CPE Events

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Treat Cervical & Thoracic Pain

Sun/Sat 12&13/2/2022 9am-5pm

The Cervicothoracic region is a commonly treated area by Soft Tissue Therapists and having a better understanding of the anatomy, the biomechanics/assessments can lead to better treatment plans and better outcomes for your clients. This is a hands-on workshop.
This program is designed to give participants a better understanding of:
- Scapulo-humeral Rhythm
- Medially rotated gleno-humeral joint
- Mobilising of the ANS
- Thoracic extension
- Kyphosis and its effect on the cervical spine
- How a posteriorly rotated pelvis effect the cervical spine
- Fascial connections
- Sub-Talar joint dysfunction and chronic headaches
- The importance of referral options

Facilitator: Terri Bless | Remedial Massage/Myofascial Release Practitioner

Treat Upper Limb - Elbow, Wrist, Forearm, Shoulder

Sat/Sun 26&27/2/2022, 9am-5pm

Almost every activity we do every day, from reading to driving to conducting the roles of our employment, involves use of part or all of our upper limbs. However, these are areas that are largely overlooked in therapy by both our clients and ourselves. This workshop will be focussed on gaining an understanding of a number of issues associated with upper limb overuse and injury as well as mastering techniques and treatments to assist both yourselves and you clients.

Facilitator: Terri Bless | Remedial Massage/Myofascial Release Practitioner

Reflexology Expanded

Fri/Sat/Sun 4,5,6/3/2022 Times: Fri 3-9pm Sat/Sun 9am-5pm

Reflexology is a tool to add to your clients treatment. It is deeply relaxing and may assist reduce stress promoting health, well being and balance. You will master basic reflexology techniques/routines, and learn to observe the feet and identify pathology and abnormal musculo-skeletal conditions. Gain an understanding of reflexology charts and zone systems and how the body and it’s systems are reflected in the feet and in the hands. Wendy will also integrate other healing modality techniques to enhance the client’s therapeutic & healing experience.

Facilitator: Wendy Sawley | Remedial Massage Practitioner, Reflexologist

Five Element Acupressure for Musculoskeletal Patterns

Sun/Sat 5&6/3/2022 9am-5pm

This is a hands-on workshop with plenty of time for supervised practice and for questions.
In this two-day workshop you will learn structural Acupressure treatment patterns that will integrate easily into massage & other styles of bodywork. The course begins with a brief overview of the principles of Five Element Acupressure including the origins of the work, the nature of Qi energy, ways of working with Qi, characteristics of acupoints and principles of point combinations. We then dive into the method, introducing specific treatment patterns for some common musculoskeletal imbalances:

Head, Neck and Shoulder Release The basic version of this pattern is a five-point treatment for headaches, shoulder,and neck pain and stiffness. An extended pattern utilises five other related points that offer more flexible treatment options.
Lumbar Release This treatment addresses lumbar pain and stiffness, incorporating important acupressure points of the Bladder and Kidney meridians.
Pelvic Release Patterns Two seperate treatment patterns based on Bladder and Gall Bladder meridians that work with structural constrictions of the posterior and anterior pelvis and sacrum.
Leg Release Patterns Three ways of working with musculoskeletal constrictions in the legs, utilising points of Bladder, Gall Bladder and Stomach meridians.

Facilitator: John Kirkwood | Practitioner of Five Element Acupressure

Correcting Pelvic Tilt

Sat/Sun 19&20/3/2022 9am-5pm

Numerous clients may present with a pelvic tilt that may have resulted from pain experienced in other locations in the body. This may include back, neck, lower limb and or joint pain including hips, knees and ankles. Muscle weaknesses and muscle shortening are more than often involved in a clients tilted pelvis. We will discuss which muscles may be turned off or dominating, how this can occur and how to treat and resolve this imbalance. We will revise postural structure and function and muscular orthopaedic assessments. A variety of treatment methods can assist resolve or improve pelvic tilt including identification of which muscles need to be strengthened to correct the misalignment. Corrective exercises and stretching will also be revised for managing and correcting pelvic tilt.

Facilitator: Wendy Sawley | Remedial Massage Practitioner, Reflexologist

Treat Frozen Shoulder

TAREE NSW - Fri/Sat/Sun 25,26,27/3 Fri: 3-9pm, Sat/Sun 9am-5pm Includes Brachial Plexus Workshop OR
ATHERTON TABLELANDS QLD - Wed 1/6/2022 9am-5pm

Frozen shoulder is characterised by a loss of range of motion (ROM) both actively and passively. Pain may or may not be present depending on the stage of the condition which may include conditions such as subacromial bursitis, calcifying tendinitis and partial rotator cuff tears. The aim of this workshop is to provide a variety of myofascial release techniques for the fascia surrounding the shoulder complex to assist your clients who may be experiencing shoulder pain and or joint restriction. Frozen shoulder is a common condition that many clients will suffer with during their life and being able to assist in the recovery process is an effective way to assist build your clientele.

Facilitator: QLD - Terri Bless | Remedial Massage/Myofascial Release Practitioner
TAREE - Wendy Sawley | Remedial Massage Practitioner, Reflexologist

Treat Brachial Plexus Impingement

TAREE NSW - Fri/Sat/Sun 25,26,27/3 Fri: 3-9pm, Sat/Sun 9am-5pm Includes Frozen Shoulder Workshop

Clients often present with “pins and needles” or a lack of sensation in their upper limb. Clients may also advise of weakness and/or coldness in the arm and/or hand. With these symptoms your client may be suffering with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. In this workshop you will gain an understanding of the brachial plexus of nerves and the ability to determine which structures are being compressed. You will master a number of treatment techniques as well as client self-care options to assist improvement from this common syndrome.

Facilitator: Wendy Sawley | Remedial Massage Practitioner, Reflexologist

Cupping Therapeutics

Sat/Sun 26&27/3/2022 9am-5pm

Cupping Therapeutics combines soft tissue palpation and assessment skills with a holistic therapy approach to this ancient treatment form. The therapeutic effects of cupping can be profound, the practitioner uses applied suction over the soft tissue to create a negative pressure on the underlying tissue. This assists the tissue to loosen and stretch while aiding in the separation of muscles and connective tissue layers. Cupping also sedates the nervous system, may assist and relieve joint and muscle pain, restore muscle tone and aids in the elimination of toxins and excess heat trapped in tissues. As suction cups (non flame) will be required for this workshop, practitioners have an option to purchase a $60 cupping (pre ordered and prepaid).

Facilitator: Damon Bramich | Remedial Massage Practitioner, Master Teacher Newcastle Tai Chi

Mind Body Wellbeing

Sat 2/4/2022 10am-5.30pm

We are living in challenging times. Many of us are being tested on numerous levels involving health, family, work, and our own value systems are being tested. As carers more than often people are drawn to us for guidance and direction, hoping to find answers, and a sense of stability and internal comfort. In this workshop we will explore ways for you to stay grounded and present. We will develop different tools to assist you to remain authentic and to be of service firstly to yourself and then to others. We will look at ways to enhance your own emotional intelligence and internal wisdom and ways to master self-regulation through mindfulness.

Facilitator: Maggie Sands | Naturopath/Remedial Massage Practitioner/Somatic Therapist

Treat Head Pain - Headaches/Sinus

Sun 10/4/2022 9.30am-1.30pm

This workshop will introduce two key causes of head pain, muscular dysfunction and will include trigger point referral patterns and sinus pain. Practitioners will identify muscles commonly responsible for causing pain in different areas of the head that will lead to a more focussed and effective treatment. The workshop will enable participants to select from a toolbox of techniques including myofascial release, trigger point therapy, METs, positional release, lymphatic massage and acupressure which are certain to assist you master techniques and that will be beneficial for your clients pain and discomfort.

Facilitator: Terri Bless | Remedial Massage/Myofascial Release Practitioner

Lower Limb Biomechanics and Orthotic Therapy

Sun 10/4/2022 9.30am-1.30pm

The course is designed to provide practitioners with the biomechanical fundamentals to be able to prescribe basic orthotics upon completion of the 4 hour training. It will also lay the foundation to build lower limb biomechanical knowledge and the application of various orthotic treatment methods. Both understanding and getting started with orthotics is encompassed in the course. The workshop includes fitted orthotics value $39. A shoe size will be required by all participants (US preferred)

- Over view of lower limb conditions
- How to assess for Lower Limb issues
- Assess Structural Leg Length
- What type of orthotic to prescribe for different conditions
- How to prescribe and Fit orthotics

Facilitator: Joshua Keilt | Managing Director ICB

Remedial Stone Fusion

Sat/Sun 30/4&1/5/2022 9am-5pm

In more recent times the application of hot stones for a therapeutic purpose has become very popular with clients. Generally speaking clients attending a remedial massage practitioner attend because they are in discomfort or pain. In this situation a general hot stone routine treatment may not assist a clients dysfunction or assist with pain management. The combination of remedial techniques and hot stones is not only significantly enjoyable by the client but can also add an additional effects to your massage to assist your client. The remedial stone fusion is a greatly sort after treatment and your clients are bound to enjoy the experience for relaxation and for a remedial effect. Stone sets are available to purchase through the school. Please allow 3 weeks to arrive.

Facilitator: Terri Bless | Remedial Massage/Myofascial Release Practitioner

Myofascial Specialisation

Sat/Sun 14&15/5/2022 9am-5pm OR
CAIRNS QLD - Sat/Sun 4&5/6/2022 9am-5pm

This practical hands-on workshop will be of interest to bodywork practitioners who are fascinated and interested in working with fascia and wish to integrate myofascial work into their clinical practice. The workshop focuses on the fascia surrounding the axial skeleton from the atlanto-occipital, through the cervical, thoracic (including the vertebra costal and sternocostal) and lumbar region to the sacroiliac regions. Practitioners will assess through observing movement patterns and by palpation. Advanced myofascial techniques will be introduced to assist the gentle mobilisation and treatment of dysfunction in these regions.

Facilitator: Terri Bless| Remedial Massage/Myofascial Release Practitioner

Upper Cross and Lower Cross Syndrome

Sat/Sun 28&29/5/2022 9am-5pm

Upper Cross Syndrome involves the muscles of the thorax; the anterior muscles become hypertonic with a resulting lengthening of the posterior muscles, showing a pronounced forward stooping of the chest and shoulders with hump back. Even in a person with naturally poor posture, this will be evident.

Lower Cross Syndrome results in the posterior muscles of the lumbar, pelvis and upper leg becoming hypertonic (shortening) with the anterior muscles lengthening, resulting in abdominal pain and distended stomach. Both syndromes are painful and debilitating for the client. In this workshop you will learn to recognise and treat these conditions.

If you want to treat real people with real conditions, this is the information you need.
There are enough therapists who feel they are meant to treat the A-letes. Those guys don't have real-life conditions. Your average mum and dad, office worker - typist and hairdressers - or the one doing repetitive movements all day is the client that brings real issues to your table.

Often the most common issues? Upper cross syndrome followed very closely by lower cross syndrome.

Facilitator: David Lehman | Remedial Massage Practitioner/Musculoskeletal Therapy

Unscarring Tissue

ATHERTON TABLELANDS QLD - Thur 2/6/2022 9am-5pm OR
Sun 19/6/2022 9am-5pm

Adhesions and scars in connective tissue may result in a variety of circumstances. The breakdown or reduction of adhesions and scar tissue can be gained through applied advanced massage techniques. Scar tissue is made up of collagen fibres. These collagen fibres are often fibrous connective tissues which may impair or restrict muscle movement and/or your client's flexibility. Scar tissue and adhesions can cause muscles and tendons to lose their elasticity causing your client pain, a restriction in movement and reduced nutrition to the area. You will learn and combine several advanced massage techniques directly applied manually to assist break down restricted connective tissue which may be decreasing blood and lymph flow to the area. These manual massage techniques will assist with the body's own innate healing potential to restore the connective tissue to health and potentially improve the appearance of a scar.

Facilitator: Terri Bless | Remedial Massage/Myofascial Release Practitioner

Working with Lymphatics


The lymphatic system is the major drainage system of the body. It plays a key role in the surveillance and defence of the body, it functions in immune response, it assists in the maintenance of fluid balance by draining fluid from the tissues, and returning vital substances back to the blood stream. In this hands-on course you will learn skills to assist the functioning of this vital system, and skills to enhance your treatments. We look at the functions of the lymphatic system; various lymphatic techniques; and contraindications. You will learn techniques including Pedal Pump, Liver and Splenic Pump, and Thoracic Pump which are sure to enhance the therapeutic response for your valued clients.

Facilitator: Wendy Sawley | Remedial Massage Practitioner, Reflexologist

Lymphatics Specialisation


This workshop will endeavour to assist practitioners to identify and treat chronic lymphatic conditions and disorders and will include information regarding lymphoedema and lipoedema. We will revise the anatomy, function and physiology of the lymphatic system in depth and how it may impact on the health of the whole body. You will be introduced to additional tools to assist your understanding and to further support clients emotionally and mentally with chronic conditions of the lymphatic system. You will also be introduced to programmes that will offer clients self care options including exercise and self massage techniques. This program is designed for you as a practitioner to develop additional skills and knowledge in the management of chronic oedema.

Facilitator: Deb McGinlay | Lymphoedema Practitioner

Massage for Chronic Pathologies


Massage is not a cure for chronic disease. It is however, one of the most popular complimentary therapies to provide a client with comfort. Massage is not used as an alternative, but in conjunction with the conventional interventions and other complimentary therapies, aiming to diminish the side effects of treatments and improve quality of life. Studies have been conducted to assess the efficacy of a variety of bodywork techniques for clients undergoing conventional treatments. Numerous bodywork modalities may be used by qualified therapists for clients living with a chronic disease and illness. The importance is not so much the modality being used but the therapist’s ability to adjust it based on the client’s medical history, age and individual needs.

Facilitator: Terri Bless | Remedial Massage/Myofascial Release Practitioner

Australasian Herbal Therapeutics (in person or via Live Stream)


The need to understand and apply Australasian Plant Medicine (herbs) has largely been neglected by practitioners and teachers of Herbal Medicine in Australia. Denis Stewart (Adjunct Associate Professor University of Newcastle 2002-2007) taught one of the initial courses in Australasian Herbal Therapeutics and will again offer a final program at the Lake Spa Wellness centre on the Central Coast of NSW in 2021. Practitioners of Herbal, Naturopathic, Mainstream Medicine, Pharmacy, and indeed interested persons are welcome to attend this fascinating informative weekend. Denis Stewart well-known Herbalist is an ATMS Hall of Fame recipient and was bestowed Life membership by the society is nearing retirement and wishes to share his knowledge gained over decades regarding the use of Australian indigenous plant medicine. As places are limited for this event thank you for contacting us ASAP if you are interested
in attending.

Facilitator: Denis Stewart | Medical Herbalist

Herbal Energetics - 3 weekends at bi-monthly intervals (in person or via Live Stream)


The course was introduced by Denis Stewart and has been taught by him for over 20 years in various locations. It is particularly suitable for those who are interested in presenting an 'energetic' balance to the increasing phyto- chemical interpretation of Western Herbal Medicine. It provides a 'tool' for the selection or confirmation of herbs selected to treat a particular individual. The course is not an intensive program in Ayurveda rather it uses or adapts fundamental principles of Ayurveda to modern Western Herbalism. The program may be of interest to practitioners of modalities including Medicine, Pharmacy, Naturopathy and Herbalism but is offered also to any interested person e.g., Allied Medical Practitioners , Bodyworkers, Nutritionists, health food store retailers, etc. The course draws on Denis' vast knowledge of Indian history and culture derived from his university studies in the history and culture of South Asia, his vast library of Ayurvedic books and his developed application of Ayurvedic principles in his own herbal medicine practice. Denis Stewart well-known Herbalist is a Australian Traditional Medicine Society Hall of Fame recipient and was bestowed Life membership by the society is nearing retirement and wishes to share his knowledge gained over decades regarding the use of medicinal plants. As places are limited for this event thank you for contacting us ASAP if you are interested in attending.

Facilitator: Denis Stewart | Medical Herbalist