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Opening the Thoracic Cage: The Shoulder Connection

AMTA MA-Chapter

Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

Opening the Thoracic Cage: The Shoulder Connection

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
MA Chapter Member- Day 1 only Ended $75.00 $0.00
Non-member- Day 1 only Ended $125.00 $0.00
MA Chapter Member- Day 1 & Day 2 Ended $150.00 $0.00
Non-member- Day 1 & Day 2 Ended $250.00 $0.00

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Sunday 9am-6pm complimentary lunch and chapter meeting from 12pm-2pm
Monday 9am-5pm, lunch on your own, 1pm-2pm
Opening the Thoracic Cage: the Shoulder Connection

This one or two day hands-on class explores the connection between the diaphragm and thoracic cage and dysfunction throughout the upper body,  in particular the shoulder. Participants will learn methods to address shoulder issues by first addressing the thoracic cage and diaphragm. 

Day One
Assessment of breathing and posture will allow participants to see areas of congestion through this region. Mobility of the sternoclavicular and acromioclavicular joints will be assessed and techniques to facilitate improved mobility will be practiced. Focused work will include myofascial, movement, specific friction and mobilization techniques to release the diaphragm, abdominal fascia and intercostals.  MET will be incorporated to improve mobility through the sternoclavicular, acromioclavicular and rib joints. Discussion will include how this work will affect shoulder function.

Day Two
Will address specific conditions affecting the shoulder.. Advanced assessment techniques including special orthopedic tests will be demonstrated and practiced. A combined approach using myofascial techniques, active and passive movement and deep tissue work will be applied specifically to address common shoulder conditions such as rotator cuff injuries, pec minor syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome and shoulder impingement syndrome. We will look at ways to determine if our work is effective and how we can document changes in our clients.

This course will assist therapists in looking at shoulder pain and immobility differently. They will gain insight into how tightness and dysfunction through the abdominal fascia, diaphragm and immobility of the clavicle can have significant impact on how the shoulder moves. They will learn to release these areas, gain confidence in working the abdominal fascia, releasing the diaphragm and improving movement of the clavicle. The ability to apply this knowledge will add another dimension to their work that will increase their success in helping clients improve mobility and decrease pain throughout the shoulder.

Participants will need a table, lotion, linens, bolster, pillow and a bath towel.
Lee Stang has been teaching massage since 1996, first at the CT Center for Massage Therapy in CT then with Whitney Lowe in the OMERI program and finally with her own seminars with Bridges To Health Seminars. She is certified in orthopedic massage through OMERI and has taught nationally at AMTA National Convention and at Chapter conferences throughout the US including NERC. She has operated an Orthopedic Massage Clinic for almost 20 years and currently travels as a Core Massage Therapist on the Women’s Professional Tennis Tour. A key factor in Bridges To Health Seminars is providing participants with techniques they learn today and can incorporate into practice tomorrow.

Hotel Northampton Saturday night rate is $166, Sunday night rate is $110, mention MA AMTA, deadline for booking is Aug 23, 2014

The AMTA-MA Chapter often sells out its education events therefore we have a no refund cancellation policy. We are pleased to allow you to transfer your credit and apply it to a future AMTA-MA Chapter event. In the event that you have to reschedule, please email and we will issue you an AMTA-MA Chapter Education Credit valid for 1 year.

Have questions about Opening the Thoracic Cage: The Shoulder Connection? Contact AMTA MA-Chapter

When & Where

The Hotel Northampton
36 King St
Northampton, MA 01060

Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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