Deep Tissue Massage: Safe and Effective Techniques for Common Problem Areas


January 13, 2012, 8 am–3:30 pm

Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC
630 Assembly St
Columbia, SC 29201


It is estimated that one in four Americans suffers from some form of musculoskeletal dysfunction. The areas most commonly affected are the upper and lower back, neck, and upper and lower extremities. Contributing factors include work injury, personal injury, home and vehicular accidents, sports and aging. Deep tissue massage techniques can greatly benefit sufferers of chronic pain and injury. However, there is a general misunderstanding of the concept of deep tissue massage from the perspectives of the patient/client and the therapist. Deep tissue massage can injure both the client and the therapist if not performed appropriately.

Participants in this one-day seminar will learn what deep tissue massage really means so that you can evaluate each client and condition to determine its appropriateness. You will examine the anatomy of common injuries, assess safety considerations for both the client and yourself and establish protocols to determine proper duration of treatment. Participants will perform deep tissue massage techniques on the upper and lower back, neck, and upper and lower extremities in a hands-on lab. You will develop manual techniques using the thumb, fingers, fist, elbow and forearm and discover mechanical aids for performance of deep tissue massage. The hands-on experience gained in this seminar will help attendees provide safer, more effective deep tissue therapy beginning the very next day.

What You Will Learn:

  • Examine the anatomy of common injury areas that can benefit from deep tissue massage
  • Discover indications and contraindications for DTM
  • Conduct a thorough evaluation, including palpation of affected area, to determine muscles/joints that need attention
  • Incorporate proper body mechanics to ensure safety for both you and your clients
  • Define deep tissue massage and determine when its use is appropriate
  • Evaluate the affected area to determine the proper muscles to work
  • Perform manual deep tissue massage techniques to the neck, upper and lower back, and upper and lower extremities
  • Identify mechanical tools that are useful in administering DTM

Your Presenter:
VAL NARDO, PhD, LMT, CRC, is a Nationally Certified (NCBTMB) and Florida Licensed Massage Therapist with more than nine years of experience providing hands-on therapy. He is the owner of Wellness Concepts, P.A., where he offers massage therapy, holistic stress management and holistic weight/nutrition management services. Dr. Nardo has completed over 350 hours of advanced training in various massage disciplines, including medical massage, craniosacral therapy, assessment and treatment of upper and lower extremities, neuromuscular treatment and assessment of postural disorder. He has also completed studies in Eastern medicine, including polarity therapy, T'ai Chi and Qi Gong. He is a nationally certified vocational rehabilitation counselor and has more than 15 years of experience working as a vocational manager, supervisor and consultant. Dr. Nardo earned a Certificate in Massage Therapy from the Academy of Healing Arts in Lake Worth, Florida, in 2002 and a PhD in Natural Health from Clayton College of Natural Health in 2006. He has also earned certificates in personal training, holistic stress management, holistic lifestyle and weight management and exercise development through the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA).

What People Are Saying:
"Dr. Nardo has a deep understanding of the musculoskeletal system and how it relates to the root cause of symptomology. I have witnessed the immediate results of his work with clients." - Giuseppe Corinella, D.C., Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Tags: continuing education, deep tissue massage, massage therapy

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