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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Healing Acute and Chronic Back Pain Week of April 8-13, 2018

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Competent, deep soft-tissue work is an invaluable tool in the skill-set of today’s successful massage and bodywork practitioner. The number one complaint any bodyworker deals with over time is acute and chronic back pain. In this new Healing Art of Deep Bodywork seminar, we will continue to develop the practitioner’s knowledge of how to assess and relieve the different types of back problems that clients present. Up until now, all of the work on the back we have learned has been done with clients laying face up or face down. In this class, we will address the back from the side-lying posture, exploring important dimensions of this work available to us from this invaluable perspective. We will also discuss the importance of the gluteus medius and piriformis in the genesis and intractable nature of chronic back pain, and how the lumbar spine and sacrum rely on the proper organization of these important structures for its own well-being. Previous bodywork experience required.
Recommended viewing: The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork DVDs; Juhan, Job's Body.
There is an additional $30 in tuition added at the time of registration. This course offers 32 continuing education credits for massage. For more information, visit
($5 materials fee for manuals will be added to the workshop cost)
CE credit for nurses;
CE credit for massage;
CE credit for acupuncturists;


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