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

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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) [Sold Out]
Thursday: Assessment and Treatment of Low Back Ligaments (8h) [Sold Out]
Friday: MSDT for the Arms and Hands (5h)

Questions: Please contact Luc at 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, or contact Brian in Seattle at