The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Disorders of the Temporo-Mandibular Joint

  • The Esalen Institute The Esalen Institute
  • 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA, 93920
  • Nov 4 - 9, 2018 (6 days)
  • $420-7000, depending on accommodation selection

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There is growing demand for massage practitioners who have mastered the art of moving deeply into the body with skill and sensitivity. The capacity of Deep Bodywork to alleviate acute and chronic pain has made it an indispensable tool in treating difficult conditions such as thoracic-outlet syndrome and disorders of the temporo-mandibular joint. Understanding how the body’s soft tissues (muscles and fascia), can be brought into “organizing relationship” with its bony elements (the skeleton) through competent bodywork is crucial to alleviating the type of suffering typical of these two conditions.

This new Deep Bodywork workshop, designed for professional massage and bodywork practitioners, will focus on healing the relationship between the base of the neck, upper ribs, clavicle, and scapula—the structures that create the thoracic-outlet. The scalene, sterno-cleido mastoid, sub-clavius, and trapezius muscles will be of particular interest to us in this regard. Understanding the role of the pectoralis-minor in creating and sustaining this painful condition will be emphasized. Our attention will then turn to organizing on the masseter and temporalis muscles (face and head) as we transition into healing the temporo-mandibular joint. As we learn to work with these complex conditions, we’ll examine issues of the pace and depth of our work. Learning to slow down and sense tissue opening and changing is a fundamental skill vital to master as a professional bodyworker. It is the key to restoring normal function to structures that have become short, hard, and lifeless through trauma, poor posture, or repetitive stress injuries.

Professional massage experience is highly recommended for this advanced level class. This seminar is part of the Deep Bodywork for Massage Practitioners series developed by Perry and Johanna Holloman. This course offers 32 continuing education credits for massage. For more information, visit

Recommended viewing and reading: The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork DVD series, available at; Juhan, Job's Body.

($30 extra tuition and $5 materials fee will be added to the workshop cost)

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