Get Your Massage Continuing Education at Irene’s!

Irene’s offers a multitude of continuing education opportunities for Licensed Massage Therapists. We have classes that not only satisfy your hourly requirements but also fulfill the pain management and the ethics stipulations. We even have a class to provide you with the required education on Human Trafficking that is mandated by the Federal Government.    

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Training in Human Trafficking Required to Renew Massage Licenses!

In addition to continuing education, a Federal Law requires all individuals licensed under the public health code to complete training on how to identify and report human trafficking.

This is a one-time training requirement, separate from CE. The human trafficking rule will apply to both initial and renewed licenses. As with CE, the State randomly audits for documentation of completing the training.

All licensed massage therapists in Michigan must complete this training.

License renewed in 2017 must complete training by renewal in 2020.
Renewals in 2018 by 2021.
Renewals in 2019 by 2022.
As of March 2022, training is required for all initial licenses.

Human Trafficking Class

Instructor: Beth Ashcraft, LMT
Prerequisite -Massage School Diploma

Human Trafficking Awareness–Identifying and Reporting Victims

$25 Irene’s Alumni and $50 General Public
Monday, July 13, 2020 — 7:00 pm-9:00 pmNOW ONLINE!
Saturday, August 8, 2020 — 9:00 am-11:00 am – ON CAMPUS!

Course & Instructor Information

Course Description

As the massage profession has increasingly become a part of our health care profession, it is important that massage therapists have an understanding of how to identify and report suspected victims of human trafficking. This course will explore the human trafficking industry and how it operates in the United States.

This course will help you understand different types and venues of human trafficking in the U.S.  You will learn how to identify warning signs and victims of human trafficking in health care settings.  Most importantly, you will know when and how to report suspected victims of human trafficking.

This human trafficking training will satisfy the Federal Law requiring individuals licensed under the public health code to complete training on how to identify and report human trafficking.

Instructor Beth Ashcraft, LMT

Beth is a graduate of Irene’s from 2016. In addition to being Irene’s Student Clinic and Store Manager, she also teaches the Fascia Therapy Elective and Ethics, Communications and Human Trafficking lectures. When she is not working full-time at Irene’s, Beth maintains her own massage practice with a broad range of clients.

Exclusive Massage Therapy Continuing Education at Irene’s

Following Irene’s high standards for educational excellence, we provide you with a variety of continuing education classes to choose from. The classes listed here will satisfy the requirements for Michigan massage therapy licensing renewal. 

Sanitary Surroundings for Massage Therapy

This class will help you feel confident that you are doing everything you can to protect yourself and your clients in regards to Covid-19 and other potentially communicable diseases. Obtain an understanding of safety and infection control procedures to follow in your practice to protect both yourself and your clients.

Instructor: Kristen Mason, LMT
Sunday, May 31, 2020 9am-1pm

$25 for Irene’s Alumni*
$50 for General Public

*Alumni promo code can be found on the Alumni Facebook page and in the email sent on April 25th.

Course Description

We’ll discuss how to communicate with your clients before and during appointments to get them on board with participating in a sanitary service, and help build their confidence in coming to you. We will go over types of infectious diseases, various forms of decontamination and protection, OSHA guidelines, Universal precautions, as well as a basic understanding of the laws and rules needed to abide by to work in a salon or spa that falls under Cosmetology Establishment licensing.

Instructor Information

Instructor Kristen Mason, LMT

Kristen has been in the personal care and service industry since 2002, getting her start as a Licensed Stylist, Esthetician, and Manicurist. She obtained her license to teach in 2006 and taught at Mott Community College in Flint for 10 years. She is a 2012 graduate of Irene’s Myomassology Institute  where she stayed to apprentice and then assist for Randy Fillion.

Kristen has owned Balance and Beauty Collective Salon and Spa in Burton, MI since 2014 and is passionate about creating a safe space for her staff and clients in all ways, including practicing sanitation procedures that go above and beyond State Board requirements.

She taught infection control and laws and rules during her decade at Mott Community College, and continues to educate her staff, assistants and apprentices to follow proper protocol. With the increased health threat Covid-19 has brought to our industry, she hopes to help professionals confidently create sanitary spaces and follow hygienic practices as they return to serving the public.


Massage in Clinical Environments

Instructor: Nicole Johnson, LMT
Prerequisite: Massage School Diploma

$325 – Public
$279 – Irene’s Alumni
16 CE Hours
Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12, 2020
9:30 am-5:30 pm with an hour break for lunch

If your goal is to be a massage therapist in a clinical environment, this is the best class for you!

Course Description

Requirements: Linens and 2 Pillows

Are you drawn to work in a hospital setting, rehabilitation center or even population-specific (brain injury, cancer, spinal cord injury, hospice)? In this class, you will utilize massage with a clinical, outcome-based approach.

Learn how to conduct an assessment based on a doctor’s diagnosis, medication, and recommendations. Then create an effective Plan of Treatment including short term and long term goals.

By identifying the best method to discern changes in discomfort, whether it be a numeric pain/tightness scale, FACES or better/worse/same feedback you will discover how to best help your client. Recognize the best positioning for clients depending on their conditions. Learn detailed SOAP notes accepted by insurance companies, progress notes, letters of necessity, care conference summaries and billing.

Instructor Information

Instructor Nicole Johnson, LMT

Nicole graduated from Irene’s Myomassology Institute in February 2008. After graduation, she returned to the school as an Admission Counselor for five years, apprentice for two years, and is now a teacher.

She has worked at Special Tree Rehabilitation NeuroCare Center for the past 7 years as a full-time Massage Therapist. Her clients are primarily Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury patients. Having worked in this prominent clinic, she gained first-hand knowledge and experience helping clients heal from serious injuries.

Orthopedic Massage- Lower Body

Instructor: Rob Kelly, LMT
Prerequisite: Massage School Diploma

16 CE Hours
Saturday & Sunday, October 17 & 18, 2020
9:30 am-5:30 pm with an hour break for lunch

This is a class for you if you are interested in increasing your ability to assess and treat the client’s soft tissue conditions such as sciatica, psoas dysfunction or sacroiliac dysfunction.

Course Description

This class focuses on the assessment and treatment of soft tissue dysfunction of the mid-back, low back, hip, knee and ankle regions.

It utilizes techniques and assessments that focus massage treatments for specific conditions such as limited range of motion, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, psoas dysfunction or sacroiliac dysfunction.

Techniques presented will be muscle firing patterns, fascial mobilization, muscle stripping, pin and stretch and trigger point approaches.

Instructor Information

Instructor Rob Kelly, LMT

Rob Kelly has been a massage therapist for over 24 years.  He has taught massage and science lectures for more than two decades at a number of different massage therapy schools in metro Detroit. He has also taught at the AMTA National Convention and many AMTA state conventions.

Rob’s classes are a favorite among Irene’s students, including Lymphatic Drainage, Sports Massage, Orthopedic Massage, and Palpation. He has always had a passion for teaching and loves to help people learn. Rob’s vision is to see massage therapy education continuously improve while raising educational standards.

Ethics for the Practicing Massage Therapist

Instructor: Beth Ashcraft, LMT
Prerequisite: None

2 CE Hours
Saturday, August 8, 2020
11:30am – 1:30pm

Ethics is a requirement to renew your massage license, but taking into consideration sexual misconduct allegations and human trafficking issues, it is more imperative than ever that massage therapists are able to establish and maintain professional relationships with their clients.

Course Description

While the massage profession continues to align with health care, countless allegations of misconduct appear in the news at the same time. Sadly, human trafficking is a serious problem that also gets associated with massage therapy. It is imperative that today’s massage therapists are able to establish and maintain professional relationships with their clients.

Acknowledging the importance of therapeutic boundaries while working in a profession of compassion and kindness can be a tricky balance to maintain. The imperative need for professionalism is clear, taking into consideration the negative ramifications of a poorly executed moral code.

Using real-life situations, this class will discuss best practices in navigating difficult conversations in your treatment room. Learn a decision-making process to use for a positive outcome when an ethical challenge presents itself.

Instructor Information

Instructor Beth Ashcraft, LMT

Beth is a graduate of Irene’s from 2016. In addition to being Irene’s Student Clinic and Store Manager. She also teaches the Fascia Therapy Elective and Ethics, Communications and Human Trafficking lectures. When she is not working full time at Irene’s, she maintains her own massage practice with a broad range of clients.

Irene’s Electives Available for Massage Therapy Continuing Education


20 Hour Classes
16 Hour Classes
8 Hour Classes
4 Hour Classes



20% Alumni Discount


Elective Classes & Corresponding Hours

Classes in bold will satisfy the State’s pain management requirement. The following Elective Classes qualify for Continuing Education. Not all electives qualify and you cannot count a class that you have already taken. The hours of credit for each class are indicated, which correlate to the cost for the classes above..

20 | Thai-Yurvedic I
16 | Thai-Yurvedic II
16 | Table Thai
16 | Hands on Hands
16 | Assessing & Understanding Musculoskeletal Conditions
16 | Lymphatic Drainage
16 Sports Massage
16 | Intro to CranioSacral Techniques
16 | Fascia Therapy

16 | Trigger Point Therapy
16 | Pregnancy/Labor Massage
16 | Hot Rocks
16 | Side Lying Massage
16 | Orthopedic
16 | Spa Treatments
8 | Wrist and Arm Pain
4 | Infant Massage
8 | Flowing Bodywork
8 | Body Rolling

8 | Chair Massage
8 | Positional Release
8 | Kinesiology Taping
8 | Dynamic Stretching
4 | Massage for Headaches
4 | Addressing TMJ Pain
4 | Effective Sciatica Treatment
4 | Chest & Shoulder Massage
4 | Gluteal & Finishing Strokes
4 | Avoiding Massage Career Burnout

Massage License Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements

The following information interprets Michigan’s Massage Licensing Board’s CE rules as of 2019.

  • An initial massage license (your first one) expires on October 31st. If you received your license less than 120 days prior to October 31st (after July 4th), you will be given one full year plus the number of days until that expiration date. For example, a license issued on September 1st will be valid for 14 months (until October 31st of the following year).
  • Continuing Education (CE) is not required for initial license renewal for a therapist’s first year of practice.
  • The license expiration date and year is printed on your license. You will be sent renewal information in the mail 45-60 days prior to the expiration. It is your responsibility to assure the State has your current address. If you move, you must submit your new info to the State in writing.
  • Renewed licenses (your second, third, fourth. . . ) are good for 3 years.
  • Beginning with the 2018 renewal cycle, CE will be required to renew licenses.
  • Licenses that renewed in 2017 do not need CE to renew in 2020.
  • Licenses that renewed in 2018 will need CE to renew in 2021.
  • Licenses that renewed in 2019 will need CE to renew in 2022.
  • Licenses that renewed in 2020 will need CE to renew in 2023.
  • All renewed massage licenses will be required to complete 18 hours of CE over the next three years.
  • Of the required 18 hours, 2 hours must be in ethics and 1 hour must be in pain management.
  • The 18 hours of CE must be completed during that 3-year renewal cycle. Your CE cannot be taken before you renew your massage license. If you take classes before that, they will not count towards CE.
  • Massage schools/programs approved by the State for entry level education are approved to offer CE classes.
  • CE providers can also be approved by the NCBTMB, FSTMB, or COMTA.
  • CE hours cannot be carried from one renewal period to the next. If you complete 25 hours of CE in a 3-year cycle, you still must complete 18 hours for the next renewal.
  • You will not submit CE proof when you send your license renewal. The State will conduct random audits of renewals. You will have no idea when or if the State will require your CE documentation. Always keep your CE certificates on hand for at least 4 years after renewal.
  • No more than 12 CE hours can be completed in a 24-hour period.
  • You cannot earn CE credit for the same class more than once.
  • CE credit will not be granted in any of the modalities that are exempt from the massage license law. At this time, the list of exempt modalities that do not count for CE is: Feldenkrais, Trager, Polarity, Asian Bodywork, Reiki, Shiatsu, Reflexology and Structural Integration.