The Art, Science, and Treatment of the Lower Leg & Foot

with Rebecca Barnes

Presented In-Person: June 6, 2021
Sunday, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm (CST)

6 CE hours - $150

*This workshop will be presented in-person and will have a max capacity of 20 students. Participants will be required to wear their masks at ALL TIMES. Please be aware this workshop is subject to change in format depending on the status of COVID health regulations at the time of the scheduled event. In the event the workshop is moved to an online format, participants will receive links and login information to join the class. 

About the Workshop:


Lower leg and foot pain is a common complaint of many massage clients. As any bodyworker would tell you, having a detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the lower leg and foot, including sources of pathology, is extremely important.

In this class, we will look at the lower leg and foot with an integrated approach from an orthopedic and reflexology background. There are various common pathologies that affect the lower leg and foot. The lecture portion will begin a discussion of how to approach client intakes with active discernment of subjective information. Then, a brief overview of the reflexology map of the foot and how areas of dis-ease in other parts of the body may manifest in the foot. Then there will be a discussion on common pathologies with associated orthopedic techniques for:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Additional pathologies with their respective techniques, contraindications and accommodations to be discussed are:
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cramps
  • Arthritis, rheumatoid
  • Bunions

After the lecture, we begin our hands-on portion of the course. Please have a person on whom you may work for this portion of the course. They will need to be available from 1:30-4:00. We will begin with palpation of various structures of the lower leg and foot. There will be a demonstration of orthopedic assessments; active, passive, weight-bearing, and non-weight-bearing; and massage techniques for plantar fasciitis and shin splints. Students will then be led through a guided practice in the various assessment and massage techniques with protocols used to address plantar fasciitis and shin splints.

About the Instructor:


Rebecca Barnes, BA, LMT, MTI, CMLDT, CEP A born and raised Austinite, Becca’s journey with bodywork started at a young age. In the true sentiment of “Keeping it Weird” her parents used chiropractic, massage, and Traditional Chinese to keep her healthy and put Humpty Dumpty back together again after an assortment of childhood misadventures. As a result, she has always been curious about traditional and non-allopathic health and healing traditions. She came to TLC as a 500-hour student in 2014; returning again in 2017 for the 250-hour advanced program. Her thirst for knowledge has earned her: a BA in Economics and German which aides her in teaching some of TLC’s business classes; various certifications in modalities such as orthopedic assessment & massage, and Lauterstein’s Deep Massage; as well as a background in MLD, oncology massage, reflexology, just to name a few. All of these assist her with teaching students in the Lauterstein-Conway student clinic and makeup room, which is where she can be often found on weekends. When not at the school, she is often found at her husband’s spa working with clients, or playing with her menagerie of children and critters on their little piece of property being rapidly encroached upon by suburbia.