CTM – Connective Tissue Massage – “Bindegewebsmassage”

with Brian Utting

Sunday October 21

10:00am - 6:00pm

7 CEs - $195 

*10% Discount for TLC Students/Grads

$175 early registration until September 21

$100 non-refundable deposit to save your spot, this workshop will fill quickly!

*This workshop will be preceded on Saturday by a special workshop on Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue for Chest, Diaphragm, and Shoulders.   Signing up for both workshops will be $295 til September 21, $325 late registration

About the Workshop:


Bindegewebsmassage, or Connective Tissue Massage (CTM), is a precise and elegant way to work with the body's dermatomes and autonomic reflexes to induce corresponding autonomic changes in specific organs. The technique was developed in Germany by Elizabeth Dicke, and is widely practiced in Europe, although it is less known in the United States. Bindegewebsmassage is quite powerful, although it can appear subtle at first.

Starting with the sacrum, specific cutaneous zones are stroked with a dragging pressure in a precise and orchestrated way that can "trick" the body into responding as if specific organs or organ systems are being massaged. In response, the target organ vasodilates and its smooth muscle tissue relaxes. Bindegewebsmassage is quite effective for treating menstrual cramps, eliminating or reducing symptoms over 90% of the time. It can also be helpful with reducing the symptoms of migraines, asthma, and intestinal cramping. In addition, CTM can subtly affect the fascial layers (especially adhesions in the subcutaneous layer), increasing range of motion and flexibility, and reducing pain or tingling from tightened tissue. Bindegewebsmassage typically has a calming effect, and can be used for general parasympathetic relaxation as well.

A handful of clinical trials have shown CTM-style manipulation has beneficial effects in pain reduction, reduced depression, improved quality-of-life, and moderate short-term increases of beta- endorphins. These trials add to anecdotal observations from clinicians that CTM often causes "virtually immediate relief in visceral or myofascial pain as well as general relaxation." (Prendergast & Rommer, 2013)

In this class, you will learn the "basic build-up", which primarily focuses on the sacral and pelvic areas and their corresponding target organs, and the "first follow-up", which focuses on the lower back and rib cage.

"That the viscero-cutaneous reflex interconnection is reversible, that is to say, that it not only leads from the internal organs to the skin, but vice versa, is a long-established fact. One of the most elegant and fundamental systems, which conforms almost flawlessly to the workings of the segmental reflexes, is Connective Tissue Massage as prescribed by Elizabeth Dicke." - Hans Schliack, MD

About the Instructor:


Brian Utting 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. He has been teaching massage CE internationally since 1990. Brian designs his CE 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. With over 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 Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, and was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2014. He now owns and operates the Pacific Northwest School of Massage. Visit Brian’s website at www.pnwschool.com