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Pour Don't Push

14 CE Hours - E649

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Un-learn the counterproductive habits that you have accumulated from too many shifts at the spa 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?

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 investigate 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


  • Online Manual - 140 pages
  • Online Videos - 20 videos with approximately 8.5 hours of instruction
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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