FINISHED CTM-Bindegewebsmassage, Brian Utting, CHCH, 21 Jan 2018 

With Brian Utting, LMT, from Seattle, USA

Sunday, January 21st, 9am-5pm, 7 CE hours, CHRISTCHURCH

at the New Zealand College of Massage
66B Wharenui Road, Riccarton, Christchurch

Course is NCBTMB-approved for 8 hours of Continuing Education credit (provider #451040-09)

Bindegewebsmassage, or Connective Tissue Massage (CTM), is a precise and elegant way to work with the body’s dermatomes and autonomic reflexes to induce corresponding autonomic changes in specific organs.

The technique was developed in Germany by Elizabeth Dicke, and is widely practiced in Europe, although it is less known in the United States.

Bindegewebsmassage is quite powerful, although it can appear subtle at first.

Starting with the sacrum, specific cutaneous zones are stroked with a dragging pressure in a precise and orchestrated way that can “trick” the body into responding as if specific organs or organ systems are being massaged.

In response, the target organ vasodilates and its smooth muscles tissue relaxes.

Bindegewebsmassage is quite effective for treating menstrual cramps, eliminating or reducing symptoms over 90% of the time.

It can also be helpful with reducing the symptoms of migraines, asthma, and intestinal cramping.

In addition, CTM can subtly affect the fascial layers (especially adhesions in the subcutaneous layer), increasing range of motion and flexibility, and reducing pain or tingling from tightened tissue.

Bindegewebsmassage typically has a calming effect, and can be used for general parasympathetic relaxation as well.

A handful of clinical trials have shown CTM-style manipulation has beneficial effects in pain reduction, reduced depression, improved quality-of-life, and moderate short-term increases of beta-endorphins.

These trials add to anecdotal observations from clinicians that CTM often causes “virtually immediate relief in visceral or myofascial pain as well as general relaxation” (Prendergast & Rommer, 2013).

In this class, you will learn the “basic build-up”, which primarily focuses on the sacral and pelvic areas and their corresponding target organs, and the “first followup”, which focuses on the lower back and rib cage.

“That the viscero-cutaneous reflex interconnection is reversible, that is to say, that it not only leads from the internal organs to the skin, but vice versa, is a long-established fact.
One of the most elegant and fundamental systems, which conforms almost flawlessly to the workings of the segmental reflexes, is connective tissue massage as prescribed by Dicke.”
 – Hans Schliack, MD


$175 NZ if registered with a $75 non-refundable deposit by December 31, 2017;

$200 NZ thereafter.

Register for both the 20-Jan Cervical Ligaments and the 21-Jan CTM-Bindegewebsmassage classes for only $340NZ ($150 deposit required).

The price for the 2-class package goes up to $390 after December 31, 2017.

$40 discount for students per class –you must provide proof of current study.

Registration Instructions

Email Lynn Wilson at and let her know you’ll be registering fore the class(es).
Please include your name, telephone, and email address, as well as which class(es) you’re registering for.

Send a $75 per-class, non-refundable deposit via internet banking to Lynn Wilson, ASB 12-3149-0156293-02; please state your name as reference.
The balance is due Friday before class (19/1) via internet banking, or cash-only at class.


Contact Lynn Wilson in Christchurch at:
021-210-2776 or

Contact Brian Utting in Seattle, WA, USA at:

Brian Utting – BIO

Brian founded the Brian Utting School of Massage (Seattle, WA, USA) where his 1000-hour school was considered one of the best massage schools in the country.

With over 30 years of experience, Brian teaches with a rare blend of passion, anatomical precision, humor, common sense, and depth.

He was awarded the AMTA’s Robert N. Calvert Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, and was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2014.

Visit Brian’s website for more info: Pacific Northwest School of Massage