Get to know AMTA National Convention presenter Brian Utting and learn more about his hands-on session "Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Posterior, Lateral & Anterior Neck."
Why massage therapy?
I always liked massage, and had received a number of professional massages that were quite relaxing. I met a woman named Catherin Maxwell, who was working at a whole other level. The work was not only enjoyable, but radically improved my mobility, posture, ease of breathing and the texture of my tissue. It really transformed the quality of my life.
When did your start practicing?
What was your education like?
In college, I majored in film studies and filmmaking, and was cultivating a minor in Biology. This really helped me when I became a massage instructor because I had training in not only life sciences, but how to organize a presentation. I went to Brenneke School in Seattle for my formal massage training. I later did an extended program with Ben Benjamin.
And your current setting?
I own and operate the Pacific Northwest School of Massage here in Seattle, and I am on the road teaching about twice per month.
What do you enjoy? And what are the challenges?
I love teaching, and find it very fulfilling. I also love traveling, and am fortunate to have the opportunity to do both. The challenging part is that the administrative work is never done.
Why should massage therapists attend your session at the AMTA National Convention?
We sometimes think of the neck as one functional unit, but it contains dozens of tiny muscles, attached to a complex architecture of bony prominences. I think skillful deep tissue work in the neck is not about brute force; it's about precision and sensitivity, informed by knowledge of the anatomical structures. It's rare in my experience to find massage therapists who know how to massage the neck in a really precise, specific way—especially around the small muscular attachments to the transverse processes—even though this is often where the muscles are most frayed and/or inflamed.
Some takeaways that attendees won’t read about in the session description?
Some classes expose you to a technique, but don't really teach you how to competently perform the technique. This class is designed for retention and immediate application in practice, whether you work in a spa or a clinical setting. Students have been quite happy with the class, and they get great feedback from their clients, who notice the difference. We also have a lot of fun in the class.
Attend the AMTA National Convention in Milwaukee October 26-29! Check out Brian's Pre-convention Workshop: Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Posterior, Lateral & Anterior Neck and expand your knowledge and skills!