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
Tuition: $175 if registered by June 15th; $200 thereafter. Register for both this class and MSDT Techniques for the Posterior, Lateral, and Anterior Neck on Saturday, June 29th, for only $300. Price for the 2-day package goes up to $350 on June 15th.
Registration: This class is sponsored by the Port Townsend School of Massage. Contact them directly at 360-379-4066 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.