M.E.T.A. Integrative Bodywork Training


M.E.T.A. Integrative Bodywork Training

6 weekends

Coming in 2019!

Registration Information

Early registration fee: $2,185
Registration fee: $2,300
Early registration closes a month prior to training start. Requires Discount code.
Please contact selin@meta-trainings.com before registering to get the necessary code.
3% fee for PayPal payments (via debit or credit card).

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CEU: No NBCC CE available
Presented by: Nova Knutson, CHT, LMT
Location: 4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97215

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About this Training:

Take your work to more profound levels. As hands-on practitioners, we sometimes work as if we are simply aiming to foster change in the physical body; tissue, muscle, fascia, posture. There is a great untapped potential in manual therapy and energetic work for stimulating positive change and healing for the whole-person.

M.E.T.A. Integrative Bodywork helps you to use your existing modalities and skills to craft sessions that deeply matter to your clients on physical, emotional and psychological levels. We will help you develop the verbal, hands-on and leadership skills to support your clients in self-exploration processes that make a real and ongoing difference in their lives. Drawing on the transformative skills of Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology, this training supports students in developing the knowledge and competence to work more confidently with the whole human experience while honoring safety and your appropriate scope of practice. We can help you develop what matters most to you about the work you do so that you can make the deep and satisfying contribution you most want to.

The body-mind-spirit, the somato-emotional, call it what you will, each client comes to their sessions as a whole person having a holistic, multi-layered experience. By developing some specific skills, it is within our scope and our reach to bring deeper meaning, purpose and healing potential to our sessions.

M.E.T.A. Integrative Body Work Increases Practitioner Satisfaction:

  • Increases your confidence, competence, and comfort as a holistic practitioner.
  • Helps you be a better informed practitioner through our unique inclusion of subjects such as:
    • recognizing and responding to trauma
    • the role of human attachment in hands-on work
    • advanced  communication skills and techniques
  • Teaches practitioners how to safely engage the psycho-emotional realm.
  • Saves your body by using the client’s own awareness to create tissue softening, receptivity and change.
  • Fosters your curiosity, interest, creativity and deep interpersonal engagement to prevent practitioner burnout.
  • Makes your work stand out from the crowd.

M.E.T.A. Integrative Body Work Increases client satisfaction:

  • Fosters your clients’ self-awareness, empowerment, and choice on both physical and emotional levels.
  • Increases client skillfulness at self-care and finding homeostasis on their own between sessions.
  • Helps clients hang onto the benefits of your work longer.
  • Gives you advanced techniques for gathering information about their experience so you can create the most beneficial treatment possible.
  • Deepens your clients’ trust in you and your ability to accurately understand their experience and attune to their needs.
  • Creates deeper awareness and appreciation for the magic of their own body wisdom and healing process.

Want more information? Please contact Nova Knutson: nova@meta-trainings.com or 503-358 5263

M.E.T.A. Integrative Bodywork Workshops

Embodied Ethics: Communication and Healthy Boundaries for Touch and Energy Therapists

Friday June 22
4-8:30 pm

Registration Information:

$100 (Save $50 when you register for this workshop and The Power of Contact workshop! Contact Selin Strait for the required coupon code before registering)
3% fee for PayPal payments (via debit or credit card).
CEU: 4 CE for LMTs Meets Oregon Board of Massage Therapy’s new Ethics, Boundaries and Communication Requirement. No NBCC CE Available
Presented by: Nova Knutson, CHP, LMT
Location: 4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97215

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About this Workshop:

Do you find it challenging to say no when you need to? Do you sometimes feel you have to choose between being powerful and feeling connected? How do we balance between caring for our clients generously and respecting our own limits?

Our clients depend upon us to be able to hold boundaries in a way that is clear and firm while remaining kind, warm and relational. This experiential exploration of ethics and communication from the inside out offers a powerful and playful opportunity to learn about and develop your own boundary and relationship edges. Ready to grow your capacity for boundaries and connection both in and out of your professional life? Don’t miss this class!

This class is offered in conjunction with a 12 CE weekend workshop in META Integrative Bodywork. You can take this class on its own or at a discounted rate as part of the weekend program.

No drop ins. Advance registration is required.



The Power of Contact: M.E.T.A. Skills for Touch Therapists

June 23-24
Saturday 9-5
Sunday 10-4

Registration information:

$300 (Save $50 when you register for this workshop and the Embodied Ethics workshop! Contact Selin Strait for the required coupon code before registering)
3% fee for PayPal payments (via debit or credit card).
CEU: 12 CE for LMTs Meets Oregon Board of Massage Therapy’s new Ethics, Boundaries and Communication Requirement. No NBCC CE Available
Presented by: Nova Knutson, CHP, LMT
Location: 4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97215     

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About this Workshop:

Numerous studies in the helping professions have shown that clients make better progress when they feel their therapist is emotionally attuned and connected with them. In some studies, relationship has been shown to have a stronger impact on client healing than training, experience or modality.

Harnessing the power of connection in our work is good for our clients and our practices. When clients experience a felt sense of human connection with their practitioners, the benefit of the work extends into deeper layers of the person. Ultimately this has the potential to soften long held body/mind armoring, freeze states and the embodied psycho-emotional tensions that are far deeper than we can reach with even the deepest pressure. When we contact our clients on these many levels, our work has the potential to deeply matter to our clients’ lives.

Some of the ways to create this sense of connection with your clients might surprise you. Energetic factors such as loving presence and intention are important, but there are also specific actions you can take help your clients experience the felt-sense that you are with them. These are learnable skills that will help you create relationships that are truly therapeutic to our clients on many levels.

In this exciting two-day experiential workshop, students will:

  • Experience M.E.T.A. Integrative Bodywork’s unique whole-person approach to learning and to manual therapies.
  • Learn foundational theory and skills drawn from the science of the human attachment system.
  • Practice key M.E.T.A. techniques that you can use with your clients right away to help make your work more impactful in your clients’ lives.
  • Begin to develop advanced verbal skills drawn from Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy to make your sessions more relational and emotionally relevant.
  • Explore the ethical guidelines for creating safe and effective therapeutic relationships.
  • Apply these concepts to yourself through direct experience and thereby grow your capacity for deep connection both in and out of your treatment room.

M.E.T.A. Integrative Bodywork offers increased depth and richness to the practice of bodywork and energy-work. We teach body-practitioners the skills to safely and comfortably engage the whole person on the table. Whether you are new to these concepts or a seasoned practitioner, this class will help you deepen the impact and potential of your work with clients.

Nova Knutson, LMT, CHP, a Portland-based counselor and bodyworker with over 20 years in practice, is the creator and teacher of META’s Integrative Bodywork Program. She is a strong believer in the power of body and energy work to impact clients in ways that are meaningful and important. Nova teaches with enthusiasm, kindness, and humor and is honored and delighted to share this work with hands-on-practitioners of all kinds.

This class can be taken in conjunction with Friday’s Embodied Ethics at a discounted rate.


4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97215
Training Center 503-450-9911
Counseling Clinic 503-450-9999


Hakomi Institute