Description of Morales Method® Classes

*Course names may vary depending on where they are taught.

Courses Taught By Marty Morales:
 

Relieving Low Back Pain 1

(16 CEU hours) - This two-day class helps practitioners become as effective as possible with clients suffering from low back pain. In this 16-hour workshop, students will learn the most effective assessment and treatment techniques that will alleviate your client's back pain fast. This class also provides you with education on specific self-care techniques that you will learn to teach to your clients. These self-care techniques will help your clients to a) help maintain the gains from your treatment and b) help them continue further along the healing pathway. 

This class combines assessment and treatment techniques from the osteopathic world, Rolfing®, and Neuro-Muscular Techniques to help identify the source of pain, improve joint mobility, and improve muscle strength balance. This two-day intensive workshop will feature:

  • Evaluation tests to determine the current source of back pain, including lumbar and pelvic joint range of motion techniques and other special orthopedic tests.

  • Soft tissue techniques that will free a 'stuck' lumbar and/or sacral joint.

  • Assessment techniques to determine areas of muscle imbalance and how to activate them through a neuro-muscular approach.

  • Exercises and Yoga asanas that help to tone and strengthen common weak areas.
     

This class is eligible for credit within the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Program should the student want to pursue further training.

Relieving Low Back Pain 2

(8 CEU hours) - This one-day class continues with further exploration of spinal mechanics techniques for the lumbar vertebra and addresses issues of working with clients in acute low back pain.  You will also learn different myo-fascial techniques that work to deal with various nerve receptors in order to release contracted muscle tissue more effectively. This class is eligible for credit within the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Program should the student want to pursue further training.

 

Body Mechanics  

(8 CEU hours) - Knowing how to use your body effectively, efficiently, and safely while performing bodywork can make the difference between a rewarding career and one filled with frustration, injury, and burnout.
 

This workshop is meant to give bodyworkers not just the tools they need to perform Deep Tissue manual therapy with better body mechanics, but it will also introduce them to a concept that is rarely brought in body mechanics education, the mind-body connection. We will cover techniques, but more importantly, lay down a foundation of firm understanding as to why we go into improper body mechanics in the first place.
 

This class is based on the book, "Mastering Body Mechanics". It will cover the physiological, psychological, and cultural aspects of body mechanics; awareness exercises to understand the Newtonian aspects of body mechanics; and effective, efficient, and safe body mechanic techniques for Deep Tissue and seated manual therapy. Experience some great work and camaraderie with fellow students and learn how proper body mechanics can help expand your practice. This workshop is ideal for manual therapists at all levels of expertise, body structure, and abilities. This class is eligible for credit within the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Program should the student want to pursue further training.
 

Advanced Neck Work 1  

(16 CEU hours) - This two-day workshop will take students deep into the intricate structural relationships of the muscles and the vertebrae of the cervical spine, how form and function influence one another, and how massage can positively support and improve these relationships. Students will be given the skills to track down dysfunction in the neck and the techniques to work deeply and effectively with clients’ trouble spots in order to restore balance, relieve pain, and improve range of motion and overall function.
 

Students will learn how vertebrae behave in movement using Fryette’s Law (a set of three laws pertaining to skeletal anatomy named after Harrison Fryette, DO.). We will then explore how to apply this knowledge of vertebral movement to our tissue work. Students learn how to work the tissue attaching to the spinous processes (and other parts of the vertebrae) along with gentle movements to bring about de-rotation of rotated vertebra. Students will also learn how to visually assess a client to determine whether a de-rotation may be happening before confirming findings with palpatory assessment. They will also use myo-fascial techniques to work all the soft-tissues in the neck. This class is eligible for credit within the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Program should the student want to pursue further training.
 

Advanced Neck Work 2  

(8 CEU hours) - This one-day class continues with further exploration of the spinal mechanics of the neck by addressing issues of the cervical spine- namely, anterior shift and sideways curvature.  Additionally, the practitioner will learn how to bring greater range of motion to the atlas in order to address possible dysfunctions involving the atlas and will learn how to employ MET techniques to release deeper muscles to help with challenging issues of the neck. This class is eligible for credit within the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Program should the student want to pursue further training.

 

Core Integration Level I

(40 CEU hours) - This is a Structural Integration workshop that covers advanced workings of musculoskeletal tissue along with body reading and assessment techniques in walking/movement. The practitioner will learn how to apply the concepts of body reading (based on the Stages of Motor Development) and palpation techniques to their work. This will all be tied together within the context of conducting and receiving a MMASI 10-session series. This class is eligible for credit within the Morales Method® Academy of Structural Integration (MMASI) should the student want to pursue further training.

Myofascial Point Work: Advanced Trigger Point 

(16 CEU hours) - Using the understanding of fascia from Structural Integration trainings, this class combines classic Trigger Point Therapy with myo-fascial bodywork to create an improved state of listening resulting in palpating and addressing trigger points in an efficient manner.

This training consists of:

  • Classic Trigger Point Therapy: Based on the work by Janet Travell, therapists will learn to find and work dozens of common trigger points that affect many of their clients. These trigger points include but are not limited to the neck, back, glutes, and legs.
     

  • Myo-fascial understanding of Trigger Points: Once palpated, trigger points will be worked using the method of ‘Directional Resistance’ and ‘Directional Ease’. This means therapists will learn how to palpate for a trigger point and determine the direction in which the trigger point is resistant to movement and work in that direction to create a release of the trigger point.
     

  • Trigger Point Therapy and Common Injuries: Therapists will learn about common injuries and how trigger point therapy can help these conditions. For example, treating Sciatica with Trigger Point Therapy can include work on Piriformis, Gluteals, and Hamstring trigger points.


After this workshop, practitioners will have the skillset necessary to:

  • Palpate and find Trigger Points

  • Feel Directional Resistance in a trigger point

  • Work a trigger point and feel it’s release

  • Understand which trigger points to work on for certain injuries and complaints


This class is eligible for credit within the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Program should the student want to pursue further training.
 

Advanced Shoulder, Ribs, & Upper Back: Myo-fascial and Spinal Techniques for Upper Back Pain Relief

(8 CEU hours) This one-day class explores spinal mechanics of the thoracic spine and ribs and shows techniques that help manual therapists understand and utilize these dynamics in order to bring about greater functionality in the thoracic spine and ribs.  First, we will explore myo-fascial techniques using the Morales Method® of Manual Therapy and then we learn and practice spinal mechanics techniques that help to promote greater range of motion in the spine and ribs that may help the client toward pain relief.  Hallmarks of the Morales Method® (Directional Resistance for example) are introduced and explored in this workshop. This class is eligible for credit within the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Program should the student want to pursue further training.

Exploring Fascia: Advanced Palpation for Manual Therapists

(8 CEU hours) This one-day class is intended to give the manual therapist and bodyworker a solid base in the advanced palpation techniques used by Structural Integration practitioners.  We will explore the current research with regards to fascia and myo-fascial tissue, understand the Morales Method® way of approaching myo-fascial tissue, and then practice these advanced palpation techniques.  This way of working is the hallmark for the way practitioners of the Morales Method® work and can also inform other practitioners in other modalities. This class is eligible for credit within the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Program should the student want to pursue further training.

Visceral Work

(16 CEU hours) In this 2-day class we will be exploring Visceral Bodywork from a unique approach. First, we will be understanding how the viscera developed during our embryological development. Using this information, we will blend it with the Stages of Motor Development in babies to form a basis for how the viscera have an inherent motion. With this understanding of inherent motion of the viscera, we will start to seek and palpate the viscera, the Heart, Lungs, and Kidney.

When we find and palpate the viscera, we will feel for their inherent motion as we noted they might be moving as a result of their development. We will then seek to aid them in moving in all directions of their natural range of motion. Our understanding of this approach is that seeking to improve their natural range of motion may aid in more functional movement in the territory in which the organ resides and we hope resulting in a more functional movement for the body overall. This class is eligible for credit within the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Program should the student want to pursue further training.

Deep Tissue

(24 CEU hrs) This three-day class is exclusively designed to help massage therapists gain valuable Deep Tissue manual therapy skills that they can integrate into their existing modalities while utilizing proper body mechanics. Students will learn to work deeply, effectively, and safely on all areas of the body and with a myriad of different tools from soft fists to the ulnar ridge. This class is eligible for credit within the Morales Method® Deep Tech Program should the student want to pursue further training.

Courses Taught by Sharon Oshita:

Facilitated Stretching

(16 CEU hours) This class will discuss the basic neurological responses we are attempting to initiate to help muscles which may be contributing to a variety of symptoms release. It will focus on Post Isometric Relaxation (PIR) and Reciprocal Inhibition, (RI), two of the most commonly used approaches to getting muscles to relax and re-set to a more optimal length. The beginning of the class will be lecture so as to understand the principles being used. The remainder of the time will be used to review muscle anatomy and practice the techniques discussed in lecture. This class will enable you to use these techniques immediately on almost any muscle/muscle group in the body! This class is eligible for credit within the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Program should the student want to pursue further training.

Sports Massage – Pre & Post Event for Client Peak Performance

(16 CEU hours) This class will focus on approaches for pre-event and post-event massage therapy. Students will practice a variety of massage strokes and will gain an understanding of intention through discussion and hands-on practice. All phases of sports massage will be discussed, with important detail given to timed sequences, which will be taught specifically for pre/post event sessions. These timed sequences are designed to be templates for the student to use immediately after class and to build on and create their own “signature” sports massage sequence. This class is eligible for credit within the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Program should the student want to pursue further training.

Sports Massage - Shoulder Injuries

(16 CEU hours) This 2-day class will focus on learning special tests and assessments for the shoulder complex. We will incorporate these tests into a thorough evaluation process to enable us to give our clients the best possible care. We also discuss understanding the different stages of tissue healing, and proper use of ice vs. heat, which are both important when dealing with injuries. This class is eligible for credit within the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Program should the student want to pursue further training.

 

Medical Massage Courses:

In the courses listed below, you will learn tried and true techniques used by advanced professionals that have helped get clients out of pain. You will learn valuable assessment, anatomy, and pathology knowledge, myo-fascial techniques, and effective muscle energy techniques in each class. Instead of just learning one technique for these conditions, with the Morales Method® you will be exposed to a synthesis of the most effective modalities and a myriad of techniques and approaches to working with these conditions we commonly encounter as practitioners. All of the courses below (taught by either Marty or Sharon) are eligible for credit in the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Certification Program should the student want to pursue further training.

Courses Taught by Marty Morales:

Medical Massage- Carpal Tunnel

(8 CEU hours) Learn about the pathology of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and how to use the various modalities (including nerve work) in order to bring relief to your clients who suffer with this disorder. Students will learn techniques to address common hot spots related to Carpal Tunnel such as the carpal bones, interosseous membrane, ancoinus and more!

 

Medical Massage- Frozen Shoulder

(8 CEU hours) Learn about the pathology of Frozen Shoulder. Several modalities including MET, Structural Integration, and Deep Tissue will be covered to help your client gain a more pain free range of motion. Techniques to address potential culprits of Frozen shoulder such as pectoralis, supraspinatus, teres and more will be covered!

 

Medical Massage- Headache & TMJ

(8 CEU hours) The jaw has a close relationship to headaches. In this class, you will learn the pathology of tension headaches and how to work the muscles of the jaw, neck, and head to help alleviate them.

 

Medical Massage- Sprained Ankle & Knee

(8 CEU hours) In this class, students will learn tissue testing and palpation assessments for common conditions in the knees and ankles. Manual therapy techniques to work with Talus, myo-fascial septum, the fibula, and more will be taught to help you address common injuries in the knees and ankles.

 

Courses Taught by Sharon Oshita:

 

Medical Massage: Low Back

(16 CEU hours) This 2-day class will cover sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which is a common culprit in back pain! You will learn basic mechanics of the pelvis and the sacroiliac joint, along with understanding the various ways it may be presenting itself to your clients. You will also learn quick and effective ways to evaluate and correct imbalances that may be contributing to low back pain, including a few muscle energy techniques. We will also consider the surrounding soft tissue and muscles and do hands-on practice to get an effective result in helping to relieve low back pain and sacroiliac joint dysfunction in our clients.

 

Medical Massage: Whiplash

(8 CEU hours) This workshop will include reviewing anatomy, etiology, and other conditions that may arise in conjunction with WHIPLASH. We will also discuss the basic spinal mechanics of the cervical spine and possible vertebral rotation and how we might help to relieve these issues. We will learn and practice various techniques to add to your toolbox to maximize your success!

Head back to our Class Schedule to see which of these courses is available near you!

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