Mastering the art of moving deeply into the body’s soft tissue layers adds a powerful dimension to the massage practitioner’s skill set. Bodyworkers who have learned to work slowly and with great sensitivity on these deeper layers are sought after both in private practice and in spas. Perry and Johanna Holloman have created a series of classes for massage professionals that are designed to teach deep tissue skills, which are readily integrated into participants’ current massage practice.
This class will focus on the hips at an advanced level, the feet, and the lower legs. The prevalence of hip pain, which, if not resolved, can lead to hip replacement surgery, has become a complaint that practitioners see more frequently than in the past. Learning to free the gluteus medius, minimus, and the tensor fascia latae will be an important focus in this class. Opening the feet, and freeing the four primary soft tissue layers of the sole of the foot will also be taught. The effects on the entire body from competent footwork are often remarkable. Participants will be taught how to move seamlessly from the foot onto the lower leg, with particular emphasis on the tibialis anterior and its role in flexing the foot at the ankle.
There will be plenty of time for questions, and discussion of actual cases participants may have encountered in their practices. Previous massage experience is highly recommended for this advanced class.