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C.) Saving Your Hands -- Using Gua Sha Tools to Release Scar Tissue and Adhesions (Seattle September 7, 2019)


Product Description

Instructor: Jason Abbey, LMT; NCBTMB #283

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) encompasses the use of tools (generally metal, but not always) for the purpose of stimulating the healing response in the body. This is accomplished through a therapeutic micro trauma by breaking down adhesions and/or scar tissue as well as increasing circulation and nutrition delivery to the treated area in exactly the way that traditional massage affects change. In many cases, IASTM techniques provides instant pain relief, increases ROM, and restores circulation of blood and oxygen.

IASTM is particularly effective at treating scar tissue, adhesions, and hypertonicities. Scar tissue is the body’s way of healing injured tissue quickly and securely through a dense mesh like pattern of tissue. However, scar tissue is not as pliable or as contractile as normal tissue. With the pressure of the tools, mechanical changes at the cellular level can and do occur in order to normalize scar tissue as much as possible.

In addition to scar tissue treatment, IASTM is highly effective in treating a whole verity of soft tissue issues from hypertonicities to adhesions, acute to chronic stages of inflammation, as an effective preventative intervention as well. IASTM is not a “cure all” however when integrated into a holistic approach to healing the body, it is an essential component that helps bridge the gap found in many approaches to health and wellbeing. IASTM is the perfect complementary modality to deep tissue, ROM/stretching, Massage Cupping, Chiropractic, PT, etc.

Gua Sha is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine in which ancient practitioners scraped the skin along meridians to release chi, or energy. In American Massage, the Gua Sha tools are often used for IASTM purposes.

In this 8-hour class you will learn the fundamentals of IASTM/Gua Sha and how to treat conditions such as tendonitis/tendonosis, sprains/strains, trigger points, hypertonicities, adhesions, as well as how to use it with MFR, scar tissue treatments, and even for cosmetic and relaxation applications.

Registration Options: Generally when we offer multiple day classes, we do so for a discount.  However, with 3 classes being offered, our website system cannot handle applying discounts with multiple options. The 8-hour class on Saturday is normally $170, we are offering it for $149 and the two 4-hour classes on Sunday are normally $80 each and we are offering them at $65 each to encourage LMTs to register for what they are interested in, whether it's 1, 2, or 3 classes.  We have also added an extra Back-To-School Discount.  If you are interested in more than one class, just add each one to your order.  The other 2 classes are:

What to Bring: Set of sheets, face cradle cover, pillow or bolster; wear loose clothing.

Class Date: September 7, 2019
Class Time: Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Seattle Location 2 -- Staybridge Suites  (please click on the link for location details)
Class Fee: $149 if registered by 8/30/19; $169 if registered after 8/30/19
Cost/Hour: $18.62/hr if registered by 8/30/19; $21.12/hr if registered after 8/30/19
CE Hours: 8

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