In the coming months, the therapeutic-massage program at Johnston Community College will offer workshops by massage therapists Claire Marie Miller and Stewart Walker.
On Dec. 5 and 6, Miller will offer “Nurturing the Mother Spa,” and she will teach her integrative reflexology certification March 11-13, 2016. Both workshops will be in the therapeutic massage spa in the Health Building on JCC’s main campus, 245 College Road, Smithfield.
In the 24-hour certification course, students will learn the basic techniques of foot, hand and ear reflexology through the four-theory approach to reflexology: structural alignment, zones, oriental meridians and proprioceptors. This whole-hand technique makes massage gentle on the thumbs and fingers.
Students will learn factors that contribute to health and balance for the therapist and clients; cautions and contraindications to reflexology; proper body mechanics and structural alignment exercises; anatomy lessons on the lower leg and foot, including bones, muscles and actions; and training in reflexology for infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and the terminally ill.
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On Oct. 3, Stewart Walker will teach “Joints: Pain Reduction for Osteoarthritis,” and he will offer “Taut Band Therapy: Back, Neck & Shoulder” March 18-19, 2016. Both workshops will be in the therapeutic massage spa.
“One of our goals in the therapeutic-massage program is to offer local, affordable and high-quality continuing education to our graduates and the community,” said Lynn Hurt, program director. “We are extremely excited to be able to provide this opportunity by hosting instructors like Claire Marie Miller and Stewart Walker.”
Miller’s pioneering work with pregnancy, postpartum, labor, fertility and infant massage was born out of personal experience and her passion for the creative process of birth and healing. In 1990, Miller created her foundational course, “Nurturing the Mother,” to bring her experience to massage therapists throughout the country.
Miller has been involved in the health profession since 1974, when she began work as a radiology technician. Since becoming a massage therapist, she has trained and mentored a great number of students. In 2010, she was inducted into the Massage Hall of Fame, which recognized her leadership in the industry. She is still in private practice today and has been a certified massage therapist since 1979.
Walker is a nationally approved provider of continuing education. He began the study and practice of massage in 1972. In 1977, Stewart received a bachelor’s degree in religion from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A year later, he was a co-founder, practitioner and teacher for the Community Wholistic Health Center.
From 1981 to 1985, Stewart was chairman of the board of the N.C. Association for Bodywork and Massage Therapy, North Carolina’s first professional massage association. Stewart founded the Carolina School of Massage Therapy and was the director and an instructor there until 1990. He now enjoys private practice in a rural setting in Durham.
Register for these courses at http://www.johnstoncc.edu/programs/health-sciences/therapeutic-massage/massage-therapy-ce-training.aspx.