Nancy Porambo is a nationally-known speaker, who spends quite a bit of the year on the road as a featured lecturer at conferences and workshops. In addition, she also teaches classes locally. Schedule is below. Call (570) 325-9477 for information about attending or hosting a class.
Upcoming Talks and Workshops:
Courses currently offered:
Segmental Massage I, Head, Neck, Face, TMJ
Fibromyalgia-“Demystifying the Unexplained Disorder”
Segmental Massage II, Low Back, Hips
Client Communications & Body Language
Healthy Business Practices
Professional Ethics for PA Massage Therapists
Professional Ethics for NCB Recertification
Hot Towel Face Massage
Navigational Skills for Complicated Cases
New educational programs soon to be offered:
The Psychology Behind Pain
The Medical Model Office Practice
Every massage therapist and body worker needs to be informed about Fibromyalgia (FMS), a disorder that affects an estimated 6 million people in the United States.
“Fibromyalgia – Demystifying the Unexplained Disorder”
Nancy has worked in the field of chronic pain for the past 20 years as a neuromuscular therapist and more recently, has incorporated psychotherapy into her chronic pain practice. During her graduate studies at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she intensively researched and compared the etiology and treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia (FMS) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
During her presentation, the student will gain a better understanding of the chemical functions and dynamics of the brain, and how sleep patterns and stress effect the body. She also gives the therapist a thorough overview of psychological disorders that may accompany a diagnosis of FMS.
Therapists who have taken Nancy’s class have remarked how informative the class is in helping them to understand the disorder, from not only a physiological perspective, but from a psychological perspective as well, something massage therapy education rarely touches. Nancy goes in-depth regarding genetic and environmental variables that may contribute to the development and maintenance of FMS and she promotes a whole-body/mind teaching perspective that also looks at individual lifestyle, motivational levels and attitude.
Nancy completes her class with a review of the traditional versus alternative treatment methods used today and allows plenty of time for questions and answers. Students who have taken the class have remarked positively about Nancy’s energetic and thorough teaching style and concise teaching techniques. This is a “must take” course for the massage therapist who seeks a deeper understanding of chronic pain conditions like FMS and treatment or for therapists who would like to learn new information about contributing factors that may lead a chronic pain condition to develop into a long-term, disabling disorder.
- Observed more often in Women than Men
- 1 in 50 Americans has been diagnosed with FMS
- 60% of cases are between the ages of 30-49
- Predominantly observed in Caucasians (97%)
- 25% of cases reported parents with FMS
Business & Ethics
Professional Practice Concepts examines the principles and practices in the development and operation of a professionally oriented massage therapy/bodyworker practice. Goal determination, business planning, bookkeeping, marketing and office practices are explored and discussed in detail. The course also presents methods and opportunities to attract and maintain a client base.
After completing the course the participant will be able to:
- Define sole proprietorships, partnerships, and S-corporations.
- Recognize the 20 most common pitfalls of failed businesses.
- Design a business plan with goal statements, location requirements, marketing assessments, services, operations and financing.
- Discuss risk management issues for the massage therapist.
- Recall 50 marketing strategies.
- Use federal tax saving strategies.
- Establish referral networks with other health professionals.
- Write office procedures, narrative reports, and letters of introduction.
- Perform client interviews.
Lecture, open discussion, overheads, handouts of supplemental information, course outline for participants to follow, break-out sessions.
Professional Practice Concepts – A Bodytherapist’s Guide to Success, Nancy M. Porambo, CNMT 1995
The student will be expected to participate in open discussions and break-out sessions. A business plan will be created by the student and is to be presented to the class. Two tests will be administered with the course.
Ethics (one day)
- Review of NCTMB ethical standards
- Define professional operations (structure, financial)
- Outline office policies (fees, tipping, insurance, cancellations)
- Discuss disclosure (scope, confidentiality, client education/communication)
- Understand professional conduct (scope, contraindications, referrals, boundaries,
- Explain marketing (advertising)
- Understand social responsibility (community service)
- Present case studies and solution
Segmental Massage Therapy I
This course is designed to provide the student with a thorough understanding of postural biomechanics and how ineffective postural patterns can lead to the development of conditions such as temporomandibular joint pain, chronic headaches, degenerative cervical conditions and generalized pain.
Prerequisite: 500 hour massage training
Imagine your practice growing by 50% by providing services to your clients that were once only offered by expensive spas. Make the dry-spa modalities introduced in this course a part of your practice and see it grow!
Objectives (Spa Basics)
Prepare student with proper draping and sanitation procedures for use in a dry-spa setting
Identify skin conditions that should be avoided Learn procedures for:
- Green Mint Tea Foot Scrubs/Masks/Massage
- Cellulite Body Treatments
- Renaissance Glows
- Discuss successful marketing strategies
- Determine supply needs and supplier information