1. Course Catalog — Message from President

Message from the President

Over the last 30 years I’ve had the privilege of being part of one of the fastest growing professions in health care: massage therapy. In 1992 I started my first clinical massage therapy school, which eventually evolved into five schools throughout the Southeast.

Treating the scapula (shoulder blade)The well planned curriculum enabled students to graduate with the skills that would make them employable and able to meet the growing demand for clinically trained massage therapists. In the years since starting that first school, I have had the good fortune and freedom to experiment with new approaches to soft-tissue therapy and now the innovative techniques my previously owned schools have been teaching for over 20 years are becoming more widely accepted by mainstream massage educators and practitioners.

During that time, I was founder, chief executive officer and curriculum developer of five Southeastern Schools of Neuromuscular & Massage Therapy located in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, which I owned and operated successfully with my partners for 20 years. After those years of developing and managing a large administrative and teaching staff I decided to get back to basics and a higher quality of life. In 2007, I sold the five schools to Keiser University and moved just outside of Asheville, in the quaint town of Fairview, North Carolina.

After 5 years in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC, NCSAB has moved to a larger market: Charlotte, NC. We are very excited to be able to offer our Structural Bodywork Program where we can ensure it continues to grow in the bodywork community. Not only does NCSAB offer a program that meets the needs for licensure, but takes the student much further into the specific treatment of soft tissue pain due to injury or postural distortion by accessing the central nervous system and getting the client into the parasympathetic “let go” the body needs to receive this work.

Massage Therapy is one of the fastest growing fields in the medical community and we are proud to be able to train therapists to meet those needs with highly employable and marketable skills. A Serious Education for those Serious about their Career!

I am proud to have a strong track record in providing top quality training to new massage therapists which include:

• 8,000+ graduates with extremely high student satisfaction

• Physicians seeking our graduates for their practices

• Many of our graduates have become leaders in the massage therapy field

I ask you, do you want to be on the leading edge of the massage therapy profession and be part of an elite group of bodywork professionals?

If so, the staff at North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork is extremely dedicated to providing you with highly advanced skills that will serve you well in becoming an integral part of the healthcare industry. For a lot of students their massage therapy education is, with no exaggeration, a life changing experience.

My staff and I have over 60 years of combined teaching experience. Over the last 20 years, we have developed and continuously refined the process of teaching this material to a high art. Our curriculum has been precisely thought out and sequenced allowing the material to be delivered in the most efficient and effective way possible. This efficiency combined with a small, high caliber group of students, allows us to teach you far more than basic state requirements that are often taught at many schools in the country.

Our focus is on you becoming a specialist in managing and resolving significant pain, posture, movement and dysfunction issues for which many people have not found relief.

The North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork reflects our years of education, practice and instruction in clinical massage therapy and structural bodywork. It is a product of our belief that students are entitled to a superior education and individualized training so that they may uphold the professional standards that they continually pursue. The premise of our program is clinical in nature and the school’s curriculum expresses our philosophy and interpretations of the neuromuscular and skeletal systems and their relation to the body’s structure and function. Rather than attempt to encompass a wide range of massage modalities, NCSAB focuses more on specific aspects that I believe to be particularly relevant, such as the proper evaluation and treatment of soft tissue pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Clinical massage therapy and structural bodywork are two different therapy disciplines. Clinical massage therapy involves the ability to understand and effectively identify and manipulate the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of reducing chronic, excess muscle tensions that contribute to the onset of pain and dysfunction. It offers an  in-depth look at the various causes, symptoms and conditions of muscle tension and the principles to reverse that tension. Structural bodywork scientifically tracks down the aches, pains, and dysfunctions that are not sufficiently responsive to the usual localized treatment (at the location of symptoms) of neuromuscular and myofascial structures.

This unique approach to skillful resolution of chronic muscle tension and the problems it causes is the primary skill you’ll be developing here at NCSAB. This skill — and the related knowledge — is what will set you apart from many, if not most, of the therapists practicing today.

Our curriculum contains pertinent information structured in an easy-to-follow format to assist in facilitating the student’s learning of the muscles, origins, insertions, functions, pain referral patterns associated with each muscle, clinical notes for discussion and reference, patient positioning, and treatment strategies.

Kyle-Standing-Treatment-ArmpitIt is with great pleasure that we share our knowledge, experience, and practical skills with you. I commend you for inquiring about our course of study and the massage therapy profession, and I sincerely hope that together we may continue to enlighten the world about the value of massage therapy in our health care system today and into the future.

Respectfully,

Kyle C. Wright
LMBT, NCTMB

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