Books by Noah:

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Getting Better at Getting People Better

Freeing Emotions and Energy Through Myofascial Release

Meet Your Body

CORE* Bodywork Certification

(Noah) Steven J. Karrasch is certified by the National Certifying Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a provider of continuing education. He is also licensed by the state of Arkansas as a continuing education provider. Noah teaches many classes of continuing education for massage therapists and bodyworkers in the Midwest as well as in the UK.

The CORE* Bodywork training and certification process is four phases long, with an optional Phase V. There are specific goals for each class and to become certified as a CORE Bodyworker with Noah, all four segments must be completed. Levels II, III and IV have prerequisites; CORE I has none, though a massage certification is suggested. Many of these classes are held in Springfield, MO or London, England. Various 6-hour classes are held in other locations: Eureka Springs and Fayetteville, AR; Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis, MO. Certain courses are also offered in the UK; primarily at NLSSM in north London, at Wynyard Park in Teesdale, and in Chiswick, Greater London.  Watch the Upcoming CORE Bodywork Classes page for information.


CORE I — The All Purpose One Session Recipe: a 20 hour class introduces the philosophy of CORE work, sharpens assessment skills, discusses in depth psoas muscle with palpation, works with Noah's Muscle Roadmap model, creates stretching cues for client and practitioner, talks about the quality of integration in bodywork sessions, and provides opportunities for practice both in partnerships and with outside models (you may bring a model at no extra cost). Students will learn a CORE recipe for one-hour session. Note: This class includes elements of several 6-hr classes: Psoas, Top Ten Hot Spots, Muscle Roadmaps, Stretching. Some information will seem old to you if you have taken these classes, but chances are you'll feel you've had an excellent review and achieved a new layer of knowledge. Pilates instructors, yoga instructors, MD's, physiotherapists and psychotherapists have all participated in CORE I trainings.


CORE II — Moving Forward: a 24 hour class; prerequisite is CORE I (as of May 2013 18 hours of other continuing education classes taught by Noah will no longer serve as pre-req for CORE II. Day one and two, techniques; day two review of CORE I recipe and demonstration on a model as well as video of deep fascia dissection. Day three work in recipe with partners, then with models. The purpose is to both give students many new techniques, challenge students to find the 'personal line' on each client, review the one session recipe, and prepare them for the five session recipe of CORE III. Also included in this class: seated back work, front of neck work, and emotional anatomy. Note: At any time in this process Noah or asigned instructors may choose not to certify a student after Level I if instructor believes the work of the student isn't consistent with CORE values.


CORE III — The Recipe: a 60 hour class over six days; prerequisite CORE I and II, by invitation. In this class Noah introduces his five series recipe and discusses the Ida Rolf ten session recipe and how it contrasts to the work we are doing. Students observe, receive, and practice Noah's five series on each other and one model, observing one series given by CORE IV students as well; and come out with a specific formula for addressing clients' body needs while enhancing their body awareness and understanding of self-imposed restrictions that can be changed. Particular attention is given to developing greater communication skills with clients. This class examines how health can be integrated into the lives of clients and students. CORE is not Rolfing! This is a specific series that accomplishes many of Rolfing's goals, but also intends to achieve different results. Note: CORE III's and IV's will be asked to sign a contract stating they won't teach this work in its body.


CORE IV — The Certificate: a 72 hour class taken over eight days; prerequisite CORE I, II, and III and by invitation only. This class is meant to be taken at least one year after III, with practice of the five series in between. It is for serious students who want to develop and polish deeper bodywork skills, and the class is guaranteed to change both the way you think about bodies and about the recipe for five sessions learned in CORE III. Those who have completed this course understand the value of CORE IV. The CORE IV certificate is not recognized by any governing or certifying body as a terminal degree; this training is for bodyworkers who seriously want to enhance their skills, not their credentials. That said, this certificate is becoming more valued and valuable as more students are practicing and seeing the value of CORE work.


CORE V —  Noah encourages any practitioner to pursue continuing education because there is always more to be learned. This informal CORE V is offered to those who have completed CORE III or CORE IV. Critical Thinking for Bodyworkers: a 24 hour class. In three days of class students observe, receive, and give a three session series of bodywork on models and on each other, designed around a framework of working with line and girdles of the body. The purpose is to teach students to plan their series, to be able to create goals for sessions within a framework, and to prepare them for the recipe of CORE III. Also included in this class: review of CORE I, seated back work, front of neck work, and emotional anatomy.


CORE I $450/£325
CORE II $500/£375
CORE III $1200/£800
CORE IV $1800/£1200
TOTAL:  $3950/£2700

Various 3- and 6-hour classes are also offered. See the CORE Bodywork Classes schedule for details.