Acclaimed lecturer calls MaKami his school of choice
It’s no surprise to see all eyes on James Waslaski as he shares as the internationally renowned author and lecturer shares his massage therapy expertise with MaKami College students in Calgary. Waslaski has more than 15 years of experience and has travelled to places such as Australia, Scotland, Bali – just to name a few – to share his knowledge in 'Integrated Manual Therapy’. He been passing this knowledge on to second-year MaKami College students for more than five years. “We take (the students) through any clinical conditions of the body,” Waslaski tells students during a recent teaching visit to our Calgary campus. “Take a rotator cuff injury, for example. We know how to rebalance those muscles and treat that scar tissue. It’s an integrated manual therapy, it is lots of assessment and clinical reasoning, and then it’s a blend of different modalities. “We go over theories of how to treat scar tissue, how to treat frozen shoulders and hips and really try to teach the students how to make a diagnosis.” Watching Waslaski in the classroom, which is jam-packed with students, it is clear his teaching style is distinct. On one screen, a student serves as a model for his demonstrations, while on the other, a diagram of the human body is displayed. “I always use two screens in the room that I’m teaching in,” explains Waslaski, founder of the Center for Pain Management in Texas. “On one screen, you are seeing inside the human body and (on the other screen) you are looking at my hand on the Psoas (muscle), for example. It’s like you dissect the body, and students can visually look inside the body so that they can see the technique, but make a visual connection.” Though MaKami College is primarily an English-speaking institution, it has a diverse student body, with many students of different cultures and backgrounds. Naturally, not every student will fully comprehend what is being taught if English is not their first language. The benefit of Waslaski using two screens to teach is that, by providing a both an auditory and kinesthetic visual, his audience will be able to understand what he is doing, why he is doing it, and what the outcome of his action will be. This essentially erases the language barrier that many English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students might face. As for the programs the college offers, Waslaski is impressed. “MaKami offers more than any other (places I’ve taught) throughout the whole world. Number 1, they offer more hours, and Number 2, they give you many options.” Waslaski says he rarely teaches in a school setting, but he makes an exception with MaKami College. “I was impressed with the facility, staff, marketing and the vision. MaKami is the only school I will teach at,” he says.