Advanced Massage Techniques for
Freeing the Neck and Shoulders
An Intensive Training week for massage practitioners
Do you feel that you have a limited repertoire when dealing with clients with regular or persistent neck and shoulder tension?
This 5-day intensive presents a range of ways for working on the ‘average’ client with tension in these interrelated areas. It is designed for massage practitioners who want to:
- enhance your knowledge and understanding of this common area of tension and stiffness;
- expand your range of techniques for reducing neck and shoulder tension, and for increasing flexibility (using deep massage, vibration and other rhythmic techniques, and stretches and mobilisations);
- learn to work on the neck and shoulders with the client in a range of positions – prone, supine, side-lying and seated;
- be able to work on a range of builds from the frail to the very fit and physically active;
- offer clients a variety of relevant homework exercises for relaxing their neck/shoulders.
With practice, the techniques covered can easily be incorporated into full body massages. They will also enable you to do treatments which focus primarily on the neck and shoulders (and include working on the related areas of the arms and hands).
Payment: The FULL FEE for the course is £ 390.00
(minus £30 if you’ve previously done a Neck or Shoulders day with Darien = £ 360
or minus £ 60 if you’ve previously done both days with Darien = £330)
Bookings: Deposit of £ 60.00 to Teach Therapy – www.teachtherapy.co.uk
You pay the rest of the fees direct to Dynamic Massage
Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork, 109 Pembroke Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3EU
Day 1: Understanding the Neck and Shoulders
Hands-on learning of bones and joints, locating muscles in action and identifying tensions, and ‘homework’ exercises for these muscles for clients.
Day 2: Working on the Neck and Shoulders with the client Prone
Firm massage and mobilising techniques.
Day 3: Working on the Neck and Shoulders with the client Supine:
Firm massage and mobilising techniques.
Day 4: Working on the Neck and Shoulders with the (clothed) client Seated:
Firm massage (without oil) and mobilising the shoulders with the client seated in an ordinary upright chair, and seated in an on-site (portable) massage chair.
Day 5: Working on the Neck and Shoulders with the client Lying on the Side:
Deep massage (with and without oil) and mobilising the shoulder girdle.
Two clinic sessions (of 3/4 hour each) with an unknown client – to apply and consolidate material learnt during the course.
Formal assessment (2-3 months after end of training):
Practical assessment – treatment session, (of 3/4 hour each) with an unknown client.
Written assignments – 1) Five treatments, describing use of course learning (2,000 words);
2) Summary of practitioner’s development of learning via course (2,000 words).
Our shoulders carry the tensions of our habitual postures and our responses to the stresses of life. They are also the repositories of tension from hand-intensive sports, work and leisure activities. And this tension carries up into the neck, and is often aggravated by the way that we hold our head, especially when sitting at a computer. As a consequence, the neck, shoulders and upper back are the area that clients most often want massaged.
This 5-day course is designed to expand the massage practitioner’s understanding of the neck and shoulders, and to expand your hands-on skills for working on and increasing the flexibility of this common area of tension and stiffness.
You can easily incorporate many of the techniques covered into full body massages (with some practice). They will also enable you to do treatments which focus primarily on this area.
The course covers:
- practical information (grounded in hands-on experience) of the structure and functioning of the neck, shoulder girdle and related muscles of the upper trunk;
- a range of deep massage techniques for working firmly and deeply on this area (when appropriate);
- skillfull application of commonly underused massage techniques – particularly percussion, vibration, and rhythmic ‘tremouring’;
- using stretches and mobilisations to increase shoulder and neck flexibility;
- good hand and body use (protecting your hands and using your body well) to deliver the techniques;
- combining these techniques to give clients an experience of how energised and supple their neck/shoulders can be – an experience which is commonly lost in our busy daily lives;
- the most effective techniques (and the limitations) of working with the client in a range of positions – prone, supine, side-lying, and seated (in an upright chair and a portable massage chair);
- working on a range of builds and levels of fitness from the frail to the very fit and physically active;
- a variety of relevant homework exercises that you can offer clients between massage sessions.
[Note: This course looks at working around injuries, strains and the after-effects of operations. It does NOT cover working directly on these conditions that is the focus of sports massage training.]