Sports Massage 4: Sports-Specific Hands-on Protocols

Date: Jul 5, 2016
Time: 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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

The fourth class in Russ Beasley’s four-part Sports Massage series, taking place June 14, 21, 28, July 5th

This course is geared toward therapists who may not necessarily work with professional athletes but who have clients who are dedicated amateur athletes, in both private practice and the health club/spa setting. There will be a brief discussion of muscle actions/kinesiology of various common sports, stressing the concept of looking at the movement and seeing how the muscles work. We will go over definitions of sprains, strains, and trigger points.

Tools will be demonstrated and available for students’ use, including L Bar, T Bar, and tennis balls. Fascial cupping will also be demonstrated.

We will cover:
Pre-Activity: Appropriate time frames and pressure engagement for pre-event massage, how to identify power muscles and stabilizing muscles for a particular activity (tennis, running, golf, skiing, cycling).

Post-Activity: Appropriate time frames for massage, cramp relief, pressure considerations, and targeting specific areas for each sport.

Post-Injury Recovery: Working with clients who are under a physician or PT’s care, minimizing recovery time post-event, and post surgical techniques (scar tissue mobilization), and healing times for muscle tears.

PNF Techniques: Tense & relax, post-isometric relaxation response, cramp relief (approximation ice massage, reciprocal inhibition), hyperstimulation analgesia (sustained compression to reset nervous system).

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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