advanced orthopedic bodywork courses

Orthopedic Bodywork:
Assessment and Treatment of Shoulder Dysfunction and Injuries

This class will present a clinical approach to the treatment of shoulder dysfunction and injury. Students will learn the mechanism of injury in syndromes such as supraspinatus tendonitis, rotator cuff injury, thoracic outlet syndrome, frozen shoulder, and impingement. Students will learn effective gentle and deep manual therapy techniques for addressing structural imbalances and unhealthy chronic tension patterns. Hands-on methods to correct soft tissue dysfunction will include wave-mobilization, transverse friction massage, myofascial release, and joint mobilization. Table work will include techniques in supine, prone and side-lying positions.

  • students will learn the anatomy (bones, muscles, nerves) of the shoulder
  • students will learn how to assess injury to the shoulder and neck and when to refer
    students will learn self-help techniques as well as therapeutic exercises for client education
  • skills taught are appropriate for working with medical doctors, chiropractors or in other clinical settings

Prerequisite: 250 hour massage training, professional training in bodywork or a medical field, or an equivalent train.
Tuition: $375 USD

Orthopedic Bodywork:
Assessment and Treatment of Neck Dysfunction and Injuries

This class will present a clinical approach to the treatment of neck dysfunction and injury. Students will learn the mechanism of injury in syndromes such as whiplash, thoracic outlet, nerve entrapment, forward head posture and muscle contraction headache. Students will learn effective gentle and deep manual therapy techniques for addressing structural imbalances and unhealthy chronic tension patterns. Hands-on methods to correct soft tissue dysfunction will include wave-mobilization, transverse friction massage, myofascial release, and joint mobilization.

  • students will learn how to assess injury to the shoulder and neck, contraindications and when to refer
  • students will learn self-help techniques as well as therapeutic exercises for client education
  • skills taught are appropriate for working with medical doctors, chiropractors or in other clinical settings

Prerequisite: 250 hour massage training, professional training in bodywork or a medical field, or an equivalent train.
Tuition: $375 USD

Orthopedic Bodywork:
Assessment and Treatment of Low Back Pain and Sciatica

Course Description:
This class will present a clinical approach to the treatment of sciatica and low back dysfunction and injury. Students will learn the mechanism of injury of piriformis syndrome, sciatica, herniated disk, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and chronic low back pain. Students will learn effective gentle and deep manual therapy techniques for addressing structural imbalances and unhealthy chronic tension patterns. Hands-on methods to correct soft tissue dysfunction will include wave-mobilization, transverse friction massage, myofascial release, joint mobilization and Muscle Energy Technique.

  • students will learn how to assess injury to the lumbar spine, contraindications and when to refer
  • students will also learn self-help techniques as well as therapeutic exercises for client education
  • skills taught are appropriate for working in a variety of clinical settings, including with medical doctors, chiropractors or in other clinical settings

Prerequisite: 250 hour massage training, professional training in bodywork or a medical field, or an equivalent training in another form of sensitive touch.
Tuition: $375 USD

Orthopedic Bodywork:
Assessment and Treatment of Knee Dysfunction and Injury

Course Description:
This class will present a clinical approach to the treatment of knee dysfunction and injury. Students will learn the mechanism of injury in syndromes such as patellar tracking syndrome, ligament sprains, chrondromalacia, and tendonitis. Students will learn effective gentle and deep manual therapy techniques for addressing structural imbalances and unhealthy chronic tension patterns. Hands-on methods to correct soft tissue dysfunction will include wave-mobilization, transverse friction massage, myofascial release, and joint mobilization.

  • students will learn how to assess injury to the knee and when to refer
  • students will learn self-help techniques as well as therapeutic exercises for client education
  • skills taught are appropriate for working with medical doctors, chiropractors or in other clinical settings

Prerequisite: 250 hour massage training, professional training in bodywork or a medical field, or an equivalent training in another form of sensitive touch.
Tuition: $375 USD

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

In this class we will explore the origins, insertions and actions of the skeletal muscles of the human body. We will focus on the muscles that move the major joints of the body. Movement exercises and palpation of muscles and bony landmarks will enhance the learning process.

Exploring the Ribcage
Movement and Breath

Do you or your clients complain of chronic back pain?
Is their breath shallow or held?
Do they have “head forward posture”?

This class explores the significance of the ribcage in contributing to restricted movement and breath which can lead to poor posture, chronic pain and decreased vitality.

In this class you will:

  • learn the anatomy of the thorax
  • learn the physiological movement of the ribcage in breathing and movement
  • learn the muscles involved in breathing and how to release them
  • learn mobilization techniques to release restrictions in the ribcage
  • learn exploratory movement “lessons” to help you and your clients develop awareness and help release restrictions in the ribcage and thoracic spine

Prerequisite: 250 hour massage training, professional training in bodywork or a medical field, or an equivalent training in another form of sensitive touch.

Releasing the Psoas Muscle

A deep core muscle, Psoas, problems can affect the lumbar spine, hips, pelvis, the diaphragm, and abdominal organs. In this class you will learn the about the anatomy and function and energetics of the Iliopsoas muscle. You will also learn and practice a variety of techniques to release this powerful muscle..

SOFT UNDERBELLY SERIES

A Continuing Education Opportunity

The Soft Underbelly Series is a series of classes designed to strengthen your confidence and skills working in the vulnerable areas of the body. These classes can be taken in any order or individually. Prerequisite: A minimum of 300 hours of massage or manual therapy training

Class I: The Psoas, Class II: The Diaphragm, Class III: The Anterior Neck

Class I: The Psoas
Deep in the core of the body, often a source of low back, hip and pelvic pain, the psoas muscle is important to core stability, but also to the ease and freedom of the body. Yet many practitioners are not comfortable working on this deep structure.

Gain skill and confidence working on deeper muscle layers.
Learn and practice several techniques for releasing psoas and iliacus muscles.
Learn anatomy, palpation, draping and communication skills.

Class II: The Diaphragm
The diaphragm, our primary respiration muscle is often restricted due to stress, postural habits, injuries and less than optimal breathing patterns. When not functioning properly, it can cause rib and back pain as well as neck and pelvic pain.

Gain skill and confidence working on the diaphragm
Learn and practice several techniques, both direct and indirect for releasing the diaphragm muscle.
Learn how to coach your client into a new and more efficient breathing pattern.
Learn anatomy, palpation, draping and communication skills.

Class III: The Anterior Neck
The anterior neck is a vulnerable and sometimes scary place to address. We are often taught in massage school not to touch this area. Yet, it is a important area to release especially after a whiplash injury. It is sometimes the key to turning around someone’s pain pattern.

Gain skill and confidence working on the muscles and fascia of the anterior neck.
Learn and practice myofascial techniques for releasing the scalenes, SCM and hyoid muscles and cervical fascia.
Learn anatomy, palpation, draping and communication skills.