The Complete Neck Series

Date: Mar 9, 2013 - Mar 10, 2013
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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

Michael Alicia

Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th / 9 am – 6 pm/$250
16 CE hour NCBTMB / NYS-certified

The Complete Neck Series was born out of an ever-present need to help clients deal with their neck problems, whether due to postural imbalances, work related issues or simply stress and tension. This series incorporates the work of renowned practitioners and teachers like Tom Myers (Anatomy Trains), Robert King (Myofascial Release), Aaron Mattis (Active Isometric Stretching), Kikuko Miyazaki (Sotai), Janet Travell (Trigger Point Release) and my own work with passive stretching techniques (The Stretching Process) to address neck issues. The workshop incorporates a 3-step approach to not only alleviate stress, tension and pain, but also identify chronic problems. We will begin with an anatomy review and Gil Hedley’s DVD presentation of a human cadaver dissection showing the different layers of tissue organization with special emphasis on the superficial and deep fascial layers. This allows us to visualize the architectural layers of the body, exploring the depth of the work at hand (literally) so we can be as precise and effective as possible. After looking at the architecture of the body, the hard skeleton and muscle attachments, we look at the soft skeleton, the myofascia, and explore its properties as both structural and flexible. We will then identify muscular and postural imbalances (like Head Forward and Upper Cross) and then work to release fascial tightness, regain muscular balance and finally re-educate the muscles (and the client) to restore stress-free muscular function with active and passive stretching exercises.

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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