Continuing Education Classes

CE classes at PNWSM are shorter and more flexible than the typical two- or three-day weekend CE class. Brian's Ballard classes are limited to 8-12 students, and are more personalized than larger, more formal, CE classes. The emphasis is on really learning and retaining the information, rather than just being exposed to it.

All classes are NCB approved (NCB #451040-09) unless otherwise noted, and valid for NCB, AMTA, and WA state CE Credit. You will be issued a certificate at the end of class.

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Legs & Hips

The legs are often treated for the least amount of time in a session, yet they support the upper body and are under tremendous compressive force, whether moving or stationary. When the legs and feet are functioning properly, they are one of the fundamental anchors of our stability and support. When they're not, they are a major contributor to foot, knee, hip, and low back issues. 

In this class, you will learn specific, potent, and effective Deep Tissue techniques to release the muscles and fascia of the hips, legs and feet. These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. We will also focus on correct body mechanics and proper use of hands, elbows, and forearms to save wear and tear on joints.

To watch a short video demo of one of the techniques covered in class (originally presented in Austin, TX), click here

"So many new, practical techniques to try! All really great stuff." -Chrisann Rauschenbach

"This was the best adductor work I've ever had." -Crystal Johnson

Instructor: Brian Utting 
CE hours: 8 CE hours
Date and Time: Saturday, November 25th, 10am-7:15pm
Location: Seattle, WA (Fremont/Wallingford area)
Tuition: $160 if registered and deposited by November 10th; $185 thereafter.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register. 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Posterior, Lateral and Anterior Neck (Maui, HI)

The neck is a strong, vulnerable and complex structure. It is the most movable part of the spine, and yet is strong enough to balance and support the head (10-11 pounds), even with chronically poor posture. Skillful deep tissue work in this area is not about brute force; it's about precision and strategy, informed by knowledge of the anatomical structures. It's rare to find massage therapists who really know how to massage the neck in a precise, specific way–especially around the small muscular attachments to the transverse processes-–even though this is often where the muscles are most frayed and/or inflamed.

In the morning you will learn specific techniques for releasing the cervical posterior paraspinal muscles (longissimus, semispinalis capitis, multifidus), suboccipital triangle, levator scapula (especially the cervical attachments), facet joints, splenius capitus and cervicis, posterior, middle, and anterior scalenes, sternocleidomastoid, and masseter. 

In the afternoon we will focus on deep muscle-specific techniques for the anterior neck. Many people learned in massage school to avoid this area, but it responds safely and well to skilled and precise touch. We will focus on the scalene, suprahyoid, infrahyoid, and longus capitus and colli groups. This is really helpful work for clients who have been in car accidents, have emotional issues with their necks or throats, or use their voices professionally (eg, singers). 

These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. The work is well-suited to either treating cervical injuries or improving your spa massage, and will increase your precision, palpatory sensitivity, and effectiveness. Body mechanics will also be a focus of the class as well as proper use of fingers to save wear and tear on joints. 

"I honestly learned more in your neck class than any other CE I've taken, and I've been at it almost 13 years." -Tracey Brandt 

"This is the best neck class I've ever taken." - Barbara Rue

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8
Date and Time: Friday, December 1st, 10am-7pm
Location: Maui Academy, Kihei, HI

Tuition: $175 if registered with a $50 non-refundable deposit by November 15th; $200 thereafter. Reviewers receive a $50 discount.

Registration: Click here to register online. 

Questions? Contact Carmel Andrews in Kihei at carmel@mahamaui.com or 808-879-4266. You can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Posterior, Lateral and Anterior Neck

The neck is a strong, vulnerable and complex structure. It is the most movable part of the spine, and yet is strong enough to balance and support the head (10-11 pounds), even with chronically poor posture. Skillful deep tissue work in this area is not about brute force; it's about precision and strategy, informed by knowledge of the anatomical structures. It's rare to find massage therapists who really know how to massage the neck in a precise, specific way–especially around the small muscular attachments to the transverse processes-–even though this is often where the muscles are most frayed and/or inflamed.

In the morning you will learn specific techniques for releasing the cervical posterior paraspinal muscles (longissimus, semispinalis capitis, multifidus), suboccipital triangle, levator scapula (especially the cervical attachments), facet joints, splenius capitus and cervicis, posterior, middle, and anterior scalenes, sternocleidomastoid, and masseter. 

In the afternoon we will focus on deep muscle-specific techniques for the anterior neck. Many people learned in massage school to avoid this area, but it responds safely and well to skilled and precise touch. We will focus on the scalene, suprahyoid, infrahyoid, and longus capitus and colli groups. This is really helpful work for clients who have been in car accidents, have emotional issues with their necks or throats, or use their voices professionally (eg, singers). 

These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. The work is well-suited to either treating cervical injuries or improving your spa massage, and will increase your precision, palpatory sensitivity, and effectiveness. Body mechanics will also be a focus of the class as well as proper use of fingers to save wear and tear on joints. 

"I honestly learned more in your neck class than any other CE I've taken, and I've been at it almost 13 years." -Tracey Brandt 

"This is the best neck class I've ever taken." - Barbara Rue

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8
Date and Time: Saturday, December 9th, 10am-7pm
Location: Seattle (Fremont area)
Tuition: $160 if registered by December 1st, $185 thereafter.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register. 

In-Depth Face and Head Massage

The facial muscles hold a significant amount of tension and are the source of many problems for our clients. In addition, the face is one of the most richly sensitive and enervated regions of the body, both on the sensory and motor side. Because the facial region is often overlooked in massage, incorporating skillful work in this area can offer your clients a more complete whole-body experience, and set your practice apart—as well as feeling wonderful.

This course will focus on integrated techniques for the cranium, scalp, face, neck and upper chest, as well as muscle-specific facial massage strokes and pressure points. The benefits of facial massage are extensive, including treatment for TMJ dysfunction, congestion and sinus issues, headaches, mood elevation, relaxation, and esthetic enhancement.

Your instructor, Tysan Dutta, is a graduate of the Cortiva Institute and the Euro Institute of Skincare, has a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Antioch University. She is certified in craniosacral therapy and studied structural injury work, neuromuscular release, and myofascial massage. Tysan believes that skillful facial massage should be incorporated into more bodywork sessions, and that the facial and cranial area is just as important as, if not more important than, any other region of the body.  

"Tysan is a fantastic instructor, and I will integrate this into my work right away." - Jo Sullivan
"It's clear Tysan loves this work, and has a ton of experience behind her." -Zinnia Su
"I loved this class." - Mari McGarvey, Adriane Martin

Instructor: Tysan Dutta (MA#60443553)
CE hours: 4 CE hours
Date and Time: Thursday, December 14th, 7-11pm
Location: Seattle (Ballard area)
Tuition: $85.

Registration: A non-refundable $35 deposit is required to save your space. Click here to pay the deposit online. The balance is due at class, payable to the instructor, by cash or check only.

 

Assessment and Treatment of the Low Back Ligaments

This class is not yet NCBTMB-approved for CE credit – application is pending.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are more than a million workers who 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, and even when it's just a nuisance, it can significantly impact quality of life for our clients. Massage can be a helpful tool in the recovery and rehabilitation process, but it is all too common for clients to receive massage that has a minimal impact on their pain and discomfort. 

One of the things commonly missing 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. 

"I found this class extremely informative; it's something my own body needed, and I hadn't been able to pinpoint it." -Sabrina Barrera

Instructor: Brian Utting and Matthew Sorlie
CE hours: 8
Date and Time: Saturday, December 16th, 10am-7pm
Location: Seattle (Ballard area)
Tuition: $160.

Registration: A non-refundable $60 deposit is required to save your space. Click here to pay the deposit online. The balance is due at class by cash or check only.

 

Ethics, Supervision, Boundaries and State Law

We will begin with a thorough review of state massage law, and some interesting, important, and occasionally upsetting changes to the law. After a review of professional ethics, roles, and boundaries, we will take a more personal approach to professional ethics. Ethics is a living subject and is best learned in a live, interactive format. As massage practitioners, we work closely and intimately with our clients, but we often experience isolation and burnout in our own practices. When ethical conflicts, confusions, and challenges inevitably arise, we often feel that we have no place to take them.  

In this peer supervision class, we will explore your current professional issues and dilemmas, whether they be interpersonal, ethical, financial, or other. This is not a 'you should eat your vegetables' approach to ethics, but rather an opportunity to draw support and gain insight from your peers and mentors. The class size will be quite small and intimate, with a maximum of 9 students. You will return to your practice refreshed and with a deeper sense of clarity.

"This the only ethics class I've ever taken that I wish were longer." -Mariah Vanhee
"This was the best ethics class I've ever taken." - Darcy Hovard, Erin Morgan
"This class was far better time spent than an internet facsimile of an ethics class." - Christian Green
"Masterfully organized, and complete in subject coverage, handouts, and time management." - Barbara Johnson

Instructor: Brian Utting and De'Anna Dean
Ethics CE hours: 7 ethics CE hours, meets WA state ethics requirement
Date and Time: Sunday, December 17th, 11am - 6:30pm
Location: Seattle (Ballard area)
Tuition: $120. 

Registration: A non-refundable $60 deposit is required to save your space. Click here to pay the deposit online. The balance is due at class, payable to the instructor, by cash or check only.

 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Back

We will focus on some precise, muscle-specific Deep Tissue techniques for the back that are probably different from, but complementary to what you learned in massage school and elsewhere. These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that will improve the precision and effectiveness of your back massage, and they can be immediately applied in practice. The emphasis of techniques will be on releasing and unbinding the erector spinae, transversospinalis group, lumbodorsal fascia, quadratus lumborum (QL) and serratus posterior inferior from the prone position. You will also learn some powerful seated Deep Tissue techniques to release the fascia of the trapezius, rhomboids, and levator scapulae.

Students who have taken this class have reported that it helped to increase their precision, palpatory sensitivity, and effectiveness with their back massages, and that they were able to integrate the techniques into their practices right away; client response was strongly positive. 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.

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 4.5
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 10th, 2:30-7pm
Location: Seattle (Wallingford/Fremont area)
Tuition: $90 if registered by January 3rd; $105 thereafter.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register.
 

Taxes and Tax Strategies for LMT's

As a self-employed massage therapist, about 16-30% of your net income will go to taxes, including federal income tax, social security, medicare, and state and local taxes. This is a small business person's largest single expense, and it behooves us to know how to skillfully manage this expense. In class we will focus on how to "think Schedule C" and legally maximize our allowable business deductions. We will also cover form 1040, tax planning, tax estimating, avoiding audits, the pros and cons of various tax software programs, and the legalities of hiring contractors or employees.  

Besides being packed with useful information, this class is fun, entertaining, and full of tips on how to save money on your taxes--you will easily recover your tuition in tax savings. You will also receive more individual attention than in a typical tax seminar due to the smaller size of the class. A professional tax preparer will join us at the end of class to answer any questions. 

"This was a fantastic class with tons of valuable information." -Dawn Geula

"The whole class was really jam-packed with significant legal information, interesting general knowledge, and great insights and ideas for legal tax deductions." -Maureen D'Armand

"My brain wants to shut down when presented with this type of stuff, but this was extremely helpful and educational." -Jet Mullen

"I dreaded coming today because of the 'dry' content, but it was fun and informative. All my questions were answered and I learned a bunch of new things that I had no clue about." - Verena Giebels

"After taking your tax class last year and following your recommendations, I received a sizable tax return. Tracking mileage, saving and tracking all my receipts (and knowing which receipts to save), and paying my quarterlies were among the key lessons. After seeing all my LMP friends end up with huge tax bills, I was shooting for the safest route possible, and it absolutely paid off! Thank you for offering such a comprehensive class." -Angela Mae Wapner

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8
Date and Time: Saturday, January 13th, 10am-7pm
Location: Seattle 
Tuition: $130 if registered by January 5th; $150 thereafter.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register.
 

Assessment and Treatment of the Cervical Ligaments & Bindegewebsmassage (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Join Brian for two tax-deductible CE classes in Christchurch, New Zealand on January 20th-21st, 2018, during the peak of the Austral summer. The days will be long and warm, and Christchurch is beautiful, cosmopolitan, and close to the Pacific Ocean and abundant outdoor activities. 

Assessment and Treatment of the Cervical Ligaments

The neck is one of the most common areas of client complaint, injury and dysfunction, and it can be a challenging area to treat effectively. Injured or irritated neck ligaments can be particularly vexing; besides causing deep pain, they can provoke a guarding response in the nearby muscles, causing additional pain, tension, and limitation of movement.  

In this class we will explore the deeper terrain of the neck, concentrating on the key ligamentous and related muscular and fascial structures that, when injured, often create chronic neck pain and tension. The cervical ligaments are every bit as important as the muscles, bones, and fascia, but are often overlooked by massage therapists, chiropractors, and physical therapists.  

You will learn assessment and palpation skills that will help you to identify the ligamentous structures that need treatment, make sure it is appropriate to do so, and treat the injured structures. A primary focus of this class is to help you refine your accuracy in both palpation and treatment, and to help you develop more confidence, specificity and thoroughness in your neck assessment and treatment. 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.

"This was one of the most informative classes I've taken in a long time. The material is very useful for my clinical practice." - Sabrina Sargent
"This class was ridiculously useful. I will be using these techniques immediately and daily." - Robin Mayberry

CTM/Bindegewebsmassage

Bindegewebsmassage, or Connective Tissue Massage (CTM), is a precise and elegant way to work with the body's dermatomes and autonomic reflexes to induce corresponding autonomic changes in specific organs. The technique was developed in Germany by Elizabeth Dicke, and is widely practiced in Europe, although it is less known in the United States. Bindegewebsmassage is quite powerful, although it can appear subtle at first.

Starting with the sacrum, specific cutaneous zones are stroked with a dragging pressure in a precise and orchestrated way that can "trick" the body into responding as if specific organs or organ systems are being massaged. In response, the target organ vasodilates and its smooth muscles tissue relaxes. Bindegewebsmassage is quite effective for treating menstrual cramps, eliminating or reducing symptoms over 90% of the time. It can also be helpful with reducing the symptoms of migraines, asthma, and intestinal cramping. In addition, CTM can subtly affect the fascial layers (especially adhesions in the subcutaneous layer), increasing range of motion and flexibility, and reducing pain or tingling from tightened tissue. Bindegewebsmassage typically has a calming effect, and can be used for general parasympathetic relaxation as well.

A handful of clinical trials have shown CTM-style manipulation has beneficial effects in pain reduction, reduced depression, improved quality-of-life, and moderate short-term increases of beta-endorphins (pain-relieving neuro-transmitters). These trials add to anecdotal observations from clinicians that CTM often causes "virtually immediate relief in visceral or myofascial pain as well as general relaxation" (Prendergast & Rommer, 2013).

In this class, you will learn the "basic build-up", which primarily focuses on the sacral and pelvic areas and their corresponding target organs, and the "first followup", which focuses on the lower back and rib cage.

"That the viscero-cutaneous reflex interconnection is reversible, that is to say, that it not only leads from the internal organs to the skin, but vice versa, is a long-established fact. One of the most elegant and fundamental systems, which conforms almost flawlessly to the workings of the segmental reflexes, is connective tissue massage as prescribed by Dicke." - Hans Schliack, MD (prominent German neurologist).

View the flyer here for a full class description and registration details.

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 15
Date and Time: Saturday, January 20th, 9am-6pm, and/or Sunday, January 21st, 9am-5pm
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Tuition: $340 NZ for both days if registered with a $150 NZ non-refundable
deposit by December 31st, 2017; $390 NZ thereafter.

Registration: View attached flyer (see link above) for registration instructions, or contact Lynn Wilson at lynn.wilson@ihug.co.nz.

If you live in the United States, and prefer to pay in USD, you can register online here. Choosing this option will commit you to purchasing both days and paying the entire tuition of $250 USD, and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and lodging arrangements for your stay in Christchurch. If you have questions, you can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

MSDT Techniques for the Legs and Hips, & MSDT Techniques for the Torso (Te Anau, New Zealand)

Join Brian for two tax-deductible CE classes in beautiful Te Anau, New Zealand (near Milford Sound and Fjordlands National Park), on January 24-25th, 2018, during the peak of the Austral summer. The days will be long and warm, and the surroundings are gorgeous. 

MSDT Techniques for the Legs & Hips

The legs are often treated for the least amount of time in a session. Yet they support the upper body and are under tremendous compressive force, whether moving or stationary. When the structures of the feet and legs are functioning properly, they are one of the fundamental anchors of our stability and support. When they're not, they are a major contributor to foot, knee, hip, and low back issues. 

In this class, you will learn specific, potent, and effective Deep Tissue techniques to release the muscles and fascia of the hips, legs and feet. Some of the specific muscle groups you will work with include the deep calf flexors (tibialis posterior, flexor hallucis, flexor digitorum), the anterior compartment (tibialis anterior and extensor digitorum), the quadriceps group, the tensor fascia latae and IT tract, the gluteals, the deep lateral rotators, hamstrings, and adductors. These are simple, straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. Body mechanics will also be a focus of the class, as wells as proper use of hands, elbows, and forearms to save wear and tear on joints.

To watch a short video demo of one of the techniques covered in class (originally presented in Austin, TX), click here

"So many new, practical techniques to try! All really great stuff." -Chrisann Rauschenbach
"This was the best adductor work I've ever had." -Crystal Johnson
"This was exactly what I was hoping for – super great, specific work." -Leah Grossman

MSDT Techniques for the Torso - Iliopsoas, Diaphragm, QL & 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.

"This is one of the most practical classes I've ever taken. Brian presented useful information and then taught practical application of this info. He walked us through how to find each muscle--something I have always wished other instructors would do. I left the training with expanded skills and knowledge, which I have been able to use right away with my clients." - Evelyn Bass

View the flyer here for a full class description and registration details.

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 16
Date and Time: Wednesday and/or Thursday, January 24-25th, from 9:30am-6:30pm
Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Tuition: $350 NZ for both days if registered with a $150 NZ non-refundable deposit by December 31st, 2017; $400NZ thereafter.

Registration: View attached flyer (see link above) for registration instructions, or contact Rachael Brown at teanaumassage@hotmail.com.

If you live in the United States, and prefer to pay in USD, you can register online here. Choosing this option will commit you to purchasing both days and paying the entire tuition of $250 USD, and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and lodging arrangements for your stay in Te Anau. If you have questions, you can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

Ethics: Massage, Unlicensed Practice, Prostitution, Human Trafficking- What's Going On?

What is one of the fastest-growing segments of the massage industry in Washington? Massage as health care? Day spas? Massage Envy-type franchises? It may surprise you to learn that the fastest-growing segment may be illegitimate, unlicensed practice fronting as licensed, regulated massage. In addition, foot spas, massage parlors engaged in prostitution, and even human trafficking operations (using massage as a cover) have all grown at an alarming rate in the past few years. Although we would like to believe there is less confusion now than there used to be about who we are and what we do as LMT's, public confusion about massage has quietly gotten worse in the past several years.

This is why our professional associations are now getting involved in the fight against human trafficking, and to some extent, why we are facing annual licensing fee increases here in Washington for investigative and other regulatory costs. In addition, changes are coming to our massage laws with regard to draping, charting, breast massage, and more. What are the real concerns and issues with human trafficking and illegitimate massage in our communities? 

While the vast majority of us have conscientiously gone about our work as massage therapists, others have generated complaints related to unlicensed practice, sexually inappropriate behavior, and worse--all under our good name. The result? More rules, more regulations, and more costs for legitimate LMTs, not to mention continued confusion in the public’s eye about who we are and what we do. When we demand action from the DOH, we’re often told there’s little that can be done, as there are simply not enough resources to investigate all the complaints; meanwhile, more rules and regulations are being written affecting how we practice bodywork. 

This 5-hour CE class, which meets the Washington State CE and NCBTMB requirements for professional ethics, takes an in-depth, candid look at these issues. This class will support you in protecting our profession and educating our clients in an environment that can be confusing and even dangerous. A portion of the class will also specifically address personal safety for massage practitioners, including basic self defense strategies and how to minimize interfacing with sketchy and/or dangerous clients. Your instructor, Lavon Watson, is a massage therapist and retired police detective who has been studying these issues since 2008.

The challenging situation we are facing is a perfect storm of legal, legislative, economic, cultural and law enforcement issues. This class is a call to action–our response will need to be organized, nuanced, and multifaceted if we are going to disentangle legitimate massage from illicit massage and prostitution. This course will help you to understand the threat to our profession, protect yourself, and recognize the power we have to make positive changes to turn this situation around.

Instructor: Lavon Watson, LMT, Retired Police Detective
CE hours: 5; meets WA State and NCBTMB Ethics requirements
Date and Time: Sunday, January 28th, 10am-4pm
Location: Seattle (Phinney Ridge Community Center)
Tuition: $95 if registered by January 20th, $105 thereafter.

Registration: A non-refundable $35 deposit is required to save your space. Click here to pay the deposit online. The balance is due at class, payable to the instructor, by cash or check only.

 

Evaluation & Tx of Shoulder Injuries, & MSDT Techniques for the Legs & Hips (Hamilton, New Zealand)

Join Brian for two tax-deductible CE classes in Hamilton, New Zealand on February 2nd-3rd, 2018, during the peak of the Austral summer. The days will be long and warm, and Hamilton is known for its gardens, cafes, and nightlife. It is an hour away from Auckland, one of the most vibrant cities in the world. 

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 orthopedic assessments and thumbs-free techniques to identify and successfully treat some of the most common injuries to the subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, long head of the biceps and acromioclavicular joint. The class will include a review of rotator cuff anatomy, palpation of the rotator cuff muscles and related structures, and instruction in appropriate treatment massage techniques to treat the soft tissue lesions. You will also receive a detailed 30-page handbook for future reference.

"This shoulder class was the best class and instruction I've ever had." - Deborah Luger
"This is the best Continuing Education workshop I've taken, out of 120+ CE hours." - Julio Otazo

MSDT Techniques for the Legs & Hips

The legs are often treated for the least amount of time in a session. Yet they support the upper body and are under tremendous compressive force, whether moving or stationary. When the structures of the feet and legs are functioning properly, they are one of the fundamental anchors of our stability and support. When they're not, they are a major contributor to foot, knee, hip, and low back issues. 

In this class, you will learn specific, potent, and effective Deep Tissue techniques to release the muscles and fascia of the hips, legs and feet. Some of the specific muscle groups you will work with include the deep calf flexors (tibialis posterior, flexor hallucis, flexor digitorum), the anterior compartment (tibialis anterior and extensor digitorum), the quadriceps group, the tensor fascia latae and IT tract, the gluteals, the deep lateral rotators, hamstrings, and adductors. These are simple, straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. Body mechanics will also be a focus of the class, as wells as proper use of hands, elbows, and forearms to save wear and tear on joints.

To watch a short video demo of one of the techniques covered in class (originally presented in Austin, TX), click here

"So many new, practical techniques to try! All really great stuff." -Chrisann Rauschenbach
"This was the best adductor work I've ever had." -Crystal Johnson
"This was exactly what I was hoping for – super great, specific work." -Leah Grossman

View the flyer here for a full class description and registration details.

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 16
Date and Time: Friday and/or Saturday, February 2nd-3rd, 9:30am-6:30pm
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
Tuition: $350 NZ for both days if registered with a $150 NZ non-refundable deposit by January 10th, 2018; $400 NZ thereafter

Registration: View attached flyer (see link above) for registration instructions, or contact Dawn Burke at dawn.burke@xtra.co.nz.

If you live in the United States, and prefer to pay in USD, you can register online here. Choosing this option will commit you to purchasing both days and paying the entire tuition of $250 USD, and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and lodging arrangements for your stay in Hamilton. If you have questions, you can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Come and explore the profound and subtle world of craniosacral work. This 15-hour class combines anatomy, theory and techniques in a way that makes the subject interesting and applicable to your practice. The course will include:

  • The basic history and origins of biodynamic craniosacral work
  • Specific anatomy of the cranium, meninges, and nervous system
  • Discussion of the different internal movements of the craniosacral system: the cranial rhythmic impulse, mid-tide and long tide
  • An introduction to the perception of the cranial rhythms
  • Working with boundaries and grounding techniques
  • Numerous techniques for the sacrum, upper neck and head that can be easily integrated into a massage session or stand on their own
  • Developing an effective treatment plan using the techniques presented

"Pat's craniosacral classes elegantly combine deep intuition, palpatory sensitivity, and anatomical intelligence. Pat's cranial teaching is rare if not unique in the way that it skillfully combines craniosacral work, structural work, and everyday practice. Her classes are both profound and practical."  - Brian 

Instructor: Pat O'Rourke
CE hours: 15 
Date and Time: Saturday, February 3rd (9am-6pm) and Sunday, February 4th (9am-5pm)
Location: Seattle (Fremont area) 
Tuition: $275 if registered with a $100 deposit by January 25, $325 thereafter

Registration: A non-refundable $100 deposit is required to save your space. Click here to pay the deposit online. The balance is due at class, payable to the instructor, by cash or check only.