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.

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

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8
Date and Time: Sunday, October 1st, 10am-7pm
Location: Seattle (Wallingford area)
Tuition: $160 if registered by September 22nd, $185 thereafter.

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

 

The Future of Bodywork Symposium: Surviving Corporate Health Care

A benefit for the Washington State Massage Therapy Association, co-sponsored by the Pacific Northwest School of Massage, Therapeutic Training Center, and the WSMTA.

You are cordially invited to attend a panel discussion on the current status and future of bodywork. We will be discussing bodywork as healthcare, as well as our financial future. The field of healthcare and health insurance is changing rapidly, and unless we as a profession are clear about where the industry is going and participate in the process, we may well be left behind. 

The privileges we have in Washington are the envy of LMTs in many other states. Did you know that Washington is the only state in which bodyworkers are designated "Health Care Providers"? Did you know that Washington State is the only state in which bodyworkers can bill health insurance providers directly for prescribed healthcare without going through a physician, a chiropractor, a hospital, or other approved health care organization? 

A growing body of research suggests that massage/bodywork is first-line healthcare, and profoundly beneficial. Besides the many well-known benefits of bodywork (pain relief, improved function, recovery from injury), massage is one of the best, if not the best, treatments for anxiety, depression, and stress. As researcher Tiffany Field once said when asked why massage and bodywork seemed to help almost every condition she studied, "I think that, bottom line, people are going to trace nearly all disease to disequilibrium in physiology and biochemistry caused by stress. A lot of what massage does is reduce anxiety and sympathetic activity, thereby helping decrease the different problems. It's that simple."

As 2018 approaches, we will face challenges in the healthcare and insurance industry that we have never faced before. This is our time to act to make sure that we don't lose what we already have, as well as becoming more involved in redefining our work for both the general public and our care-giving colleagues in other professions. 

Did you know that there's language in the Affordable Care Act in support of massage, and that it meets some of the 10 essentials? Given its value and cost-effectiveness, why is it not more widely available? Before the Affordable Care Act, bodyworkers often went without health insurance themselves. And as we now know, the ACA itself is on the ropes--what will happen to massage therapy in a post-ACA world?

Our third party reimbursements have been steadily diminishing, and the insurance companies have added many new mechanisms for scrutinizing and denying claims. Recent research strongly suggests the benefits (and cost-effectiveness) of massage, and an AMTA survey in 2016 concluded that 50% of consumers purchase massage for medical reasons, and 28% for stress management; yet massage and bodywork are being challenged as healthcare. 

For this symposium we have assembled a panel of distinguished speakers, one of whom was key player in enforcing Washington's healthcare laws, including the Uniform Disciplinary Act, which was established to protect bodyworkers and alternative healthcare providers from discrimination by third-party players. This group has new information to share on recent and ongoing developments in massage therapy, the legal landscape, and the healthcare industry itself. 

The panel will include: Deborah Senn, Washington's first Insurance Commissioner, who fought to ensure coverage under the law for massage therapy; Marybeth Berney, president of WSMTA and former chair of the Board of Massage and the Washington State Chapter of the AMTA; Diana Thompson, author of "Hands Heal", and "Integrative Pain Management"; BJ Erkan, owner of the treatment massage clinic Bothell Integrated Health; and Michael Hamm, author and educator in research literacy and neurofascial release.

For biographies of the panelists, click here.

We would like to hear your input and questions, and offer ours. This panel is a call to action–it's time for us to move our profession to another level based upon a growing body of evidence and our real experiences with clients. Our response will need to be organized and multifaceted if massage is going to survive as a viable form of health care.

Topics for the Symposium:

• What has been happening with third party coverage over the last fifteen years?
• Massage and the Uniform Disciplinary Act
• Massage and the Affordable Care Act, and what happens if we lose it
• How do we raise the standards of education in WA and the US?
• A brief update on the research-based benefits of massage
• How do we expand the treatment applications of bodywork?
• How do we advance our profession in an unstable and politically charged environment?

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 4th, 3-7pm
CE hours:
Location: Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle
Tuition: $65 if registered by September 27th; $75 thereafter.

Registration: Click here to pay the tuition online through Eventbrite. Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

MSDT Techniques for the Posterior, Lateral and Anterior Neck (Missoula, MT) [Sold Out]

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
Location: Ruby's Inn and Conference Center, Missoula, MT
Date and Time: Saturday, October 7th, 10am-7pm
Tuition: $160 if registered by September 21st, $180 thereafter.

Registration: This class is sold out. If you'd like to get on the waiting list, please contact Sarah Roeder, below.

For those registered, the remaining balance ($100) is due at class, payable by cash or check only, made out to PNWSM.

Brian is teaching another class in this area on October 8-9: Hydrotherapy, Physiology, and Principles, being offered at Quinn's Hot Springs. You can register directly for the hydrotherapy class here, or click here for a course description and timing details.

Questions: Contact Sarah Roeder at gaialaughs@gmail.com, or at 406-544-0292.

 

Hydrotherapy Principles, Physiology and Immersions at Quinn's (Paradise, MT)

Hydrotherapy has been practiced as a healing art in many cultures since the beginning of recorded history. Like massage, hydrotherapy supports relaxation, cleansing, detoxification, and improved healing outcomes. Used together, massage and hydrotherapy are synergistic and more powerful than either modality used alone.

In this 2-day course, we will focus on how massage practitioners can strategically and effectively apply hydrotherapy in massage practice and in life as a health-building form of self-care. On day 1, we will start with a review of the the physiology of thermal homeostasis, and the effects hot and cold hydrotherapy have on the nervous, muscular, circulatory, integumentary, fascial, and digestive systems. You will learn about the properties of water, the physics of hot and cold, and the rules and principles for safe and effective hydrotherapy. Following a survey of different hydrotherapy applications, you will learn a form of ice massage that is particularly well-suited to deep tissue work.  

On the second day, we will meet at Quinn's Hot Springs, a naturally occurring mineral pool site located in Paradise, Montana. Their facilities include 3 warm soaking pools, 2 swimming pools, and a 55-degree polar plunge, all located out of doors. The water is chemical-free, and contains many trace minerals which offer numerous health benefits. You will leave class feeling refreshed, cleansed, and detoxified. 

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours:
 8 
Time and Date: Sunday, October 8th, from 12pm-6:30pm, and Monday, October 9th, from 10am-1pm.
Location: Quinn's Hot Springs in Paradise, MT.

Tuition: $140. Tuition includes Quinn's entrance fee, but not lodging. Contact Quinn's directly for reservations.

Registration: To register by check or cash, send a $40 per class non-refundable deposit to Casey Sullivan, PO Box 4510, Whitefish, MT 59937. Please send the deposit only, and not the full amount. To register online, click here

Please contact Quinn's directly to book your Sunday night lodging: (406) 826-3150.

Questions: Contact Casey Sullivan in Montana: caseyjs@gmail.com, or at 406-249-8685. You can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

Self Care and Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Arms and Hands

Our arms and hands are tough, dextrous, and exquisitely sensitive. As bodyworkers, we often use our hands and thumbs as our primary instruments, and we use them intensively. But we receive little training on how to protect them (particularly the thumbs), setting the stage for pain, injury, and arthritis. In the first portion of the class, Rebecca Norton (OT, LMT, and Certified Hand Therapist) will review hand and thumb anatomy and common mistakes that massage practitioners make. You will then learn how to consciously use your hands and thumbs in a way that protects your joint integrity while increasing the potency and focus of your work. You will also learn exercises, stretches and self-care for the hands and thumbs, as well as treatment strategies for working with clients who have arthritis in their hands and fingers.

In the afternoon, we will focus on muscle-specific Deep Tissue techniques for the arms and hands. As massage therapists, they are perhaps our primary vehicle for sensation and communication, and we use them (and often 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 arms and hands seldom get the time or attention that they deserve.

In this class, we will focus on 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 work yourself.

During the exchange portion of the class, Brian will monitor the effectiveness of your Deep Tissue techniques, while Rebecca observes and coaches you on your body mechanics and the correct use of your hands.

"This was such a great combination of information: getting a thorough understanding of hand mechanics, anatomy, and care; and then using this information to learn deep massage techniques for the forearms and hands. I learned valuable self-care techniques that will allow me to work without injury, and also exquisite forearm and hand massage the I can use with my clients." -Andi Pihl

Instructor: Brian Utting and Rebecca Norton
CE Hours: 8
Date and Time: Saturday, October 14th, 10am-7:15pm
Location: Seattle (Wallingford area)
Tuition: $170 if registered by October 6th; $190 thereafter.

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

CHABA & Cannabis 101 for Washington LMTs [Sold Out]

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.

Instructor: Jennifer Chan, LMT (MA# 60324770), BCTMB
CE hours: 
Date and Time: Sunday, October 15th, 11am-3pm
Location: Seattle (Ballard area)
Tuition: $75 if registered by October 5th, $95 thereafter.

Registration: This class is sold out. If you'd like to get on the waiting list, please contact info@pnwschool.com.

For those registered, the remaining balance ($50) is due at class, payable by cash or check only, made out to PNWSM.

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

 

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: Saturday, October 21st, 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 Iliopsoas, Diaphragm, and QL

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: 4.5
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 25th, 2:30-7pm
Location: Seattle (Wallingford area)
Tuition: $90 if registered by October 18th; $105 thereafter.

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

 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Legs & Hips (Anchorage, AK)

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.

"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
Date and Time: Saturday, October 28th, 10am-7pm
Location: Anchorage, AK

Tuition: $175 if registered and deposited by October 7th; $200 thereafter. Register for both the October 28th MSDT for Legs and Hips class and the October 29th MSDT for the Torso class for only $300 ($100 deposit required). The price for the 2-class package goes up to $350 after October 7th.

Registration: To register by check or cash, send a $50 per class non-refundable deposit to Cat Rose, c/o Active Health Solutions, 1000 O'Malley Rd. Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99515. Please send the deposit only, and not the full amount. To register online, click here

Questions: Contact Cat Rose in Anchorage: alaskanbutterfly@hotmail.com, or at 907-830-1075. You can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

Muscle-Specific DT Techniques for the Torso - Iliopsoas, Diaphragm, QL & Paraspinals (Anchorage, AK)

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

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 
Date and Time: Sunday, October 29th, 10am-7pm
Location: Anchorage, AK

Tuition: $175 if registered and deposited by October 7th; $200 thereafter. Register for both the October 28th MSDT for Legs and Hips class and the October 29th MSDT for the Torso class for only $300 ($100 deposit required). The price for the 2-class package goes up to $350 after October 7th.

Registration: To register by check or cash, send a $50 per class non-refundable deposit to Cat Rose, c/o Active Health Solutions, 1000 O'Malley Rd. Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99515. Please send the deposit only, and not the full amount. To register online, click here

Questions: Contact Cat Rose in Anchorage: alaskanbutterfly@hotmail.com, or at 907-830-1075. You can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

Catching Up With the Latest in Massage Research

Key Findings and Why They Matter in Your Practice.

Most of us got a few nuggets of massage research in massage school, and we learned a lot about the effects of massage (e.g. "massage breaks up adhesions').  But based on current research, many things that we were taught are just not true, or the mechanisms are different than we thought.

What really happens when we do massage?  This 7-hour class provides you with up-to-date findings on massage therapy research and a better way to use those findings to increase your effectiveness and boost your everyday massage practice.

How does massage really work?

  • Does massage therapy "flush toxins"?  If so, which ones, and how?
  • Does massage therapy relieve muscle soreness?  How?
  • What are massage therapy's effects on pain, inflammation, and perception?
  • Surprising findings on massage therapy's effectiveness in the treatment of anxiety, depression, chronic pain, visceral adhesions, and immune function
  • Cutting-edge science on fascia: its behavior, disease processes, and diagnostics

What does this mean for my massage practice?

  • Making better treatment decisions
  • Finding the best information quickly
  • Communicating more clearly with clients and colleagues
  • Improving how you take a medical history and monitor progress across sessions
  • Using research to boost your practice and referral base
  • Building a common language with physicians and other allied providers

Instructor: Mike Hamm 
CE hours: 7 CE hours-- this class meets (and exceeds) the NCBTMB requirement for research literacy.
Date and Time: Friday, November 3rd, 10am-6pm
Location: Seattle (Wallingford area)
Tuition: $120 if registered by October 25th; $140 thereafter.

Registration: A non-refundable $40 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 Posterior, Lateral & Anterior Neck (Sebastopol, CA)

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
Location: Graton, CA (near Sebastopol)
Date and Time: Saturday, November 4th, 10am-7pm 

Tuition: $175 if registered and deposited by October 20th; $200 thereafter. Register for both the November 4th MSDT for the Neck class and the November 5th Assessment and Treatment of Cervical Ligaments class for only $300 ($100 deposit required). The price for the 2-class package goes up to $350 after October 20th.

Registration: To register by check or cash, send a $50 per class non-refundable deposit to Viki Ius, PO Box 603, Forestville, CA 95436. Please send the deposit only, and not the full amount. To register online, click here

Questions? Contact Viki Ius in Sebastopol: 707-548-0459. You can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

Assessment and Treatment of the Cervical Ligaments (Sebastopol, CA)

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

Instructor: Brian Utting 
CE hours: 8 
Date and Time: Sunday, November 5th, 10am-7pm
Location: Graton, CA (near Sebastopol)

Tuition: $175 if registered and deposited by October 20th; $200 thereafter. Register for both the November 4th MSDT for the Neck class and the November 5th Assessment and Treatment of Cervical Ligaments class for only $300 ($100 deposit required). The price for the 2-class package goes up to $350 after October 20th.

Registration: To register by check or cash, send a $50 per class non-refundable deposit to Viki Ius, PO Box 603, Forestville, CA 95436. Please send the deposit only, and not the full amount. To register online, click here

Questions? Contact Viki Ius in Sebastopol: 707-548-0459. You can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

MSDT Techniques for the Torso - Iliopsoas, Diaphragm, QL & Paraspinals (Santa Barbara, CA)

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

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 
Date and Time: Thursday, November 9th, 8am-5pm
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Tuition: $175 if registered by October 25th, $200 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 Megan Martin in Santa Barbara: megan.vela@gmail.com, or at 206-769-7138. You can contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

 

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.

"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 18th, 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 Torso (Maui, HI)

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 into 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 into 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

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. Register for both the December 1st MSDT for the Torso class and the December 3rd MSDT for the Neck class for only $300 ($100 deposit required). The price for the 2-class package goes up to $350 after November 15th.

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 (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: Sunday, December 3rd, 10am-7pm
Location: Maui Academy, Kihei, HI

Tuition: $175 if registered with a $50 non-refundable deposit by November 15th; $200 thereafter. Register for both the December 1st MSDT for the Torso class and the December 3rd MSDT for the Neck class for only $300 ($100 deposit required). The price for the 2-class package goes up to $350 after November 15th.

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.