FHT hosted course: Trigger points

Course Overview:

Date: 29 - 30 June 2019

Location: The Regency Hotel, Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4EB

Course times: 10am- 5pm (please arrive at 9.45am to register)

Prerequisite: Level 3 Body Massage, Level 3 Sports Massage, Level 3 Swedish Massage and Level 4 Sports Therapy.

CPD points: 12

Course Content:

This is a 2-day workshop for therapists with little or no knowledge of trigger points. On both days you will learn to identify and deactivate trigger points in the prone, supine and seated positions both dray (no oil) and as part of a massage. This is an opportunity to receive massage and have your own trigger points deactivated. You will also learn how to teach a client to deactivate their own trigger points.

Day 1 – theory of trigger points followed by neck, back, chest and upper limb. We begin by answering the following questions:

  • What is a trigger point?
    • Physiology of a trigger point
    • ‘Mother’ and ‘satellite’ trigger points
  • What are the consequences trigger points?
    • Muscular symptoms
    • Other symptoms
  • What causes trigger points?
  • How do I identify a trigger point?
    • Through a stretched muscle
    • Through a shortened muscle
  • Treatment approaches
    •  Contraindications
    • Using fingers and thumbs
    • Using massage tools 
  • The remainder of the day is spent identifying and deactivating trigger points in the neck, back, chest and upper limb
    • Trapezius (upper fibers)
    • Rhomboids
    • Pectorals
    • Deltoid
    • Bices brachii
    • Triceps
    • Wrist extensors
    • Wrist flexors
    • Teres major and minor
    • Infraspinatus 

Day 2 – Hips, thighs and lower limb 

Today is a less busy day, with an opportunity to give and receive deactivation of trigger points for longer periods of time, with less changing position. The day is spent identifying and deactivating trigger points in the hips, thighs and lower limb: 

  • Hamstrings
  • Calf
  • Tensor fascia latae
  • Quadriceps
  • Tibialis anterior
  • Hip adductors
  • Gluteals

Course tutor: Jane Johnson 

Jane is a physiotherapist with a passion for helping therapists to gain confidence in hands-on techniques. A massage and sports massage therapists for many years, she appreciates the value of touch and thrives on sharing the many tips she has picked up over the years. Jane is author of six books for therapists: Soft Tissue Release, Therapeutic Stretching, Deep Tissue Massage, Postural Assessment, Postural Correction and The Big Back Book; Tips and Tricks for Therapists. You can contact Jane on her Facebook page, The Friendly Physio.  

What to bring:

  • Therapy couch
  • Facecloth or small hand towel
  • Small amount of massage medium such as oil or wax
  • Tennis ball
  • Pen
  • Paper

Additional information:

  • Lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the course.
  • Maximum class number: 20
  • Delegates must wear loose, comfortable clothing (no jeans)
  • Students booking this course will be contacted directly by FHT with further information.

Pricing and booking: Book here

Regular prices: Member price £220 / Non-member price £240

Terms and conditions:

Bookings and payments

  • All bookings are subject to availability.
  • Full payment must be made at the time of booking.
  • You may cancel a course booking at any time.

Cancellations within the 14 day cooling off period

  • If you cancel the course booking within 14 calendar days of receiving your order confirmation you are entitled to a full refund of the price paid without giving any reason.
  • If the course commences during the 14-day cancellation period, we will retain an amount of your booking that is in proportion to goods that have been provided or services performed up until you have communicated to us your cancellation of the booking.

Cancellations outside of the cooling off period

  • After the 14-day cooling off period has expired, the standard FHT course cancellation policy (as specified below) shall apply. Cancellations and refunds in circumstances outside those described above, and/or following the expiry of the 14-day cancellation period, are subject to the terms and conditions set out in these terms and conditions. For the avoidance of doubt, the cancellation period will expire 14 days after the date of the order confirmation.
  • Cancellations made after the 14-day cancellation period will be subject to an administration fee of £28.
  • Cancellations 21 days prior to the course start date will result in 50% of the course cost being forfeited.
  • Cancellations 14 days prior to the course start date will result in the full course cost being forfeited.

Cancelling a course booking

  • To cancel a course booking, you must inform us by calling our main line on 023 8062 4350, or let us know of your decision to cancel the contract by emailing education@fht.org.uk or in writing to the following postal address:  FHT, 18 Shakespeare Business Centre, Hathaway Close, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 4SR. You must clearly state your intention to cancel your place on the course.
  • We will make the reimbursement using the same means of payment as you used for the initial transaction. If for any reason this is not possible, we will contact you to make other arrangements to process your refund.  In any event, you will not incur any fees as a result of this reimbursement.


  • Failure to attend the course will not result in a refund.

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  • The FHT will not accept responsibility for any unrecoverable costs incurred by delegates (e.g. accommodation, travel, parking, etc.) as a result of a cancelled or postponed course.

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  • It is not the FHT’s responsibility to provide delegates with lunch or refreshments. The FHT will inform you whether lunch and refreshments are provided or if you are required to bring your own. If you have a special dietary requirement, we suggest that you bring your own snacks and lunch as we cannot guarantee that the venue is able to cater to your needs. 

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