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Advanced Therapeutic Massage for Neck Pain and Headache (Date TBC)

November 1 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

Continuing on in the Osteopathic philosophy Andrew and Berit have created this module for advance massage therapy neck pain and headache. This is the second most common complaint seen by Osteopaths.

The aim of this course is to provide the clinical understanding from an osteopathic perspective on how to safely and effectively treat head and neck in the massage context.

This is best suited for those that have already undergone a formal massage training. either Berit and Andrew’s Foundations of Therapeutic Massage, equivalent or better. Proof of prior training will be required.

  • Common causes of neck pain and headache
  • Red flag conditions – when to refer
  • Postural patterns and how to treat them
  • The inter-relation of anatomy and function of the neck thoracic region and the shoulder
  • Aftercare advice on posture and exercises

Those that are already working in massage and want to gain clinical experience from an osteopathic perspective on how to treat these conditions.

Day 1

  • Common causes of neck pain & headache
  • Contraindications and cautions to treatment
  • Strain pattern recognition & treatment plan development
  • Technique and treatment development


  • Neck myofascial release techniques
  • treating common headache trigger points
  • managing functional relationships between the neck, thorax and shoulder.

Evidence of prior training that include:

  • understanding of professional standards competencies such as patient management, scope of practice, record keeping, informed consent and patient rights.
  • a range of massage techniques

Either give us a call 06 7587078 or email us: admin@vivianstreetosteopaths.co.nz

To be confirmed

Early Bird: This will become available once the course date is set.

Deposit: A deposit option is available if you would like to secure a place but prefer to pay a non-refundable deposit of $100.

Full Payment: This is the total payment due prior to starting the course $550.

Do I need to do a lot of study for this course?
Prior knowledge of basic anatomy will be required as well as prior training in massage. Most the learning material will be covered in a practical setting while on the course. Recommendations of refresher learning prior to the course will be available.

What do I need to bring to the course?
Bring loose comfortable clothing, flat shoes, a packed lunch and water bottle and four large and two small towels.

What will I get when I have completed this course?
Our certificate of Advanced Therapeutic Massage for Neck Pain and Headache and an outline of what is covered in the course.

I would like to know more about Andrew and Berit.
Please follow this link to find out more about the course leaders on their website https://www.vivianstreetosteopaths.co.nz/team/

What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a highly developed manual therapy that works with both the structure and function of the body to return distressed or injured states back to a normal healthy function. The founder of osteopathy, Andrew Tylor Still, a physician and surgeon, formed the first college for osteopathy in 1892. Since then the practice of osteopathy has evolved along with modern medicine into a holistic and evidence based healing modality. Students of osteopathy study for 4-5 years and cover all systems of the body as well as pathology, clinical diagnostics, biochemistry and integrate holistic health practices.

What can I do with this course?
Promote yourself as a more specialised therapist that is trained to treat neck pain and headache.