Freeing The Shoulders

Freeing The Shoulders - Advanced Massage
16th Sep 2022

If you regularly see clients with uncomfortable shoulder tension/stiffness & you would like to be much more effective then this course is for you.

On this course we will enhance your repertoire of techniques and your effectiveness when working on a client's shoulders - a really common area of stiffness and soreness


Please note - due to this tutor's health you will be asked to do a Lateral flow Covid-19 test the day before training & wear a mask - either Type 11R or FFP2

5 CPD Points

Prerequisite: You must have a minimum Level 3 body massage certificate i.e. VTCT, ITEC, C&G swedish, holistic, aromatherapy or sports massage

This workshop covers deep massage and pressure techniques for release and re-energising of the muscles. These are allied with passive movements and dynamic stretches to promote greater ease and flexibility.

The theory session will be interactive & incorporates a review of the main muscles of this area, looking at them in their functional groups to help make sense of them. We will also look at how to mobilise & promote flexibility in the shoulders

During the practical session we’ll work with the client in a prone position, which enables us to get at a large number of the muscles that relate to the shoulder girdle and the arm. The workshop looks at the choice of appropriate techniques, ways of moderating the pressure, how to blend them smoothly into a massage session, and relevant exercises to offer the client for self-maintenance. There is an emphasis on good bodyuse for the practitioner, and ’listening’ with your hands (monitoring and adapting to the client’s responses).

In addition to the course booklet all students will receive access to a video tutorial covering the techniques taught by Darien


I have really benefited and enjoyed looking more in depth at these areas of the back.  I found the mixture of Zoom and face to face teaching really accessible, informative and enjoyable.  The quality of the instruction was exceptional. I felt that the objectives were really clear and the training was very focused. It was really helpful to get an overview of the muscle systems we would be working on and the theory behind the techniques we would be using a week before the face to face class.  This meant I had time to process the information and revisit it so that when it came to the time in class I felt better prepared and was able to grapple with the new techniques because I understood what their purpose and intent were.  This has led to be being able to almost immediately assimilate new techniques into my work. 

It has been a revelation to consider my own body positioning and posture during massage.  I had been experiencing pain and discomfort by the end of the work day and had been concerned about the impact my work was having on me.  By working more mindfully and thoughtfully regarding my own body and the message that my own posture and positioning gives my client, not only am I experiencing considerably less discomfort, but I believe the quality of my massage has improved.  

I have really benefited and  thoroughly enjoyed learning from Darien. These courses were far more than just learning a few new techniques and have changed my thought processes, improved my awareness to the presentation of my clients bodies as well as my own and opened my eyes to new possibilities.  I feel I now have a clearer idea of the kind of Massage Therapist I want to be and am excited about where this may take me. Helen J 2021 (completed Freeing The Shoulders, Releasing the Lower Back & The Neck

Course Hours:
9.30am to 4.30pm approx
Holiday Inn Express,
Lakeside Drive,
NP10 8BB
(Near Cardiff and just 15 minutes from the Severn Crossing. Free all-day parking)
Course Tutor:
Darien Pritchard
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