Bridges to Health Workshops and Seminars

Click here for the current Bridges to Health SeminarsThe following workshops are available through Bridges To Health Seminars. Regardless of the topic they all incorporate our signature movement techniques to facilitate muscle and facial changes, decrease pain and improve overall mobility in your clients. If you would like to see a certain seminar in your area please contact us at bthseminars@gmail.com to discuss possibilities.

Massage & Movement: a dynamic Approach to Massage

This is the core focus of Bridges To Health Seminars. Our seminars look at ways to improve how the body moves in general and what effect injury and or illness may have on this movement. Our core seminar, Massage & Movement: a dynamic approach to massage, looks at techniques that are anatomically based and designed to help both facilitate movement and restore lost movement patterns. Many of the problems that clients come to us with involve poor mobility; restriction caused by injury, poor postural patterns, repetitive motion activities. Often these result in furthering pain and the creation of a vicious cycle of immobility issues.

In attempting to improve mobility throughout the body it is necessary to move it! Even during the massage. Our Massage & Movement seminar focuses on bringing your massage from the realm of a ‘passive’ massage to a ‘dynamic’ massage. We show you how to incorporate passive, active and pin and move techniques into your massage to release hypertonic muscles by broadening and lengthening muscle fibers, engaging weakened muscles, improve the flexibility and range of motion by locating and releasing adhesions and scar tissue and decrease pain in your clients. You will learn to fully and confidently engage your clients actively in this process. You will learn to work more easily but more effectively. This seminar will provide you with techniques that you can use tomorrow in your practice.

All of Bridges To Health Seminars incorporate this movement work. Taking the Massage & Movement class will give you a solid foundation for future seminars. Because our seminars allow for ample demonstration and hands on time it is not necessary to take seminars in any particular order.

Build Your Own Seminar

Is there a condition you are seeing a lot of in your practice lately? Would you like to go to a workshop that addresses how to approach a certain topic or take a different look at techniques for a particular body area? Do you have a group of Therapists in your area that are interested in attending a workshop but you can’t find one in your area. You and your colleagues can build your own workshop. Email us the topic you would like to see covered and if it is within our area of expertise we will put something together for you. The time frame for the workshop will depend on our current schedule, your location and number of therapists committed to attending. Email us at: bthseminars@gmail.com.

Incorporating Movement into Massage: a dynamic orthopedic approach

This two-day anatomically based seminar will introduce you to the benefits and techniques of muscle lengthening and broadening through active and passive movement. You will experience the ease of this work while deeply enhancing the release of muscle and fascia. You will learn to locate and release trigger points, adhesions and scar tissue. Movement will aid in the balancing of muscle tone and proper neuromuscular movement will be enhanced.

Day one will focus on mastering technique and theory. Skills will focus on the upper body including in-depth work throughout the shoulder girdle. The rotator cuff muscles, serratus anterior as well as soft tissues of the forearm will be addressed.

Day two will emphasize the back, pelvis and lower extremities. Included in this work will be iliopsoas and a look at the erector group and its relationship with facet mobility. These are dynamic and interactive seminars that will aide you in becoming more creative in your work! Learning about and adding these dimensions of active and passive movement to your work will immediately help make your practice stand out among others!

Advanced Sports Massage: a look at rotational forces

What is it that makes ‘sports massage’ sports massage? Is it working with athletes or at the event arena? Is it knowing how the body works or should work in various situations? Is it understanding and applying the principles of anatomy and physiology to how someone is using their body? Is it understanding how to work with injuries? The answer is all of the above and more. This seminar will look at the play of rotational forces on the athlete while addressing the questions above. Whether golf, tennis, baseball or other, rotation is a key movement necessary to compete successfully in ones chosen sport. We will look at the anatomy of rotation from the pelvis through the thoracic spine and identify issues that might inhibit rotation. Muscle focus will include the paraspinals, quadratus lumborum, obliques and diaphragm and will look at their effects on the boney structures that must move freely for effective rotation and optimal performance.

 

Orthopedic Massage for Upper Extremity Injuries

This workshop takes a detailed look at how to work with common UE problems: neurological impingements and repetitive use injuries. Discussions will focus on the arm, forearm and wrist. Advanced assessment techniques including special orthopedic tests will be demonstrated and practiced. A combined approach using myofascial techniques, active and passive movement and deep tissue work will be applied specifically to areas involved in carpal, gunyon and cubital tunnel syndromes, pronator teres syndrome and biciptal tendonosis . A look at neurodynamic tension test and their application to massage will be addressed and practiced.

Orthopedic Massage for Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries, pain and limited ROM are a common complaint of many clients. This workshop will look at specific conditions of rotator cuff injuries, pec minor syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome and shoulder impingement syndrome that can be effectively treated with massage therapy. Advanced assessment techniques including special orthopedic tests will be demonstrated and practiced. A combined approach using myofascial techniques, active and passive movement and deep tissue work will be applied specifically to areas the above conditions. We will look at ways to determine if our work is effective and how we can document changes in our clients.

Opening the Thoracic Cage: The Diaphragm Connection

This hands-on course will explore the connection between the diaphragm and thoracic cage and dysfunction throughout the upper body as well as pelvis. Participants will learn methods to address chronic neck, shoulder and back issues by first addressing the thoracic cage and diaphragm. Assessment of breathing and posture will allow participants to see areas of congestion through the region recognizing the various connections and plan sessions accordingly. Focused work will include myofascial, movement, specific friction and mobilization techniques to release the diaphragm and muscles along the thoracic cage looking at their impact on shoulder, neck and back issues.

Rotational forces: their impact our treatments

Twisting, turning, and reaching. Walking running, lifting: moving through life. What do these have in common? Among other things they involve a great deal of rotational movements. Much of what we do involves the action of rotation: rotation through the hip and pelvis, throughout the spine, at the shoulder among others. Rotational forces will often dictate how much we can move through life with minimal pain and dysfunction. Limitations in rotation can not only affect the general ability to work or play effectively but create compensatory motions that lead to pain, dysfunctional technique and eventually injury. For example if an individual is unable to rotate effectively through the thoracic spine compensatory movements through the hip and pelvis may lead to low back and pelvic injury and dysfunction.

Sports Massage: before, during and after; the role of massage

Workshop Description: Title: Sports Massage: Before, During and After the Event: the role of Massage How do you help your client prepare for their chosen sporting event? What might you suggest for recovery following competition? Cramping; what are the latest protocols and how can you help athletes prevent cramping? When and how should they hydrate? How do we deal with thermal injuries at an event? Can they prepare for and prevent these? Can we do a better job educating athletes about the role and value of sports massage? These are but a few of the questions that clients will ask us as they prepare for, compete in and recover from various sporting events. This seminar will look at how the Massage Therapist can support the athlete in all stages of the process from prepping for the event to recovery at the event as well as the days following the event. We will look in detail at addressing thermal injuries and the most up to date information on recognizing and dealing with concussions in sports. This course will prepare you to participate in CT AMTA Sports Massage Team events as well as promote sports massage within your practice.

Stretch It Out: a missing link in our massage work

Stretching is often the missing link in our massage sessions. We facilitate release of tight muscles but often don’t take it to the next level by helping reset the system. This workshop will look at the varied types of stretching including: static, muscle energy technique and active isolated stretching. You will enhance your skills in performing these techniques with your clients and will develop ways to incorporate them into your massage session. We will review simple yet effective draping techniques that allow us to add stretching to our routine without having to break while the client gets dressed.

Unlocking the feet: improving foot and ankle mobility

Our feet: taken for granted by most; are called upon to absorb forces up to three and four times our body weight. They absorb shock, initiate locomotion and allow for adaptation to movements on uneven surfaces. They anchor the kinetic chain. This workshop will provide the tools and techniques that will significantly increase range of motion and free “stuck” areas in the foot, ankle and lower leg region. The ranges of the 33 joints in the foot will be improved through the release of soft tissues and the mobilization of the boney structures. Through improved articulation in these areas, movement in the entire body can improve creating greater balance, efficient movement and improved performance. This workshop will take a detailed look at the 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments that make up the amazing structure called the foot.

Unlocking the pelvis: the hip connection

We move our bodies in a variety of ways each day to perform activities of daily living, work, and play and even in relaxation. The ability to move free and without restriction is of great importance and if it does not occur, the ability to asses and regain that fluidity is invaluable. This is particularly true of the hip and pelvic region which will affect what is happening further up the body as well as into the legs and feet. Understanding the structures involved in creating movements throughout the hip and pelvis including muscles, joints, and boney structures can help us unlock any restrictions and limitations that may occur. This can assist in restoring a more fluid pattern of movement within the hip and pelvis. We will see how addressing issues through the hip and pelvis will translate further up and down the body.

Utilizing side lying in Massage Therapy: Part 1; the pelvic girdle

Side lying is NOT just for pregnant women or clients that cannot be positioned prone. It is an excellent position to access many key muscle groups. It is also a position that allows gravity to assist in relaxing certain muscles around the pelvic and shoulder girdles. This series of workshops will assist you in refining your skills in working in side lying. You will experience its effectiveness in working with low back, pelvis and hip conditions as it will allow you to more easily access psoas, tfl, the adductors and gluteal group. Work will include myofascial, deep tissue, and active and passive movement techniques. You will learn to fully engage the client in this work. Focus will be the entire pelvic girdle while learning appropriate and efficient draping techniques for this work.

Utilizing side lying in Massage Therapy: Part 2; the shoulder girdle

Continue to refine your skills for working in side lying. Learn how to effectively work specific muscles that effect the shoulder girdle to improve mobility and decrease pain while addressing specific conditions in the neck and shoulder. Again side lying is NOT just for pregnant women or clients that cannot be positioned prone. It is an excellent position to access many key muscle groups. It is also a position that allows gravity to assist in relaxing certain muscles around the pelvic and shoulder girdles. This second part in the side lying series will assist you in refining your skills in working in side lying. You will experience its effectiveness in working with shoulder and neck conditions as it will allow you to more easily the rotator cuff muscles, scalenes and serratus anterior. You will learn how the diaphragm effects the shoulder and practice techniques that will free the rib cage for improve breathing. Work will include myofascial, deep tissue, and active and passive movement techniques. You will learn to fully engage the client in this work. Focus will be the entire shoulder while learning appropriate and efficient draping techniques for this work.

OUR CANCELLATION POLICY

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  • Full refund OR credit for upcoming class is given if instructor must cancel the workshop for any reason.
  • Full refund is given for cancellation by participant 30 days prior to the class.
  • 1/2 refund is given for cancellation by participant if notification is between 1 and 3 weeks from scheduled class.
  • No refund is given to those participants that cancel the week of class or are a no-show the day of class.

Per NCBTMB guidelines participants must attend entire class to receive specified continuing education hours.