2019 Prana Experiences:

(Free for ZMC Students)

Herbal Compress Certification 

DATE: FRIDAY JAN 11, 2019

TIME: 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Zion Massage College

DETAILS: The application of an herbal compress adds comfort and a grounding touch to any massage therapy session. Essentially, herbal compresses are large packets of steamed and heated herbs or heated cloth that are infused with essential oils. These heated packets are rhythmically pressed into the body in a compressive and grounding way. Herbal Compresses feel amazing!

Participants will learn how to make and apply therapeutic herbal packets to enhance their massage therapy session. Students learn about the medicinal properties of herbs, how to assemble, heat and apply herbal compresses during a Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage. Participants receive a Continuing Education Certificate for 8 hours of training in Therapeutic Herbal Compress Massage.

Thai Massage Level I Mastery Training

(This training will fulfill 30 hours of ZMC’s in-program Thai Massage Level I course)

DATE: FRIDAY JAN 18-20, 2019

TIME: 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

Learn to give a full one to three-hour comprehensive Traditional Thai Massage

Nuad-Bo-Rarn (Ancient Thai Massage) Thai Yoga Massage Level 1

Learn to give a one and a half hour comprehensive Traditional Thai Massage.

Learn to give a full one to three hour comprehensive Traditional Thai Massage! 

Nuad Bo-Rarn (Ancient Thai Massage)/Thai Yoga Massage Level 1 introduces the basic principles and theories of acupoints, sen lines, Eastern energetic anatomy and physiology, Thai asanas/postures, wind gates and wai mantras. In addition, students learn the historical and spiritual contexts which have shaped the development and theories of Traditional Thai Massage.

Thai Massage combines elements of Ayurveda, Yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine and, Thai Animism. In addition, Thai Massage is the original sports massage. The modality utilizes techniques such as pin and stretch, pin and bind, compression, joint mobilization, spinal mobilization, muscle and fascia unwinding. 

Participants learn to give a 1 – 3 hour comprehensive Thai Yoga Massage Session. 

Padre Canyon Hike

DATE: FRIDAY FEB 8, 2019

TIME: 7:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (We will carpool from the ZMC Parking Lot. The school van can hold up to 12 people)

DETAILS: This is a beautiful semi-strenuous 5 mile hike through Snow Canyon. It begins behind Tuachan Amphitheater and ends up inside Snow Canyon state park. We pass many interesting and breathtaking geographical features including arches, and hoodoos in Utah’s Redrock Country.

Please RSVP by calling 435-261-4203

Bodies Exhibit, Las Vegas

DATE: FRIDAY FEB 22, 2019

*ZMC students can attend one complimentary Prana trip to the Bodies Exhibit. This experience is offered quarterly. 4 Hours of Anatomy makeup is given for this Prana Trip

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (We will carpool from the ZMC Parking Lot. The school van can hold up to 12 people)

DETAILS: The Bodies Exhibit is an anatomy exhibition which features real bodies, and explores the human musculature and the systems of the body. BOOK NOW

Please RSVP by calling 435-261-4203

Study Abroad Chiang Mai, Thailand

DATE: MARCH 10th – 23rd 2019

*ZMC students can attend one complimentary Study Abroad Prana Experience. Students choose between an experience in Thailand or Nepal. In order to enhance the student therapist’s knowledge, expertise and skill, they learn to compare and contrast both Eastern/Traditional Massage and Bodywork and Western Modern approaches to Massage and Bodywork. In addition, students learn about the culture, history and health practices of the region in which they study. In most traditional forms of Massage Therapy and Bodywork, practitioners do not work in isolation; instead, they combine healthy dietary practices, meditation, contemplative exercise such as Yoga, Qi-gong, or Reusi dat tan, and other healthy mind, body, spirit practices with Massage and Bodywork.

ZMC Includes:

  • Flight, Guesthouse stay, and Massage training are provided for the student by Zion Massage College.

Student Provides:

  • Students are responsible for their meals and incidentals such as massage treatments, souvenirs, additional elective trainings, additional excursions and tuk-tuk rides.

*At lease two months in advance, students must make a commitment to the experience that they will be attending. Students must also meet Standard Academic Progress in order to attend the study abroad Prana experience. Please see the study abroad field trip rules and release form for more information.

Herbal Compress Certification 

DATE: FRIDAY March 29, 2019

TIME: 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Zion Massage College

DETAILS: The application of an herbal compress adds comfort and a grounding touch to any massage therapy session. Essentially, herbal compresses are large packets of steamed and heated herbs or heated cloth that are infused with essential oils. These heated packets are rhythmically pressed into the body in a compressive and grounding way. Herbal Compresses feel amazing!

Participants will learn how to make and apply therapeutic herbal packets to enhance their massage therapy session. Students learn about the medicinal properties of herbs, how to assemble, heat and apply herbal compresses during a Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage. Participants receive a Continuing Education Certificate for 8 hours of training in Therapeutic Herbal Compress Massage.

Thai Cooking Class

DATE: FRIDAY April 19th, 2019:

TIME: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Participants learn about the benefits of a traditional plant based diet. Join Rebecca in making delicious Thai Green  Curry, Panang Curry, Papaya Salad and Mango and Sticky Rice! Join us to learn how easy, fun, healthy and delicious traditional, tasty, natural food is to make and serve.

Meditation Backpacking Retreat

DATE: FRIDAY – SATURDAY, May 24 -25, 2019

(Limited to 10 total participants) (8 Hours of Makeup in Eastern Bodywork classes or Business Ethics is allowed for this Prana Trip)

TIME: 9:00 a.m. Friday -4:00 p.m. Saturday (We will carpool from the ZMC Parking Lot. The school van can hold up to 12 people)

DETAILS: For this silence and meditation retreat, we will be hiking Zion National Park’s West Rim. The views and natural beauty on this hike are incredible! The total hiking distance for this trip is approximately 13 miles long. Participants will participate in both group and individual meditation throughout the day. Upon registration, participants will be given packing instructions, detailed schedule and instruction on each meditation technique, which we will practice.  We will be staying overnight in a campsite along the route. *Each participant must have a backpacking backpack, tent, sleeping bag, 1.5 gallons of water and enough food for the trip. 

Please RSVP by calling 435-261-4203

Bodies Exhibit, Las Vegas

DATE: FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019

*ZMC students can attend one complimentary Prana trip to the Bodies Exhibit. This experience is offered quarterly. 4 Hours of Anatomy makeup is given for this Prana Trip

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (We will carpool from the ZMC Parking Lot. The school van can hold up to 12 people)

DETAILS: The Bodies Exhibit is an anatomy exhibition which features real bodies, and explores the human musculature and the systems of the body. BOOK NOW

Please RSVP by calling 435-261-4203

Angel’s Landing Hike

(Limited to 10 total participants)

DATE: FRIDAY, June 7, 2019

TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (We will carpool from the ZMC Parking Lot. The school van can hold up to 12 people)

DETAILS: Angel’s Landing is a 5 mile strenuous hike with breathtaking views of Zion National Park. The final section has sheer dropoffs and participants will need to feel comfortable holding onto chains in order to reach the top section of the hike. This is one of the most popular hikes in ZNP . Hopefully, the crowds will be a bit lower for our September excursion. We will stop for lunch at Oscars Cafe (in Springdale) after the hike. 

Please RSVP by calling 435-261-4203

Indian Cooking Class

DATE: FRIDAY JUNE 14, 2019:

TIME: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Participants learn about the benefits of a traditional plant based diet. Join Rebecca in making delicious Palak Paneer, Lentil Dahl, Naan and Raita! Join us to learn how easy, fun, healthy and delicious traditional, tasty, natural food is to make and serve.

Study Abroad Khatmandu, Nepal

DATE: June 21st – July 5th

*ZMC students can attend one complimentary Study Abroad Prana Experience. Students choose between an experience in Thailand or Nepal. In order to enhance the student therapist’s knowledge, expertise and skill, they learn to compare and contrast both Eastern/Traditional Massage and Bodywork and Western Modern approaches to Massage and Bodywork. In addition, students learn about the culture, history and health practices of the region in which they study. In most traditional forms of Massage Therapy and Bodywork, practitioners do not work in isolation; instead, they combine healthy dietary practices, meditation, contemplative exercise such as Yoga, Qi-gong, or Reusi dat tan, and other healthy mind, body, spirit practices with Massage and Bodywork.

ZMC Includes:

  • Flight, Guesthouse stay, Massage, Meditation and Traditional Yoga training and workbook are provided for the student by Zion Massage College.

Student Provides:

  • Students are responsible for their meals and incidentals such as massage treatments, souvenirs, additional elective trainings, additional excursions and tuk-tuk rides.

*At least two months in advance, students must make a commitment to the experience that they will be attending. Students must also meet Standard Academic Progress in order to attend the study abroad Prana experience. Please see the study abroad field trip rules and release form for more information.

Bodies Exhibit, Las Vegas

DATE: FRIDAY, AUG 9, 2019

*ZMC students can attend one complimentary Prana trip to the Bodies Exhibit. This experience is offered quarterly. 4 Hours of Anatomy makeup is given for this Prana Trip

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (We will carpool from the ZMC Parking Lot. The school van can hold up to 12 people)

DETAILS: The Bodies Exhibit is an anatomy exhibition which features real bodies, and explores the human musculature and the systems of the body. BOOK NOW

Please RSVP by calling 435-261-4203

Padre Canyon Hike

DATE: FRIDAY AUG 16, 2019:

TIME: 7:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (We will carpool from the ZMC Parking Lot. The school van can hold up to 12 people)

DETAILS: This is a beautiful semi-strenuous 5 mile hike through Snow Canyon. It begins behind Tuachan Amphitheater and ends up inside Snow Canyon state park. We pass many interesting and breathtaking geographical features including arches, and hoodoos in Utah’s Redrock Country.

Please RSVP by calling 435-261-4203

Study Abroad Chiang Mai, Thailand

DATE: OCT 17th – OCT 31st, 2019

*ZMC students can attend one complimentary Study Abroad Prana Experience. Students choose between an experience in Thailand or Nepal. In order to enhance the student therapist’s knowledge, expertise and skill, they learn to compare and contrast both Eastern/Traditional Massage and Bodywork and Western Modern approaches to Massage and Bodywork. In addition, students learn about the culture, history and health practices of the region in which they study. In most traditional forms of Massage Therapy and Bodywork, practitioners do not work in isolation; instead, they combine healthy dietary practices, meditation, contemplative exercise such as Yoga, Qi-gong, or Reusi dat tan, and other healthy mind, body, spirit practices with Massage and Bodywork.

ZMC Includes:

  • Flight, Guesthouse stay, and Massage training are provided for the student by Zion Massage College.

Student Provides:

  • Students are responsible for their meals and incidentals such as massage treatments, souvenirs, additional elective trainings, additional excursions and tuk-tuk rides.

*At least two months in advance, students must make a commitment to the experience that they will be attending. Students must also meet Standard Academic Progress in order to attend the study abroad Prana experience. Please see the study abroad field trip rules and release form for more information.

Ashiatsu Mastery Workshop

(27 Hours of NCBTMB CE Credits Given to Participants)

DATE: NOV 8th – 10th, 2019

TIME: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (3 day workshop)

The practice of Westernized Ashiatsu most resembles India’s Chivutti Thirumal , an ancient (2,000 plus year old) Ayurvedic massage from the Yogic and Martial Arts Tradition. However, instead of performing the massage on a mat, A-Shiatsu is given on a sturdy massage table, which allows the client to lie prone with his/her head comfortably aligned in a straightforward position in a modern face cradle.

The massage therapist uses special oils which correspond with the client’s mind/body/spirit type and, utilizes his or her feet to apply a deep Effleurage like strokes to the client’s body. This traditional massage originated in Kerala India and was the prescribed healing treatment for musculoskeletal and energetic healing for India’s Kalari Martial Artists. In Yogic tradition, there is a depiction of the goddess Kali massaging the body of Shiva with her feet, which is widely believed to be a representation of the Chivutti Thirumal massage tradition. Chivutti Thirumal is also known by the name Keralite Massage and Kalarin Massage. The sequences within the massage focus on Ayurvedic energy channels known as “Nadis,” translated in Sanskrit as the river that circulates Prana. The long fluid strokes and circular patterns of Chivutti Thirumal are said to balance the client’s chakras and allow for inner and outer physical and spiritual transformation.

In this A-Shiatsu Prone Basics Course, the Massage Therapist learns techniques to treat the back, arms and legs of the client using various therapeutic positions. A-Shiatsu is a deep, flowing, compression massage that induces a meditative state in the client and allows for profound physical emotional healing.

Zion Massage College Professional Licensed Massage Therapy Program 2018 Start Dates

Professional Licensed Massage Therapy ProgramStart Dates
2018 EVENING CLASSES 900 Hour Program
5pm-9pm Mon-Thurs
Winter: Feb 26, 2018Spring: April 3, 2018Summer: June 4, 2018Fall: Sept 4, 2018
2018 DAY CLASSES900 Hour Program
9am-1pm Mon-Thurs
Winter: Jan 22, 2018Spring: Mar 20, 2018Summer: May 30, 2018Fall: Aug 21, 2018
Program Hours900
Program Length12 months
Tuition & Fees   $12,600*Includes Two and Half Week Study Abroad Thai Massage Training in Chiang Mai, Thailand (flight, accommodation and training included).*Meals and elective activities are not included in the study abroad component. 
Books, Fees and Supplies $600 package *Includes table, digital manuals, hard copy textbooks, massage table, linens and 1 gallon of massage oil or lotion.  
Total Program Costs  $13,200*Includes 900 hour training, study abroad in Thailand, table, digital manuals, hard copy textbooks, massage table, linens and 1 gallon of massage oil or lotion.  

For More Information Call 435-261-4203 or contact rebecca@zionmassagecollege.com

Curriculum Overview

The 900 hour curriculum at ZMC exceeds all Utah State requirements.
Below is a comparison, which shows Utah State curriculum requirements
alongside ZMC’s requirements for graduation.

For more information call 435-261-4203 or send an email to admin@zionmassagecollege.com

Overview Comparison of State Requirements and ZMC Requirements:

CategoryState RequirementABT/ZMC Requirement
Anatomy & Physiology125180
Pathology 40 52
Massage Theory285416
Business, Ethics and Professional Standards 35 56
Universal Precautions, Sanitation/FA/CPR 15 16
Student Clinical Internship100180
Total600900

Curriculum Overview

900 Total Clock Hours

Course Descriptions:

Acupressure:

Clock Hours: 52

Prerequisite: Massage Core I & Massage Core II

Description: Massage Therapy is included as one of the 4 branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Chinese Acupressure Massage, meridians, (energy pathways) with specific points are massaged and palpated to promote the client’s health and to facilitate the body’s healing process. In TCM, Acupressure is used for general health as well as a treatment for specific physical, emotional and mental complaints.  Acupressure is based on many of the same theories and techniques used by Acupuncturists. However, instead of using Acupuncture needles, Acupressure utilizes pressure from the fingers or elbows to stimulate specific acupoints. Acupressure serves as the theoretical foundation for the other Asian Bodywork modalities, taught at Zion Massage College. Upon completion of the course, students can expect to have a solid base for understanding the theory of the Traditional Chinese Medical approach and how it compares and contrasts to Western ideas of health and healing.

Anatomy And Physiology Level I:

Clock Hours: 36

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: The Body Systems Anatomy course provides a general study of the human body’s structure and function. Emphasis is placed on the complex nature of the body, cells, tissues, the integumentary, circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune, lymphatic, muscular, nervous, respiratory, skeletal, urinary and reproductive systems of the body, the interrelationship of the organs, and the body’s ability to adapt to the environment.

Anatomy And Physiology Level II:

Clock Hours: 36

Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology Level I

Description: A clear understanding of Musculoskeletal Anatomy provides the foundation for an effective massage therapy session.  In this course students will focus attention specifically on Musculoskeletal Anatomy including the location, origin and insertion, actions, and synergistic movements of the musculature. Students learn to identify and palpate the musculature in order to become familiar with the underlying structures of the human body and to clearly understand and communicate the way in which massage works to assist in the maintenance, healing, and support of these structures.

Anatomy And Physiology Level III:

Clock Hours: 36

Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology Level I & II

Description: Students continue the second half of the Body Systems Anatomy course, which provides a general study of the human body’s structure and function. Emphasis is placed on the complex nature of the body, cells, tissues, the integumentary, circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune, lymphatic, muscular, nervous, respiratory, skeletal, urinary and reproductive systems of the body, the interrelationship of the organs, and the body’s ability to adapt to the environment.

Anatomy And Physiology Level IV:

Clock Hours: 36

Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology Level I – III

Description: A clear understanding of Musculoskeletal Anatomy provides the foundation for an effective massage therapy session.  In this final Musculoskeletal Anatomy course, students continue to focus attention specifically on Musculoskeletal Anatomy including the location, origin and insertion, actions, and synergistic movements of the musculature. Students learn to identify and palpate the musculature in order to become familiar with the underlying structures of the human body and to clearly understand and communicate the way in which massage works to assist in the maintenance, healing, and support of these structures

Ashiatsu And Chivutti Thirumal

Clock Hours: 24

Prerequisite: Massage Core I & II

Description: The name Ashiatsu comes from Japan and was given to this style of massage by massage therapists in the United States of America. Shi means finger and atsu means pressure.  However, the practice of Ashiatsu actually comes from the ancient Ayurvedic tradition of Chivutti Thirumal. In this course students learn to use various supports such as ropes or an overhead bar (for balance) while applying deep restructuring massage techniques with the therapist feet. These specific patterns and strokes balance, relax, and align the client’s body, mind and spirit. In massage therapy the therapist’s hands, fingers, thumbs, elbows, forearms and feet are referred to as “tools,” which are used to balance and align the client’s body. The primary tools used in Ashiatsu and Chivutti Thirumal are the feet.

Deep Tissue Massage

Clock Hours: 60

Prerequisite: Massage Core I & II

Description: Students learn to manipulate connective tissues of the body to eliminate and reduce pain and to create structural/postural changes in their clients. Students learn how to conduct assessments of client’s postural habits and structural imbalances and how to implement change, through tissue manipulation, stretching and take home exercises for the client. In addition, students learn how to utilize this knowledge to enhance their own lives and to support a long healthy career in the massage therapy and bodywork field.

Gua-Sha Massage

Clock Hours: 12

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: Gua-Sha Massage is a form of traditional Chinese therapy, which utilizes friction. The practice has been passed down from generation to generation for over 3,000 years.  This unique art is well known in China and throughout Asia for general detoxification, increasing the metabolism, relieving muscular tension, restoring proper circulation to the body and for relieving the symptoms of the flu and colds. Gua-Sha is also used to tighten skin, reduce wrinkles and to combat the signs of aging. The practice of Gua-Sha has stood the test of time; according to Chinese history, the practice of Gua-Sha was popularized during the Tang and Ming Dynasties, which date back to 618 AD. Gua-Sha massage involves gently rubbing the skin, using friction, along the Chinese Acupressure Meridians.

Hydrotherapy And Spa Therapy Techniques

Clock Hours: 16

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: Students learn how to enhance a massage practice through the use of Hydrotherapy. Students learn how to apply hydrotherapy and based spa techniques to relax muscles, reduce swelling, speed injury recovery time. In addition, students learn the history of and present day use of common hydrotherapy based spa therapies.

Kinesiology

Clock Hours: 36

Prerequisite: Massage Core I & II, Anatomy I

Description: Kinesiology involves the study of biomechanics, anatomy and neuromuscular physiology. In Kinesiology, students learn the mechanics of movement related to living systems, the structure of the human body and how the organs and systems function to support the body. It is imperative that massage therapists have a thorough understanding of these three key components, of Kinesiology, in order to effectively assess and treat client’s soft tissue disorders.

Massage Therapy Core I & II:

Clock Hours: 60

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: Students learn basic and advanced techniques needed to give a safe and effective full body Swedish massage. Students learn to perform client assessments and to create custom protocols to meet the specific needs of the client. In addition to massage technique and application, this course provides a strong emphasis on appropriate responses to common pathological disorders. Students continue to develop their sense of touch awareness. Students are prepared to begin giving massage in the student clinic.

Thai Massage Level I And II

Clock Hours: 84

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: This course establishes the foundation of a professional Thai Massage practice. The course blends Traditional Thai Massage stretches (emphasized by Northern Style Thai Massage), Sen points (emphasized by Southern Style Thai Massage), proper use of body mechanics and body weight with techniques, which utilize the therapist’s feet, knees, elbows, and palms. Students learn how to incorporate gentle rocking and rhythmic movements, which relax the client and promote the meditative, experience of receiving Thai Massage. In addition, students learn how to customize and modify Thai Massage techniques to accommodate client body size, physical limitations and client preference.

Pathology

Clock Hours: 52

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: Students learn the how massage influences the disease and healing process and how massage therapists can provide their clients with maximum benefits while minimizing risks.  Throughout the course, identification and knowledge of indications and contraindications for massage, etiology, signs, symptoms, and standard treatment approaches for common diseases and conditions is emphasized.

Reflexology

Clock Hours: 20

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: In the study of Reflexology, students learn how the systems, organs and muscles of the body correspond with specific pressure points on the hands and feet. Reflexology teaches that these pressure points stimulate and encourage healing of the body.  Students learn how to massage and apply pressure to these Reflexology points through various soft tissue manipulation techniques. The healing practice of Reflexology dates as far back as ancient Egypt. Many ancient religious and spiritual texts also mention the feet in symbolical and actual references to points throughout the body.

Sports Massage And PNF Stretching

Clock Hours: 24

Prerequisite: Massage Core I & II

Description: The Sports and Athletic Massage course teaches students how to work with tissues of the body to eliminate and reduce pain and to create structural/postural changes in their clients. Students learn how to conduct assessments of client’s postural habits and structural imbalances and how to implement change, through tissue manipulation, stretching and take home exercises for the client. In addition, students learn how to utilize this knowledge to enhance their own lives and to support a long healthy career in the massage therapy and bodywork field.

Trigger Point Therapy

Clock Hours: 24

Prerequisite: Massage Core I & II

Description: Trigger points are firm, palpable spots in the muscle, which send referred pain to other areas of the body. Trigger point therapy has theoretical ties to Chinese Acupressure and the practice of treating one area in order to relieve pain in another area of the client’s body. In Trigger Point Therapy students learn how to identify and effectively treat trigger points using a manual technique which applies a consistent hold and release pattern.

Universal Precautions, CPR And Sanitation

Clock Hours: 16

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: Students learn how to prepare for a variety of emergency situations by making sure that the scene is safe, giving basic care and getting help in a quick and efficient manner. In addition, students are certified by the American Red Cross in CPR and learn basic First Aid Skills.

Professional Ethics And Business Standards

Clock Hours: 36

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: Students learn how to create a solid business plan and resume. Students learn how to specify and target their specific career goals in the field of massage therapy. An emphasis is placed on general business knowledge and practices, career opportunities, ethical and legal issues surrounding a massage therapy career.

Tok-Sen

Clock Hours: 16

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: Sen Line Tapping, also known as Tok-Sen is an ancient healing practice, which is unique to Northern Thailand. For over 2,500 years, Sen Line Tapping/Tok Sen, which uses a specific form of Tapotement Massage, has been used to improve posture, reduce muscular pain and to balance the chakras and sen (energy) of the body. The gentle tapping, which repeats sets of three distinct, rhythmic taps, creates sound waves and vibrations. These vibrations resonate through the client’s body and are believed to help eliminate stress and clear negativity and energy blockages.

Craniosacral Therapy Massage

Clock Hours: 24

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle form of bodywork, which evaluates and treats the body, mind and spirit. The modality utilizes a whole person approach to balancing these three aspects of the client. CST focuses its attention and treatment on the  bones of the cranium, spine, sacrum, meninges and other supporting tissues. The theory of CST also utilizes the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to regulate the rhythm, flow and direction of this vital substance.

Dear ZMC Graduates,

It gives me great pleasure to be among the first to congratulate you for your success in completing the 900-hour Professional Massage Therapy Program at Zion Massage College. Throughout the past year, I have enjoyed watching and participating in your learning process. I am so impressed with the way in which you supported and encouraged one another. Not only have you succeeded as individuals but, also as a team. I am proud of you for this accomplishment!

The program and curriculum at Zion Massage College are demanding. Over the past twelve months, you have learned about effective client communication, healthy body mechanics, self-care techniques, proper massage technique and how to begin your career with sound business practices. You have learned in-depth theory from traditional medical systems around the world, pathology, when to refer your client to another medical provider, how to help a client with emotional release, how to feel and work with energy and follow up home care techniques that your client can use to increase the benefits of massage. You have studied kinesiology and experienced how touch should be applied like a slow, relaxed breath. We have watched you demonstrate your knowledge of how the human body is designed to move. You have shown us your proficiency in anatomy and physiology. You have studied and practiced a great variety of massage modalities and styles of bodywork. That being said, we want to take a moment to remind you one very important principle:

Each client is an individual with individual needs

It is important that as you embark on this deeply healing profession that you remember to customize your treatments/modalities to fit your client’s individual needs. You should never try to make the client fit the treatment. Everyone deserves healing touch that is customized to fit his/her body, physical and emotional state and pressure preference. As you embark on this deeply healing profession please consider the following:  

  1. Listen to your client. If a client comes to you with neck pain, begin the massage by focusing on his or her neck and, come back again to the area of complaint near the end of session. Never just go about your routine.
  2. Communicate with your client. In a positive way, remember to educate your client about the parameters of the time frame of the massage and to work as a team to decide, which areas of the body to focus on, pressure preference and the style of the massage.
  3. Use Precision: Massage therapists should be experts at palpation. When doing deep work, never hit upon bony landmarks; instead, work closely, with precision to move tight muscle and fascia away from the bony landmarks. Follow the shape and structure of your client’s body, help each client to feel healthier, freer, and good about his or her body. Help them to connect their body and mind.
  4. Use Intuition: Knowledge and technique are important; however, intuition is vital to being an effective massage therapist and body worker. Intuition transcends both knowledge and technique. It allows you to support and follow your client’s unwinding process, to free blockages in circulation to disperse excess energy and stagnation and to bring energy and circulation to the areas of your client’s body that are depleted.
  5. Support massage movements with your entire structure. Massage in a yogic, tai qi or qi gong like way. This way of working gives a solid foundation that will provide you with a long career in this healing profession. Even if you just move one finger, your legs and your entire core should be moving to support the smaller movement. By using leverage instead of “muscling” through the massage, you are working with the principle of the Law of Least Resistance. All experts use this principle. They make what they are doing look easy. Be especially mindful of this important practice when you are tired. When we are tired, in an attempt to work less, we tend to forget to use good body mechanics. When we compromise our body mechanics we are actually working harder and, we risk paying the price of pain our body and the start of bad habits that can compromise our own health.
  6. Massage is applied meditation: As massage therapists we bring attention to each part of the client’s structure, part by part and piece by piece. We allow the client to gain awareness about is going on with his or her body in a meditative, non-reactive and positive way. With the massage therapist standing as an enlightened witness to the pain, the client is able to process the information and begin to soften these areas of chronic tension and stagnation. We help our client to stop fighting the pain and, instead to release and let go of chronic holding patterns, tension and stress.
  7. Everyone deserves to experience healthy, safe, healing touch: As massage therapists we must remember that our clients have diverse backgrounds when it comes to touch. In addition to relieving muscular and nerve pain in the body, we are also teaching our clients about safe touch and healthy boundaries. A client that has a background in which he or she was deprived of safe, non-sexual nurturing touch or that has little experience with safe or healing types of touch will need additional communication and very clear boundaries which point out the difference between these different types of touch. It is important that every client feels safe. Make sure that your words, boundaries, ethical practices and touch create a safe, nurturing and healing experience for your client. Remember the ideas of transference and counter-transference. In a massage session, you are the professional practitioner and the power differential is stacked on your side. Manage the session. Be clear. Create safety.
  8. Engage in self-care practices every day: As you have learned, traditional health care practitioners combine the practices of massage and bodywork with meditation, contemplation, time spent in nature and energetic healing exercises such as yoga, qi gong, tai qi, reusi dat tan, and other similar exercises, which are designed to integrate the mind, body and spirit. We cannot expect to give an effective treatment and solid support to a client if our own internal resources are depleted. Remember that traditional medical theory teaches that nature provides a way to exchange negative energy for positive in much the same way that nature provides a way for us to exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen. For this reason, spending time in nature is vital in replenishing the vitality and energy of those individuals that work in a healing profession. Spend time in nature, get massage, practice energetic exercise and meditate. This is part of the commitment to our work.

As we celebrate your graduation today, I am confident that you have developed the skills, possess the knowledge and embody the principles, which are needed to be an effective and highly competent Massage Therapist and Bodyworker. It has been an honor and privilege to work with you this year.

With our Deepest Respect and Sincerity,

Rebecca Farraway, BCMT, LMT, ERYT-200, Founder,Zion Massage College

Tok-Sen is an ancient healing practice, developed by Buddhist Monks in Northern Thailand and Burma. The technique incorporates the use of special tools called a Limb and Khone to apply a specialized form of tapotement along the Sen Lines (Energy Lines) of the body. The modality is used to improve posture, reduce muscular pain, balance the Chakras and cleanse the energy in the client’s body. Tok-Sen Training Price Includes a Tok-Sen set (Limb and Khone), which was made and blessed by Burmese Monks. Students at Zion Massage College learn the technique and style for this unique modality.