Present Centered Awareness: the Cornerstone for Structural Connective Tissue Therapy
Present Centered Awareness and Body Readings are the cornerstones for Structural Connective Tissue Therapy (SCTT) which involves working deeply with the body’s connective tissue; affecting the mind via the neuromuscular system. PCA offers the supported needed to “be with” the person who resides in the body you are manipulating. When physiological structures are resituating, emotions can be stirred so being powerfully present with your client provides a simple way to offer a deeper level of healing for postural integrity and sustainability. A body reading is observing and evaluating musculoskeletal imbalances by looking at the body as a whole and from a symmetry perspective. You then identify the muscles contributing to postural deviations. During body readings, you must be present and holding a sacred space for your client to be vulnerable which is a rare and empowering pathway to wellness. You will acquire communication and awareness skills to be present with clients, facilitating emotional and psychophysical connections to acute and chronic soft tissue issues.
Introduction to Structural Connective Tissue Therapy
SCTT is a heart-centered, advanced massage therapy and bodywork training intended to provide the new or seasoned bodyworker with an overview of valuable tools from which to draw when working with clients who have musculoskeletal balances, chronic tension, and pain. Students will begin learning what SCTT is and how it is applied in Structural Integration/Rolfing. This zeroes in on restructuring specific anatomical framework that is dysfunctional, distorted or imbalanced and how to work with the acute and chronic soft tissue issues. Melting tissue and altering structure for postural balance is the purpose of these courses. PCA and Body Readings are an integral section of this course as you must be present and aware with your client.
Massage for Veterans
This class will focus on a population that can certainly benefit from massage therapy-our veterans. An overview of mental, physical and psychological considerations that may impact the massage client who is a veteran will be provided. Discussion topics include various injuries from different wars, how to do active listening with your work, PTSD, drugs, issues with getting into the VA hospitals and more. A variety of neuromuscular and myofascial moves designed to melt the hardened tissues (resulting from stress) will be introduced so you can design a methodology to facilitate a positive outcome for the veteran client.
Cranial/Structural-An Answer for Autism, Learning Disabilities, Alzheimers AND
For Long Term Rehabilitation, Look Beyond the Norm
The Cranial/Structural workshop will present information on the cranial relationship to the conditions of Autism, Learning Disabilities & early stages of Alzheimer’s. From the detailed information presented, participants will learn about and have an understanding of the two most significant Cranial/Structural techniques that have been proven to produce amazing results in the treatment of these conditions. Case studies will be discussed along with theories on why the positive results are achieved. The results seen so far are way beyond expectations!!!
For Long Term Rehabilitation-Many clients have patterns & conditions that have developed throughout their lifetime that are now resulting in pain & dysfunction. They need our help and they also need long term rehabilitation so they are not dependent on us for the rest of their lives. This requires therapists to step out beyond the normal treatments to meet their needs.
Relief from Head/Neck/Shoulders: Quick Release Technique
The Quick Release Technique is an amazing effective protocol that relieves headaches and neck and shoulder pain, reduces tension and stress in uptight clients, and prepares clients for deeper work. This protocol can also be used very successfully on clients with osteoporosis. The application of this protocol will initiate the normalization of the abnormal curvature of the cervical spine. The participant will learn a specific sequence to release a series of trigger points, acupressure points, as well as a modified atlas/occipital release that can be applied in as little as 15 minutes, or extended to a full hour or longer treatment. This release is a real practice builder for many massage therapists for it can be applied in almost any setting. Massage therapists who have taken this workshop have a tool to show that massage therapy can be therapeutic with as little as 15 minutes of treatment. This is a great practice builder!
Opening the Breathing Process to Release the Stress Associated with Anxiety
This course will teach massage therapists how to release the stress associated with anxiety that is locked in the breathing process. Information will be presented on how the breathing process can both fuel an anxiety attack and be used to release accumulated distress that triggers and fuels anxiety. This stress is physically locked in tissues and readily releases with specific trigger point and myofascial soft tissue therapy. The therapist will be taught specific advanced massage techniques that can reduce emotional stress in the soft tissue and diaphragms associated with breathing. These protocols will produce long term relaxation and expansion in the muscles and soft tissue that restrict breathing and increase anxiety.
Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Nerve Compression Patterns of the Upper Body -8 hours total, split into two 4 hour sessions
State of the art anatomy and nerve graphics will allow manual therapists to look inside the human body. Starting with the brain and spinal cord, therapists will use positional release, muscle energy techniques, and soft tissue balancing protocols to address OA & C1-C2 fixations, cervical kyphosis (military neck), spinal stenosis patterns, stuck facet joints, and treat sprains and strains throughout the upper body. Nerve tests include: Spurling Test: spinal nerve compression; Eden’s Test: costoclavicular syndrome; Adson’s Test: scalene and first rib involvement ; Wright Abduction Test: pectoralis minor involvement; Tests to identify Cubital Tunnel and Guyon’s Canal (ulnal tunnel) conditions; Test for Bicipital Aponeurosis tendinosis: median nerve scarring; Pronator Teres Test: median nerve entrapment; and Tests for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome including the Tinnel’s Test, Phalen’s Test, and Tethered Median Nerve tests. Complicated shoulder capsular adhesions will also be addressed, and home care retraining will include spinal decompression, nerve glides, and nerve tensioning protocols.
Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Nerve Compression Patterns of the Lower Body -8 hours total, split into two 4 hour sessions
State of the art anatomy and nerve graphics will allow manual therapists to look inside the human body. The Weber-Barstow Maneuver and Supine to Sits Test will evaluate for functional versus anatomical leg length discrepancies. Pelvic stabilization will use positional release, muscle energy techniques, and muscle balancing protocols to address sacral torsion patterns, iliosacral up slips, joint capsular patterns, femoral nerve compression, and normal muscle firing patterns. Therapists will level the sacral base, and release the Sacrotuberous ligament for sciatic nerve pain. The Straight Leg Test and Braggard’s Test will identify L5/ SI bulges or herniated discs. The Slump Test will identify hamstring strains or adductor strains that scar down the Sciatic Nerve. Tibial Torsions and Fixated Fibular Head Conditions will be corrected, by releasing the biceps femoris muscle, to address the Tibial and Fibular Nerve Entrapments. Manual therapists will also evaluate and release Tarsal Tunnel and Morton’s Neuroma. Home care retraining will include nerve glides and nerve tensioning protocols.
Elite Sports Therapy Class – 4 hours
Clinical Sports Massage and Corrective Stretching and Strengthening Exercises for Performance Enhancement
This unique course takes you far beyond the traditional event sports massage training. We will be looking at on-site sporting event work, injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, and performance enhancement techniques. Olympic and professional athletes realize the benefits of elite sports therapy to fit their specific needs. How do you customize your techniques to complement the work of the athletic trainer, sports medicine physician, physiotherapist, or chiropractor? Are you familiar with the biomechanics of the various different athletes? What about proper muscle firing orders for optimal performance? You will know which techniques can have a negative effect on performance if applied too close to competition. You will look at protocols to enhance transitions in endurance events like triathlons. You will analyze movements of multiple sports, and eliminate overactive and underactive muscle activity to prevent sports injuries and enhance performance potential. This incredible course looks at Elite Sports Therapies that will set your work apart from the average sports massage therapist, and could pave the way to working at international sporting events or securing a career with your favorite professional sports team.