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Specific Techniques for the Posterior, Lateral, & Anterior Neck, and Cervical Ligaments (Anchorage, AK)


  • Alaska Career College 1415 East Tudor Road Anchorage, AK, 99508 (map)
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Join Brian for two tax-deductible CE classes in Anchorage, Alaska, on August 3rd-4th, 2019, in the peak of the majestic Alaskan summer.


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, August 3rd-4th, 10am-7pm each day

You may register for one or both classes; however, it is highly encouraged that you have taken MSDT for the Neck before attending the Neck Ligament class, to ensure you begin the second class with a good foundation of concepts.

Tuition:  $175 per day, if registered with a non-refundable $75 deposit by July 20th; $200 per day thereafter. Take both classes for only $300 ($150 deposit required); the price for the 2-class package goes up to $350 after July 20th.

You can view or download the flyer here.


Deposit for Anchorage Classes (Aug 3-4)
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.

To register by check or cash, send the non-refundable deposit ($75 or $150) to Cat Rose, c/o Active Health Solutions, 1000 O’Malley Rd Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99515. Please send the deposit only, and not the full amount.

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