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The Master Bodywork Workshop and Apprenticeship Program is an academic and real-world training experience designed not only to train massage therapists, but to give them the skills and understanding they need to reach their true potential.
While earning your State of Hawaii Massage Therapy license (MAT) is the destination, it’s actually just the culmination of your journey. Even more important is the uncompromising, extensive foundation in the art and science of bodywork and healing that you are about to discover.
That level of mastery takes time, which is why the Master Bodywork Workshop and Apprenticeship Program significantly exceeds the educational and practical requirements mandated by the state laws and rules regulating the profession of massage therapy.
But the extra devotion to honing your skills will be well worth it. During the course of this 720-hour program our mentor instructors will guide you in their footsteps, to become bodyworkers and healers that make a real difference in the lives of anyone who needs your help.
Why the Master Bodywork program?
The State of Hawaii offers two pathways to licensure, through a DOE licensed vocational school and through an apprenticeship program. The Master Bodywork Workshop and Apprenticeship Program has benefits that are directly targeted toward anyone who wants a less traditional, real-world learning experience.
The Master Bodywork Workshop and Apprenticeship Program is conducted through The Pain Relief Center (PRC), a working licensed massage establishment (MAE #2463). Operating through a real-world, working establishment keeps overhead lower, allowing us to pass on the savings with lower tuition.
Learn and earn while you work.
Our flexible evening and weekend classes let you work your day job while learning a new trade. In addition, during the practical phase of your training you will be seeing established PRC clients, as well as members of the general public, in a student clinic work/study program that offers you invaluable experience AND lets you earn tuition credits.
Relationships are essential for building trust and a successful practice. From day 1 you’ll start to learn just how important they are. And, the close relationships you’ll build with your mentor instructors, clients, and fellow students will prove invaluable on your amazing journey to becoming a true bodyworker and healer.
Follow in our footsteps.
The most compelling reason to choose The Master Bodywork Workshop and Apprenticeship Program is the ability to learn an incredibly effective technique exclusive to The PRC. Integrated Modalities Bodywork (IMB) is a unique blend of western, eastern, energetic, and technological modalities that founder George Davis has developed over his 25 years as a bodyworker and healer. You’ll learn side-by-side with therapists who have incorporated IMB into their own style of healing. Whether it’s hands-on bodywork, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques or energy work, the skills you’ll develop are based on years of experience and a track record that includes helping over 30,000 people.
Master Bodywork Program Phases
The program consists of two phases: the Workshop and the Apprenticeship.
The initial phase, called the Workshop, is a 12-week, 170-hour academic program that, after successful completion, will qualify you to apply for an apprenticeship permit.
The Workshop is primarily academic and focuses on anatomy, physiology, pathology, and structural kinesiology. You will learn about the structure of the body, it’s systems and how they work together, the theory behind and the effects of therapeutic massage, and the fundamental massage techniques.
You will also learn the benefits and contraindications of massage as well as learning proper draping techniques, sanitation and hygiene, and office procedures.
The second phase, the Apprenticeship, is a 550-hour program that can be completed in 6-months to one-year. Upon successful completion, you can apply to take the State of Hawaii licensing examination. The exam is held four times a year (March, June, September, December) and there is an application fee of $50 (not included in tuition).
Once you have received your apprenticeship permit you can begin the apprenticeship phase of your training, culminating in the fascinating process of taking everything you’ve learned and creating your own unique style of bodywork.
Anatomy, physiology, structural kinesiology and pathology are an integral part of bodywork; now you’ll develop a deeper understanding as you learn through practical applications You will be expected to understand and use medical and anatomical terminology as well developing competence in identifying landmarks, understanding functions, and discussing theory and concepts.
You will also be introduced to clinical operations — proper office procedures, record keeping and SOAP notes, how to build rapport with clients, and how to conduct yourself with clients. In addition you’ll learn about scheduling, billing, and thinking about ways to market your talents. Plus you’ll spend time learning the Laws and Rules regulating massage therapy in our Hawai’i nei.
The real fun begins when you enter into your studies of advanced techniques. You will dive into techniques like Trigger Point Therapy, MyoFascial Release, TCM modalities including Cupping and Gua Sha, various branches of Energywork, and more. Towards the end of your training you will be asked to explore and present to the group a pathway of healing that particularly resonates with you.
Now that you’ve demonstrated proficiency in the fundamentals it’s time to start putting it all together. First you’ll start mastering your craft by working on other students, instructors, and models. Once your instructors are completely satisfied that you’ve mastered the skills to this point you will participate in the supervised student clinic, where you will work on PRC clients and the general public.
During the supervised student clinic you will be responsible for each client’s intake and health history forms, SOAP notes and billing. Plus you will work on a marketing campaign to help promote the clinic.
Licensure and Accreditation
Upon successfully completing the apprenticeship program you will be eligible to apply for the Massage Therapist Licensing Exam, which is offered 4 times per year (March, June, September, December). There is an application fee of $50 that is not included in tuition. In addition, you may also qualify to take the MBlex national Certification exam. While Hawaii recognizes the educational hours garnered through an apprenticeship program, some states may not. Obtaining your national certification may make the process of getting a license in another state a possibility.
Meet Your Instructors
The Workshop phase is taught by Olivia Nagashima, the current Chair of the Hawaii State Board of Massage Therapy. She is a successful therapist, entrepreneur and instructor who has years of experience in healing and education. She is passionate about helping the profession evolve and is active in the American Massage Therapy Association at both the local (she is currently President of the Hawaii Chapter) and national levels. Olivia will instill in you a deep sense of professionalism, show you how to develop trust and relationships with your clients, and teach you how to open your minds to make learning easy and fun. Through her mentorship you will learn the building blocks that will pave the road for you to flourish in a thriving and much-needed profession.
The Apprenticeship phase is taught by the full-time therapists at The PRC. George Davis is the founder of The PRC and is the past Chair and member of the Hawaii State Board of Massage Therapy. An artist by inclination, he is a life-long entrepreneur having had several successful careers and businesses in his life. His experience in endurance sports and obsession with studying different modalities led him to the creation of Integrated Modalities Bodywork, a way of looking at bodywork that he has now chosen to pass on to a future generation of healers and bodyworkers. Through his mentorship you will learn how to develop your own style of work that is equally as effective as his, but is truly a reflection of you.
Kevin Schoonmaker is Principal Therapist at The PRC and discovered his calling while a medic in the U.S. Army. A “Gym Rat” by nature, he began by helping other Army personnel improve their levels of fitness, change their attitudes, and better their lives. After leaving the Army, this dedication to health and wellness segued into massage therapy and studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. His unique combination of experiences made his foray into Integrated Modalities Bodywork a natural fit. Through his mentorship you will learn how to look at pain from a more eastern perspective and broaden your perspective on what it means to be a bodyworker and healer.
Jennifer Schoonmaker is Principal Therapist at The PRC and is not only an accomplished bodyworker, but also a licensed esthetician. Her calling has led on a path of growing enlightenment that allows her to not only address the physical aspects of pain through bodywork, but also the spiritual and energetic aspects through a plethora of modalities. She is a Reiki Master, Ho’omanaloa practitioner and certified Theta Healer. Through her mentorship you will learn how to reach into and begin the healing process of the deep areas of the energetic being that are so intrinsically tied to pain.
Master Bodywork Program Requirements
EDUCATION & ENROLLMENT
The State of Hawaii also requires a current certification in both an infant and adult Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training course issued by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. This requirement is not included in tuition.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ENROLLMENT
- High school diploma or equivalent
- 18 years of age
- Submit an application and include a $50 non-refundable application fee.
- Complete an interview with the Principal Therapist
- Once you’ve been accepted into the program you will sign a Participation Agreement and provide a $250 deposit that will be applied toward your tuition.
Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
A student will be allowed to miss up to 4 hours of class time with no penalty, however, additional absences will necessitate make-up sessions that can be scheduled directly with the instructor. These make-up sessions are NOT part of the 720 Hour Master Bodywork Apprenticeship program. The additional cost to the student will be $50 per hour of private one-on-one time with the instructor.
Most books are available on Amazon and are not included in tuition.
- Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage (5th edition) by Mark Beck
- Trail Guide to the Body: A Hands on Guide to Locating Muscles, Bones and More by Andrew Biel
- The Anatomy Coloring Book (4th edition) by Wynn Kapit and Lawrence M. Elson
- The Clinical Massage Therapy: Understanding, Assessing and Treating Over 70 Conditions by Fiona Rattray and Linda Ludwig
- The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies
- Myofascial Release Therapy: A Visual Guide to Clinical Applications by Michael J. Shea
TUITION & COSTS
(plus 4.172% GET)
- Workshop: $2950
- Apprenticeship: $1550
- Total Tuition: $4500
- Students will also be required to have student malpractice insurance: $105
- First Aid and CPR Certification: $75
Tuition and any additional costs can be paid by check (made payable to The Pain Relief Center), cash, money order, cashier’s check, Venmo or credit card. A $45 fee will be charged for returned checks.
Payment plans can be made on an individual basis according to need. Tuition for Workshop and Apprenticeship programs can be paid separately. A 10% discount is available if full tuition is made with application.
Tuition must be paid in full in order to receive a certified copy of your transcript, which is required to apply for the State of Hawaii licensing exam.
• The $50 application deposit is non-refundable.
• The $250 deposit will be applied to your tuition.
• Any refunds must be approved by the Principle Therapist based on this schedule.
- 80% refund 60-90 days prior to start of class
- 50% refund 30-60 days prior to start of class
- No Refunds are available if you pull out 30 days prior to the start of class.