Video Course: A Detailed Approach to Sidelying Techniques: Part 2-Back

Allison Denney

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Join Allison Denney to learn positioning, draping, and techniques for the upper and lower back with your client in the sidelying position. Techniques include active movement, pin-and-stretch, and eccentric contraction and focus on the paraspinals, rhomboids, quadratus lumborum, and more. These dynamic techniques will increase your ability to work confidently with clients in this underutilized position! This course was featured during the 2023 ABMP CE Summit: Sidelying.

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

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Course Outline
  • Client positioning and draping
  • Opening techniques
  • Paraspinal techniques
  • Scapular retraction
  • Low-back techniques with leg movement
    • Adduction and abduction
    • External and internal rotation
    • Hyperadduction with leg off table
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 upper and lower back 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.


"Very informative!  I learned so much from this approach and I will surely incorporate these techniques into my practice!"

"This is a game changer! I learned sidelying in school, but haven't used it since because I found it intimidating."