Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Injuries & Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Paraspinals and Side-Lying Shoulder

with Brian Utting

Sat & Sun, September 23-24
9:30am-6:30pm
$325 for both days or $195 for either 
16 CE hours total - 8 CE hours each 

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

This workshop is closed for Online Registration - WALK-INS WELCOME!

Items to bring/wear for this workshop include:
  • Note-taking supplies
  • 1 Sheet set per day
  • Oil or lotion (24th only)
  • 1-3 pillows per day (3 is ideal)
  • (1) Pliable gel ice pack (optional)
  • 1 Blanket per day (optional)
  • Anatomy or Muscle text (optional)
  • Loose, Comfortable Clothing. 
  • A light sweater or jacket is recommended as temperatures in meeting areas are sometimes difficult to control
From your instructor:
Sat, Sept 23: Eval/Tx Shoulders: 
 
We'll be working on and around the rotator cuff, and most of the work can be done wearing a bra or tank top, although you may need to move or remove it to get to the infraspinatus. You will likely get more out of class if you review the origins, insertions, and actions of the subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and biceps brachii before class. You will not need massage oil, although you may wish to bring a bit of lotion. Please bring a pliable gel ice pack (such as a ColPack) if you have one.
 
Sun, Sept 24: Shoulders and Paraspinals:
 
In the morning, the best draping option is either a string bikini (which can provide reasonably good access to the sternum, upper pectorals, and the side of the ribcage), or a breast drape (although it may mean extra fussing around to keep everything covered when you change positions and/or body locations). Choose the option that works best for you. Do not wear sports bras, or bras or bathing suits that have stiff parts in them, or that are unduly obstructive. 
 

About the Workshops:


Day 1- Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Injuries

A lot of our clients suffer from chronic rotator cuff injuries that seem to stubbornly persist using conventional massage techniques. Learn precise and specific orthopedic assessments and thumbs-free techniques to identify and successfully treat some of the most common injuries to the subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, long head of the biceps and acromioclavicular joint. The class will include a review of rotator cuff anatomy, palpation of the rotator cuff muscles and related structures, and instruction in appropriate treatment massage techniques to treat the soft tissue lesions. You will also receive a detailed 30-page handbook for future reference. "This shoulder class was the best class and instruction I've ever had." - Deborah Luger

Day 2- Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Paraspinals and Side-Lying Shoulder
 
The shoulders are meant to float freely on the ribcage, held in elegant suspension by 16 muscles, but very often they are restricted, stuck down, and in pain. In the morning, you will learn to effectively liberate some of the major anterior structures of the shoulder girdle (such as the pectoralis minor, subclavius, and subscapularis), and help to give your clients a feeling of ease and freedom in their shoulders that reaches all the way around to their back. 
 
In the afternoon, we will work with the shoulder girdle from the side-lying position. Besides being deeply comforting and relaxing, skilled side-lying work gives you excellent access to the structures of the shoulder. 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. 
 
You will also learn some focused, muscle-specific work to release bound up erector spinae and transversospinalis muscles. These muscles are often glued together, and are a major source of pain and limitation for our clients. The side-lying position gives you excellent access to some of the smaller muscles of the back (and their fascial wrappings)--muscles that are fundamentally important to our posture, movement, and well-being, but that are often completely missed in a standard massage. 
 
We sometimes think of side-lying work as primarily for pregnant women, but almost all of your clients can benefit from skilled side-lying work in this area, and it feels wonderful. The day will focus on straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. 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. At the end of the weekend, you will know how to identify and treat the most common injuries to the shoulder, and to balance and create a supportive foundation for the shoulder girdle, as well as creating states of deep relaxation for your clients.

About the Instructor:

Brian MenorcaHead


Brian Utting founded the Brian Utting School of Massage (BUSM) in Seattle, WA in 1982 and was BUSM's Director, Director of Education, and a lead instructor there for 26 years. Brian developed and refined the curriculum at BUSM and taught many subjects, including anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology, contraindications, business skills, communication skills, hydrotherapy, and a variety of massage techniques. His 1000-hour COMTA-accredited school was considered one of the best massage schools in the country.

Brian designs his classes and programs so that the students really get the material and can take it home and apply it in their practice, rather than just being exposed to it. He teaches with a rare blend of knowledge, passion, precision, humor, common sense, and depth. Brian was awarded the AMTA's Robert N. Calvert Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, and was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2014. Brian now owns and operates the Pacific Northwest School of Massage. Visit Brian's website at www.pnwschool.com