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Working the Rib Cage

4 Hour CE Course

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Fully Online Materials and Test

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

$72.00

Description

As massage therapists, we spend a lot of time working on our clients’ backs. And yet because we are so focused on all the big, beautiful muscles that spread across the back, we often forget what is underneath–the ribs. These small bones, and the even smaller muscles that run in between them, are essential to nearly everything we do each day. They protect and support every breath we take, and they provide the foundation that enables every movement we make with our arms and our head. This is a neglected part of the body. It shouldn’t be.

In this course students will:

  • Review the bony landmarks of the rib cage, and the relevant muscular attachments as well as the function of the rib cage in the breathing process, both diaphragmatic and paradoxical breathing.
  • Practice clear and effective draping to expose the rib cage while keeping breast tissue covered, when the client is in supine.
  • Demonstrate clear communication with the client both before and during work on the rib cage.
  • Observe and apply techniques in both prone and supine.
  • Practice contacting this sensitive area both with confidence and ease.
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Learning Objectives

  • Identify the bony landmarks of the rib cage, and the relevant muscular attachments.
  • Describe the function of the rib cage in the breathing process, both diaphragmatic and paradoxical breathing.
  • Recognize clear and effective draping to expose the rib cage while keeping breast tissue covered, when the client is in supine.
  • Demonstrate clear communication with the client both before and during work on the rib cage.
  • Perform techniques in both prone and supine to address: external and internal intercostal muscles, subclavius, the related layers of fascia, and the thoracic joints both anterior and posterior.
  • Recognize how to contact this sensitive area both with confidence and ease, using an awareness of their own body mechanics in order to work as light or as deep as the client needs, while still maintaining their own bodily integrity.
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