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Enjoyed listening to her lectures, she know this stuff inside and out.
I attended my first SMRT class in Aug of 2019. I didn't really know what I was in for. Class was incredibly informative with an amazing amount of well constructed hands on experience. I knew in that class that I NEEDED to take another class. I was able to take my 3rd class in May of 2020 and the amount of information I am able to walk away with is mind blowing. These instructors have been working with this technique for a long time. They are able to add in critical thinking skills to the students who have more experience while keeping it simple and straightforward and easy to follow for the first timers to get the hang of. 24 hours of class seems tough to commit to, we're busy and are always planning for the next thing, but the time flies by very quickly and doesn't seem like enough time once you've been to a class. I have one class left to complete the whole body, and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for next years schedule to be released! Highly, highly, highly recommend! Take the plunge and commit to the class.
I have been an L.M.T for 20 years and consequently have taken many CE classes. Dawn Lewis/SMRT is by far the best series I have attended. The information and techniques have proven to be amazingly effective in my current practice. I so wish I had found SMRT 20 years ago. Thank you Dawn, Patti, Rhonda.
This class is fantastic. At first I was overwhelmed by all the anatomy terms used (only because it has been a long time since I'd used anatomical words) but they were very helpful in helping understand what they were talking about with pictures and explanations until it started coming back to me. The technique was different than I had studied before, but once I saw what the results were, how easy it was to gain those results and how easy it was on my body, (I'm not a young person anymore), I was hooked. I will be taking more classes in the future.
As a 15 year veteran, I appreciate the specific attention to anatomy in this work as well as the theories. My practice was leaning this way in an organic manner - just technique execution was a tad different, so it was nice to hear/do what was already coming naturally. Gentler ways to address body discomforts has been invaluable for me and my practice. Really enjoyed the exchanges in class too. Looking forward to the new year of self-study!
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.