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The Future of Bodywork: Integrative Education for Bodyworkers


The Future of Bodywork

Pacific Northwest School of Massage


Trillium Institute Present


The Future of Bodywork Symposium:

Integrative Education for Bodyworkers 


Co-sponsored by the Jack Blackburn, the Trillium Institute,

and Brian Utting, the Pacific Northwest School of Massage


Monday March 16th, 2015,

6-10pm at

Nalanda West Event Center
3902 Woodland Park Ave North 
Seattle WA 98103

This gathering is a creative attempt to highlight the changes in education we will need to truly become part of Health Care. All alternative health professions need to look closely at how they define their professions and their process of education so that they are perceived as not only competent, but complimentary and integrative with each other, as well as with mainstream healthcare.

The bodywork community is a relative latecomer in the realm of healthcare, and so far Washington State has been one of the leaders of the movement. But if we are to remain viable and involved in a rapidly changing healthcare environment, it's time for the next step.

One major opportunity we have in 2015 is the possibility of raising and modifying the state educational requirement for entry-­‐level massage licensure. For the next several months the WACs for bodywork are open to revision in this state, and it will be another 10 years before that will happen again. Our 515-­‐hour minimum standard (established in 1988) was at one time one of the higher standards in the country; it now is not. It has been proposed that we officially raise the minimum hours required for licensing in Washington State to 750 or even 1,000 hours. All of our panelists at the last symposium said that improvements to massage education were necessary if we are to continue to be part of 21st Century integrative healthcare. If we don’t do anything, we may see a continued contraction of massage as reimbursed healthcare, in spite of its innumerable benefits.

Perhaps the more fundamental question with regard to education is not how many hours, but what? What should be included in entry-­‐level massage curricula? What knowledge and skills do practitioners need to best care for their clients, and to survive and thrive in the 21st Century? We also have over 15,000 licensed practitioners in the state of Washington. What knowledge and skills do they need to stay viable and effective? What skills do they need to practice in a truly integrative way, to truly work with the whole human being, and to  practice in an collaborative manner with other healthcare providers?

This symposium will be an opportunity to lay out the groundwork for redefining and extending our profession to meet the challenges of 21st Century healthcare. Bodywork is a rewarding profession because of its intimate, authentic nature, and the many ways that we can help our clients. Buddhists might call it “right livelihood,” because we do no harm and we create healthy opportunities for clients to transform their bodies, their consciousness, and their lives. We already work in parallel with the other caregiving professions rather than competing with them. When we become more knowledgeable and articulate about what we do, and can work even more skillfully with the whole human being, our work will become not only more integrated and whole, but more powerful.