Continuing Education at Downeast School of Massage, Waldoboro, Maine


Pain in the Neck: Techniques for the Head and Neck
Dimensional Massage Therapy with Nancy Dail at DSM

April 9, 10, 2016

Saturday and Sunday, 9-4
12 CE Hours
$275.00 preregistration by March 15, 2016; $325 thereafter

As massage therapists we have a wide variety of clientele who grace our tables. Some come for relaxation but more and more clients seek massage for relief of discomfort. Pain is a great motivator to seek treatment and there is no shortage of poor posture and repetitive actions causing many nerve related conditions. Do you know the difference between nerve entrapment and nerve compression? Do you know when to refer for diagnosis and/or how to work with another health professional with specific conditions?

Join Nancy Dail as she defines, evaluates and treats many difficult syndromes and conditions including: Headaches, anterior scalene syndrome, "stiff neck," pectoralis minor syndrome, thoracic outlet, pronator teres syndrome, median nerve syndromes and carpal tunnel syndrome, double crush syndrome, sprains and strains, whiplash and more. Expand your treatment capabilities in your massage therapy practice!

Nancy will lecture on the skeletal and neurological anatomy of the neck, with particular emphasis on the brachial plexus and its distal destinations. She will also address the specific etiologies, signs, symptoms and massage treatments related to the pathologies of these areas. She will demonstrate hands-on evaluation techniques designed to assess the pathologies discussed. Special attention will be given to discuss the history and exam findings that would warrant health professional referral.

Nancy will provide by lecture and power point review of the muscles and soft tissue structures. She will discuss trigger points, and referred pain patterns and repetitive actions of involved muscles.

Nancy will demonstrate techniques used in Dimensional Massage Therapy and provide supervision for hands-on practice by participants. Dimensional Massage Therapy techniques are deep tissue strokes and methods that have been designed to balance joints by working on all the muscles that produce, assist in, or oppose the actions of, or stabilize the joints. They include a wide variety of dual-hand techniques, elliptical movement of soft tissues, active engagement techniques and determining the appropriate sequence for many conditions. Careful attention will be given to the execution of these techniques, specific muscles and their idiosyncrasies, and to the individual structure of the receiving person on the table. Good body mechanics and safe use of the hands and wrists will be emphasized. Tables and minimal lubrication are required for the hands-on exchange.

Nancy W. Dail, BA, LMT, NCTMB has been a professional massage therapist and member of the AMTA since 1974. She is the founder and director of the internationally known program at the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro, ME (1980). A leader in her field, she has served on the AMTA national board, numerous committees, and was the charter President of the Maine AMTA Chapter. Nancy has taught and presents workshops internationally, is certified in Orthopedic and Sports Massage, and has developed the working philosophy of Dimensional Massage Therapy as lead author in Kinesiology for Manual Therapies published by McGraw-Hill. Her BA in Health, Arts, and Science from Goddard College helps her balance her administrative duties as Director with teaching Dimensional Massage Therapy, Advanced Skills, Kinesiology, Ethics, and related subjects at DSM. Nancy enjoys her therapeutic practice for her clientele, traveling and teaching, and playing with her grandsons, Alexander and Kingston, whenever possible at her home in Waldoboro.

Read more (Pain in the Neck, by Nancy Dail)

To register or for more information, contact Downeast School of Massage, 207-832-5531. Register On-Line


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