Deep Tissue Fundamentals
Instructor: Cynthia Ameson
12 hours $212
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 experience 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.
Set of twin sheets and extra face cradle covers.
Prerequisites: MT300 or massage therapist
Check the Hands On Healing Online Calendar for upcoming Deep Tissue Fundamentals dates.
Hands on Healing Institute is a private institute licensed to operate by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education for MT300, MT500 Massage Therapy Programs, and all continuing education courses.
Provider Approved by California Board of Registered Nursing.
Our approved Advanced Electives are accepted for city licensing and by the California Massage Therapy Council for State Certification.
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