The Stretching Process

Date: Oct 4, 2014 - Oct 5, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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


Michael Alicia

Saturday, October 4th & Sunday, October 5th/ 9am – 6pm
16 CE hour NCBTMB / NYS-certified

Most clients love to be stretched. Over my 20 years in practice, I have only ever had one
client say to me, “skip the stretching and get to the rub.”

The Stretching Process is a two-day hands-on workshop that takes students through a complete series of passive stretching techniques.

We will start by discussing the anatomy and physiology of stretching, from the smallest contractile component, the sarcomere, as well as connective tissue like skin and fascia that are affected when we stretch our clients. We will also address the nervous system, muscle spindle and Golgi tendon, and their roles in inhibiting stretching and how we can work with these mechanisms to get better results.

Massage therapists and personal trainers will find the class useful because we will identify
specific muscles that we are stretching, so the stretches can be used as a therapeutic
tool for targeting specific muscles and areas of tightness.

Shiatsu practitioners will find the stretches helpful because we will identify all the meridians
that are affected.

Additionally, each stretch was designed to flow seamlessly into the next, so collectively
they create a fluid and flowing full-body passive stretching session that we can use with
our clients.

Final-Alicia-portraitMichael 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. 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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