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Pour Don't Push

14 Hour CE Course

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Enrollment Options

Fully Online Manual, Videos and Test

Contents: Video, Manual and multiple-choice test all online.

$194.00

Manual Shipped, Videos and Test Online

Contents: Manual shipped, Videos and multiple-choice test online.

$194.00

Manual and Test Shipped, and Videos Online

Contents: Manual and multiple-choice test shipped and Videos online

$194.00

Description

Un-learn the counterproductive habits that you have accumulated and re-learn that passion you used to have for your work. We are too determined to make our clients feel better. The result: we work too hard. We try to push our clients into feeling better. But what if we pour rather than push? With Pour Don't Push you will learn how to massage with greater depth and ease.

Let instructor David Lobenstine guide you in facilitating change, rather than force change, in your clients. In this online video and text based home study course you will rediscover your most powerful therapeutic tools—your breath and your body weight. These innate tools are what make us great therapists, and yet are the same tools we so often forget. The more sessions we do, the more we tend to rely on our muscles, the more we become convinced that we need to force our client into letting go.

Here we will see the results of the opposite approach—the “pouring principle.” As you contact your client with ease, you help your client become an engaged partner in the work; in turn, you can put the “deep” back in deep tissue massage, but without strain or pain.

Some of the information you’ll investigate in this course includes:

  • Individual patterns of muscle tension and excess holding while giving a massage.
  • The difference between delivering massage strokes by contracting your muscles and “pushing” the body rather than “pouring” your body weight by leaning into the client.
  • Applying typical massage strokes by “pouring” using your own body weight versus “pushing” and using excess muscle contraction.
  • Demonstrating how to pour using three different movements of the pouring principle—leaning in, leaning away, and rocking.
  • Discovering our own habitual breathing patterns, then creating a cycle of exhalation and inhalation that is more efficient and requires less effort than our habitual breathing patterns.
One of the greatest gifts we can give to our clients is to not try to do so much. In “Pour Don’t Push,” we discover that a massage session is often more effective – and feels better! – if you work slower rather than faster, and if you do fewer strokes rather than more.
-David Lobenstine
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Testimonials

This is one of the best trainings I have come across that benefits both the therapist and the client. Highly recommend. Look forward to learning and using this in my practice.

Kimberly Hood, LMT

Really enjoyed the course

Lauren Davis, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  • List the places in the body that massage therapists tend to hold tension as we massage.
  • Discover your own particular patterns of muscle tension and excess holding while giving a massage.
  • Explain the benefits of working on a lower table and with a minimum of oil.
  • Differentiate between delivering massage strokes by contracting your muscles and "pushing" the body versus "pouring" your body weight by leaning into the client.
  • Discover the benefit of creating each massage stroke by bending your knees and moving your entire body so that the hips are behind every stroke.
  • Demonstrate the application of the typical massage strokes -- compression, effleurage, petrissage, cross fiber friction -- by “pouring” using your body weight as opposed to “pushing” using excess muscle contraction.
  • Demonstrate how to apply the pouring principle when using various points of contact (thumbs, fingertips, heel of hands, fists, forearms, elbows).
  • Demonstrate how to pour using the three different movements of the pouring principle—leaning in, leaning away, and rocking.
  • Understand the role of burnout in hampering a massage therapist’s career, and explain the ways that burnout can be emotional as well as physical.
  • Explain the role that breathing plays in facilitating the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Articulate your own habitual breathing patterns and learn to lengthen your own exhalation in order to create a cycle of exhalation and inhalation that is more efficient and requires less effort than your habitual breathing patterns.
  • Review the physiological and emotional benefits of practicing mindfulness.
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