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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Reflexology Program Starting 4/14

Introduction to Reflexology
Level 1
 Sunday April 14, 2019
   10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Olney, Maryland Location 
3700 Mystic Ct., Olney, MD 20832
 (301) 538-9540

 NCBTMB Approved Provider
           Qualify and test for theAmerican Reflexology Certification Board,
the highest standard of credentials in reflexology recognized through out the United States.

April 14, 2019  Sunday  10am to 3pm   Level I                                                                             
This course includes 2 hours on reflexology theory, history, zone therapy, meridians, map of reflexes and foot and hand structure. 1 hours of hands-on to learn reflexology grip and techniques. One hour on business ethics and standards. Twenty hours of unsupervised documented practical sessions.
April 28, 2019 Sunday  10am to 3pm   Level II   Reflexology and Aromatherapy  
This course includes 2 hours of reflexology theory, history, zones, meridians, relaxation response, and body systems related to reflexology. Introduction to aromatherapy, its benefits, safety guidelines and practical applications will be discussed. 1 hour of practical sessions including the application of essential oils on reflex points. One hour on business standards, local/state laws and ordinances pertaining to the practice of reflexology.
May 12, 2019  Sunday  10am to 3pm Level III   Reflexology and Hot Stones 
This course includes four hours of body systems as related to reflexology, leg and foot structure, hands-on palpations, and map of reflexes as they are anatomically reflected on the feet. Practical use of hot stones for reflexology is discussed and practical sessions for four hours. One hour of business standards and ethics pertaining to the practice of reflexology.
May 19, 2019  Sunday 10am to 3pm Level IV Reflexology Clinical    
Required for Certification with the *ANHA
This fully hands-on class is to satisfy the requirements of six documented practical sessions required by *ANHA for certification. The student may schedule 3 clients for the day. The student may invite friends and/or family to be their client or the institute can schedule the clients for the class.
Cost: $225 for each level ( 7 CE units/each level)
The American Reflexology Certification Board is a non-profit corporation, an independent testing agency whose primary purpose is to certify the competency of those Reflexologist who practice on a professional level and wish to be recognized as meeting national standards. Certification by ARCB distinguishes the professional; setting apart and bringing credibility to the practitioner committed to excellence.
The Washington Institute teaches continuing education classes and a certificate program in Holistic Health in Maryland.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has reviewed the Washington Institute's classes and has determined that the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine can teach classes in Maryland. 
Approved for continuing education through the
American Alternative Medical Association
Accredited by the
American Association of Drugless Practitioners 

Instructor's Credentials

Jen Martinez-Bentley has 18 years of teaching experience.
Doctor of Naturopathy                       September 1999         
 Nova International
Doctor of Integrative Homeopathy    December 2007          
 National University of Therapeutics

Currently teaching at:
Centura College in Chesapeake,VA              weekdays
Washington Institute of Natural Medicine     weekends only

Qualified to teach the following courses:
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Aromatherapy
  • Business and Ethics for Bodyworkers
  • Chair Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Holistic Medicine
  • Holistic Nutrition
  • Kinesiology
  • Lymphatic Massage
  • Meditation / Visualization
  • Myofascial Therapy
  • Myology
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki and Chakra Balancing
  • Shiatsu/Acupressure
  • Spa Modalities including hydrotherapy
  • Sports Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
Student review - "Dr. Jen did a fantastic job she is a wise, intuitive healer with a vast knowledge of aromatherapy.  What a wonderful experience!" Melisa M. Miner
Call to register: (202) 686-8202, (202) 237-7681, (301) 538-9540 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Herbology Program Starts 4/6

Washington Institute of Natural Medicine
Silver Spring, MD
Master Herbology Program
Each MHC class level is $225
Each level can be paid separately
Classes can be taken in any order
Class time 10am - 4pm
Classes will be held at the Silver Spring location and thru Adobeconnect online.
Classes are simultaneously done on location and "live on-line" using Adobe-Connect.
Classes are Taught a Independent Modules and can be Taken out of Sequence.
All lecture classes can be taken online on demand.  On demand classes are pre-recorded and taken at your convenience.  All pre-recorded classes include a live question and answer session with the teacher. Upon completion of each level a special date and time is set up to have a live question and answer session by way of the internet or phone.    

Master Herbalist Certification
Total cost $2,250
Classes can be taken in any order. 10am - 4pm
Class dates
HHC3-   Aromatherapy & Herbal Medicine
Apr 6
HNC2 - Principles of Nutrition
Apr 20
HNC5 -Meal Planning Guidelines
Apr 27
MHC1 - Treating Body systems & Detoxification
May 4
MHC2 - Treating Body systems - Reproductive,
               Nervous, Immune and Circulatory
May 18
MHC3 - TCM & Ayurvedic Herbs
MHC4 - Phyto chemistry
MHC5 - Plant Identification
MHC6 -   Vit / Drug / Herb interactions
MHC7 - Business procedures
PMTI = Silver Spring Location
TBA = To be Announced.  These dates are set up personally with the teacher.
If you would like to do the online course please let the administrator know.
To register and pay for the class please call 202-237-7681
 Give the class description, date and location.
Classes start at 10am and end at 4pm. Make-up classes can be arranged with instructor.
Herbology Certification (HC)
Introductory course into Herbal Medicine.
HHC Level 3:  Aromatherapy & Herbal Medicine
History and philosophy of Western Herbal medicine, medical, herbal and botanical terminology.
Herbal sources and formulations
How to use herbal medicine safely
Benefits of compounding herbs
Holistic approach and Constitutional herbalism
Treating body systems-Respiratory system, Urinary system, Musculo-skeletal system,
Skin, hair and nails, Eyes and ears health
MHC Level 1: Treating Body Systems and Detoxification
Treating body systems - Digestive system, Circulatory system,
Treating body systems - Nervous system, Respiratory system
Food protocol to use when on a cleanse 
In-depth study of detoxification to rid the body of pollutants.
Detoxification protocol for candida albicans and other parasites
MHC Level 2: Introduction to Eastern and Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine
Principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine,Tongue analysis and Hara analysis
Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine, the traditional medical system of India.
MHC Level 3: Phytochemistry/Research:
Herbal phyto-chemistry of several most popular specific herbs
Herbal phyto-chemistry of tonic nervines.
Herbal treatments for diabetes, and arthritis
Herbal treatments for cancer, nervous disorders and digestive disorders.       
Instructor: Jen Martinez-Bentley, HD

The student must complete four levels. Each level is an independent module; therefore, the student may take them out of sequence. After the completion of the program a student can take the exam with the American Naturopathic and Holistic Association. This course is a pre-requisite for the Master Herbalist Certification program.

Washington Institute of Natural Medicine
within Potomac Massage Training Institute
8380 Colesville Rd. Suite 600, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Call to Register

(202) 686-8202, (202) 237-7681, (301) 538-9540