Whitney Lowe's Orthopedic Massage was well worth the drive to Denver!
There were about 40 people in the class. The class was 16 hours and yielded 1.6 CEUs for massage therapists. The hotel classroom was clean and just a bit too small, but it still worked. The hotel staff were good support of Whitney in a quick technical help if and when he needed them. They also quietly kept our water, hot coffee and hot water filled and ready for our use.
The Colorado chapter of the AMTA hosted the event and did a nice job of organizing everything. Kudos to them for collecting so many samples for all the massage therapist's goodie bags. Their follow up survey was well worded and they do a good job of including their AMTA members in their chapter.
Whitney is a good scholar and has a calm teaching style that invites questions & concerns. His gentle and humble demeanor foster a fun & safe environment for learning. One can't help but giggling in support of Whitney once he starts talking.
His information is well organized in a very precise book that he wrote about Orthopedic Assessment for Massage Therapists, which has been a helpful resource and was nice to follow along with in class.
After an hour or so of lecturing, we practiced what he was demonstrating with our partner. My partner, Jody Foster, from Colorado Springs, was great and helped me understand the information better by figuring questions out together and getting all the movements correct together. I think having a good partner makes a big difference in this type of course because you need each other to learn and teach the movements being taught. I was thankful that my partner and I were well matched.
The information Whitney taught was easy to remember and use the next week in my office. I especially liked the psoas stretches, the piriformis pin & stretch, the stripping of the biceps femoris and the different ideas he had about muscle insertions/origins all around the sacrum.
I wish there had been a bit more hands-on learning and a bit more time with Whitney himself, or with a teacher's aide. There was only one helper, and an additional helper would have been helpful, in my opinion.
All in all, this was a great class that I highly recommend. I plan on taking the rest of his series of classes.