The intention of the Somato-Emotional Integration specialization is to train therapists to unify the often disconnected energies of the physical, emotional, and intellectual body centers. Students learn to utilize bodywork techniques that reduce soft tissue dysfunction and imbalance for this purpose, including deep tissue/passive joint movement blends, structural integration, sensory repatterning, and strain/counterstrain. Development of Tai Chi principles, empathetic touch, breath, and movement mobilization enhances students’ technique effectiveness. Instruction emphasizes enhancing the students’ ability to interact verbally with her/his client by using active body dialogue, visualization and expressive movements. Students also practice objective and intuitive observation and assessment of clients’ needs. As students apply these techniques and theories, they develop an attitude of non-judgmental, noninvasive, loving embrace of the individual client.
The Somato-Emotional Integration course of study will prepare massage therapists to practice in many settings, equipped with techniques specific for both psychological and physical problems. This path provides preparation for those interested in working in Western medical model practices, Holistic Health Centers, Recovery Programs and in private practice.
150-Hour Specialization Certificate in Somato-Emotional Integration Course Requirements:
Path: Integrative Somatic Methods
Prerequisites: Students must meet all general admission requirements and any prerequisites for any course in this specialization. Students must also successfully complete the Essentials and Contemporary Methods (A & B) courses, Communication I: Client Centered Techniques, and Principles of Structural Integration.
|Required Courses||Course Title||Credit Units||Credit Hours|
|EL304H||Passive Joint/Deep Tissue Blends||2.50||30|
|SP322B1||Somato Emotional Integration I||2.50||30|
|SP322B2||Somato Emotional Integration II||2.50||30|
|RSS424SE||Research: Case Report||2.50||30|
|See Below||15 hours from Elective Pool 1||1.25||15|
|See Below||15 hours from Elective Pool 2||1.25||15|
|Total Units / Hours||12.50||150|
|Elective Pool 1:|
|EL205C||Taijiquan (Tai Ch’I Chuan) I||1.25||15|
|EL205D||Taijiquan (Tai Ch’I Chuan) II||1.25||15|
|EL304V||CranioSacral Therapy I (The Healing Power of Gentle Touch)||1.25||15|
|EL304P||Way of the Healer (exceeds credit requirement)||2.50||30|
|EL304G||Sensory Repatterning II (exceeds credit requirement)||2.50||30|
|Elective Pool 2:|
|EL204CA||Jin Shin Acutouch Common Ailments||1.25||30|
|EL204MV||Jin Shin Acutouch Healing the Spirit||1.25||30|
|EL204OF||Jin Shin Acutouch Organ Meridian Foundations||1.25||30|
|EL204J||Jin Shin Acutouch Self-Care||1.25||30|