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I use to regard Swedish as something "not" as important for a better lack of words until I took a class in Santa Monica given by an instructor who is been in the business a very long time and quite well known.
This was not the regular Swedish Massage course but a one day specialty class that went way beyond anything I learned in the full course. By the way, this instructor came from Canada and his Swedish Massage course was 2000 hours long at least 20 or more years ago.
I learned more about Swedish or "circulatory massage" that I every thought possible. When done correctly the system respondsand releases muscles and tension more deeply than you can imagine. I was lucky to have been the model in one of these classes (given only 2 times per year) and saw for myself what happened. Again there is a specific technique which allows the body to do this with very valid reasons behind it utilizing the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems.
I have very shallow breath and my diaphragm is very tight. During this session I starting having deep breaths that I had never experienced before It just released as my body needed it. It all came from the nervous system response.
This instructor also teaches structural bodywork classes that people wait in line for yet he gives as much credit to the "circulatory massage" as he does the "structural" bodywork. He also does not combine the two as he uses the table high for that and low for deep work as the body is used differently.
When he give the "swedish" massage you don't know what hit you. You feel relaxed and amazing at the same time. I am still working on this and will travel from Las Vegas back to California to take the class again in June when it comes around. I have taken it twice and learn more each time.
I experimented with this after I took the class when visiting friends in New Jersey for a wedding and there were at least 8 people there waiting for me to arrive from California and massage them for the wedding. I just sensed which of them needed one and which ones need the other. One of them who got the "circulatory" was a frequent weightlifter and always in pain. He felt wonderful after. I gave his mom mostly deep work and she must weigh 95 lbs and is very tiny yet I sensed she needed that. Everyone there said the massage was the best they ever had yet I don't think any two of them got the same thing. By the way everyone there asked for the usual "deep tissue".
I hope this helps as I am very thankful that this insight was given to me. Also teaches you not to use thumbs in the "circulatory massage" and the pressure can be light = medium- or deep as needed by the client.
His name is Garnet Dupuis and he lives in the Santa Monica Area. He used to teach full time and now gives the school 2 days of his "No Thumbs Circulatory" one day class concentrating on the back and head/neck and twice a year he give a class (50 hours each) on Structural Integration (upper and lower body respectively). I have even seen instructors with 15 years experience in his classes.
Bodywork emporium even has one of their massage lotions that I use named after him. It is called Garnet's Aloe Vera Moisturizer.
You can go online and see what the school offers at
Here is a blurb on Garnet:
Garnet Dupuis, B.A., graduate of Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy and University of Windsor, Canada; professional & teaching experience Middle East, India, Japan, Korea, Ecuador, Canada, USA; past Director Int’l Sportsmedicine Inst. and Chinese Life Force Inst.; co-founder Burke William Spa.
I just found out that his next "No Thumbs" class is the weekend of my husband's birthday on June 5th so I will be staying in Las Vegas. I was planning to attend the class. Luckily my daughter still lives in Santa Monica so I can travel easily by car and attend classes there when needed.
He is a great instructor, fun and full of information, I could listen and watch him all day long.
bodyworker wrote:Hello all,
If your in search of treatments to use in a dry room setting. I took the Biotone class this summer in Dallas and it was awesome! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning spa treatments in a dry room setting. We did every thing from salt scrubs, to aromatherapy wraps, to herbal wraps to spa foot treatments. It was a two day class and I highly recommend it. What I have learned this has been working for me in the dry room setting. I'm getting ready to open my own massage and day spa in little rock, AR and plan on expanding what I learned from the class. <snip>
omed wrote:Just came back from Vivian Madison-Mahoney's seminar on insurance billing for massage.
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