Sometimes reducing pain is as simple as putting the tissue back where it belongs.





From the 'Editor-in-Chief' at "Alpine World"

   If you ski, sooner or later you are going to have a knee injury. When you do, you will be probably be told that surgery is the only alternative. Yet many knee surgeries are less than satisfactory and can actually make things worse. For example, the common practice of scraping away the lining of the knee joints, the meniscus, can sometimes result in too much play within the knee, leading to a degenerative condition in which the knee becomes increasingly unstable and requires further surgery.
   Two years ago, I was launching off cornices and skiing extreme terrain with total confidence. My ski buddies included World Cup racers and many of the stars of the extreme world. Then, towards the end of the season, I was hit by another skier, who fled the scene, leaving me with two blown out knees. I was told by doctors that once the swelling was gone, I would require knee surgery in one and possibly both knees.
   My first action was to book an appointment with Taum Sayers, a therapist that works with world-class skiers and members of the 49's football team. Taum treated me with something called "The Berry Method®," which I would describe as chiropractic manipulation for muscles. Taum pushed and pulled muscles and ligaments in my knees, manipulating them into position, much the way a chiropractor manipulates bones. The results were dramatic and I soon could walk without crutches on my injured knees.
   About two weeks later, I met with Dr. Dean Stites, an orthopedic surgeon, for evaluation. Dr. Stites told me that he was surprised by the improvement and wasn't sure that surgery was still required. His recommendation was that I hold off on surgery and see how I did... I was back skiing within a week.

Sincerely Taum, thank you for what you do.

Steve Kubby

'Editor-in-Chief' at "Alpine World"


Therapists who study and practice the Lauren Berry Method® use precise massage techniques that include soft tissue manipulation. Some of the goals are to relieve spasms, correct distortions, and release adhesions in the connective tissue, skeletal muscles, and the smooth muscle of organs. These techniques stimulate the body's natural inclination toward balance and ease in its structure and function.

   For example, such corrections can quickly restore a knee to full, pain-free mechanical function or relieve back discomfort.

From Mirka Knaster's "Discovering The Body's Wisdom" (Bantam Books, 1996), p. 171


Two days, 9-5'ish

Expect the class to nourish your ability to address conditions that include out-of-balance ligaments, joint capsules, and muscles.



   This 2-day NCBTMB approved class offers you practical, unique, and efficient 'Corrective Techniques' that can dramatically improve your ability to recognize, work with, and understand the soft tissue components within conditions in the knee region.   Participants will build a clay model of the region with supporting soft tissue from the bones outward. As each component is assembled and attached, techniques to encourage that specific component towards its unique natural homeostasis will be presented, practiced, and reviewed.  

The unique qualities within the Lauren Berry Method® of Corrective Massage include recognizing and respecting that:

  • Each and every individual component in the body is important. (Wikipedia states "The plantaris is considered an unimportant muscle"... I beg to differ:-)
  • Each of those components strives to maintain an optimum, natural, and balanced relationship with the entire body.
  • Each of those components can be knocked out of balance'.
 clay model
Techniques and protocols will be presented that include:
  • repositioning misplaced muscles, tendons and ligaments towards optimum functionality
  • releasing adhesions within soft tissue structures and layers
  • mobilizing some of the bodies deepest tissue
  • correcting soft tissue distortion
  • accessing and encouraging the bodies' repair mechanisms
  • recognizing adaptive compensation
  • passive and active stretching techniques
       Contact hrs / 13 CEU's.
 Expected outcomes for participants include:
  • A greater ability to locate and palpate specific soft tissue.
  • Enhancement of skills in recognizing and understanding dysfunction and pain in the Knee region.
  • Enrichment of proficiency in appropriate application of massage techniques for correcting soft tissue dysfunction to encourage restoration of pain-free function within the joint movement.
  • A better understanding of The Berry Method® of Corrective Massage and its principles of associating anatomy with the principles of structural engineering.

Taum's classes present unique insights into the human bodies natural built-in maintenance, recovery, and health management abilities with respect to the muscular influences. His 40+ years of practical experience ranging from The SF 49ers to the US Ski team combined with modern PowerPoint presentations creates an unparalleled learning environment.

The learning process is intended to aid you in:

  • Developing and heightening your awareness of the many associations within the body, for example...the relationships of structure to function.
  • Increasing and enhancing your tactile vision...the ability to not only target a specific muscle but to see it in your 'mind's eye.'

  "Taum Sayers is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider.
Provider # 152386-00"






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