The aspiration that guides ASIS is to create a safe, supportive, and evocative learning environment, while celebrating the diversity, uniqueness, and beauty of each individual being’s body, mind, and soul.
When nobody asks!
The intent of the staff at the ASIS is to provide the space and education necessary for their students to become massage therapists and body workers. Massage has been used throughout history as a treatment for pain and disease. It promotes circulation of blood, lymphatic flow, muscular relaxation, a greater base in standing and moving, and increased sensory awareness. Through the practice of massage, we can also become aware of lifestyle and psychological patterns, which may be causing or perpetuating painful and limiting ways of being.
In this education, we offer a full-time, transpersonal training dedicated to the whole person. In a retreat-like environment, students are invited to take the time and space needed for deep learning to occur. We explore human anatomy and physiology, hydrotherapy, and a wide variety of massage modalities, all while heightening our sensitivity to the human soul. In a safe, supportive, yet evocative setting, we wish to prepare students to meet the challenges they will face as contributing members of the health care system.
Within this framework, we explore the various ways that learning can take place. We offer a variety of feedback opportunities for students to discover how they best learn. A blend of kinesthetic, audio, and visual tools are emphasized to encourage insight into each individual’s learning process. Our small classes allow for students to receive ample attention from our dedicated staff. Teachers in the program bring decades of experience in both bodywork and facilitation to their students, and every effort is made on the part of the faculty to provide students with a rich and diverse learning environment. It is our belief that when various dimensions of personal experience are allowed expression, personal and collective development are enhanced. So, we are all each others teachers and students.
We are dedicated to the path of world peace, compassion to all living beings, and to honesty. We believe it is essential that our work be nonviolent in nature, and that the goals of learning and therapy be those of the student rather than the teacher. In keeping with this belief, it is the school’s philosophy that there is a direct correlation between how we view ourselves and how we view others. So as we increase the awareness and kindness with which we meet ourselves, physically and psychologically, we enhance the sensitivity and kindness with which we meet our families, our communities, and our clients.
We are happy you are considering massage in your life. When offered in a caring, mutually respectful environment, we have found massage therapy to be a very nourishing practice, which helps promote health, understanding, acceptance, and peace.
That is what learning is.
You suddenly understand something
you’ve understood all your life,
but in a new way.