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Your success in massage therapy depends on your palpation skills. Now, you can expand those skills and increase effectiveness with just two days of training. This class blends lecture, discussion and guided exercises with plenty of hands-on practice to develop and refine your sense of touch. On the first day, working with inanimate objects and living tissues, we adopt strategies from world-renowned educators to increase sensitivity and awareness. Then, we will use our newly enhanced abilities to evaluate the cardiac pulse and respiratory movements for signs of dysfunction or pathology. On the second day, our examination of skin, fascia and muscles will flow seamlessly into treatment with results that will boost your confidence as a therapist. We also explore touch as a way to evaluate the autonomic nervous system and its level of activation. If you expect palpation to be boring, I think you will be surprised.

The study guide includes activities we do in class as well as excellent references so you can continue to evolve your skills after you leave. Our goal is not to add to your knowledge but rather to transform your practice. Whether you are a student, an experienced therapist or a massage instructor, you will find growth, insight and inspiration in this weekend adventure.

After participating in this class, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of touch
  • Discuss the importance of verbal description inpalpation
  • Describe techniques to develop and enhance palpatory skills
  • Evaluate the level of nervous system activation through touch
  • Demonstrate specific techniques for assessing and treating fascia
  • Palpateand evaluate the cardiac pulse
  • Palpateand evaluate respiratory movements
  • Discuss skin temperature and its role in assessment
  • Demonstrate specific techniques for assessing and treating skin
  • Evaluate muscle tone and muscle function
  • Discuss the importance of “end-feel”
  • Evaluate joint health and range of motion

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