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Resistance / Release Work: A Dynamic Addition to Your Massage Skills

January 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am - January 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

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One event on January 18, 2020 at 9:00 am

$425 – $475

Instructor(s): Deane Juhan

Time: Sat-Mon 9AM-6PM
Workshop Price: $475 ($425 if registered a month in advance)
Location: Florida School of Massage
CE Hours: 24 Florida and National

Registration: Contact Frank Merillat at (352) 371-0743 or e-mail at fmerillat@mac.com

Description: Relaxation and stress relief are certainly two main goals of bodywork. But there is an important addition to your clients’ somatic well-being that more directly addresses the patterns of muscular habituation, posture, compensations due to injury and the restoring of freedom of movement and freedom from pain: the re-education of the overall sensory motor patterns that have accumulated over time.

The work that will be presented in this workshop is an innovative approach developed by Deane Juhan, based in large measure upon the rehabilitative techniques of Dr. Milton Trager.

Functionally, we are really one muscle that is divided up by the connective tissue structures into different compartments in order to provide specific vectors of motion and coordinated groups of motor units. We are not robots with hinges, cables and pulleys, but shape-changers, and any gesture involves the participation of wide-spread muscular supports and motivators.

Resistance/Release work is designed to re-coordinate our musculature as a whole and to train more efficient and effective recruitments of muscular contractions and lengthenings involved in any position or movement, from feet to head and from sleeve to core. The result is dramatically improved muscular coordination, adding both ease and strength to all of our activities. This approach fits well with most modalities practiced by massage therapists.

This class will explore the role of the Gamma Motor Reflex. Slides, lecture and discussion will be utilized to present a clear understanding of the ways in which the gamma system—together with sensory and contractile systems—forms the basis of all muscular patterning. This understanding dramatically enhances the intentions and effectiveness of virtually any practice that has to do with muscular habits and movement patterns. It is directly applicable to all bodywork modalities that deal with trauma, pain management, rehabilitation, improved range of motion, enhanced performance, and the development of more effective habits of both muscles and mind. Practitioners of yoga, massage, Trager, Cranio-Sacral, Feldenkrais, Rolfing, Alexander Technique, Pilates, Gyrotonics and Physical Therapy will find this useful and applicable to their practice.

About the instructor: Deane Juhan is the author of Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork and Touched by the Goddess: The Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Power of Bodywork. He has been a professional bodyworker, teacher and lecturer for over 40 years, including 18 years on the Esalen Massage Staff and 30 years as a practitioner and instructor of The Trager Approach. He spent years in direct contact with Dr. Milton Trager and this is reflected in his approach to body work. He has taught his seminars in anatomy and physiology for bodyworkers in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan.


January 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am
January 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
$425 – $475


Florida School of Massage
6421 SW 13th St
Gainesville, FL 32608 United States


Frank Merillat