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Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Neck

Instructor: Brian Utting, LMT June 25 - 2017
8 CE hours, $175 by June 10, after $195  


Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Neck

The neck is a strong, vulnerable, and complex structure. It is the most movable part of the spine, and yet it is strong enough to support the head (10-11 lbs) even with chronically poor posture. Skillful deep tissue work in this area is not about brute force; its about precision and strategy, informed by knowledge of the anatomical structures. 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 capitis and cervicis, posterior, middle and anterior scalenes, SCM and masseter. In the afternoon, we will focus on deep muscle-specific techniques for the anterior neck. Many people learned in school to avoid this area, but it responds safely and well to skilled and precise touch. This is really helpful work for clients who have been in auto accidents, have emotional issues with their neck or throats or use their voices professionally.

Brian Utting LMT, founded the Brian Utting School of Massage on Seattle in 1982; his 1000-hour professional licensing program was considered one of the best in the USA. Brian has been teaching internationally since 1990. He designs his classes so that the students truly "get" the material and can immediately apply it in practice, rather than just be exposed to it. He teaches with a rare blend of knowledge, passion, anatomical precision, humor, common sense, and depth. He was awarded the AMTA's Robert N. Calvert Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009 and was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2014. 


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