Releasing the Neck, Shoulders and Lower Back

Advanced Massage Techniques for

Releasing the Neck, Shoulders and Lower Back

with the client prone, supine, side-lying and seated (clothed)

An Intensive 4-day Training for massage practitioners

Course synopsis:

Do you feel that you have a limited repertoire when dealing with clients with regular or persistent neck, shoulder and lower back tension – that you’re just doing the ‘basics’, but not really ‘getting in deep’? This 4-day intensive is designed to extend your repertoire and effectiveness in working with clients in these common tension areas. It is designed to:

  • enhance your knowledge and understanding of these common area of tension and stiffness; this includes hands-on location of the muscular and bony structures and practical  ideas on how they are commonly affected by stress, activities, postural habits and lifestyle (particularly desk jobs) ;
  • expand your range of techniques for reducing tension and increasing flexibility (using deep massage, vibration and other rhythmic techniques, and stretches and mobilisations);
  • increase your confidence in working on the neck, shoulders and lower back with the client in a range of positions – prone, supine, side-lying and seated (clothed) – i.e. both with and without oil – depending on their needs, so that you areable to be more versatile in treating clients;
  • offer you guidelines for adapting the techniques to work on a range of builds from the frail to the very fit and physically active;
  • give you practical experience of a variety of relevant homework exercises that you can offer clients.

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, shoulders and/or lower back (and include working on the related areas of the arms and hands).

The aim is to give clients a deeply relaxed sense of their body (but not wiped out) that simultaneously encompasses a feeling of being quietly energised and more flexible.

More information:

Our shoulders and backs 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 4-day course is designed to expand the massage practitioner’s understanding of the neck, shoulders and lower back, 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);
  • skilful application of commonly underused massage techniques – particularly percussion, vibration, and rhythmic ‘tremouring’;
  • using stretches and mobilisations to increase shoulder, neck and lumbar 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/back 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 (clothed);
  • 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 focuses on working on the average client – it does NOT cover working on injuries, strains and the after-effects of operations – that is the focus of sports and remedial massage training.]

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