Mountain Cabin

Continuing Education Classes

Expand your skills and challenge yourself to do better, be better, and never stop learning.

Continuing Education Classes
For Licensed Massage Therapists

Practicing Acroyoga

Body Mechanics Audit

Sore wrists? Achy neck and back after a full day of work? I'll bet your body mechanics could use some work. So many LMTs don't get strict education and reinforcement in school about their body mechanics, leaving them burnt out, achy, and down right broken after a few years. How would you like a professional audit of your mechanics? I was fortunate enough to have a few seriously tough instructors in school that harped on this every single day, and here I am 14 years later with very minimal discomfort at the end of a long week. This semi-private "class" is more of an audit of your skills rather than a lesson on something new. I'll spend a little time discussing body/joint stacking during your sessions and important self care routines. I'll then watch you give an hour long session, giving advise along the way and making corrections to your body mechanics. This is a two person class so I can give my full attention to the practitioner working in front of me. 

- Instructor: Kaia Van Natta

- 3 CEUs - NCBTMB Approval Pending

- $80

Upcoming Classes:

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Cupping Therapy 101

The suction and negative pressure created by cupping helps loosen muscles, encourages blood flow, pulls metabolic waste out of our tissues, relaxes the nervous system, reduces cellulite and can also reduce high blood pressure. Cupping is an ancient modality revered in many eastern cultures and is a wonderful, unique experience that can be added to any massage modality. In this class I will demonstrate how to use a few different types of cups properly on yourself and clients, and lecture on the benefits, cautions, and physiology of cupping therapy.

- Instructor: Kaia Van Natta

- 6 CEUs - NCBTMB Approved

Upcoming Classes:

- Oct. 7th 2022, 10 - 4:30p, Whitefish Wellness, Whitefish, MT

     - Tuition: $180

- Oct. 9th 2022, 10 - 4:30p, Blue Sky Massage School, Green Bay, WI

     -Tuition: $200 - contact Blue Sky directly to register: www.blueskyedu.org/lmt-seminars

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Massage Therapy for Scarring

Burn scars, like surgical scars, can form into different classifications of scar tissue. Each scar type will have its own set of precautions and contraindications. Learn what modality works best for each type of scar so that you can help the patient achieve the maximum benefit from each massage session.
Each therapist will develop a better understanding of trauma attached to scars and the effect that massage can have on the patient.

- Instructor: Jen Hartly

- 8CEUs - NCBTMB Approved

- Tuition: $255

Upcoming Classes:

- Oct. 26th 2022, 9:30a-6:30p

     *Call or Email Jen directly to register:  hwcmassage2004@gmail.com     706-831-2889

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About Face!

Get ready to learn about the face! Muscles, massage, suction cups, stones, and products, everything you need to know about working the most impressionable part of the body. I welcome LMTs and LEs to this class.

- Instructor: Kaia Van Natta

- 4CEUs - NCBTMB Approved

- $90

Upcoming Classes:

- Nov. 12th 2022,10a - 2p

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360 Pelvis Class

The pelvis attachments can be an under worked area, it's intense, difficult, and intimate, yet, so important! I will go over the anatomy of this area, posture alignment, and show how to work the abdominal wall, psoas, illiacis, QL, and those many glute muscles.     

- Instructor: Kaia Van Natta

- 8 CEUs - NCBTMB Approved

- $180

Upcoming Classes:

- Nov. 1st 2022, 10a - 6p

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Intro to Cranial Sacral Therapy

Cranial Sacral Therapy is a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas which alleviates stress, pain, emotion, and many other symptoms that can include blurry vision, ringing ears, and migraines. CST can be preformed by any hands-on health/wellness practitioner, and I welcome all to join in on this class.   

**2-Day class - students must attend both classes to receive full credit. 

- Instructor: Kaia Van Natta

- 14 CEUs - NCBTMB Approved

- $260 

Upcoming Classes:

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Hot/Cold Stone Massage

Do you feel like you never really learned stone massage? You just got thrown into it when you got hired at a spa... Well then this class is for you! I will go through a quick background of this modality, talk about stone basics, contraindications, the benefits of hot and cold stones, & show proper technique. You will definitely leave this class with a solid understanding of stone massage and how to best utilize stones whether its a luxurious full body treatment or just an extra tool for your deep bodywork sessions.  

- Instructor: Kaia Van Natta

- 6 CEUs - NCBTMB Approved

- $180

Upcoming Classes:

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Essential Oils for the Spa Professional

Anyone who loves essential oils or who knows nothing about essential oils yet can easily add them into their massages and provide their clients with an extra special experience. I will educate students on many of the top chosen oils for massage purposes and show how to best incorporate them into a massage session.  This class is recommended for LMTs, LEs, Nail Techs, Spa Receptionists, and anyone else looking for more knowledge on EOs in a salon/spa setting.  

- Everyone is welcome to take this class, no experience or license required!  

- Instructor: Kaia Van Natta

- 4 CEUs for LMTs - NCBTMB Approved

- $110 - includes an essential oil

Upcoming Classes:

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Private Lessons

Is there a specific something you would like to improve on? Or perhaps you just need a refresher on a particular body area or modality. I would love to share my knowledge with you and help you grow as a professional! Contact me with a specific request for a private lesson or for a group you already have together and I will put together a lesson for you. 

- $40 per hour, per person

- These lessons will not meet NCBTMB continuing education requirements.

- You may count these lessons towards your Montana State License however! 

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* Classes are currently being held at my studio in Whitefish, MT unless otherwise specified. 

* Email me with any questions, otherwise you may register online.

* Classes offered change seasonally, so continue to check back for new classes available!

* Cancellation Policy: A 25% deposit is required upon booking a class, any cancellation within 7 days of class will forfeit their deposit. 

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In November of 2017 I decided to get certified to become a continuing education provider. It was not a quick and easy process. But after a lot of do diligence, pilot classes, and feedback, I finally got my approval from the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork! I love to teach in a relaxed setting with only a hand full of students. I get frustrated when I go to classes and there are way too many students and nowhere near enough time for everyone's questions to get answered, especially during hands on time. 

So I like to keep it small and inclusive.