Continuing Education

About Continuing Education Courses

VCMT hosts a variety of continuing education courses by RMTs and other professionals from Vancouver and area. Continuing education courses are designed to enhance your abilities as a healthcare professional and to connect you with the best and brightest.

If you are interested in registering for a course, please see the individual post for contact info.

VCMT is well equipped to host both practical and lecture courses. If you are interested in hosting a course at VCMT, please contact Maria at

Supporting Women Through the Menopause as a Fundamental Doorway of Life: An integrated Approach Using Tui Na Accupuncture & Moxa 

Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th May 2018
 Cost: 310$ Early Bird, 350$ thereafter

Still somewhat a taboo subject, the menopause is a powerful rite of passage for women and holds the potential for profound spiritual development. As practitioners, how can we best support and enable women to have a positive experience into and through the menopause as a fundamental doorway of life? How can we provide the nurturing space for women to feel, process, surrender, and reclaim their power?

In this two day practical workshop for acupuncturists, we will:

  • Explore the role of the Eight Extraordinary Meridians, with a special focus on the Wei Mai vessels, the vessels of ageing which represent the 7 & 8 year cycles of time
  • Learn a simple and effective Yin style Tui na routine for nourishing, calming, centring and slowing Qi down to support the Yuan Qi, nourish Kidneys and calm the Shen.
  • Learn a powerful routine for working on the Yin Wei Mai;  experience this deep vessel tangibly in your body and bring it to life in your hands.
  • Experience alternative methods for accessing Qi and stimulating points
  • Improve your needling techniques and sensitivity and bring greater connection and presence to your needling.
  • Improve palpation skills, bodywork confidence and be reminded of the power of therapeutic touch

Take this opportunity to work in a small group with Sarah Pritchard and her Teaching Assistant Isabel Milner while they are here in Canada!
Sarah Pritchard was one of the first Westerners to practice Tui na in the UK. She is known as an inspiring teacher, workshop leader and practitioner with over 20 years of experience. Sarah is the author of two Tui na books: ‘Chinese Massage Manual’ and ‘Tui na – A Manual Of Chinese Massage Therapy’ both published by Singing Dragon. Both books are used as essential texts on Tui na training courses in the UK, Europe and the USA.

*Refunds/Cancellations – Please note that as Sarah and her T.A. will be travelling a long distance to teach, there will be no refunds after sign up unless Sarah cancels workshop for any reason (then there would be a 100% refund). Extreme cases considered and to be discussed with Sarah.


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Kinesio Taping Canada with Dr. Jill Snell and/or Dr. Roger Berton

Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27, 2018

Cost: $550 early bird, $600 thereafter  

Day 1 teaches the unique qualities of Kinesio Tex Tape and it’s method related to human anatomy.  Attendees will practice muscle and fascia applications to the body, educating you how to relax overuse syndromes, stimulate weak muscles, and decrease pain and swelling.

Day 2 advanced will teach you six Corrective Technique (Mechanical, Functional, Space, Fascia, Ligament/Tendon, and Lymphatic) applications for treatment of a variety of clinical conditions and dysfunction related to the spine and extremities.  Attendees will be able to perform the techniques and applications for treatment of pain, spasm, swelling, weakness, joint mobility and stability related to orthopedic & neurological conditions.

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Fascial Manipulation with Cheryl Megalos PT

Sept 7-9th, Oct. 19-21st 

Cost: 1375$ + 5% GST

Fascial Manipulation is a manual therapy method that has been developed by Luigi Stecco, an Italian physiotherapist from the north of Italy. This method has evolved over the last 40 years through study and practice in the treatment of a vast caseload of musculoskeletal problems. It focuses on the fascia, in particular the deep muscular fasica, including the epimysium and the retinacula and considers that the myofascial system is a three-dimensional continuum. Dr. Carloa Stecco and Dr. Antonio Stecco have carried out extensive research into the anatomy and histology of the fascia via dissection of unembalmed cadavers. These dissections have enhanced the pre-existing biomechanical model already elaborated by Luigi Stecco by providing new historiological and anatomical data. This method presents a complete biomechanical model that assists in deciphering the role of fascia in musculoskeletal disorders.

The mainstay of this manual method lies in the identification of a specific, localized area of the fascia in connection with a specific limited movement. Once a limited or painful movement is identified, then a specific point on the fascia is implicated and, through the appropriate manipulation of this precise part of the fascia, movement can be restored.

Please contact Cheryl to register at

Basic Intro to Osteopathic Concepts with Ann Sleeper

June 9th & 10th, 2018

Early Bird cost (1 month prior to course at least): 375$

Regular cost: 395$

“A basic introduction to osteopathic concepts; simple joint & glides for the spine, ribs and pelvis; treatment of body diaphragms; rocking techniques; instruction to pain science concepts.”

Please contact Ann to register at

Facial Rejuvenation with Acupuncture, Acupressure and
Massage – Part 1 with Virginia Doran, MSc, LAc, LMT

June 8-10th, 2018

Regular Registration $650 + GST
Early Bird Registration $600 + GST


This is 3-day seminar, Friday to Sunday, and will involve testing on the final day in order to receive a certificate for Part 1. Facial Rejuvenation with Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage – Certification workshop – Part 1 of the full certification series. Beauty comes from the inside out! Treating the underlying cause of aging and imbalance is preferable to masking the symptoms. With this highly effective method of facial rejuvenation, one can simultaneously benefit a person’s appearance as well as overall health.

Workshop learning objectives:
● Understand how to asses which meridians are involved in the aging process.
● Learn traditional and empirical points for treating signs of aging and their
● Learn specific needle technique for treating various signs of aging.
● Learn safety concerns and contraindications to Facial Rejuvenation
Acupuncture (FRA).
● Learn the benefits and underlying mechanisms of FRA from both a Chinese
medicine and Western medical perspective.
● Learn how to customize a facial rejuvenation treatment utilizing both point
selection and technique for various skin conditions such as acne, dry skin,
age spots, sagging skin, wrinkles, scars, double chins, as well as bags and
dark circles under the eye.

Day 1 – Friday 1:30 pm-6:30 pm (5 CEUS): Massage, Acupressure and Qi Gong
Massage techniques.
Day 2 – Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (7.5 CEUS) Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
Day 3 – Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (7.5 CEUS) Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
technique practice and certification.

***Please note that you will be expected to bring an outside volunteer or partner on Sunday from 3 – 5 p.m who will receive a facial massage and acupuncture treatment from you. Certification is granted upon completion of a written and practical exam. If you are travelling from outside Metro Vancouver, please indicate so on your registration form and we will help you find a local volunteer.

Prerequisites: Participants must be an RAc, RTCMP, DrTCM, ND, or other health-care practitioner licensed to practice acupuncture. Proof of license will be requested.

Virginia Doran, M.S., L.Ac., L.M.T As an international teacher and practitioner of and developer of her own method of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Virginia Doran is a recognized expert in the field. Ms. Doran has been a teacher and lecturer in the field of holistic health since 1980 Ms. Doran has been licensed in acupuncture since 1995 and massage therapy since 1979. Ms. Doran had the great honor to be the first Westerner to teach acupuncture in Japan. Virginia has received extensive publicity for her work on major television networks, radio, and various magazines and newspapers.
Ms. Doran is currently writing two books on Facial Rejuvenation – a professional book for acupuncturists and the other is for the public on her entire program of Facial Rejuvenation utilizing acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy, Chinese and Western herbs, nutrition and supplements, facial exercises and flower essences. After eight years, Virginia now has completed her comprehensive instructional DVD series on Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. For more information and video trailers on the workshops and her instructional DVD set on FRA, please visit:


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Continuing Education with Robert Hackwood

Beyond Basic Cranial: Introduction to Craniomandibular Orthopedics–Oct 27th, 28th 2018–420$(Plus GST)

As the name suggests, you must have at least Basic Cranial to take this course.
Now that you can feel the cranial rhythmical impulse you have probably noticed that some heads are more “pumped up.” You can make improvements to some heads but fail to notice change in others. Or the improvement can take a very, very long time. By improving the mobility at the pivots you will increase the motility more rapidly than by doing many other maneuvers. This is when you start becoming a therapist by picking and choosing what you will work on and why versus following a set protocol.

What are pivots?

There are certain areas in the cranium that are extra special. These areas are where there are bevel changes between bone(s) and we call them “pivots.” When the sutures become “gummy” and “sticky” there is less compliance through the head. Unlocking these pivots allows the bones to express themselves and you will feel more motion under your hands.


Simply TMJ–April 28th, 29th, 2018–420$ (Plus GST)

This is a comprehensive workshop on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and soft tissues involved.
We will walk through the functional anatomy and physiology of movement of the TMJ. Measuring the movement of the jaw and taking a base line will help us determine if the problem is muscular or derangement of the joint. (The measuring tool is included in the cost of the tuition.) The “Achilles heel” of the TMJ will be explored. Then we will learn the common areas of pathology and how we can rebalance the tissues to restore harmony to this difficult joint. These tissues include external and internal tissues and how to reposition the disc within the joint.
There are an enormous number of your clients suffering with pain and noises in the TMJ. You will be given the tools to help with their suffering and as a result build your practice through word of mouth.
You will be shown clear directions for homecare to help progress and maintain the changes you facilitate in your treatment room. Your patients will feel confident in your knowledge and understanding of this often-misunderstood area after you have taken this course.

Fascial Facet Release–June 23rd, 24th 2018–252$ (plus GST)

The fast gentle way to correct joint dysfunctions
Correcting facet joint dysfunctions are an important aspect of manual therapy. As Massage Therapists we often employ Muscle Energy Technique (MET). This is an excellent choice for many people. However, just like high velocity (Chiropractic) adjustments it can be too aggressive or inconvenient at times. Using two subtle techniques we can correct facet restrictions and also change muscle tonus to the paraspinal muscles.
Sacral Balancing

Based on osteopathic principles and an alternative to chiropractic and mucle energy techniques. Creating a stable foundation at the pelvis can help with apparent leg length discrepancies, scoliotic patterns, upper cervical mal-alignment, low back and pelvic pain associated with joint restrictions. This method is gentle enough to use on just about any body.
You will learn how to differentiate between sacroiliac joint restrictions and pelvic visera causing restriction in the pelvis. Direct assessment of the sacrum will take place in two forms: static (positional) and dynamic (motion testing).

Please contact Robert at to enroll!