The SMTO Conference 2009 was presented by George Kousaleos, USA entitled Sports & Performance Bodywork: A 4-system approach. A brief synopsis of the Seminar can be found below.

SMTO Award Winner Moira WatsonThe recipient of the Nick Carter Memorial Salver for Services to Massage Therapy was Moira Watson from the Borders School of Massage (seen here with SMTO Chairman, Maggie Brooks-Carter).

Using George's Core Myofascial Therapy the workshop covered a range of techniques and routines with the 'athlete' in mind, taking into consideration the concepts of athletic performance

The two-day seminar examined the four basic styles of performance inherent in all athletic disciplines. Utilising structural integration and myofascial therapy theories and techniques that are appropriate for each style of performance, participants focused on developing training and event protocols for endurance, sprint, power, and multi-skilled athletes. Presentations on performance mechanics, somatotypes, and the balancing of the autonomic nervous system highlighted a comprehensive study of advanced therapies for the athletic performer.
Day One – Foundations On the first day of the seminar, George presented the primary concepts of the  physical and psychological demands of training and performance for all athletes. A breakdown of somatotypes and their inherent strengths and challenges was used to discuss the development of bodywork protocols for the endurance, sprint, power and multi-skilled athlete. Myofascial and structural techniques for the leg, pelvis and back were presented for both training and performance cycles.
 
Day Two – Advanced Methods On day 2, George presented advanced strategies for developing protocols that are both sport-specific and performance-level based. Techniques for working with intrinsic myofascial tissues of the axial and appendicular regions and strategies to balance the autonomic nervous system were taught. Advanced protocols for the arms, shoulders, chest, neck and head were also be presented.
 
At the conclusion of the seminar participants were able to organise a manual therapy treatment plan for athletic performers based upon the demands of the sport or performance on a specific body type at various points in the athlete’s training, development and competition.
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