Beyond the Basics – Hands Free Massage

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Date(s) - Sat 16 Jun 2018 - Sun 17 Jun 2018

Category : Continuing Professional Development - for qualified massage therapists

Taught by Darien Pritchard and 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’s easy 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 has been using 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 it
‘Hands-Free Massage’ when he started teaching it as a separate course 16 years ago.

Craig Foden in his massage work and as an MTI tutor advocates dynamic
movement and bodyuse with hands free massage techniques being intrinsic to
this process. Utilising efficient movement in practice can save careers!
Darien and Craig also teach an 8-day Extensive Hands Free Massage training,
of which these are the first two days.

The inevitable small print: Please note that you should give 7 days notice of cancellation. In this event we will refund your fee minus a £15 admin charge. If we receive less than 7 days notice of cancellation we cannot refund any fees.


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