Massage Fundamentals | September 29 - October 9, 2014

Amy Doff

September 29, 2014 - October 9, 2014

Amy DoffThis introductory massage course provides students with the fundamental skills and confidence required to perform a full-body relaxation massage using Swedish massage techniques. Students learn the purposes, effects, and contraindications of massage, as well as the history and current state of the massage profession. Practical knowledge of good hygiene, proper draping, and the use of bolsters is taught. Students learn to perform a full-body massage routine that includes the five basic Swedish techniques and their variations.

The importance of touch for well-being is discussed, alongside discussions regarding professional ethics and boundaries.  Students learn experientially with communication exercises how to create trust and a safe, therapeutic relationship with clients. Efficient body mechanics and self-care for the student is emphasized, as well as conscious breathing, grounding, and cultivating presence.  Students will emerge feeling empowered with the tools, knowledge, and essential practitioner qualities for creating successful massage experiences.

About the Facilitator(s)

Amy Doff

Amy Doff has enjoyed teaching Human Anatomy, Physiology & Kinesiology to beginning massage students and allied health students, in numerous settings, for over 6 years. She hopes to influence her students to appreciate and take care of their bodies and their physical, social, political and energetic environments. Amy has been practicing medical massage/soft-tissue rehabilitation for the past 13 years and enjoys providing treatment work.

Amy is passionate about participating in our food system (from ground to grind and root to crown) and utilizing the opportunities we have as Massage Therapists to share self- awareness and health education with our clients. She promotes Wellness in Action (meeting our daily needs in ways that also nourish our physical, mental, spiritual and environmental health).

Amy has training in Massage Therapy (LMT, Hawaiian Islands School of Body Therapies, 2001), Anthropology (BA) & Occupational Safety & Health (Minor, UH Hilo, 2006) and a Master’s in Public Health, focusing on Health Policy and Management (UH Manoa, 2010). She currently serves on the Hawai‘i County Subarea Health Planning Council and collaborates with the Matungu Community Development Charity, a sister Community Based Organization, in rural western Kenya, to plan public health and community empowerment programs.


Workshop Fees

To register and/or book accomodations and meals, contact Kalani Reservations Desk.

Tuition-only price: $605
Required Text:
$25 Course Manual (available for purchase on the 1st day of class)