Brandon Raynor’s School of Massage and Natural Therapies offers short and i
ntensive Raynor Massage Certificate classes in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as well as many other locations worldwide. Brandon Raynor, the founder of Raynor massage the principal of the massage school is a Canadian born but Australian trained Naturopath and massage therapist based in Australia. He has developed a very powerful style of massage called Raynor massage which incorporates techniques from many styles of massage all with the overall idea of freeing the body up from stress and tension.
Raynor Massage understands that people are an integrated whole, comprising a body, mind and soul, rather than just the physical components of the body. Raynor massage draws upon traditional knowledge from Ayurvedic medicine from India, Chinese Medicine, Japanese shiatsu massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, acupressure, Thai massage and Naturopathy, all of which recognise the life force that resonates within every being.
This has caused a lot of controversy in Ontario with some of the RMT community and the College of Massage Therapists in Ontario. People like Micheal McCarron ( a.k.a Skeptic Mike), who teaches massage in Ontario and is an RMT have been ugly in their attacks upon Raynor massage because of the recognition of the person as being an integrated mind body spirit. He has a blog called Skeptic Mike where he is very vulgar in attacking Raynor massage because of its holistic nature and the intensive manner in which it is taught. Of course he is also very threatened by us which is why he doesn’t allow us to debate him on his blog. In fact other massage therapists in Ontario have tried to mislead the public by saying that we are illegally teaching in Ontario .
They are so threatened by the us teaching our massage courses in Toronto and in Ontario generally that they tried to find anything they could to stop us because we are exposing the College of Massage Therapists as merely being a trade monopoly to cover. About 7 years ago they found a loophole that they could attack us on by saying that we were violating a clause in educational guidelines that said any course that was over 40 hours would have to be registered in a difficult and expensive process with a government regulatory body. They complained to The Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities who forced us to stop teaching our 10 day Diploma of Raynor Massage course in Ontario and fined us $1000 for a day while we still advertised it.
Being an international massage school, not based in Ontario, we decided it was too expensive to fit into the Ontario government regulations for massage courses in Toronto that are longer than 40 hours. So what we do is offer our Raynor Massage Certificate course, which is 35 hours long, in Ontario and then if you like that course you would be welcome to join us for our Diploma course in any other part of the world. Please see our worldwide course calendar. If you can prove that you are based in Ontario we will offer you a 20% discount to take the Diploma course elsewhere to help you with your travel costs.
It’s sad about stupid regulations that stifle business with red tape in Ontario and make the economy suffer but that’s what governments and bureaucrats like to do to justify taxpayers paying their wages, and that is the extent to which the Registered Massage Therapists bodies in Ontario like the College of Massage Therapists will go to stop innovative massage schools in Toronto. Brandon Raynor’s School of Massage and Natural Therapies is standing up against these bullies, who don’t care about helping people to learn good quality massage.
Raynor Massage Certificate Course
The 5 day Certificate course is a great introduction to Raynor massage. We cover how to give a complete full body Raynor massage. Areas covered include the feet, legs, back, abdomen, arms, hands and face. We look at the interconnectedness of the body and how to get rid of deep seated muscle tension. We also cover professional conduct, contraindications, hygiene the history of massage and the different styles that are common around the world and the qualities that make a good massage therapist
Raynor Massage Diploma Course
Our Raynor Massage Diploma Course, available in all locations where we teach other than Ontario, is a more advanced course covering joint adjustments and mobilization techniques, deeper hand and foot massage, using your feet to massage people by walking on them, the qualities of different massage oils, more practice and getting your rhythm and flow happening a student clinic.
Raynor Massage Advanced Diploma Course
Our Advanced Course is only taught by School founder and principal Naturopath Brandon Raynor. In this course we cover advanced Raynor massage techniques such as neck adjustments (only taught where this is legal for non chiropractors to also do), we teach diagnosis, chi or energy releases, emotional releases and developing rhythm and flow.
Holistic Style of Massage
By taking a holistic approach to massage, we recognize that physical pain and tension may have an emotional cause as well. In most Oriental systems of medicine the life force or chi, ki, prana or sen (depending on the tradition) flows through subtle energy lines called meridians, nadis, or sen lines. When these subtle energy channels become blocked then pain, stress, tension or organ dysfunction occurs on the energy lines. Brandon Raynor, a Naturopath with extensive oriental medical training, has refined these modalities and created a new system called Raynor massage. This is largely based on what he calls bands of tension, which are the physical manifestation of subtle energy channels.
We train our practitioners to track where the tension is held and to then free up the bands that are causing that area to be tight. In so doing we trace tension down to the tips of the fingers and toes, or in the head and release the tension from its roots. You will learn this ancient wisdom which shares many similarities with how practitioners of acupuncture and acupressure understand how chi, or energy, moves through the body. To learn more about this please see the following articles written by Brandon Raynor; What is Raynor massage, and What is Chi.
How are Raynor Massage classes different?
Raynor Massage courses are short and intensive to allow the trainee practitioner to learn massage quickly , effectively and cost efficiently. They are designed for mature students who cant spend two or three years in college. In our hands-on courses, you will be massaging from day one under the close supervision of one of our expert instructors who will provide individual feedback on ways to improve your technique. In addition, you will be receiving massages throughout the course and come to understand the profound impact and deep relaxation of a Raynor Massage treatment.
We offer our 5 day Certificate Course that was created as an introductory massage course in Toronto for people who want to massage friends and family or who can only spare a short period of time to begin a massage career. We also offer our Diploma Course in other locations that is designed for those who want a serious career in massage but do not want to go the RMT route. However, there are many people who decide to complete our course first then opt to get additional RMT Training or we also have many RMTs do our course to further enhance their existing skills and learn new techniques. Some examples of RMTs who have done our course are Katie Vanderknaap and Grace Bisbikos and Sien Tigley.
We usually run these courses consecutively, in all other locations except Ontario, so it is possible to take both courses one after the other, or you can take the Certificate course and gain some experience before returning to complete the Diploma course. Upon completion of both the Certificate and Diploma, you can then take our Advanced Practitioner’s Diploma Course.
Our Raynor massage courses in Toronto will also equip you with the knowledge of how to approach massage in a holistic manner. You will learn how to accurately identify physical ailments and their corresponding origins to get to the root of the problems, in order to effectively assist the client in returning to a state of wellness. In addition, our massage courses will teach you how to develop a heightened sense of touch and intuitive treatment to provide a powerful and deeply relaxing massage. Raynor Massage is also effective in treating a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, deep seated emotional disturbances, stress and can assist in healing back pain, various injuries, repetitive strain injury, pinched nerves, sciatica, muscular spasms, aches, pain, stiffness, migraines, arthritis, scoliosis, and some forms of immobility. You can read more of this in the article What is Health.
Listen to an Introduction to Raynor Massage
The difference between RMT training and Raynor massage training
Although this course will not certify you as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) you can legally work in all of Ontario and get insured immediately. To do so, you may use terms such as massage practitioner or Raynor massage practitioner. While practicing in Ontario you can also use other titles such as Raynor massage professional, Raynor bodyworker, Raynor massage specialist, massage consultant, deep tissue bodyworker, deep tissue massage, acupressure therapist etc basically any combination of words other than those that are reserved.
In Ontario the College of Massage Therapists has reserved the use of the following terms to their own members:
- Massage Therapist
- Registered Massage Therapist
- Massage Therapy
- Therapeutic Massage
- Massage Therapeutique
Frequently Asked Questions
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