Congratulations and welcome again to our Relational Bodywork Program.  Please read all of the following to make your PCAB experience as smooth as possible.

  1. Register for the class:  We received your $50 application fee and possibly your $100 registration fee.  To hold your space in the class, please make sure to pay the $100 registration fee if you haven’t paid it already.  Please do this here on this secure form on our website–no check payments please.
  2. Make an initial tuition payment.  Please make a downpayment on tuition of $500.  You can do this here on our website (which charges 2.9%), or you may pay via check–payable to PCAB and mailed to PCAB, PO Box 1049, Kilauea, HI 96754.  Any and all tuition payments will be subtracted from your final tuition payment.  Please read over our tuition page if you haven’t already, as it clearly outlines the required costs and potential expenses.
  3. Download, sign, and return via email the COVID-19 safety agreement.
  4. Download and read the following files, most of which you have already signed digitally when you applied online.  Save a copy for your own records.  You may also want to download and read our School Catalog.
  5. Read the additional info below:
    • Schedule:  Class is held Mon, Tues, & Thurs from 8:15-12:15 & 1:15-5:15, starting on Monday, October 3.  The last day of class, along with afternoon graduation ceremony, is held on May 25, from 8:15-5:15.   Our regular schedule will consist of Practitioner Cultivation or Human Sciences in the mornings, and Bodywork every afternoon.
    • Location:  Our location is at the Community Hall of The Church of the Pacific4520 Kapaka Rd, Princeville, HI 96722.  It is located a kilometer from the bus stop and the Princeville Shopping Center, which contains a Foodland grocery store, a bakery, a few restaurants, a post office, 2 banks, and a gas station.  PCAB and COP are not affiliated, but we are grateful to be sharing the space with a church that contributes so much to the Kaua`i community and shares the same dedication of service to others.
    • Books:  The Trail Guide to the Body, 6th ed is a required text.  If you would like to be included on our list of people who want to purchase it (for $~65), which we will start using in the first week of class, please let me know by Thanksgiving.  If you order your own, we highly suggest buying from the publisher, Books of Discovery, and NOT from Amazon.  Another highly recommended book is “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Bessel van der Kolk.  This is not a required text, but if you know that you are already interested in the trauma-informed component of the PCAB program, this would be a good book to read.   Other authors to look at include Peter Levine, Daniel Siegel, and Gabor Mate.  Again, this is simply a recommendation if you’re looking to dive in more ahead of time.  Lastly, we also highly recommend “A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving With More Skill And Less Pain” by Todd Hargrove.  Download our Recommended Reading file.
    • Tables:  We highly recommend that you have a table here for practicing techniques outside of class and for your life after class.  If you are interested in purchasing a massage table in the first couple weeks of school, we may have brand new Pisces aluminum tables (with adjustable headrest) for sale.  We use Pisces because they are super light, but light tables like these cost more than heavier wooden ones.  There also may be used tables to buy around the island.  Shipping a table to the mainland is probably $200, which seems like a lot, but considering that that table will last you a decade or more and can pay for itself in a single day of work, it’s worth getting a good one.  You do NOT need to have your own tables for the first few weeks of school, but it is highly recommended that you have one by the end of January.  We will discuss the various types of table options the first week of school, so don’t feel that you need to figure this out now.
    • Tuition payments:  Tuition is not due until the first week of school, but you are also welcome to pay the full tuition before then if you wish.  You will receive periodic account statements via email.  Please check your account statement and make sure that we have you down for the correct payment plan.  For instance, if you plan to pay only partial tuition the first week, then it should say PP1 or PP2.
    • Supplies:  We will provide you with oil bottles.  You’ll need to provide your own oil, sheets, and pillows, which we’ll explain during the first week of class.  At some point before the second week of class you’ll want to have 2-4 sets of twin sheets or special-fitted massage sheets.  We recommend “normal” cotton sheets rather than flannel or silk, however it’s perfectly fine for you to use whatever you prefer, including sarongs for a top sheet.  You can have brand new high quality sheets or your used Spider-Man sheets—that’s your decision.  For those coming from off-island, you can buy them here or bring them across the ocean.  Pillow case covers (which usually come with a new set) or fitted face-rest covers are equally ok options.
    • Housing:  Housing is a bit challenging on the island.  But fear not….every year everyone finds a home here, so we encourage you to not worry, while also being diligent online in Nov/Dec.  We currently don’t know of anyone with housing options, but we will update you if and when that changes.  Keep checking Heartbeat of Kauai for updates on housing, tables, etc., or better yet, get on their mailing list to receive emails every couple days with all the latest additions.  Also check Kauai Craigslist for housing, vehicles, tables, etc.  The locations closest to school, from closest to furthest are Princeville, Kilauea, Hanalei, Moloaa, Anahola, Kapaa, Wainiha, and Wailua.  Most students live near Kilauea or Kapaa.  Most farms are located in Moloaa–we don’t keep a list of farms or know who has availability, but checking the WWOOF website might help.  Also be sure to read our page about Kauai Life if you haven’t already.  Note that we do not know how the pandemic will be affecting the housing situation–it may make it easier, though there are some indications that it is going to make it more challenging.
    • Connecting:  You’re invited to join the PCAB23 Facebook Group (when it’s created).  You can use this group to connect with other students in the program, and possibly discuss housing, transportation, and whatever else ahead of time.  Living with other PCAB students can be very rewarding as you get more opportunities to study and practice and grow together, and you may save money on rent that way as well.  The Facebook group is the primary tool that I will use to communicate with the class for both academic and nonacademic announcements outside of class.  It’s far more effective than using email.  If you don’t have a Facebook account, please let me know.  Also, please note that in order to maintain professional boundaries, I will not accept friend requests from students at this time.  If you do not have a Facebook account because you want to avoid the potential trappings of social media, we strongly encourage you to set up an account and don’t establish friends–this will make it so your news feed is completely barren except for the posts from our group.   
    • Financial Aid–Scholarships and Work-trade “Space Crew” positions:  Our space-crew position involves simple cleaning (sweeping, tidying) after each class and the setup and take down of the classroom space (rugs, chairs, etc.) for 15 min before and after each class.  If you would like to be considered for this, please fill out the application form.  Must be punctual, dependable, and fit, since it primarily requires moving relatively heavy carpets.  Applicants are chosen based on a combo of fitness for the position and financial need–we will probably accept 3-4 people.  To apply for one of the scholarships, please go HERE.
    • CPR, First Aid, and Insurance:  In addition to tuition, we automatically add the cost of the CPR and First Aid class ($135), as well as the AMTA student insurance.  Many states (including AK, DE, HI, IA, ME, MD, MI, MS, ND, NJ, NH, NM, NY, OR, PA, PR, RI, TX, WA, WI) require you to have a current CPR certificate, and some states (including NH, NJ, NM, TX, WA, WI) require First Aid.  If you don’t want to take the CPR/First Aid class, please let us know by Thanksgiving or before you pay your tuition, whichever comes first, and we’ll remove that item.  The basic program is 808 hours with CPR/FA or 800 without it.  Each of you will be receiving an emailed account statement from me so you know exactly what you owe.  If you ever need me to send one, don’t hesitate to ask.
    • Homework:  Yes…homework already!  While you’re more than welcome to show up in January with exactly the same amount of anatomical knowledge that you have right now, your future self may thank your former self if you take some of the interim time to enhance your familiarity with the names and locations of bones and muscles. Try learning just one bone or muscle a day, starting with these:  Pectoralis Major, Trapezius, Deltoid, Biceps Brachii, Triceps Brachii, Latissimus Dorsi, Gluteus Maximus, Rectus Abdominis, Rhomboids, Diaphragm, Quads, and Hamstrings. It’s also very helpful if you familiarize yourself with movement terms such as flexion/extension, abduction/adduction, medial/lateral rotation, inversion/eversion, etc. and what each of those movements look like around the body.  You can study the images near the beginning of the Trail Guide for this.  If you have an iPhone or iPad, 3D4Medical has lots of good apps, including Essential Muscle + Skeleton Anatomy (iPad only), which is probably the best one out there for learning muscles.   There are other apps that integrate with yoga postures that some of you may find even more useful, and there are other apps out there that cover all body systems, not just muscles.

You may want to bookmark this page to come back to later.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have.  We look forward to growing with you!