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Advanced Learning Program Frequently Asked Questions

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What is NST?

NST stands for Neurosomatic Therapy, a cross between soft tissue and structural therapy. Muscles move bones. If a bone is out of place, it’s either due to trauma or because a muscle put it there. In either case Neurosomatic Therapy gets to the root of the problem to correct it, relieving long standing (no pun intended) pain patterns the body may have developed.

Who can become a Certified Neurosomatic Therapist (CNT)?

Any professional with the passion and desire to help others can become a CNT in only 4 weeks. We’re going teach you the skills and anatomy you need to be a successful Certified Neurosomatic Therapist.

What is the difference between regular massage and Neurosomatic Therapy?

While most massage education focuses on preparing students to work in a spa environment using a variety of relaxation techniques, the Center for Neurosomatic Therapy (CNS) focuses specifically on training students in the treatment of chronic pain. Neurosomatic Therapy (NST) is a structural therapy that identifies imbalances in a patient’s posture and mobility to reverse engineer the root cause of the patient’s pain symptoms. The postural assessment students learn helps to create a road map for the successful therapist to follow, identifying the specific tissues holding the postural distortions or patterns. Overall, the NST program at CNS is a more in-depth training with higher educational standards and requirements geared towards a clinical environment.

How is this different from Neuromuscular Massage Therapy?

When Paul St. John had originally founded Neuromuscular Therapy, he never trademarked the term so anyone could teach it to help it spread faster. While it did spread what he found was since anyone could teach it anyone could add or take away from the practice as well. Eventually, with enough influence Neuromuscular Therapy became something other than what Paul was teaching. So, with the help of Randall Clark, he rebranded his teaching and philosophy to Neurosomatic Therapy and trademarked the name so we could keep it pure. This has allowed us to direct the growth and expansion of the practice to include more in-depth assessments, correctional exercise, and techniques we’ve developed over our many years of practice. Paul continues to treat here in Clearwater at our Professional Clinic, The St. John-Clark Paint Treatment Center, and continues to contribute to the curriculum at the Center for Neurosomatic Studies. Students in their 2nd and 3rd terms get the opportunity to work and learn side by side from Paul, Randy, and the other professional therapists to complete their clinical observation hour requirements for the CNS program.  For anyone who is looking to make a positive impact in the lives of others, The Center for Neurosomatic Studies is a great place to get the training they need to begin that journey. 

I don’t’ have a lot of time, can I still be successful?

We understand our students have a busy schedule and many are professionals with a fulltime career, so we’ve designed program options that can fit in with your busy schedule.

What is the ALP?

ALP stands for Accelerated Learning Program. This is a 4-week course certification course designed to give practicing professionals the skills they need to treat those challenging patients.  

When is the ALP held?

We run 2 ALP schedules a year, Neuro and Somatic. Each part of this program is 2-weeks long. We run Neuro in the Spring and Somatic in the Fall. 

Where is the ALP held?

All classes are held here and Center for Neurosomatic Studies headquarters in beautiful Clearwater, Florida only 10miles from the beach.  

  • 13923 Icot Blvd, Suite 814 Clearwater, FL 33760

What does it take to become certified as a Neurosomatic Therapist?

Students must complete both parts (Neuro & Somatic) of the program to be eligible for certification. At the end of each ALP program students have the option to sit for their certification exams. There is a written as well as a practical exam used to determine the student’s proficiency. Upon passing their certification tests there are 2 papers that are required to show a student’s ability to find research supporting their work. 

Can I be certified in just one part, either Neuro or just Somatic?

No, the program is designed to be parts of a whole, to be certified a student must take all four weeks, pass the 4 exams, and write the required papers.

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