Bindegewebsmassage: Connective Tissue Massage with Brian Utting
Instructor: Brian Utting, LMT; NCBTMB #451040-09
Bindegewebsmassage, or Connective Tissue Massage (CTM), is a precise and elegant way to work with the body's dermatomes and autonomic reflexes to induce corresponding autonomic changes in specific organs. The technique was developed in Germany by Elizabeth Dicke, and is widely practiced in Europe, although it is less known in the United States. Bindegewebsmassage is quite powerful, although it can appear subtle at first.
Starting with the sacrum, specific cutaneous zones are stroked with a dragging pressure in a precise and orchestrated way that can "trick" the body into responding as if specific organs or organ systems are being massaged. In response, the target organ vasodilates and its smooth muscles tissue relaxes. Bindegewebsmassage is quite effective for treating menstrual cramps, eliminating or reducing symptoms over 90% of the time. It can also be helpful with reducing the symptoms of migraines, asthma, and intestinal cramping. In addition, CTM can subtly affect the fascial layers (especially adhesions in the subcutaneous layer), increasing range of motion and flexibility, and reducing pain or tingling from tightened tissue. Bindegewebsmassage typically has a calming effect, and can be used for general parasympathetic relaxation as well.
A handful of clinical trials have shown CTM-style manipulation has beneficial effects in pain reduction, reduced depression, improved quality-of-life, and moderate short-term increases of beta-endorphins (pain-relieving neuro-transmitters). These trials add to anecdotal observations from clinicians that CTM often causes "virtually immediate relief in visceral or myofascial pain as well as general relaxation" (Prendergast & Rommer, 2013).
In this class, you will learn the "basic build-up", which primarily focuses on the sacral and pelvic areas and their corresponding target organs, and the "first followup", which focuses on the lower back and rib cage.
"That the viscero-cutaneous reflex interconnection is reversible, that is to say, that it not only leads from the internal organs to the skin, but vice versa, is a long-established fact. One of the most elegant and fundamental systems, which conforms almost flawlessly to the workings of the segmental reflexes, is connective tissue massage as prescribed by Dicke." - Hans Schliack, MD (prominent German neurologist).
What to Bring: Set of sheets and 2 pillows; wear loose clothing.
Class Date: June 22, 2018
Class Time: Saturday 10:00am - 7:00 pm
Location: Seattle -- Please click on the this link to go to the class description on the Therapeutic Training Center's website for the location detail.
Cost: $160 if registered by 6/14/19; $180 if registered after 6/14/19
Cost/Hour: $20/hr if registered by 6/14/19; $22.50/hr after 6/14/19
CE Hours: 8
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- Self-Care and Deep Tissue Techniques for the Hands, Wrists & Forearms (Seattle March 30, 2019) - 8 hours co-taught with Rebecca Norton, OT/LMT/CHT
- Deep Tissue of the Neck & Assessment and Treatment of Neck Ligaments: Both Days (Seattle May 18-19, 2019) - 16 hours Use this option to register for both classes and save $45 or, click on the class options of your choice below:
- Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Chest; Sidelying Shoulders & Back (Seattle June 8, 2019) - 8 hours
- Intro to Visceral/Abdominal Massage & Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for Legs/Hips: Both Days (Seattle July 20-21 2019) - 16 hours Use this option to register for both classes and save $45 or, click on the class options of your choice below:
- Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Injuries (Seattle September 14, 2019) - 8 hours
- Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Iliopsoas, Diaphragm & QL (Seattle October 30, 2019) - 4.5 hours
For more information, and to register, please contact:
Therapeutic Training Center