Deep Tissue Classes
Instructor:  Cynthia Ameson

The Kinesiology and Deep Tissue classes are designed to be taken together, though Kinesiology can be taken by itself, and is recommended for students intending to take the MBLEx. The Kinesiology class must be taken at the same time or prior to the Deep Tissue class.

In the four Deep Tissue sections, students learn how to access the specific structures they learned about in Kinesiology/Anatomy), and how to relate those structures to the whole. First we learn how to touch individual muscles and how to access individual muscle fibers – and then we start the more interesting work of how to palpate to discover the relations between muscles, to find out why it hurts instead of only where it hurts.

There are different reasons for muscular dysfunction, and therefore different techniques to address problems. Sometimes it is scar tissue, or a neurological feedback loop, or a whole-body holding pattern.  What makes this class different from many Deep Tissue classes is not only do we learn to apply more pressure when needed without hurting yourself or your client, but to feel more specifically where the problems are by sharpening our attention so that you can start recognizing the different types of Myofascial dysfunction.  Then we will learn specific techniques, tricks and avenues into the musculature, and be able to blend all these different styles of touch into a seamless whole – while still making it feel ‘delicious’.

We continue the exploration of how to deepen the therapist’s awareness as well as their physical touch. We will talk about what we are doing, so that we learn to talk to clients – and potential clients – about what makes your Deep Tissue therapy different and better than a therapist who just “pushes harder.” Students will learn specific key words and “scripts” to use for specific situations – including how to talk to the muscles and the body during the work.

We’ll demonstrate some helpful stretches and off-table client “homework”.  To broaden your understanding of the human body, we touch on the Oriental meridian system and how it overlaps with musculo-tendon pathways. The class begins with a simple Qi-Gong-based exercise that you can also teach your clients.

Deep Tissue Classes Text Books, Materials and Prerequisite Classes

Required text:
Trail Guide to the Body, 4th Edition, Andrew Biel

Recommended Texts:
Musculoskeletal Anatomy Coloring Book by Joseph E. Muscolino DC

Anatomy of Movement, Revised Edition by Blandine Calais-Germain

Deep Tissue Massage: A Visual Guide to Techniques, Revised Edition by Art Riggs

All books can be ordered through Amazon.com. Please Support HHI ordering your books through us on Amazon.com. The book title links will take you straight to our order page. Thank you!

To find the next Deep Tissue class check our online Calendar.

Required Materials:

  • 1 set of twin sheets:
  • 2 pillowcases
  • 2- to 3-inch 3-ring binder
  • Massage cream (preferably Biotone Dual Purpose Cream.  No oils)

Prerequisite Classes:

  • MT300 or massage therapist
  • Deep Tissue Fundamentals
Deep Tissue Class Notes

Deep Tissue Classes may be taken in any order, except the Abdomen, Pelvis & Synthesis section. The Abdomen, Pelvis & Synthesis section must be taken only after the completion of the other 3 sections.

Because the Deep Tissue Classes cover a lot of detailed material in technique, kinesiology and anatomy, we highly recommend that upon completion of the Deep Tissue Classes, students audit the same classes. We always allow students to take any class they have completed at our audit 50% discount cost. This time and effort will help to solidify your knowledge and improve your skills as a Deep Tissue Practitioner.

Read what former students have to say about the Deep Tissue

 

Deep Tissue Fundamentals
12 Hours     $212

Class description:
In this two-day class we explore what it means to do “deep” work, in the literal, physical sense as well as the emotional and spiritual. In an industry dominated by therapists who approach Deep Tissue simply by adding more muscle to their work, we will introduce the concept of “sinking” vs. “pushing”, using your bodyweight and leverage instead of muscle strength, as a way of doing work that is deeper, safer, and better-feeling for both the therapist and the client.

We will cover basic concepts from anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics to enhance understanding of the structures that we touch and manipulate in deep work, and begin to conceptualize the relationships between muscles, joints, bones, and range of motion.

We will discuss boundaries, space-holding, and present-centered-awareness in relationship to practicing deep tissue, as well as the possibilities of emotional release and how to handle it when it arises.

Students will then be given the opportunity to what “deep” feels like, both as a giver and a receiver, as they learn to use soft-fist, forearm, and elbow to sink in an deliver pressure while using fingers and thumb primarily for palpation. Proper body mechanics is emphasized, and students will learn the basics of how to self-correct. By the end of the class, students will have learned techniques for deeper work that they can easily and safely add to their current massage style, regardless of their knowledge of anatomy or kinesiology. Students will also gain the foundational knowledge that will prepare them for the body-part-specific work of the rest of the Deep Tissue series.
Please wear loose shorts or skirts and tank-type t-shirts for women – the less time spent changing clothes, the more massage time you get.

Materials Required:
Biotone cream
Set of twin sheets and extra face cradle covers.

Prerequisites: MT300 or massage therapist

Read what former students say about Deep Tissue Fundamentals

 

Deep Tissue – Legs/Feet
26 Hours   $390 + texts

Class description:
In Kinesiology Legs & Feet we will explore the anatomy of the pelvic girdle, the upper and lower leg, and the foot. Students will learn the bony landmarks, joints, and muscle attachments and actions. In particular we will study the relationship of muscles—agonists, antagonists, synergists, and “neighbors” (muscles that are located next to each other and can affect each other by proximity). We will also learn the common soft-tissue causes of pain-producing tension patterns, dysfunctions, and pathologies of the lower limb.

Pathologies covered in this section include:

-Piriformis syndrome and Sciatic Nerve Pain

-Low-back pain centered around the SI joint

-Pubic bone/Groin pain

-Iliotibial band pain

-Types of knee pain

-Bunions

-Hammer toes

-Plantar Fasciitis

In Deep Tissue Legs & Feet we will apply the knowledge of the kinesiology to practical, hands-on work in the afternoon. Students will learn specific techniques for treating the soft-tissue causes of tension patterns and pathologies discussed in the morning. Several types of techniques will be given for addressing specific muscles, tension patterns, and types of adhesions, with the goal that students will have a variety of tools that they can choose from to address a client’s specific needs. On the last day, students will be given the opportunity to give an extended “session” to an experienced receiver, so that students can practice problem-solving skills using learned techniques on a fresh body.

Technique highlights include:

-Glute work

-Releasing the Piriformis

-Hip flexors

-Quads & Hamstrings

-Adductors

-Iliotibial band

-Flexors and extensors of the ankle/toes



Prerequisites: Deep Tissue Fundamentals

Read what former students have to say about Deep Tissue – Legs and Feet.

Deep Tissue – Back/Neck
26 Hours   $390 + texts

Class Description:
In Kinesiology Back & Neck we will explore the skeletal and muscular structures and functions of the back and neck. Students will learn the bony landmarks, joints, and muscle attachments and actions. In particular we will study the relationship of muscles—agonists, antagonists, synergists, and “neighbors” (muscles that are located next to each other and can affect each other by proximity). We will also learn the common soft-tissue causes of pain-producing tension patterns, dysfunctions, and pathologies of the back and neck.

Pathologies covered in this section include:

-Spinal dysfunctions (bulging or herniated disks, degenerative disk syndrome, stenosis, and others)

-Upper cross syndrome

-3 types of low back pain

-Residual pain from whiplash

-Interscapular pain

-Headaches, dizziness, and jaw pain associated with tension in the anterior neck

In Deep Tissue Back & Neck we will apply the knowledge of the kinesiology to practical, hands-on work in the afternoon. Students will learn specific techniques for treating the soft-tissue causes of tension patterns and pathologies discussed in the morning. Several types of techniques will be given for addressing specific muscles, tension patterns, and types of adhesions, with the goal that students will have a variety of tools that they can choose from to address a client’s specific needs. On the last day, students will be given the opportunity to give an extended “session” to an experienced receiver, so that students can practice problem-solving skills using learned techniques on a fresh body.

Technique highlights include:

-Isolating 3 branches of erectors

-Releasing the Quadratus Lumborum

-Mobilizing the Scapula

-Posterior and anterior neck work

-Releasing the sub-occipitals

-Techniques for TMJ dysfunction

Prerequisite: Deep Tissue Fundamentals

Read what former students have to say about Deep Tissue – Back and Neck.

Deep Tissue – Arms/Hands
26 Hours   $390 + texts

Class Description:
In Kinesiology Arms & Hands we will explore the anatomy of the shoulder girdle and upper limb. Students will learn the bony landmarks, joints, and muscle attachments and actions. In particular we will study the relationship of muscles—agonists, antagonists, synergists, and “neighbors” (muscles that are located next to each other and can affect each other by proximity). We will also learn the common soft-tissue causes of pain-producing tension patterns, dysfunctions, and pathologies of the shoulder girdle and upper limb.

Pathologies covered in this section include:

-Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)

-Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

-Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)

-Carpal tunnel syndrome

-Upper Cross syndrome

-Chest, rib, and breath pain

-Radiating pain and numbness in the arm

In Deep Tissue Arms & Hands we will apply the knowledge of the kinesiology to practical, hands-on work in the afternoon. Students will learn specific techniques for treating the soft-tissue causes of tension patterns and pathologies discussed in the morning. Several types of techniques will be given for addressing specific muscles, tension patterns, and types of adhesions, with the goal that students will have a variety of tools that they can choose from to address a client’s specific needs. On the last day, students will be given the opportunity to give an extended “session” to an experienced receiver, so that students can practice problem-solving skills using learned techniques on a fresh body.

Technique highlights include:

-Mobilizing the scapula

-Mobilizing the shoulder joint

-Deep pec work

-Addressing forearm and wrist pain

-Releasing the Subscapularis

-Releasing the Serratus anterior

Prerequisite:

  • Deep Tissue Fundamentals

Read what former students have to say about Deep Tissue – Arms and Hands.

Kinesiology/Deep Tissue Synthesis & Clinic
Synthesis 18 hours $270 + texts
Clinic 12 hours   $120

Course Description:
In this final section of Kinesiology/Deep Tissue, we will explore how to create a comprehensive session that addresses issues that connect the whole body. We will also delve into rarely addressed muscles such as the lower fibers of the pectoralis major, the intercostal, and the diaphragm. We will review and enhance the more challenging techniques from earlier classes, as well as review the kinesiology of balancing the pelvic and shoulder girdle.

This class will also include a four-day clinic, during which students will work on actual clients under the guidance of the instructor. Students will work on the same client for all four sessions, giving students the opportunity to
experience how to organize and plan successive sessions in response to the changes resulting from their work.

Required Materials: Twin set of sheets, Biotone massage cream or equivalent.
Prerequisite:
Deep Tissue Fundamentals

Deep Tissue: Legs & Feet
Deep Tissue: Back & Neck
Deep Tissue: Arms & Hands

 Read what former students have to say about Deep Tissue – Chest and Abdomen

To find the next Deep Tissue class check our online Calendar.

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