Campus Notebook

Massage therapist classes offered at Kish

MALTA – Kishwaukee College will offer multiple continuing education classes for licensed massage therapists this fall.

Courses are designed to expand the skill and knowledge of current LMTs. All classes can be used toward continuing education unit requirement for license renewal through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Essential Oil Therapy: Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to noon or 6 to 9 p.m.

Learn therapeutic uses of plant-derived essential oils including research, benefits, risks and precautions. Participants will also learn about aromatherapy and appropriate use of various oils. ($30, 3 CEUs)

Dry Brush Massage: Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to noon or 6 to 9 p.m.

Dry brushing is an effective way to stimulate the lymphatic system and take care of the skin. Participants will learn proper procedures, techniques, pressure and disinfection for dry brush massage. ($30, 3 CEUs)

Reflexology: Oct. 1, 15 and 29, 9 a.m. to noon or 6 to 9 p.m.

Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas of the body. This three-day class will cover how and why reflexology works, proper positioning of the client, effective use of thumb and fingers to apply pressure, and an in-depth study of the foot architecture. Participants will also learn a step-by-step reflexology protocol to use with their clients. ($90, 9 CEUs)

Forearm Massage Techniques: Prone & Supine: Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to noon or 6 to 9 p.m.

Massage therapists do not need to rely only on their hands to administer massage. This class will cover practical application of the use of forearms during massage with an emphasis on proper body mechanics. ($30, 3 CEUs)

Side-Lying Position Massage: Not Just for Prenatal: Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to noon or 6 to 9 p.m.

Learn how to customize a massage that works for all bodies and abilities. Discover how to make side-lying a go-to position during a massage session. ($30, 3 CEUs)

The class instructor, Julie Gavin-Freeman, is a highly trained instructor and practitioner with strong clinical abilities and a successful career in massage therapy, educational institutions, and medical facilities. As a professional anatomist, Gavin-Freeman has taught in a variety of educational settings for over 15 years covering all topics including but not limited to anatomy, physiology, pathology, ethics, business practices, documentation, medical terminology and massage application. She has co-authored published research articles, papers and presentations and written curriculums/course work. Freeman’s educational mission is to focus on scientific material utilizing a combination of information sharing, antidotal teaching and dialectical methods to facilitate critical thinking and efficacy.

For more information about the classes or to register, visit or contact Melissa Gallagher, coordinator of short-term training and continuing education, at or 815-825-9466.

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