Course 1: Taoist Deep Tissue – Core:
Pre-requisite for all other courses

In the Core class, you will learn the basics of Taoist philosophy (not religion) and its fitting application to bodywork; you’ll deepen your understanding of core kinesiology and pathology and how it can cause dysfunction and pain in peripheral parts of the body; you’ll learn how to quickly assess posture and muscular tension and develop a treatment plan; you’ll learn a variety of advanced manual soft-tissue manipulation techniques, and advanced stretching techniques, to release important core muscles like Ilio-Psoas, Rectus Abdominus, and Quadratus Lumborum.  This 18-CEU TDT for the Core workshop is the prerequisite for the two 8-CEU Upper Body, and Lower Body workshops.

Manual Techniques you’ll learn:

  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Deep Compression
  • Myofascial Stretching
  • Positional Release
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

Assessment Techniques you’ll learn:

  • Postural Analysis
  • Muscle Testing
  • Range of Motion Analysis

Other Things you’ll learn:

  • Taoist Philosophy
  • What is Chi?
  • What Intuition is… and isn’t​
  • The therapeutic power of deep breathing
  • Using your voice to guide the client’s breath and consciousness
  • The answer to Life, The Universe & Everything (Hint: 42 ;-)
May 19 – 21, 2017
18 CE hours

Instructor: Michael Raphael, LMT
Hours: (Fri-Sun) 10AM – 5PM
$325 early bird (4 weeks prior to the class)
$375 thereafter
$100 minimum non-refundable deposit
This level 1 is a prerequisite for additional courses

About Michael Raphael, LMT

Michael Raphael sees himself as a spirit whose purpose in this life is to be a fascilitator of healing. He does his best to fulfill this purpose by showing up as father, husband, son, brother, friend, therapist, teacher, activist, philosopher, singer & songwriter.

Michael was a medic in the US Army in the early ’90’s, began his career as a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2006, began teaching ChiGong in 2009 and became a Certified Personal Trainer in 2014.

He currently lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife and their two teenaged sons.  He and his wife, also an LMT, own Zenfinity Massage & Wellness.

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