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ZF.) Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Injuries & Deep Tissue Techniques for the Shoulder Girdle (Seattle August 10-11, 2024)


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

At the end of the weekend, you will know how to identify and treat the most common injuries to the shoulder, and to balance and create a supportive foundation for the shoulder girdle, as well as creating states of deep relaxation for your clients.

Saturday (Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Injuries)

A lot of our clients suffer from chronic rotator cuff injuries that seem to stubbornly persist using conventional massage techniques.  Learn precise and specific techniques to identify and successfully treat some of the most common injuries to the subscapularis, long head of the biceps, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, and teres minor.  The class will include:

  • a review of the rotator cuff anatomy
  • assessment techniques for each of the muscle/tendon groups
  • palpation review of the rotator cuff and related shoulder structures
  • treatment techniques to both improve the injured soft tissue and to improve the range and quality of motion of the gleno-humeral joint
What to Bring: Set of sheets; face cradle cover, pillow. Wear loose clothing and bring a tank top if you have one for palpation and treatment. Please leave everything not needed for class in your vehicle or at home. Use a large tote bag (think Ikea or a beach tote) or suitcase to contain your "what to bring items".

Sunday (Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Shoulder Girdle)

The shoulders are meant to float freely on the ribcage, held in elegant suspension by 16 muscles, but very often they are restricted, stuck down and in pain. In the morning, you will learn to effectively liberate some of the major anterior structures of the shoulder girdle (such as the pectoralis minor, subclavius and subscapularis), 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, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, subscapularis, pectoralis minor, and the surrounding fascia. 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 day 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.

What to Bring: Set of sheets; 2 pillows, pillow case and "claw" hair clip for a breast drape; wear loose clothing. For women: as we will be working the chest, the best draping choices are either a pillowcase with a "claw" hair clip or a string bikini top. The string bikini top may provide the best option without having to fiddle with draping, and the breast drape 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. For Men: You may provide consent to be bare chested or use the pillow case and “claw” hair clip for a breast drape. Please leave everything not needed for class in your vehicle or at home. Use a large tote bag (think Ikea or a beach tote) or suitcase to contain your "what to bring items".


Teacher Masking Policy For Both of These Classes: Masking is recommended, but is optional in these classes, each person can choose to wear a mask, or not. For our masking policy and how to prepare for class, please click HERE.
Travel Recommendation:  If you are traveling by plane, train or long-distance bus to attend class, please click HERE to read our recommendations for traveling and attending class.
Reviewer's Discount: If you have previously taken one of the classes in this bundle, the price for this bundle of classes is $286. If you have previously taken both classes in this bundle, the price for this bundles is $252.  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.

Registration Options: We are offering Brian Utting's classes 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 for this class. Please note that by taking both days of class, you save $30.

Class Date: August 10-11, 2024
Class Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location: Seattle Location 2 -- Staybridge Suites (please click on the location link for details)
Cost: $320
Cost/Hour: $20/hr
CE Hours: 16

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