This course is for qualified massage therapists who wish to add to their massage knowledge to help get their clients out of pain, increase range of movement and learn how to correct postural imbalances.
Day 1: The Head, the Neck, and Shoulder Girdle
A review of the structures and functions of the head, including the face, temporomandibular joint, neck and shoulder muscles, and the pathologies often seen in clients, including tension headaches, TMJ Dysfunction, jaw pain and neuromuscular pain in the neck and shoulders.
There will be a review of chronic vs. acute pain, strains, sprains, and factors that contribute to pain and dysfunction. We will also review the difference in trigger points and tender points, and what current pain science says about them.
Learn posture analysis, assessment techniques and correct methods of tracking changes. To do this student should be prepared to stand for a posture analysis; underwear, bathing suit, or tight clothing such as leggings or bike shorts and sports bra are best suited for this purpose, as the purpose is to see imbalance in the body.
Learn massage techniques to help relieve pain and restore movement.
Day 2: The Back, Glutes, and Upper Thigh Muscles
A review of the structures and functions of the spinal column, back muscles, and thigh muscles and the pathologies associated with them.
Learn assessment techniques and massage sequences for treating back pain, scoliosis, sciatica, hamstring and quad strain, and other pain-causing conditions.
You will also learn techniques for working the psoas—a muscle often involved in back pain, but only palpable through the abdomen.
Day 3: The Extremities
A review of the structures and functions of the upper and lower extremities and the pathologies associated with them.
Learn assessment techniques and massage sequences for treating carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, and tennis elbow in the upper extremities, as well as knee dysfunction, ITB syndrome, plantar fasciitis and other pain-causing conditions.
The class will culminate with a full body massage, followed by a posture analysis to note changes that occurred over the course of the 3 days.
Massage techniques in this class will include myofascial work, muscle stripping, intraoral work, and active and passive stretching.
Laura Allen has been a massage therapist for 19 years. She is the Massage Division Director of Soothing Touch, the author of five textbooks for massage therapists published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a frequent contributor to trade journals, a past winner of the professional case report contest sponsored by the Massage Therapy Foundation, and a member of the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.
This course always fill quickly – so book soon if you want to be guaranteed a place.
“This course, like all the courses I have attended at OBUS was fantastic, great tutor with wonderful communication skills and a great way of teaching. I feel I have learnt so much and some great techniques. I am sure my clients will benefit greatly” B.O’N.
“I really found the course brilliant, time flew in, and I found I’ve learned a huge amount. It was also fun – really glad I did the course. It will change how I work in the future” M. D.
“This course was not only very comprehensive; it covered every muscle in the body. I learnt a variety of techniques, new ways of approaching old problems with clients and also had one of the most fun weekends, full of laughter and learning” DH
“Have been giving massage for fifteen years and have done many courses during this time. This was the best course I have ever done and was able to use the techniques immediately. The clients find it amazing” PT