Why does my menstrual cycle make my back hurt? Why do I get constipated during times of intense stress? The abdominal area is one of the most overlooked parts of the body in general massage education. Most therapists are taught to avoid it, disregard it, or fear it.

Instead of viewing this zone of the body as an area of contraindications, learn how it can be the key to unlocking emotional and physical armoring in one’s self, and how to identify these patterns in your client population. Learn simple self-care techniques you can easily perform.

This classroom-style, 4-hour class takes place on Friday afternoon, 4/8. For complete information, visit www.amtactchapter.org/ct-conference.


About the Instructor: Erica Grossman

I’m fascinated by the human body and how it works. I love when people get the “Aha!” moment on my table, or in my classes. I also firmly believe that serious subjects can be and should be made fun and joyful. I’m a giant nerd. I love learning about bodies; how they work, how our life experiences affect function, and how we can use that knowledge to improve our quality of life. That joy also extends into teaching others about their own bodies, because I deeply feel that much of our inherent fear about our health is due to lack of knowledge and understanding. When we have the information, we can remove much of the fear and focus on the facts.

I’ve been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2003, and have spent most of my adult life supporting people through the childbearing years as a natural childbirth educator, doula, and breastfeeding peer counselor. I graduated from Hofstra University with a BA (with honors) in Biology and English Literature, and graduated with an AOS (with honors) from New York College of Health Professions. I’m a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, and licensed to practice massage in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

I started my professional journey to become an Abdominal Therapy practitioner in 2011, and had the honor to travel to Belize to study with Dr. Rosita Arvigo, which was a profound and life-changing experience. I’ve since continued my training to include additional modules in fertility enhancement and pre/postnatal care, as well as teacher training. I’m so excited to be able to integrate my love for anatomy and education in the massage room with all of my Abdominal Therapy clients. I’m also one of the founding members of the Abdominal Therapy Collective.

I have particular experience working with clients experiencing menstrual difficulties, disordered eating, and fertility challenges. I also really enjoy working with people who are looking to break out of repetitive pain patterns. All people are welcome in my office. Outside the office, I’m navigating the wild waters of parenting a teenager, and am a competitive amateur ballroom dancer.