Advanced Program – Psychology of Bodywork

with Gregory Gaiser and David Lauterstein

Mondays ONLY, August 4 – September 15, 2014 (36 hours)
36 CE’s

**Prerequisites: 500 hours of massage training including Deep Massage (previous study of Zero Balancing will also be helpful). Due to this advanced bodywork and psychological content, applicants to this class will be individually screened. Contact David Lauterstein at if you are interested.

Learn how to be more fully present with yourself and your clients and to better understand their psychologically-based issues. This will help you relate more knowledgeably and compassionately to yourself and your clients. Learn how each part of the body can reflect psychological stress. Identify the unique ways clients’ stress can be held as tension in the body, mind and spirit. Learn how to individualize your touch and approach to address each client’s unique holding patterns.
Our formative years leave traces in the form of characteristic personality challenges. You will learn about “character structure” and how it will help you determine the safest and most effective massage techniques and touch qualities to address clients’ trauma, tension patterns, pain, and injury.

In this class (in which you will be joined by our Advanced Program students) you will also learn advanced deep massage techniques for core muscles and their associated fascia, such as the iliopsoas, the deep lateral rotators, subscapularis, the diaphragm, serratus anterior, and other anatomical structures which may underlie long-held psychological and physical tension patterns.

Gregory Gaiser, Hakomi Trainer, Matrix Leadership Consultant and Trainer. Gregory originally trained as a bodyworker at the Boulder School (now College) of Massage Therapy. From this ground, his quest for embodied spirituality was launched in 1981 when he first studied Hakomi Pscyhotherapy with Ron Kurtz. He has been on the Hakomi faculty since the late 1980s and taught in the U.S. and abroad for Hakomi Integrative Somatics founded by Pat Ogden. He also taught at his alma mater, BCMT where he was chairperson of the Integrative Massage Department and co-created a course entitled “Trauma and the Body” for the graduate program.

David Lauterstein is the author of The Deep Massage Book – How to Combine Structure and Energy in Bodywork (Redwing Books). He is Co-Director of Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin, TX. Since 1982 he has taught Deep Massage: The Lauterstein Method and Zero Balancing throughout the U.S. and in the U.K. He is also author of Putting the Soul Back in the Body and the CD, “Roots and Branches” for massage. He is one of the most highly respected educators in the massage therapy realm – inducted in 2011 into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, honored as the 2012 recipient of AMTA’s Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Award, and in 2013 by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education as “Educator of the Year.”