Better Body Mechanics

Michael Alicia, LMT

Early Bird Price (Register by July 5th): $200
Regular Price (After July 5th): $225
Special Price for 2 (Register with a Friend): $380
8 CEs NCBTMB/NY Certified

Date: Jul 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Online bookings are not available for this class, please see registration info below.


Better Body Mechanics is a course exploring working at a massage table without pain or overusing body parts. It is especially popular with students and practitioners who have practiced for some time and need a refresher course in body awareness and the mechanics of massage. The class starts away from the massage table, exploring a simple Tai Chi posture and the bio mechanics of the shoulder girdle in order to work efficiently without stress or pain. We work to re-orient strokes and body mechanics to align joints in order to maximize power and conserve energy. We will also explore working with a variety of body parts like fists, forearms, elbows, and knees to provide alternatives to over-used hands and thumbs. A picture is worth a thousand words; we will record students working to help them align their proprioceptive awareness with the visual feedback.


Michael Alicia, LMT is the Founder and Director of CATA, NYC. He has been a licensed massage therapist since 1992 with a thriving practice in Manhattan.  Referrals come from long-time satisfied clients, New York’s Broadway and Ballet communities, as well as doctors and chiropractors who prescribe massage for acute injury, chronic pain, stress reduction and performance enhancement. His therapeutic sessions are crafted with an eye toward resolving chronic problems using a variety of techniques, including various forms of massage like Swedish, deep tissue, medical massage, shiatsu and Thai massage, while also including rehabilitative exercises in the form of stretching and strengthening exercises.

Michael has been a teacher of Swedish massage, shiatsu and Thai massage at the venerable Swedish Institute since 1994. He is also a visiting faculty member at the Therapeutic Massage Training Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He is the author of The Massage Therapist’s Handbook and The Stretching Process DVD and Workshop.

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