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At Fit Life we are always learning and trying to stay current in new modalities, current science, and effective practices. To that end, we host continuing education every month for massage therapists to maintain their licenses as well as in-house training for our own therapists. Please see the Current Classes section for the available class list.

We also offer an internship training program for new graduates, follow the link below for more information.

Headshot of Steve Cartlidge LMT, MTI, CEP

Steve Cartlidge has taught continuing education classes to thousands of massage therapists for over 20 years.  Students travel from all over the state to attend his classes and enjoy his dynamic teaching style and insight from experience. He has been licensed for nearly 30 years and brings a wealth of knowledge.


Steve teaches 12 different classes in a wide variety of subjects that give therapists a well-rounded education for any type of practice from spa to medical clinic. Each class is Texas-approved for 6 hours of CEU credit. We are honored to have him teach at our facility every month.

Steve Cartlidge LMT, MTI, CEP

Continuous Flow

Continuous Flow Massage has been developed over 18 years of training and experience. It’s the most relaxing, nurturing massage your clients will ever experience. The long, integrated, three-dimensional, full-body strokes and rocking motion encourage the body to relax without forcing it, meaning less stress on your body. You will observe a full-body massage plus receive hands-on experience.

Hot Stone Massage

Learn how to safely provide a hot stone massage for your clients. We will discuss contraindications, stone techniques, and supplies you will need to do a hot stone massage. You will have the opportunity to observe a full-body massage on a model and then have the opportunity to practice a hot stone massage with coaching from the instructor.

photo of students and Steve Cartlidge gathered around patient on table teaching massage class

Incorporating Stretching Into Your Massage

Learn to incorporate stretching into the flow of your massage in this hands-on class. You will observe a full-body demonstration including stretches for the legs including hamstrings, quads, and Achilles; hips and lower back; shoulders and neck; and arms and hands. After the
demonstration, you will practice what you have learned with coaching from the instructor.

Lomi Lomi

Learn the ancient style of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage. We will explore the footwork and technique as well as how to incorporate the style into your practice. The demonstration will include the continuous flow connecting strokes on the back of the body, the front of the body, as well as the wave. In the afternoon, the students will have the opportunity to practice with observation and coaching by the instructor.

Lymphatic Drainage

We will discuss the anatomy of the lymphatic system, the nodes and drainage patterns, and the indications and contraindications for lymphatic drainage massage. Some techniques are also
included to perform lymphatic drainage on yourself. You will see a demonstration as well as have the opportunity to practice with observation and coaching by the instructor.

Several students seated in a room watching the teacher.

Massage for Fibromyalgia

We will discuss some theories of the cause of Fibromyalgia as well as the most common symptoms. You will learn tender point assessment and observe massage techniques to aid headaches, sleep, and pain. You will also have an opportunity to practice the techniques with a partner while receiving coaching from the instructor.

Massage for Sports Injuries

Learn about the most common sports injuries including ankle sprain, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, hamstring strain, patellar tendonitis, ITB syndrome, neck pain, back pain, tennis elbow, and rotator cuff. You will observe a demonstration of massage techniques designed to aid in speeding recovery from these injuries and then have an opportunity to practice the techniques with a partner.

Mastering Pregnancy Massage

Steve Cartlidge LMT demonstrating in front of a class

Includes all the techniques you need to become a skilled pregnancy massage practitioner. Learn proper client intake, the benefits and contraindications, and proper draping. You will observe and practice side-position massage, semi-reclining position, and supine-position massage. Also included are back pain techniques, techniques for sciatica and much more.

Myofascial Release I 

Learn to free restrictions, increase range of motion, and speed healing for your clients. Includes basic anatomy & physiology of fascia; how to perform myofascial release; skin rolling and evaluation; cross-handed stretches and more. Very easily integrated into your current treatment with your clients. After a brief presentation and a full-body demonstration, you will work with a partner to practice the techniques with coaching from the instructor.

Myofascial Release II

Learn to evaluate postural distortions and balance the body. Helpful with back, hip, and neck pain. Includes postural analysis, leveling the hips, freeing the back, releasing the shoulder, and loosening the neck. Students will watch a demonstration of the techniques on a model and then have an opportunity to practice with coaching from the instructor. Students need to have some knowledge of myofascial release techniques to attend this class.

Massage therapist giving an adjustment to a client on a table with teacher watching.

Painless Deep Tissue

Learn deep tissue massage techniques that will enable you to work without pain to your client and with less stress on your body. Emphasis on body mechanics and use of your body to provide deeper pressure without injuries. Some stretching, trigger point, and compression techniques are also included. After a full-body demonstration, you will have the opportunity to practice with coaching from the instructor.

Sports Massage

Learn the basics of sports massage including pre-event, inter-event, and post-event techniques. The presentation will include information on preparation for the event, basic sports massage strokes, muscle groups indicated for specific athletes, and how to deal with cramps. Students will observe the demonstrations and then have opportunity to practice the techniques.

Instructor showing students a technique using a person on a table.

Class Offerings

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