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The Shoulder Girdle
September 13-14, 2014
Vancouver, BC
To register contact: mta@massagetherapy.bc.ca

The Spine
October 25-26, 2014
Vancouver, BC
To register contact: mta@massagetherapy.bc.ca

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Course Descriptions

The Fascia, Its Structure and Function
The structure and function of fascial tissue is becoming more precisely understood as the science in this field progresses. Exciting new information about fascia helps build a new perspective of manual treatment.

This workshop is designed to help the clinician understand fascia and integrate this perspective into their treatment.

In this workshop you can expect to:

  • Learn recent and significant scientific findings in the world of fascia.
  • Understand how a fascial approach integrates into the clinical picture.
  • Assess, Palpate and Treat key fascial structures.

The Pelvic Girdle
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The Pelvic Girdle is central to balance and function of the entire body. Fascial strain in the legs, trunk or pelvis itself can create postural compensation and movement dysfunction. These imbalances can be the underlying causes of pain or restriction. Treating the pelvis from a fascial perspective is a powerful tool for any manual therapist.

The Shoulder Girdle
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The healthy Shoulder Girdle facilitates a great variety of movement. The freedom, function and stability of this girdle depends on the balance of tension and glide in the myofascial structures. Understanding fascial layer interactions, junction points and how to release these is a useful addition for any clinician looking to restore function or reduce pain in the shoulder girdle.

The Spine
Pain and dysfunction in the spinal column are the most common reasons clients seek treatment. This amazing column is a complex arrangement of bones and tissue. A healthy spine allows fluid and easy movement in all planes; however spinal dysfunction is an all too common clinical finding. Imbalances, injury or poor movement patterns can create restrictions and fibrosity that compromise freedom and function in the spine. Understanding the role of fascia in spine dysfunction can be crucial to restoring its function.

The behavior of fascial tissues is becoming more precisely understood thanks to the work of many scientists around the world. Of interest to clinicians is understanding the functional role of fascia. The challenge for many clinicians is to integrate new scientific information into their hands-on practice in the clinic.

In this workshop you can expect to:

  • Explore the architecture of the spine especially the transition zones and support systems.
  • Understand the fascial layers and their implications in dysfunction.
  • Learn tests to quickly determine to best treatment approach.
  • Learn effective techniques to restore tissue mechanics and free the spine.
  • Understand how a fascial approach integrates into the clinical picture.

A weekend of clinical reasoning with Diane Lee and Mark Finch
Do you know how to determine if the upper thorax, neck or cranium is playing the key role in a clinical presentation?  Would you like to learn more about WHERE to treat, and WHAT to treat?

Sound clinical reasoning makes treatment more effective, helps illuminate a treatment plan and allows for easy integration with other professionals. This weekend course is a collaboration between renowned Physiotherapist Diane Lee and RMT Mark Finch. Its for RMTs and designed to build clinical reasoning skills and make your release techniques more effective.

  • Gain an overview of The Integrated Systems Model (ISM)(Lee & Lee),  (Lee D The Pelvic Girdle – Elsevier 2011) and the role of release techniques.
  • Learn clinical reasoning skills to find the primary driver of pain or dysfunction, specifically in the relationships of the head, neck, upper thorax and shoulder girdle.
  • Learn techniques to treat the primary driver to improve function and reduce pain.

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Mark Finch. Dip Mass, KMI.
Mark Finch has completed certification trainings in Therapeutic Massage, Structural Integration(KMI), Visceral Manipulation and Neuromeningeal Manipulation. He has been in practice since 1996. Mark taught Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains™ courses in many international venues from 2005-2011 and now teaches his own myofascial release workshop series: Fascia - Its Structure and Function. Mark is an engaging and dynamic presenter who brings humor and a broad foundation of knowledge and clinical skills to his courses. Mark maintains a busy clinical practice in Vancouver B.C.

 

 
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