of Therapeutic Massage in St. Louis, MO, and graduated in January 1998.  Currently she is an LMT in the state of Alabama & Tennessee.  She taught as a massage therapy instructor at Virginia College, Huntsville, AL & her AL Massage Instructor’s license is I-115#. Her NCBTMB Approved Provider is #326 since 2013.

 

For 30+ years, reflexology has been a passion of Marsha’s since her original one-on-one training from her mentor, Rose Howard who currently lives in Belleville, IL.  Rose was trained in Canada and worked in a chiropractor’s office offering reflexology as an adjunct to the chiropractic treatments. Marsha’s second training was in 1994 from the Progressive Reflexology Institute in Kansas City, MO.  While attending her basic massage school in 1997, Reflexology was taught as a secondary modality. Then in Huntsville, AL with the International Institute of Reflexology in 2005.

Please bring a fitted or flat sheet (only one sheet is needed), a blanket or cover if you tend to get chilly, 2 hand towels, and massage creme or oil. 

Early bird registration is $350 by 10/26/19, or $375 after. This class is AR approved! CLASS IS FULL!

$375

Orthopedic Techniques - 18 Hours

December 14th & 15th : 8:00 - 6:00 (Saturday and Sunday)

Instructor: Otis Estes

Orthopedic massage incorporates a combination of effective interactive bodywork techniques.  These techniques may be used to provide rehab and pain relief for post-op concerns, sports and industrial accident recovery, and everyday wear-and-tear difficulties such as postural distortion.  In many situations, even long existing pain and restrictions are relieved.

The techniques are essentially pain free, and bring rapid results.  They may be used by insertion into your normal routine, with little effect on the smooth flow of the session.

Please bring lubricant and one set of sheets.

$380

Reflexology Block - 18 hours

Jan 25 & 26: 8:00 - 6:00 (Saturday and Sunday)

Instructor: Faye Weeks

This block includes two classes, Introduction to Reflexology (6 hours), and Egyptian Method Encyclopedia of Reflexology: A Working Professional's Text (12 Hours), for a total of 18 hours. 

Introduction to Reflexology includes an informational book and lots of hands on training with an experienced teacher.

 

Egyptian Method Encyclopedia of Reflexology: A Working Professional's Text gives the students an understanding of how the systems and the reflexes work. Some of the approximately 150 disorders and their reflex areas will be addressed. Students will learn the appropriate application and will experience the result of their actions when applying reflexology.

Class size will be smaller, so register early to hold your spot!

 

Please bring a set of sheets and lubricant.

$385

Deep Tissue Techniques for Pain Relief (Series II) - 18 Hours

March 7 & 8 : 8:00 - 5:00 (Saturday and Sunday)

Instructor: Reid Maddox 

 

NEW CLASS! Learn hands-on basic myofascial, deep tissue techniques that add to your massage routine with therapeutic results: Headaches, Shoulders and IT Band Focus. 

Please bring lubricant and one set of sheets.

$285

Introduction to Thai Yoga Massage - 18 Hours

March 23 - 25 : 10:00 - 5:00 (Monday - Wednesday)

Instructor: Robert Gardner

In this foundation course, students will learn mat work and become competent using their legs, feet, knees and heels with clients, be introduced to Sen lines, anatomy, postural assessment, and energetic concerns.
 

90% of the class is mat based and on the 3rd day is table work where you will learn how to use the same sequence on the familiar massage table. This gives the therapist a firm foundation to transition clients between the table and mat with ease. The $400.00 fee for class includes your printed copy of the workbook and digital copies of the videos that go along with class.


Please bring 3 blankets or a comforter if you do not have a Thai massage mat.

$400

Table Thai - 12 Hours

March 26 & 27 : 10:00 - 5:00 (Thursday & Friday)

Instructor: Robert Gardner 

This class is specifically designed to help licensed massage therapists learn how to use Thai massage on the massage table with ease. We go over easy to incorporate options from the Table Thai workbook and show you how to work effectively and use less hand strain while helping clients with back pain.

2 days of Table Thai massage. The $300.00 fee for class includes the printed copy of your workbook and digital downloads of your Table Thai videos.

Please bring a set of sheets.

$300

Certified Kinesio Tape Technician (CKTT) & Clinical concepts and Applied Kinesiology Taping for LMTs - 18 hours

April 4 & 5 8:00 - 6:00 (Saturday and Sunday)

Instructor:  Ron Nguyen

Certified Kinesio Tape Technician (CKTT) (6 Hours). This course covers precut Kinesio® tape applications as well as basic applications for common injuries. At the end of this 6-hour program students will be able to take an online assessment for the commercial CKTT title and membership to Kinesio® Tape association for one year.

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Kinesio® Taping is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered in a clinical setting.

Kinesio® Tape targets different receptors within the somatosensory system which alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lift forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas. Kinesio® Tape has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. The techniques learned can be used in conjunction with a multitude of treatments and modalities within your practice and is effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases of an injury as well as being used for preventative measures.

Clinical concepts and Applied Kinesiology Taping for LMTs (12 Hours). Evaluation and assessment are key skills in the treatment of any clinical soft tissue condition. In order to get desired results from treatment, a full assessment of your client/patient is necessary. These assessments should include manual muscle testing, range of motion testing, and any other orthopedic tests the therapist deems necessary.

 

This 18 hour class is specifically designed for Massage Therapists wanting to expand their practice into a clinical approach covering biokinesthetics which includes assessing movement and stimulating mechanoreceptors to relax Golgi tendon reflexes; manual therapy with foundations in Neuromuscular Therapy techniques, Orthopedic Massage techniques, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage techniques, then applied kinesiology taping or elastic tape therapy if necessary, to prolong the benefits of soft tissue manipulation.

Tuition cost covers Kinesiology tape, a pair of scientific scissors, and class manual.

Please bring a set of sheets and lubricant of choice. Athletic attire is preferred.

Arkansas Department of Health CEU Approved
 

Additionally Certified Kinesio Tape Technician (CKTT) (6 hours) is approved for ACE - American Council on Exercise, AFAA- Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, AFPA- American Fitness Professionals & Associates, AIHCP- American Institute of Health Care Professionals, NCSF- National Council on Strength and Fitness, NASM- National Academy of Sports Medicine.

$450

Introduction to Ayurveda Bundle - 18 Hours

April 19 & 20 (Sun) 8AM - 8PM & (Mon) 8AM - 2PM

Instructor: Patricia Kulish 

 

This 18 hour introduction to Ayurveda bundle is comprised of three individual classes. Book one, two, or three classes. Early bird pricing is available through the MONDAY before the class. Each class will cost $125 after early bird pricing. The classes are as follows:

Introduction to Ayurveda: Abhyanga - 6 Hours - $125

(Traditional Indian Oil Massage for Face and Scalp)

offered Sunday from 8AM - 2PM

Step into a different world and discover the ancient healing modalities of Ayurveda from India.  We will learn a brief history of Ayurveda and some of it's practices and philosophies.  Client evaluation, treatment indications and contraindications will be discussed.  We will also cover scope of practice, marketing and incorporating this service into your clientele.  New facial massage technique based on Ayurveda will be demonstrated and practiced.  Choosing the correct oils, essential oils, technique, depth, and tempo will be discussed.  Class will include power point, lecture, hand outs, demonstration and guided hands on practice.  All students will give and receive an Abhyanga treatment. 

 

*Bring massage linens, 2 bath towels (medium or large sized), 2 hand towels, your favorite massage lubricant and an unused trash bag.  Essential oils, massage tables and class materials provided. 


Introduction to Ayurveda: Shirodhara - 6 Hours - $125 

(Pouring Oil on the Third Eye)

offered Sunday from 2PM - 8PM

This ancient treatment is the utmost in relaxation and luxury.   A simple and streamlined approach for you to use in your massage room will be demonstrated. Class includes power point and hand outs with discussion of  Ayurvedic principles and history, client evaluation and treatment, indications and contraindications, trouble-shooting problems and marketing this service.  Preparatory Massage and Shirodhara will be demonstrated and each student will give and receive a service.  

 

*Bring massage linens, 2 large bath towels, a medium bath towel, hair clip, wash cloth, and 2 unused trash bags. Massage tables,  Shirodhara equipment, essential oils and class materials provided. We will use water in place of the oil for this class.


Introduction to Ayurveda: Doshic Facial Massage - 6 Hours - $125  

offered Monday from 8AM - 2PM

This fun and informative class builds on the concepts of  Abhyanga and Shirodhara to create a fantastic customized facial massage and masking treatment for the client.  Ayurvedic modalities and history will be presented as well as client evaluation, indications, contraindications and customizing the session.  Scope of practice, marketing and problem solving will be discussed.  We will be creating masks from natural ingredients and learning a new facial massage technique specific to the client.  Class includes power point, lecture, hand outs, demonstration and guided practice.  Each student will evaluate his/her client, create a custom mask (with necessary supervision), and perform the Doshic Facial Massage.  Each student will also receive a Doshic Facial Massage Treatment.  Essential oils, mask ingredients, massage tables and class materials provided.  

 

*Bring massage linens, 2 bath towels, 6 hand towels and an unused trash bag.  
 

Register early (by April 13th) and take all these classes for just $300!  Learn 3 new massage protocols in the 18 hours! 

Call ASM at 479-648-0021 to book an individual class, or to book two classes together.

$300

Thai Massage (with adaptations for American Therapist) - 18 Hours

July 11 & 12: 8:00 - 6:00 (Saturday and Sunday)

Instructor: Wendy Finn 

 

Learn about culture and history, direct pressure techniques, postures, the sen sib lines, contraindications, and the all important Thai stretches. Wendy Finn is a Registered Nurse with 25 years experience as a massage therapist, 10 years as CEO of I.M. Spa Inc., and trained in Thailand as a Thai Massage Therapist.

 

Class cost is $395.  Early-bird pricing $345 before July 1, 2020

$345

Spa & Business Training Bundle - 18 Hours

August 2 & 3 (Sun) - 8AM - 8PM & (Mon) - 8AM - 2PM

Instructor: Patricia Kulish 

 

This 18 hour spa bundle is comprised of three individual classes. Book one, two, or three classes. Early bird pricing is available through the MONDAY before the class. Each class will cost $125 after early bird pricing. The classes are as follows:

Intro to the Masso-Facial - 6 Hours - $125

     offered Sunday from 8 AM - 2 PM

     Improve your massage techniques and add something new to pamper your clients. Training includes review of skin anatomy, function and contraindications. Demonstration and hands-on practice of facial massage techniques to relieve stress and tension, treat sinus congestion and neck stiffness. Treatment improves facial skin and muscle function and increases lymphatic flow. Discussion about working within the scope of practice, choosing products and incorporating Facial Massage into a massage session or offering as a stand alone service. Bring linens, lubricant, large towel, and 6 hand towels. Product samples provided.

Body Wrap Basics - 6 Hours - $125

     offered Monday from 8 AM - 2 PM

     This CE teaches you a fast, easy, and inexpensive body wrap that is fun for you and discreet for the client. Body Wrap indications and contraindications will be discussed, as well as a brief anatomy of skin, choosing products, and thermotherapy. Class will define working within the scope of practice and troubleshooting your sessions. You will get and give a basic wrap. Come experience a fun and relaxing day that takes the mystery out of wrapping. Bring linens, a blanket, eye pillow, 6 hand towels, and 2 large towels. Tables, bolsters, and stools provided. Products, plastic, mylar, and towel warmers also provided. 

Business Building for the Massage Therapist - 6 Hours - $125

     offered Sunday from 2 PM - 8 PM

     So many massage therapists struggle with business. Learn strategies to define your unique success, attract and grow more clientele, and brainstorm on networking, marketing, and advertising ideas. Other topics include trouble-shooting, setting boundaries and communicating effectively. Class is interactive lecture, dress comfortably.

Register early (by August 27th) and take all these classes for just $300!  Learn 3 new massage protocols in the 18 hours! 

Call ASM at 479-648-0021 to book an individual class, or to book two classes together.

$300

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