The Body From All Angles

Date: Apr 23, 2014 - Apr 30, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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

David Lobenstine
Part I: The Upper Body from All Angles
Wednesday, April 23rd/ 9 am – 4 pm
6 CE hour NCBTMB / NYS-certified

Part II: The Lower Body from All Angles
Wednesday, April 30th/ 9 am – 4 pm
6 CE hour NCBTMB / NYS-certified

Participants are welcome to register for Part I or Part II, but taking both
is recommended.

Price is $225 for both workshops, or $125 each.

Your client’s body is stuck in its usual spots—that’s no surprise.
But is your work stuck in a rut, too? Do you need to add a new dimension
to your sessions? Then come explore the body in a new way – from unusual angles.

In this two-part course we will consider those all-too-familiar client complaints, and
we will consider those familiar (but sometimes forgotten) muscles, from unfamiliar angles,
and using unfamiliar techniques. We will sit along the sides of the table. We will kneel. We
will rock the body. We will work from the opposite side of the table. We will both sink
slowly into the client, and we will pull and lean the client up and away from the table.

The aim is two-fold. First, by exploring unfamiliar ways of working, we will break
out of old habits and counterproductive body mechanics. Second, my aim is to expand your
technique toolbox, giving you the ability to tackle the client complaints you encounter every
day in new and satisfying ways.

Part I: The Upper Body From All Angles

Here we will find fresh angles to explore the most common source of
client complaints—the back, shoulders, and neck. Instead of sinking down
toward the table, and running our usual route alongside the spine, we will shift our positioning, our
points of entry, and thus our results. By viewing the upper body in all three dimensions, we can effect
change on the back by working from all directions, and in all positions. We will work all the way around the
scapulae, from the medial border to the lateral border, and between the scapulae and the
ribs, and even (if the client is ready) into the armpit. In addition, we will emphasize not the
back of the neck, but the oft-ignored restrictions in the sides and the front of the neck. We
will explore the edges of the pectoralis major and the usually forgotten pec minor. We will
attend to the places of transition: to the places where the muscles of the shoulders meet the
muscles of the neck, to border between shoulder and arm, between back and ribs and chest.

With simple but effective myofascial release and deep tissue techniques, from
a variety of angles, we will uncover a world of postural holding patterns and excess
muscular tension, of which our clients are often unaware. In turn, we will gain confidence in
accessing the body in a multitude of ways, enabling us to work effectively without working

Part II: The Lower Body From All Angles

The hips, legs, and feet are often given insufficient attention by therapists, since so many of
our clients are focused on tension in their neck, shoulders, and back. As a result, our skills
in working the lower body tend to atrophy; we develop a quick routine for the legs, to “get
them out of the way” in order to focus on the upper body. But that approach ultimately isn’t
satisfying either for us or for the client. And our reliance on a quick routine means that we
aren’t adequately prepared for the client who does have specific lower body problems, or
wants more detailed attention.

Here we will remind ourselves of the great complexity of the lower body, and also
the great and often-forgotten possibilities for working these structures. We will unlearn our
rote routine for working the legs, and instead will experiment with a variety of techniques
to both sink into and mobilize the legs in all 360 degrees. We will work the major muscle
groups – the hamstrings, quads, glutes, and calves – but with greater specificity, sinking into
the edges of these muscles, and into the spaces between these muscles, rather than just into
their muscle bellies. In addition, we will emphasize the underappreciated muscles of the
adductors, and the possibilities for working the sides of the legs as well as just the anterior
and posterior surfaces. Finally, these techniques will underscore the many connections
between the lower body and the upper body, so that participants will appreciate anew how
working the muscles and myofascial structures of the pelvis – again, both from the front,
back, and sides of the body – can help effect change not only in the lower body but in the
upper body as well.

Throughout, I will offer alternate ways of approaching these tissues – challenging
participants to move beyond their usual body positions, to experiment with kneeling, and
with working from the opposite side of the table. And I will offer alternate techniques –
moving beyond our stock repertoire of effleurage and petrissage and friction, to experiment
with myofascial sinking, and rocking, and pulling. From these often-ignored angles, we will
deepen our understanding of the structures themselves, and of our possibilities for working
on them.

D Lobenstine headshotDavid M. Lobenstine has been a licensed massage therapist since 2004. A graduate of Vassar College and the Swedish Institute of Health Sciences, David is licensed in New York State and is nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. David has been an assistant teacher of pre- and perinatal massage since 2008, teaches continuing education classes at Massage Space NYC and the Swedish Institute, and has been published in Massage and Bodywork and Massage Magazine. In addition to seeing clients, he teaches workshops in couples massage, massage for pregnancy and labor, and massage for new parents. See for more details.

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