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Save your hands and wrists - review the theory and use of the forearms as a primary massage tool. The Auth Method® of forearm massage, developed by Shari Auth, LMT, L.Ac., MA, demonstrates that by massaging with the forearms one can benefit from the advantages of this practice including more durability, more leverage, a larger surface area of contact and reduced wear and tear on the more fragile joints of the hands and wrist.
Lauriann Greene, CEAS, Co-author of Save Your Hands! had this to say about the Auth Method®:
Using the forearms instead of the hands is a great way to reduce stress to the hands, which are so overused in massage work. All massage therapists should learn the Auth Method® of forearm massage techniques to help protect and prolong their careers.
Through text and video you will review how to massage the body in supine, prone and side lying position using the forearms. These techniques can be used for relaxing spa massage, deep tissue massage, medical and prenatal massage. The program also demonstrates Chi Gong (or Qi Gong) exercises for better body mechanics during massage.
Have been wanting to utilize more forearm in my work and less thumb work. What I learned will facilitate a greater healing in my clients with less effort on my part. I really enjoyed this. What an asset. Thank you.
- J. Wade
Very nicely done DVD's and clear demonstrations of techniques. An excellent contribution to bodywork technique.
- A. Coe, LMT
The DVD's are GREAT, showing different camera angles of the techniques so I was able to follow along in real time. Between the dialogue and visual components, I was confident I was performing the techniques properly!
- R. Young, LMT
DVD's are very well done; enjoyed the outside environment; the Chi Gong is a great addition and well integrated. I have been a massage professional since 1988; thank you for your instruction to reduce my physical stress.
- M. Robbins, LMT, NCTMB
I found the DVD's very helpful. Also, the book was effective in both the explantations, pictures and thorough. I will definitely be incorporating the forearm massage into my practice.
- K. Holligan, NCTMB
I took this class because I've recently developed wrist pain - it's great to know that I'll not only be preserving my hands and wrists, but providing a better experience for my clients. I can't wait to get started!
- Sara Huestis, LMT
I would highly recommend this course to therapists who want to enhance their practice and save wear and tare on their hands. i have been giving massages for over 27 years and have incorporated forearm techniques into my practice already. Now I have new techniques that I can use and I'm very excited.
- Laurie Holmes, LMBT
I loved taking this course at home and the test on-line. Very convenient and i could work around my schedule
- Debbie Grimsley, LMBT
Really enjoyed it. i began using the techniques as i learned them and my patients loved them!
- Marianne Cancela, LMBT
Great course! thanks
- Charlie Bickley, LMBT
- Eric Dugger
Very informative. I believe everyone should take this course it was an eye opener.
- Astar Van Hout, LMBT
The course was very helpful and I feel it will help me with my practice
- Janet Radel, LMT
I thought it was very well done. Shari was excellent in her explanations and was very clear in her demonstrating on camera. Overall, I would recommend this course to other massage therapists. Thanks, Shari!
- Bruce Doneux, CMT, NCTMB
Very interesting material which I can use in my 5-6 massages per day
- Debbie Maker, LMT
Shari Auth's material was presented very well: To the point, organized, and very good visuals.
- Carla VanDeusen, LMT
This was an excellent course which i'll put to immediate use. I'm a long time massage practitioner who has used my hands, especially thumbs, far too much. Practicing these techniques made everything feel so effortless for me, and felt wonderful to me when receiving.Thanks so much, Shari, for this excellent course!
- Lorraine Ross, CMT
This course was more professionally presented and of greater value to my practice than I expected. Very impressive!
- Sally Rogers, LMT, NCTMB
Without question, it is THE best I have experienced. It was informative, succinct and held my interest.
- Eleanor Canestrari, LMT, NCTMB
As my hands age and lose strength, I will need more of the info contained here.
- Jason Ryan, LMT, NCTMB
I greatly enjoyed this material i already do a lot of forearm work but now I am going to start doing side lying forearm work.
- Jessica Scott, LMT
I am so glad I picked this course. I just needed to get the CEUs and I got extremely lucky I picked this as one of my courses. I love the Auth Method and plan on it being a huge part of my massage from now on. Yes, it will help lower the toll on my hands and fingers. But, I see great techniques, with unlimited potential, too! Thank you!!!
- Dan Lawson, LMT
Needed this course few years ago, might have better hands now if I had ' Thanks so much!
- Rebecca Wingfield, LMT
I enjoyed learning the Auth Method and feel I will use the techniques in my practice and save my hands. Got great feedback from the clients I practiced the techniques with.
- Douglas Logan, LMT, NCTMB
I enjoyed this course and feel I can make real use of it in my practice.
- Siobhan MacMahon, LMT, NCTMB
This program was very easy to complete and very helpful in making me aware of proper body mechanics for safer and longer lasting career.
- Mary Atcheson, LMT, NCTMB
Thank you this was very interesting course
- Dawn Peek, LMBT
This course was a great way to learn valuable techniques to help save my hands from over-use injuries. The directions and illustrations were clear and informative. I would highly recommend this course to all body-workers.
- Heidi Wenderoth, LMT
I found this work to be very powerful. I have been told my massage is much deeper, yet I feel it is easier to do. I am able to work longer with less fatigue. I liked the presentation, very slow & clear.
- Joan Volpe, LMT, NCTMB
Good value for the course. I have been wanting to watch the prone/supine video for quite some time- I did not know there was a book and side-lying video in this series until I signed up for the course. Being able to get the continuing education credits along with the materials make this a really nice deal. I look forward to using more of these techniques after the birth of my baby (last trimester when taking course so it was done with lots of starts and stops) as well as promoting prenatal massage for other moms to be.
- Clara Greenwood, LMT
I loved this course. It has given me a way of working with my clients that is not so taxing on me allowing me to be more available for my clients. I am blessed to have a busy practice, however, that can be both tiring and difficult. This course has helped me tremendously to be able to move through my days and still have energy left over while having great results for my clients. Thank you so much for offering this course. I highly recommend it!!!
- Tammy Forbes, LMBT, NCTMB
I really enjoyed this course!
- Patrice Moran, LMT, NCTMB
It was great! Thanks for the training.
- Jenn Collard, LMT
Just the fine tuning I needed to refresh my thoughts , so that Im more able to convey to my clients what I'm trying to say and achieve. Very nice illustrations
- Zachary Broussard, LMT
I have suffered from tendonitis in my wrists in the past and these techniques were very helpful to me. I have always used my forearms somewhat, but now I will be able to use them more (and therefore use my hands less). Some of the positions the instructor used did not feel comfortable for me - I think she has longer arms than I do! For example, sitting on the table and contacting the client with my passive hand sometimes put my body in a twist and it felt odd. Overall, though, I found a lot of useful techniques in this course.
- Bridget Connor-Feldbaum, LMT
I have been able to utilize these techniques in my work as a massage therapist. Shari Auth is an experienced bodyworker, and an excellent teacher. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to expand their knowledge of massage therapy.
- Susan Stockdale, LMT, NCTMB
This is my 12th year to do continuing ed and this was one of the most interestng and applicable courses that I have taken!
- Darrell Rousseau, LMT, NCTMB
This course was great. I have actually been doing forearm massage for many of my 25 years of practice but found the information to be presented very well. Thank you.
- Valerie Williams, LMT
I am glad to have the DVDs for review. I learn more visually. Great techniques and helpful for both client and myself as a therapist.
- Kristi Gabriel, LMT
I am amazed at how well written this course is. The step by step with visual pictures are very well illustrated. Thank you Shari Auth for taking the time to complete such an incredible book. This is by far my favorite at home study course that I have taken in the 9 years of my massage career.
- Lindsay Duley, LMT
Not only did I gain valuable insight into the practioner that I am, but to what I am moving towards. The DVD's are fantastic and the text is perfect, with enough valuable information and pictures that I really felt like I was understanding the material in a powerful way.
- Melinda Sullivan, LMT, NCTMB
Very Useful. Very Fun! The material was easy to follow and paced perfectly.
- Johnathan Pina, LMT, NCTMB
Wonderful class, lots of good information on Techniques and helpful suggestions. Both videos are valuable referral tools for later use.
- Brenda Mabry, CMT, NCTMB
This is a great course. I have already implemented many of the techniques into my practice and my hands and arms already feel better. My clients feel better after the massage without feeling sore and felt it was relaxing. Thanks so much
- Thelma Dunham, CMT, NCTMB
I loved this course and being able to learn at home. I will definitely use this site again and recommend it to other therapists.
- June Harnish, LMT
THIS was a GREAT course !!! Superb content, concise instruction, valuable materials ! I would HIGHLY recommend this course.
- Sharon Cheek, LMT
Great material,, I will use this info in my massage. Thank you!!!
- Rosemaire Klatt, LMT, NCTMB
This was a wonderful course and the best part is that I can keep referring to the material for future questions and keep learning. There is still so much of this information to integrate. I really appreciate the clarity and detail. Thank you.
- Dixie Parker, LMT, NCTMB
Excellent course. The DVD instruction and manual provided a very effective way to learn and will be a valuable resource for review. I highly recommend this course!
- Elizabeth, LMT
When I telephoned the Institute, the person who helped me was friendly, clear and very helpful. The Auth Forearm text and DVD's are both very high quality in their presentation and material. I loved this Course!
- Annie McFadden, CMT, NCTMB
I've used and seen forearm massage methods from school and you tube videos, but this course makes me use more my forearms in my bodyworks and that spells a big difference in my massage approaches. I got the book and the videos to always check on better massage approaches from now on.
- Senon Posadas, LMT
I enjoyed and truly helpful its wonderful thank you!!
- Sheila Dennison, LMT, NCTMB
The Auth Method has helped enhance my ability to use my forearms, I feel confident that this will help me stay in the business for as long as I would like. I loved Sheri, I felt like she views massage the way I do--as an art form.
- Vanessa Norton, LMT, NCTMB
Thank you for providing an easy way for me to achieve my continuing education.
- Monica Wylie, LMT, NCTMB
This course was excellent!
- Terrilyn Ames, LMT
There are many interesting courses available on the Institute website. This was my first time using this website and I look forward to using it again. The material I have received was clear and very informative. I have learned so much and I am greatly appreciative. Thank you.
- Ashley Latour, LMT
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I will need to practice the many techniques. This forearm course has already provided less stress on my hands and provide more energy I need to complete each massage.
- Marian Hebert, LMBT
This was the an excellent course. I am already using the technique in my practice and my clients love it! Thank you for this wonderful course!
- Iris Riebsam, LMT, CMT, NCTMB
I used the forearm techniques as soon as I studied them and found a great release on my hands!! My clients enjoying the stokes also. I preferred to have a book and DVD to study the material, the DVD is a very useful tool!
- Sabine Sutterlin-Hutto, LMBT
Thank you for providing me with exactly what I needed. I can use these courses to prolong my career.
- Tim Lambrecht, LMBT
I thought this course was well written. I used to DVD to study from and then practice on a friend. The DVD was paced very well...in other words not too fast. I was able to watch the DVD and do the movements. My friend, who I was practicing on and who is also a massage therapist, said the same thing. Sometimes the training DVD's can be too fast paced. This was great and I would recommend it to others. Also Shari's voiced is well modulated. Excellent!!
- Suzanne Renaud, LMT
This is a great course, but should have been divided into three courses (and counted as three times as many CEU's). It was a very worthwhile but VERY difficult course. It takes a lot of hours of practicing on another person in order to really learn it. It will take many more hours to try to master the techniques of this course (and I have been practicing massage full time for 15 years). Unlike many other massage courses, I will be able to use what I learned in this course on a daily basis.
- Anne Kirkpatrick, CMT, NCTMB
I was leary about this course and its content. I thought it would be good information to have in the "tool belt" just in case. After viewing the first DVD I realized that I already incorporate many of the strokes already. Kudos to Shari Auth for keeping my attention and leaving me with "wanting more" I am anxious to work with my fellow therapists for feedback as I learn to "rhythm" my massage including even more of the forearm strokes Love the side lying sequence and strokes These will be particularly handy and helpful. My clients will love it I am sure. Thanks to Shari.
- Marie Cappuccio, NCTMB
Excellent course! I will use the auth method for massage in my practice. I really love the emphasis on body mechanics using qi gong.
- Karen Smith, LMT
Excellent course. Content was informative and interesting!
- Christine Colby, NH
- 2 DVDs - 117 minutes
- Text - 164 pages
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