Washingon Massage Continuing Education Courses

Undulation: A Tool to Improve Bodywork for the Spine with Karen Clay

Instructor: Karen Clay LMT; NCBTMB #451271-10.

Manual introduction of movement is the province of massage therapists. What we do with our hands creates movement in tissues which have become immobile. It is movement which stuck myofasciae crave. As a result of manual therapy, fascial layers begin to slide, connective tissue melts and is lubricated, blood flow and metabolic exchange are increased. These are all forms of movement.

This interactive class teaches undulation, a gentle movement that creates a coordinated wave through multiple joints and muscles in the spine. You can use undulation to work deeper, more easily, to find restrictions more quickly, and to release holding in your clients and yourself. Learning experiences include anatomy review, simple assessment techniques, hands-on work, and movement practice. Deepen your understanding of the spine and learn new tools to focus your work.

We'll explore the three applications of undulation in bodywork:
  • A tool to assess where manipulation will be most effective,
  • A biomechanical technique to reduce strain on the practitioner, and
  • A movement lesson to teach clients to reduce pain and improve muscle health.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe the joints, connective tissue, and ideal range of motion of the spine
  • Use undulation to assess limitations in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar mobility
  • Know what conditions are contraindicated for the undulation technique
  • Use client and practitioner undulation to improve the effectiveness of bodywork
What better way to augment manual therapy than by using movement in a broader sense?
  • Client undulation between sessions can help them to free their stuck places and educate them into new healthy functional patterns.
  • Practitioner undulation can free overused areas between sessions.
  • Practitioner and client can use subtle undulating movements during the session to allow more efficient application and better delivery of manual therapy.
  • A practitioner who stays mobile within their own body can more elegantly sense what is needed in the client's tissues and achieve desired goals with less effort.

What to Bring: Please wear loose fitting clothing, suitable for movement, in layers for warmth or coolness. Bring a set of sheets, two blankets, (very important for movement work), a snack if you wish and a tank top for visual assessment.

Class Dates: June 29, 2019
Class Times: Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm
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 7/21/19; $180 if registered after 7/21/19
Cost/Hour: $20/hr if registered by 7/21/19; $22.50/hr after 7/21/19
CE Hours: 8

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For more information, or to register, please visit:

Robbin Blake
Therapeutic Training Center
P: 206.853.6875


Taught By Clay, Karen LMT; NCBTMB #451271-10.
When Saturday, June 29, 2019 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 $160
Posted Sunday, March 17, 2019 04:22 PM