These days, it is now widely accepted that Eastern methods of approaching health and wellness have much to contribute to healing in the West. From acupuncture and meditation to tai chi and reiki, all kinds of Eastern practices have made their way West, to the delight of practitioners and clients alike.

Among many professional massage therapists and bodyworkers, these Eastern philosophies have long held value, even before they became popular in the mainstream. After all, massage therapy and bodywork is based on several of the same tenants, such as the importance of preventing larger medical issues by reducing stress and encouraging self-care.

In fact, Eastern methods of hands-on healing have come to represent quite a large segment of the industry of massage therapy and bodywork here in the West. For today’s professional practitioners, this equates to a huge opportunity to bring Eastern techniques into their own session rooms, by choosing high-quality continuing education classes on the topic of various Eastern modalities.

A large number of the more recent graduates of massage therapy or bodywork school may have been introduced to several of the more popular forms of Asian bodywork therapy during their course work. For these people, choosing a continuing education course on one of these specific methods may simply mean thinking back to the techniques that intrigued you most during this general introduction.

For others, who may not be familiar with any forms of Asian bodywork techniques, scheduling an appointment with a local practitioner who offers such modalities can be a wonderful way to figure out if you would enjoy taking a continuing education class on one of these topics.

Of course, the trial-and-error method can also work when it comes to exploring continuing education classes that teach Eastern healing techniques. Simply scan the course offerings for continuing education, reading the description of each class and provider, and see what catches your attention.

From there, you can enroll in the most basic continuing education class offered on that specific topic, and then see what you think. If the continuing education class does not turn out to suit you and your practice, then you can chalk it up to experience and still walk away with continuing education credits.

On the other hand, if you do resonate with the methods taught in the continuing education class, that means you may have a whole new modality to add to your practice menu and offer your clients. In addition, it also means that you may have a nice continuing education “ladder” to climb, in terms of taking more advanced continuing education classes on the topic of this particular Asian bodywork therapy.

One of the many benefits of learning a form of Asian bodywork therapy is that such skills can be somewhat rare, depending on the Western community where you live and work. For example, if you are located in an area where there are few shiatsu practitioners, becoming skilled in shiatsu via continuing education classes can be a great way to boost your business.