Professional Development Training Courses for Massage Practitioners

Freeing the Shoulders

Deep massage and mobilising techniques


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This course is designed to enhance the massage practitioner’s repertoire of techniques and effectiveness for working extensively on this common area of tension, stiffness and discomfort.

NOTE: This is commonly a 1 day course.

There is also a 2 day course for those wanting a more extensive training.   (The first day of this course is the same as the 1 day course.)

Day 1 – Muscle review and working prone

The day begins with a ‘hands on’ review of the main muscles of this area and their actions, looking at them in their functional groups to help make sense of them.

Then we work with the client in a prone position, which enables us to get at a large number of the muscles that relate to the shoulder girdle and the arm.

The techniques used include specific deep massage and pressure techniques for release and re-energising of the muscles.

These are allied with dynamic stretches  and mobilisations of the shoulder and arm to promote greater ease and flexibility.

Day 2 – Working supine and sidelying

  • supine – for massaging the front and side of the shoulder, and applying a range of arm stretches
  • and in side-lying position – which provides 360° access for massaging and mobilising each shoulder

These courses cover:

  • the choice of appropriate techniques, and adapting them to suit the individual client
  • ways of moderating the pressure
  • how to blend the techniques smoothly into a massage session
  • and relevant exercises to offer the client for self-maintenance

There is an emphasis on good bodyuse for the practitioner, and ’listening’ with your hands (monitoring and adapting to the client’s responses).


“Very informative and to the point – I will be using the techniques Iv’e learnt today to help others”


Note: The Releasing the Neck, Freeing the Shoulders, and Releasing the Lower Back and Hips courses are each self-contained, but they complement one another. Each can be taken as a stand-alone course, or you can do all 3 as an integrated package.

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1 and 2 day courses

28 October 2017
Freeing the Shoulders, Newport


19 November 2017
Living Anatomy (muscle review day), Newport


2-3 December 2017
Basic Hands Free Massage, Newport


28-29 April 2018
Basic Hands Free Massage, Newport


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Extensive Hands Free Massage Training
Course information

Extensive Hands Free Massage Training on the Hands Free website

Mon 19 – Tue 20 Mar 2018
Mon 23 – Tue 24 Apr 2018
Sat 2 – Sun 3 Jun 2018
Sat 7 – Sun 8 Jul 2018
Exam date – TBC

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