NeuroAffective Bodywork Program 2018-07-13T18:20:30+00:00

PCAB’s NeuroAffective Bodywork Program

A Biopsychosocial, Interoceptive, & Neurocentric Approach to Massage Therapy

This experiential, professional skills and personal development training can greatly enhance your effectiveness with clients and your relationship with life.

January 7 – June 28, 2019

776 hours. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 8:15 AM to 5:15 PM
(plus Fridays from January through March, clinical internship April through June, and lots of practice outside of class)
Princeville, Hawaii

We call this NeuroAffective Bodywork because we work with the relationship between body, mind, heart, and spirit in a dynamic, and often profound, way. This integration of Bodywork Therapies with Somatic and Spiritual Awareness practices can help bring about a reduction of symptoms and increased levels of well-being for the client as well as the therapist. NeuroAffective Bodywork (NAB) often goes way beyond this, helping people re-connect with what really matters in life.

At the core of our Being we can experience our essential qualities — Joy, Love, and Presenceful Peace.  Through the use of therapeutic touch, heart-centered language skills, and the presence of the therapist and client, we can foster relaxation and healing and discover pathways into our deepest core. As we come to know our Self more fully, living from this knowing naturally occurs more easily and happily.

Classes are a blend of personal growth opportunities, discussions, experiential A&P, technique and session demonstrations, and both giving and receiving of NeuroAffective Bodywork sessions.

There is balanced time for personal inquiry and discovery, individually, in groups, and in paired exercises with Awareness practices, Counseling skills practices, and Bodywork.

Upon completion of this program you will be eligible to sit for licensing in Hawaii and 47 other states. You will have the skills and knowledge to help people in an enjoyable, beneficial, and professional manner.

The 776-hour program includes:

  • Massage Theory and Practice
  • Human Sciences: Anatomy & Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, Neuroscience
  • Business and Ethics
  • Communication Tools (derived from Somatic Psychotherapy)
  • CPR & First Aid*
  • Optional Electives**

*Individuals who opt out of CPR & First Aid complete the program with 8 fewer hours.
**Individuals who take the Lomilomi and Thai elective courses can attain 816 hours.

Our program is licensed by the Hawaii Department of Education and is approved by NCBTMB.

We present this work of NeuroAffective Bodywork in three ways.

  1. Non-symptom specific to help support general balance, openness, and easefulness in the body. As you experience novel sensory inputs and come into greater awareness of those somatic inputs, you may feel an increase in a general sense of well-being and functionality.
  2. Symptom-specific applications and approaches for injuries, rehabilitation, pain reduction, and increased function.
  3. Accessing Consciousness. The body is a direct path to what we hold as true and a wonderful vehicle to help release any unnecessary holdings. As the mind and heart clear, the body heals more easily, and often the reverse is true as well. The biopsychosocial, neurocentric framework can further your effectiveness beyond most touch therapies alone.

Some additional words on our biopsychosocial approach:

NeuroAffective Bodywork (NAB) works with the the relations within the BodyMindHeartSpirit in a dynamic and often profound way. NAB integrates many Massage Therapy with Spiritual Awareness Practices, Somatic Psychotherapy communication skills, and Presence-centered Hypnotherapy practices. This program has been designed for the professional development of physical and psychologically-oriented therapists, as well as personal healing, rediscovery, and celebration.

While NAB is a professional Massage Therapy Licensing Training it is also a Life Enhancement program. Some of what can change has to do with healing and some with learning and more skillful choices, and some with simply coming to be with things as they are. From the perspective of the big picture, NAB is an integrated program aimed at reducing suffering on the Planet, increasing Peace, and helping to bring about a more joyous experience of Life.

Some of the specific topics addressed include:

  • Relaxation Therapies: Full Body Relaxing Spa-Style Massage Therapy from Swedish, Lomilomi, and other modalities.
  • Regional Therapies integrating Connective Tissue therapies, Trigger Point therapies, Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), and other modalities.
  • Movement and Body Awareness Practices are presented for both yourself and to be able to provide clients with appropriate Self-Care Practices. We draw from many traditions and approaches including: Yoga, QiGong, Thai Chi, Corrective Exercises, Dance Therapy, and Rehabilitation methods.
  • Communication skills & Presence-Centered Somatic Therapies for Bodyworkers, derived from an evolving synthesis of therapies based on Gestalt, Somatic Experiencing, Interpersonal Neurobiology, NeuroAffective Relational Model, Affective Neuroscience, Reflective Listening, Motivational Interviewing, NLP, Hypnotherapy, Sensory Awareness, Breath-Oriented therapies, Guided Expansive Awareness Practices, Eastern & Western Transpersonal & meditative Awareness practices, Personal/Interpersonal/Transpersonal processes, Vipassana, Advaita Inquiry, and others… These are all utilized to help relieve suffering, reduce emotional pain and limitations, change patterns and beliefs, and open to the immediate experience of greater freedom now in the experiential recognition of the presence of awareness.
  • Human Sciences: Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, & Neuroscience
  • Successful Business Practices
  • Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning
  • Student Clinic and Community Service Massage Events
  • Enjoying the Celebration of Life