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Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique Shoulder, Axilla, Ribcage & Upper Back

Course Description: SMRT: Shoulder, Axilla, Ribcage, & Upper Back live class or video course will help you to work the entire shoulder girdle. You will learn to successfully work with:

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Kyphosis
  • Rotator Cuff Tears, both before and after surgery
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection and associated Lymphedema
  • Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease and Thoracic Spondylosis
  • Tendinitis and Bursitis of the Shoulder
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • And much 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: Shoulder, Axilla, Ribcage, & Upper Back. This course will teach you to work with all of the tissues in the shoulder girdle 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, LA approved until 2021, and AR approved, for 24 CEs.

Video course is NCBTMB approved, as well as NY sponsored, for 8 CEs. Check your state regulations to see how many CE’s you can receive for technique classes done by home study. This video course is available on Full Circle’s streaming subscription service. Information is as follows:

Videos, Books, Slides, Vlogs, and more are on Full Circle’s subscription service.

Basic subscription will include:

1) all SMRT basic videos and textbooks, including head & neck; arm & hand; shoulder, axilla, ribcage, & upper back; hips, lower back, & abdomen; and lower extremities.

2) CEs for all video classes listed above.

3) basic SMRT textbooks may be downloaded one time. Videos cannot be downloaded.

4) shorter videos on individual SMRT moves (these videos do not carry CEs).

5) anatomy videos (these videos do not carry CEs).

6) movement videos (these videos do not carry CEs).

7) short vlogs about clients, specific issues, specific areas of the body, and anything else we think we want to add.

Advanced subscription will include:

1) everything in the basic subscription.

2) all advanced SMRT videos and workbooks, including advanced head & neck; advanced arm & hand; advanced shoulder, axilla, ribcage, & upper back; advanced hips, lower back, & abdomen; and advanced lower extremities.

3) 11 in depth, advanced assessment classes and slides for each class.

4) advanced SMRT workbooks and slides for assessment classes may be downloaded once. Videos cannot be downloaded.

5) CEs for all videos in 2) and 3).

6) additional advanced content videos and vlogs (these do not carry CEs).

7) and anything else we think will help you understand and treat clients, family, and/or yourself.

Subscriptions may be canceled at any time. If you cancel in the middle of a month that has been paid for, no refund will be made. Periodically, we will sell a limited number of lifetime memberships.



What People are Saying About this Course

Evaluation Comments from Shoulder, Axilla, Ribcage & Upper Back Courses in 2019:

Participants share what they liked best about the Shoulder, Axilla, Ribcage & Upper Back Class:

“Very hands-on.  Very well done!  Can’t wait to integrate in my massage practice.  Dawn and Mary were wonderful.  I would definitely attend another class!”

“Anatomy specificity and review were simply amazing.  Lots of time for hands-on trades to apply technique.  Thank you for inspiration to get back to anatomy basics and more!!”

“Dawn’s use of anatomy terms when describing movements.  Great review of what I thought I knew but need to back into my daily use.  Instructors and assistants, one on one time at the table was great.  Helped me to pull it all together!”

“Lots of checking in from TAs and instructor providing correction and/or confirmation.”

“Teacher has a wealth of information and gives numerous examples of diagnoses in which SMRT helped, answered our questions fully and completely.  She was my favorite!  Loved her!”