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Earn massage therapy recertification credits at NOVA-Woodbridge

The Massage Therapy Program at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus is offering three continuing education workshops on Aug. 13 and 14. The courses have been approved through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).

On Saturday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon, Jodi Scholes will teach “The Business of Bodywork.” Participants will learn to set realistic business goals, market effectively to find clients, and manage time and energy to enjoy the rewards of the job.

On Saturday, Aug. 13 from 1 p.m. Carol Sinwell to 4 p.m., Suzanne Yates will present “Introduction to Pregnancy Massage” with an overview of techniques in side-lying position and all fours work. Yates is the author of three books on pregnancy massage.

On Sunday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cathy Lavalee will discuss how to maintain proper roles and boundaries during “Standard V of Standards and Practices Ethic Review.” Many ethics classes focus on the client’s boundaries but this course will teach how the massage therapist’s boundaries are crucial to success.

The half-day workshops are $109 each and the full-day course is $150. Participants will receive certificates of completion and continuing education credits. For registration information, call 703-878-5755. 

NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus offers a Massage Therapy Career Studies Certificate that prepares students to take the NCBTMB certification exam. The program covers anatomy/physiology, pathology, massage theory and techniques, hands-on practical experience, business, and ethics. To learn more about the Massage Therapy Program, contact Nancy Crippen at ncrippen@nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.