OBUS Training courses in USA for 2017:

  • Oncology Massage
  • The therapeutic use of essential oils in massage (scroll down for details)
  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage (scroll down for details)

Venue: Rutherfordton, North Carolina

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Course dates: (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 8th,9th,10th September 2017
Course times: 9.00am to 6.00pm
Course fee: $375.00
21 CE hours + 3 hours ethics free of charge

You will learn

  • What is cancer.
  • Current treatments for cancer and their effects on the body
  • Stages of cancer
  • Massage adaptations

Correct Positioning – Correct positioning and bolstering is vital to help client release tension from held muscles which brings relaxation into the body.  Also medical devices need to be accommodated.
Pressure – Knowing what pressure to use is vital to safe massage.
Duration – All bodywork following treatment needs to be undemanding on the body. Learning how to give an effective massage in shorter times is important.  As the clients’ energy returns duration can be lengthened.
Lymphatic drainage massage and lymphedema: A thorough knowledge of how the lymphatic system works and how to adapt massage when working with clients who have lymph nodes removed, examined or radiated.  Knowing how chemotherapy affects the lymph vessels is vital to giving a safe and effective massage.
Skin integrity: There can be lifelong changes to the skin following some cancer treatments and the massage therapist needs to know how to adapt.
Types of massage and touch therapy:  You will learn how to work with clients in various settings such as hospital, day care, home and in your clinic.
Contraindications:  There are some (but few) conditions that contraindicate massage and you learn clear and definite direction regarding when it is contraindicated to massage.
Cautions and adaptations:  There are lots of situations where you need to be cautious and this course will give you the knowledge and confidence to know the difference between caution, adaptation and contraindication.
Intake forms:  We will discuss what questions you need to ask any client who is currently receiving treatment to ensure the best possible outcome from the massage.
You will also receive suggested questions to ask on your standard intake form for clients who are cancer free for a number of years but may still need some adaptation to ensure you always have as much information as you need to give the best treatment.
Follow-up:  Therapists will learn the importance of following up on how the client felt following the massage.  This helps you adapt the next massage to increase the benefits and eliminate any side effects.
Emotional aspects of touch:  Students often receive new understanding of what family and friends experienced while being treated for cancer.  They also realize (or re-remember) just how powerful touch can be and this can have a profound effect on them during the course and afterwards.

Practical sessions
You will learn how to adapt and alter your massage and many massage techniques will be covered including:
Holistic massage
Effleurage massage
Lymphatic drainage – how to adapt your massage for clients who have lymph nodes removed or damaged
Indian Head Massage –  stimulate the Vagus nerve
Foot-Reflex Massage –  to aid deep relaxation
Acupressure massage arm and hand massage – for comfort and relaxation

Looking after yourself:  It is important that the therapist knows how to take care of themselves when working with clients who may have a difficult history of illness. We will focus on methods to help you stay centred during your work, let go when finished and how to do productive reflective practice.

Back up from OBUS School of Healing Therapies: Following the course you will be invited to join a closed group on Facebook.  This is to give you a forum to discuss cases (without names), ask questions and build confidence.  It will only be open to people who have attended training in OBUS which gives you the freedom to ask whatever you like.

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Introduction to aromatherpay course at OBUS

Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils in Massage

Course dates; (Monday and Tuesday) 11th and 12th September 2017
Course times: 9.00am to 6.00pm
Course fee: $250

This is a 16 hour course in the therapeutic use of essential oils in massage. It is a comprehensive foundation course for qualified massage therapists, reflexologists and holistic therapists who wish to add to their knowledge base.

Regular massage is one of the most effective therapies for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the muscular-skeletal system. Massage alone is very therapeutic. But when essential oils, which are blended therapeutically with herbal vegetable oils, are added to the therapy, the benefit to the client multiplies enormously without any extra physical strength from the therapist.

During this course we will study:
25 essential oils which have a wide range of healing properties including

Hormonal balancing
Immune supporting
To name but a few

8 Infused herbal vegetable oils. Learning how and when to add these to your blends will add to the therapeutic power of the massage and the essential oils. They increase the strength of the blend without risking any skin reaction.

Learn how and why aromatherapy works
How to blend essential oils safely for massage
How to blend essential oils and herbal oils for personal use
What essential oils are best for:
Muscle Pain
Digestive Problems
Hormonal Problems
Anxiety, Depression and Stress

What herbal vegetable oils to use for skin problems
Using room diffusers to promote health and relaxation
How to use aromatherapy inhalers for a wide range of health problems

How and when to effectively add essential oil into your massage sequence.
Acu-pressure hand and arm massage to aid relaxation
Aromatic Vagus nerve stimulation to aid deep relaxation and help support your client during times of high anxiety, depression or grief.
Aromatic foot massage to aid relaxation

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
Make therapeutic blends designed specifically for your clients
Offer blends to your clients to use at home to continue the healing process between treatments.
Make aromatherapy inhalers for you clients
Add to your current treatments:
Acu-pressure hand and arm massage
Upper back stimulation of the Vagus nerve
Aromatic foot massage

Who can attend this class?
This course is designed for complementary therapists with no previous experience in aromatherapy
It is also open to anyone with an interest in aromatherapy and who wants to expand their skills.



Course dates: (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 22nd, 23rd, 24th, September 2017
Course times: 9.00am to 6.00pm
Course fees: $375.00
21 CE hours + 3 hours ethics training free of charge


Course content:
The anatomy of the lymphatic system
Location of nodes
Drainage patterns
Indications for lymphatic drainage massage
How to adapt your massage for clients who have had lymph nodes removed or damaged.
How to perform lymphatic drainage on yourself

Upon completion of the course:
The student will know how to perform a treatment which is specific to an area of the body:

  • The face
  • The upper body
  • The abdomen
  • Lower body
  • Adapt all massage for clients who have had lymph nodes removed.

The student will also know how use lymphatic drainage for:

  • Post trauma or injury – recent and old
  • Pre and Post surgery
  • To aid recovery from colds and flu
  • To use lymphatic drainage to ease painful arthritic joints

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