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Approaching the Upper Body from All Angles


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4 CE Hours - E603
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Approaching the Upper Body from All Angles

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  • Manual - 65 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Online Videos - 2 hours
  • Certificate upon completion


Your client’s body is stuck in its usual spots – that’s no surprise. But is your work stuck in a rut, too? Learn new ways to resolve those all-too-familiar client complaints—and invigorate your routine—by approaching the body from unfamiliar angles. We’ll address the crucial, but often ignored, lateral musculature—from the QL to the pecs, from the rotator cuff to the scalenes. You’ll expand your technique toolbox and envision your client’s whole body anew.

This course challenges us to see the client's body in all its dimensions, and all its actual complexity, and offers ways of working – namely, by focusing on the lateral aspects of the musculature – that is often unfamiliar for both therapist and client alike. The result is that participants learn new techniques and new ways of tackling those common problems that don't seem to be responding to our typical work.

Course Objectives

  • List the muscles located on or around the lateral aspect of the upper body, from the quadratus lumborum to the scalenes.
  • Describe the ways that these lateral musculature can contribute to some of the typical complaints of upper body stress and tension and dysfunction.
  • Practice 14 specific techniques to engage these lateral structures from uncommon angles and with uncommon approaches.
  • Learn to create each stroke by leaning with their whole body, in order to address this vulnerable area of the client in a way that feels safe to the client and safe for their own body mechanics.

Course Reviews

Kate Niles, LMT


Colleen Curran, LMT, BCTMB


Excellent! Since lock down and folks having issues with COVID this has been very beneficial to their bodies and health.

Erica Kent, LMT


Lisa Migliazzo, LMT


Mara Jael Martinez, LMT, BCTMB


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David Lobenstine, LMT

David Lobenstine, LMT

David M. Lobenstine has been a massage therapist, teacher, and writer for over a decade. He is a graduate of the Swedish Institute and Vassar College. He has worked in a variety of settings, from luxury spas to the US Open Tennis Tournament to a hospice to now, exclusively, his own private practice, Full Breath Massage. And he has developed and taught continuing education courses around the country, from the Swedish Institute to the AMTA National Convention. His aim, both with his clients and in his teaching, is to enhance self-awareness, so that we can do the things we love with efficiency and ease.

Mr. Lobenstine is the creator and instructor of Pour Don't Push, Working the Rib Cage, Using Your Thumbs Wisely, Approaching the Upper Body from All Angles, Approaching the Lower Body from All Angles, and Using the Breath to Massage Better.

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