Kim Burlage Bio:

In 2002 I began my career as a Rehabilitation Counselor, working to assist individuals with disabilities to find employment.  Over time, I began to research the long-term impacts of trauma, and eventually developed the Trauma-Informed Care program for the agency where I was working.  It was the process of researching and training human service workers regarding trauma – especially the fact that trauma is frequently stored in the body - that lead me to become a massage therapist.  Now, I am combining my research and three years training human service workers with my experience as a massage therapist to assist other therapist in gaining valuable insight into how our experiences impact us.

Course Title:
Trauma-Informed Care for Massage Therapists and Body Workers

5 CE Hours for Iowa LMT's (non hands on) 

This is a distance learning class that will be held on Zoom 


This course provides information on how the brain processes trauma or high stress situations, and how that can create long-term impacts.  It includes crucial self-care information that anyone can begin to use immediately to address stress impact in their own life.  Throughout the course, you will learn about how to use this understanding of the brain to promote understanding and compassion, both in your work and your life. (This course does not have a hands-on component).

Course length – 5 hours

Learning Objectives:

Understand the process of traumatic events in the brain
Understand that trauma can be stored in the body – and what that means for massage therapists.
Learn the functions of the reptilian brain in trauma.
Build an awareness of your own responses to personal ‘triggers’ and the importance of having a self-care plan.
Recognizing common signs that someone may be in a trigger reaction – and steps you can take to help them re-establish safety.
Gain an understanding of the necessity of managing your self-care in the process of helping others as a massage therapist.
Learning the wider applications for this information across other roles and relationships

For the distance learning:

Once you are signed up you will receive a confirmation email for the class.  By noon on Wednesday of the class week you will get an email with the class hand out and the link for the Zoom class.  ****If you do not have this by noon on Thursday please email or call us. (319) 462-3402 or  

Completion documents will be sent out via email on Monday after the presenter confirms everyone made it!  If you do not have these by 4pm Monday please check your spam.  If they are not there please contact us.  

For Zoom:  Click HERE to get Zoom

You will need to download their software to your phone or computer.  You do not have to create an account with them unless you would like to.

Please sign into Zoom by clicking the class link at least ten minutes before the start of the class.  This will allow for extra time should you run into problems.  

*Be sure your camera and volume are on so we can verify attendance. This is a highly interactive class so sharing/input is an important aspect.