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.

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 is 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 Matthew Sorlie
Ethics CE hours: 7 ethics CE hours, meets WA state ethics requirement
Date and Time: Saturday, June 23rd, 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. If the link shows sold out, and you'd like to get on the waiting list, please contact info@pnwschool.com.

 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Iliopsoas, Diaphragm, and QL (Whidbey Island)

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. 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 and to save wear and tear on joints.

"Finally, a class that taught me something I can use!" -Melanie Geiger

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE Hours: 5
Date and Time: Monday, June 25th, 2-7pm
Location: Whidbey Island (Langley)
Tuition: $100 if registered by June 20th; $110 thereafter.

Registration: A non-refundable $50 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. If the link shows sold out, and you'd like to get on the waiting list, please contact info@pnwschool.com.

Questions? Contact Kim Rossi at kim@whidbey.com or at 206-832-6021.

 

Breast Massage for Lactation

Taking care of mothers as they successfully breastfeed their babies is a highly rewarding practice, and supports families in our communities at a profound level. Breast massage and manual expression of breast milk is a highly effective method of increasing milk production, as evidenced by the many cultures throughout the world that include these techniques as part of standard care in maternity wards. The simplicity of this style of massage allows bodyworkers to easily and confidently incorporate breast massage into their current practices, while offering an appealing and beneficial service to nursing mothers. 

This class will focus on nurturing mothers who are breast feeding, approached from both the perspective of the practitioner and the client. Day one will focus on the ethics of breast massage, as well as breast self-care practices. Practitioners can use these techniques on themselves and teach them to parents, as well as providing key information to future mothers to prepare for what happens as the mammary glands expand during pregnancy. These techniques can be easily incorporated into any pre-natal massage practice.

Day two will focus on the transition that happens after delivery, the physiology of the lymphatic system, basic lymphatic massage techniques to support fluid flow and "let down", and specific work around the mammary ducts and areola to keep breast milk flowing steadily if impediments or pathology should arise. The physiology of the lactating breast and its natural symbiosis with the infant will be explored. Resources and referrals to appropriate lactation support practitioners will be discussed. 

Important: This class will cover the necessary topics for Washington State's CE requirement to legally perform breast massage according to recently enacted regulations. While the class does not require any prior experience in breast massage, it is required that students have prior training in basic pre- and post-natal massage. Basics of pregnancy massage will not be covered, and this class does not replace training or certification in pregnancy massage. 

The training is open to students of all genders; class size will be limited to 8 to support the intimacy of the work. This class will also be customized to the students' needs. If you have a question you would like discussed, please email the instructor prior to class at info@BreastRemedySeattle.com Please be aware that there will be bare breasts in class, although no one is required to undrape themselves or receive massage directly on their breasts if they choose not to. 

Other health care practitioners are welcome to take the class, but it cannot be guaranteed that their licensing authority will accept the continuing education credits. LMTs are eligible to use these credits toward their continuing education requirements for WA State.

Instructor: Aubrey Lesicki
CE hours: 16 
Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday, June 30th and July 1st, 9:30am-6:30pm
Location: Breast Remedy, 11745 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA
Tuition: $320 if registered by June 21st, $370 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, check, or credit card.

Please note: This class is not yet NCBTMB-approved. Please also note the required training in pre- and post-natal massage as a prerequisite.

 

CTM/Bindegewebsmassage (Port Townsend)

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 (German neurologist).

Instructor: Brian Utting 
CE hours: 7 CE hours
Date and Time: Saturday, June 30th, 10am-6pm
Location: Port Townsend, WA
Tuition: $175 if registered by June 16th; $200 thereafter. Register for both the June 30th and July 1st Port Townsend classes for only $250.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Port Townsend School of Massage. A non-refundable $50 deposit is required to hold your space. To register, please call the school directly at 360-379-4066, or email <info@massageeducation.com>

 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Side-Lying Shoulders (Port Townsend)

Besides being deeply comforting and relaxing, skilled side-lying work gives you excellent access to the structures of the shoulder. In this class you will learn specific, effective, and potent techniques for releasing the muscles of the shoulder girdle, including the trapezius, rhomboids, latissimus dorsi, serratus anterior, levator scapula, subscapularis, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, pectoralis minor, and the surrounding fascia. Our shoulders are meant to float freely on our ribcages, held in suspension by 16 muscles, but very often they are restricted, stuck down, and in pain. You will learn to effectively liberate any glued-down scapular structures and give your clients a feeling ease and freedom in their back and shoulders. 

You will also learn some focused, muscle-specific work to release bound up erector spinae and transversospinalis muscles. These muscles are often a major source of pain and limitation for our clients. The side-lying position gives you excellent access to some of the smaller muscles of the back, as well as their fascial wrappings--structures that are fundamentally important to our posture, movement, and well-being, but that are often completely missed in a standard massage. 

We sometimes think of side-lying work as primarily for pregnant women, but almost all of your clients can benefit from skilled side-lying work in this area, and it feels wonderful. The class will focus on straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. 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.

"This was the best CE class I've ever taken." -Tyler Rapke

Instructor: Brian Utting 
CE hours: 5 CE hours
Date and Time: Sunday, July 1st, 10am-4pm
Location: Port Townsend, WA
Tuition: $125 if registered by June 16th; $150 thereafter. Register for both the June 30th and July 1st Port Townsend classes for only $250.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Port Townsend School of Massage. A non-refundable $50 deposit is required to hold your space. To register, please call the school directly at 360-379-4066, or email <info@massageeducation.com>

 

Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbar and Sacral Ligaments

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
CE hours: 8
Date and Time: Saturday, July 21st, 10am-7pm
Location: Seattle (Wallingford area)

Tuition: $170 if registered by July 13th; $190 thereafter. Save $25 if you register for both this class and Assessment and Treatment of the Neck Ligaments on Sunday, July 22nd. Reviewers are also eligible for a reduced price; see registration link below for details.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register. To register for both Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd, click here.

 

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

"I think more than any other technique or series of movements I've incorporated, this neck work has had the most consistent and specific effects. Every person who has received the work has said they've felt lengthened, their neck felt freed and that they slept very soundly that night, often feeling very relaxed the next couple of days. Thank you!" - Dawn Geula

"This class was ridiculously useful. I will be using these techniques immediately and daily." - Robin Mayberry

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8
Date and Time: Sunday, July 22nd, 10am-7pm
Location: Seattle (Wallingford area)

Tuition: $170 if registered by July 13th; $190 thereafter. Save $25 if you register for both this class and Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbar and Sacral Ligaments on Saturday, July 21st. Reviewers are also eligible for a reduced price; see registration link below for details.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register. To register for both Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd, click here.

 

Professional Ethics: Human Trafficking, Illicit Massage 101, and Staying Safe in Your Workplace

Legitimate Massage is facing complex, nuanced challenges from criminal enterprises engaged in everything from unlicensed practice to human trafficking. 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 LMTs, public confusion about massage has quietly gotten worse in the last several years, and our exposure to risk is increasing. 

Many therapists fear that new federal legislation around online advertising of sexual services may drive more sketchy clients to seek sexual services from legitimate, licensed therapists, but is this really the case? What are the real concerns and issues with human trafficking, illegitimate massage, and personal safety? And, more importantly, what practices do you have in place or need to shore up to counter this problem if and when it might happen?

The 2017 Federation of State Massage Therapy Board’s Human Trafficking Task Force identified massage therapist safety as the most significant concern resulting from illicit massage businesses: “The most concerning impact of trafficking on the profession is that it endangers therapists and the public.” Understanding how this safety issue manifests itself in legitimate massage practices is critical, as is countering practices typically used by sexually motivated consumers.

This 4-hour CE class, which meets the Washington State 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 at times. A portion of the class will also specifically address personal safety for massage practitioners, including strategies to minimize interfacing with sketchy and/or dangerous clients. Your instructor, Lavon Watson, has a combined 40 years in massage and and law enforcement, and has been teaching and consulting on these issues since 2010.

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.

"From the moment the class started, I felt that my perspective was challenged. I learned so much new information on a topic I thought I knew so much about already. I'm so glad that I took it." -Jennifer Day

"This subject is not addressed in depth anywhere else." -Kristopher Bondeson

"Best ethics class I've taken! Thanks!" -Robin Mayberry

Instructor: Lavon Watson, Retired LMT and Police Detective
CE hours: 4; meets WA State Ethics requirements, including professional roles and boundaries.
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 25th, 5:30-10pm
(Note: There will be a 30-minute meal break around 7:30pm; we ask that you not eat during class.)
Location: Seattle (Wallingford area)
Tuition: $80.

Registration: Click here to pay the tuition online.

Note: This class is not yet NCBTMB-approved for CE credit.

 

Assessment and Treatment of the Cervical Ligaments (Bozeman, MT)

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

"I think more than any other technique or series of movements I've incorporated, this neck work has had the most consistent and specific effects. Every person who has received the work has said they've felt lengthened, their neck felt freed and that they slept very soundly that night, often feeling very relaxed the next couple of days. Thank you!" - Dawn Geula

"This class was ridiculously useful. I will be using these techniques immediately and daily." - Robin Mayberry

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8
Date and Time: Saturday, July 28th, 10am-7pm
Location: Bozeman, MT (Health Works Institute)

Tuition: $175 if registered and deposited by July 10th; $200 thereafter. Register for both the July 28th Assessment of Cervical Ligaments class and the July 29th CTM/Bindegewebsmassage (description here) class for only $295 ($100 deposit required). The price for the 2-class package goes up to $340 after July 10th.

Registration: To register by check or cash, send a $50 per class non-refundable deposit to Tamara Leach, 2000 Fairway Dr. Suite 108, Bozeman, MT 59715. Please send the deposit only, and not the full amount. To register online, click here for Saturday only, or click here to register for both days.

Questions? Contact Tamara Leach in Bozeman: tamaraleachmassage@gmail.com, or at 406-220-5533. You can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

CTM/Bindegewebsmassage (Bozeman, MT)

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 (German neurologist).

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 7
Date and Time: Sunday, July 29th, 10am-6pm
Location: Bozeman, MT (Health Works Institute)

Tuition: $150 if registered and deposited by July 10th; $175 thereafter. Register for both the July 28th Assessment of Cervical Ligaments class (description here) and the July 29th CTM/Bindegewebsmassage class for only $295 ($100 deposit required). The price for the 2-class package goes up to $340 after July 10th.

Registration: To register by check or cash, send a $50 per class non-refundable deposit to Tamara Leach, 2000 Fairway Dr. Suite 108, Bozeman, MT 59715. Please send the deposit only, and not the full amount. To register online, click here for Sunday only, or click here to register for both days.

Questions? Contact Tamara Leach in Bozeman: tamaraleachmassage@gmail.com, or at 406-220-5533. You can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

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, August 2nd, 6:30-10:30pm
Location: Seattle (Ballard area)
Tuition: $95 if registered by July 18th, $110 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.

 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Chest, Diaphragm, and Shoulders

The chest is often overlooked as a primary contributor to back and shoulder issues, and is the source of our breath and our taking in of life. These core muscles are often tight, constricting breathing, energy flow, and movement. Learn and review simple but powerful methods to release the diaphragm, sternum, ribcage, and shoulder girdle. These techniques are liberating and create a noticeable opening right away, helping your clients to breathe twice as deeply with half the effort.

In the afternoon we will focus on side-lying work for the shoulder girdle. We often think of side-lying work as primarily for pregnant women or clients who are for some reason unable to lay face down, but almost all of your clients can benefit from skilled side-lying work of the shoulder--it's uniquely effective, and it feels great. You will learn to release 12 muscles around the shoulder girdle including the trapezius, rhomboids, latissimus dorsi, serratus anterior and posterior, levator scapula, subscapularis, supraspinatus, pectoralis major, and the pectoralis minor.

These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. Body mechanics will also be a focus of these classes as well as proper use of knuckles and elbows to save wear and tear on joints.

"This course lifts massage therapy to a higher level. The chest work was amazing--my range of breathing went waaaay up." -Lise Orye

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 
Date and Time: Saturday, August 11th, 10am-7pm
Location: Seattle (Wallingford area)

Tuition: $170 if registered by August 3rd; $190 thereafter. Save $25 if you register for both this class and MSDT Techniques for the Back on Sunday, August 12th. Reviewers are also eligible for a reduced price; see registration link below for details.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register. To register for both Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th, click here.

 

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: Sunday, August 12th, 10am-2:30pm
Location: Seattle (Wallingford area)

Tuition: $95 if registered by August 3rd; $110 thereafter. Save $25 if you register for both this class and MSDT Techniques for the Chest & Shoulders on Saturday, August 11th. Reviewers are also eligible for a reduced price; see registration link below for details.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register. To register for both Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th, click here.

 

CHABA & Cannabis 101 for Washington LMTs

Is cannabis legal for massage? Is it beneficial, and if so, how does it work? What if a client asks me to use a lotion they have brought in that has cannabis in it during their massage? Will I get in trouble and will it affect me if I use it? 

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re currently in what some refer to as a “green rush” here in Washington State. The cannabis movement is happening and happening fast, and we need to keep up and be informed. As a more open view of cannabis prevails, these products are nudging their way into our treatment rooms, raising questions about application, legality, and consequences of their use.

CHABA stands for Cannabis Health and Beauty Aid, and CHABA topicals that have less than 0.3% THC are legal for Washington massage therapists to use. Although using them can be beneficial, there is plenty to explore: what brands are available, what uses are and aren’t legal (opening a cannabis spa, for example, is not), whether they have an effect on the LMT applying the CHABA, and whether you choose to use these products at all.

This class is designed to provide licensed massage therapists in Washington State with the tools and knowledge they need to stay out of trouble, and understand what can and can’t be used legally, as well as the potential benefits of these products. This fun and informative course will help you:

• Understand the history of cannabis law in Washington State
• Understand the current rules and regulations around the use of these products
• Maintain safe roles and boundaries with clients
• Understand the basics of CHABA/cannabis and its benefits
• Identify legal CHABA products available in Washington State
• Help you speak confidently about the topic to your clients/patients

Your instructor, Jennifer Chan, has been a massage therapist for 10 years and has been researching this topic since 2011. Jennifer is the first CHABA massage therapist out of the green closet in Washington State, and helped get CHABA legalized here. As a member of N.O.R.M.L. Women of WA, an organization that concentrates on normalization, education, and outreach regarding cannabis, Jennifer has been involved in a variety of educational efforts around cannabis and CHABA products here in our state.

To read a summary of an article about Jen that was published in The Stranger, click here.

"Extremely helpful and informative." -Amber Myers

Instructor: Jennifer Chan, LMT (MA# 60324770), BCTMB
CE hours: 
Date and Time: Saturday, August 25th, 2-6pm
Location: Seattle (Ballard area)
Tuition: $90 if registered by August 16th, $100 thereafter.

Registration: A non-refundable $30 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.

Note: This class is not NCBTMB-approved for CE credit.

 

Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbar and Sacral Ligaments (Juneau, AK)

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
CE hours: 8
Date and Time: Saturday, August 25th, 10am-7pm
Location: Juneau, AK

Tuition: $180 if registered and deposited by August 15th; $210 thereafter. Register for both the August 25th Assessment and Treatment of Low Back Ligaments class and the August 26th MSDT for the Arms & Hands class for only $250 ($100 deposit required). The price for the 2-class package goes up to $290 after August 15th.

Registration: To register by check or cash, send a $50 per class non-refundable deposit to Evelyn Bass, 2967 Nowell Ave, Juneau, AK 99801. Please send the deposit only, and not the full amount. To register online for Saturday only, click here; to register for both days, click here.

Questions? Contact Evelyn Bass in Juneau: evelyntherese@gmail.com, or at 907-957-6459. You can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Arms and Hands (Juneau, AK)

Our arms and hands are tough, dexterous, and exquisitely sensitive. As massage therapists, they are perhaps our primary vehicle for sensation and communication, and we use them (and sometimes overuse them) intensively. Our clients' hands and arms often take a beating as well, especially with so much computer use in the workplace and at home. For all the work that they do, our hands and forearms seldom get the time or skilled attention that they deserve. 

In this class we will focus on specific techniques for releasing the muscles and fascia of the hands, thumbs and forearms; increasing mobility in the corresponding joints; and 'deconstructing' forearm muscles that have become glued together. You will learn some simple but effective ways to make your arm massages more specific, potent, and satisfying--and receive some good (and much-needed) work yourself.  

"All my little finger joints feel so free, and like they are lined with satin." - Melissa D'Haene

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 
Date and Time: Sunday, August 26th, 10am-3:30pm
Location: Juneau, AK

Tuition: $110 if registered and deposited by August 15th; $125 thereafter. Register for both the August 25th Assessment and Treatment of Low Back Ligaments class and the August 26th MSDT for the Arms & Hands class for only $250 ($100 deposit required). The price for the 2-class package goes up to $290 after August 15th.

Registration: To register by check or cash, send a $50 per class non-refundable deposit to Evelyn Bass, 2967 Nowell Ave, Juneau, AK 99801. Please send the deposit only, and not the full amount. To register online for Sunday only, click here; to register for both days, click here.

Questions? Contact Evelyn Bass in Juneau: evelyntherese@gmail.com, or at 907-957-6459. You can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

Manual Therapy Applications for the Lower Abdomen and Pelvis

This course will begin the process of looking at the pelvis 360 degrees – including the bony and muscular frame of the pelvis, pelvic organs, and visceral ligaments. We will skillfully locate, create, and practice treatment plans for the sigmoid colon and cecum (large bowel), urinary bladder, prostate gland, uterus, and coccyx.  

Hands-on work will address core relationships between the pelvic organs and low back pain, pelvic pain, elimination challenges, pelvic congestion and prolapse, and fertility challenges. Common clinical presentations such as dysmenorrhea, BPH and prostatitis, interstitial cystitis, bladder incontinence, and tailbone pain will be discussed and treatment protocols practiced.

Marty Ryan is the director of Love Your Guts Seminars, and has taught abdominal massage and palpatory anatomy seminars internationally since 2003. His private practice is in Pittsburgh / Seattle / Louisville where he focuses on digestive and reproductive system optimization and post-abdominal surgery rehabilitation. 

In addition to teaching and mentoring manual therapists, Marty outreaches to the broader community of health care providers including acupuncture, the movement arts, colon hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, and naturopathic medicine about the therapeutic benefits of manual therapy and the abdomen. Marty has actively pursued his clinical treatment style through his full time practice over the last 20 years. His classroom teaching style is regarded as an open and fun learning environment where everyone has the opportunity to participate, learn and be heard.

Instructor: Marty Ryan
CE hours: 6
Date and Time: Saturday, September 1st, 10:30am-5:30pm
Location: Seattle (Ballard area)
Tuition: $150 if registered by August 15th, $170 thereafter.

Registration: A non-refundable $50 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.