Feb
21
10:30 AM10:30

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Posterior, Lateral & Anterior Neck [Sold Out]

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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

"I love neck work, and this class took things to the next level." - Heather Finch


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8
Tuition: $160

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

Deposit for MSDT Neck Class (2/21)
80.00

Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The balance is due at class, by cash or check only, payable to the instructor. If you cancel within 48 hours of the class, you will be liable for the full tuition.

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Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

Understanding the Somatic Nervous System and Proprioception

When we are at our best in a massage, we are skillfully engaged in a conversation with our client's nervous system, including the autonomic and somatic components. In this class we will focus on the somatic (musculoskeletal) nervous system, including proprioception, cortical-limbic (ie, conscious, unconscious, and emotional) influences, reflexes, guarding responses, coordination, and the gamma efferent system. This will be more than just a physiology lecture--it's a course designed specifically for massage therapists. The focus will be on implications for bodywork, and how to skillfully and effectively apply this knowledge in your bodywork practice. You will gain a deeper understanding of the somatic nervous system, and how it applies to massage and to life. The course will go beyond what is typically taught in massage schools or in anatomy and physiology courses.

"Wow! Fantastic review and new perspective on the somatic nervous system and proprioception." - Christine Pearson

"The information was presented clearly and logically, and is all useful for me in my practice. I already notice more awareness in my work. It has increased my understanding of why I do what I do when I'm working." - Jennifer Gagnon

"I loved the detail and clarity of the instruction--it blew everything I got in massage school out of the water. I think I'll be able to apply this stuff immediately, and it already helps me think of my own body differently." - Jaren Hoppe-Leonard


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8

Tuition: $140. Save $25 if you register for both this class and Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Injuries on Sunday, February 24th. 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, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th, click here.

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Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Injuries

A lot of our clients suffer from chronic rotator cuff injuries that seem to stubbornly persist using conventional massage techniques. Learn precise and specific orthopedic assessments and thumbs-free techniques to identify and successfully treat some of the most common injuries to the subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, long head of the biceps and acromioclavicular joint. The class will include a review of rotator cuff anatomy, palpation of the rotator cuff muscles and related structures, and instruction in appropriate treatment massage techniques to treat the soft tissue lesions. You will also receive a detailed 30-page handbook for future reference.

"This shoulder class was the best class and instruction I've ever had." - Deborah Luger

"This is the best Continuing Education workshop I've taken, out of 120+ CE hours." - Julio Otazo


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8

Tuition: $170. Save $30 if you register for both this class and Understanding the Somatic Nervous System on Saturday, February 23rd. 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, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th, click here.

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Mar
2
to Mar 3

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Neck and Side-Lying Shoulders (Orcas Island)

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Classes with Brian Utting at Doe Bay, Orcas Island

Join Brian for two NCBTMB-approved classes on Orcas Island, held at the beautiful Doe Bay Resort. You will learn effective techniques that you can immediately put to work in practice, while enjoying a beautiful and restorative retreat setting. Take a personal getaway, and come back invigorated and deeply refreshed.


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


Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Side-Lying Shoulders

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.

"I haven't felt this kind of freedom in my shoulders since before massage school! I have definitely been enjoying my wings." -Amy Ross

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


Lodging: Students attending both workshops and booking three nights are eligible for a 30% discount on lodging at Doe Bay. There are a variety of accommodations; see www.doebay.com for choices and availability. After booking your stay (and paying for the first night as a deposit), call 360-376-2291 and tell the front desk you’re registered in the Brian Utting classes to receive your 30% discount. You may also make your entire reservation by phone.


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 13
Date and Time: Saturday, March 2nd, 9:15am-6:15pm, and Sunday, March 3rd, from 10am-3:30pm

Tuition:  $180 for Saturday, or $120 for Sunday, if registered and deposited by February 15; thereafter prices go up to $200 and $150, respectively. Take both classes for only $250 ($140 deposit required). The price for the 2-class package goes up to $300 after February 15th.

You can view or download the flyer here.

Deposit for Orcas Island Classes (March 2-3)
from 60.00

Saturday: Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Posterior, Lateral, and Anterior Neck
Sunday: Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Side-Lying Shoulders

Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The balance is due at class, by cash or check only, payable to the instructor. If you cancel within 48 hours of the class, you will be liable for the full tuition.

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Mar
6
2:30 PM14:30

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

Tuition: $95 if registered by February 25th; $110 thereafter. Reviewers are 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.

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Mar
9
1:15 PM13:15

Hydrotherapy Principles, Physiology, and Immersions at Banya 5

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.

The 6-hour lecture portion of this 8-hour course 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. We will start with a review of the physiology of thermal homeostasis, and the effects hot and cold hydrotherapy have on the nervous, muscular, circulatory, integumentary, 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.

You will then experience several forms of hydrotherapy at Banya 5—a Russian-style urban spa located in South Lake Union ( www.banya5.com ) including a 230-degree radiant-heat sauna, steam bath, hot bath, neutral saline bath, 48-degree cold plunge, and optional salt and honey scrub. You will leave class feeling refreshed, cleansed, and detoxified.     

Your tuition includes day-of-class entrance to Banya 5, and a discounted coupon for a future hydrotherapy experience at either Banya 5, Ladywells, Yuan Spa, or Life Float.

"Amazing class! I feel so much more grounded in my hydrotherapy knowledge. I feel more comfortable speaking to my clients about proper hydrotherapy for their individual needs, which is exactly what I was looking for." -Ashlyn Swan


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8 CE hours
Tuition: $150

Deposit for Hydrotherapy Class (3/9)
50.00

Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The balance is due at class, by cash or check only, payable to the instructor. If you cancel within 48 hours of the class, you will be liable for the full tuition.

Your tuition includes day-of-class entrance to Banya 5, and a discounted coupon for a future hydrotherapy experience at either Banya 5, Ladywells, Yuan Spa, or Life Float.

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Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Taxes and Tax Strategies for LMT's

The recent federal tax legislation will affect all of us when we file our 2018 tax returns. As a self-employed massage therapist, about 16-30% of your net income will go to taxes, including federal income tax, social security, medicare, and state and local taxes. This is a small business person's largest single expense, and it behooves us to know how to skillfully manage this expense. In class we will focus on how to "think Schedule C" and legally maximize our allowable business deductions. We will also cover form 1040, tax planning, tax estimating, avoiding audits, the pros and cons of various tax software programs, and the legalities of hiring contractors or employees.  

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

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

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

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

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


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8
Tuition: $140 if registered by March 8; $160 thereafter.

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

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Legs & Hips (Post Falls, ID)

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

Tuition: $170 if registered by March 15th; $190 thereafter. Save $45 if you register for both this class and Introduction to Visceral and Abdominal Massage on Sunday, March 24th.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register. To register for both Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th, click here.

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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Visceral and Abdominal Massage (Post Falls, ID)

The viscera are at the very core of our body, and are, along with our nervous system, a primary source of life. They are at the center of our structure, our emotions, our biochemistry, and our life energy. There are over 500 million neurons in the belly (almost 5 times more than in the spinal cord), and our enteric nervous system is a primary source of our intuition and "gut" feelings.

When we are anxious or distressed, our natural instinct is to protect our soft underbelly and "stuff" emotions there, causing multilayered problems throughout the body. The smooth muscles of the gut contract, pulling on the surrounding mesentery and fascia, causing not only gut pain, but back pain. In addition, surgery can create adhesions and multi-directional disruptions in the abdominal fascia and musculature. It is ironic that this vital healing area is often overlooked in massage.

The sensitivity and vulnerability of the belly is precisely why it is so receptive to safe, calming, and nourishing touch. We can soothe the enteric nervous system and the soft underbelly, sending waves of deep relaxation throughout the entire body. We can relax the smooth muscles of the intestines, which reduces pain, improves digestive function, and eases the fascial pull in the back and other areas of the body. We can sometimes separate post-surgical adhesions, creating balance and increased ease of movement at the very core of the body.

In this class you will learn simple and effective abdominal massage techniques that are easy to integrate into your massage practice. You will learn the basic layout of some of the area's major anatomical structures and how to identify, palpate, and treat them. This class will make your abdominal work more comforting, intelligent, and effective. You will be able to help your clients achieve deeper states of relaxation, relieve pain, improve digestive function, and help free up deep structural imbalances.

"I was expecting a belly massage class and walked away with a deep understanding of the abdomen. This class was incredible." - KC Johnston, LMP and Doula


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8

Tuition: $170 if registered by March 15th; $190 thereafter. Save $45 if you register for both this class and MSDT for the Legs & Hips on Saturday, March 23rd.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register. To register for both Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th, click here.

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Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

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

"This class has not only improved the work I offer my clients, but given me better hand mechanics and bodywork techniques to use on my own hands and forearms, relieving pain and prolonging my career." -Rebecca Albert


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8

Tuition: $180 if registered by March 22nd; $200 thereafter. Reviewers are 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.

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Mar
31
11:00 AM11:00

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 (and exceeds) WA state ethics requirement
Tuition: $120

Deposit for Ethics Class (3/31)
60.00

Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The balance is due at class, by cash or check only, payable to the instructor. If you cancel within 48 hours of the class, you will be liable for the full tuition.

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Apr
17
to Apr 19

MSDT for the Back, Arms & Hands, and Treatment of Back Ligaments (Antwerp, Belgium)

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Antwerp, Belgium

Join Brian for three tax-deductible CE classes in Antwerp, Belgium, on April 17-19th. Antwerp is the second-largest port in Europe, and a stylish, diverse, and prosperous city, with a rich history. A warm and friendly group of local students attend Brian’s classes every year, making the learning experience deeper and more cohesive.


Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Torso (Iliopsoas, Diaphragm, QL and Paraspinals)

These muscular structures support the core--they are integral to maintaining balance, structural alignment, ease of breathing, mobility, and the ability to function without lower back pain. In the morning, you will learn specific, potent, and effective Deep Tissue techniques to release the iliopsoas, diaphragm, QL, lower multifidus, and the lumbodorsal fascia. These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice, often with profound results. There will be a concise and insightful anatomy review of these structures with an eye toward fascial continuities and the functional relationships between them. We will also focus correct placement and proper use of fingers, knuckles, and elbows for optimal results.

In the afternoon we will focus on some muscle-specific Deep Tissue techniques for the Paraspinals (erector spinae and transversospinalis) that are different from but complementary to what you learned in massage school or elsewhere. The emphasis will be on releasing and unbinding the erector spinae group, the transversospinalis group, the lumbodorsal fascia, and the quadratus lumborum. These muscle-specific techniques will improve the precision and effectiveness of your back massage, and can be easily integrated to your style of bodywork. Body mechanics will continue to be a focus of the class, as well as proper use of elbows, fingers and knuckles to save wear and tear on joints. Students who have taken this class have reported that they were able to apply the techniques in their practices right away and that their clients loved the results, feeling a newfound sense of freedom and ease in their backs.

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


Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbar and Sacral Ligaments

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more than a million American workers suffer back injuries in a year, and that they account for about 20% of total work-related injuries. Back pain can be debilitating for many people, and even when it's just a nuisance, it can significantly impact their fundamental quality of life. Massage can often be a helpful tool in the recovery and rehabilitation process, but, unfortunately, it is also quite common for clients to receive massage that has a minimal impact on the source of their pain and discomfort.

One of the elements commonly missing when working with back injuries 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

"This class was taught by experienced instructors who had really thought through the progression of the class--the content made sense and flowed well, lending itself to really retaining the knowledge." -Meredith Condon

"Brian's teachings are intelligent, precise and effective. After receiving the work yesterday, my back feels more fluid and happy, and during the treatment, I went to that deep place of relaxation where drool happens." -Jen Elden

"I like having more knowledge and techniques to assist people in pain. My sacrum feels looser and my gait is better." -Roxanne Robertson


Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Arms and Hands

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

"Great class! The techniques that were given were all useful and specific to healthy hands, wrists, and forearms. I would repeat this one." -Nan Hardt

"This class has not only improved the work I offer my clients, but given me better hand mechanics and bodywork techniques to use on my own hands and forearms, relieving pain and prolonging my career." -Rebecca Albert


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: Wed: 8; Thurs: 8; Fri: 5 (NCBTMB-approved)
Date and Time: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 17th-19th; 9:30am-6:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday, 1-6:30pm on Friday

Tuition: The two 8-hour classes (Wednesday and Thursday) are €145; the 5-hour class (Friday) is €110. If you register for two workshops, you’ll receive a 15% discount (price of €247 or €217, depending on the class combination), and if you register for all three workshops, you’ll receive a 25% discount (only €300 for the 3-day package). These prices go up slightly 10 days before the classes start.

Registration: This class is sponsored by Oost West Centrum in Antwerp, Belgium. To register, please visit their website, linked below for each class.

Wednesday: MSDT for the Torso (8h)
Thursday: Assessment and Treatment of Low Back Ligaments (8h)
Friday: MSDT for the Arms and Hands (5h)

Questions: Please contact Luc at luc@owc.be with any questions about registration.

Please note that you are responsible for your travel and lodging arrangements in Antwerp. If you have questions, you can contact Luc in Antwerp at luc@owc.be, or contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

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Apr
23
to Apr 25

Specific Techniques for the Neck and Neck Ligaments, and MSDT for the Arms (Amsterdam, NL)

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Join Brian for three tax-deductible CE classes in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on April 23rd-25th. Amsterdam is a vibrant, charming, and dynamic city, and you’ll benefit from working with and meeting the locals.


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

"I love neck work, and this class took things to the next level." - Heather Finch


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


Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Arms and Hands

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

"Great class! The techniques that were given were all useful and specific to healthy hands, wrists, and forearms. I would repeat this one." -Nan Hardt

"This class has not only improved the work I offer my clients, but given me better hand mechanics and bodywork techniques to use on my own hands and forearms, relieving pain and prolonging my career." -Rebecca Albert


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: Tues: 8; Wed: 8; Thurs: 5 (NCBTMB-approved)
Date and Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, April 23rd-25th; 9:30am-6:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 1-6pm on Thursday

Tuition: The two 8-hour classes (Wednesday and Thursday) are €135 each; the 5-hour class (Friday) is €95.

Registration: This class is sponsored by The Akademie in Amsterdam, NL. To register, please visit their website, linked below for each class.

Tuesday: MSDT for the Posterior, Anterior, and Lateral Neck (8h) [Sold Out]
Wednesday: Assessment and Treatment of Cervical Ligaments (8h) [Sold Out]
Thursday: MSDT for the Arms and Hands (5h)

Questions: Please contact Petra at petra@akademie.nl with any questions about registration.

Please note that you are responsible for your travel and lodging arrangements in Amsterdam. If you have questions, you can contact Petra in Amsterdam at petra@akademie.nl, or contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

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May
4
to May 5

Treatment of Shoulder Injuries and MSDT for the Shoulder (Reykjavik, Iceland)

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Join Brian for two tax-deductible CE classes in Reykjavik, Iceland on May 4-5th, 2019, in one of the most breathtaking places on earth. Iceland has stunning views, interesting people, and a diverse and beautiful landscape.


Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Injuries

A lot of our clients suffer from chronic rotator cuff injuries that seem to stubbornly persist using conventional massage techniques. Learn precise and specific orthopedic assessments and thumbs-free techniques to identify and successfully treat some of the most common injuries to the subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, long head of the biceps, and acromioclavicular joint. The class will include a review of rotator cuff anatomy, palpation of the rotator cuff muscles and related structures, and instruction in appropriate treatment massage techniques to treat the soft tissue lesions. You will also receive a detailed 30-page handbook for future reference.

"This shoulder class was the best class and instruction I've ever had." - Deborah Luger

"This is the best Continuing Education workshop I've taken, out of 120+ CE hours." - Julio Otazo


Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Shoulder Girdle

The shoulders are meant to float freely on the ribcage, held in elegant suspension by 16 muscles, but very often they are restricted, stuck down, and in pain. In the morning, you will learn to effectively liberate some of the major anterior structures of the shoulder girdle (such as the pectoralis minor, subclavius, and 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. 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 day 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.

At the end of the weekend, you will know how to identify and treat the most common injuries to the shoulder, and to balance and create a supportive foundation for the shoulder girdle, as well as creating states of deep relaxation for your clients. 

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

"I haven't felt this kind of freedom in my shoulders since before massage school! I have definitely been enjoying my wings." -Amy Ross


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 16 (NCBTMB-approved)
Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday, May 4th-5th, 9am-6pm each day

Tuition & Registration: $150 USD (18.000 ISK) per day with a non-refundable $75 deposit, or $275 USD (30.000 ISK) for both days ($100 deposit required). You have the option below to pay any day’s deposit (the balance will be due at class), or pay for the 2-class package in full.

If Registering in Iceland: This class is sponsored by Nuddskoli. Click here to view their posting, or register with them directly by emailing Finnbogi at nudd@nuddskoli.is.

Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and lodging arrangements for your stay in Reykjavik. If you have questions, you can contact Finnbogi in Reykjavik at nudd@nuddskoli.is, or contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

Deposit/Tuition for Reykjavik, Iceland Classes (May 4-5)
from 75.00

Saturday: Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Injuries
Sunday: Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Shoulder Girdle

Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The balance is due at class, by cash or check only, payable to the instructor. If you cancel within 48 hours of the class, you will be liable for the full tuition.

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May
11
to May 12

Specific Techniques for the Neck and Neck Ligaments (Akureyri, Iceland)

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Akureyri, Iceland

Join Brian for two tax-deductible CE classes in Auckland, New Zealand on January 19-20th, 2019, during the peak of the Austral summer. The days will be long and warm, and Auckland is a cosmopolitan, world-class city, and a gateway to the South Pacific.


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

"I love neck work, and this class took things to the next level." - Heather Finch


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: 16 (NCBTMB-approved)
Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday, May 11th-12th, 9am-6pm each day

Tuition & Registration: $150 USD (18.000 ISK) per day with a non-refundable $75 deposit, or $275 USD (30.000 ISK) for both days ($100 deposit required). You have the option below to pay any day’s deposit (the balance will be due at class), or pay for the 2-class package in full.

If Registering in Iceland: This class is sponsored by Reginn Unason. Register directly with him by emailing reginnshouseofpain@gmail.com.

Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and lodging arrangements for your stay in Akureyri. If you have questions, you can contact Reginn in Akureyri at reginnshouseofpain@gmail.com, or contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

Deposit/Tuition for Akureyri, Iceland Classes (May 11-12)
from 75.00

Saturday: Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Posterior, Lateral, and Anterior Neck
Sunday: Assessment and Treatment of the Cervical Ligaments

Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The balance is due at class, by cash or check only, payable to the instructor. If you cancel within 48 hours of the class, you will be liable for the full tuition.

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Feb
16
11:00 AM11:00

Ethics, Supervision, Boundaries, and State Law [Sold Out]

  • Ballard Area Seattle, WA 98117 (map)
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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 (and exceeds) WA state ethics requirement
Tuition: $120

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

There is another section of this class being offered on Sunday, March 31st. You can register for the March class here.

Deposit for Ethics Class (2/16)
60.00

Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The balance is due at class, by cash or check only, payable to the instructor. If you cancel within 48 hours of the class, you will be liable for the full tuition.

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Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Taxes and Tax Strategies for LMT's

The recent federal tax legislation will affect all of us when we file our 2018 tax returns. As a self-employed massage therapist, about 16-30% of your net income will go to taxes, including federal income tax, social security, medicare, and state and local taxes. This is a small business person's largest single expense, and it behooves us to know how to skillfully manage this expense. In class we will focus on how to "think Schedule C" and legally maximize our allowable business deductions. We will also cover form 1040, tax planning, tax estimating, avoiding audits, the pros and cons of various tax software programs, and the legalities of hiring contractors or employees.  

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

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

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

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

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


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8
Tuition: $140

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

There is another section of this class being offered on Saturday, March 16th. You can register for the March class here.

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Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

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 NORML 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

"I feel extremely prepared and informed of current laws and how to communicate to my clients." -Kethry Boettcher


Instructor: Jennifer Chan, LMT (MA# 60324770), BCTMB
CE hours: 

Tuition: $90 if registered by January 25th, $100 thereafter.

Registration: Online registration is now closed, though space may still be available. If you'd still like to get into the class, please contact Jen Chan at jenchan_cmt@yahoo.com, or at ‭(703) 623-1794‬.

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

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Feb
2
to Feb 3

Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy [Sold Out]

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 Utting


Instructor: Pat O'Rourke
CE hours: 15 
Date and Time: Saturday, February 2nd (9am-6pm) and Sunday, February 3rd (9am-5pm)
Tuition: $275 if registered with a $100 deposit by January 25th, $325 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 is due at class, payable by cash or check only, made out to the instructor.

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Jan
30
to Jan 31

Specific Orthopedic and Deep Tissue Techniques for the Shoulder (Te Anau, New Zealand)

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Te Anau, NZ

Join Brian for two tax-deductible CE classes in beautiful Te Anau, New Zealand (near Milford Sound and Fjordlands National Park), on January 30th-31st, 2019, during the peak of the Austral summer. The days will be long and warm, and the surroundings are gorgeous.


Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Injuries

A lot of our clients suffer from chronic rotator cuff injuries that seem to stubbornly persist using conventional massage techniques. Learn precise and specific orthopedic assessments and thumbs-free techniques to identify and successfully treat some of the most common injuries to the subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, long head of the biceps and acromioclavicular joint. The class will include a review of rotator cuff anatomy, palpation of the rotator cuff muscles and related structures, and instruction in appropriate treatment massage techniques to treat the soft tissue lesions. You will also receive a detailed 30-page handbook for future reference.

"This shoulder class was the best class and instruction I've ever had." - Deborah Luger

"This is the best Continuing Education workshop I've taken, out of 120+ CE hours." - Julio Otazo


Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Shoulder Girdle

The shoulders are meant to float freely on the ribcage, held in elegant suspension by 16 muscles, but very often they are restricted, stuck down, and in pain. In the morning, you will learn to effectively liberate some of the major anterior structures of the shoulder girdle (such as the pectoralis minor, subclavius, and 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. 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 day 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.

At the end of the weekend, you will know how to identify and treat the most common injuries to the shoulder, and to balance and create a supportive foundation for the shoulder girdle, as well as creating states of deep relaxation for your clients. 

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

"I haven't felt this kind of freedom in my shoulders since before massage school! I have definitely been enjoying my wings." -Amy Ross


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

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 16 (NCBTMB-approved)
Date and Time: Wednesday and Thursday, January 30th-31st, 9:30am-6:30pm each day

Tuition & Registration: $275 USD ($400 NZ) for both days if registered by December 31st, 2018, with a $125 USD non-refundable deposit. The price goes up to $300 USD thereafter. You can register online here

The early registration balance of $150 USD or $230 NZD will be due at class. If the link is showing sold out, please contact info@pnwschool.com.

If Registering in New Zealand: View attached flyer (see link above) for registration instructions, or contact Rachael Brown at teanaumassage@hotmail.com.

Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and lodging arrangements for your stay in Te Anau. If you have questions, you can contact Rachael Brown at teanaumassage@hotmail.com, or contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

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Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

Wholeness in Body Mechanics–Developing Quality of Touch [Sold Out]

Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers is often presented in the context of self-care and career longevity. But how can you develop your quality of touch? How do you increase your effectiveness with every stroke and modality that you apply? This body mechanics class will focus on all three dimensions, and make your massage more 3-dimensional as well.

Cultivating presence and awareness in your touch are key elements of authentic bodywork. The focus of this class will be on HOW we work, not learning a new technique. The emphasis is on developing YOU, the practitioner, the wielder of the techniques, with every stroke, every assessment, and every placement of your hands. We will develop and explore ‘soft contact’ so that you can practice with more ease and optimize your client’s ability to receive the work. When we have ease and minimize our effort, we are able to feel more, which in itself has a cascading, synergistic effect in the outcome of our sessions.

These principles will be reinforced by experiential exercises in class, as well as hands-on practice using a variety of foundational techniques you already know, including Swedish, Neuromuscular, and Deep Tissue. You will learn to clarify your intention and optimize your angle of entry with any style of technique. You’ll also have a chance to bring in your own unique challenges with body mechanics, and have a chance to apply the principles you learn in a supervised exchange, receiving individual table-side attention due to the intimate nature of the class.

"I loved this class. I'm totally using this material tomorrow at work." -Slade Powell

"Benjamin's teaching style is the perfect blend of entertainment and expertise." -Briana McGinnity


Instructor: Benjamin Lee
CE Hours: 8; includes 6 hours of hands-on technique
Tuition: $150 

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 is due at class, payable by cash or check only, made out to the instructor.

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Jan
26
to Jan 27

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Neck and Shoulder (Christchurch, New Zealand)

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Christchurch, NZ

Join Brian for two tax-deductible CE classes in Christchurch, New Zealand, on January 26th-27th, 2019, during the peak of the Austral summer. The days will be long and warm, and Christchurch is beautiful, cosmopolitan, and close to the Pacific Ocean and abundant outdoor activities.


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


Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the for the Shoulder Girdle

The shoulders are meant to float freely on the ribcage, held in elegant suspension by 16 muscles, but very often they are restricted, stuck down, and in pain. In the morning, you will learn to effectively liberate some of the major anterior structures of the shoulder girdle (such as the pectoralis minor, subclavius, and 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. 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 day 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.

At the end of the weekend, you will know how to identify and treat the most common injuries to the shoulder, and to balance and create a supportive foundation for the shoulder girdle, as well as creating states of deep relaxation for your clients. 

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

"I haven't felt this kind of freedom in my shoulders since before massage school! I have definitely been enjoying my wings." -Amy Ross


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 16 (NCBTMB-approved)
Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday, January 26th-27th, 9am-6pm each day

Tuition & Registration: $275 USD ($400 NZ) for both days if registered by December 31st, 2018, with a $125 USD non-refundable deposit. The price goes up to $300 USD thereafter. You can register online here

The early registration balance of $150 USD or $230 NZD will be due at class. If the link is showing sold out, please contact info@pnwschool.com.

If Registering in New Zealand: This class is sponsored by the New Zealand College of Massage. Click here to view their posting, or register with them directly by emailing info@nzcm.ac.nz.

Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and lodging arrangements for your stay in Christchurch. If you have questions, you can contact NZCM at info@nzcm.ac.nz, or contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

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Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

Ethics, Supervision, Boundaries, and State Law [Sold Out]

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: De’Anna Dean and Matthew Sorlie
Ethics CE hours: 7 ethics CE hours, meets (and exceeds) WA state ethics requirement
Tuition: $120

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 is due at class, payable by cash or check only, made out to the instructor.

There is another section of this class being offered on Saturday, February 16th. You can register for the February class here.

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Jan
19
9:30 AM09:30

Neurofascial Manipulation for the Neck, Jaw and Head [Sold Out]

  • North Seattle area Seattle, WA 98177 (map)
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It may surprise you to learn that some of the hard and tender knots we've furiously been working on are actually swollen and potentially inflamed and tethered nerves. Neural mobilization skills will dramatically increase your results and set you apart. This class will be an introduction to working directly with the nerves and superficial fascia to restore joint mobility and decrease pain. 

In this class we'll explore the nerves around the neck, jaw, and head, and their relationship to thoracic outlet syndrome, forward head posture, TMJ dysfunction, headaches, dowager's hump, and ROM issues. This is a good opportunity to enhance your nerve palpation skills as well as learning a few effective self-care tips.

Some of the nerves we will cover in class include the cervical plexus (lesser occipital, great auricular, transverse cervical, supraclavicular nerve), trigeminal nerve (opthalmic, maxillary and mandibular branches), dorsal rami of cervical spinal nerves (greater occipital, lesser, 3rd occipital), and the spinal accessory nerve.


Instructor: Steve Evanko, PhD, Certified Advanced Rolfer
CE hours: 8

Tuition: $175.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Neurofascial Manipulation

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 is due at class, payable by cash or check only, made out to the instructor.

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Jan
19
to Jan 20

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Torso and Neck (Auckland, New Zealand)

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Auckland, NZ

Join Brian for two tax-deductible CE classes in Auckland, New Zealand on January 19-20th, 2019, during the peak of the Austral summer. The days will be long and warm, and Auckland is a cosmopolitan, world-class city, and a gateway to the South Pacific.


Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Torso (Iliopsoas, Diaphragm, QL and Paraspinals)

These muscular structures support the core--they are integral to maintaining balance, structural alignment, ease of breathing, mobility, and the ability to function without lower back pain. In the morning, you will learn specific, potent, and effective Deep Tissue techniques to release the iliopsoas, diaphragm, QL, lower multifidus, and the lumbodorsal fascia. These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice, often with profound results. There will be a concise and insightful anatomy review of these structures with an eye toward fascial continuities and the functional relationships between them. We will also focus correct placement and proper use of fingers, knuckles, and elbows for optimal results.

In the afternoon we will focus on some muscle-specific Deep Tissue techniques for the Paraspinals (erector spinae and transversospinalis) that are different from but complementary to what you learned in massage school or elsewhere. The emphasis will be on releasing and unbinding the erector spinae group, the transversospinalis group, the lumbodorsal fascia, and the quadratus lumborum. These muscle-specific techniques will improve the precision and effectiveness of your back massage, and can be easily integrated to your style of bodywork. Body mechanics will continue to be a focus of the class, as well as proper use of elbows, fingers and knuckles to save wear and tear on joints. Students who have taken this class have reported that they were able to apply the techniques in their practices right away and that their clients loved the results, feeling a newfound sense of freedom and ease in their backs.

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


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: 16 (NCBTMB-approved)
Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday, January 19th-20th, 9am-6pm each day

Tuition & Registration: $275 USD ($400 NZ) for both days if registered by December 31st, 2018, with a $125 USD non-refundable deposit. The price goes up to $300 USD thereafter. You can register online here

The early registration balance of $150 USD or $230 NZD will be due at class. If the link is showing sold out, please contact info@pnwschool.com.

If Registering in New Zealand: This class is sponsored by the New Zealand College of Massage. Click here to view their posting, or register with them directly by emailing info@nzcm.ac.nz.

Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and lodging arrangements for your stay in Auckland. If you have questions, you can contact NZCM at info@nzcm.ac.nz, or contact Brian in Seattle at info@pnwschool.com.

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Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

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.

"I absolutely love this work. I can hardly wait to bring it into my practice." -Hannah LePiane


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 4.5

Tuition: $95. Save money if you register for both this class and Assessment and Treatment of Back Ligaments on Saturday, January 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, January 12th and Sunday, January 13th, click here.

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Jan
12
10:00 AM10:00

Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbar and Sacral Ligaments

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more than a million American workers 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 people, and even when it's just a nuisance, it can significantly impact their fundamental quality of life. Massage can often be a helpful tool in the recovery and rehabilitation process, but, unfortunately, it is also quite common for clients to receive massage that has a minimal lasting impact on the source of their pain and discomfort. 

One of the elements commonly missing when working with back injuries 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

"This class was taught by experienced instructors who had really thought through the progression of the class--the content made sense and flowed well, lending itself to really retaining the knowledge." -Meredith Condon

"Brian's teachings are intelligent, precise and effective. After receiving the work yesterday, my back feels more fluid and happy, and during the treatment, I went to that deep place of relaxation where drool happens." -Jen Elden


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8

Tuition: $170. Save money if you register for both this class and MSDT for the Back on Sunday, January 13th. 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, January 12th and Sunday, January 13th, click here.

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Jan
6
11:00 AM11:00

Ethics, Supervision, Boundaries, and State Law [Sold Out]

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 (and exceeds) WA state ethics requirement
Tuition: $120

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 ($60) is due at class, payable by cash or check only, made out to PNWSM.

There is another section of this class being offered on Saturday, January 19th, from 10am-5:30pm. You can register for the January 19th class here.

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Jan
5
11:00 AM11:00

Ethics, Supervision, Boundaries, and State Law [Sold Out]

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 (and exceeds) WA state ethics requirement
Tuition: $120

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 ($60) is due at class, payable by cash or check only, made out to PNWSM.

There is another section of this class being offered on Saturday, January 19th, from 10am-5:30pm. You can register for the January 19th class here.

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Dec
15
10:00 AM10:00

The Neuroendocrine System, Stress, and Massage

In order to improve the quality of their bodywork, most massage therapists focus on learning new techniques to add to their tool belts. But paradoxically, the most important element in successful massage outcomes might not be what techniques you do, but how you do them, and who you are when you're doing them. In other words, the kind of relatedness you establish with your clients, and your own internal state as you engage with them, may be the most important influencers on the quality and outcome of your work, as well as your clients' overall massage experience. 

Humans (and all mammals) engage in something called 'limbic resonance', where the internal state of one can deeply influence the internal state of the other, and vice versa. This can happen very rapidly, and often subliminally. To say it another way, others feel and respond to our inner states, and we in turn respond to theirs. We can actually regulate the internal state of another, and they can help regulate us. This is a fundamental and necessary part of human experience, and a huge benefit of massage, whether our clients (and we) know it or not.

In addition, as massage therapists, we are often looked upon as stress-management specialists--our clients are looking for relief from their stresses, and we are not only trying to help them, but are trying to manage our own stresses as well. But what is this thing we call stress? How do we create deep states of calm in ourselves and others? And since stress is not going away, how do we effectively work with it? 

In this class we will explore the nature of stress, some of its paradoxes, and how to skillfully work with them. We will examine the anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis of the endocrine system; how those systems upregulate in times of stress, and why. We will investigate the etiology of stress-related diseases and disorders caused by autonomic-neuroendocrine imbalance; they are rampant in our culture. We will then look at how massage can remedy distress and stress disorders, and positively influence health and balance. We will also review some common (and successful) stress management approaches, including yoga, mindfulness-based stress reduction, breathing, counseling, diet, biofeedback, exercise, hydrotherapy, attitude, and loving, supportive relationships. You will learn how to better manage your own stresses, and how to help your clients manage theirs.  

"One of the best non-technique classes I've attended in years. I would recommend it to any therapist looking for information related to our field." - BJ Erkan

Instructor: Brian Utting 
CE hours: 8
Date and Time: Saturday, December 15th, 10am-7pm
Location: Seattle (North Seattle area)

Tuition: $140 if registered by December 7th; $150 thereafter. 

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

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Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

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, December 9th, 10am-7pm
Location: Seattle (Wallingford area)

Tuition: $170 if registered by November 30th, $190 thereafter. Save $45 if you register for both this class and MSDT for the Posterior, Lateral, and Anterior Neck on Saturday, December 8th. 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, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th, click here.

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Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

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 8th, 10am-7pm
Location: Seattle (Wallingford area)

Tuition: $170 if registered by November 30th, $190 thereafter. Save $45 if you register for both this class and Assessment and Treatment of Neck Ligaments on Sunday, December 9th. 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, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th, click here.

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Dec
2
9:30 AM09:30

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

What are the largest segments of the massage industry in Washington? Massage as health care? Day spas? Home practice? Massage Envy-type franchises? It may surprise you to learn that one of the largest segments is illegitimate, unlicensed practice fronting as licensed, regulated massage. In 2018, legitimate, licensed massage therapy 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 what massage is has quietly gotten worse in the last several years–and our exposure to risk is increasing. 

While the vast majority of us have conscientiously gone about our work as massage therapists, others continually generate complaints related to unlicensed practice, sexually inappropriate behavior, and worse--all under our good name. The result? More rules, more regulations, more charting, new draping policies, and more costs for legitimate LMTs; not to mention continued confusion in the public's eye about who we are and what we do. What are the real concerns and issues with human trafficking and illegitimate massage in our communities, and how do they intersect with our actual needs and issues?

Many therapists and regulators fear that new federal legislation around online advertising of sexual services may drive more sketchy clients to seek sexual services from legitimate, licensed massage therapists, but is this really the case? 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 known practices typically used by sexually motivated consumers.

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

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

"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, LMT, Retired Police Detective
CE hours: 5; meets WA State and NCBTMB Ethics requirements
Date and Time: Sunday, December 2nd, 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: Seattle (North Seattle area)

Tuition: $95.

Registration: A non-refundable $45 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.

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Dec
1
to Dec 2

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Work for the Back and Paraspinals (Guadalajara, Mexico)

When our clients come for a massage, they almost always are looking for a good back massage. Unfortunately, many massage therapists never really learned how to give an outstanding back massage. In this class, we will teach you how. 

We will build a solid foundation by reviewing the muscles of the back – where they're located, what they do, what causes their pain and stress, and how to help them. You will learn a select set of Swedish massage strokes that will make your back massages more fluid, more effective, and more satisfying. These techniques are calming, cleansing, pleasant, and deeply relaxing. 

On the second day, we will focus on muscle-specific Deep Tissue techniques for the back. The phrase ‘deep tissue work’ is used so often that it’s hard to know what it means anymore. To some massage practitioners, ‘deep tissue’ simply means deep pressure. To others, it has more fascial, myofascial, or structural connotations. Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue work (MSDT) still works with the fascia, and uses deep pressure when appropriate, but is more focused and precise. Like myofascial work, it has a strategy, but it gets there by releasing the individual muscles as well as the fascia. 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue work not only addresses the relationships between the muscles, but gets to the smaller stress points that are often passed over in an ordinary massage. It’s liberating and feels wonderful to our clients when everything is released and working in harmony, and creates states of ease, balance, and deep relaxation. The work also cleanses the muscles and fascia, and supports improved local circulation.

These Deep Tissue techniques for the back that are different from, but complementary to what is typically taught in massage school or elsewhere. The emphasis will be on releasing and unbinding the erector spinae group, the transversospinalis group, the lumbodorsal fascia, the quadratus lumborum, and serratus posterior inferior. These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that will improve the precision and effectiveness of your back massage, and  can be immediately applied in practice.  

The small muscles of the back (which are strong and are often quite tight) respond extremely well to Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue work; there are over 100 muscles living alongside each other that rarely (if ever) get stretched and separated from each other. In addition, there are 50 bones (including the rib heads) and over 120 joints that benefit from having motion introduced into them once the fascial and muscular structures (both superficial and deep) of the back are unglued. We all need to have these structures balanced and 'cleaned up' from time to time, just as we periodically go to the dentist to get our teeth cleaned. 

This 2-day class will improve the precision and effectiveness of your back massage (or any massage), and can be easily integrated to your style of bodywork. Students who have taken this introductory class have reported that it helped to increase their precision, palpatory sensitivity, and effectiveness with their back massages. Their clients loved the results, feeling a newfound sense of freedom and ease in their backs. 

In addition, we will focus on correct body mechanics, as well as proper use of your fingers and elbows for optimal results and to save wear and tear on joints. You will not only learn a number of useful bodywork techniques; you will also receive some valuable self-care. 

"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

"Your classes improve LMTs' skill level immensely...there's so much mediocre Continuing Education out there; it feels like finding a rare gem in a pile of gravel." -Sarah Roeder

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8
Date and Time: Saturday & Sunday, December 1st & 2nd, 10am-2pm
Location: Lake Chapala (near Guadalajara), Mexico
Tuition: $100.

Registration: Tuition is non-refundable and due at the time of registration. Click here to pay the tuition online. If the link shows sold out, and you'd like to get on the waiting list, please contact info@pnwschool.com.

Please note that you are responsible for arranging your own transportation and lodging, and all costs associated with travel. 

The class will be held in a beautiful home in Lake Chapala, but you are not required to stay at the house to attend. For more information on lodging, contact Laureen MacDonald at janreen16@hotmail.com. 

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Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Visceral and Abdominal Massage

The viscera are at the very core of our body, and are, along with our nervous system, a primary source of life. They are at the center of our structure, our emotions, our biochemistry, and our life energy. There are over 500 million neurons in the belly (almost 5 times more than in the spinal cord), and our enteric nervous system is a primary source of our intuition and "gut" feelings.

When we are anxious or distressed, our natural instinct is to protect our soft underbelly and "stuff" emotions there, causing multilayered problems throughout the body. The smooth muscles of the gut contract, pulling on the surrounding mesentery and fascia, causing not only gut pain, but back pain. In addition, surgery can create adhesions and multi-directional disruptions in the abdominal fascia and musculature. It is ironic that this vital healing area is often overlooked in massage.

The sensitivity and vulnerability of the belly is precisely why it is so receptive to safe, calming, and nourishing touch. We can soothe the enteric nervous system and the soft underbelly, sending waves of deep relaxation throughout the entire body. We can relax the smooth muscles of the intestines, which reduces pain, improves digestive function, and eases the fascial pull in the back and other areas of the body. We can sometimes separate post-surgical adhesions, creating balance and increased ease of movement at the very core of the body.

In this class you will learn simple and effective abdominal massage techniques that are easy to integrate into your massage practice. You will learn the basic layout of some of the area's major anatomical structures and how to identify, palpate, and treat them. This class will make your abdominal work more comforting, intelligent, and effective. You will be able to help your clients achieve deeper states of relaxation, relieve pain, improve digestive function, and help free up deep structural imbalances.

"I was expecting a belly massage class and walked away with a deep understanding of the abdomen. This class was incredible." - KC Johnston, LMP and Doula

Instructor: Brian Utting 
CE hours: 8 CE hours
Date and Time: Sunday, November 18th, 10am-7pm 
Location: Seattle, WA (Wallingford area)

Tuition: $170 if registered by November 9th; $190 thereafter. Save $45 if you register for both this class and MSDT for the Legs & Hips on Saturday, November 17th.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register. To register for both Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th, click here.

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Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

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, November 17th, 10am-7:15pm 
Location: Seattle, WA (Wallingford area)

Tuition: $170 if registered by November 9th; $190 thereafter. Save $45 if you register for both this class and Introduction to Visceral and Abdominal Massage on Sunday, November 18th.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Therapeutic Training Center. Click here to register. To register for both Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th, click here.

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Nov
12
10:00 AM10:00

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Side-Lying Shoulders (Maui, HI)

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 glued down and are 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 (and 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

"I haven't felt this kind of freedom in my shoulders since before massage school! I have definitely been enjoying my wings." -Amy Ross

Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 5 CE hours
Date and Time: Monday, November 12th, 10am-3:30pm 
Location: Maui Academy, Kihei, HI

Tuition: $120 if registered with a $60 non-refundable deposit by October 31st; $140 thereafter. Register for both the November 11th MSDT Torso class and the November 12th MSDT Side-Lying Shoulder class for only $250 ($140 non-refundable deposit required). The price for the 2-class package goes up to $300 after October 31st, 2018.

Registration: For Monday, a non-refundable $60 deposit is required to save your space. To register for Monday only, click here to pay the deposit online. To register for both Sunday, November 11th and Monday, November 12th, click here. The balance is due at class, payable to the instructor, by cash or check only. If the registration link shows sold out, and you'd like to get on the waiting list, please contact info@pnwschool.com.

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Nov
11
9:30 AM09:30

MSDT Techniques for the Torso - Iliopsoas, Diaphragm, QL & Paraspinals (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 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

"I absolutely love this work. I can hardly wait to bring it into my practice." -Hannah LePiane

Instructor: Brian Utting 
CE hours: 8 CE hours
Date and Time: Sunday, November 11th, 9:30am-6:30pm 
Location: Maui Academy, Kihei, HI

Tuition: $180 if registered with a $80 non-refundable deposit by October 31st; $200 thereafter. Register for both the November 11th MSDT Torso class and the November 12th MSDT Side-Lying Shoulder class for only $250 ($140 non-refundable deposit required). The price for the 2-class package goes up to $300 after October 31st, 2018.

Registration: For Sunday, a non-refundable $80 deposit is required to save your space. To register for Sunday only, click here to pay the deposit online. To register for both Sunday, November 11th and Monday, November 12th, click here. The balance is due at class, payable to the instructor, by cash or check only. If the registration link shows sold out, and you'd like to get on the waiting list, please contact info@pnwschool.com.

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Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

Ethics, Supervision, Boundaries and State Law [Sold Out]

We will begin with a thorough review of our state massage laws, which have changed significantly in the last two years. You will learn about important, interesting, and occasionally upsetting changes to current massage 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 (and exceeds) WA state ethics requirement
Date and Time: Saturday November 3rd, 11am - 6:30pm
Location: Seattle (Ballard area)

Tuition: $120

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 ($60) is due at class, payable by cash or check only, made out to PNWSM.

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Oct
27
to Oct 28

Intraoral Certification: Structural Work for the Head, Neck, and Jaw

This class meets the 16-hour Washington State Intraoral Endorsement Requirement.

The jaw and neck hold tension and dysfunction for a very large percentage of the population, but few massage practitioners know how to specifically and effectively address it. This 16-hour class will give the most useful details of anatomy, ROM testing, structural assessment, and palpating and treating the most important and elusive regions. Specific content includes:

  • Specific anatomy of the upper cervical spine, TMJ, and jaw and cervical musculature

  • Visual ROM assessment for the neck, jaw, and face

  • Myofascial work for the cervical and jaw regions

  • Intraoral work for the temporal and pterygoid muscles

  • Discussion of the common symptoms for whiplash and TMJD

Instructor: Pat O'Rourke
CE hours: 16
Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday, October 27th and 28th, 9am-6pm
Location: 328 NW 46th St, Seattle, WA 98107

Tuition: $275 if registered by October 15th, $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.

Note: The location is in a home, and cats will be present. If you have an allergy, please reach out to Pat, the instructor, at <craniopat@earthlink.net>.

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Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Side-Lying Shoulders (Mount Vernon)

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 glued down and are 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 (and 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

"I haven't felt this kind of freedom in my shoulders since before massage school! I have definitely been enjoying my wings." -Amy Ross

Instructor: Brian Utting 
CE hours: 5 CE hours
Date and Time: Saturday, October 27th, 11am-4:30pm
Location: Mount Vernon, WA

Tuition: $120 if registered with a $60 non-refundable deposit.

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.

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Oct
24
2:30 PM14:30

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 24th, 2:30-7pm
Location: Seattle (Wallingford area)

Tuition: $95 if registered by October 17th; $110 thereafter. Reviewers are 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.

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Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

CTM/Bindegewebsmassage (Austin, TX)

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, October 21st, 10am-6pm
Location: Austin, TX

Tuition: $175, or $295 if you register for both this class and Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Chest, Diaphragm, and Shoulders on Saturday, October 20th.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School. Click here to register.

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Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Chest, Diaphragm, and Shoulders (Austin, TX)

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 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: 7
Date and Time: Saturday, October 20th, 10am-6pm
Location: Austin, TX

Tuition: $175, or $295 if you register for both this class and CTM/Bindegewebsmassage on Sunday, October 21st.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School. Click here to register.

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Oct
14
11:00 AM11:00

Ethics, Supervision, Boundaries and State Law [Sold Out]

We will begin with a thorough review of our state massage laws, which have changed significantly in the last two years. You will learn about important, interesting, and occasionally upsetting changes to current massage 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 (and exceeds) WA state ethics requirement
Date and Time: Sunday October 14th, 11am - 6:30pm
Location: Seattle (Ballard area)

Tuition: $120

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 ($60) is due at class, payable by cash or check only.

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