Massage Research with Dr. Adam Perlman

February 8th, 2016

BTI is excited to again collaborate with leading clinicians and researchers from Duke Integrative Medicine to help members of the massage therapy community gain the knowledge and skills to participate in research and to collaborate with other health care providers in interdisciplinary settings. Learn how research can benefit your massage practice.

Sports and
Performance Massage

February 1st, 2016

This comprehensive workshop will give you a detailed understanding of sport-specific assessment skills, indications and contraindications for common athletic injuries, and the use of biomechanics principles to help both amateur and professional athletes optimize their performance during training, competition, and the movements of everyday life.

Traditional Hawaiian Healing Arts at BTI

January 31st, 2016

Learn about the teachings of the ancient Hawaiian Healing Arts, and the true spirit of Aloha. These methods have been carried forward in an unbroken chain and are still used today by elders from the Big Island of Hawaii. Two-day intro class on Lomilomi massage, followed by two-day Advanced class for those who have studied with Pua Gillespie or other teachers.

BTI Winter Open House

December 5th, 2015


yellowleafoak Sunday, January 10, 2016 | 2:00-4:00pm

Featuring FREE seated massage & refreshments!

  • Enjoy the beauty of South Wind Farm, and experience the relaxing touch of massage therapy
  • Faculty, staff and students will be on hand to talk about BTI’s renowned Massage Therapy Diploma Program, which will prepare you for a rewarding and meaningful career as a natural health professional
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  • No RSVP needed – we look forward to seeing you here!

Special Bonus: those attending our open house will receive complimentary registration
for a one-day Introductory Massage Workshop at BTI (a $50 value).

2016 Continuing Ed Schedule Now Available

November 30th, 2015

stephens-BTI-ceBTI has another great year of workshops and advanced trainings in 2016 with some of the leading presenters in our field, including Tom Myers, Tracy Walton, Michael Shea, Claire Marie Miller and Ralph Stephens.

Many of our most popular courses will be offered again, along with nine new courses for your professional development. Expand your skills and knowledge while you get inspired and renewed by your time at our beautiful country campus.

As always, you can browse Workshops by MONTH, or Workshops by CATEGORY. Each course has its own page with complete description, learning objectives and presenter bio.

Get a 10% DISCOUNT on the cost of ALL 2016 continuing education workshops and advanced trainings at BTI. You must register and pay the FULL FEE by February 1, 2016. Click here for the details.

Ready to register? You can call the BTI Office at 919-663-3111, or use our secure ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.

5 New Workshops added to the 2016 CE Schedule

November 30th, 2015

We have added five new workshops to the Fall CE schedule with BTI’s Co-directors Rick Rosen and Carey Smith. Take this opportunity to study with these highly-respected teachers and leaders in the profession. Many of your favorite workshops are returning to BTI this year, along with some new offerings. Remember that this is the FINAL year for CE at BTI.

Enjoy the Student Massage Clinic at BTI

November 9th, 2015

Get a great massage at a reasonable price from our talented students in the Massage Therapy Diploma Program. These are one-hour sessions that can be used for stress reduction and general well-being, or can be focused on specific regions of muscular tension in the body. By appointment only – go to our Clinic page for complete information.

You’re Invited to BTI’s Next Open House

November 2nd, 2015

Featuring FREE SEATED MASSAGE and Refreshments! Visit our beautiful campus, learn more about the Massage Therapy Diploma Program, and how it can make a powerful difference in your life. Meet faculty, staff and students. No signup needed for the Open House – we look forward to seeing you here. Attendees will receive free registration for a BTI Intro Massage Workshop.

Somatic Educational Leadership

September 8th, 2015

Developing Mastery for the Classroom and Beyond


Designed and led by Carey Smith, Somatic Educational Leadership is a six-day course for graduates of The Spirit of Learning® or those at a similar level of professional development. Here is a description from Carey of the three primary components of the course:

carey-teaching-triptychSomatics is the study of the fundamental wholeness and unity of being human; a three-dimensional body with thoughts, feelings, sensations, impulses, intuitions, inspirations, ethics, values, ancestral lineages, longings, imagination, future vision – all held within the context of a dynamic, mysterious and evolutionary process called living. It is present-centered felt experience.

Somatic practice is the act of bringing attention, awareness, and dedication to repeatable actions designed to reveal and generate: 1) meaning; 2) a commitment to what matters; and 3) the capacity to bring what matters into form. Somatic practices build the capacity to make clear decisions, create community, open to divine inspiration, change habits, set a new course, and take meaningful action in the world.

Education, from the Latin educare, means to “lead out from within”. In its origin, education is the expression of an immense inner wisdom that can take in, sort, refine and direct information in order to use it for the enrichment and advancement of the self and others. As educators, therapists, healthcare providers, leaders… what kind of learning opportunities do we want to create so that our students and clients develop the capacity to be self-educating, self-healing and self-generating? In other words, what happens if our students and clients begin to trust themselves, begin to know their value, and live from a place of dignity in community with others on this beautiful planet?

Leadership is how we partner with ourselves and others to produce a particular outcome, fulfill commitments, translate ideas into actions, and manifest mission as an expression of identity and integrity. It is the path of guiding and directing attention, awareness and action toward an agreed upon goal or destination. This sincere pursuit serves as a catalyst to motivate and mobilize both internal and external resources and other people. In order to be an effective somatic educational leader, we must first and foremost learn how to educate ourselves to lead a congruent inner and outer life.

Click here for the course description page  |  Click here to register

Kinessage® – Bring More Movement to your Massage Practice

September 2nd, 2015

Movement and Massage – What’s Your Movement Quotient?
by Kathleen Gramzay, LMT and founder of Kinessage®

gramzay_kathleenDo you serve clients with sedentary jobs or lifestyles? If so, you are probably familiar with the toll inactivity or long hours of repetitive tasks takes on their bodies. Or, maybe you work with athletes contending with chronic injury from repetitive use. After you have cleared their pain and restrictions, perhaps you recommend they add movement or stretching into their day to help mitigate the side effects of their daily patterns.

Movement is inherent in massage and a fundamental aspect of how it effects change in the body. For example, rocking sedates the nervous system and eases a nervous first-time client, effleurage increases venous and lymphatic circulation, percussion stimulates or sedates muscle tone or the nervous system.

In focusing upon what is most beneficial for a client’s body, it can be easy to forget about the other body in the room. Like your client’s sedentary postures or repetitive use, static massage postures can lead not only to congestion and pain in your own tissue, but to a weary mental perspective at the end of a long day or week. It is not news that stationary standing or sitting, or working in odd positions is as detrimental to you as your client’s habitual patterns are to them.

Test your own “movement quotient” by answering the following:

  • When standing during a session, what percentage do you estimate you are standing still, neither moving from your feet or hips?
  • When sitting, what percentage do you estimate you are sitting still, only moving from your arms or hands?

Are you surprised by your answers? Could you use less idleness and more movement?

Try these tips to create more energy, improve your circulation, and make your work easier and more fun:

  • Re-ignite your massage “dance” groove. When standing, consciously move more from your feet allowing the fluidity to translate through your body and through your client.
  • Do seated work on an exercise ball. This will add a whole new dimension of movement to your work. Rolling on a height-appropriate and correctly inflated ball, and translating that energy from your feet, through you and your client, creates greater ease for you and a soothing, effective treatment for them. (Stretching out your low back on it is an added bonus.)


If it is time to shake up your massage, learning how to use movement effectively can add fun, energy and a whole new skill level to your practice. That’s why I developed Kinessage®.

It’s a kind and effective method designed to be easier on you while being more kind and effective for your clients. I invite you to register today for the upcoming Kinessage® workshop at BTI on October 22-23. You’ll learn essential self-care techniques using movement, and you’ll get an introduction to the use of physics, the kinetic chain and myofascial release to save your body and energy while becoming a more successful therapist.

Kathleen Gramzay, LMT is the founder of Kinessage® Massage Through Movement and Kinessage® Self Care for Therapists. She’s based in Scottsdale, Arizona and teaches throughout the country.