Better Body Mechanics

Date: May 16, 2013
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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

Michael Alicia

Thursday, May 16th/ 11 am – 4 pm/$90
5 CE hour NCBTMB / NYS-certified

This class is ideal for therapists who have practiced for a time and need a refresher in better body mechanics. In this class we will explore the importance of body mechanics in maintaining an energy-full, pain-free practice. We will start by exploring the architecture of the body through postural analysis. Starting with the arches of the feet, moving up the body as it stacks against gravity, we will identify postural imbalances that may contribute to inefficient mechanics and overuse injuries. We will then examine how the body moves, using Tai Qi as a model. We will explore moving from our centers, putting the power of our strokes in the stronger and bigger muscles of the legs and not the more easily injured and fatigued muscles of the back and arms. We use body mechanics to differentiate between power and strength. We will also explore working with other body parts like fists, forearms, elbows and knees with a strong emphasis on proper form in order to provide alternatives to over-used hands and thumbs. We will use video to help students actually visualize their strengths and weaknesses. Our goal is to find that one perfect body position for each stroke at any (and all) given moments during the life of the stroke and the massage, in order to be effective and efficient while also fulfilling our overall intention.

Please bring a sheet, towel, pillow case/face cradle cover, and cream or oil.

Final-Alicia-portraitMichael Alicia, LMT is the founder and director of Massage Space NYC. He has been a licensed massage therapist since 1992 with a thriving practice in Manhattan. 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 Stretching Process DVD and The Massage Therapist’s Handbook: A Practical Guide to the Business of Massage.

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