Balancing the 'Core'.
Core balance affects everything...EVERYTHING

Muscle Management® for Back Problems and Injuries

9-5 on Saturday and Sunday, January 19-20, 2019

approved for 13 CEU's.


The Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics in Tacoma, WA. balanced-man-on-earth-

The Berry Method® of corrective massage supports the body's amazing innate ability to maintain and repair itself.

 Foundational premises within corrective massage work:

  • The human body has an innate ability to ‘repair and maintain itself.’
  • This ‘innate ability’ functions best when the body is in a state of equilibrium (homeostasis).
  • Core muscular balance influences this 'homeostatic capacity.'
  • This natural ability is under duress at some level when a client presents with any pain/dysfunction.
  • Duress is often the end product of core muscular imbalances. (Spasm, adhesion, distortion).
  • By reducing those muscular/soft tissue imbalances, the body is better able to return to homeostasis.


   The foundation of the information presented in this class originates from Taum's studies with Lauren Berry Sr., Registered Physical Therapist and Structural Engineer...a unique combination. One of the fundamental premises of this work is that the body’s state of core balance influences homeostasis.  

   Therapeutic corrections to other parts of the body often do not last when the bodies ‘Core’ is out of ‘Balance’. Chronic pain can serve as an example. With core soft tissue imbalances reduced and homeostasis returned, the body’s innate self-repair mechanism can function more efficiently.  

   Techniques to locate, stretch, and correctively manipulate appropriate soft tissue will be presented, practiced, and reviewed. There will be relevant PowerPoint images to aid your 'tactile vision' as you focus and practice.

(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.

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 Techniques include soft tissue manipulation and targeted stretching to effectively address some of the bodies core imbalance issues.
"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:

  • 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 appropriate application of massage technique 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.
  • A better understanding of The Berry Method® of Corrective Massage and its principles of associating anatomy with the principles of structural Engineering.

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.

Re-balancing topics and techniques include:

  • Large Intestine
  • Quadratus Lumborum
  • Oblique’s
  • Rectus Abdominis
  • Psoas
  • Longissimus Thoracis
  • Multifidi
  • Obturator Internus
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Iliocostalis
  • Golgi Tendon Organ
  • Rhomboids (they’re not the villain :-)
  • Hip and SI balancing
  • S.T. Ligament
  • Bulging disks


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.

  Through 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 minds eye.

Registration information.

Class policies

NCBTMB approved FOR 13 CEU's.

Class size limited.
Investment: $400
Dates: 9-5 each day on Sat-Sun, Jan 19th-20th, 2019


The Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics in Tacoma, WA.

Contact: Spencer Evans This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 206-473-7756


  • Basic Massage or other bodywork license/certificate.

 For more information on this class: 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call: 530.587.6816

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

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