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As an LMT of 4 years it was time to take my practice to a higher level. I was looking for effective techniques to help clients and to learn better body mechanics for longevity as a therapist. I researched the best investment for my limited time and resources, and repeatedly Dawn Lewis/SMRT came highly recommended by many professionals on the various massage forums I read.
The course was a comprehensive review of anatomy (bony landmarks, OAI's,) with careful demonstrations and applications of technique. There was plenty of hands-on practice, relevant discussion, helpful hints, instructor assisted utilization, and open Q & A's.
Both Dawn and her TA, Carol, were explicit, clear, concise, adept, and warm and encouraging as well. The format was effective and enjoyable. I'm glad I took this hips, lower back, and abdomen course, and look forward to taking another live class with Dawn. She is a storehouse of knowledge and professionalism in anatomy, and health and wellness fields, with a strong business acumen to boot.
(In the meantime, I purchased an online ribcage and upper back course to complement what I've already learned. I prefer and usually only take in person classes, but am confident I will be able to incorporate the online material easily due to how well laid out SMRT courses are.)
Great, EFFECTIVE work! Dawn's extensive knowledge and experience, along with her relaxed approach, make a great combination for learning. The SMRT techniques produce results, and learning the theory allows a practitioner to begin to apply concepts to other areas of the body.
I have begun incorporating SMRT into sessions with some of my long-time (15 yrs+) clients with great results and enthusiastic response. The gentle, yet deeply effective results from SMRT are exciting for me and my clients. I am eager to continue learning/practicing these techniques. Thank you, Dawn (and Nicole)! I appreciate your professionalism and important contributions to the massage/bodywork profession.
In my 13 years of practice I haven't enjoyed a modality more. It's intuitive and the most effective to date. I plan to take a third class ASAP. Dawn and all her TA's are a delight to work with. I have learned so much.
I have now taken two 3-day courses in the SMRT method. It reminds me of Strain-Counterstrain, which I had learned previously, but the movements are much smaller and there is an addition of very gentle "compression" into the restriction. SMRT results in a quicker release than SCS. I now incorporate it in my sessions, along with other modalities, often utilizing SMRT before techniques that challenge restrictions more directly.
I'm impressed with the method and with Dawn, whose knowledge of anatomy is quite thorough. I've also been impressed with the other instructors and TAs I've worked with. If you want to learn a gentle, effective method for quickly releasing restrictions, you won't be disappointed. I almost forgot to mention that it's easy on the therapist.
This was my second SMRT class. Both the class and instructors are excellent and I highly recommend any of these classes. They are different from most other massage classes. They are so great with anatomy and it really is nice to freshen up on it. Plus, the techniques are so effective. It’s great to incorporate a different technique into
My practice that works!
Thank you for the seminar in Madison. It was fun, informative, and definitely a technique which I can use immediately in my massage practice.
Absolutely loved this class! Dawn has so much knowledge...I can’t wait to take another class. Also the videos she offers are awesome as well!
What a great class! For the first time *EVER* in my 20 years as a massage therapist I was asked to bring an anatomy atlas to class. I'd never been asked that before, and was blown out of the water with it. I knew right then SMRT was going to be something really special.
The class was well presented, thorough, and the teaching assistants were awesome! I left the class with skills I could immediately put to use, in a way that is gently clients and therapists alike!
I look forward to taking more classes.