Massage Therapy Seminars

Massage Therapy Seminars

The American Medical Journal states…”97% of all injuries are soft tissue related ” – Does your client suffer from one of them?
Seminars are approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork #450015-06

Piriformis and Sciatic Nerve Compression, 8 Hours

piriformis syndrome50% of the population has or will experience the pain of Sciatica. It is one of the most common conditions the therapist will address in treatment. The condition is characterized by pain in the low back and gluteals and, if severe, down the back of the thigh to the heel. Often, the client finds it difficult to sit or stand for long periods of time. Sometimes walking is painful, if not impossible. Sciatica commonly affects both pregnant women and athletes. The sciatic nerve is often impinged in the piriformis or gemellus muscle. Hands-on techniques in the sidelying, prone and supine positions will be taught, along with the kinesiology pertaining to the condition. Non-invasive, passive range of motion techniques used to address severe conditions often reduces the pain in under 10 minutes.

Students will learn:

  • Techniques to address acute, sub-acute and chronic pain
  • Step-by-step student friendly treatment plans
  • Medical terminology
  • Related anatomy/physiology/kinesiology
  • Range of Motion
  • Clinical testing for tissue assessment
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Proprioceptor Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
  • Muscle Rehabilitation
  • Stretching protocol
  • Client home health care guidelines

Chronic Low Back Pain, 8 Hours

Quadratus Lumborum, Thoracolumbar Aponeurosis, Erector Spinae, Hamstrings, Sacroiliac Joint, Iliolumbar and Sacrotuberous Ligaments

quadratus lumborumMany therapists often overlook the assessment and treatment of muscles directly contributing to chronic low back pain. At the end of this course, students will be able to incorporate several new treatments protocols into their existing massage session which will help relieve chronic low back pain. Using slow and focused techniques muscles can be released pain-free. We will incorporate slow Deep Connective Tissue Work to address Q.L., Erector Spinae, Thoracolumbar Fascia, Hamstrings, S.I. Joint and the Iliolumbar/Sacrotuberous Ligaments. Students will gain understanding in correct treatment approaches from onset of signs and symptoms to strengthening and re-education techniques.

Students will learn:

  • Soft tissue techniques
  • Step-by-step student friendly treatment plans
  • Medical terminology
  • Related anatomy/physiology/kinesiology
  • Range of Motion
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Proprioceptor Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Muscle Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation Techniques
  • Stretching protocol

 

Chronic Neck Pain, 8 Hours

Treating neck pain and cervical injuries requires assessment, palpation skills and an understanding of treatments for the various stages of inflammation. The students will learn hands-on techniques for neck muscles (SCM, Levator Scapula, Scalenes, Sub-Occipitals, Trapezius) associated structures, endangerment areas and contraindications. Hands-on techniques learned in this class can easily be incorporated to enhance any massage session.

Students will learn:

  • Soft tissue techniques (light touch to deep connective tissue work)
  • Step-by-step student friendly treatment plans
  • Medical terminology
  • Related anatomy/physiology/kinesiology
  • Range of Motion
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Rehabilitation Techniques
  • Stretching protocol
  • Client home health care guidelines

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, 8 Hours

This nerve entrapment (also known as Thoracic Inlet Syndrome) results in head, neck, arm and shoulder pain, numbness, shooting nerve pain, poor grip and poor circulation.

Any activity that may cause enlargement (weight lifting or weight gain) or movement (exercise or injuries) of the muscles in this area can also be the cause of this disorder.

Chronic contraction of the Scalenes, Pectoralis Minor or compression of the Brachial Plexus can result in this condition.

In this class the students will learn specific techniques in order to relieve this condition.

Students will learn:

Soft tissue techniques
Step-by-step student friendly treatment plans
Medical terminology
Related anatomy/physiology/kinesiology
Range of Motion
Hydrotherapy
Proprioceptor Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Muscle Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation Techniques
Stretching protocol
Client home health care guidelines

Pre-Event, Post-Event Sports Massage
Shinsplints, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinitis, 12 Hours

All the Best Lower Torso Techniques Taught in One Class!

Learn full body techniques for Pre & Post-Event Sports Massage which will lead to a 20 minute routine. Conditions such as strains, sprains, hypothermia, cramps, spasms, stretching and a full body clothed routine will be discussed and practiced. All of these conditions are common athletic injuries which also affect the non-athlete.

Included in this class are specific sports and deep tissue techniques which can easily be incorporated into your own massage session. We will cover individual conditions for Shin Splints, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles and Hamstring Tendinitis, I.T. Band, Piriformis and Runners Hip – all common athletic injuries which also affects the non-athlete.

shin splintsShin Splints is the name given to pain surrounding the lower leg compartment commonly affecting the periosteum of the tibia and muscles surrounding it.

Achilles Tendinitis is characterized by overuse of the Achilles tendon. Overly contracted muscles, Gastrocnemius and Soleus, contribute to the pain at the heel and posterior lower leg.

plantar fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is an injury causing heel and foot pain. The “arch ligament” is a band of tissue running from the base of the toes to the heel.

Runners Hip, Runners Knee
Iliotibial Band and Hip Release

runner's hipRunners Knee or ITBS (Iliotibial Band Syndrome) is a condition that mainly affects runners, cyclists, skiers, snowboarders, surfers, tennis, soccer and basketball players. An overuse/overstress syndrome which is characterized by pain at the lateral knee, where the I.T. band attaches. The I.T. Band functions as both a ligament to stabilize the knee against lateral rotation and a tendon for the muscle attachments of the Gluteus Maximus (hip extensor) and Tensor Fascia Lata (hip flexor). These chronically contracted extenders/flexors contribute to this syndrome.

ITBS not only affects athletes, but people who are experiencing knee, back and hip problems, along with pregnant women.

Piriformis and Sciatic Nerve Compression

piriformis syndrome50% of the population has or will experience the pain of Sciatica. It is one of the most common conditions the therapist will address in treatment. The condition is characterized by pain in the low back and gluteals and, if severe, down the back of the thigh to the heel. Often, the client finds it difficult to sit or stand for long periods of time. Sometimes walking is painful, if not impossible. Sciatica commonly affects both pregnant women and athletes. The sciatic nerve is often impinged in the piriformis or gemellus muscle. Hands-on techniques in the sidelying, prone and supine positions will be taught, along with the kinesiology pertaining to the condition. Non-invasive, passive range of motion techniques used to address severe conditions often reduces the pain in under 10 minutes.

Students will learn:

  • Soft tissue techniques
  • Step-by-step student friendly treatment plans
  • Medical terminology
  • Related anatomy/physiology/kinesiology
  • Range of Motion
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Proprioceptor Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Muscle Rehabilitation

Craniosacral Therapy

The “Core Element”

I looked in temples, churches and mosques. But I found the Divine within my heart.
The heart has its reasons…

I am blessed to have trained and worked with Hugh Milne of the “Milne Institute” as a teaching assistant in the “Visionary Craniosacral” programs from 2000 – 2004. Cranio-work includes approaches and protocols initially introduced by Milne and Upledger. With guidance and an open heart, the student will have the opportunity to connect with their own “soul-felt” places.

Introduction to Craniosacral, 8 CE Hours

Open to All – No experience necessary

If you’ve always been interested in experiencing craniosacral work and connecting with the body/mind on a “deeper level”, this is the class for you! Craniosacral is a “non-invasive/subtle therapy” which can be added to any session. A simple technique which is primarily based on intention, soft hands and an open heart, it has been successful in addressing a variety of conditions including injuries, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, chronic and acute pain, ADHD, headaches, etc. In this class we will look at the basic anatomy of the craniosacral system; bones, central nervous system, cerebrospinal fluid and dura. We will cover a 10 step protocol which will be performed through the clothing.

Bring an open heart and open mind to class.

Craniosacral I, 8 CE Hours
The Core Element Series
Unwinding the Low Back, Sacrum & Coccyx

Open to All – No experience necessary

We will continue our study of the Craniosacral System, focusing on the structure and hands-on application of the Lumbar Vertebra, Sacrum and Coccyx Unwinding. Sidelying, Prone and Supine positional will be taught and practiced in class, leading to a 10 step protocol focused around the low back, hips and sacrum.

Bring an open heart and an open mind to class.

Craniosacral II, 8 CE Hours
Chakras and the Transverse Diaphragms

Open enrollment, no prerequisite

We continue our study of the craniosacral system, introducing the correlation of craniosacral & chakras. The 5 transverse diaphragms are dams of membrane that close off one space from another, much like the chakras which can close us off from our true potential. Chakras are our portals to development, our sacred light centers that carry us forward on our own personal journey – our chakras represent the way we view and experience our world. These are our places of our joy and elation, of our hurt & grief –
We will continue to develop our sensitivity and intuition, our “open heartedness”, our place of acceptance and forgiveness – working with the chakra centers and transverse diaphragms, visualization, color therapy, and that heavenly unwinding of tissue dancing under our fingertips which finds us when we create a sacred space.

Craniosacral III, 8 CE Hours
TMJ, Bruxism (teeth grinding),
Headaches and Whiplash Injury

This class will require a minimum of 16 hours of previous
craniosacral training. If you haven’t previously trained with us, you will need to supply previous copies of certification when enrolling

Student should be open to experiencing the giving and receiving of a minimum of two gentle “in the mouth” contacts (with gloved hands). Eight “outside” hands-on contacts will make up our 10 step protocol. This is an “intro class” to inter-oral craniosacral contact work.

Craniosacral Therapy has proven invaluable for relieving the pain of TMJ, headaches and chronic neck pain by loosening the temporal mandibular joint, upper and lower palates of the mouth, releasing the constriction of the sphenoid bone, maxillae, zygomatic arches and vomer.These simple, gentle techniques allow the mouth to “heal itself”, by natural realignment. A 10 step protocol will be taught along with basic structures and anatomy related to the hands-on application. These easy to understand and simple techniques can be added to any session to address the above conditions. *Latex gloves will be supplied for class. If you are allergic to latex or wish to supply alternate gloves, please bring 3 sets of gloves to class.

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