Muscle Management® for Balancing the Core.

Core balance affects everything.

This is important.


Homeostasis and Balance:

   One of the foundational and continual component functions within biological systems is to maintain relatively constant conditions within its internal environment while continuously interacting with and adjusting to changes originating within or outside the system.

   In response to environmental factors, including gravity, homeostasis includes continuous motion, adaptation, and change as the body’s answer to life’s constant changes.

  It is through the body’s homeostatic mechanisms that:

  • Body temperature maintains a normal range.
  • Nutrients are supplied to cells as needed
  • Waste products are removed before they accumulate and reach toxic levels of concentration.
  • The body can maintain upright movement.

  These are but a few examples of the thousands of homeostatic control systems within the body. Some of these systems function within the cell, and others operate within an aggregate of cells (organs) to control the complex interrelationships among the various organs.

  • The body’s muscular components have an enormous influence on all of the body's systems.
  • Manual therapy can have an enormous influence on all of these mechanisms.

“Imagine the body as a tightrope walker, with its many muscles making small adjustments right and left, backward and forwards, in order to maintain an upright balance.

Any small deviation from this sometimes-fragile equilibrium can accumulate and contribute over time to a functional difficulty.”   

  Jacques Descotes, former President of the French Osteopathic Association (AFDO).

The foundation of the information presented in this class originates from Taum's studies with Lauren Berry RPT and Structural Engineer.

 This included assisting him in teaching his classes, assisting him in his clinic in Redding, and practicing/teaching The Berry Method® for over 40 years.

  One of the basic premises of Lauren's work is that the body’s core balance influences homeostasis and oftentimes, when the core is out of balance, corrections to other parts of the body will not last. Additionally, by reducing core soft tissue imbalances, the body’s innate self-repair mechanism functions more efficiently.

(Often following a session, clients report they sleep better :-)

 This class focuses on balancing the soft tissue components that actively influence a healthy and functional state of ease.



Techniques include soft tissue manipulation and targeted stretching to effectively address returning to core balance.
"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."
Newton's third law

Reduce muscular tension....reduce pain.
Often times the truth.

Get ready to explore the workings of the bodies core....

The target audience for this class are therapists seeking effective massage techniques to further enhance their knowledge and confidence for addressing pain and dysfunction in Back, hips*, and lower thoracic regions.  Consider the important role muscles play in situations throughout the body... that according to our own CDC, more visits to physicians’ offices were made for musculoskeletal conditions than for any other reason.

*Hip pain is often associated with an unbalanced thoracic region.

Expected outcomes for participants include:

  • A deeper understanding and appreciation for 'Muscular-Homeostasis.'
  • A better understanding of The Berry Method® of Corrective Massage and its principles of associating anatomy with the principles of structural engineering.
  • Enhancement of skills in recognizing and understanding the core issues influencing clients concerns throughout their body.
  • Adding and understanding core stretches to your ‘tactile toolbox'.
  • Enrichment of proficiency in the application of massage techniques for correcting soft tissue dysfunction to encourage restoration of pain-free function in joint movement.
  • Ability to demonstrate advanced corrective massage techniques on the core region using accurate contact, depth, and direction.
  • New tools for your 'tactile toolbox.'

Techniques and protocols will be presented that include:
  • repositioning misplaced muscles, tendons and ligaments towards optimum functionality
  • releasing adhesions within soft tissue structures and layers
  • mobilizing some of the bodies deepest tissue
  • correcting soft tissue distortion
  • accessing and encouraging the bodies' repair mechanisms
  • recognizing adaptive compensation
  • passive and active stretching techniques

 These classes include both a regional and a specific in-depth precision focus on the appropriate anatomy. Techniques to locate, stretch, correct and manipulate specific soft tissue will be presented, practiced, and reviewed...all with a PowerPoint image to aid your 'tactile vision' as you focus and practice.

Topics and techniques include:
  • Large Intestine
  • Obliques
  • Rectus Abdominis
  • Adductor Magnus
  • Adductor Longus
  • Pectineus
  • Psoas
  • Gracilis
  • S.T. Ligaments
  • Obturator Internus
  • Iliocostalis
  • Quads and Hamstrings
  • Quadratus Lumborum
  • Vertebral Gutter
  • Spinalis
  • Cervicis
  • Longissimus Thoracis
  • Multifidi
  • Rhomboids (they are not the villain:-)
  • Piriformis (NOT always the villain:-)
  • Serratus
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Golgi Tendon Organ
 There will be lots of 'hands-on' practice.

 Possibly one of Lauren Berry's greatest contributions to Massage therapy was in recognizing that muscles, tendons, and ligaments have an optimal anatomical position and can be shifted off that position via trauma, adaptation, etc.

 By recognizing, respecting, and responding to that functional organization, therapists can often reduce tension and pain rather quickly. Often times it is a simple matter of putting the tissue back where it belongs.

The learning process is intended to aid you in...
  • Developing and heightening your awareness of the many associations within the body, for example... the relationships of structure to function to repair to maintenance.
  • Increasing and enhancing your tactile vision...the ability to not only target a specific muscle but to see it in your mind's eye.

Registration information.

Class policies


NCBTMB approved 13 CEU class.

Class size limited.


For more information on this class: 

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"Taum Sayers is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider.
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