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Danger Zones

An accomplished therapist’s Advanced Seminar of treating areas of endangerment (AOE) and Sites of Caution (SOC).

Over many years of performing and teaching bodywork, I have unfortunately come to discover that a large percentage of soft tissue therapists skip over some crucial areas of the body that when addressed correctly can have immense impact on the wellbeing and healing of their clients. Mostly it was because in their basic schooling, these areas we shunned due to nerve plexuses, or vessels of one sort or another, and so they were told to stay away for fear of occluding a nerve or vessel.

In eight years of practice I encountered only three whiplash clients who had ANY treatment of the anterior neck. Additionally, I see in my practice so many clients with simple pelvic dysfunctions that echo out into almost debilitating pathologies. If these simple imbalances to the pelvis are addressed, the client can save themselves years of agony. So was born… DANGER ZONES Seminar; to address these commonly overlooked and oh so crucial, areas of the body.

Three Day Seminar — 4 Lecture hours — 16 contact hours

Upon Completion of this Advanced Seminar, the Massage Therapist:

  • Will have a greater understanding of the sites of caution and each zone’s contents
  • Will be able to distinguish between different kinds of tissues found in these zones
  • Have a greater understanding of specific issues and pathologies that are specific to these zones
  • Have a toolbox of treatment protocols for some of the issues associated with these zones
  • Will feel more confident in treating and working in these previously neglected, yet crucial zones

Day 1: Kinesiology Review & Intensive

  • Review of general muscular anatomy & review of physiology of musculature
  • In depth review of specific regions and their contents:
    • Anterior (and posterior) Neck
    • Posterior pelvis/Ischium/Pubus
    • Axillary region
    • Poplitial
    • Inguinal region
    • Palpation review and skills honing
    • Pelvic floor
  • Palpating the difference between:
    • Trigger points and lymph nodes
    • Nerve bundles/plexuses and striated muscle
    • Arterial and venous tracts

Day 2: Anterior Neck, Axillary, & Poplitial Region

  • Common Injuries and pathologies of the Neck:
    • Torticolis
    • Secretaries Neck
    • TMJS Contractor’s neck
    • Whiplash
    • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome- TOS
    • Military Neck
  • Anterior Neck — sooo important, and so neglected!
    • ‘The front side of the coin’
    • Omohyoid
    • The Scalenes sisters
    • Massater
    • Longus coli Pterigoyd internal and external
    • Hyoid
  • Posterior Neck — Don’t take it for granted
    • ‘The other side of the coin, as it were.’
    • Levator Scapula
    • Upper trapezius
    • Occipital muscles
    • Splenius group
  • Axillary Region — Trust me, this isn’t going to tickle at all Common pathologies:
    • Pectoralis major
    • Frozen Shoulder
    • Pectoralis minor
    • TOS continued
    • Subscapularis
    • Sticky Pec
    • Serratus anterior
    • Winged scapula
    • Teres Major and minor
    • Rounded shoulders
    • Infraspinitis
    • Military chest
    • Weak shoulder
  • Poplitial Region — Back of the Knees, Please! Common pathologies:
    • Poplitius
    • Shin splints
    • Gastrocnemeus
    • Clicking knee
    • Hamstring insertions
    • Knocked knees
    • Lockup of knee joint
    • Bowed knees

NOTE: many of these pathologies are not specific to the knee joint and involve other structures. It is the intention of this section to clarify how the knee is involved in these pathologies and how working in the poplitial region can assist in addressing some of these pathologies.

Day 3: Pelvic Floor, Inguinal Triangle, & Gluteal Crease

  • Pelvis — Seat of the Soul Common pathologies:
    • Anterior spill
    • Coccygeal & pelvic diaphragm issues
    • Posterior pelvic tilt
    • Psoas issues
    • Illiosacral upslip
    • The Perineum Problem
    • Sacral issues
    • The many sources of Low Back Pain
    • Piriformis syndrome
    • Adductor & abductor problems
    • Acetabular pathologies (the quiet tight ones)
    • Inguinal Hernia
    • Muscles of the pelvic floor
    • Muscles of the superior pubic ramus
    • Muscles of the inferior pubic ramus
    • Muscles of the ischium