Incorrect posture, overuse and misuse of muscles can lead to tension and injury. Regular massage is one of the most effective therapies for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the muscular-skeletal system.
A constant build-up of tension in the muscles can lead to stress on joints, ligaments and muscles. When tension develops it can often go undiagnosed until it becomes serious enough to cause the client discomfort or pain.
The skilled massage therapist is able to detect variations in the soft tissues and by using the correct techniques can help the client maintain a much healthier physical body.
The effect of massage is cumulative and when received regularly it can help prevent injuries, and restore balance to the body, mind and spirit.
The techniques thought on this course build upon the basic strokes of Swedish Massage with elements drawn from trigger point/neuromuscular therapy. You will also learn different methods of stretching and strengthening muscles and myofascial release techniques. The intent of this body work class is to teach the student methods to help get your clients out of pain, restore lost range of motion, help to increase flexibility and to educate the client in self care techniques
Day 1: The Neck
A review of the structures and functions of the neck and shoulder muscles and the pathologies often seen in clients.
There will be a discussion of the current state and advancements of pain science and massage therapy research, a review of chronic vs. acute pain, strains, sprains, and factors contributing to pain and dysfunction. You will learn how to market your services to doctors for referrals.
You will learn assessment techniques for pain in the neck and massage techniques to help in relieving pain and restoring movement.
Day 2: The Shoulders, TMJ, and Upper Extremities
A review of the structures and functions of the shoulders, the temporomandibular joint, the upper extremities and the pathologies associated with them.
You will learn assessment techniques and massage sequences for treating TMJ dysfunction, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, tennis elbow and other pain-causing conditions.
Day 3: The Back and Lower Extremities
A review of the structures and functions of the spinal column, back muscles, and lower extremities and the pathologies associated with them.
You will learn assessment techniques and massage sequences for treating back pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis and other pain-causing conditions.
The course takes place over 3 consecutive days.
Requirements for the course:
The course is open to any qualified massage therapist who holds a recognised qualification in anatomy and physiology.
Laura Allen is a massage therapist, educator, and author. She is the author of 5 massage therapy books published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and has had over 300 blogs and articles published in the major massage publications. She has been a provider of continuing education since 2000, and has taught in 27 states and 2 foreign countries. After running a chiropractic and massage therapy clinic for 13 years, she accepted a job as the Massage Division Director of Soothing Touch, a family-owned manufacturer of massage products since 1977. Allen was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2011. She resides in Western North Carolina with her husband Champ, also a massage therapist, and their two rescue dogs.
This course always fill quickly – so book soon if you want to be guaranteed a place.