Sports Massage 2: Cervical Spine, Back, and Hip Common Injuries and Treatments

Date: Jun 21, 2016
Time: 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Bookings are closed for this event.


Russ Beasley, LMT
Tuesday, June 21 / 3:30pm – 9:00pm
Full Price: $150
5 CE hour NCBTMB / NYS-certified

Package Pricing:
Any 2 Sports Massage Classes: $250
Any 3 Sports Massage Classes: $300
All 4 Sports Massage Classes: $350
Contact vanessa@catanyc.com to register for more than one class.

The second in Russ Beasley’s four-part Sports Massage series (taking place June 14, 21, 28, July 5th), this workshop will cover:

CERVICAL SPINE: Hypertonicity of posterior/anterior muscles, Brachial plexus entrampments

THORACIC SPINE: Hypertonicity & Trigger Points of: Erectors, Latissimus Dorsii, Serratus Posterior Superior, Serratus Anterior, Serratus Posterior Inferior

LUMBAR SPINE: Low back hypertonicity & trigger points: Quadratus Lumborum, Multifidus, SacroSpinalis. Diminished lumbar curve, Disc compressions, vertebral fractures, Sciatic nerve entrapments. Piriformis and lateral rotator hypertonicity, Gluteus Maximus/Medius/Minimus Trigger points. Psoas shortness/trigger points. Sacro-iliac dysfunctions.

We will discuss appropriate timeline for working on clients who have suffered these problems or injuries, as well as assessment tests and techniques. Assessment tests include gapping test, resisted lateral rotation test for piriformis entrapment, Thomas test for psoas, obers test for QL and ITB, and AROM for cervical spine mobility (with a focus on palpation). We will review cautions regarding distinguishing repetitive action injuries from more serious injuries that require referral to an appropriate medical professional, and make sure that students understand that massage therapists have no treatment protocols for SI dysfunction.

You will learn:

  • Appropriate hands-on techniques to treat abovementioned conditions.
  • To recognize cautions and contraindications.
  • What you can safely do for clients post injury and when you should refer clients to an appropriate medical professional.

Russ Beasley Russ Beasley has been a NY State licensed massage therapist since 1990. Upon graduation from the Swedish Institute in Manhattan (1990), he was hired as an instructor there and has been a faculty member ever since. In 2002, he was named the Senior Clinical Practitioner for the Western Massage Division of the Institute and is the only instructor in the Western Division to be so designated. His classes at the Swedish Institute have covered all aspects of Western Technique levels as well as the Institute’s courses of Pathology, Clinical Strategies and Assessment of Soft Tissue Conditions. Additionally, he was a supervisor in the PH LING Medical Clinic of the Swedish Institute for 12 years and has taught workshops for the college’s Continuing Education program and for CATA, NYC. He has written for several publications including Dance Magazine, Tennis Magazine, and The New York Times. His professional massage career reflects work in health clubs, the Four Seasons Hotel, physical therapy and chiropractic offices, and he has a 24 year association with the US OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT where he is the Senior/Lead Therapist for the Men’s Division. He provides sports-based treatments for the players throughout the 3 weeks of the event and coordinates the hiring of therapists with the USTA for the tournament. He has been the official backstage massage therapist for over 25 Broadway and Off­ Broadway productions and is currently associated with the 2015 Tony Award winning musical, FUN HOME. He is an adjunct therapist for the legendary Mariinsky (aka Kirov) Ballet Company of St. Petersburg, Russia when it appears at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and in New York City. He has been the backstage therapist for a number of dance companies including Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Karole Armitage, David Parsons, and Complexions Dance Company and maintains a private practice in NYC.

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