Heartland Institute of Touch Therapies (HITT)
is the educational branch of Touchwork of Weston Massage Therapy, and was founded in 2005 to promote and present quality education for and about the massage profession. Courses range from informative lunch-and-learn seminars for the general public to highly advanced trainings for professional healthcare providers. Our passion for massage therapy and related healthcare issues combined with our down-to-earth teaching style creates a stellar environment for learning.
Both Kirk and Julie hold degrees in education, and Kirk is an approved provider of continuing education for the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. He has taught at national conventions and various state conferences within the massage industry, has been featured in national trade publications, and has presented seminars for numerous corporations and civic groups.
Kirk and Julie work with both groups and individual couples, teaching them massage therapy techniques they can use at home to improve their quality of life.
Kirk and Julie are happy to speak with groups about varieties of health issues, and relate their cure to massage therapy. To request more information, call or email us.
Self-massage and stretching for the workplace
Employees learn massage therapy and stretching techniques to alleviate stress and reduce the risk of injury in the workplace. This can be set up as a one-time general presentation, or incorporated into an on-going wellness program.
Continuing Education For Massage Therapists
Unlike so many other presenters who only share information specific to their own trademarked technique, HITT specializes in strategy-based education. Instead of giving therapists just one more 'recipe', we prefer to explore what, how and why things actually do or do not work. Our goal is to empower therapists with the knowledge, wisdom and critical thinking skills needed to create their own personal strategies for successfully serving their clients.
Current offerings (all live courses) approved for NCBTMB CE hours include:
Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Head and Face Complaints - 6 or 8 hours
Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Neck and Head Complaints - 12 or 16 hours
Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Shoulder Girdle and Shoulder Joint Complaints - 12 or 16 hours
Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Complaints - 6 or 8 hours
Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Back, Thoracic, and Abdominal Complaints - 12 or 16 hours
Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Hip and Pelvic Complaints - 12 or 16 hours
Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Knee, Ankle, and Foot Complaints - 12 or 16 hours
Event Sports Massage - 6 or 8 hours
Advanced Treatment Strategies Using the Massage Chair - 12 or 16 hours
"Scents"able Use of Essential Oils - 4 hours
Drawing a Line: Strategies to Create and Manage Ethical Boundaries - 3 or 4 hours (includes standard V)
Interacting With Professionals as a Professional - 3 or 4 hours
Business and marketing
Marketing Strategies That Make Dollars and Sense - 6 or 8 hours
Marketing and Managing Workplace Massage Programs - 3 or 4 hours
Marketing and Managing On-Site Massage for Special Events - 3 or 4 hours
Client Education: Massage and The Healthcare and Sick-Care Paradigm - 3 or 4 hours
Self-Care Strategies for Massage Therapists - 3 or 4 hours
Body Mechanics: Work Strategies to Prevent Repetitive Use Injury - 3 or 4 hours
Massage Therapy Training Program
Heartland Institute of Touch Therapies: A 700+ hour massage therapy training program that is approved by the state of Missouri and the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Classes are small (generally 3-4 students) to ensure personal attention to every student.