The Balanced Body: A Guide to the Integrated Deep Tissue Therapy System is a comprehensive course in massage from a background of structural integration and neuromuscular therapy. It contains all the elements necessary for a student to become competent in performing this outcome-oriented approach to whole-body function and efficiency.
Many styles of massage have been categorized as “deep tissue” therapy, although the work does not necessarily involve heavy pressure, and it definitely need not be painful. In the context of this text, “deep tissue therapy” refers to a focused approach to accessing structures that are not always on the surface, which allows for the manual alteration of muscular, fascial, and skeletal relationships. This can produce dramatic changes in the efficiency of structural alignment, a reduction of unnecessary muscular tension, and profound changes in a person’s physical experience.
The approach presented in this book evolved initially from concepts introduced during Scheumann’s training in massage therapy at the Atlanta School of Massage more than 30 years ago. The first edition was written in 1997 as the primary textbook for the deep tissue course taught there. Scheumann continued to develop the book through two more editions before his passing in 2006.
The creation of this fourth edition is undertaken with great respect for the author’s original vision and intent, and with enthusiasm for incorporating into his work the advances made in massage therapy from the last decade. It is our hope that new generations of massage therapists may benefit from Scheumann’s inspiration, and that his followers and former students and colleagues will find new life in his ideas with this edition.
|Contact Hours: 10|
Text Course Format: Text
|Instructional Level: Intermediate||BOC Level of Difficulty: Advanced|
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- Chapter 1- Integrated Deep Tissue Therapy System
- Chapter 2- Learning the Work
- Chapter 3- Guidelines for the Integrated Deep Tissue Therapist
- Chapter 4- Integrated Deep Tissue Therapy System Techniques
- Chapter 5- Connective Tissue
- Chapter 6- The Fundamentals—Breath and Support
- Chapter 7- Aligning the Upper Extremity
- Chapter 8- Establishing a Firm Foundation
- Chapter 9- Stabilizing the Core
- Chapter 10- Balancing the Upper Pole
- Appendix A- Conditions
- Appendix B- Trigger Point Locations and Pain Referral Patterns
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on gaining a complete program for integrated deep tissue therapy.
At the end of this course the professional will be able to:
- Recognize 3 contributors to the origins of the integrated deep tissue therapy system.
- Define “deep tissue therapy” and “stretch reflex”
- Recognize 5 effects of muscle imbalance.
- Identify 9 information and assessment tools that provide the foundation for acquiring the skills of an integrated deep tissue therapist.
- Recognize techniques used in the integrated deep tissue system based on its 6 components.
- Identify the 5 main components of massage therapy ethics and list 3 publishers of the massage therapy code of ethics.
- Recognize 4 boundary protocols for massage therapy.
- Recognize the 8 signs of emotional release.
- List 10 principles of conscious bodywork.
- List the 3 major steps of an integrated deep tissue therapy session.
- Define tonic and phasic muscles and recognize 8 characteristics of tonic muscles and 5 characteristics of phasic muscles.
- Define fascia and recognize its 3 primary constituents.
- Define mucopolysaccharide.
- Recognize the connective tissue routine for 13 areas of the body.
- Identify the 3 muscles that make up the erector spinae group.
- Recognize 5 sources of back problems and 6 possible contributors to back pain.
- Recognize the pectoral girdle includes the clavicle and scapula.
- Identify the 4 muscles that comprise the rotator cuff.
- Identify the strongest flexor of the forearm.
- List 4 upper extremity endangerment sites and 2 conditions of the forearm and hand.
- List 4 muscles involved with shoulder flexion and 3 muscles for forearm supination.
- Recognize the 2 bones that comprise the ankle joint.
- Identify the strongest dorsiflexor and inverter of the foot.
- Define plantar warts.
- Recognize 3 muscles that are likely to be shortened with Duck feet.
- List 5 muscles involved with knee internal rotation.
- Recognize the recommended sequence of 11 steps for deep tissue/neuromuscular therapy for the foot, leg, and knee routine.
- Define and differentiate between valgus and varus stress on the knee.
- Define labrum.
- Recognize the 3 borders of the femoral triangle.
- Recognize the 4 main purposes of the pelvis.
- List the 3 pairs of bones that make up the pelvis and 3 muscles that make up the iliopsoas.
- Recognize 4 abdominal endangerment sites and 10 conditions of the pelvis and abdomen.
- Recognize the primary function of the suboccipital muscles.
- Define “military neck.”
- Recognize the 3 sequence steps for deep tissue/neuromuscular therapy to the posterior neck.
- List 5 symptoms of TMJ disorders.
- Recognize 5 symptoms of acute bronchitis.
- Define asthma.
- Recognize Bell Palsy involves CN VII.
- Define compartment syndrome.
- Recognize hammertoe as a type of foot deformity that affects the lateral toes.
- List 5 symptoms of pneumonia and 6 symptoms of sinusitis.
Contact Hours: 10
Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Massage Therapists, and Athletic Trainers
Instructional Level: Intermediate
BOC Level of Difficulty: Advanced
Course Type: Text
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