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MSDT for the Torso and Tx of the Lumbar and Sacral Ligaments (Austin, TX)


  • The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School 4701-B Burnet Road Austin TX 78756 (map)

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Torso and Deep Back Muscles (Erector Spinae, Transversospinalis, 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. In the morning, you will learn specific, potent, and effective Deep Tissue techniques to release the iliopsoas, QL, iliocostalis, and serratus posterior inferior. 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.

In the afternoon we will focus on some muscle-specific Deep Tissue techniques for the erector spinae group (longissimus, iliocostalis, and spinalis) and the transversospinalis group (semispinalis, mulitifidus, and rotatores) that are different from but complementary to what you learned in massage school or elsewhere. We will also focus on the quadratus lumborum and the lumbodorsal fascia. These muscle-specific techniques will improve the precision and effectiveness of your back massage, and can be easily integrated into your style of bodywork. 

Throughout the day, we will focus on body mechanics, including correct placement and proper use of fingers, knuckles, and elbows for optimal results and to avoid 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


Instructor: Brian Utting
CE hours: 8 hours each day (NCBTMB-approved)
Date and Time: October 19 & 20th, 9:30am-6:30pm each day

Tuition: $175 per day for Saturday or Sunday, if registered and deposited by October 5th; $195 thereafter. Take both classes for only $295 if registered and deposited by October 5th; $325 thereafter.

Registration: This class is sponsored by the Lauterstein-Conway School in Austin, TX. To register, please visit their website, linked below for each class.

Saturday: MSDT for the Torso & Deep Back Muscles (8h)
Sunday: Assessment and Treatment of Lumbar & Sacral Ligaments (8h)
Both Days: MSDT for the Torso and Tx of the Lumbar & Sacral Ligaments (16h; hit the register link and select the option for BOTH classes.)