Certification in Neurology for Bodyworkers
Cost: $3850.00* (Includes books, supplies, and exam fee)
Schedule: 1 Weekend per month for 12 months
Next term: November 2011 thru November 2012

150 hours

Functional Neurology is a comprehensive field of study and practice. Graduates from this program report increased rates of success when using CNB for a wide range of neurologic conditions. CNB trains CMT/RMT’s to work with some conditions solo and some with a doctor’s supervision including; peripheral nerve injury, MTBI (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury), PTSD, mild depression, anxiety, chronic muscle strain, dystonia, some tremor disorders, post stroke massage, post-coma recovery, facial pain, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum, sciatica, common and rare peripheral nerve entrapments, and many other neurologic disorders. In addition, sports and learning performance enhancement can be refined using CNB.

This state-approved educational program comprises 150 hours including live case studies in massage scope, assessment, and methods for neurological pathology, as well as the popular new field of functional neurology. This program is not about one method. Students should be prepared to critically evaluate all methods in the massage traditions for each individual case based on which receptors and which brain pathways are stimulated or inhibited to achieve balance.

All classes meet on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Module 1: Introduction to Neuron Theory Nov 12-13, 2011
Module 2: Spinal Cord Basics and lesions Dec 10-11, 2011
Module 3: Brain Firing Pathways and Bodywork Jan 21-22, 2012
Module 4: Brainstem, Gateway to The Brain Feb 18-19, 2012
Module 5: Cerebellum, Resting Tone, Posture and Spinal Curves Mar 17-18, 2012
Module 6: Peripheral Nerves, Plexi, and Peripheral Neuropathies Apr 28-29, 2012
Module 7: Autonomic Function and DysfunctionMay 19-20, 2012
Module 8: Mood, Affect, Emotion & Mental Illness, Lobes & Basal Ganglia Interactions Jun 23-24, 2012
Module 9: Spinal and Disc Degenerative Disorders Jul 21-22, 2012
Module 10: Essential Elements: Digestion, and Nutritional Effects on Tissue Recovery Aug 18-19, 2012
Module 11: Neurologic Bodywork Assessment Methods Review Aug Sept 22-23, 2012
Module 12: Neurologic Bodywork Therapy Methods Review & Testing Oct 20-21, 2012
Optional: Optional CNB exam preparation and review class; Nov 17, 2012

CNB practitioners find they have more skills for working with doctors on coma recovery, stroke rehab, and other complex cases. This allows further skill development for cases beyond “solo scope of practice”.

10 ways CNB training develops the practitioner:

  1. The capacity to assess the brain for massage purposes, so we do not over stimulate areas or miss weak areas.
  2. The capacity to aid other practitioners in their brain work
  3. Expanded understanding of spinal cord, peripheral nerve and brain conditions.
  4. Better capacity for science based myth busting and fraud detection.
  5. Greater ability to take neurologic cases on and see them through.
  6. Capacity to write cohesive reports for your colleagues, and to defend their actions.
  7. Greater foundation for case report writing and research in massage therapy.
  8. Ability to read, speak and write cogently in the field of neuro rehab so the profession is more represented in journals and textbooks.
  9. Capacity to advise state massage boards on science, anatomy and neurology opinions.
  10. Potential for continuing education teaching position with CNB.

CNB training enables LMTs to reach a higher level of skill as a practitioner that can result in a significant increase in clinical success and income. CNB skills allow practitioners to schedule shorter, more focused and more frequent sessions and to measure clinical outcomes in real time on their clients. It enables practitioners to write in-depth second opinions for other massage therapists, to work as part of a team with chiropractic neurologists and other doctors. This tends to increase referrals from these doctors, and CNB practitioners exhibit more confidence with the rational assessment of difficult and complex cases.

CNB practitioners learn to refer cases to colleagues more appropriately. They lose fewer cases to attrition and are able to write advanced and detailed case reports. Some move into faculty positions or continuing education positions with this credential. Most commonly CNB therapists report they can now work smarter, not harder. They no longer need to fight with stiff tissue and shorten their careers due to overuse injury once they understand the several mechanisms regulating tone.

CNB increases the practitioner’s ability to work with allied health professionals as a team, increases their ability to assess and treat more challenging cases, creates a demand for the advanced services, opens the door to more opportunities in medical massage, orthopedic massage, sports massage, structural balancing, posture and movement therapy and other manual therapy practices.

This program is open to RMT, PT, OT, L Ac, RN, CAT, Feldenkrais, Rolfers, Asian Bodyworkers, Movement Arts teachers, Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructors and students enrolled in these programs.

For more information, please contact the Administration at 303-329-6345.