Tools of the Trade: Saving Your Fingers, Thumbs, and Wrists

Date: Aug 16, 2013
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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

Russ Beasley


Deep Tissue. Sports Massage. Trigger Point work. Friction. Reflexology. Employing these techniques can be the most physically challenging for a massage therapist and can cause mechanical issues for the fingers, thumbs and wrists including saddle joint destabilization and carpal tunnel syndrome.

In this class we will explore the use of tools like an L-Bar, T-Bar, or tennis ball to engage tissues in an easy and simple way to help provide the specificity of work our clients request while still protecting the therapist from over use injuries. The ergonomic design of a tool is just as important as the proper training in its use so we will explore the pros and cons of different tools on the market.

In addition to using tools with our clients, we will also explore the use of tools for self-care and body maintenance for ourselves.

Russ Beasley Russ Beasley has been a NY State licensed massage therapist since 1990. Upon graduation from the Swedish Institute in Manhattan, he was hired as an instructor 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. His classes at the Swedish Institute have covered all aspects of Western Technique levels as well as Pathology and Assessment of Soft Tissue Conditions. Additionally, he was also 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. His professional massage career reflects work in health clubs, the 4 Seasons Hotel, physical therapy and Chriopractic offices, and he has a 20 year association as a Senior Therapist with the US OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT where he provides sports-based treatments for the players throughout the 3 weeks of the event. He has been the backstage cast massage therapist for 25 Broadway productions as well as working with the legendary Mariiknsky (aka Kirov) Ballet Company of St Petersburg, Russia when it appears at the Kennedy Center and in New York City. His massage clients have included a number of dance companies including those of Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Karole Armitage, David Parsons, and Complexions Dance Company during their yearly seasons in New York City and he has dancers from American Ballet Theater as part of his regular weekly schedule of appointments.

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