“Postural Analysis allows the therapist to easily chart the probable SOURCE of the pain, instead of just chasing the symptoms.”
Have you found that you’ve been “chasing pain” with clients, but not really finding the original problem? The human body is made up of soft tissue netting called fascia that can pull in many directions at one time. Analyzing all three anatomical planes allows the therapist not only to efficiently treat the Quasimodo but also treat the Adonis who stands perfectly straight, but is riddled with pain. After several sessions of charting with partners, each participant will have the opportunity to analyze one on one, with follow-through involving hands-on techniques. This course makes the therapeutic techniques learned in other classes really make sense — to you AND your clients!
In myofascial release work, you will learn hands-on techniques that will benefit both you and your client the first time you use them. Fascia is the support netting of the human body. Its fibers run in many directions (like postage tape) and the pull of fascia from the problem area in your leg could be felt as pain in your shoulder. These techniques will open the fascial restrictions to allow the therapist to more easily work on the affected muscles. Releasing the fascial restrictions first allows the muscular release to be easier (on you and the client) and provides a longer lasting release of whichever massage techniques are applied.
“Fascia is the forgotten soft tissue in the bodywork world and is the easiest to treat!”
1. Bring (or wear) a fitness tank top and athletic shorts for draping during participant practice sessions.
2. All other class materials provided.
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA was a well-loved Anatomy/Kinesiology instructor at SFSOM before pursuing a degree to be a Physical Therapy Assistant. She has had over 250 hours of training in Neuromuscular Therapy and was certified (C.N.M.T.) by the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Therapy of Charleston, South Carolina in 1999. She has been teaching Neuromuscular Therapy classes since 2000, and here in New Mexico, since 2011. Her classes are infused with the enthusiasm she brings to all of her teaching but especially to her therapeutic field of study – Neuromuscular Therapy!