Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Torso and Deep Back Muscles
(Erector Spinae, Transversospinalis, QL)

Saturday, October 19, 2019

9:30-6:30pm each day

$195 each ($175 with early registration)
8 CEs

**10% discount for TLC students/grads**

Workshop Description

Day One: Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Torso and Deep Back Muscles (Erector Spinae, Transversospinalis, QL) – 8 CE Hours

These muscular structures support the core--they are integral to maintaining balance, structural alignment, ease of breathing, mobility, and the ability to function without lower back pain. In the morning, you will learn specific, potent, and effective Deep Tissue techniques to release the iliopsoas, QL, iliocostalis, and serratus posterior inferior. These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice, often with profound results. There will be a concise and insightful anatomy review of these structures with an eye toward fascial continuities and the functional relationships between them.

In the afternoon we will focus on some muscle-specific Deep Tissue techniques for the erector spinae group (longissimus, iliocostalis, and spinalis) and the transversospinalis group (semispinalis, mulitifidus, and rotatores) that are different from but complementary to what you learned in massage school or elsewhere. We will also focus on the quadratus lumborum and the lumbodorsal fascia. These muscle-specific techniques will improve the precision and effectiveness of your back massage, and can be easily integrated into your style of bodywork.

Throughout the day, we will focus on body mechanics, including correct placement and proper use of fingers, knuckles, and elbows for optimal results and to avoid wear and tear on joints. Students who have taken this class have reported that they were able to apply the techniques in their practices right away and that their clients loved the results, feeling a newfound sense of freedom and ease in their backs.

"This is one of the most practical classes I've ever taken. Brian presented useful information and then taught practical application of this info. He walked us through how to find each muscle--something I have always wished other instructors would do. I left the training with expanded skills and knowledge, which I have been able to use right away with my clients." - Evelyn Bass

"I absolutely love this work. I can hardly wait to bring it into my practice." -Hannah LePiane

Optional Additional Day - Sun. October 20

Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbar and Sacral Ligaments

8 CE Hours

*Take both days with Brian Utting for a discounted rate of $295 with early registration ($350 after).


Brian Utting, Brian Utting founded the Brian Utting School of Massage (Seattle, WA) where his 1000-hour COMTA-accredited school was considered one of the best massage schools in the country. He has been teaching massage CE internationally since 1990. Brian designs his CE classes and programs so that the students really get the material and can take it home and apply it in their practice, rather than just being exposed to it. With over 30 years of experience, Brian teaches with a rare blend of passion, anatomical precision, humor, common sense, and depth. He was awarded the AMTA’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, and was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2014. He now owns and operates the Pacific Northwest School of Massage. Visit