Trauma Informed Care: Massage Therapy
Create Safety and Healing for Victims of Unresolved Trauma (Nearly everyone!)

June 27th, Saturday
9:30am - 6:30pm, Lunch 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Registration limited to 8 participants
Location: South Miami-Dade, Not far from The Falls off South Dixie Highway. Detailed directions provided upon registration.

Only $150 for this Eight Hour, Hands-On, Florida Approved CE Workshop!

Learn about the prevalence of unresolved trauma, the impact it has on individuals and society, the psychobiology of trauma and why it continues to impact individuals for years or even decades after the traumatic event. Learn the discipline for creating safety for sufferers of unresolved trauma, or anyone on your table, how common assumptions about compassion and empathy can cause people to feel unsafe and unsupported, the importance of your own self care when working with trauma victims, and the powerful supporting role massage therapy, yoga, acupuncture, meditation, breath work, and other CAM therapies play in cutting edge treatments for permanently resolving the ongoing effects of past trauma.

The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has identified trauma as the major source of mental health problems and substance abuse problems and is actively training providers nationwide to provide trauma informed and trauma specific services. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study(ACE) has identified a wide range of physical, mental, emotional and economic impacts on the lives of individuals as a consequence of childhood trauma, including illness and early death. Many are unaware of the traumatic events in their lives or the extent to which they contribute to present day life difficulties.

So many in our society have been exposed to child abuse, neglect, bullying, domestic violence, stalking, assault, sexual assault, combat, torture, accidents, witnessed homicide or known victims. Support their healing, know how to respond to a triggered past trauma, and how to create safety for the very healing, yet very vulnerable act of massage.

Only $150

Additional Dates:
  • June 27th, 2015, Saturday
  • August 26, 2015, Wednesday

    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!

    Course Outline

    In this Eight Hour workshop you will learn:
  • The Prevalence of Trauma
  • How Widespread is the Problem?
  • How Does it Show Up? What is the Impact on Individuals and Society?
  • What are Trauma Spectrum Disorders?
  • What does the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study Tell Us About the Impact of Trauma?
  • The Psychobiology of Trauma
  • What makes traumatic events different from normal experience?
  • How the brain responds to traumatic events.
  • How the biochemistry of traumatic stress can damage the body and brain, resulting in a downward spiral of maladaptive and degenerative responses.
  • How unresolved trauma can develop into a variety of disabling mental conditions as well as result in substance abuse.
  • How to Create Safety for Victims of Traumatic Events in Your Massage Practice
  • Safe Communication Skills
  • No Judgment, No Evaluation
  • Normalize and Educate
  • Disrobing and Draping Issues
  • Delivering Safe and Supportive Massage While Still Providing Your Best Work

  • Presenter Bios:

    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.

    About Other Classes By This Instructor:

    "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