Massage Fundamentals

Dr. Mark Olson

September 29, 2014 - October 6, 2014

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This introductory massage course provides students with the fundamental skills and confidence required to perform a full-body relaxation massage using Swedish massage techniques. Students learn the purposes, effects, and contraindications of massage, as well as the history and current state of the massage profession. Practical knowledge of good hygiene, proper draping, and the use of bolsters is taught. Students learn to perform a full-body massage routine that includes the five basic Swedish strokes, and the importance of touch for well-being is discussed alongside discussions and exercises about trust and the creation of a safe, therapeutic relationship with clients. Efficient body mechanics and self-care for the student is emphasized, as well as communication and other skills such as centering, grounding, and presence that are essential for creating a positive massage experience.

Class sessions will be held each Friday from 9:00am – 5:30pm.

About the Facilitator(s)

Dr. Mark Olsen

Dr. Mark Olson

Dr. Mark Olson has taught anatomy and kinesiology at Kalani numerous times. He is the former director of the Massage Therapy Program at Pioneer Pacific College in Oregon, and a former faculty member at the Traditional Chinese Medicine College of Hawai`i (TCMCH) and the Big Island Academy of Massage.

Dr. Olson is a licensed massage therapist in Hawaii and a certified Watsu practitioner. He has an M.A. in Education and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, specializing in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuropsychology and Neuroanatomy, which he has taught at TCMCH and for graduate and medical students at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Olson's neuroscientific perspective on massage and the human being is both unique and accessible. In this class, all major systems of the body are covered, with emphasis on those most relevant to massage therapists as well as the actions of all of the muscles. The information is presented using multiple techniques (lecture, powerpoint, handouts, drawing, movement, etc) that appeal to all learning styles.


To Register:

Kalani Reservations Desk
(800) 800-6886 (toll-free)
(808) 965-7828 (front desk)

For More Information:

Michael Ceraso
1(800) 800-6886 x126

Workshop Fees

To register and/or book accomodations and meals, contact Kalani Reservations Desk.

Tuition-only price: $445

Course tuition includes lunch during class days.

Prices subject to change without notice.