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I.) Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbosacral Ligaments & Deep Tissue for the Back: Both Days (Seattle January 12-13, 2019)


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Instructor: Brian Utting, LMT; NCBTMB #451040-09

Day 1 (Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbar and Sacral Ligaments)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more than a million workers suffer back injuries in a year, and that they account for about 20% of the total work-related injuries. Back pain can be debilitating for many people, and even when it's just a nuisance, it can significantly impact their fundamental quality of life. Massage can often be a helpful tool in the recovery and rehabilitation process, but unfortunately, it is all too common for clients to receive massage that has a minimal impact on the source of their pain and discomfort.

One of the elements commonly missing when working with back injuries is a better understanding of, and ability to specifically palpate, the terrain of the low back and sacrum, particularly connective tissue structures like the various supporting ligaments. These ligaments are every bit as important as the muscles, bones, and fascia, but are often overlooked by massage therapists, chiropractors, and physical therapists.

In this class, you will learn to palpate and treat some of the most commonly injured ligaments in the low back and pelvis, including the iliolumbar, intertransverse, sacroiliac, sacrotuberous, supraspinous, and interspinous ligaments, as well as a few key postural muscles.

What to Bring: Set of sheets, face cradle cover, pillow or bolster, gelpak, pillowcase, 2 washcloths, 6 colored pencils or highlighters (no pens); wear loose clothing.

Day 2 (Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Back)

We will focus on some precise, muscle-specific Deep Tissue techniques for the back that are probably different from, but complementary to what you learned in massage school and elsewhere.  These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that will improve the precision and effectiveness of your back massage, and they can be immediately applied in practice. The emphasis of techniques will be on releasing and unbinding the erector spinae, transversospinalis group, lumbodorsal fascia, quadratus lumborum (QL) and serratus posterior inferior from the prone position. You will also learn some powerful seated Deep Tissue techniques to release the fascia of the trapezius, rhomboids, and levator scapulae.

Students who have taken this class have reported that it helped to increase their precision, palpatory sensitivity, and effectiveness with their back massages, and that they were able to integrate the techniques into their practices right away. Body mechanics will also be a focus of this class, as well as proper use of fingers and elbows to save wear and tear on joints.

What to Bring: Set of sheets, face cradle cover, pillow, 2 wash cloths; wear loose clothing. Women should bring a bikini top or loose bra for several techniques that will be done while seated.

Registration Options: We are offering these 2 classes of Brian Utting at a discounted group rate if you register for both classes at once, versus taking each individual class. If you would like to register for just one or both days, please click on the following links to register, otherwise continue on to register both classes. Please note that by taking the both classes, you save $25.

Class Date: August 11-12, 2018
Class Time: Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm;  Sunday 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location: Seattle Location 12 -- Staybridge Suites (please click on the location link for details)
Cost: $240 if registered by 1/4/19; $265 if registered after 1/4/19
Cost/Hour: $19.20/hr if registered by 1/4/19; $21.50/hr if registered after 1/4/19
CE Hours: 12.5

Reviewers Discount: If you have taken both classes previously through the Therapeutic Training Center, you may review it at a 25% discount on tuition.  The reviewer's price is $180. If you are eligible for the reviewer's discount, please call 206.853.6875 to register or register by mail as the website only offers classes at the regular price.

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