- Class Hours: 50
- Instructor: David Goldeen
- Prerequisites: 100 Hour Massage Intensive, or equivalent, however, taking the Advanced Massage Techniques class or some other introduction to Myofascial Release would be helpful. Call the instructor if you have any question or concerns.
- Class Materials: Handouts and manuals provided by instructor
- Checkin at Harbin front gate as early as 12pm on the day class starts.
Myofascial release (or MFR) is a very effective technique that involves gentle sustained pressure into the connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. In this beginning class we will primarily focus on the upper half of the body: thoracic spine, rib cage, shoulder girdle, cervical spine and temporomandibular joint. You will be introduced to myofascial unwinding and somatic experiencing, which is an integral part of myofascial release therapy.
The Myofascial Release Approach to the upper body class includes both lecture and lab. Lectures are designed to raise questions, create dialog and deepen the understanding of how the fascial tissue performs and responds to a variety of conditions and/or injuries. The lecture portion covers proper client assessment for upper body issues as well as discussions regarding skills needed to effectively integrate MFR techniques into your practice. The lab portion includes hands on instructing and practice of MFR techniques. Additionally, this class includes discussion of the importance of proper body mechanics for the massage therapist.
You will learn:
- An understanding of fascia and the role it plays in chronic pain specifically in relation to treating the upper body.
- Learn advanced techniques for treating the thoracic spine, cervical spine, ribcage, shoulder girdle and jaw. Class discussion will focus on common upper body symptoms including, Neck pain, TMJ and Frozen shoulder.
- Practice identifying fascial restrictions through both palpation techniques and visual cues.
- Perform myofascial release techniques such as compression and traction on the upper body as well as do an intake evaluation.