Video Course: A Detailed Approach to Sidelying Techniques: Part 1-Shoulder

Allison Denney

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Demystify the sidelying position as Allison Denney demonstrates positioning, draping, techniques, and perspectives for how to work the shoulder with your client in this underutilized position! Techniques include pin-and-stretch and active engagement techniques for the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis muscles, and more. Break out of your comfort zone and learn sidelying techniques for the shoulder that you can incorporate into your next session! This course was featured during the 2023 ABMP CE Summit: Sidelying.

This course is the first in a series of three courses.

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Course Outline
  • Client positioning and draping
  • Supraspinatus
  • Medial border of the scapula
  • Infraspinatus
  • Inferior angle of the scapula
  • Teres minor
  • Subscapularis
  • Active engagement techniques: teres minor and subscapularis
Learning Objectives

Having completed this online course video, the learner will be able to demonstrate knowledge of massage therapy techniques for the soft tissue of the shoulder region with the client in the sidelying position.

Allison Denney

Allison Denney has been a practicing massage therapist for 20 years. In addition to cultivating a flourishing private practice, she has established herself as an integral part of the massage community though her years as a teacher, her popular YouTube channel, and her launch of the Rebel Massage brand organic, professional-grade Deep Tissue Body Butters. Her passion for client care and fascination with anatomy continues to drive her to never stop growing. Learn more at Listen to Allison Denney’s podcast, “The Rebel MT,” on the ABMP Podcast Network!

Topics and Techniques

This online massage therapy CE course is available to you on demand to access, learn, and earn CE whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you!


Visit the ABMP Education Center FAQ page for a full list of resources.

Q: Is this massage therapy CE course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
A: Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).

Q: How do I earn a CE certificate for this video-based course?
A: After you complete the webinar video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.

Q: How do I access my CE certificates?
A: CE certificates are available on your “My CE Transcripts” page and on the course page. Visit your “My CE Transcript” page by clicking “My CE” on the navigation bar at the top of your screen.

Copyright Statement
All of the ABMP courses contain materials that are proprietary to ABMP. None of the course material may be used without the express written permission of ABMP. Materials may include, but are not limited to, video, audio, images, documents, and slides. Course materials are only for the use of students enrolled in this course and may not be shared publicly or shown to groups. Unauthorized retention, duplication, distribution, or modification of copyrighted materials is strictly prohibited by law. Check your state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy before practicing any new modalities or techniques.


"I've already used these techniques at work with much success! Gold!"

"Allison Denney is absolutely the best instructor I’ve experienced in an online CE course. I’ll be sure to take anything she offers!"

"Allison was very easy going and direct and made the information easy to understand. I feel confident applying this to my practice."