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Pour Don't Push

How to Massage with Greater Depth and Ease

14 CE Hours - E649
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Pour Don't Push

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Materials

  • Manual - 140 pages
  • Online Videos - 8.5 hours
  • Multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

Description

Un-learn the counterproductive habits that you have accumulated and re-learn that passion you used to have for your work. We are too determined to make our clients feel better. The result: we work too hard. We try to push our clients into feeling better. But what if we pour rather than push? With Pour Don't Push you will learn how to massage with greater depth and ease.

Let instructor David Lobenstine guide you in facilitating change, rather than force change, in your clients. In this online video and text-based home study course you will rediscover your most powerful therapeutic tools—your breath and your body weight. These innate tools are what make us great therapists, and yet are the same tools we so often forget. The more sessions we do, the more we tend to rely on our muscles, the more we become convinced that we need to force our client into letting go.

Here we will see the results of the opposite approach—the “pouring principle.” As you contact your client with ease, you help your client become an engaged partner in the work; in turn, you can put the “deep” back in deep tissue massage, but without strain or pain.

Some of the information you’ll learn in this course includes:

  • Individual patterns of muscle tension and excess holding while giving a massage.
  • The difference between delivering massage strokes by contracting your muscles and “pushing” your body rather than “pouring” your body weight by leaning into the client.
  • Applying typical massage strokes by “pouring” using your own body weight versus “pushing” and using excess muscle contraction.
  • Demonstrating how to pour using three different movements of the pouring principle—leaning in, leaning away, and rocking.
  • Discovering our own habitual breathing patterns, then creating a cycle of exhalation and inhalation that is more efficient and requires less effort than our habitual breathing patterns.
One of the greatest gifts we can give to our clients is to not try to do so much. In “Pour Don’t Push,” we discover that a massage session is often more effective – and feels better! – if you work slower rather than faster, and if you do fewer strokes rather than more.
-David Lobenstine

Course Objectives

  • List the places in the body that massage therapists tend to hold tension as we massage.
  • Discover your own particular patterns of muscle tension and excess holding while giving a massage.
  • Explain the benefits of working on a lower table and with a minimum of oil.
  • Differentiate between delivering massage strokes by contracting your muscles and "pushing" the body versus "pouring" your body weight by leaning into the client.
  • Discover the benefit of creating each massage stroke by bending your knees and moving your entire body so that the hips are behind every stroke.
  • Demonstrate the application of the typical massage strokes -- compression, effleurage, petrissage, cross fiber friction -- by “pouring” using your body weight as opposed to “pushing” using excess muscle contraction.
  • Demonstrate how to apply the pouring principle when using various points of contact (thumbs, fingertips, heel of hands, fists, forearms, elbows).
  • Demonstrate how to pour using the three different movements of the pouring principle—leaning in, leaning away, and rocking.
  • Understand the role of burnout in hampering a massage therapist’s career, and explain the ways that burnout can be emotional as well as physical.
  • Explain the role that breathing plays in facilitating the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Articulate your own habitual breathing patterns and learn to lengthen your own exhalation in order to create a cycle of exhalation and inhalation that is more efficient and requires less effort than your habitual breathing patterns.
  • Review the physiological and emotional benefits of practicing mindfulness.

Course Reviews

Kimberly Hood, LMT

This is one of the best trainings I have come across that benefits both the therapist and the client. Highly recommend. Look forward to learning and using this in my practice.

Lauren Davis, LMT

Really enjoyed the course

Loretta J Barrett, LMT, BCTMB

Body Mechanics, Body Mechanics, Body Mechanics....I took this course as a refresher type course. We as MT's become complacent in our daily routine and new offerings are always welcome in my practice. I was amazed how much of this work I was already doing, good to see it being done on video. I have danced around my table for 11 years now and still look forward to every clients encounter. A great reminder to work smarter not harder!!! Thanks

Irene Rose, LMT, BCTMB

material was new to me i did not know it even existed but worth it I learn a lot,a little confusing at times but I got through

Joseph Cook, LMT

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Instructors

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.

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