Advanced Program for Clinical Massage and Bodywork


Dates: February 23, 2017 – November 6, 2017

Schedule: Mondays only – 10am-5pm

(with the exception of Zero Balancing and Psychology of Bodywork classes)

Total hours: 250

TLC Alumni MaryAnn ReynoldsRecommend highly!!! i If you want to jumpstart your practice and take it to a new level. I just completed the program. 20 NEW clients in the last 2 months (before I even finished), got my first referral from an MD today, and am getting a sweet variety of requests for Deep Massage, Zero Balancing, and orthopedic massage. Also this 250 hour program, with your 500 basic hours, can help you become Board Certified.

The Advanced Program Curriculum – 250 hours

The Advanced Program at Lauterstein-Conway is the only course in the U.S. covering 250 hours of specialized advanced technique in Deep Massage: Lauterstein Method, Zero Balancing, Shiatsu, Orthopedic Massage, Structural Assessment, Trigger Point Therapy, and Integrative Bodywork. It includes Lauterstein-Conway’s certification programs in Orthopedic Massage and Deep Massage. It also provides 50 hours toward the 100 hours required for Zero Balancing certification.  This program is designed to dramatically enhance the benefits you can provide for your clients! Become confident in your assessment and clinical skills. Learn how to understand and resolve clients’ problems much more effectively – whether the causes derive from stress, energetic or structural imbalance, chronic tension or injury.

Zero Balancing I and II (50 hours – in two 25 hour segments)
Thurs. 6-9, Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-6, Mon. 10-6  (on Feb. 25, 5-6 is the Advanced Program orientation)

Instructor: David Lauterstein

Zero Balancing is the art and applied science of working with the energy and structure of the skeletal system which often underlies clients’ muscular and fascial issues.  Problems that resist myofascial solutions will often yield when you add a skeletal focus.  Zero Balancing improves both energy flow and structural integrity through the deepest layer of our anatomy, the bones and the joints.  Adding Zero Balancing to your therapy completes your ability to address every major anatomic and energetic layer of the body.

Orthopedic Massage Certification (78 hours)

Instructor: Jason Hammond

Certification in Orthopedic massage – designed by our faculty and inspired by the work of Whitney Lowe – will give you the skills to resolve 50 different conditions.  Improve your understanding and competence in treating musculoskeletal problems. Assessment and evaluation are considered to be critical tools in understanding a client’s problem, as well as finding the most effective treatment for that condition.

Learn how soft-tissues function in health and injury, what roles fascia plays in the body, and the primary ways in which soft-tissues are damaged. Techniques include range-of-motion, manual resistive, and special testing, as well as how to utilize problem-solving with deep massage, myofascial release, trigger points, deep tissue work and active release techniques.

Shiatsu  (36 hours)

Instructor: Cindy Anderson

Shiatsu in Japanese means “finger pressure”; it is a type of bodywork consisting of finger and palm pressure and stretches.   Learn the brilliant model of the five elements, meridians, chi, yin-yang, key points for relief of excesses and deficiencies which affect structure and energy.  You will learn techniques for working on the back of the body.  Emphasis on the hara (centering), superlative body mechanics, and the focus on mindfulness will add to all your other forms of bodywork.

Structural Assessment (16 hours)

Instructor: Tammie Culley

So often musculoskeletal tension and pain is due to postural and movement dysfunctions. It is important for the advanced therapist to be able to analyze posture and know which are the primary muscles holding a given posture in place. Equally, if the force of gravity is not evenly distributed through the body by our movements, less than optimal movement patterns that can give rise to musculo-skeletal dysfunction. Learn how to help your clients obtain optimal posture and movement habits.

Trigger Point Therapy (16 hours)

Instructor: Lizabeth Franklin

One of the mysteries of trigger points is exactly how to find them. This class will guide you in the process of locating trigger points, while explaining how each individual muscle exhibits it own unique pain pattern in the body. You will learn various methods of applying trigger point therapy that you can adapt to your individualized practice of massage without changing your entire approach. Massage has been categorized as hard work and some therapists’ longevity is limited. In this class you will discover how easy trigger point therapy is on both you and your clients, thus ensuring your longevity and success in the career of massage therapy.

Deep Massage Certification  (42 hours)

Instructor: David Lauterstein

Deep Massage is a unique soft tissue therapy which works simultaneously with the body’s structure/soft tissues and the body’s energy/nervous system to achieve an optimized therapeutic benefit.  The segment of the curriculum confers Certification in Deep Massage: The Lauterstein Method, for all who pass and attend all hours.  It will include techniques in the prone, supine and side-lying positions, work with the core muscles such as the iliopsoas and diaphragm, fulcrums for the deep lateral rotators, adductor magnus, the rotator cuff, and a deep understanding and refinement of all the fundamental Deep Massage fulcrums and protocol for the legs, back, front torso, shoulders, arms, head and neck.

Integration (12 hours)

Instructors: David Lauterstein and Jason Hammond

Ultimately our approach is client-centered, rather than modality-centered. In integration (which we will really be doing during the entire program), we consider how to help the individual client become more integrated in their unique structure and energy. We look at the integration of a variety of modalities based on the needs of the client.


Advanced Program 250 hrs – $2995


  • Pay in Full and take $200 off Tuition
  • Pay Half upfront and Half midway through and take $100 off Tuition
  • $100 Application Fee and $200 deposit of tuition due at enrollment
TuitionTermInterestMonthly Payment
$27959 months0%$310.56
$279512 months12%$248.33
$279516 months14%$192.51

The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and Clinic has proudly trained Austin’s Massage Therapists for over 26 years as Austin’s premier massage school. Join the legacy and put your career into your hands today.