Bodywork Techniques for Transgender Clients Who Wear Chest Binders
Open to professionals who do hands-on work with clients on physical pain and/or movement. CEUs limited to licensed massage professionals
This course is designed to give massage therapists (and other professionals in other related fields) a basic understanding of chest binding and key techniques to mitigate the chronic pain and specific complications often experienced by people who wear chest binders in order to flatten their chest as a means of aligning their internal gender identity and their outward gender expression.
This lecture and discussion section of the course will discuss the responsibilities of providing transgender-affirming care and establish basic interpersonal skills essential to creating safety for trans clients. Brief explanation of the fascial system and the thoracic anatomy will be given but participants should have basic proficiency in anatomy and some prior exposure to the fascial system.
The majority of the class is hands-on teaching focused on myofascial release techniques to mitigate chronic chest, shoulder, rib and back pain which are the effects of chest binding. Participants will learn to identify warning signs and contraindications of serious complications in the musculoskeletal system and when myofascial massage is well equipped to intervene. Focus of the class will be practices which can have the most significant impact on the quality of life & health outcomes of sustained chest binding.
The 16-hour format includes more techniques and a chance to apply the skills with in-class community volunteers who have chronic pain from binding.
16-hour/16 CEU training cost $XXX
sliding scale available for Queer, Trans, and NB practitioners
Serving Transgender Clients in Holistic Health Parts I and II
Open to all healthcare professionals interested in providing trans-affirming care to their clients/patients. CEUs issued by NCBTMB
Transgender identity is becoming more visible in our culture. As a result, more individuals are feeling comfortable disclosing their identity and living as their true gender expression in their daily lives. For service providers in the helping professions, this means that more transgender clients are seeking massage and other forms of therapeutic touch and holistic healthcare. Transgender clients need culturally competent providers who are aware, affirming, and empowering of their transgender identity as well as knowledgeable in how to address the unique health issues related to their gender non-conforming body.
Part one of this lecture and discussion course will discuss the responsibilities of providing transgender-affirming care and teach the interpersonal skills needed to be respectful and affirming of transgender clients' identity.
Part two will identify some of the unique health issues of transgender clients and explore techniques that support them in making medical and non-medical transitions from their gender assigned at birth to their true gender identity.
2-hour/ 2 CEU - Part I $60
2-hour/ 2 CEU- Part II $60
Parts I & II combination $100
Queer Practitioners Serving Transgender Clients in Holistic Health
Open to LGBTQIA and NB practitioners in all types of holistic, medical, movement, mental health, etc.
This course is an adapted version of the introductory for practitioners who are already have extensive experience in their personal and/or professional life with transgender and non-binary identities. The format is faciliated discussion.
We will discuss the responsibilities of providing transgender-affirming care and strategies of creating inclusive practices and affirming transgender and non-binary clients' identity. Discussion will address unique health issues of transgender clients and explore techniques that support them in making medical and non-medical transitions.
This also serves to seed a network of queer providers that will hopefully be able to create a richer referral network to support the trans and non-binary community.
2-hour/ 2 CEU $50, sliding scale available
Help! I Want To Get It Right: Language of Gender
Professional groups, businesses, schools, etc.
Two things that are hard for most people: unlearning habits and learning languages. Join Frances in a compassion-filled environment where you can get your questions answered gender identity, learn the ins and outs of how to talk about gender in affirming ways, and walk away with concrete strategies to practice your new language (because we all know that new languages are ‘use it or lose it’!)
This is a class is taught in a community-wide format or can be brought into a single group of professionals. If you are looking to increase the basic understanding and language of your community so that you can better support transgender and non-binary, please contact us.