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Classes for the Public

We invite you to explore the wealth of information and education available here at Irene’s. The classes listed here are designed to inspire personal growth and expand awareness. These dynamic classes are open to the public. For more information on how to enroll click on the print enrollment form button.


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Saturday, March 30, 2019 9:00-1:00
Saturday, June 15, 2019 2:00-6:00
Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:00-1:00

Instructor: Sue Burton Hidalgo, LMT
Prerequisite: none

The chakras are the seven centers of energy in the astral body. The word chakra means "wheel" in Sanskrit. It can be helpful to visualize a vortex where energy accumulates as it flows throughout the human form. The seven chakras correspond to specific endocrine glands, body functions, conscious and unconscious thoughts, colors, elements, and much more. This course is an excellent introduction to energy work for those having trouble "feeling" energy and for those just looking to expand their knowledge. Aligning and Clearing the Chakras teaches the basics of the human energy field. Students will learn hands-on and meditation techniques to align the chakras and affect the layers of the aura. These methods can be used for personal growth or to empower others.


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Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, 2019 9:30-5:30

Instructor: Ryan Gauthier, DAOM, MS, MIHL, RAc, LMT
Prerequisite: none

Bring a notebook, washcloth, bath towel and massage sheets

Each day we use scents to communicate, elevate, and recreate moods and sensations. Scents are unique in their ability to access the central nervous system without being filtered by the blood-brain barrier. Scents alone can directly stimulate the limbic center of the brain, the seat of emotion and memory. Aromatherapy uses essential oils derived from plants, roots, flowers, trees, and fruits to bring about physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual balance within people and environments.

This class will explore the different aromas and therapeutic properties of essential oils. We will additionally discuss how oils are processed and how to insure oil quality. You will learn a variety of methods to use essential oils in practice, including: defusing, steam bath/bowls, space clearing, application to acupressure points, reflexology, chakra balancing and raindrop therapy. Students will create a signature oil blend, experience an energy balancing session and learn to make a therapeutic body butter.


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Saturday, April 13, 2019 9:00-1:00
Sunday, October 6, 2019 9:00-1:00

Instructor: Hallie Armstrong, ND
Prerequisite: None

Learn how to prevent disease naturally through environmental health, nutrition and detoxification. Disease prevention will be presented with a holistic approach addressing the mind, body and spirit. This information can be used in your own life and shared with clients. Environmental health will include safe cosmetics, safe household materials such as plastics and cleaners, and green renovation options. nutrition health will include information on specific diets, organic foods and using food as medicine. Detoxification information will include safe ways to detox your body effectively so it can function optimally.


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Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:00-6:00
Saturday, April 6, 2019 9:00-1:00
Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:00-1:00
Saturday, October 12, 2019 9:00-1:00

Instructor: Greg Robertson, M.S.
Prerequisite: none

Whether your pet is suffering from arthritis, recovering from surgery, or experiencing anxiety, this class will teach you techniques to help quiet your pet's problems. Thoroughly learn dog anatomy and how it relates and differs from the human body. A basic complete massage sequence will be taught with special emphasis on the hips. Behavioral control, acupressure points, and common trigger points will be covered. Your assessment skills will be greatly enhanced and your pet will be thoroughly grateful. Students must bring a dog to class with them, plus a towel or mat to work on. If you don't have a dog, ask Student Records for the instructor's contact information to make other arrangements. A small stool is helpful if working with a large dog on the floor.


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Saturday, March 30, 2019 2:00-6:00
Saturday, June 15, 2019 9:00-1:00
Sunday, September 15, 2019 2:00-6:00

Instructor: Sue Burton Hidalgo, LMT
Prerequisite: none

Civilizations across the world, from ancient Egyptian to Native American cultures, have used stones and crystals in spiritual rituals and for their healing powers. Although no one knows the exact science behind the phenomenon, the earth's minerals show an inexplicable capacity to alter and enhance response in the human body. This workshop will explore the potential of using stones to heal. We will experiment with flow patterns in the human energy field using crystal layouts, and discuss basic patterns for using stones to compliment the energy centers of the body. This class is perfect for anyone fascinated with the beauty and energy locked within stones and crystals, and can add new dimensions to traditional massage.


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Saturday, March 16, 2019 9:00-1:00
Saturday, September 14, 2019 9:00-1:00

Instructor: Christine Evans
Prerequisite: none

This class is not about good luck charms or hanging wind chimes in every doorway. It's not about forcing your rooms into pre-fabricated patterns that will somehow help you win the lottery. Feng Shui expresses the intention to honor nature in every day life, by working with rather than against our surroundings to cultivate peace and prosperity. An ancient Chinese system, Feng Shui is a tool for finding the optimal conditions for balance and harmony in the home, office, and landscape. Fire, earth, metal, water, and wood: these five elements are considered in relation to yin/yang attributes, the bagua, and chi flow. The class will cover the basic principles of Feng Shui and provide students with feedback on enhancing their own environments.


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Saturday, March 23, 2019 9:30-5:30
Sunday, October 27, 2019 9:30-5:30

Instructor: Kellie Speciale, C.N., N.D.
Prerequisite: none

The Earth's herbal remedies for better health have been time-tested over thousands of years. Use of herbal tonics to treat various injuries, illnesses, and diseases, is found throughout the history of mankind. Herbology, the study of using herbs as traditional medicinal remedies, is a class for those who want to reclaim their health without relying on synthetic and engineered pharmaceuticals. Students will learn plant-derived remedies for many specific complaints, from managing infection to regulating hormones. We also discuss how to use herbs for general health and maintenance, from improving vision to increasing energy.

REIKI I 12 Hours

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Saturday & Sunday, February 23 & 24, 2019 9:30-3:30
Saturday & Sunday, June 29 & 30, 2019 9:30-3:30
Saturday & Sunday, September 28 & 29, 2019 9:30-3:30

Instructor: Sue Burton Hidalgo, LMT
Prerequisite: none

Envision a universe made of pure energy: energy that can be directed and redirected around and through the body to heal and restore. The philosophies behind Reiki hold that we live in exactly such a state. Reiki is the art of channeling this universal energy. One of the most popular and versatile forms of energy work, Reiki is easy to learn but difficult to master. First Degree Reiki is the basic introduction. It includes "tunings," energy activating sessions which enable the student to channel Reiki energy to others. The class also covers simple lessons in physiology, a demonstration of a complete whole body treatment, and a detailed Overview of hand positions to use on oneself and others. There is considerable hands-on practice in giving and receiving Reiki at this level.

REIKI II 12 Hours

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Saturday & Sunday, April 6 & 7, 2019 9:30-3:30
Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6, 2019 9:30-3:30

Instructor: Sue Burton Hidalgo, LMT
Prerequisite: Reiki I

The 2nd Degree training includes two more tunings. Reiki II goes beyond level I to increase your attunement to the flow of Reiki. Level II teaches three symbols to increase Ki flow to self & clients, work on thought patterns/habits, and time-line or absentee work. At this level, the student can give a treatment in about half the time it takes on the first level.


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Saturday, May 4, 2019   9:30-5:30

Instructor: Sue Burton Hidalgo, LMT
Prerequisite: Reiki I & II

Reiki III furthers the work of levels I & II, with a strong emphasis on increasing the connection to powerful flows from the upper levels of the HEF (human energy field). Modern physics show us that matter and energy are interchangeable; this course addresses how to bring energy into matter. Attunements and techniques cause energy to run from the divine field of the HEF to the physical field. We will learn these symbols and techniques: Kundalini/chakras symbol, Inner Fire symbol & self-energizer breathwork, Sui Ching purification, Microcosmic Orbit, Hu Yin & Kidney Breathwork, the Daikomyo symbol and its application in a total body session for self or client.


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Saturday, April 13, 2019 2:00-6:00
Sunday, October 6, 2019 2:00-6:00

Instructor: Hartmut Sagolla
Prerequisite: None

This course has been a life-changing and transformational experience for many. The terms “spirituality,” “religion,” “metaphysics,” and “mysticism,” are defined, clarified and discussed for the purpose of helping you make knowledgeable decisions in your life while understanding others. Of great significance is this course’s ability to supply you with valuable spiritual and mental tools for releasing negative blocks through mindfulness and meditation. Opening yourself to compassion, empathy and love for all of your massage clients, no matter what cultural, ethnic, or religious background they possess.

The Golden Rule, the basic tenet at the core of every major religion, teaches us that we reap what we sow. It has been expressed as practicing compassion, karma, paying it forward, do unto others, etc. This class celebrates this Universal Truth that lies at the heart of every individual’s success.

By correcting misperceptions in order to heal the mind of guilt, fear, pain and loss we can experience healing. Releasing a belief system that no longer serves us can have a profound impact on our life and work.. Based on the timeless insights of the Buddha and other great spiritual teachings, this class teaches keys to inner peace and happiness. This course of study will instill a greater sense of mastery and empowerment over challenging life situations as you learn to release attachment.

As you grow spiritually, you will be more effective as a massage practitioner because your sense of compassion will expand. While many of your massage clients will be seeking a greater understanding of themselves and their spiritual nature, you will often find yourself on the same path.