Discover an invigorating, groundbreaking massage technique that combines efficient body mechanics with the use of only the Forearm and Olecranon as tools. Val Guin’s Forearm Dance is a NEW practitioner-friendly, instructional massage program that focuses on giving a full body circulatory massage combined with the depth and muscular separation found in deep tissue work. Throughout the DVD, Val demonstrates the importance of self-care for massage and bodywork practitioners, and she states, “it is absolutely essential that we enter each day, each session, each moment, with openness, compassion, empathy and freedom for our clients and ourselves.”
This instructional program offers a variety of techniques in easy-to-access DVD chapters, presented in a captivating coastal setting and accompanied by an inspiring musical score. Val designed the massage techniques in Forearm Dance to benefit therapists with varying degrees of experience in their own massage careers, regardless of their personal health status.
Practitioner benefits include saving your hands by using the forearm and olecranon (the bony prominence of the elbow) as your massage tools, supporting your health and well-being through the use of improved body mechanics, and opening your body and increasing your energy with Val’s step-by-step, ‘Spiral’ exercise.
Client benefits include customized techniques are individualized to meet client needs using the the forearm for broad superficial work and the olecranon for deep work, and continuity of strokes encourages client to de-stress, relax deeply and enjoy the healthy benefits of massage and bodywork.
'During my massage career of over two decades, I had to develop an effective way to sustain my clientele, teaching schedule, and my own health.' – Val Guin
'On this beautiful DVD filmed by the ocean, she shows you how to use the concepts of yang action, yin support, elongation and self-awareness with a little Hawaiian hula so you put less strain on your body and work more deeply. She offers a class in “forearm dance,” showing step by step how to work both broadly and with specificity, how to “hook and release” a muscle using forearm and olecranon as your tools. She shows two complete sessions, one with explanation and one with music. And she leads a practice she calls “the spiral,” incorporating the horse pose, the lunge and “hula hands,” that raises chi and makes the “forearm dance” as invigorating for the practitioner as it is healing for the client. Guin is a spirited and inspiring teacher. She generously offers a portion of the proceeds to charity.'
LISA MERTZ, PhD, LMT, MTJ Magazine, Summer 2007