Continuing Education

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Join fellow graduates to continue your passion for learning

Advance. Learn. Grow.

At Vicars School, we believe in lifelong learning. It’s essential to both you and your practice that you continue to push yourself, build on your knowledge, and explore new research, techniques, and ideas.

That’s why we offer a regular series of ongoing continuing education courses specifically designed to complement the core training that you received for your diploma. These courses will be run at the Edmonton and Calgary campuses throughout the year.

We hold our own courses, and we also partner with other experts to offer courses that we believe will be of interest to our alumni community.

Check back regularly for updates!

Upcoming Courses


Introduction to Cupping Massage with Chantal Moen

(October 28-29 in Calgary)

This is a 2 day workshop designed to teach massage therapists how to incorporate cupping massage therapy into their daily practice. Massage therapists will learn the theory of cupping, as well as the practical skills to perform a full body cupping massage treatment. Cupping massage has been used for thousands of years in traditional chinese medicine for the treatment of muscular pain. It is easy to perform and provides deep muscular relief with minimal effort from the massage therapist. It is a great addition to any massage therapy practice to take the strain of a deep tissue massage off the therapist and still provide a deep muscular release for their patients.

In this workshop the therapist will learn:

  • the history, benefits and contraindications of cupping
  • how cupping massage affects the muscles, blood, lymphatic and nervous system
  • how to explain cupping massage to their patients and incorporate it into their practice
  • how to perform glass fire cupping, plastic pump cupping and silicone/rubber cupping
  • how to use cupping massage to treat common trigger points and acupressure points
    a general cupping massage routine for the back and neck, and limbs
  • how to customize cupping massage for their patients complaint to provide maximum relief

Instructor: Chantal Moen, RMT, R.Ac, DTCM

For more details and to register: Call 403-852-6366 or visit www.cuppingmassagetraining.com


Myofascial Cupping Level 1 with David Sheehan

(November 4-5 in Calgary)

The Myofascial Cupping technique provides profound benefits for your clients, particularly with assisting the body in maintaining Range Of Motion, eliminating Myofascial Trigger Points and reducing restrictive and sometimes painful fascial adhesions commonly found from repetitive movement originating from sports and the workplace. By reducing fascial adhesions, while encouraging optimal hydration levels of soft tissue, Myofascial Cupping can assist in reducing the incidence of injury and maintaining functional soft tissue.

Myofascial Cupping is a fabulous addition to the toolbox for Massage Therapists. It is a modified version of the ancient Eastern-style cupping with major differences that include targeting the musculoskeletal system rather than meridian systems used by traditional Chinese practitioners and using the cups in a moving sequence, rather than stationary.

This Level 1 foundation course is similar to the course David has taught to Physiotherapists and Soft Tissue Therapists at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra which is the peak body for elite athletes in Australia.

Cost: $495

For more information and to register: visit this link 


Applied Shiatsu with Geha Gonthier

(November 3-5 in Edmonton)

A photo of Geha Gonthier, BA, LMT, ERYT, R.Ac. Looking for a massage therapist school? Come to MH Vicars.
Geha Gonthier, BA, LMT, ERYT, R.Ac

Take your practice to another level and explore the holistic healing effects of Shiatsu!

This course offers the perfect balance of theory and practical experience. You will begin to see and feel how Shiatsu can influence therapeutic interactions in the body, and further gain both the tools and confidence to safely integrate Shiatsu into your existing practice.

This course offers the perfect balance of theory and practical experience. You will begin to see and feel how Shiatsu can influence therapeutic interactions in the body, and further gain both the tools and confidence to safely integrate Shiatsu into your existing practice.

This course is approved for continuing education credits with NHPC, MTAA, and CAAA.

Cost: $495
Instructor: Geha Gonthier, BA, LMT, ERYT, R.Ac
Hours:
Friday November 3, 5pm-8pm
Saturday November 4, 9am-5pm
Sunday November 5, 9am-5pm

To Register: Contact Wellness on Whyte or Call 780-437-9355


Building Your Massage Business (Level I): Using Social Media to Build Your Brand

(November 25, 2017 in Edmonton)

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Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard

MH Vicars School Exclusive! This course has been designed especially for the MH Vicars School Continuing Education Series

This workshop will teach you how to create and execute a communications strategy that meets your needs. Using a practical, hands-on approach, you’ll learn how to use traditional communication avenues and social media to promote yourself and your practice.

The course will cover the importance of a good social media strategy and demonstrate actionable steps you can take to develop a sustainable, measurable and scalable social media marketing plan tailored to your own needs and goals. Ultimately, this will help you create more awareness, relationships and leads for your brand and business.

You will go through social-media exercises and real-world case
studies, putting what you’ve learned into practice throughout the day.

The key topics that we’ll cover include:

  • How to build a voice and values around your brand—Be a Brand Ambassador!
  • The right channels for you—which social media channels should you use?
  • How to craft and grow your online “ecosystem” to build your network & business
  • The balance of a good content strategy, listening, and engagement tactics
  • Setting goals and measuring your social media growth

During the workshop, you’ll set up your own Facebook Business Page (or perfect the one you already have)!

This course is specifically designed for massage therapists, and will offer techniques and advice for both sole practitioners and those working in multi-therapist environments.

In order to fully participate in this workshop, we request that you bring a laptop or tablet.

Instructor: Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard

Cost:

For MH Vicars students and graduates: $195
For general public: $245

Hours: 9am-4pm.

Register Now!


Moving with Ease: An Introduction to Somatics with Judy Lamontagne

(Thursday, January 25 – Saturday, January 27 in Edmonton)

MH Vicars School Exclusive! Judy Lamontagne is travelling all the way from Vancouver Island to share this growing discipline with the MH Vicars community!

Judy Lamontagne

This workshop will teach you to explore and to develop an awareness of your body, to become aware of your habitual patterns of movement, and your unconscious patterns of muscular contraction and guarding. You will learn the theory behind Somatics, review relevant anatomy and physiology, and the essential Somatics movements and breathing techniques.

Once you have completed this course, you will be prepared to add Somatics movements and principles into your regular self-care practice. Creating a varied exercise routine that incorporates low-impact and mindfulness-based work like Somatics, alongside appropriate strengthening and cardio work, is essential to making sure you have a long a healthy massage career.

Key topics will include:

  • History of Somatics
  • Basic principles of Somatics
  • Human bodies and the stress response
  • Somatics breathing techniques
  • Somatics muscle control
  • Essential Somatics releases

About the instructor: Judy Lamontagne has been a fitness trainer and educator on Vancouver Island for over 30 years. She has been a personal trainer and owned her own gym, and has coached swimmers, runners, and triathletes. She is also a yoga trainer. She practices what she preaches, too – Judy has completed 4 Ironman triathlons!
Judy discovered Somatics after a friend recommended it as a way to manage chronic injuries and stiffness. She found the practice so transformative that she immediately signed up for a 3-year training course based in California. She now teaches Somatics, yoga, and combination classes in Duncan, BC.

Cost: For MH Vicars students and graduates: $300, for general public: $350

Hours: Thursday January 25: 6pm-8pm
Friday, January 26: 9am-4pm
Saturday: 9am-3:30pm

Register Now!


First Aid Level C with Piece of Mind First Aid (for Edmonton students and grads)

Earn or renew your first aid credentials on-campus! All MH Vicars students are required to have earned their Standard First Aid Level C certification by Module 5 in first year, and practicing RMTs must maintain their certification as part of their association membership.

At this course, you can either take the training for the first time over two days, or renew your training in one day.

Your instructor has over 16 years of experience in Emergency Medical Services as an Advanced Life Support-Paramedic. Their hands-on experience will give you the professional instruction and personal knowledge that you need to keep your clients safe.

Course includes instruction on: Adult, Child, Baby, Two-rescuer CPR, Choking & AED
Re-certification (8 hour course) is held on day 2 (of the 2-day SFA course)

Where: MH Vicars School of Massage, Edmonton campus
Dates: Offered annually; next dates TBA
Price: $150 + GST for full course

To Book: Call 780-919-8017


First Aid Level C with Cochrane Safety (for Calgary students and grads)

Complete your First Aid certification the same way you’re going to school – through a combination of hands-on and online training. All MH Vicars students are required to have earned their Standard First Aid Level C certification by Module 5 in first year, and practicing RMTs must maintain their certification as part of their association membership.

With Cochrane Safety’s First Aid Level C CPR course, you can either renew your certification with only one 8 hour day of in-class training or receive your certification with a self-paced online component and an 8 hr in-class component.

Instructor has over 20 years’ experience with emergency services to provide real life scenarios to enhance your training experience.

Course includes instruction on: Adult, Child, Baby, Two-rescuer CPR, Choking & AED

Dates: Contact Cochrane Safety for latest schedule
Price: $150 for the general public, $120 for Vicars students

To Book: Call 587-777-5533