Taut Band Therapy
Strategies for Pain Reduction


Date Location Workshop CE Hours Cost  
Sep 27-28 Durham, NC The Movement of Massage 14 $240 register
Oct 26-27 Durham, NC Understanding Your Patient's Pain 14 $240 register


I have the first part of 2019 to evolve and refocus continuing education workshops for massage therapists. Of course, I am hoping these new offerings will be of interest to many of you and will assist you in becoming more effective in resolving the muscular-skeletal pains of your patients. I have said for many years that as we become more skilled therapists, patients with ever more challenging painful difficulties, come our way. Our work is a lifetime of learning.

The Movement of Massage
Friday 1:30-7:30PM and Saturday 8:30AM-5:45PM
September 27 & 28
Passive ranges of motion, specialized regional movements, and patient-assisted active ranges of motion may become a vital part of your strategy to reduce muscular-skeletal pain. Using movement, along with pressure and manipulation, is not only more effective for releasing taut bands and trigger points, but also allows you to do so using less pressure.

Your patients will benefit from this more gentle approach and your hands will experience significantly less stress. Movement strategies will also improve your skill of assessment by informing your palpation and making it easier to identify specific muscles as causes of pain.


Understanding Your Patient's Pain
Saturday 8:30AM-5:45PM and Sunday 9AM-3PM
October 26 & 27
Being in chronic pain inevitably shapes one's experience of being in the world. Oftentimes pain not only causes isolation, because few friends or practitioners really understand; it can also lead to depression and negativity due to the many ways it limits our activities of daily living. Perception of pain is altered by previous experiences of pain or trauma, economic status, fearful or pessimistic emotional states, spiritual beliefs and social support. Your patients may come to you with many frustrations from numerous unsuccessful efforts to find relief. Active consideration of - and appropriate responses to - these issues are essential for the care of patients with chronic or acute pain.

In this workshop patients with chronic pain will discuss their experiences and be models for massage demonstrations. Participants will learn to give patients appropriate "therapeutic expectations" and will experience a variety of techniques that provide effective pain reduction while staying well below a patient's pain thresholds.