AMTA-CA Educational Workshops with Brian Utting
5900 Doyle Street Emeryville
Day 1 Class: Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Posterior, Lateral, and Anterior Neck
Date:6/15/2019 Time: 9:30am-6:30pm CE Hours: 8
Day 2 Class: Assessment and Treatment of Cervical Ligaments
Date: 6/16/2019 Time: 9:30am-6:30pm CE Hours: 8
Please note, attendees may register for one or both classes. However, it is highly encouraged that you have taken the Day 1 Class prior to attending Day 2’s Class to assure you begin the second class with an adequate amount of prior knowledge and understanding of concepts. If you have never taken the Day 1 Class, we recommend you do so.
Individual Class Fees:
Both Days Fees:
Day 1: Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Posterior, Lateral and Anterior Neck
The neck is a strong, vulnerable and complex structure. It is the most movable part of the spine, and yet is strong enough to balance and support the head (10-11 pounds), even with chronically poor posture. Skillful deep tissue work in this area is not about brute force; it’s about precision and strategy, informed by knowledge of the anatomical structures. It’s rare to find massage therapists who really know how to massage the neck in a precise, specific way–especially around the small muscular attachments to the transverse processes–even though this is often where the muscles are most frayed and/or inflamed. In the morning you will learn specific techniques for releasing the cervical posterior paraspinal muscles (longissimus, semispinalis capitis, multifidus), suboccipital triangle, levator scapula (especially the cervical attachments), facet joints, splenius capitus and cervicis, posterior, middle, and anterior scalenes, sternocleidomastoid, and masseter. In the afternoon we will focus on deep muscle-specific techniques for the anterior neck. Many people learned in massage school to avoid this area, but it responds safely and well to skilled and precise touch. We will focus on the scalene, suprahyoid, infrahyoid, and longus capitus and colli groups. This is really helpful work for clients who have been in car accidents, have emotional issues with their necks or throats, or use their voices professionally (eg, singers). These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. The work is well-suited to either treating cervical injuries or improving your spa massage, and will increase your precision, palpatory sensitivity, and effectiveness. Body mechanics will also be a focus of the class as well as proper use of fingers to save wear and tear on joints. ”I honestly learned more in your neck class than any other CE I’ve taken, and I’ve been at it almost 13 years.” -Tracey Brandt “This is the best neck class I’ve ever taken.” - Barbara Rue “I love neck work, and this class took things to the next level.” - Heather Finch
Day 2: Assessment and Treatment of the Cervical Ligaments
The neck is one of the most common areas of client complaint, injury and dysfunction, and it can be a challenging area to treat effectively. Injured or irritated neck ligaments can be particularly vexing; besides causing deep pain, they can provoke a guarding response in the nearby muscles, causing additional pain, tension, and limitation of movement. In this class we will explore the deeper terrain of the neck, concentrating on the key ligamentous and related muscular and fascial structures that, when injured, often create chronic neck pain and tension. The cervical ligaments are every bit as important as the muscles, bones, and fascia, but are often overlooked by massage therapists, chiropractors, and physical therapists. You will learn assessment and palpation skills that will help you to identify the ligamentous structures that need treatment, make sure it is appropriate to do so, and treat the injured structures. A primary focus of this class is to help you refine your accuracy in both palpation and treatment, and to help you develop more confidence, specificity and thoroughness in your neck assessment and treatment. Clients notice the difference right away when they feel you touch the ”right spots”, and their chronic pain and tension begins to dissolve from the inside out. ”This class was ridiculously useful. I will be using these techniques immediately and daily.” - Robin Mayberry “I think more than any other technique or series of movements I’ve incorporated; this neck work has had the most consistent and specific effects. Every person who has received the work has said they’ve felt lengthened, their neck felt freed and that they slept very soundly that night, often feeling very relaxed the next couple of days. Thank you!” - Dawn Geula
What to Wear/What to Bring
Day 1: MSDT Posterior, Lateral, Anterior Neck:
Please bring sheets, a pillow (optional), a pillowcase, and non-spilling massage oil or lubricant.
Day 2: Tx of Neck Ligaments:
Please bring sheets, a pillow (optional), a pillowcase, a gel ice pack, two washcloths, a large hand towel or small bath towel (a gym towel is the perfect size), and non-spilling massage oil or lubricant. Please also bring 6 colored pencils or highlighters (not marking pens) for coloring the ligaments.
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Refunds: if you cancel your participation 7 days + days prior to the workshop, you will receive a full refund (minus any credit card and/or processing fees). If you cancel within 6 -3 days of the workshop, you will be given a credit for the next workshop. Canceling the day prior or same day Cancelations/No Shows will not be refunded nor credited for future workshops.