- Class Hours: 50
- Instructor: Andrew Yavelow
- Prerequisites: Massage Intensive (or equivalent), and Massage Boosters (or Trager level 1, or private coaching with the instructor). Highly Recommended: at least 2 other 50-hour technique classes (preferably different techniques).
- Class Materials: Manual supplied by instructor.
- Checkin at Harbin front gate as early as 12pm Sunday. You may enter the classroom building at 6pm to bring in your bedding and food if you'd like. Class orientation begins promptly at 6:30pm for a 7pm class start time.
The purpose of this advanced-level class is to help you effectively combine all the different techniques you’ve learned in the various bodywork classes you’ve taken. This is a class about “how to put it all together” in coherent and useful ways – to help you most efficiently address your clients’ most common requests and needs.
The foundation for this course began in your Massage Boosters class, where you learned basic loosening techniques, and how to hold in your mind the fundamental inquiry questions of, “How does it feel; How does it move; and What could be healthier?” Only if you have an awareness of the body’s condition relative to how it could feel and move, can you know where the limitations are. Once you’ve identified where the limitations are, relieving them then becomes a process of investigation and experimentation. How do each of the various techniques and modalities you know affect the tissue’s quality and the body’s function? Presence, intention, type of contact, pressure, intensity, direction of touch and movement, pace, rhythm… how do all the different aspects of your work affect the tissue you’re focused on? And how does change in the localized tissue affect the larger muscle, muscle group, associated joint, functional unit, and each of the body’s systems and the person as a whole?
We’ll go over the body, part by part, learning how to combine energy work, various massage strokes, compressions, stretching, point work, myofascial work, deep work, craniosacral work, and more. You’ll learn some moves and sequences to use on particular body parts and conditions. But more importantly, the focus in this class will be on learning the principles that underlie specific, effective, in-the-moment bodywork. It’s an approach of inquiry: sensing tissue and functional holding patterns; choosing one’s techniques appropriately; sensing tissue response; and sensing for and creating integration and balance throughout the body.
The goal is to help you develop a therapeutic approach that you can adapt for any body part or condition, thereby helping you to become a more creative and effective practitioner: better able to address and bring lasting relief to your clients’ physical issues, wherever and whatever they might be.