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The Science of Stress Relief

October 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm



This six-hour, online class is designed to give bodyworkers a solid introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the stress response and specific guidance on how to influence the autonomic nervous system through integrative massage therapy. Topics will include an introduction to polyvagal theory and its clinical application.

Stress reduction is a huge part of what we do as massage therapists. This class will help you to do it more consciously and effectively. These same principles, by the way, can be used to relieve pain, inflammation, and a host of other symptoms and conditions.

Participants will learn hands-on techniques as well as self-help information that could serve as client education. Everyone who completes the class will have tools to quickly shift out of fight or flight mode and the knowledge to build resilience against the future effects of excessive stress.

NOTE: Schedule will include a one-hour break for lunch from 12pm to 1pm


Develop basic skill at recognizing, understanding, and controlling the stress response through integrative bodywork.


By participating in this online class, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the stress  response
  • Describe how to use grounding and earthing to reduce stress in minutes
  • Demonstrate breathing techniques to shift out of fight or flight mode
  • Discuss the importance of the vagus nerve in stress and relaxation
  • Demonstrate touch with presence to activate the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Perform movement techniques and mindful acupressure to improve brain function
  • Discuss two or more lifestyle changes that could protect us from stress and illness
  • Discuss the role of mindfulness in health, relaxation, and bodywork
Continuing Education: 6 CE hours
  • “The Science of Stress Relief” is approved for the following:
    • NCBTMB certified therapists and LMT’s in states that accept NCBTMB approval.
    • Florida licensed massage therapists (CE Broker Tracking #: 20-710335)
      (Online classes in Florida count as “General” hours however,  2020-2021 is a coronavirus exception. Check with your state board to confirm approval for “LIVE” CE hours)

Early registration & discounted fee available until October 4, 2020


Alternative methods of signing up:
Download a mail-in registration form
or call 330.701.8780 to register by phone


October 17, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Randall Gibson, M.Ed., LMT
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CE hours:
Randall GIbson, M.Ed., LMT
Early / discounted registration until:
October 3, 2020
Randall W. Gibson is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. (Provider #325713-00)