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

"This was exactly what I was hoping for – super great, specific work." -Leah Grossman

Instructor: Brian Utting 
CE hours: 8 CE hours
Date and Time: Saturday, June 2nd, 10am-7:15pm 
Location: Seattle, WA (Fremont area)
Tuition: $170 if registered by May 25th; $190 thereafter.

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

 

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 De'Anna Dean
Ethics CE hours: 7 ethics CE hours, meets WA state ethics requirement
Date and Time: Sunday, June 3rd, 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.

 

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, June 9th (9am-6pm) and Sunday, June 10th (9am-5pm)
Location: Seattle (Fremont area) 
Tuition: $275 if registered with a $100 deposit by May 30th, $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.

 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Chest, Diaphragm, and Shoulders (Yakima, WA)

The chest is often overlooked as a primary contributor to back and shoulder issues. It is the source of our breath and our taking in of life. These core muscles are often tight, constricting breathing, energy flow, and movement. You will learn simple but powerful methods to release the sternum, and ribcage. These techniques are liberating and create a noticeable opening right away, helping your clients to breathe more deeply with less effort. They also create a foundation for a more balanced shoulder girdle. The shoulders, in turn, are meant to float freely on the ribcage, but they are often restricted, stuck down, and in pain. You will learn to effectively liberate anterior scapular muscles such as the pectoralis minor and the subscapularis, and help to give your clients a feeling of ease and freedom in their shoulders that reaches all the way around to their back. 

In the afternoon, we will work with the shoulder girdle from the side-lying position. Besides being deeply comforting and relaxing, skilled side-lying work gives you excellent access to the structures of the shoulder. 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. The side-lying position also gives you excellent access to some of the smaller muscles of the back, such as the transversospinalis--muscles 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: 8
Date and Time: Sunday, June 10th, 10am-7pm
Location: Day Spa Academy (Yakima, WA)
Tuition: $175 if registered by May 31st, $195 thereafter.

Registration: A non-refundable $75 deposit is required to save your space. Click here to pay the deposit online. The balance is due at class, payable to Day Spa Academy, by cash or check only.

Questions? Contact Teresa at the Day Spa Academy: teresa.cook@live.com, or at 509-574-8492.

 

CTM/Bindegewebsmassage (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada)

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).

Instructor: Brian Utting 
CE hours: 8
Date and Time: Friday, June 15th, 9am-5pm 
Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada 

Tuition: This class is part of the NHPC's Conference series. Purchase one day of the conference to attend this class for $369 CAD. See the registration link for a discounted price to all three conference days (Friday-Sunday).

Registration: This class is sponsored by the National Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC). Click here to register, and for more details about the event.

 

Precise DT Techniques for the Muscles & Ligaments of the Neck (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada)

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, even with chronically poor posture. The neck is also one of the most common areas of client complaint, injury and dysfunction, and can be a challenging area to treat effectively. 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 and ligamentous attachments--even though this is where the muscles and ligaments are most commonly frayed and/or inflamed.  

In the morning of Day 1, you will learn muscle-specific deep tissue techniques for releasing the cervical posterior paraspinal muscles (longissimus, semispinalis capitis, multifidus), suboccipital triangle, levator scapula (especially the cervical attachments to the TVPs), 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).

On Day 2, we will explore the deeper terrain of the neck, concentrating on the ligamentous structures that, when injured, often create chronic neck pain and tension. The cervical ligaments are highly enervated and extremely sensitive, and when they are irritated or inflamed, they will activate splinting responses and muscle guarding in the surrounding musculature. Despite being every bit as important as the muscles and the bones, these ligaments are often overlooked by massage therapists, chiropractors, and physical therapists. You will learn a variety of palpation skills that will help you to safely and effectively identify and treat the specific ligamentous structures of the neck. Clients often notice a decrease in pain, increased mobility, and a sense of lightness and freedom in their neck.

These are straightforward, 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. 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 massage and treatment. Body mechanics will also be a focus of the class as well as proper use of fingers to save wear and tear on joints.

Instructor: Brian Utting 
CE hours: 15
Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17th, 9am-5pm each day
Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada 

Tuition: This class is part of the NHPC's Conference series. Purchase two days of the conference to attend this class for $576 CAD. See the registration link for a discounted price to all three conference days (Friday-Sunday).

Registration: This class is sponsored by the National Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC). Click here to register, and for more details about the event.

 

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 15th; $115 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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.