Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Shoulder Girdle, Arms, & Hands

with Brian Utting

Sunday, October 12, 2014
8 CE hours


**10% discount for TLC students/grads**


Morning: Side-lying techniques for the Shoulder girdle.  Besides being deeply comforting and relaxing, skilled side-lying work gives you excellent access to the structures of the shoulder.  In this class you will learn specific, effective, and potent techniques for releasing the muscles of the shoulder girdle, including the trapezius, rhomboids, latissimus dorsi, serratus anterior, levator scapula, subscapularis, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, pectoralis minor, and the surrounding fascia. Our shoulders are meant to float freely on our ribcages, held in suspension by 16 muscles, but very often they are restricted, stuck down, and in pain.  You will learn to effectively liberate any glued-down scapular structures and give your clients a feeling ease and freedom in their back and shoulders.  We will also do some focused, muscle-specific work to release bound up erector spinae and transversospinalis muscles.

Afternoon: Deep muscle-specific techniques for the Arms and Hands.  Our arms and hands are tough, dexterous, and exquisitely sensitive. As massage therapists, they are perhaps our primary vehicle for sensation and communication, and we use them (and sometimes overuse them) intensively.  Our clients’ hands and arms are often stressed as well, especially with so much computer use in the workplace and at home.  For all the work that they do, hands and forearms seldom get the time or skilled attention that they deserve.  In this class we will focus on techniques for releasing the muscles and fascia of the hands, thumbs and forearms; increasing mobility in the corresponding joints; and ‘deconstructing’ forearm muscles that have become glued together.  You will learn some simple but effective ways to make your arm massages more specific, potent and satisfying– and receive some good work yourself.   Body mechanics will also be a focus of this class, as well as proper use of fingers and elbows to save wear and tear on joints.

Headshot 2Brian Utting, LMP,  founded the Brian Utting School of Massage (Seattle, WA) where his 1000-hour COMTA-accredited school was considered one of the best massage schools in the country. With nearly 30 years of experience, Brian teaches with a rare blend of passion, anatomical precision, humor, common sense, and depth. He was awarded the AMTA’s
Robert N. Calvert Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009.