Description of Morales Method® Classes
Relieving Low Back Pain 1
(16 CEU hours) - This two day class helps you to be as effective as possible with clients suffering from low back pain. In this 16 hour workshop the bodywork practitioner will learn the most effective assessment and treatment techniques that will alleviate your client's back pain fast. This class also provides you with the 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 sacral joints.
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.
Relieving Low Back Pain 2
(8 CEU hours) - This one day class continues with further spinal mechanics techniques for the low back and addresses issues of working with client in acute low back pain. We also address different myo-fascial techniques that work to deal with various nerve receptors in order to release contracted muscle tissue more effectively.
(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" and 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.
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 these and improve these relationships. Students will be given the skills to track down dysfunction in the cervical area 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.). From there, students learn how to work the tissue attaching to the spinous processes (and other parts of the vertebrae) and with gentle movements, 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 the soft-tissues in the neck.
Advanced Neck Work 2
(8 CEU hours) - This one day class continues with further spinal mechanics of the neck and addresses 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 which include the atlas and will learn how to employ MET techniques to release deeper muscles to help with challenging neck issues of the neck.
Core Integration Level I - for more information, click here
(40 hours) - In this class the bodyworker will learn how to perform effective body readings and assessments (in walking/movement) and how to work with myo-fascial tissue. The bodyworker will also learn how to see their work as a series of sessions rather than one off events. This workshop is required before taking Core Integration II and certification as a Morales Method® Core Integration Therapist.
Core Integration Level 2 - for more information, click here
(96 hours) This program is exactly what you would expect if you could spend this much time with two international instructors, one of them being the world renowned Art Riggs. In this program we will pick up where we left off after the Core Integration 1 workshop.
We go more in depth on the Morales Method® structured protocol of series work, expand on the philosophy behind this wholistic way of working, and get to witness a structural integration series of sessions and experience how structural integrators work.
Theory, demonstrations, and practicums as well as plenty of time for Q&A to make sure everyone fully understands the nuances of working in a series will be part of the program.
This class will discuss the basic neurological responses we are attempting to initiate to help muscles release that which may be contributing to a variety of symptoms. 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 to understand the principles being used and the remainder of time will be used to review muscle anatomy and practice the techniques mentioned. This class will enable you to use these techniques immediately on almost any muscle/muscle group in the body!
Sports Massage – Pre & Post Event for Client Peak Performance
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.
Sports Massage - Shoulder Injuries
This class will focus on learning special tests for the shoulder complex along with 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.
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: 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, a practitioner 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
Myofascial Bodywork - Common Injuries
(32 hours) - Also known as Medical Massage, this series of classes covers four common musculoskeletal conditions: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Knee and Sprained Ankle issues, Frozen Shoulder, and TMJ disorders/Headaches. In this four day course, you will learn tried and true techniques used by advanced professionals that have helped get clients out of pain. You will learn valuable assessment and pathology knowledge, myofascial techniques, and effective muscle energy techniques. Instead of just learning one technique for these conditions, with the Morales Method® you will be exposed to a syntheses of the most effective modalities.
Advanced Shoulder, Ribs, & Upper Back
Myo-fascial and Spinal techniques for upper back pain relief
(8 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.
Advanced Palpation for Manual Therapists
(8 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-fasical 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.