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Massage Home Study Courses and Workshops

People are continually asking me which is more important... Myoskeletal Alignment(R) home-study courses or "live" workshops.

There are distinct and equally important benefits to both types of certification education. I would advise that you take advantage of both. Both have a place in your continued training, but don't forget to build your bodywork library!

For over 15 years, the Freedom From Pain Institute(R) has provided both types of educational opportunities to a broad range of bodyworkers including massage therapists, sports therapists, structural integrators, functional movement trainers, and physical therapists. Of course, nothing replaces a live workshop for actually feeling and seeing the assessments and techniques performed firsthand.

There are, however, numerous advantages to home study courses that make it very easy to maintain your CE certification while enhancing your education in a conveniently packaged format.

•    Build your manualtherapy library: I'm a video and book 'junkie' and am very fond of my large library of Massage Therapy education Videos, DVDs and textbooks, which I refer to often. This valuable resource includes many of the masters of our profession such as Ida Rolf, Philip Greenman, Vladimir Janda, Stewart McGill, and others. I'll have one going in the morning when running on my treadmill and it ignites a spark that I can take into the therapy room that day. Even if I've watched it over and over, I always pick up something new. A high-quality home study course creates a lifetime reference source to help build on the material you learned in massage school. My advice is to immediately begin building a quality library that shows your clients and fellow therapists that you're passionate about your work.

•    All CEU courses are not created equal. You won’t get the same lasing benefit from "so-called" quick and easy online CE courses designed to complete in a couple hours and once finished, you're left with no reference handsome books and videos to display in your clinic. However, there are some wonderful distance e-learning programs and podcasts available through top educators such as Whitney Lowe, Ben Benjamin, Tom Myers, Art Riggs, and the World Massage Conference that allow therapists to go back and reference the material they've learned..

•    Expense: If you live miles from a convenient workshop, are disabled, or have a hardship, you probably should evaluate the time and expense of travel, high gas prices and airline inconveniences. Often, not only do you have to pay for transportation, but also accommodations and food. That is not an issue with a course that you can complete in the relaxed, no time-limit of your home or office. The Freedom From Pain Institute offers fast multiple-choice online testing in addition to books, videos and free home-study Ethics courses.

"I have been in practice for 25 years with advanced training in many bodywork disciplines, so when I have to spend time and money for CEUs to maintain my state and national certification, I am very careful and particular. Having enjoyed some of Erik Dalton's magazine articles over the years, I researched his home study programs and purchased the Advanced Myoskeletal Techniques course. This program proved to be very comprehensive. Erik has a gift for articulating complex data so that it's simple to understand and integrate into your practice. Beyond expanding my knowledge base and skills, the course gave me tools to educate my clients in a way that challenges them about their own process. Gift yourself this program today!" - Vince Falone, New York City

The Freedom From Pain Institute offers professional quality top selling NCBTMB approved home study courses for massage and bodywork therapists. These detailed courses offer pain management techniques for finding and fixing chronic postural and functional pain problems through innovative deep-tissue, joint-stretching and postural therapeutic routines that will raise your clients to a new level of health. Upon completion you will be presented a beautiful "Certified Myoskeletal Therapist" diplomaScience Articles, and a free listing for your business on Erik Dalton’s Website.

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