Jen travels to UNC in North Carolina to get treated for Lyme disease and Babesia (another tick-borne illness). While this has been a challenging time, she looks forward to teaching again in 2016. Huge THANK YOU to everyone who has been contacting us! We appreciate your patience as it has been difficult to follow up but Shirley is on board now as an administrative assistant and is doing a GREAT job with getting caught up! New class dates will be posted in February, 2016.
June 6-8, 2014
Massage therapists from 2 countries and 3 different states came to Sarasota to take the Oncology Massage: Compassionate Touch for Clients Living with Cancer class held at Abundant Life Massage. They learned indications and contraindications as well as gentle and safe massage techniques in order to work with clients who have or have had cancer. Lives were transformed and scars softened in the post-mastectomy scar tissue and general oncology clinics. It is always an honor and privilige to get to work with people who are living with cancer and we are always so very appreciative to the clinic clients who take time out of their days and offer themselves up to massage therapists so they can learn these techniques. Thank you to each and every one of you!
February 5-6, February 7-9, March 14-16, and April 11-13, 2014
Jen, and her trusty side-kick Sylvia Edmonds, taught the Learn to Massage Your Dog class plus the 75 in-class hours of the Canine Massage Therapy Certification program to a number of incredible people who love dogs and want to learn how to safely massage companion animals for compensation. We had memorable experiences at ACE Pet Resort, where students got to practice an extended full-body canine massage on senior residents, went to a local pet store to learn prenatal and puppy massage, and had several canine athletes from SOTC to practice sports massage on for that part of the training. Once again, we were reminded of the special bond that is created between people and dogs when the power of touch is added to the equation.
January 18, 2014
Raindrop Technique for the Massage Therapist was the topic of conversation, and CEs, for several amazing people at this one day seminar. If you haven’t experienced Raindrop Technique before as a recipient or a therapist, you really should give it a try! It feels great and is incredibly beneficial to you and your clients!
October 21, 2013
October 10, 11, & 12, 2013
Abundant Life Massage offered Learn to Massage Your Dog PLUS Modules 1-3 of our 100 hour Canine Massage Therapy Certification Level 1 training over the course of 13 days straight! This was the first time it was offered back-to-back in Sarasota! Participants came from all over the United States and Florida to attend the training, where they learned how to safely massage dogs at a level of excellence in spite of rain chucking down for several days in a row! At one point we had 17 dogs at the venue! Thanks to ACE Pet Resort, Southeastern Guide Dogs, and Poochies Pampered Pets for allowing us to come to your facilities for massage, puppy hugging, and observation of canine body language. This was our first canine massage training we offered without our lead demo-dog Pilot. It was very difficult but Summer and Grover rose to the occasion and we also broke in a new vizsla puppy named Gracie as our newest demo-dog!
August turned out to be an extraordinarily busy month as Abundant Life Massage offered Intro/Intermediate Canine Massage on August 3-4, Stone Massage with guest instructor Annie Murphy on August 10-11, Raindrop Technique on August 24, and Rejuvenate and Refresh Your Massage Techniques, aka “The Procrastinator Special” on August 29-30, the final two days before all licensed massage therapists in the State of Florida needed to renew their licenses and show they had completed 24 CEs in the past two years! What a blessing to meet so many amazing dog lovers and LMTs this month!
July 12, 13, & 14, 2013
Jen traveled to Tampa, FL to be an assistant her good friend, and mentor, Lauren Muser-Cates, as Lauren taught her 3-day Oncology Massage class, which was sponsored by the AMTA, to 24 licensed massage therapists. Jen was available to answer questions from students, assisting with the hands on portions of the training, and providing a snack “buffet”, that was unequalled in CE offerings! It was wonderful reconnecting with Lauren, seeing the similarities and differences in how she taught similar subject material, and meeting the students who were passionate about learning how to help this special group of clients.
June 7, 8, & 9, 2013
18 licensed massage therapists came together at the Center for Building Hope in Lakewood Ranch, FL to learn Oncology Massage: Compassionate Touch for Clients Living with Cancer. Students learned gentle, relaxation techniques to effectively offer a palliative care massage, post-mastectomy scar tissue techniques, and created a safe treatment plan for a client who actively has or previously had cancer and then were able to offer that treatment to a client. It was a life-transforming weekend for everyone involved, including Ralph, the jack russell terrior, who joined us for much of the weekend.
May 10-12, 2013
April 18-20, 2013
March 4-17, 2013
Jen took the trip of a lifetime flying to England with two friends from Facebook, who are also vizsla afficianados, where they attended Crufts Dog Show, meeting lots of Facebook friends from the United Kingdom, and also attended a 100+ vizsla “Viz-Whiz” through the London-Surrey VizWhiz group at a HUGE property where all of the dogs could run and play off-leash while all of the humans did a 5 mile hike on the grounds. It was such an awesome experience to be surrounded with like-minded individuals and dog-lovers!
Jen taught Module 1 of Canine Massage Therapy Certification to 4 wonderful women. Students went to the dog park to observe canine body language, practiced an advanced relaxation routine, massaged dogs at ACE Pet Resort, and attended the Pug Parade event to analyze the marketing techniques of other canine-focused businesses. Grover also took over teaching about muscles! Sylvia Edmonds, LMT, CCMT also came in to teach the class on death and dying, having many years of experience as a licensed mental health counselor. Many dogs and all participants left the weekend feeling fulfilled, at ease, and happy!
February 16-17, 2013
Abundant Life Massage offered Intro to Canine Massage and Intermediate Canine Massage to several very excited participants!
Abundant Life Massage offered Intro to Canine Massage and Intermediate Canine Massage to several very excited participants!
August 11-23, 2012
We took our Canine Massage Therapy Certification program out of town for the first time and traveled to Durham, NC to teach the entire certification in two weeks! All three dogs made the 14 hour trip (each way) without so much as a peep! Not only that, but we discovered the most amazing facility in Durham called “Lap It Up” which is a canine training center with a hydrotherapy pool for dogs! It was wonderful meeting new people and teaching in such a great place as Durham!
July 21-22, 2012
Abundant Life Massage launched a new class “Learn to Massage Your Dog”. The content is essentially the same as the Intro and Intermediate Canine Massage classes but includes an additional hour of sports massage techniques. Our agility and flyball friends have been requesting this addition to our curriculum so this weekend we launched the class!
June 23-24, 2012
Welcome Grover to the Abundant Life Massage canine massage therapy demo-dog group! Jen and her husband flew up to Minneapolis, MN to pick up Grover, our new 15 week old vizsla puppy who is destined to be a great massage therapy demo-dog. He was a joy on the 26 hour drive back to Florida and we anticipate great things happening for our newest addition! Incidentally, he is Pilot’s cousin and also is related to Summer, our other two vizslas!
Puppy massage and puppy hugging abounded as participants from Module 3 of Canine Massage Therapy Certification class went to Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Discovery Center in downtown Sarasota. Students also learned about different activities canines may perform and train in as well as how to do warm-up and cool down routines for these amazing athletes out at Sarasota Obedience Training Club. It is now up to the students to complete their 25 hour internships in order to become Certified Canine Massage Therapists.
April 28-30, 2012
Module 2 of Canine Massage Therapy Certification took place where participants in the class learned about injuries to canines, practiced scar tissue massage on willing greyhounds out at Racing Dog Rescue Project, and learned rehabilitative massage on very special canine massage therapy clients. They also learned gait analysis and how canines move through the walk, trot, pace, canter, and gallop.
April 19-21, 2012
Jen presented twice on the topic of Canine Massage Therapy at the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) annual education convention in Orlando, FL. Sylvia Edmonds, LMT, CCMT, came along to assist with Summer and Pilot as well as answer questions during the presentations. The IACP is an extremely well-run organization and the weekend festivities included a trip to Sea World to see their service dogs who sniff out hazards and explosives around the park and how they train all of the animals at Sea World. Jen, Summer, and Pilot also had the pleasure to meet our Facebook friend, and fellow vizsla lover, Jan Marsh from England, as she was wintering in Florida and came over to meet up and attend one of the workshops. She brought great doggie treats and toys for Summer and Pilot, which made them both very happy!
April 14-16, 2012
For the first time in Abundant Life Massage history, we took a class outside of the Sarasota area to teach! Jen went up to Destin, FL to the Reach Institute to teach the 24 hour Oncology Massage: Compassionate Touch for Clients Living with Cancer class to several wonderful massage therapists from three different states! The Reach Institute, and Ann Rector who is the owner and lead therapist at the Reach Institute, were very hospitable and made the entire experience absolutely amazing for participants, Jen, and the wonderful clinic clients!!
March 16-18, 2012
Jen taught Module 1 of Canine Massage Therapy Certification to 5 wonderful women. We went to the dog park to observe canine body language, practiced an advanced relaxation routine, massaged dogs at ACE Pet Resort, and attended the Pug Parade on St. Armand’s Circle to analyze the marketing techniques of other canine-focused businesses. That was just the tip of the iceburg of learning! Sylvia Edmonds, LMT, CCMT also came in to teach the class on death and dying, having many years of experience as a licensed mental health counselor. Many dogs and all participants left the weekend feeling fulfilled, at ease, and happy!
March 2-4, 2012
6 women from 2 different states came together for the Oncology Massage: Compassionate Touch for Clients Living with Cancer class held in Sarasota, FL. It was a weekend of enlightenment, soul searching, and serenity for the class participants as they and the clinic client participants embarked on the journey of oncology massage.
January 18, 2012
Jen spoke to over 75 massage therapists at the Sarasota/Manatee, Florida State Massage Therapy Association Chapter meeting about Oncology Massage. Where the two hours went so quickly was a mystery! She could have spoken many more hours and the crowd was receptive but, unfortunately the time was up. 🙁 Jen is always available to speak on this and many other topics at FSMTA Chapter meetings anywhere in Florida.
January 2, 2012
Abigail Jones is born to Katie and Lee Jones! Congrats to all three of you!!
December 3, 2011
Jen and Tom attended Katie’s BABY SHOWER! Katie is due just after the first of the year and is expecting a bouncing baby girl. We wish her all the best of luck in this new BIG adventure of motherhood. She will be taking a break from teaching and massage therapy for a little while but should be back later in the spring or summer of 2012.
November 19, 2011
Sue Redfield and Sylvia Edmonds “soloed” on teaching their first “Intro to Canine Massage Class” by themselves. Summer, Pilot, Lexi, and Pepper were the demo dogs for this class and they reported back that not only was it a super-fun class but Sue and Sylvia did a GREAT job teaching! They were doing such a fantastic job that both Pilot and Summer were able to take a nap during the lecture portion of the class! We look forward to utilizing the talents of these amazing women for more classes in the future!
November 12, 2011
Jen was out at SunNFun RV park giving away free canine and human massage for the Racing Dog Rescue Project picnic along with Sue Redfield, one of the first graduates of our 100 hour Canine Massage Therapy Certification program. This is our third year offering massage for this fabulous event and we met lots of wonderful greyhounds and renewed many friendships. Jen’s favorite part is always the “howling” contest! 🙂
October 15, 2011
October 1, 2011
September 17 and 18, 2011
September 3, 2011
August 25 and September 1, 2011
August 12-14, 2011
July 30, 2011
July 21, 2011
July 5, 2011
June 25-26, 2011
and once again met some wonderful people, in the process, who have a passion for their dogs!
June 11, 2011
May 21-22, 2011
and once again met some wonderful people, in the process who have a passion for their dogs!
April 15-17, 2011
Abundant Life Massaged offered its Canine Massage Therapy Certification: Module 3 workshop! By the end of the weekend, students completed 75 of the 100 hour certification program. Topics covered in the weekend included: Kinesiology of Canine Athletes, Hydrotherapy, Sports Massage, Puppy/Prenatal Massage, Energy-work, Aromatherapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, an Acupuncture lecture by Dr. Thom Smith, Practice Management/Laws/Ethics, and two Clinic sessions including field trips to Sarasota Obedience Training Club for Pre-Event and Post-Event Sports Massage, to Southeastern Guide Dogs, in Palmetto, to practice Puppy Massage (Puppy Hugging), and to a Fly Ball Tournament at the Manatee Convention Center to see Canine Athletes in action. Participants are now working their way through Module 4, which is a 25 hour internship!
March 18-20, 2011
Abundant Life Massage offered its Canine Massage Therapy Certification: Module 2 workshop! Participants learned about Breeds and Conformation, Canine Pathology, Kinesiology (study of how canines move), Gait analysis, SOAP Note Documentation, and two different Clinic sessions, including scar tissue massage on greyhounds at the Racing Dog Rescue Project facility!
March 5, 2011
February 25-27, 2011
Abundant Life Massage offered its first Canine Massage Therapy Certification: Module 1 workshop! Eight amazing students participated in the weekend’s first 25 hours of the 100 hour certification program! They are all planning on becoming certified in Canine Massage Therapy. Topics covered included: Canine Communications, Anatomy and Physiology, Special Populations including Death and Dying, and three different Clinic sessions (including a field trip to ACE Pet Resort) where students were performing dog massage on dogs they had never met before.
January 15-17, 2011
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