Sports and Performance Massage

sara-clawson-teaching-picA new 100-hour Certification Program

with Sara Clawson Pearse, MS, LMBT


NOTE: Sara is offering the Biomechanics class again in October, so you can still enroll for the entire three-part program starting with the June class! The $200 savings will apply.

Addressing Sports Injuries | June 16-18, 2017
Optimizing Athletic Performance | August 11-13, 2017
Fundamentals of Biomechanics | October 13-15, 2017

Friday-Sunday, 9:30am-5:30pm | 21 CE contact hours
$450 each module, or $1150 for all three (a $200 savings)



Sports massage focuses the therapist’s intention on optimizing performance, recovery, and treatment and prevention of injury for every body in motion. Elite and professional athletes have long enjoyed the benefits of massage therapy, but it is every bit as important for weekend warriors, more casual sports participants, and individuals beginning a fitness regimen to maintain optimal flexibility and tissue recovery which sports massage will promote.

This new and exciting certification program from BTI will allow you to gain the therapeutic knowledge, skills and confidence to provide high-level and specialized services to your clients!


sara_biketeam_picAddressing Sports Injuries will focus on athletic injuries: recognition, prevention, and treatment modalities appropriate for sports massage application.

Optimizing Athletic Performance will put theory into practice and get students up and moving to experience sports skills and learning to coach athletes’ proper form and efficient movement patterns, then will culminate with students creating and practicing sports massage treatment plans.

Fundamentals of Biomechanics will give you a biomechanical perspective on bodies in motion to help students identify the prime movers in physical activities and create a sport-specific assessment model. This will be followed by specific massage strokes to target supporting healthy movement patterns and recovery.

At the end of this training, you will have a detailed understanding of sport-specific assessment skills, indications and contraindications for common athletic injuries, and the use of biomechanics principles to help athletes optimize their performance during training, competition, and the movements of everyday life.

About the 100-hour Certification Program:
The modules can be taken individually, or together as a certification track. For those seeking certification, the program includes 63 hours of in-class instruction, plus 37 hours of required out-of-class assignments and treatment documentation. There will also be opportunities for externships with athletic teams. This work will give you the opportunity to put the theory and methods into practice, and to get personal feedback from Sara in this process.

BTI will award certification to participants who complete all required course work and pay an additional $150 certification fee. BTI will provide ongoing continuing education documentation after the end of each of the three modules.

There is an installment payment plan available from BTI for the $1150 package price, with five payments of $240. The first payment is due with registration, with four monthly payments to follow (including a $10 service charge per payment). Contact the BTI Office directly if you want to utilize this option.


clawson_sara_picSara Clawson Pearse is a NC Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist (#9591), a graduate of the Body Therapy Institute, and has a Masters of Science in Sports Medicine from the School of Health and Human Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from UNCG in the same department. Sara came to massage therapy through her own love of endurance sports and involvement in road and mountain bike racing, triathlon, stand-up paddleboarding, and more.

Sara served as the team soigneur for USA Cycling’s development program in Europe. She worked with the men’s juniors, women’s elite, and under-23 men’s teams, keeping riders healthy and performing optimally while competing in races in eight countries. Last year, she traveled internationally with the women’s TWENTY16 Pro Cycling team as their head soigneur. She also frequently partners with several Division I college sports programs and has worked with men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, tennis, cross country, swimming, baseball, golf, rowing, and weight lifting. She enjoys working with clients in her private practice at Healing Hands Chiropractic in Greensboro, NC. Learn more about her work at


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