Continuing Education at Downeast School of Massage, Waldoboro, Maine

Kinesiology for Manual Therapies: An Integrated Approach for Treating Soft-Tissue Dysfunctions of the Head, Neck and Shoulders

With Nancy Dail, Tim Agnew, and Dr. Peter West, DC
Dates: July 13, 14, and 15, 2012

Friday 6PM-9PM with Dr. Peter West
Saturday 9AM-12PM with Nancy Dail
Saturday 1PM-5PM with Tim Agnew
Sunday 9:30AM-12:30PM with Nancy Dail
Sunday 1:30-4:30PM with Tim Agnew

16 CE hours Cost: $375.00 pre-registration by June 1; $400.00 after June 1

Course Description

Pain and discomfort of musculo-skeletal head, neck, and shoulder conditions caused by injuries, repetitive actions, heredity, poor posture and sleep positions are the biggest reasons why millions of people seek massage therapy and other health care practitioners. This workshop will use the combined expertise of chiropractic, massage therapy, and sports medicine to explore, evaluate and treat a variety of common difficult head, neck and shoulder conditions.

Dr. West will lecture on the skeletal and neurological anatomy of the head and neck. He will also address the specific etiologies, signs, symptoms and chiropractic treatments related to the pathologies of this area. He will demonstrate hands-on evaluation techniques designed to assess the pathologies of the head and neck. Special attention will be given to discuss the history and exam findings that would warrant chiropractic and or a medical referral.

Nancy Dail will review the muscular anatomy of the head, neck and shoulders by power point. She will discuss headache categories, trigger points, and referred pain patterns. Nancy will demonstrate techniques used in Dimensional Massage and provide supervision for hands-on practice by participants. Dimensional Massage 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 joint. 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.

Tim Agnew will discuss the intrinsic structures of the neck and shoulder from a movement-based perspective. Many common upper extremity conditions are misdiagnosed, and the proper treatment is often missed. Tim will provide examples of common treatments for common dysfunctions, and compare them to his own protocol. Relevant case studies will also be presented and group discussions will be open. Emphasis will be placed on many of the often “overlooked” musculature, and “uncommon but mandatory” rehabilitation exercises will be demonstrated that assist in changing poor movement patterns. These adapted patterns develop over time and affect our ability to heal. Unless these are addressed in treatment, the dysfunction will remain.

Students will practice the demonstrated protocols and experience a hands-on learning, and have new tools available by the end of the course.


Nancy W. Dail, BA, LMT, NCTMB, has been a professional massage therapist since 1974. She is the founder and director of the COMTA accredited program at the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro, Maine (USA) (1980). A leader in her field, Nancy presents workshops internationally, is certified in Orthopedic and Sports Massage, and has developed the working philosophy of Dimensional Massage 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, Advanced Skills, Kinesiology and related subjects at DSM.

Peter West, D.C., operates a chiropractic office in Wiscasset, Maine. He received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Maine, Farmington, and a B.S. and D.C. from the National College of Chiropractic. Dr. West teaches Pathology, Physiology, and Static & Motion Analysis at DSM. He lives with his family in Wiscasset and frequently runs in marathons. He co-teaches Integrating Chiropractic and Massage Therapy workshops with Nancy Dail.

Timothy Agnew, NATA, LMT, has been an educator in the health field for over 17 years, presenting his modality Clinical Flexibility and Therapeutic Exercise (CFTE) seminars to international and regional conferences, students, and the general public. He is a member the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and served as a continuing education provider for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and currently the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). He has authored numerous articles in the sport medicine field, and is co-author of the textbook Kinesiology for Manual Therapies for McGraw Hill. He has spent the last 17 years studying biomechanics as it relates to human movement, with a focus on movement patterns and how they affect dysfunction.

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

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