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February 11, 2014
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LifeStream Massage School opens Nevada City campus

LifeStream Massage School is opening a campus in Nevada City. LifeStream has been in business for more than 25 years in the Napa Valley, training massage therapists to work in the spas there, as well as to begin private practices and work in gyms and chiropractic offices throughout the area.

The new school will offer a basic 250-hour certification program in massage that begins Feb. 22. The classes will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every other Saturday and Sunday at Full Life Yoga Studio, 204 Providence Mine Road, Nevada City.

Students learn a full body Swedish massage, as well as a full body LifeStream massage. The school evolved over the years to serve the growing spa business in the Napa Valley.

For the first years of its existence, LifeStream Massage School was part of the Meadowood Resort in the hills above St. Helena. The school director ran the Spa at Meadowood, and the instructors worked as massage therapists there.

Scott Adams, the school director, explains: “At Meadowood we served presidents of the United States, governors, politicians of every type, sports heroes, movie stars, rock stars, CEOs of major corporations, every kind of high-end client you could imagine.

“What we kept hearing in our spa, over and over again, was a request for massage that was deeper than Swedish massage but not as intense as deep tissue massage. In those days, all our therapists were trained in 10-session deep tissue work called Deep Tissue Integration, which was a spin off of Rolfing.“

Based on client requests for a massage that is between Swedish and deep tissue, the school came up with the LifeStream massage. It gets into the muscles much more deeply than Swedish massage, but it’s flowing and uses a lot of strong, soothing counter motions with the fists and forearms. The LifeStream technique is not so focused and time consuming as deep tissue work, and it feels good, according to LifeStream.

The organization has taught the technique for more than 20 years.

In addition to Swedish and LifeStream massage styles, students also learn hand and foot reflexology, are given an introduction to chair massage and receive 100 hours of core curriculum. The core curriculum is a relatively new requirement by the California Massage Therapy Council, which was created by the State of California Assembly to govern the massage profession in California. It includes instruction on health and hygiene, business, sexual ethics, basic anatomy and physiology and contraindications for massage.

For students wanting to advance and learn more skills, LifeStream offers more than 1,000 hours of advanced classes, including Tui Na (Chinese sports massage), acupressure, deep tissue, advanced anatomy and body work.

LifeStream Massage School can be reached at 707-812-5120 or on the Web at

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