Washingon Massage Continuing Education Courses

Saving Your Hands -- Using Gua Sha Tools to Release Scar Tissue and Adhesions with Jason Abbey

Instructor: Jason Abbey, LMT

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) encompasses the use of tools (generally metal, but not always) for the purpose of stimulating the healing response in the body. This is accomplished through a therapeutic micro trauma by breaking down adhesions and/or scar tissue as well as increasing circulation and nutrition delivery to the treated area in exactly the way that traditional massage affects change. In many cases, IASTM techniques provides instant pain relief, increases ROM, and restores circulation of blood and oxygen.

IASTM is particularly effective at treating scar tissue, adhesions, and hypertonicities. Scar tissue is the body’s way of healing injured tissue quickly and securely through a dense mesh like pattern of tissue. However, scar tissue is not as pliable or as contractile as normal tissue. With the pressure of the tools, mechanical changes at the cellular level can and do occur in order to normalize scar tissue as much as possible.

In addition to scar tissue treatment, IASTM is highly effective in treating a whole verity of soft tissue issues from hypertonicities to adhesions, acute to chronic stages of inflammation, as an effective preventative intervention as well. IASTM is not a “cure all” however when integrated into a holistic approach to healing the body, it is an essential component that helps bridge the gap found in many approaches to health and wellbeing. IASTM is the perfect complementary modality to deep tissue, ROM/stretching, Massage Cupping, Chiropractic, PT, etc.

Gua Sha is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine in which ancient practitioners scraped the skin along meridians to release chi, or energy. In American Massage, the Gua Sha tools are often used for IASTM purposes.

In this 8-hour class you will learn the fundamentals of IASTM/Gua Sha and how to treat conditions such as tendonitis/tendonosis, sprains/strains, trigger points, hypertonicities, adhesions, as well as how to use it with MFR, scar tissue treatments, and even for cosmetic and relaxation applications.

What to Bring: Please see the class description on the Therapeutic Training Center's Website for details

Class Date: December 6, 2020  (This class was incorrectly marked as occurring on 12/5/20 and has been corrected to 12/6/20)
Class Time: Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 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: $170 if registered by 11/27/20; $190 if registered after 11/27/20
Cost/Hour: $21.25/hr if registered by 11/27/20; $23.75 if registered after 11/27/20
CE Hours: 8

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For more information, and to register, please visit:

Robbin Blake
Therapeutic Training Center
P: 206.853.6875


Taught By Jason Abbey, LMT; NCBTMB #283
When Sunday, December 06, 2020 09:00 AM
Where Therapeutic Training Center 700 NW 42nd St Ste 247 (Office only, not a classroom. See location link provided above.)
Seattle, WA 98107
CE Hours 8
Price 170
Posted Friday, October 16, 2020 11:17 PM