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Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique Head & Neck

Course Description: SMRT: Head and Neck live class or video course will help you to work with all structures in the neck and head. You will learn to successfully work with:

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Forward Head Syndrome
  • Sub-Occipital Neuralgia
  • Headaches, including Occipital, Migraine, Temporal, and Frontal headaches
  • TMJ Disorders
  • Structures in the anterior Neck
  • Whiplash
  • And more

SMRT is a positional release modality. The principles of SMRT are similar to Strain Counterstrain and PRT. When we use SMRT, we move the tissue or body part into a position of ease or comfort. In other words, if tissue is shortened, we shorten it further.  What we believe is happening when we do passively move tissue into its existing pattern is described in a theory called Proprioceptive Theory.

Proprioceptive Theory states, in simple terms, that when tissue is in a dysfunctional pattern there is an imbalance in activity between the golgi tendon organs and the muscle spindle cells that leaves the muscle spindle cells more sensitive.  This sensitivity leads to increased restriction and sustained contraction.  SMRT positions decrease muscle spindle cell activity and restore length to shortened tissues.

What is the benefit of SMRT for practitioners?

  • faster results, we hold SMRT positions for 20 to 45 seconds
  • easy on the therapist, positions should be done in a small, slow, controlled fashion.
  • little to no pain for the client
  • effective, lasting treatments

Clients receiving SMRT treatments have reported the following:

  • that SMRT positions are incredibly relaxing giving them a feeling of euphoria
  • that they feel like the smallest movements are working deep within their body
  • reduction in pain while the position is being held
  • decreased inflammation, typically after one or two positions
  • increased movement when the session is over
  • results that last longer then other therapies they have experienced

Where should you begin your SMRT courses?

There are 5 courses in our basic series. They are SMRT: Head & Neck (with or without Cranial Sacral Therapy); SMRT: Arm & Hand; SMRT: Shoulder, Axilla, Ribcage, & Upper Back; SMRT: Hips, Lower Back, & Abdomen; and SMRT: Lower Extremities. You may begin your SMRT training with any of these classes either live or through video.

You are on the page for SMRT: Head & Neck. This course will teach you to work with all of the tissues in the head & neck to balance the muscle tone, alleviate or reduce pain, increase ROM, and much more.

More Benefits of Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique:

  • Gets you into deep tissues, quickly and painlessly, without “digging deep.”
  • Is extremely specific, giving you the ability to target even individual fibers within a muscle.
  • Addresses structures beyond muscles; including, ligaments, tendons, and fascia.
  • Is easy on your body.
  • Is safe and effective for many otherwise contraindicated clients and conditions.
  • Keeps your knowledge of anatomy fresh and working for you.
  • Allows you to work in areas inaccessible to palpation (pelvic floor, inter-cranial tissues, joint interiors).
  • Resets the neutral point between muscle spindle cells and golgi tendon organs.
  • Resolves trigger points painlessly.
  • Takes you to a new therapeutic level.
  • Enhances all other modalities.

Benefits of DVD’s and Digital Downloads:

  • Save the travel and tuition money of attending a class.
  • No time off required to attend the class.
  • Ability to review the demonstrations as often as needed.
  • Control of how and when you learn the information.
  • Convenience of being able to watch and follow the DVD with the client on the table.

Live seminar is NCBTMB approved (this means it is approved in all states that accept NCBTMB approved courses, which is most states), as well as NY sponsored and AR approved, for 12 CE’s. This class is only taught live with SMRT: Arm & Hand for a total of 24 CEs.

Video course is NCBTMB approved, as well as NY sponsored, for 5 CE’s. Check your state regulations to see how many CE’s you can receive for technique classes done by home study.


**STOP** Before ordering, this page shows BASIC SMRT Head & Neck live course locations and is to order the BASIC SMRT Head & Neck video. Order this video if you have never taken an SMRT class or have taken basic SMRT Head & Neck as a live class and would like the video to support what you learned. Please make sure these are the videos you wish to order as there will be no refunds once you receive your product. Because videos can be downloaded and copied, we DO NOT give refunds for mistaken purchases.

Additionally, if you are ordering a digital download, we physically load those into a google drive folder and share that folder with you. Depending on when you order, this process could take 1 to 3 days. Please do not email us until the 4th day. We understand that bigger companies automatically send links for digital downloads. We do not. We are a small company. Thank you for understanding and thank you for your purchase.



Head & Neck with CE's Book included DVD & Book Shipped to your address 5 $120 plus shipping
Head & Neck no CE's no Book DVD Shipped to your address 0 $95 plus shipping
SMRT: Head & Neck Book (No Video) Book Shipped to your address 0 $30 plus shipping
Head & Neck with CE's Book included Digital Download & Book Delivered to you through a Google Drive folder 5 $120
Head & Neck no CE's no Book   Digital Download Delivered to you through a Google Drive folder 0 $95

What People are Saying About this Course

Evaluation Comments from Head & Neck Course in 2022:

Participants share what they liked best about the Head & Neck Class:

“That’s it? Is it REALLY that easy? Learning a new thing that makes me work SMaRTer!”

“The information is presented in a clear and interesting way. Dawn is so well prepared and knowledgeable that the information is easy to understand.”

“The new concept, SMRT, for releasing areas of restriction.”

“The teaching is phenomenal. The instructor is incredibly knowledgeable and her TAs are extremely helpful and courteous.”

“Everything was well explained and very helpful teacher and assistants.”

“The technique itself was fantastic and the associations of specific pathologies each piece can target.”

“Everything! Excellent structure, info, and hands on!”