DEEP RELAXATION WORK: NOT AN OXYMORON ANYMORE
WITH LOU BENSON
Studies have shown that the number one reason people seek massage is stress reduction, and stress is routinely understood to be a causal or consequential factor in most disease processes. The effectiveness of massage in reducing the various physiological and psychological effects of stress has also been demonstrated in many scientific studies. Why then is relaxation work so often diminished as “fluff and buff” within the massage community? The goal of this class is to sing the praises of relaxation massage and to acknowledge its place at the center of every type of manual therapy.
In this class we’ll plumb the depths of our strength and gentleness to explore the elements that go into making relaxation massage flow seamlessly and soulfully: balanced body mechanics, full palpatory attention, relaxed hands, meeting the tissue at its resistance and pace, expert draping - these are the nuances of a stroke that feels complete unto itself, yet flows into the next stroke or body segment like Clark Kent slipping unnoticed into the nearest phone booth. We’ll use the classic Swedish strokes as springboards to create variations that will meet and release specific tissue restrictions while evoking a deep parasympathetic state.
Class meets for 3 hours on 4 Monday evenings (see 2012 session options below) for a total of 12 hours. The first class will focus on work for the back, hips and legs. The second class will focus on work for the legs and arms. The third class will focus on work for the abdomen, chest, neck, face and head. The fourth class will focus on working with clients in a side-lying position. It’s time to redefine deep work.
Class is limited to 3 students
12 NCBTMB Approved CE Hours
6 St. Gerard Terrace
Cambridge, MA 02140
(Walking distance from Davis Square T Stop)
(NOTE: If class is filled, email Lou (
) When 3 people have been waitlisted, you will receive an email with possible alternative dates for this class to run again.)
Session 1 February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm) - CLASS FULL - Email Lou to be waitlisted
Session 2: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012 (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm) - CLASS FULL - Email Lou to be waitlisted
Session 3: October 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 2012 (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
For more information about this class contact Lou Benson at 617-504-6912 or
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