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The art of presence in chair massage: accessing the parasympathetic

April 22, 2018

The art of presence in chair massage: accessing the parasympathetic

Frank Merillat and Amanda Concha-Holmes

Workshop Price: $150 Regular/Early Bird Price: $125 (ends April 1st)




Dates: Sunday April 22, 2018
Time: 9AM-6PM
Workshop Price: $150 ($125 if registered by April 1st)($250 if registered for both Saturday and Sunday classes)
Location: Florida School of Massage

CE Credits: ★ Florida: 9

To Register: Contact Frank Merillat at 352-371-0743 or e-mail at

 Chair massage is great way to reach new clients and promote the practice of massage. It offers a format that can allow people to experience the benefits of touch in public settings such as businesses, festivals or other areas where people meet. Once a person feels a therapist’s touch, they often become open to receiving massage on a more regular basis

 The ability to be present with another human being is key to healing. In this one-day class, students will explore the sensations of touch long before skin to skin contact. Then, once tactile, the somatic communication among fascia, the nervous system, the endocrine system and the art of presence encourages the body to enter the parasympathetic state that allows for relaxation, rejuvenation and a sense of meditative calm will be explored and experienced. This class will focus on these skills for chair massage, yet they are applicable and vital to all bodywork modalities.



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About the Instructors

Frank Merillat has been an instructor at the Florida School of Massage since 1995. He teaches Kinesiology, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Boundary and Ethics in the basic program. He also offers several different CEU courses as both and instructor and provider. He offers an eclectic approach to bodywork combining elements from several styles of work to customize the work to meet the individual client. He has studied with Deane Juhan, Tom Myers, Ben Benjamin, as well as Giorgia and Hugh Milne, all noted instructors in the bodywork field. His time with these noted instructors is incorporated into his teaching style and approach to the body. He enjoys time with his family, dogs and on the salt water, as well as working with people.


Amanda Concha-Holmes merges her training as a cultural anthropologist with her practice as a massage therapist and her love of ensemble contact improvisation dance. In her massage practice (licensed in 2010) and in the classes she teaches, she integrates her training in Reiki and in Thai massage with her years of teaching Transformational movement, ecosenses and partner yoga. For the last few years, she has been dedicated to crafting her practice around chair massage to be able to offer healing touch to people in their daily lives. She looks forward to sharing the conceptual and experiential aspects of reaching the parasympathetic state along with anatomy essentials and techniques in a chair massage practice that will become a source of clients for a career in table and Thai massage at the office.