I’m very excited to announce that we now have certification from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) for all Accunect courses. NCBTMB provides national certification for massage therapists, and courses certified by the NCBTMB are accepted by many states for continuing education requirements. This is awesome news, because as a massage therapist I wanted to make sure that Accunect was easy to learn and fast to use so that massage therapists could have a powerful energy balancing tool that they can realistically integrate into their practice.
Combining Accunect and massage is a match made in heaven. I’m a believer in massage – I’ve been a massage therapist for 27 years, and used to do acupressure and meridian massage full-time. I estimate that I’ve given over fifteen thousand massages in my life. I also know that most of the common tension patterns that we are aware of – in our neck and shoulders, back and so on – actually have their roots in deeper energy imbalances. If the neck is tight, there is almost certainly some imbalance in the digestion. If the low back is weak or tight, there is usually some weakness in the Kidney meridian – either from overwork or from chronic fear (and we often overwork out of fear). IF the chest is tight, there is usually weakness or stagnation in the Liver meridian – usually from some repressed or unexpressed anger. What this means is that massaging the affected muscles often only gives short term relief. If you really want to get more lasting results, you need to balance the body at a deeper level. Acupressure and acupuncture are one way to do that deeper balancing, but both take a lot of training to understand and to successfully apply. Accunect provides a way to balance the same energy systems as acupuncture does quickly and safely, with minimal training. Acupuncture is a four-year degree program, and it takes even longer to master. Accunect can be effectively learned in a weekend, and it is possible to do effective energy balancing using Accunect in just a couple of minutes – the day after the workshop!
What I typically recommend to massage therapists taking Accunect is that they try to integrate a little Accunect into their sessions immediately after taking the workshop. I suggest that they determine a time in minutes that they feel comfortable setting aside (usually 3-5 minutes) and then to tell the person that they would like to include a little Accunect balancing before the massage. Here’s what I recommend they say:
Then proceed to do 3-5 minutes of Accunect balancing, followed by their normal massage routine.
When massage therapists do this, both they and their clients notice that they relax quicker, and that the benefits of the massage last longer. After a while, some clients begin to ask for a longer Accunect session before the massage as they see that it is really getting at some of their issues in a deeper way. They also start to see that the sessions are helping them on more levels than just tension release and they start to see the these integrated sessions provided by the therapist as being more holistic. This allows massage therapists to develop a more diverse – and hence more satisfying – practice.
A huge thank you to Catharine Dress for her efforts in securing this approval. Catharine is an Accunect SelfCare Instructor, and a Certified Accunect Practitioner in Yorktown, Virginia. She took on the project of completing all the necessary applications, corresponding with the NCBTMB, and shepherding the application through the approval process with minimal input from me. I am eternally grateful for her effort on this project and for her dedication to promoting Accunect. You can contact her to say thank you from her listing on the Accunect Practitioner directory here.