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Releasing the Rotator Cuff: A Massage Perspective

Taught by Michelle Burns, BSN, BSAltMed, LMT, MTI


Michelle Burns is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider.

This one-day seminar offers you the tools to give your clients complete freedom from shoulder pain. Learn about rotator cuff injuries, how to release the affected muscles and prevention of future injuries. Experience the power of this technique for yourself, practice the skills in class and be confident you can immediately implement this technique in your practice. This course is a must for any therapist interested in helping their clients attain an injury-free state. Manual therapists are at high risk for rotator cuff/shoulder injuries. You will use this information for the rest of your career!

The shoulder complex is the most freely moveable part of our body. Because of this wonderful range of movement, it is highly susceptible to injury and dysfunction. Virtually all of our clients have experienced shoulder pain and injury. Rotator cuff injuries are becoming more and more common, especially in this age of "computer shoulders." People with rotator cuff/shoulder dysfunctions and injuries suffer constant pain, interrupted sleep, and loss of range of motion. A detailed understanding of the shoulder complex and the skills to precisely release the affected muscles are of the utmost importance to bring our clients to a pain free state.

What You Will Learn:

  • Examine the anatomy of the rotator cuff
  • Identify the anatomy of the shoulder complex
  • Describe the common causes of rotator cuff injuries
  • Explain how the scapulo-humeral rhythm affects the rotator cuff
  • Discuss strategies to prevent rotator cuff/shoulder injuries
  • Identify how to precisely palpate the rotator cuff muscles
  • Discover effective strategies for releasing the rotator cuff muscles
  • Demonstrate stretches and simple strengthening movements for the rotator cuff

What You Should Bring

Participants should bring sheets, lubricant, bolster and pillow. Women, please wear a sports bra or bathing suit to allow access to the rotator cuff muscles.

Michelle Burns has been a massage therapist since 1992 and has focused her practice on working with medically compromised clients. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, she worked as a registered nurse and later, as a health recovery specialist. Michelle has studied with numerous well known therapists as well as body physiology specialists to provide her the tools to make a difference. She has been teaching for over 10 years and her classes are full of information and opportunities to explore. She currently has a massage and health recovery consulting business in Austin.


Course fee is $125     6 Hours

Payment Plan: $80 at registration; $45 one month before class starts