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Hands Free Massage

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Date(s) - Thu 06 Jun 2019 - Fri 07 Jun 2019
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Category : Continuing Professional Development - for qualified massage therapists

Taught by Craig Foden

Are you having problems with your hands? – or want to avoid reaching this stage! This course is designed to help massage practitioners to save their fingers, thumbs and wrists (the most common areas of strain for
practitioners) while being more effective in applying firm pressure. So
don’t wait for strain to develop – act now.

Give your hands a holiday and save your career

This 2-day workshop focuses on ‘soft forearm’ techniques (using the
bellies of the flexor muscles) that can easily be incorporated into
familiar massage routines. You’ll learn firm, sweeping strokes and also
more specific work for the back, the arms and the legs.

Unfortunately, because the forearms are such powerful massage tools, it’seasy to brutalise clients by using them without skill or sensitivity.
Therefore this course focuses on HOW you use them.It covers:
• Learning to ‘feel’ with the forearm – in order to monitor and
adapt to the client’s responses
• How to moderate the pressure applied
• How to blend these techniques smoothly into massage sessions
• How to support this with good body-use rather than working too hard with
your arms and shoulders

“Clients are often amazed at how deep you can get without it hurting.”
The weekend includes a short introduction to the other main Hands Free
Massage tools – the ulna (the ‘hard forearm’) and elbow tools – which are
used to save the thumbs and fist in specific pressure techniques.

Darien Pritchard is the founder of Hands Free Massage has used his forearms and elbows for 25 years (without which he would have been unable to sustain his career). He was particularly inspired by receiving deep tissue and Hawaiian massage treatments, and adapted these massage ‘tools’ to deliver ‘Swedish Massage-style’ and deep tissue massage techniques. He began calling his approach ‘Hands-Free Massage’ when he started teaching it as a separate course 16 years ago.

Your teacher Craig Foden, first learnt Hands Free intuitively and also during his SCMT massage training. He went on to train extensively with Darien Pritchard and now is one of the Hands Free tutors. He incorporates Hands Free into his one to one massage work and as an MTI tutor advocates dynamic movement and bodyuse with hands free massage techniques being intrinsic to this process.

Incorporating Hands Free Massage into your practice can save your career!

Cancellation policy: Please note, once you have made your booking should you need to cancel, a refund will be given minus an admin charge of £15. If your cancellation is received with less than 7 days notice we cannot refund any fees. In the event that SCMT cancels a course an alternative date will be offered. If the alternative date is inconvenient a full refund will be made.


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