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Soft Tissue Mobilization Course – Level 1

March 29, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Using Traditional Chinese Massage (Tuina) Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Gua Sha Therapy as Methods to Move Skeletal Tissue and Create Change.

Instructor: Heather MacCormac, RMT, RRT, CSP – Professional Trainer-Facilitator
EMAIL: hmaccormac@eastlink.ca
WEBSITE: claritygarden.com

Registration: Contact Heather MacCormac 902-830-4102
Cost: $150 plus tax (Includes Manual, Demos and Take-Home Working Tools)
Duration: 5 Hour Practical Course (1-20 minute break)

Course Description
Soft Tissue Mobilization Course – Level 1
This course is designed to enhance soft tissue mobilization skills of massage therapists and traditional body workers – as well as increase the knowledge and understanding of how techniques from complimentary therapies can help to increase the body’s natural function, decrease dysfunction and stress in soft tissue, and enhance the overall therapeutic success of the therapist’s practice.

Soft Tissue Mobilization, as it relates to massage therapy, is everything other than bone. Soft tissue does include the organs but for the purpose of this course – the focus will be on muscle, tendon, ligament, bursa, fascia, and nerve. The treatment of these structures is known as Soft Tissue Mobilization.

When trauma occurs, even repeated micro trauma, inflammation occurs. The production of inflammation leads to the formation of scar tissue – which in turn, causes a decreased ability of the muscle to lengthen and contract as it normally does – which leads to decreased range of motion, muscle guarding, adaptive shortening, myo-fascia restrictions, pain, and other conditions disrupting the normal function of the body’s soft tissue/muscle.

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. Self-myofascial release (or SMFR) refers to the application of someone performing this therapy on themselves. This alternative medicine therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles. Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body – including muscle.

Tuina Massage Therapy is based on the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) using specific manipulations or massage tools to operate on certain areas or acupoints on the surface of the body. Tuina treatments can regulate the body’s physiological and pathological condition to treat and prevent disease. This therapy and its techniques help to improve the supply of oxygen and nutrients to body tissues, enhances skin tone, and increases the elimination (detoxification) of chemical wastes from the body – which in turn helps to boost the immune system. Tuina Therapy also helps to regulate and balance the Yin and Yang body energies. At the same time it is a wonderful soothing experience.

Gua Sha (meaning “scraping sha-bruises”) is a Traditional Chinese medical technique used to treat everything from fevers to digestive problems to back pain. For the purpose of this course – the focus will be directed on this therapy’s ability to decrease tone in muscle (hypertonicity), help align and restore muscle fibres, release unhealthy elements in soft tissue (such as toxins and metabolic waste) and to stimulate healthy blood flow and healing.

Gua Sha involves scraping the surface of the skin to release myofascial tensions and restrictions in soft tissue and as a result helps to relieve muscle tissue (and fascia) that feels “tight” or “stuck”. The skin is scraped (or pulled) to produce redness or light bruising – and involves repeated pressured strokes on a lubricated skin surface using specific hand manipulations and tools along muscles and meridians.

By learning to use a combination of additional techniques and skills taken from the tool box of the above three alternative therapies – this course will demonstrate and teach how soft tissue movement during massage therapy treatments and other healing sessions can help the overall health and wellness of patients and clients – and add to the overall effectiveness and success of a clinical practice.

Heather MacCormac, RMT, RRT, CSP, RM, Professional Trainer/Facilitator

Heather is a Registered Massage Therapist and graduate of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydro Therapy (CCMH), and a member of both the Massage Therapy Wholistic Practitioners Association of the Maritimes (MTWPAM) and the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS).

Heather is also a Registered Foot Reflexology Therapist and a member of the Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC), a Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) Practitioner , a Traditional Chinese (Tuina) Massage Therapist, and a Reiki Master/Teacher.

Before becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, Heather studied privately and was mentored in Traditional Chinese (Tuina) Massage Therapy and Accupressure by Dr. Feng Jia – Dr. AC, Dr. TCM (TCMD, China).

Dr. Jia is the sole owner of the Quality Life Healing Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He graduated from Chinese Traditional Medical University in China and is now currently a member with the Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of Nova Scotia (ATMANS) and the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture of Canada (CMAAC).

Heather also has formal training in CST by the Upledger Institute in Florida, and has studied with Robert Harris, a leading expert in Cranio-Sacral Therapy and founder of the Cranial Therapy Centre in Toronto. She will officially become a Certified CranioSacral Therapist in the fall of 2015.

With a solid understanding of how the body is strongly connected with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being – Heather uses her intuition and formal tools and techniques from her multi-disciplines to assist patients to become better aware of barriers blocking their path to optimum health. She continues to enhance and refine her skills and gain accuracy and sensitivity both physically and energetically by attending annual workshops and training.

As a result of her continuing commitment to utilizing multiple streams of therapeutic care, Heather was awarded the Holistic Therapist Award in 2012 by MTWPAM.

Heather is also a Professional Motivational Trainer/Facilitator who has spent over 25 years helping people unlock the invisible door that often holds them back from reaching their true personal and professional potential.

She has extensive experience as a corporate and personal life skills development trainer and is frequently contracted by large corporations to facilitate training sessions on topics ranging from resiliency to change management and more.

Before starting a career in health and wellness and creating Clarity Garden, Heather spent 22 years working as a copy writer, producer and director in the film and television industry. She has extensive knowledge of diverse business roles and invaluable insight into the wide range of communication styles necessary in understanding and connecting with diverse groups of people, cultures and organizations.

Heather started developing and facilitating her own workshops while working as a professional model/instructor with The Group Model and Talent Agency in Halifax in the late 1980’s. The focus of her training was on personal imaging, confidence building, and developing self-esteem. Her tailor-made workshops quickly developed into topics including; building self-awareness, increasing personal and professional productivity, how to de-clutter your life, and understanding the power of the subconscious mind.

In 2008, Heather was contracted by Ceridian Lifeworks in Toronto to work as a corporate trainer/facilitator throughout Atlantic Canadian and to deliver training on such topics as; health and wellness development, leadership and coaching, communication dynamics training, change management, stress management and more.

Her information packed workshops combined with her relaxed style makes it easy for individuals and professionals alike to connect with her and triumph to greater growth and self awareness.

Heather continues to work as a professional trainer with Ceridian Lifeworks and also facilitates her own Clarity Garden Wellness Clinic workshops.

Dynamic.. Energetic… Enthusiastic

With a wealth of development and training, management, production, and sales experience she combines all the ingredients necessary to make your learning dynamic, informative, and enlightening – helping you to nurture, develop and create your own Clarity Garden.

Location: Clarity Garden Wellness Clinic 477 Cobequid Road, Lower Sackville, NS

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March 29, 2015
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Heather MacCormac, RMT, RRT, CSP – Professional Trainer-Facilitator
Heather MacCormac, RMT, RRT, CSP – Professional Trainer-Facilitator


Clarity Garden Wellness Clinic
477 Cobequid Road
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia Canada
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