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Z.) Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Torso & Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbar and Sacral Ligaments: Both Days (Seattle July 20-21, 2024)


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

Day 1 -- Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Torso: Iliopsoas, Diaphragm, QL and Paraspinals

These muscular structures support the core--they are integral to maintaining balance, structural alignment, ease of breathing, mobility, and the ability to function without lower back pain. In the morning, you will learn specific, potent, and effective Deep Tissue techniques to release the iliopsoas, diaphragm, QL, lower multifidus, and the lumbodorsal fascia. These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice, often with profound results. There will be a concise and insightful anatomy review of these structures with an eye toward fascial continuities and the functional relationships between them. We will also focus correct placement and proper use of fingers, knuckles, and elbows for optimal results.

In the afternoon we will focus on some muscle-specific Deep Tissue techniques for the Paraspinals (erector spinae and transversospinalis) that are different from but complementary to what you learned in massage school or elsewhere. The emphasis will be on releasing and unbinding the erector spinae group, the transversospinalis group, the lumbodorsal fascia, and the quadratus lumborum. These muscle-specific techniques will improve the precision and effectiveness of your back massage, and can be easily integrated to your style of bodywork. Body mechanics will continue to be a focus of the class, as well as proper use of elbows, fingers and knuckles to save wear and tear on joints. Students who have taken this class have reported that they were able to apply the techniques in their practices right away and that their clients loved the results, feeling a newfound sense of freedom and ease in their backs.

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


Day 2 -- 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. Clients notice the difference right away when they feel you touch the "right spots", and their chronic pain and tension begins to dissolve from the inside out.

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. 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".


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.


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.

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 $40.

Class Date: July 20-21, 2024
Class Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location: Seattle Location 5 -- Holiday Inn Note: The location was changed to the Holiday on 7/15/24 (please click on the link for location details)
Cost: $320 (regularly $340)
Cost/Hour: $20.00/hr
CE Hours: 16

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