Founded in 1977 as the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing and later renamed the International Professional School of Bodywork, the school quickly became fondly known as IPSB. IPSB is noted for its commitment to excellence, the quality of its faculty and staff, and the quality of its students and graduates. Not surprising, IPSB is institutionally accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), is approved as a CEU provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing and as a CE provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). It is also approved by the Department of Education to offer Title IV funding and Federal Student Aid to students who qualify.
The faculty at IPSB maintains a high standard of professional competence based upon developing and maintaining the practitioner’s own psychological and emotional well-being, as well as the practical application of bodywork and massage. Combined with the curriculum’s design to integrate and harmonize the student’s body/mind and to cultivate the attitudes, techniques, and skills necessary to support clients in their growth and change, IPSB students enter the field as true professionals in massage and bodywork prepared for a wide variety of practice.
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|
The Essentials of Massage & Bodywork (Essentials) course is the foundation for learning at IPSB, for professional training, personal growth, or spiritual development. It is the prerequisite for the Massage Therapy Certificate program and the foundation for the College’s philosophical approach to learning. It gives the student a solid core of skills, knowledge, and experiential understanding of the integration of Body-Mind-Emotions-Spirit through the work of holistic body practices.
The coursework is based on a “three centers” concept: the physical, emotional, and intellectual centers. The physical center (legs and lower abdomen) relates to the physical instinct and the concept of being grounded and able to take care of one’s needs. The emotional center (chest) relates to the heart and the flow of emotions to the outside world. The intellectual center (head and neck) relates to being aware of the outside world, organizing the senses, and understanding what is going on.
The Essentials of Massage and Bodywork course is designed to create an opening and integration of these centers in the student and to give a format for balancing and opening these centers in others.
This course qualifies the student to apply basic massage techniques on family, friends, and others. Completion of this class does not ensure employment in most areas. Please refer to the “Massage Therapy Licensing” section for more information.
The Essentials course can be taken for continuing education and personal growth or as the beginning level of the professional academic training. Although some individuals may find work in the field (depending on state and/or local educational requirements), this course on its own does not meet the professional standards of AMTA, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, or the minimum levels of licensure in the City of San Diego.
Those students who plan to become professional massage therapists and bodyworkers are expected to continue their education at least through the Massage Therapy certificate program, and are strongly recommended to obtain the Holistic Health Practitioner certificate. The opportunity for more academic studies is available in the Associate’s degree program.
Besides covering theory and practice of circulatory massage (which includes both Swedish and Esalen styles), Essentials students are introduced to Sensory Repatterning, self-massage, and deep tissue massage. Tai Chi, Educational Kinesiology, and the IPSB Movement series are also taught as support work for grounding, body mechanics, and energy generation.
Lessons taught in the Essentials class include:
Anatomy, Physiology, Hygiene
Ethics, Business and Legal Issues
Practical application (Supervised Practice)
Support and Maintenance systems
Specific class dates and hours for Essentials and the Supervised Practice sessions are listed in each Quarterly Schedule of Classes. You can find this information here on the website:
For an online version of our Quarterly Schedule, go to:
At the top of this page there is a drop down bar called “Academic Resources and Forms” on the far left.
Move your cursor over that label, and click on the sub-tab “Academic Resources”.
That page has links that will give you our Quarterly Schedule, as well as posted information on updates/corrections to the schedule.
IPSB opens her heart and doors to the community for the next Open House. We invite you to experience a direct understanding of our approach to the world of massage and bodywork honed over 35 years of teaching.
- Tour IPSB’s facilities and learn how Massage Therapy is taught.
- Meet current students and respected faculty.
- Gain direct knowledge with an invigorating massage.
- Learn about the diverse techniques and holistic programs originated, developed and offered by IPSB.
6:30 – 9:00 pm
9025 Balboa Avenue, Suite 130
San Diego Ca. 92123
IPSB develops healers who use massage therapy as a compassionate tool for exploring health and wellness. We teach a variety of modalities that enable our therapists to find their own way of serving people in the community who are in need of relief and healing through touch.
The Open House evening will offer you insights into our Essentials of Massage and Bodywork course, which is the foundational beginning to understanding your place in massage therapy. The evening will also introduce to the Three Centers Approach to learning which is key to the IPSB curriculum and you will receive additional information about our certificate and degree programs.
Through detailed demonstrations and fun participation, students learn the physical, emotional, and spiritual connections we all share. An understanding which allows our students to grow as individuals while they develop as practitioners.
We all hope to see you at the Open House or another future event.
For more information—or to schedule your own personalized tour
Call us at 858-505-1100.
Hope to see you there!