16 CEU-NCBTMB CERTIFIED
July 30-31, 2022
Saturday 9am-6pm & Sunday 9am-6 pm
What you will learn in this course:
This course will discuss appropriate communication, critical thinking, and body mechanics for the massage therapist when working with someone with an amputation. It will also consider emotions/PTSD, description of causes and levels of amputation, and possible complications or additional surgeries a client may encounter. Equipment that may be used by your client will also be explored and possibly available for use. If people with amputations are available in the area, a portion of the course will include a question-and-answer time as well as working on them.
Gay Koopman graduated from Seattle Massage School in 1989. Two weeks after graduation, she organized the first sports massage team for the Amputee Soccer International World Cup in Seattle. She continued working with the USA team as medical support and traveled with them to World Cups in the Soviet Union and England. After moving to Colorado and raising her daughter, she reunited with the expanded USA Amputee Soccer team in 2018 serving on the medical staff as the team Sports Massage Therapist.
Gay has also worked many other adaptive sports events including wheelchair basketball and the 1996 Paralympics. She has had non-sports clients, including veterans of war, and has taken additional training in rehab for amputees, worked with prosthetists, and volunteered at the Olympic/Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in March 2020.
Gay is a seasoned educator and is passionate about teaching continuing education in massage for people with physical adaptations. She has a practice in Fort Collins, CO and has been an instructor in the massage and Integrative Health programs at Front Range Community College/Larimer since 2007.