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SINCE 1979
LOS ANGELES | PREMIERE 
Craniosacral & Massage Therapy School
Massage Therapy   •  Craniosacral Unwinding  •   Polarity Therapy  •  Aromatherapy   •  CEUs
We have been teaching holistic bodywork and energy-work
 in the greater Los Angeles area for over 40 years. 
Our environment is rich with the opportunity for self-discovery and transformation, whether you are seeking a lasting and fruitful career as a therapeutic bodyworker, or simply looking for interactive learning with a welcoming holistic community that enables your personal enrichment and growth. Embark on this exciting journey of the healing arts. Take your next step today!

PROGRAM CLASSES

with Gary Strauss

20% OFF

ONLINE ICSU CLASS PRICES

50% OFF

ONLINE ICSU CLASS PRICES

TEACHER TRAINING STUDENTS

75% OFF

ONLINE ICSU CLASS PRICES

CLASS PRICES (RE-TAKES)

EXPAND YOUR

HEALING PRACTICE

New skills and knowledge for

Massage Therapist impacted by COVID-19.

ONLINE 

OPEN HOUSE

7:00PM - 8:30PM 

MASSAGE THERAPY 

June 23,  July 21,  Aug 18

CRANIOSACRAL 

& POLARITY THERAPY

September 16

LIFE-LONG SKILLS

"My time at IPSB has given me confidence in myself, techniques to aid me and my clients from getting injured, and immeasurable inspiration and support from the staff, teachers and students that will last throughout my life"

— Alumni student

THE IPSB-STYLE MASSAGE IS DERIVED FROM THE ANCIENT ART FORM KNOWN AS TAI CHI CHAUN.

Tai Chi Chuan is often studied for its defense training, and its health benefits including breathing, movement and meditation. At IPSB, Tai Chi forms the core of our body mechanics training, to ensure our students take care of their bodies and have longevity in their careers. 

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCHOOL
Many of our students find their way to our school for the first time based on passionate recommendations from alumni students. Others attend an Open House and quickly grasp the special family-community environment and massage style that only IPSB offers. The IPSB Style of massage is known around the world as being an exceptional massage to receive, and notably, also to give, as it is founded in the graceful, flowing art-form of Tai Chi. The IPSB Style of massage sets our therapists apart in the industry, with many employers specifically seeking IPSB-trained practitioners owing to their sound body mechanics, highly-effective massage techniques, and clients who return - again and again. Come experience the magic of IPSB for yourself, at one of our Open House events. 

Our mission is to train sensitive, self-aware bodyworkers who use creativity and self-knowledge to transform basic skills into an artistic form that deeply touches the lives of others.

 Maria Alamillo Ramirez
IPSB ADMISSIONS ADVISOR / MANAGER 

"I came to this school in my 40's looking for a career change. I'm a mother of 3 and no longer wanted to work in the entertainment industry. I was looking for something different. Coming to the Open House, and seeing the Tai Chi, it spoke to me, and I felt like I was home. When I meet with new students, I speak from experience, of the truly special experience IPSB offers".

  • CAMTC State-Certified Programs​

  • Flexible, affordable Payment Plans, pay
    as you go and avoid large debt at graduation 

  • Tai Chi body mechanics - extend career longevity and minimize injuries

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  • ​​Flexible morning, weekend and evening schedules

  • Be a part of our warm, inviting holistic community

  • On campus and online classes. Central West Los Angeles massage school location 

OPEN HOUSE
EVENTS
Let's get together - ONLINE!
We hold several FREE Open House events throughout the year. Experience the wonder of our warm, creative learning environment. Learn about the wisdom of Tai Chi body mechanics, and our vast offering of classes with our inspiring instructors and master practitioners. We are here to answer all your questions. 

MASSAGE THERAPY:
June 23, July 21, August 18

 

CRANIOSACSACRAL & POLARITY: 
September 16

 

Acupressure 

Anatomy & Kinesiology

Anatomy & Physiology

Ancient Thai Massage

Aroma Yoga Teacher Training

Aromatherapy 

Business & Marketing

Chakra Sound Healing for Bodyworkers

Clinical Development

Communication

Craniosacal Unwinding

CPR / First Aid

Deep Tissue

Elder Care

Energetic Nutrition
Event Massage

Facial Marma Therapy

Human Energy System

Hydro & Spa Therapies

Kansa Facial Therapy & Gua Sha

Myofascial Massage

Oncology Massage

Polarity Therapy

Polarity Yoga

Prenatal Massage
Quantum Cranial Sound Healing

Reiki

Self Massage with Foam Roller

Sensory Repattering

Shiatsu Anma Therapy

Shock & Trauma

Spinal Renewal 

Sports Massage & Stretching

.... AND MORE! 

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IFC

IPSB Foundations Class 

120 HOURS

If you are new to the field of massage therapy and bodywork, the 120-Hour IPSB Foundations class teaches you the essence of the distinct 'IPSB Massage' style.

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IMBP

Integrative Massage & Bodywork Program

550 HOURS

The 550 Hours Integrative Massage & Bodywork Program provides hands-on training, practical experience and industry support you need to become a qualified and confident massage therapist looking to practice an integrative blend of deep tissue and sports massage modalities in their sessions.

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IEBP

Integrative Energy & Bodywork Program

550 HOURS

This program is designed for the practitioner looking to practice an integrative blend of touch and energetic modalities in their sessions.

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ICSU

Integrative Craniosacral Unwiding Program

PART 1: Cranial Foundations 270 HOURS

PART 2: Advanced 489 HOURs

The ICSU program teaches treatment and holding space for the cerebrospinal fluid, autonomic nervous system, and connective tissue system throughout the body, including

classical, contemporary and esoteric caranio-sacral  techniques. 

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RPP

Registered Polarity Practitioner 

Prerequisite: ICSU Program 489 HOURS

RPP: 355 HOURS

Advanced training in Polarity Therapy represents an in depth exposure to the life energy based healing paradigms of Dr. Randolph Stone. At the end of this course, a Certificate of Completion is presented. This training is a prerequisite for the RPP Program.

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS

TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS

All programs at IPSB at Life Energy Institute are designed to meet the requirements for professional practice as determined by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) or the American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA).

To realize your dreams of becoming a successful, thriving massage therapist or bodywork practitioner, we understand the significance of choosing a school and a schedule that meets your needs.
 
We welcome new program students who are changing careers as well as transfer students looking to complete their training.  We also offer individual workshop classes for practitioners from a variety of backgrounds (including massage, craniosacral/polarity therapy, yoga, acupuncture, nursing etc.) seeking CEU’s or special training to up-level their skills.
 
We are regularly adding new exciting class offerings with instructors who are leading their fields. Chat with one of our Student Services Specialists about finding the right program or class for your needs.  It is our pleasure to support you on the path to fulfilling your dreams. 

CERTIFIED TRAININGS
 

Most classes  and programs that we offer are approved for continuing education by the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, the State of California Board of Acupuncturists and the State of California Board of Nurses. Classes are also approved nationally for massage therapists and bodyworkers via the NCBTMB and  nationally for acupuncturists via the NCCAOM.

We can still remember our first contact with Eileen Hamsa Henry, the original owner of IPSB back in the mid ‘80’s. It was a very fresh moment in the burgeoning bodywork healing arts field. It was refreshing to find people with similar values. From the beginning my relationship with IPSB and its community was always rewarding.  IPSB would become our sister school and through the years we would symbiotically evolve and grow in our ability to serve our community.

 

We always thought that IPSB was an oasis in the Southern California urban land-scape. This school helped people to reconnect with their mind body and souls. It was as Club Med once professed to be the antidote to civilized living.  IPSB helped people come back to themselves and find health and well being in a region where it is easy to disconnect and get lost in the concrete jungle.

 

IPSB was the first, and is the longest standing school/center of mind body health wisdom wrapped in a bodywork healing modality approach. It has been nurturing the mind body and soul of the bodywork entrepreneur and community of people looking to add balance back into life for close to 40 years.

 

Never before has its mission been more needed than today. It is so easy to get lost in our world and IPSB has a way of helping one come back home to their true nature.  

 

This is why, in 2016 we graciously took on the stewardship. We are dedicated to honoring the legacy and intentionality of this great school, under our new banner of IPSB at Life Energy Institute. Our objective is to nurture the IPSB massage meth-od and create a way to have a strong and secure place in our culture/healthcare landscape so it can continue with its mission in contemporary times. We look forward to the growth and evolution of our journey together and we remain humble and grateful for all those who have held IPSB in the past to bring it to this point. We honor the natural continuity of our journey together.

 

Thank you IPSB community for all these years –

the best is yet to come!

Gary Strauss and Tracy Griffiths

Gary B. Strauss

CEO, Executive Director

Gary B. Strauss founded Life Energy Institute in 1986 and is dedicated to its ongoing evolution and success. Gary is founder and Executive Director of the Polarity Therapy and Integrative Craniosacral Unwinding programs offered through IPSB at Life Energy Institute in Culver City, California, the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts [SWIHA] in Tempe, Arizona and The Open Center in NYC. Gary is the senior instructor for the Polarity Wellness Network and is a current board member of American Polarity Therapy Association.

Tracy Griffiths

CAO, Executive Director

Tracy helps to recommend and develop curriculum for students to explore the diversities of the healing arts, and to be of service to our community. She is dedicated to bringing this work out into the world, and provides the environment to assist others in their personal quest for growth and healing. 

A NOTE FROM THE OWNERS

OUR PHILOSOPHY

THE EXPERIENCE

Our unique bodywork programs open the door to increased awareness of one’s own body, heart and mind.Our programs approach the body holistically, revealing how our unique perspectives and experiences manifest in our physical form. This exploration gives rise to growth and transformation that is personal and expansive. 

 

CLASSES

Our classes provide a safe, supportive, compassionate environment where authenticity and individual excellence are inspired by the learning process.  By communicating with the body in a conscious and fully connected way touching the body touches the soul.

CORE VALUES

We believe that by touching the body consciously the transformation of an entire being occurs and ripples out into the world.  Our name encompasses our approach which honors the harmonizing of the whole: body, mind, and spirit in all aspects of our curriculum as well as our teaching modalities.


We are committed to training sensitive compassionate individuals who practice the massage technique with an artistry that profoundly touches the lives of others and brings lasting personal and professional fulfillment. For us touching the body…touches the soul.

MASTERFUL FORM

Mastery of all artful movements, including sports, martial arts and dance, requires learning the proper form. The IPSB style (TM), derived from the ancient art form known as Tai Chi Chuan, is one that engages the core, the entire physical body and the life force energy that animates all living things.

 

 

YOUR UNIQUE VOICE

Along with a diverse range of technical massage skills and sound body mechanics, at LEI you will learn to trust your intuitive voice to feel confident with working with clients upon graduation.  

Career Possibilities

There are a myriad of opportunities available to our graduates. Since the body/mind connection is being widely recognized as the key to health, holistic body therapists are being added as a component to many healthcare pro-grams. Doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, health clubs and spas are now utilizing massage therapists to provide massage therapy in conjunction with the services they offer. Our graduates have also found employment as:

ENRICHING LIVES AND HELPING PEOPLE FIND MEANINGFUL CAREERS SINCE 1979.

CONTACT US

EMAIL:

info@mysite.com

PHONE: 
310-342-7130


MAIN BRANCH: 
IPSB at LIFE ENERGY INSTITUTE
5817 Uplander Ave

Culver City, CA 90230

SATELLITE LOCATIONS: 

TEMESCAL CANYON GATEWAY PARK  
Conference and Retreat Center  
15601 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

5817 Uplander Ave

Culver City, CA 90230

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BPPE Website 

2020 School Catalog

2018 Enrollment Agreement
2018 School Performance Face Sheets​

*Note: BPPE Fact Sheets are based on program completion within 12 months. IPSB at LEI 550 Hour Programs run for 18 months, resulting in most students completing their training on time, however listed in the 150% (or extended) time bracket. 

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