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Training Your Touch: Palpation and Manual Assessment

Training Your Touch: Palpation and Manual Assessment

NCBTMB Approved Provider

Presenter: Randall Gibson
Hours: 16 Approved for PA License Renewal & NCBTMB Approved
Early Registration Fee: $275
(if paid 14 days in advance of workshop)
Registration Fee: $295
$100 Deposit Required to Register
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Dates: 10/6-7/2018

Touch is integral to every style of bodywork and healing. This two-day class blends lecture, discussion and guided exercises with plenty of hands-on practice to develop and refine palpation skills. On the first day, working with inanimate objects, living tissues and subtle pulses, we will use strategies and techniques from world-renowned doctors and educators to enhance our awareness. Then, we will use our new skill to evaluate the cardiac pulse and respiratory movements for signs of dysfunction or pathology. On the second day, our examination of skin, fascia and muscles will flow seamlessly into treatment with results that will boost your confidence as a therapist. If you expect palpation to be boring, I think you will be surprised.

The study guide includes exercises and activities we do in class as well as excellent references so you can continue to expand and evolve your skills after you leave. Our goal is not to add to your knowledge but rather to transform your practice. Whether you are a student, an experienced therapist or even a massage instructor, you will find growth, insight and inspiration in this weekend adventure.


Develop and Refine Palpation and Manual Assessment Skills


After participating in this class, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of touch
  • Discuss the importance of verbal description in palpation
  • Describe techniques to develop and enhance palpatory skills
  • Differentiate various materials, textures and tissues through touch
  • Discuss skin temperature and its role in assessment
  • Demonstrate specific skills for assessing skin
  • Demonstrate specific skills for assessing muscles
  • Discuss how to use proprioception to evaluate subtle motion
  • Palpate and evaluate the cardiac pulse
  • Palpate and evaluate respiratory movements
  • Evaluate joint health and range of motion

Presenter – Randall Gibson, M.Ed., LMT has been licensed to practice massage in Ohio for over 25 years and has taught
massage therapy professionally for over 20 years as a faculty member of the National Institute of Massotherapy. During that time, he has offered seminars and lectures across the country and is considered to be an excellent presenter.

Randall is certified in Shiatsu by the Shizendokai in Japan, certified in Craniosacral Therapy by the Upledger Institute and holds an RPP (Registered Polarity Practitioner) and RPE (Registered Polarity Educator) from the American Polarity Therapy Association. He is also a registered “Touch For Health Kinesiology” instructor.

In addition to the above, Randall is certified in Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (St. John method), and has studied Myofascial Release and Postural Integration for a solid background in structural bodywork and clinical massage therapy.

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To register for this workshop call 800-860-1114 and place your full payment on a charge card or mail a check for the required payment to:
Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy
3600 Laketon Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

Include check made payable to “Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy”, your name, address, email address, phone, name of the workshop and workshop dates. We will send you a confirmation in the mail. If you are traveling by plane, please confirm the workshop with the school before buying your ticket. Occasionally we do have to cancel workshops due to low enrollment. If a workshop is cancelled for any reason our liability is limited to a return of the deposit paid. If you cancel your participation in a workshop within 21 days of the workshop, there will be no refund of the deposit paid. Cancellation earlier than 21 days before the workshop will incur a $25 processing fee. The balance of your deposit will be refunded.