An update on Bodymechanics School Continuing Education program.
As the year comes to a close, it’s only natural to reflect on the events and accomplishments of the past year. As a continuing education provider, Bodymechanics has a lot to be proud of and a lot to learn from 2023. Over the past year we have offered a welcoming and inclusive environment for massage therapists of all levels to come together and learn from one another. We held 33 CE events at our two locations with a total of 300 bodyworkers in attendance.
One of the most notable events of the year was the collaboration with the Washington chapter of AMTA. Washington AMTA members enjoyed a sold out workshop on core and psoas balancing at the Vancouver location.
Other workshops ranged from pregnancy massage to gua sha, and the feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. Additionally, we had a mindfulness meditation guest speaker, Deanna Sylvester who provided valuable insight and expertise to the group.
We hosted well-known international educators Paul Kelly and James Waslaski who transformed our training center to a multi-media educational space. Beloved local educators like Lin Hsieh taught acupressure and Chad Knowlden trained students in Thai techniques.
Our most one-of-a-kind offering is the 32 hour instructor training program designed by Bodymechanics owner Shari Aldrich. This course makes sure all Bodymechanics instructors have training and support as a teacher. This is not a requirement of massage schools and sets Bodymechanics apart as an educational institution. The course is open to anyone, not just Bodymechanics faculty, and will be offered again in February at our Vancouver campus.
Another notable accomplishment was having a more consistent CE newsletter to keep subscribers informed about workshops. You can sign up for the newsletter on the Bodymechanics website under the Continuing Ed tab. There you can also see a list of upcoming courses at any time.
The remarkable growth and resilience of the Bodymechanics Continuing Education program can be attributed to the exceptional work of Dawn Edge, CE Program Coordinator. Her desire to see the program grow is equal to the amount of work she puts in to market classes and work with CE providers on ways to increase attendance.
We still have a lot to learn. Several of our workshops had to be canceled due to low registration. Factors that can influence the success of a CE course include clear description of class and its goals, the value a class adds to attendees practice, passion of the instructor, and sufficient promotion. There are also more practical aspects such as cost and when it is offered.
As 2023 closes we are celebrating the successes and learning from the lessons to bring PNW LMTs an exciting, educational, and useful line-up for 2024.
We look forward to serving the massage community even more in 2024 and invite questions, comments and suggestions on topics of interest, suggested instructors and more.