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Bodywork for Depression & Anxiety: Virginia Beach, VA

CE Hours:   18 + open to the public
When:   Jan 11 @ 9:30 am - Jan 13 @ 4:30 pm

Jan 11 @ 9:30 am - Jan 13 @ 4:30 pm

Registration is closed.  Our next Bodywork for Depression and Anxiety training is on February 16-18 in Sewanee, TN (between Nashville and Chattanooga)  

“This course was awakening for me from start to finish.  I enjoyed not only learning about the effects of depression and anxiety has on the body but how to help clients heal through breathing, meditation, movement and bodywork.   The protocol will be valuable in my practice.”  N. Green, Douglasville, GA

“I didn’t expect how great and effective this course would be.  I wish I had gained this knowledge years ago.  So many people will be positively affected from these new skills that I’ll be incorporating in my work.”  T. Carter, LPN, LMT

Date:  Thu-Sat, January 11-13 2024, 9:30am-4:30pm daily
Location:  Unity of Tidewater, 5580 Shell Rd, Virginia Beach, VA
NCBTMB CE’s: 18 and open to the public
Training price:  $450
Instructors:  Tracey J. Moon LMBT & Sharon Nash, MA

Course description:

Depression and anxiety has become an epidemic in our society with more people than ever seeking relief through both conventional and alternative methods. Trauma, loss, and the everyday challenges of daily life can create constriction and loss of connection in the physical and emotional body. From these big and small traumas, our body begins to form in a way that sets in fatigue, exhaustion, distress, difficulty focusing, irritability and physical pain.

The physical toll of depression and anxiety reveals itself in the body through tension, pain, misalignment and discomfort. In this course you will learn specific hands-on massage techniques that unwind targeted areas of the body that have been contracted, bringing more flow and movement into the structure. We will look at the science behind depression and anxiety, what is happening in the brain as well as the importance of understanding conventional treatments. We will explore emotional anatomy, including how the body is shaped by our thoughts, feelings and beliefs, and discuss how mindfulness practices can help free us from negative thought patterns. We will incorporate movement and grounding body-centered practices can help support a distressed emotional body system.

You will learn simple body-centered practices to help people feel more alive, connected and embodied through breath, bioenergetics, hands-on work and a compassionate presence. Through these embodied practices you will discover the body’s innate ability to recalibrate, reset and restore to its natural flow, beyond depression and anxiety.

This hands-on and highly experiential class is intended for the bodywork practitioner to support clients in the healing of depression and anxiety however, this training is open to everyone interested in empowering massage and bodywork tools to help feel more vital in everyday life.

Who is this course for?

This training is designed with for the massage therapist, mental health professional, nurse, physician, yoga teacher or other health care professional to better understand the latest research and tools available for depression and anxiety.  Because depression and anxiety affects a wide population of people, this training is open to anyone with an interest in the topic.  This is a highly experiential training.

Are there accommodations close to the training?

There are plenty of accommodations in every price range, including hotels and AirBnB’s, within a short radius of the training.  The Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach is only 15 miles from where the training will be held at Unity of Tidewater.  We’ll provide a list of hotels close to the training once you register.

I’m a massage therapist – can I receive continuing education hours for this training and retreat?

approved-providerYes. Bodywork for Depression & Anxiety is NCBMTB Approved and massage therapists will receive 18 CE hours. You will receive a certificate of completion electronically to submit to your state licensing board, professional association or for recertification with the NCBTMB.

What should I bring?

We’ll need one massage table for every two people attending. You will receive a welcome email after registering with a list of what to bring.  This email arrives within 24-48 hours of your registration.  If you didn’t receive it, please check your spam box and add the email to your contacts.

I still have more questions, how do I get in touch with you?

Please write to one of the facilitators:  Tracey at or Sharon at You can also call 919-907-0579.  We hope you can join us!

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Jan 11 @ 9:30 am
Jan 13 @ 4:30 pm
Event Category:
18 + open to the public


Unity of Tidewater
5580 Shell Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23455 United States