Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic

The Window of Tolerance
February 5, 2018
Women’s Healing Retreat in Kangaroo Valley
December 16, 2019

Back pain - woman having painful muscle injury in lower back. Fitness girl sport girl with sports injury outdoor on beach.

Friday – Sunday, June 22 – 24 • 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Register by June 7

Tuition Fee: $425 • $15 late registration fee after June 7
Total hours: 21
NCBTMB: 21 CE hours

Prerequisite: Massage and bodywork therapists, allied health professionals, and current students of a massage or bodywork therapy training program with a minimum of 150 hours of training.

Please bring one twin size sheet set, one pillowcase or face cradle cover, a hand towel, and a blanket or beach towel for warmth. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Positional Release is a highly effective therapy for relieving painful muscle spasms in the body. Developed by osteopathic physician Lawrence Jones, it is an invaluable tool for therapists who practice remedial massage, deep tissue, or sports massage. Painful trigger points are the surface manifestation of deeper musculoskeletal problems. Participants will learn the theory, purpose, and basic techniques of Positional Release, and the necessary postures for clearing muscle spasms in key trauma areas of the body. Specific “listening skills” for the hands will enable bodyworkers to detect and release a client’s spasms and other restrictions.

In this course, you will learn:

  • Counterstrain theory
  • The muscle spindle system and its association with the reflex pain arc
  • How to locate and palpate “energy cysts” and the areas of associated muscle trauma
  • Application of the neutral position for specific areas of trauma, release assessment, and repositioning for comfort and relaxation

This course is perfect for bodyworkers searching for a new way to approach their clients’ pain. Positional Release is a gentle and pain-free technique that can be easily integrated into any bodywork practice.

Instructor: Rebecca M Ridge PhD. Registered Health Psychologist, L.M.T. Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama and Group Psychotherapy, has been an Integrative Body Mind therapist for the past 30 years. She is an Instructor for the Upledger Institute in CranioSacral Therapy and Somato Emotional Release. She has been teaching Positional Release for the past 25 years internationally. Rebecca is the author of the Positional Release Handbook  (1993) and  The Body Alchemy of Psychodrama (2009). She has a private practice in Anoka MN, Sydney Australia and Hong Kong. As an experiential teacher she encourages students to develop therapeutic skills to enhance their professional development and be the best they can be in their work.