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B.) Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Chest & Sidelying Shoulders (Seattle September 7, 2019)


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

The chest is often overlooked as a primary contributor to back and shoulder issues. It is the source of our breath and our taking in of life. These core muscles are often tight, constricting breathing, energy flow, and movement. You will learn simple but powerful methods to release the sternum, ribcage, and anterior shoulder girdle. These techniques are liberating and create a noticeable opening right away, helping your clients to breathe more deeply with less effort. They also create a foundation for more balanced shoulder placement. The shoulders, in turn, are meant to float freely on the ribcage, but they are often restricted, stuck down, and in pain. You will learn to effectively liberate anterior scapular muscles such as the pectoralis minor and the subscapularis from the supine position, and help to give your clients a feeling of ease and freedom in their shoulders that reaches all the way around to their back.

In the afternoon, we will work with the shoulder girdle from the side-lying position. Besides being deeply comforting and relaxing, skilled side-lying work gives you excellent access to the structures of the shoulder. You will learn specific, effective, and potent techniques for releasing the muscles of the shoulder girdle, including the trapezius, rhomboids, latissimus dorsi, serratus anterior, levator scapula, subscapularis, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, pectoralis minor, and the surrounding fascia. The side-lying position also gives you excellent access to some of the smaller muscles of the back, that are fundamentally important to our posture, movement, and well-being, but that are often completely missed in a standard massage.

We sometimes think of side-lying work as primarily for pregnant women, but almost all of your clients can benefit from skilled side-lying work in this area, and it feels wonderful. The class will focus on straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. 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.

  • "I haven't felt this kind of freedom in my shoulders since before massage school! I have definitely been enjoying my wings." - Amy Ross
  • "This course lifts massage therapy to a higher level. The chest work was amazing--my range of breathing went waaaay up." - Lise Orye

What to Bring: Set of sheets; 2 pillows, pillow case for a breast drape along with a hair scrunchie or clip; wear loose clothing.  For women:  as we will be working the chest, please wear either a string bikini top; skinny, loose-fitting bra (meaning it's not see through, but it has small straps and is as loose-fitting as possible) or be prepared to use a breast drape.  The string bikini top provides the best option without having to fiddle with draping and provides the easiest access to the sternum, upper pectorals, and the side of the ribcage.  Please do not wear sports bras, bras of slippery-shiny polyester materials that slide across the sternum or bras/bathing suits that have stiff parts in them, or that are unduly obstructive. Choose the option that works best for you.

Class Date: September 7, 2019
Class Time: Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location: Seattle Location 1 -- Therapeutic Training Center (please click on the location link for more details)
Class Fee: $150 if registered by 8/30/19; $170 if registered after 8/30/19 -- Discounted for Back-to-School (reg. $170)
Cost/Hour: $18.75/hr if registered by 8/30/19; $21.25/hr if registered after 8/30/19
Hours: 8

Reviewers Discount: If you have previously taken this class (previously titled "Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Chest; Sidelying Shoulders & Back"), you may review it at a 25% discount on tuition.  The reviewer's price for this class is $128. 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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