Intimacy: The Power of Connection.

Date: May 15-17, 2017, Monday-Wednesday
10:00am - 5pm, Lunch 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Registration limited to 8 participants
Location: South Miami-Dade, Not far from The Falls off South Dixie Highway. Detailed directions provided upon registration.
18 CE hours- Florida Board of Massage Therapy Provider Number 50-15947

Cost $250 for the 3 day workshop.

Healing is intimate. This deep connection is the source of much of the healing power of massage, yoga, counseling, breath work, Reiki, Trauma Resolution, Acupuncture, Shamanism and even Allopathic Medicine, yet often it is misunderstood, undervalued or avoided. We seldom, if ever, discuss it. This class is a conscious exploration of the intimacy of healing, using Massage and breath work to explore its sacred nature, the oppressive burden of shame and the healing power of vulnerability that invites deep connection, how to welcome and hold space for it, how to prepare and participate not only to create safety and maintain appropriate boundaries, but to enhance the depth and power of the experience. It explores several physiological, psychological and spiritual mechanisms underlying this connection, including the role of Jung's "Wounded Healer" Archetype. It is also about experiencing the divine in ourselves and our client.

Michael, a massage therapist for 18 years, lifelong educator, former Director of Education at Educating Hands School of Massage, and teacher of Professional Massage Ethics for the past 12 years, takes you on an adventure of connection and spirit, beyond the limits you've set for yourself, to a place where love heals. Explore intimacy: the biology, the spirituality, the connection and the application in your practice. Bring your heart, your hands and your courage. Yes, courage. Vulnerability is the source of all connection.

Cost $250 for the 3 day workshop


Presenter Bio:

Michael Brechtel, MEd, JD, LMT is an engaging transformational educator, author and empath. Michael has been teaching about trauma, self-care, ethics and intimacy for the past decade. 'The person I am meant to change is myself. What I am meant to change is reflected in those I meet. I am finished when I see God in everyone.' A massage therapist since 1999, former Director of Education at Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami and Professional Massage CE Provider since 2004, Michael holds a BS in Secondary Education and an MEd in Vocational Education, as well as a Juris Doctor. He has taught public school, community college, massage therapy, and continuing education for massage therapists and licensed mental health professionals.

If you prefer to mail a check, or if you would rather I take your credit card information over the phone, simply e-mail me with your name, phone number, massage license number, the date you wish to attend and how you prefer to pay. I will get back to you promptly to confirm your registration!

About the Class:

"Thank you so very much. I am transformed, by which I mean I simply feel I have been restored to myself. The darkness has lifted. The workshop was powerful, whole and expressed so well what I know to be the truth but had not yet fully articulated. You do a remarkable job of weaving all the pieces together and of holding us all with love and gentleness. I can't wait to work with you again!"
-Jennifer, LMT

"The workshop was amazing and transformational, exceeding my expectations ~ which were fairly high to begin with. It was without a doubt the best, most well organized and professionally presented 18 hours of training I've attended in the decade I've been practicing. (And I've attended some great workshops over the years.) Three days for the physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually challenging and enlightening work were really not enough time (my only caveat). This work ~ and the quality that you, as facilitator, bring to it (including the remarkably well thought out and written 111-page accompanying text) ~ could easily have gone on for another day or two. Our hands-on time will elevate my practice! I've returned home eager to add our flowing dance strokes and stretching work to my own intuitive fusion work. The weekend became a lovely. intimate, sacred, and nurturing time-away-from-time, as our small group of six sweet, courageous souls traded and learned, and traded and learned some more. I am awed by the vulnerability and courage of our little band of healers."
-Peter, LMT

"I don't think I've ever spent three consecutive days in such absence of judgement -- in a bottomless reservoir of honesty, support and loving feelings. Wow. It will take me a while, or forever, to metabolize it all. What really worked for me was the balance between the hands-on work and the book work. The written part was so well-done, well-developed and thought-out, and supported by evidence-based research in an amazing variety of ways. I appreciate that even as I accept that some things are magically beyond measure and explanation. But I think all those elements come together in your course to create the strongest and most helpful experience. You're a born teacher."
-Patty, LMT

"In all the years I've been practicing and taking trainings and workshops(and I've taken many) This was the best, most transformative, enlightening experience of them all. My only serious suggestion would be to extend it by another day or two- or even three. A Retreat! Michael you are such a powerful, intuitive, compassionate healer. Thank you for creating and holding this sacred space."
-Student Course Evaluation Comment

"Thank you. I love you. Class was more than I could have expected. Thoughts in my head for years- asking questions- were finally answered. Even though when enrolling in this class was not even a thought. Thanks for a lot of answers and the way to go."
-Student Course Evaluation Comment

"What I got out of it was much more profound. Unexplainable in mere words. Needs to be experienced!"
- Grazia, LMT

"Priceless experience regarding fears of intimacy, rejection, and other negative energy we all have or will be exposed to on our journey."
-Student Class Evaluation Comment

"This was a workshop about so many aspects of our humanity....It was a multidimensional approach to our profession. I have gained clarity and courage. Sometimes others come to our lives as catalysts, and as messengers or reminders for what still remains blurry to us. I am very grateful for that to you specially and also to (each of my classmates).

I see myself as the loving silent skillful juggler. Thank you for reminding me of that."
-Pelican, LMT

"Thank you! This course is already a milestone in my life, as a human being and as a massage therapist."
-Student Class Evaluation Comment

"Class was excellent, appropriate and I recommend it to any therapist who wants to take their role as a healer to a deeper level. Finally a necessary journey as we shift into heightened awareness collectively as spiritual beings."
-Student Class Evaluation Comment

"Thank you! This course is already a milestone in my life, as a human being and as a massage therapist."
-Student Class Evaluation Comment

"Michael your love and commitment to the work transmits though your touch."
-Isa, LMT, Spa Owner

"Class was excellent, appropriate and I recommend it to any therapist who wants to take their role as a healer to a deeper level. Finally a necessary journey as we shift into heightened awareness collectively as spiritual beings."
-Student Class Evaluation Comment

"I am very happy to be here! The class fulfilled me. Michael is a very nice person and he does his job with love, integrity. I can feel his love for life. 'Intimacy' is great!"
-Rosario, LMT

"I got a lot more out of this class than I expected! Thank you!"
-Stacy, LMT

About the Work:

"It was deep intimacy, without boundary violation."
-An LMT and Barbara Brennan School of Healing Graduate, on receiving Aquatic Massage

"My first session with Michael was a life changing experience for me. Seconds after his hands touched my skin, tears began flowing from my eyes. I was hugely surprised. It wasn't sadness, or pain, or despair. It was a new feeling of discovery, discovery of myself. It was a sensation of not only the physical pleasure of getting a healing massage, but of tremendous expansion. His touch was opening me. I was connecting with deep parts of myself. And I felt 100% safe in my vulnerability. I felt protected, nourished, nurtured, loved, and deeply cared for. In his gentle way he set me free. I left the session feeling empowered, whole and very satisfied."
-Marisol, LMT, Soul Coach, Healer

"My experience overall is one of feeling cherished and honored. I feel doted on almost, especially when my head is cradled in the crook of your elbow. I feel very safe and spoiled... pampered. It does require for me a breakthrough in trust. I surrender my self-protection and to receiving at the same time. I experience a greater sense of safety in the context of sacred space that's created with the meditation/blessing and anointing. I float in bliss and indulgence, safe and secure, cherished and cradled. I think the only thing better is probably breastfeeding as a child!"
-A client on receiving Temple Lomi Lomi Massage

"I think I did a form of trauma work on your table. The trauma was not receiving enough love and acceptance from my parents as a child or young girl. Or I could say the trauma was all the punishments I received and the unconscious hurtful things said that made me feel ugly ashamed and inadequate, not worthy.

What I felt in the experience with you was a powerful unconditional love that just kept standing there holding me. After some time, a kind of dream came over me as if my father were telling me how beautiful I am and dancing with me telling me I am the daughter he always wanted. That he wouldn't change a thing about me, I'm just beautiful inside and out. He's so proud of me, I'm a gem. He was holding me and adoring me. And on and on it went until I just burst out in tears and had this big release. (I never got this said to me or conveyed in any way as a child). I really felt such love pouring into me that my heart cracked open. Then as if you knew what I was dreaming, you whispered those words I needed to hear, out loud and it just internally scripted in the dream and manifest through you. I am worthy of love, I am beautiful."

-Shaman and Yogini describing her experience in Lomi Lomi session

"I think your work is profound and courageous. I usually feel refreshed and lighter after a session, definitely more connected or aware of my divine energy. I find that massage is already very intimate and one feels very vulnerable. Probably the most important component I feel is necessary for true healing and or the opportunity for healing is trust. You must trust that the person working on you has the purest holistic intent and respects your boundaries and allows for you to open like a flower in your own time and pace."
-An LMT commenting on her massage