Course on Neurophysiology applied to Massage

Aimed at trained and trainee massage therapists, body therapists and interested students.

Course brought from Oasis Massage, our sister school.

Can I take the course even if I have no previous knowledge?

Yes, this course is designed with a pedagogical, interactive and simple modality that allows the gradual incorporation of the knowledge that will be taught during the classes, even if you have no previous knowledge of physiology or anatomy.

What you will learn
in the course

  • Neurophysiology. Central and peripheral nervous system, review of basic anatomy and physiology. Triune brain . Autonomic system: sympathetic and parasympathetic
  • Basis of the polyvagal theory. To recognize active defensive responses in the body (fight and flight), as well as passive responses (freezing) in order to detect them in the patient. To understand and know the neurophysiological basis of stress and relaxation and how massage influences stress regulation.
  • Massage and its central effects: cortisol, dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and opioid substances . Scientific studies
  • Top down vs. bottom up regulation. Co-regulation and self-regulation. Practical guidelines: grounding, mindfulness and presence, dual orientation, the use of prosody for nervous system regulation.
  • Recognize in the body manifestations of parasympathetic activation and the functions of the ventral vagus nerve. To provide information to assist in the consolidation of this response. Massage and sleep : basic physiology of sleep, brain waves and practical guidelines to provide consultants for a restful sleep.

  • Pain:
    the new psycho-physiological approach to chronic pain. the relationship between stress, emotions and physical pain. the importance of massage in people suffering from chronic pain.

Online course on Neurophysiology applied to massage


tuesday, october 17 (12 classes)

HOURS: Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
TEACHER: Lorena Fraiser in collaboration with Sebastian Cillo.
Tuesdays from 19 to 21hs (12 online classes)

Why is it important to incorporate this updated knowledge in neurophysiology?

The skin is no more separated from the brain than the surface of a lake is separated from its depths; the two are different locations in a continuous medium … The brain is a single functional unit, from the cortex to the tips of the toes.

Understanding that the major impact of massage is on the central nervous system positions bodywork therapists in a different place from the conventional approach.

In this course you will discover the effects and repercussions of massage on mind-body health from the new neuroscientific perspective.

Knowledge of neurophysiology helps to clarify the full therapeutic potential of massage in numerous conditions such as chronic stress, chronic pain and sleep disturbances among many others.

By understanding the map of the autonomic nervous system, therapists and consultants can identify which type of touch brings safety (ventral vagal activity), discomfort or activation response (sympathetic system response) and numbness, disconnection or dissociation (dorsal vagal response), as well as assist in the regulation of each of these responses.

Finally, we believe that it is an ingredient of professional excellence to know how to transmit serious and updated information about all the benefits of massage.

Did you know that massage...?

– It is a regulator of the central nervous system by promoting the activation of the parasympathetic system; it promotes tissue repair and activates the immune system? It has effects on the central nervous system by activating pleasure pathways (serotonin and dopamine), deactivating areas involved in stress and reducing cortisol? Does it promote the integration of the body schema?
– It is involved in the release of oxytocin (neurohormone of attachment) and in the activation of the analgesia system?
– Induces the Relaxation Response and reduces anxiety?
– Facilitates and induces sleep and improves its quality?
– Promotes growth (infant massage) and secure attachment?

Weekly online classes

Neurophysiology course

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