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The Shoulder – a Modern hands on approach for Shoulder Pain


Please Note: If you would like to attend this course in Saint Ives, Cambridgeshire, please click here to purchase.

This hybrid workshop has been designed with the practicing Soft Tissue Therapist/Sports Therapist in mind, and aims to bridge any gaps between previous trainings and the most up-to-date knowledge of assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation advice for people suffering with shoulder pain.

The Shoulder is an hybrid course (2 live online classes + a full 1-day practical workshop) where we explore what a Modern hands on approach for Shoulder Pain looks like in clinic. We will learn an evidence-informed approach to the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of shoulder pain which reflects the enormous paradigm shift that is taking place in the field of manual therapy, where evidence is telling us that what we ‘knew’ just a decade ago is no longer useful and, in fact, in some instances it may be considered dangerous.

Course format

  • Two live online evening classes
  • 1-day practical workshop

The online sessions will provide the underpinning knowledge of current understanding of shoulder pain, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. These sessions will be fully interactive to facilitate learning which can then be implemented  when we come together for a full day, in-person, hands-on workshop.

Course content will include:

  • An introduction to pain science
  • An overview of current evidence around shoulder pain diagnosis
  • An exploration of different shoulder-specific tests and their reliability
  • A step-by-step approach to assessing shoulder pain
  • Soft tissue approaches for shoulder treatment, including Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
  • Mobilisation and manual therapy techniques to improve shoulder range of motion (ROM)
  • Rehabilitation programmes covering all the stages of injury, including how to facilitate



Anna Maria Mazzieri

Anna Maria is a practitioner and educator, based in the South West of England.

Trained originally in Massage Therapy in 2002,  progressed onto more clinical aspects of the profession completing a Level 5 Diploma in Clinical Sport and Remedial Massage and a BSc in Sports Therapy, the latter actually cementing Anna Maria’s belief in the value of vocational training pathway for the industry.

Anna Maria embraces the title of Soft Tissue Therapist instead of Massage Therapist or Graduate Sports Therapist, as she feels it best represents the wider approach to care that is provided by a modern practitioner in the broader, evidence informed field of massage and manual therapy.

Still in full private practice she leads a team of outstanding Soft Tissue Therapists from The Clinic which she founded in 2008.

As an educator Anna Maria has been teaching both qualifying courses and CPD courses since 2008 when she established The ST School of Soft Tissue Therapy which is one of the training providers delivering the BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy. Anna Maria’s dedication to understanding what really happens when we therapeutically touch other humans, and the introduction of Evidence Informed Practice principles, has lead her school to be regarded by the massage therapy industry – and the wider community of allied health professionals – as the Diploma’s gold standard provider in the UK.

In addition to the Diploma, Anna Maria designs and delivers a wide range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops from her Exeter base, as well as in Bristol, Birmingham and, as of 2023, St Ives in Cambridgeshire.

She is also one of the voices behind The Massage Matters podcast, and regularly features as a guest on many others, including the Sports Therapy Association Podcast and the Massage and Physical Therapists Talk Show.

Through her clinic, her school as well as via her other platforms, she has become a well-known presence in the Massage and Manual Therapy community, driving a fundamental change by pushing for better understanding and inclusion of Evidence Informed Practice and advocating the role of touch and manual therapy as part of the modern healthcare landscape.

Having been widely regarded by her contemporaries as an expert in her field for some time, Anna Maria recently was invited to be part of a number of international groups of highly respected researchers and academics and co-authored three papers, the first of which was published in August 2023, that seek to begin to address the vast lack of world class qualitative research in the field of Manual Therapy.

Why teaching The Shoulder?

As a practitioner Anna Maria has been particularly interested in the complexities of shoulder pain and over the years has extensively researched the topic and attended many courses run by specialists in the subjects. Her approach to treatment sees the integration of massage and movement approaches with psychologically informed concepts.

As a teacher, her delivery is fun, expressive, and passionate, facilitating group interaction and the open discussion of ideas in a light-hearted yet professional way that blends her intellectual capacity and clinical experience with her Italian passion for life in a truly captivating way.”

Course requirements:

This course is suitable for any professional working in MSK care, including; Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Soft Tissue Therapists and Sports Therapist. If your qualification is not listed or if you are unsure if this course is suitable for you please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it.