The Ki-Atsu Institute

Continuing Education

Ki-Atsu is an NCBTMB Approved Provider of Continuing Education (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork). Many of the continuing education courses available in-studio at the Ki-Atsu Institure for the Healing Arts, can also be taken on-line. Visit the Ki-Atsu Method to view the full list of approved CEU courses available on-line.


Ki-Atsu Ayurvedic Health and Lifestyle Consultant

The meaning of the word “Ayurveda” is “the science of life”.   Ayurveda is the oldest codified system of health and wellness in the world.  In health care today the phrase “holistic medicine” is often talked about and treated as if a new and revolutionary concept.  In the material you study during this course, you will learn that Ayurveda is not only the original holistic practice, but still views the individual in a more holistic way than any other practice used today. In Ayurveda, the physical, mental and spiritual are intractably linked, allowing the root cause of diseases to be revealed.

Ki-Atsu Ayurvedic Health and Lifestyle Consultant-

Assessment and Protocols Part 1- Foundations 

Course Hours: CEU 42 Hours
Tuition Cost: $795

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Ki-Atsu Ayurvedic Health and Lifestyle Consultant-

Assessment and Protocols Part 2- Health and Disease

Course Hours: CEU 42 Hours
Tuition Cost: $795

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Ayurvedic Assessment - Ayurveda-Health & Disease-

Assessment and Protocols Part 3- Ayurvedic Treatments

Course Hours: CEU 42 Hours
Tuition Cost: $795

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Table Thai

Course Description: Ki-Atsu Table Thai is a protocol adapted to the table of a luxurious feeling of Thai Massage with the comfort of a table. Students learn the same material as Thai 1, with a few modifications adapted to the table.

Course Hours: 12 Hours
Tuition Cost: $200
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Hot Stone Therapy

Course Description: Ki-Atsu Hot Stone Therapy is designed to provide participants with a thorough knowledge of how to perform a treatment utilizing hot stones and how to incorporate hot stone massage into other massage modalities. Students will learn the history of the use of hot stones in treatment, the benefits of hot stone therapy, clients group for which hot stone therapy should not be used, and a protocol for giving a hot stone treatment. The use of essential oils and Chakra stones during a hot tone massage will also be covered.

Course Hours: 4 Hours
Tuition Cost: $100.00
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Thai Massage I

Course Description: The Ki-Atsu Thai massage I class is designed to provide participants with a through groundwork of Thai Massage. The class covers the history of Thai Massage, the rule of traditional Thai Massage, the benefits for clients o Thai Massage, clients on whom Thai Massage should not be performed, the relevance of sen lines, safety considerations to protect both the client and therapist when performing Thai Massage, and a complete protocol for performing Thai Massage. Students are also taught ceremonial foot washing, mantra chanting, as well as a warm-up for the therapist using yoga asanas to prepare for performing Thai massage.

Course Hours: 16 Hours
Tuition Cost: $300.00
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Thai Massage II

Course Description: Ki-Atsu Thai Massage Level 2 will build upon the foundation that Students will have developed in Ki-Atsu Thai Massage Level 1 and introduce the student to advanced concepts involved in Thai Massage and expand the number of Thai Massage techniques that the student may utilize during a treatment. Ki-Atsu Thai Massage Level 2 begins with a short review of the concepts learned in the Level 1 class. Students then learn Chinese Meridian theory. Students learn the meridians for each organ, and how to trace the meridian on the body. Students also learn element theory and how to identify imbalances. The class then discusses the seven Chakras and the location, element, and association of each. Students will learn how the meridian theory compares and contrasts with Sen lines. Students will be able to identify the benefits of both Sen lines and Meridians, and describe how each can be used to perform assessments on clients. Students will then learn advanced Thai Massage Techniques, including sitting, side lying, and double leg techniques.

Students will learn to perform eleven techniques in the sitting position, twenty-one techniques in the side lying position, and seven techniques performed with both legs. Students will learn how to perform each of these techniques, demonstrate proficiency in safely and effectively performing each of these techniques, and be able to identify the benefit of each of these techniques for the client. Students will also be able to identify clients for whom these techniques should not be utilized and the potential danger of improperly performing each technique. Students will then learn a complete Thai Massage protocol that can be utilized for clients. Students will also be asked to design their own protocol. To successfully complete the course, students must demonstrate proficiency in performing the protocol safely and effectively and successfully complete a written exam.

Course Hours: 24 Hours
Tuition Cost: $400.00
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Shiatsu

Course Description: The Shiatsu course offered at Ki-Atsu is designed to provide the student with a complete overview of the theory, concepts and techniques of this massage modality. The students will learn about the concepts of Ki energy and the pathways that Ki travels through the body called meridians. The students will learn the theory of how this energy may become blocked or imbalanced in the body, and how this imbalance can lead to physical manifestation. The students will learn each of the Meridian pathways, and how to test each pathway for imbalance. The students will also learn how to perform assessments on the hips, feet, legs, arms, hands, face, neck, chest, and abdomen. Students will learn how to perform an assessment on the client and questions to include in the assessment to help the therapist identify the best techniques to use for the client. The student will learn all of the hands on techniques and movements performed in a shiatsu session; the students will practice and be able to perform these techniques safely and effectively.

Course Hours: 40 Hours
Tuition Cost: $600.00
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Ashiatsu (Barefoot Realignment Technique)

Course Description: The Ki-Atsu Ashiatsu class is designed to train the student in performing the ancient art of ashiatsu, which is performed by the therapist with their feet, while balancing themselves with bars mounted to the ceiling. The course covers the techniques of ashiatsu, viewing the clients posture for deviations, the Myofascial planes of the body, how the techniques of ashiatsu can address postural deviations, safety considerations for the when performing these techniques, contraindications for the therapist and the client. The class also covers yoga and Pilates based exercises that the therapist can practice to prepare for the modality and prevent injury.

Course Hours: 24 Hours
Tuition Cost: $595.00
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Business Ethics for Massage Therapists

Course Description: Ki-Atsu Business and Professional Ethics for Massage Therapists is a Six-hour course that provides the student with a comprehensive overview of the role of ethics in the massage industry. The teaching methods include lecture, a manual, group discussion, and a self-assessment questionnaire to guide the student in developing a firm understanding of their personal ethics, the importance of ethical behavior as a businessperson, and the importance of ethical behavior as a healthcare professional.

The course begins with the student being provided with the definitions of the terms that will be used in the course. The student is the presented with a brief synopsis of many of the schools of ethical thought, as well as a brief introduction to the philosopher who is considered the founder of that school of thought. Students then participate in a group discussion where the Student is asked to identify which school of thought they feel most aligns with their personal code of ethics, and what the strengths and weaknesses of that particular school of thought is. The course then examines the role of ethics in business today. The student will learn about the importance of a code of ethics to any major business, and will participate in a discussion to identify the reasons why a code of ethics is important to an organization. The students will then Learn about the role of ethics in a profession. The students will be provided a copy of the code of ethics of three major professional organizations for massage therapists, NCBTMB, AMTA, ABMP. These three codes of ethics will be examined during the class, and the students will participate in a discussion to determine the similarities in the code of ethics of these organizations, and why these similarities are important.

Following the examination of the code of ethics, the course will then discuss boundaries, and how the establishing and maintaining of boundaries can assist in the therapist in establishing and ethical business and profession. The student will learn about the concepts of transference and counter transference, and how both can be prevented through the establishment of firm boundaries. The student will also learn how boundaries can enhance professional image and promote good business practices. Students then participate in a group discussion to identify where their boundaries are in their practice and how their practice may improve with changes in boundaries. The final lecture portion of the course entails a description of the recent HIPPA laws, and how these laws are affecting the healthcare industry. Students will learn the how these new laws might effect their interaction with other healthcare providers. Students will then be given an opportunity to ask questions about the HIPPA laws. In the final portion of the course, students are asked to fill out a self-examination form. The questions ask the student to define what ethics mean to them, and give the student clear concepts of their personal ethics. A group discussion is then conducted to give the students a chance to discuss their point of view, and be exposed to the point of view of others.

Course Hours: 6 Hours
Tuition Cost: $95.00
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Reiki I

Course Description: Ki-Atsu Reiki Level I is designed to instruct the student in the history, uses, and techniques in this energy healing modality. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to use the title of Reiki practitioner, Level I. The course will familiarize the student with what Reiki is, the history of Reiki, the major figures in the history of Reiki, the rules and traditions involved in the practice of Reiki, the application of Reiki on both human and nonhuman subjects, and how to conduct a Reiki session, and the hand positions used to perform Reiki.

Class Hours: 8 Hours
Tuition Cost: $175.00
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Reiki II

Course Description: Ki-Atsu Reiki Level II builds upon the foundation in Reiki that the student developed in Reiki Level I to further the studentÂ’s knowledge of Reiki. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to use the title or Reiki Practitioner, Level II. The course will introduce the student to the two Reiki symbols used when performing treatments. The students will learn how to use Reiki to perform distance healing, and the symbol used for distance healing. The course will also instruct the student about the Seven Chakras, the color associated with each Chakra and what emotions and physical manifestations are associated with each Chakra.

Course Hours: 8 Hours
Tuition Cost: $175.00
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Ki-Atsu Hot Stone/Thai Massage/Raindrop Therapy™

Course Description: The Ki-Atsu Hot Stone/Ki-Thai course teaches the student the fundamental principles of performing Hot Stone Massage, Raindrop Essential Oil Treatment, and Thai Massage. The course will provide the student with a complete treatment protocol that he or she will then be able to offer immediately to clients.

The class begins with an introduction to Hot Stone Massage. The class will cover a brief history of the therapeutic use of Hot Stones. The class will then present the principles of performing a Hot Stone Massage, including the temperature at which the stones are best used and safety considerations for handling and employing the stones during a session. The students will also learn the contraindications of Hot Stone Massage, and to identify clients for whom this modality would not be appropriate. The class will then progress to an introduction to Thai Massage. The class will cover the benefits of Thai Massage and a history of Thai Massage.

The students will learn the theoretical concepts of Thai, focusing on the ten sen lines through which life force travels. The class will briefly cover the Marmas, the Koshas and the Chakras to present the student with a more complete understanding of the theory. The students will also learn the rules of Traditional Thai Massage, and the principles and body mechanics associated with performing Thai Massage. The students will also learn the precautions to be observed when performing Thai Massage, and to identify clients for whom Thai Massage would be contraindicated. The students will then learn about the use of Essential Oils. The students will learn about each of the oils used in the protocol, what the purpose of the oil is, and safety information regarding each of the oils. The students will learn how to incorporate Essential Oils into a massage protocol.

The class will then begin to go through the entire protocol. Each stroke or movement in the protocol will be demonstrated to the students, the rationale for incorporating the stroke will be explained, the proper performance of the stroke will be explained, and variations will be presented. The students will then have the opportunity to practice each stroke while the instructor observes, to assure that the student understands how to perform the stroke and can do so safely and effectively. The students will practice all of the techniques individually, and then practice performing the entire protocol incorporating Hot Rock, Thai Massage and Essential Oils. In order to successfully complete the course, the student will have to demonstrate the ability to perform the protocol safely and effectively, and identify clients or situations that may prohibit the protocol from being performed, or for which the protocol must be modified.

Course Hours: 16 Hours
Tuition Cost: $375.00
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Neurotransformations Courses

Course Description: The Ki-Atsu Neurotransformations courses are divided into 5 parts. The classes are designed to provide the student with the training and techniques to identify limiting factors that have been solidified in a client’s physical body, by learning to look for, and feel for blockages stored in the tissues. The student will also learn to identify blockages locked and solidified as truths in the mind, by examining belief systems that no longer serve the client, but that the client continues to replay in his or her life over and over again. The student will also identify energetic blockages that may have solidified in the client’s energetic field by examining the luminous body explored through the Chakras. By understanding the intricate communication system of the physical/emotional/spiritual bodies, the student can communicate using the correct channels, and make the necessary adjustments in order to return the client to his or her most functional state.

Students will learn concepts used from viewing the body with the Tensegrity Model developed by Richard Buckminster Fuller. The class will further examine how the forces of gravity, and ground reaction force affects us, as three dimensional spiraling beings. The student will seek to understand the source of the pattern, whether physical, emotional or spiritual. By understanding how the body spirals down onto itself in relationship to gravity, the student will look to understand the relationship it has created with another part of itself. The pattern of compensation is soon revealed, and it becomes clearer as to how the forces have been translated through the body. The primary objective of the course is to bring the physical body into better alignment so that a better neutral may be experienced, and the forces around the client are easily translated through the joints. This will allow the client to experience himself or herself in the present moment, as the fully integrated physical/ spiritual beings that he or she is. The student will learn to conduct a ten session series with the client, which will allow the student to address the client’s specific needs and address those needs with the appropriate technique.

Course Hours: 32 x 5 = 160 Hours
Tuition Cost: $2500.00
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Ki-Atsu Pilates for Massage Therapists Level I

Course Description: The purpose of Pilates for Massage Therapists Level 1 is to instruct the Student on the history and theory of Pilates exercise, to provide the student with the knowledge and experience to safely and effectively perform Pilates floor exercises, and to provide the student with the knowledge and ability to safely and effectively teach the Pilates floor exercises to clients. The course utilizes the teaching technique of lecture, video, a manual, and practice of the performance and teaching of the exercises. The course begins by presenting the history of Pilates, and its founder, Joseph Pilates. Students are shown a video of Joseph Pilates performing the exercises he developed. The students then learn the theoretical concepts of Pilates training. Students will learn the six Principles of Pilates, the three centers, and the anatomy of the muscles that Pilates exercise effects. Students also learn the concept of repatterning, and how Pilates can be effective to achieve this.

The course will then teach students on how to view their posture and client’s posture to observe when deviations may exist and how Pilates exercises can be used to correct these deviations. Students will learn about the role that the fascia plays in determining posture and deviations in posture. Students will learn about the postural objective, and how to assess posture in terms of horizontal and vertical lines. Movement analysis for Anterior and Posterior tilts will also be taught to students. Students will also learn about typical muscle imbalances, what might cause them, and how to correct them. Students will then learn the thirty-four exercises that make up Pilates floor work. Each exercise will be examined on the basis of: appropriate skill level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), the muscles used in the exercise, how to perform the exercise safely and effectively, Which clients would benefit from and which clients should not perform the exercise, and how to effectively teach the exercise to a client.

The students will be provided with a sample routine of a beginner’s workout, an intermediate workout, and an advanced workout. Students will practice The exercises to gain proficiency in performing them, and will also practice teaching the exercises to other members of the class to develop skills in assessing how a client is performing an exercise, and how to give appropriate cues to a client or group of clients to perform the exercise Correctly. Students will also be instructed on how to incorporate the use of exercise balls and resistance bands into a Pilates workout. The students shall learn and practice the exercises with the balls and resistance bands so that they may perform them safely and correctly. The exercises will also be examined to determine the level of proficiency needed to perform them, identify clients who would most benefit from them, and identify clients in whom these exercises would be contraindicated. Students will practice teaching the exercises to clients to develop the ability to give cues and assessment skills. The students will also learn a specific back stabilization program that can be used for themselves or to teach to clients in whom it may be beneficial. Students must successfully complete a written exam on the material presented in the course.

Course Hours: 110 Hours
Tuition Cost: $600.00
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Ki-Atsu Pilates for Massage Therapists Level II

Course Description: The Ki-Atsu Institute for Healing Arts’ Pilates II is a comprehensive course that will instruct the student on the skeletal and muscular systems, movement analysis, fitness assessments, Chinese meridians, and Myofascial plans, and on the Pilates exercises which can be performed on four different pieces of Pilates equipment. The course also presents information regarding injury and rehabilitation. Upon completion of the course the student will be able to safely and effectively perform the exercises upon the Pilates equipment, know the anatomy behind the exercises, and be able to teach these exercises to clients.

This course employs the use of a manual, demonstrations, practice, journals, homework, and a case study as teaching techniques. The course begins with a review of the skeletal and muscular systems. The review focuses on the major muscle groups, their origin, insertion, and action. The students then learn to perform a functional assessment on a client. The student will learn the effect of muscle shortening on the functionality of the body, and will learn how to design an exercise program to assist the client in correcting these problems. The students then learn about fitness testing, to assess the clientÂ’s (or their own) level of fitness. Cardiovascular testing, body composition testing, and flexibility testing are covered to give the student a good idea of where the client’s level of fitness lies. Students will perform fitness testing on each other to gain proficiency in administering these tests. In addition, students will also learn how to assess clients using Meridian theory from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Myofascial planes. Students will learn the meridians, the pathway of the meridians in the body, the function of the meridian, what the manifestations are of problems with each meridian, and how Pilates exercises can be used to return balance back to the body. Pilates II will teach students to use the various pieces of Pilates equipment that exist to perform Pilates exercises, building upon the foundation of floor work techniques the student learned in Level 1.

The course will teach the student to perform and teach exercises utilizing the Reformer, Trapeze Table, Spine Corrector, and Two Pedal Chair. Students will learn fifty exercises that can be performed on the Reformer. Students will learn how to set the machine for each exercise, how to safely and correctly perform the exercise, how to teach the exercise to a client, the purpose of the exercise, and how to identify clients that should not perform the exercise. Students will also learn variations of each exercise and when to Employ the variation for the clients. Proper cuing techniques for each exercise are emphasized for client safety and proper performance of the exercise. Students will learn seventeen exercises on the Cadillac/Trapeze table. Students will be able, upon completion of the course to correctly perform each of the seventeen exercises and be able to safely teach these exercises to clients. Students will be able to identify the purpose of each exercise, identify the benefits of the exercise, be able to properly cue clients in the safe and effective performing of the exercise, and identify clients for whom the exercise is contraindicated.

Students will learn twenty-nine exercises using the Chair. Students will be able to safely and correctly perform each exercise, configure the equipment correctly for each exercise, be able to identify the purpose of each exercise, be able to teach each exercise to a client, using proper cuing, and be able to perform modification of each exercise. Students will learn twenty exercises using the Spine Corrector. Students will be able to safely and correctly perform each exercise, identify and describe the purpose of each exercise, identify clients who would benefit from the exercise and clients who should not perform the exercise and be able to properly cue each exercise. The course also includes a section on Injury and Rehabilitation. The course teaches the student about neurological feedback loops, clinical terms related to the muscular system, common problems that clients may present with and how exercises should be modified to accommodate these problems, emergency care of acute injury and proper rehabilitation of soft tissue injury. In order to successfully complete the course, the student must demonstrate proficiency in both performing and teaching all of the exercises, and successfully complete a written exam.

Course Hours: 40 Hours
Tuition Cost: $600
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Ki-Atsu Yoga Nidra Part 1

Course Description: Ki-Atsu Institute for Healing Art’s Basic Yoga Nidra class is a 50 hour course that will teach the student Meditative and repatterning techniques, and how to use these techniques for behavior modification, such as Spiritual awakening, Health, and stress reduction. The course utilizes lecture, a manual, and hands on practice to provide the student with a complete understanding of Yoga Nidra. The course begins with an overview of the history of Yoga Nidra and how the techniques and applications of these have evolved throughout the centuries. Students learn the names of some of the most widely known Rishis in history, and what their contribution to the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind, and how Yoga Nidra effects both. The course then teaches students the basic skills of Yoga Nidra and Meditation.

The student will learn how to build rapport with a client, important questions to ask on the client’s intake form, the importance of a pre-induction talk to prepare the client for the experience, and what the client might experience under this state. The student will also learn about the dangers , how to avoid potential problems, and how to handle problems if they do arise. Suggestibility testing and determining the client’s level of response is also covered. Students are taught several suggestibility tests, and practice performing these tests upon other members of the class. The course than instructs the student on the actual process of inducing  a client. The student will learn how the voice is used during a session, how to modulate the voice and how to pace the rate of speech. Yoga Nidra induction methods are covered, and students will learn both slow and rapid inductions into the meditative trance, and how to determine which type of induction is appropriate for a given client. Students will then learn about the six stages of meditative depth and how to test the client to see how deeply the client is under.

Finally, the proper method of bringing a client out into the present is covered. Upon completion of the lecture, the student will then experience being induced into a Yoga Nidra trance and will have the opportunity to practice inducing this state in other members of the class, and testing the depth level. After the student has mastered the ability to induce the trance, the course then instructs the student in how to write a Yoga Nidra prescription to help a client achieve behavior modification. The student will learn the importance of using imagery and metaphors in the prescription, the type of language to use and the type of language to avoid during the delivering of a prescription, the importance of keeping the prescription within the belief system of the client, and the importance of utilizing post-trance suggestion to reinforce the session.

The student will have the opportunity to practice writing prescriptions for selected problems. Students will participate in practical class exercises to practice each of the steps in the process. The student will participate in exercises in both the role of client and therapist. The student will practice performing a client intake, building rapport, and based upon the information obtained in the intake, develop a Yoga Nidra prescription. The student will then induce the client and deliver the prescription and any post-trance suggestions that may be appropriate. The client will then be brought out of the trance state. The instructor will then critique the student, and suggestions to conduct more effective sessions will be given. The course will then cover the three most common behavior modifications that is utilized for, Spiritual awakening, health, and stress reduction. Each of these behaviors is examined individually. The student will learn about assessment tools that are available to help both the client and the teacher examine the client’s behavior and determine effective strategies for modifying the behavior. The student will also learn techniques for inducing meditation, and how to teach self-awareness skill to clients to reinforce the session with the teacher.

Class Hours: 50
Credits: 50
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dr. Ki Florence-David
Text: Ki-Atsu Yoga Nidra Part 1
Tuition Cost $600.00
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Yoga Nidra Part 2

Class Description: The Ki-Atsu Yoga Nidra part 2 class is the advanced level class in Meditation & repatterning. Students must have completed the  level 1 course in order to take this course. The course is designed to provide the student with a deeper understanding of the skills they acquired in the basic level course. Provide a more in-depth understanding into human behavior and the motivating factors for behavior and to examine the role of repatterning in a wide variety of applications. This course utilizes lecture, a manual, and practical applications to instruct the student. Practical and written examinations must be successfully completed for the student to pass the course. The course begins by taking several of the concepts learned in the fires course, and providing a more in depth discussion of them. The student will learn more about the subconscious mind and how the subconscious mind functions in the producing of behavior.

The laws of suggestions are presented to give the student and increased understanding of the effects that suggestions have upon a client and what type of suggestions will work best in a particular client. The student will then learn about conducting Behavioral assessments . The course will cover the basic and motivating factors for human behavior. The student swill learn how to examine a client’s behavior and distill the behavior down through motivating factors to determine the cause of the behavior and what factors the client associates that behavior with. The student will practice conducting behavioral assessments to develop competency. The class will the present the student with advanced techniques such as the use of anecdotes and storytelling during a  session, advances techniques in using influential language, anchoring and collapsing anchors, adding resources, and sub modality changes.

The students will learn how to incorporate each of these techniques into a session, and when the use of each technique would be appropriate. The class will then present the use of these techniques in relieving allergies. The course explores the relationship of allergies to past traumas, and how the release of these traumas can alleviate allergy symptoms. The class also instructs the student on how to utilize techniques such as parts therapy, age and past life regression and grief release to assist a client in achieving his or her goals. The class will present how past events can create patterns or beliefs in the client, and how the utilization of techniques to release the pain or trauma from these past events, or changing the perception of the past event can result in behavior modification for the client. The class will also provide the student in training on how to use the technique of the Circle of Excellence to assist a client in achieving a resourceful state to address problems or to face challenges that may occur in daily life.

The course will also address using the Swish pattern to aid a client in modifying behavior. The course will also present the special considerations involved in dealing with and performing Meditation sessions with children. The student will learn specific techniques to use when inducing Meditation in children, and special techniques for script writing, as well a providing a safe environment for conducting the session. The course will also teach the student techniques to utilize if a client is unable to speak during a session, but the Instructor needs to have a line of communication with the client. The student will learn how to have a client perform ideomotor signaling, and automatic writing, which will allow the teacher to gain information from the client, even if the client can not speak. Finally, the course reviews the ethics involved in the practice of Yoga Nidra, to provide the student with an expectation of what behavior should be practiced and avoided in the conducting of an ethical Yoga Nidra practice.

Class Hours: 50
Credits: 50
Prerequisites: Yoga Nidra Part 1
Instructor: Dr. Ki Florence-David
Text: Ki-Atsu Yoga Nidra Part 2
Tuition Cost $600.00
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