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Discover Your Path. Discover Massage. Discover Yourself.Discoverypoint School of Massage does not discriminate against students or potential students on the basis of race, creed, color, nationalorigin, sex, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of atrained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. However, a medical authority may deem a disability to be one thatrenders an individual not physically qualified for the program.Selected programs of study at Discoverypoint are approved by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board’s State AppprovingAgency (WTECB/SAA) for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, USC.
ABOUT DISCOVERYPOINT SCHOOL OF MASSAGE . 2 Core Values . 2 Facility . 3 Our Community Founders . 3 General School Calendar . 3 Owners Administrators . 4 Faculty . 6THE PROFESSIONAL LICENSING PROGRAM . 7 Educational Goals . 7A discovery point is Pre-Enrollment Course . 8neither the beginning Quarter 1 . 8nor the end, but a Quarter 2 . 9 Quarter 3 . 10place of clarity Quarter 4 . 10along the way. It is a Weekends Electives . 11moment ofSTANDARDS OF STUDENT PROGRESS . 12 Areas of Evaluation . 12STUDENT CONDUCT GUIDELINES . 14 Harassment . 14 School Classroom Misconduct . 14 Professional Misconduct . 15 Personal Misconduct . 15a-haaccompanied by asense of joyand satisfactionthat challenges us tomove ahead. Drugs Alcohol . 15 Smoking . 15 Dress Code . 15SCHOOL CL ASSROOM POLICIES PROCEDURES . 16 Attendance . 16 Leave of Absence . 16 Classroom Equipment . 16 Testing Grading . 17 Student Records . 18 Student Practice-Massage . 18GRADUATION GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES . 19ADMISSIONS PROCESS TUITION . 20 Application Process . 20 Denial of Admission . 20 Transfers . 20 Tuition Program Costs . 20 Refund Policy . 21Questions?Call 206.552.6523!
AB OU T D I S CO V E RYP O INT S CHOOL OF M A S S A G EDiscoverypoint is a vibrant educational community where students pursue excellence in the field of therapeuticmassage and other somatic practices.Our classes offer students a broadspectrum of learning opportunities and experiencesfacilitated by a seasoned and passionate faculty in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Students obtain a solidfoundation in both the art and science of massage as they practice and develop the skills andbehaviors necessary for personal and professional success. In addition, learners are encouraged toexplore, shape, and refine their own unique vision for a therapeutic practice and career.C ORE VA LU ESCommunityBalanceCandorWe are a diversegroup of individualswho are committedto upholdingour communityagreements aswe support andchallenge oneanother to live,grow, and excel.We choose to livein the creativeyet calm tensioncreated by theparadoxes oflife, embracingneither theextremes nor themediocre middle.We are committedto fostering anatmosphere oftrust by being bothhonest and kindin our interactionswith one anotherand the greatercommunity.2PersonalResponsibilityWe make individualchoices withinthe framework ofour communityagreementsand acceptresponsibility forour decisions.GrowthExcellenceWe are willingto learn fromour mistakesand integratenew skills andconcepts so thatwe will developas individualsand membersof our personaland professionalcommunities.We strive to offerthe best to eachother throughpersistent study,interaction,experience, andexploration.WWW.D I SC O V E RY PO I N TSC HO O LO FMASSAGE.COM
FA CILITYOur space includes a large, open classroom with oversized windows that allow for lots of natural light. It is well equipped with adjustable massagetables, bolsters, and lotions/oils for hands-on work, as well as tables, lap-top desks, chairs, stools, and yoga balls for more traditional lecturesessions. Teaching aids include: LCD and overhead projectors, white boards and colorful markers, anatomical charts and models, a music system,and a small but growing reference library. Students also have access to our kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee & teapots, as well asfiltered water.O UR COMMUNITY F O UNDERSLocated at 420 E. Pike Street, Discoverypoint is situated in the vibrant and eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood on the edge of downtown Seattle.As a center for music, art and alternative culture, this neighborhood’s energy comes from both its dense and diverse population. The streets aredotted with public art, coffeehouses, restaurants and boutiques, as well as a number of small performing arts theaters. Capitol Hill also boastsHarvard Exit, which hosts the Seattle International Film Festival and the Egyptian, which hosts the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Locatedjust a few blocks east of Discoverypoint, Seattle Central Community College hosts a variety of films, lectures and live performances year round.The diverse population, along its open and accepting culture, make Capitol Hill the optimal environment for Discoverypoint School of Massage.The School was founded in 2010 by Pat Archer, Julie Ann Darrah, and Lisa Nelson when they formed Manual Therapy Arts Education, LLC. The threefounders/owners have a long and diverse history in massage education, having worked together for 15 years at the Brenneke School of Massageprior to opening Discoverypoint.G E NE RA L SCHOOL CALENDARS P R I N G S TART (9 A M – 2P M , M WF)FA L L STA RT (9A M – 2PM O R 5 – 10 PM , T W Th)Quarter 1:Mid-March — End of MayHolidays include Memorial Day, plus aone-week break between quartersQuarter 1:Beginning of September — Mid-NovemberHolidays include Thanksgiving, plus aone-week break between quartersQuarter 2:Beginning of June — End of AugustHolidays include the Fourth of July, plus aone-to-two week break between quartersQuarter 2:End of November — End of FebruaryHolidays include Christmas and MartinLuther King Day, plus one-to-two week breakbetween quartersQuarter 3:Beginning of September — Mid-NovemberHolidays include Thanksgiving, plus aone-week break between quartersQuarter 3:Mid-March — End of MayHolidays include Memorial Day, plus aone-week break between quartersEnd of November — End of FebruaryHolidays include Christmas and MartinLuther King DayQuarter 4:Beginning of June — End of AugustHolidays include the Fourth of JulyQuarter 4:Hours of operation are, at a minimum, 30 minutes prior to and after class time, or by appointment.D ISC OVER YO U R PAT H. DIS CO V E R M AS S AG E . DIS CO V E R YO U RSE LF.3
O W NE RS ADMINISTR ATORSLisa A. Nelson, BA, AT/R, LMTCo-O wner & Director of EducationLMTJulie Ann Dar rah, BA,orC o-O wner & Administrat ive DirectJulie Ann Darrah has worked in post-secondary vocationaleducation since 1989. Beginning as a financial aid administratorat the Desert Institute of Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona, Juliejoined the staff at the Brenneke School of Massage in 1991working briefly as the bookstore manager, then as the Directorof Financial Aid. She enrolled in the massage program andbecame a Licensed Massage Practitioner in 1996 with a smallprivate practice. In 2000, she transitioned to become the Dean ofStudents, which allowed her to utilize her gifts in communicationand problem solving to serve as a student counselor and advocate.Soon after, Julie began teaching Novice and Swedish massageclasses allowing her to share her contagious enthusiasm formassage and compassion for novice students through classroompresentations and tableside teaching. She also maintained herduties as compliance officer for Brenneke’s national accreditationand Washington State Workforce Education Coordinating Board.In 2005, Heida Brenneke sold her school to Cortiva Education, Inc.and suggested that Julie be hired as the new School President.Julie worked in this challenging administrative role for almosttwo years gaining both fiscal and managerial experience. Herknowledge and experience in school financials, administration,compliance, student services and teaching has thoroughlyprepared Julie to be a school owner and Administrative Director.Lisa Nelson began her professional career in 1987 as Head AthleticTrainer at North Park College in Chicago, IL. In charge of providingmedical care for 250 athletes participating in 14 intercollegiatevarsity sports, she also developed and implemented North Park’sinitial Exercise Science major, which included an Athletic Trainingtrack. In 1990, Lisa joined the faculty at the Brenneke School ofMassage and in 1991 became a Licensed Massage Practitioner. Whileshe maintained a small private practice, Lisa began to focus herprofessional efforts in the education of both students and teachers.In 1999, she transitioned from regular classroom teaching to servingas the Faculty Mentor at Brenneke. In this role she designed andimplemented a formal faculty training and development programwhile she supported students through learning skills classes,individual tutoring, and academic counseling.Through her company Updrafts Consulting, Lisa has served a varietyof vocational education communities as a teacher, curriculumconsultant, administrator, and learning strategist. She is known as agood listener, creative strategist, passionate team member, as wellas a patient and flexible educator. Lisa has been privileged to speakat numerous teaching conferences within the US, written severalarticles for vocational educators, and contributed to textbooks insports medicine, sports massage, and muscle anatomy. Together withPat Archer, Lisa completed Applied Anatomy & Physiology for ManualTherapists in 2013, published by Wolters Kluwer – LWW. They wrotethis text to support manual therapy students in making meaningfulconnections between the practice, benefits, and effects of bodywork,and the structure and function of the human body.Our faculty and staff have been involved in the development ofteaching standards at the local, state and national levels.4massage curriculum, courses andWWW.D I SC O V E RY PO I NTSC HO O LO F MASSAGE.COM
Pat Archer has been a sports health care specialist and educator for over35 years. After teaching high school physical education, Pat became aCertified Athletic Trainer in 1977, working as the head women’s athletictrainer at the University of Montana until 1983. She became a licensedmassage therapist in 1985, and started teaching at the Brenneke Schoolof Massage in 1986, where she served as Director of Education until1997. Pat continued to teach in both core and continuing educationcourses until 2008.Her combined knowledge and experience as a massage therapist andathletic trainer provide Pat with a deep and broad blend of assessmentand treatment skills that guide her teaching and inform her uniquestyle of structure specific massage. Her warm and personal style ofteaching keeps students actively engaged in both head and hands.Patricia A. Archer, MS, AT ret., LMTCo-Owner & Educational LiaisonShe is a popular and highly-regarded speaker who has presented at state, regional and national professional conferences for both the athletictraining and massage communities. Pat has also been involved in reviewing and developing statewide and national standards in massageeducation and practice, having served as a consultant for the AMTA-WA government relations committee and two national workgroups: theMassage Research Foundation’s “ Best Practices” and the “Entry Level Analysis Project” (ELAP). She maintains a successful private practice atArcher Therapeutic Massage.Pat is the author of multiple articles for professional journals, including the Massage Therapy Journal, Athletic Therapy Today, and Training andConditioning, as well as textbooks. Her texts include Massage for Sports Health Care, the workbook for a self-study video course from HumanKinetics, and Therapeutic Massage in Athletics, published by Wolters Kluwer – LWW. Her newest text, Applied Anatomy and Physiology for ManualTherapists is co-authored with Lisa Nelson, also a Wolters Kluwer – LWW text.“The mind cannot forget whatthe hands have learned.”JON ZAHOUREKD ISC OVER YO U R PAT H. DIS CO V E R M AS S AG E . DIS CO V E R YO U RSE LF.5
FA CU LTYTheresa Benkman, BA,LMT, CTPTheresa graduated from Discoverypoint in July of 2013, went to work at a medical massageclinic in February of 2014 and returned for the DPSoM Trager Program, graduating in May of2016. She focuses on treatment work using Trager , Structure Specific Massage, NeuromuscularTherapy, and most recently began to study Neurokinetic Therapy in the hopes of becomingcertified some time in the next year. This is her first year assisting at Discoverypoint, mostly inthe Foundation in Therapeutic Massage, Therapeutic Massage 1, and Student Clinic classes.Laurie Levy, MA, LCCE, BDT/CD(DONA), LMTLaurie has been an educator for over 25 years. She graduated from Brenneke School of Massagein Seattle, WA in 1997, after earning a counseling degree. She intended to return to counselingfull-time, but saw her first cadaver and fell in love. Laurie maintains a private massage practicespecializing in injury, pregnancy and injured pregnant people, and is also a certified birthdoula, birth doula trainer and childbirth educator. Laurie has taught anatomy and physiology incollege/university and vocational settings. She is passionate about people learning how theirbodies work and strives to make content come alive with professional and personal applications.Michael Jacobus, BA, LMTMichael graduated from the Stillpoint Center School of Massage in MA in 1996 and beganteaching at The Brenneke School of Massage in 1998. He has practiced massage as a soleproprietor and as an employee, and has worked a variety of settings. Michael was certifiedin the Trager Approach in 2005, orthopedic massage in 2008, and as a yoga instructor in2010. Currently, he is a Lead Massage Therapist for DreamClinic Massage on Queen Anne. AtDiscoverypoint, Michael teaches musculoskeletal anatomy, kinesiology and clinical and outcomebased massage. He enjoys supporting students as they practice and gain confidence in criticalthinking, treatment and professional communication skills.Lara Sopchak, BA, LMTLaura’s maternal grandmother was one of the first of Mrs. Hawayo Takata’s Reiki students in theUnited States, and it was these roots that tugged at Lara while she got a BA from the Universityof Washington. So after 30 years of contemplation, Lara Sopchak broke from a conventionalcareer and graduated from the Brian Utting School of Massage in 2005. She’s been massagingin the Seattle area ever since. Laura specializes in geriatric massage, bringing laughter, joyand rekindled self-appreciation to seniors. She adores teaching — especially Swedish andcommunication classes. At Discoverypoint, Lara teaches in the Foundations in TherapeuticMassage, and Therapeutic Massage 1 classes.Monette Wise, BA, LMTMonette has been a massage therapist for8 years, having first been licensed in Texasbefore moving to the state of Washingtonwhere she completed her massage educationrequirements with Discoverypoint in2012. With a degree in Kinesthetics &Outdoor Education and experience teachingkinesiology at Oceans Massage Schoolin Texas, Monette is currently serving asa lead mentor for the Student Clinic atDiscoverypoint, and assisting in AppliedAnatomy, Physiology and Pathology, plusthe Lymphatic Facilitation classes. Shemaintains an active private practice inmassage, fulfills her creative side as a woodartisan or Neptune Furniture, and serves asthe co-director of Dragonfire Pirate Camp inthe Summer.Davida Wolf, LMTDavida was one of the first to graduate fromDiscoverypoint School of Massage and hasexperienced firsthand the direct benefitsof her education. She has a passion forlearning, having completed over 350 hoursof continuing education classes since hergraduation in 2011. Prior to massage school,Davida completed a 6-year program tobecome a certified Qigong Healing Master.Her studies and work embrace western andeastern modalities, incorporating a physicaland energetic approach to her work. Sheserves as a Lead Mentor at Discoverypoint’sStudent Clinic and teaches in theFoundations in Therapeutic Massage,and Therapeutic Massage 1 classes.Darin Stumme, BA, LMTDarin graduated from Discoverypoint in 2013 and has continued his study of bodywork throughDawn Schmidt’s Four Winds Mentorship and the CranioSacral Certification Program taughtby Ursula Popp. He maintains a busy private practice called Rock Solid Massage & Bodywork.Darin is currently working closely with Pat Archer assisting in Therapeutic Massage 1: SwedishMassage. He also teaches a business and organization technology & software class for soon tobe graduates, and manages Discoverypoint’s Facebook page.6WWW.D I SC O V E RY PO I NTSC HO O LO F MASSAGE.COM
T H E P R OF E S S I O N A L LICENS ING P ROGRA MThe Professional Licensing Program (PLP) at Discoverypoint reflects current industry standards and ourcommitment to excellence in the practice of therapeutic massage.Designed to be completed in 12 months, this 750-hourexperiential learning program is comprised offour 11-week quarters, plus two weekend all-day classesper quarter. Each class day focuses on a single subject.Graduates are prepared to:The first two quarters are designed to provide a solid1. Demonstrate the confident and competentapplicationand integration of a variety of therapeutic massagetechniquesthe exploration and development of additional forms of2. Apply knowledge and practical skill to design andimplement safe and effective massage treatments fora wide variety of clients.foundation in the body sciences and thepractice of massage. This firm base supportsmassage, plus the assessment, clinical reasoning, andprofessional communication skills that are practicedand refined throughout the third and fourth quarter.E DUCATIONAL GO ALSAs experienced educators and health care practitioners, ourgoal is not to define the type of practice or career our studentswill have, but to provide each student therapist a compass,flashlight, and a map to navigate and blaze their own uniquetrail in the manual therapy profession. We offer a wide varietyof learning exercises and experiences and provide ample timeand opportunity for practice and feedback. This helps to nurtureand refine students’ clinical skills including communication,assessment, treatment, client education, and documentation.Instruction in the personal and professional elements oftherapeutic massage ensures that the graduating studentis prepared to take the Washington State licensing examand design a successful career in the profession.D ISC OVER YO U R PAT H. DIS CO V E R M AS S AG E . DIS CO V E R YO U RSE LF.3. Consistently model personal and professionalbehaviors and attitudes essential for the ethicalpractice of therapeutic massage.4. Communicate with health care practitionersand otherprofessionals about the purpose, benefits andeffectsof massage.5. Fully participate in the vibrant professional massagecommunity and commit to continued personalandprofessional growth throughout their career.Class size is 16 – 20 students on average, up to a maximum of 24.We also maintain a student/teacher ratio of no more than 14 to 1in all hands-on classes. Together with Discoverypoint’s warm andinviting atmosphere, these program elements blend to create theoptimal framework for positive student, faculty, and staff interactionsand foster learning of the highest quality.7
P R E - E NROLLMENT CO URSEN O V I CE MAS S AG EThis full-day class provides an introduction to massage and is a prerequisite for enrollment. The class covers basic massage strokes, draping,bolstering, general indications and contraindications for massage, as well as a few simplified massage sequences. Students get a taste of whatit’s like to be in a massage classroom, and the school has the opportunity to evaluate each applicant for enrollment.Visit www.discoverypointschoolofmassage.com to view the scheduleand register for the Novice class, or call the school at 206-552-6523.Q UA RTE R 1E T H I CS AN D COMMU NICATION ( EAC)F O UN DAT I O N S O F T H E RA PE UT I C M A SSA G E ( F T M )Hours: 5 hours x 11 classes 55 hours totalPrerequisites: NoneHours: 5 hours x 11 classes 55 hours totalPrerequisites: NoneTo build a successful practice, students need a solid foundation inpersonal and professional communication skills, ethics and thescope of practice for the profession. In Ethics and Communication,students learn about the massage profession’s past and present andpractice essentials skills for developing and maintaining rapport.Balancing personal and professional needs and development is afocus here, as students explore self-care, professional ethics, thetherapeutic relationship and building a professional practice.Swedish massage is the most common form of therapeutic massagepracticed in the US. Its integration of gentle movement, lightstretching and basic strokes provide essential skills and techniques forany professional massage therapist. In this course, students practiceand develop their foundational techniques, including hygiene, properdraping and bolstering of clients, safe touch protocol and both givingand receiving feedback. The principles of proper body alignment andmechnanics are emphasized during each classroom demonstrationand practice session.“The body is movement.Breath is life. And thebase of our being isthe support of others.”HAROLD DULL8WWW.D I SC O V E RY PO I NTSC HO O LO F MASSAGE.COM
I NT R O D UCT ION T O THE BODY ( ITB)Hours: 5 hours x 11 classes 55 hours totalPrerequisites: NoneThe art and practice of therapeutic massage is supported by afoundational understanding of the structure and function of thehuman body. In Introduction to the Body, students first explore bodyorganization and anatomic terminology, then move on to the primarytissues with which massage therapists work, including the structuresand functions of the integumentary & musculoskeletal systems.Students practice palpation of the major bone landmarks and thefunction of muscles that move the knee, ankle and foot. Additionalpractical applications for massage taught in ITB include joint motionand gross muscle testing, and stretching of the muscles. Applicationsto the practice of therapeutic massage are emphasized, including anintroduction to pathology.Q UA RT E R 2A P P L I ED AN AT OMY, P HYSIOLOGY, AND PATHOL O GY (A 2 P 2 )Hours: 5 hours x 22 classes 110 hours totalPrerequisites: Introduction to the Body (ITB)In Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology, studentscontinue their study of the systems of the body, focusing on thespecific anatomy of the bones and muscles working together formovement, plus the components and functional contributions ofeach body system as a whole. The application of this informationto the practice of therapeutic massage is emphasized. Studentscomplete their study of palpation and movement by focusing onthe muscles of the upper extremities, trunk and spine. Commonpathologies are used to clarify functions of each system, andmassage cautions and contraindications are identified to preparestudents for the use of more detailed client health histories in the3rd & 4th quarters.TH E R APEUT IC MASSAGE 1 ( TM 1 )Hours: 5 hours x 11 classes 55 hours totalPrerequisites: Foundations of Therapeutic Massage; Introduction to the BodyIn Therapeutic Massage 1, students continue to learn, practice and develop theirskills in Swedish massage. Once regional demonstrations are completed, the focusshifts to planning and implementing full-body sessions that address a client’sprimary area(s) of tension or concern. Benefits and effects of specific strokes, aswell as caution areas, are reviewed to help students make appropriate therapeuticdecisions. Additionally, neuromuscular and myofascial techniques are introduced toprovide students with additional techniques that round our their toolbox for clientcentered massage. The principles of proper body alignment and stroke mechanicscontinue to be emphasized throughout all classroom and practice sessions.D ISC OVER YO U R PAT H. DIS CO V E R M AS S AG E . DIS CO V E R YO U RSE LF.9
Q UA RTE R 3Q UA R TE R 4O U T C OME BAS ED MASSAGE ( OBM )PRO F E SSI O N A L PRA C T I C E (PRP)Hours: 5 hours x 22 classes 110 hours totalPrerequisites: Applied Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology;Therapeutic Massage 1; Ethics and CommunicationHours: 5 hours x 11 classes 55 hours totalPrerequisites: Ethics and Communication; Outcome Based MassageThe hallmark of client-centered massage is making it a collaborativeprocess between client and therapist to create a session that meetsthe client’s identified therapeutic goals. In Outcome Based Massage,students learn a step-by-step clinical reasoning process that includesgeneral and specific assessment, goal setting, session planningand treatment guidelines. Critical thinking skills are practiced,developed and refined as students work to integrate and apply theirknowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology with the massagetheory and techniques. Topics include the physical, emotional andspiritual impact of pain and stress, plus the physiology of healingis reviewed. Important assessment and massage skills for commonmusculoskeletal injuries and disorders such as low back strain,neck pain, headaches, nerve compression-tension and chronic painsyndromes are also taught in OBM.T H E R APEUT IC MASSAGE 2 ( TM 2 )Hours: 5 hours x 11 classes 55 hours totalPrerequisites: Therapeutic Massage 2; Applied Anatomy, Physiology,& PathologyIn order to consistently address the specific needs of each client,every massage therapist needs a broad variety of techniques fromwhich they can choose. In Therapeutic Massage 2, students adda variety of specific myofascial and neuromuscular skills to theirSwedish massage to create a more robust toolbox of techniques.While the majority of class time is spent on demonstration, practiceand feedback, the theory of each method and technique, includingits specific benefits, effects, indications and contraindications,is thoroughly discussed. Integration classes support students indeveloping critical thinking skills as they practice choosing andblending techniques to create a client-centered therapeutic massagesession that is both specific to regions of concern, and a full-bodyexperience.10A successful massage practice requires knowledge and skills inmassage and business. In Professional Practice, students completetheir study of essential business and practice management issues,including marketing, ethics, bookkeeping and taxes as they envisionand develop their personal career and busines
In 2005, Heida Brenneke sold her school to Cortiva Education, Inc. and suggested that Julie be hired as the new School President. . the Foundation in Therapeutic Massage, Therapeutic Massage 1, and Student