Book NowThe SMTO AGM & Annual Conference takes place March/April each year. 

The 2017 event will be presented by Robert Libbey, on 25/26 March 2017. The 2-day hands-on workshop is entitled "Ligamentous Articular Strain Technique (L.A.S.T.): Techniques for the Thorax & Shoulder". The venue is Edinburgh Academy Junior School, 10 Arboretum Road, Edinburgh EH3 5PL. 

The ligamentous system is part of the connective tissue referred to as the Multimicrovacular Collagenic Dynamic Absorbing System. The role of this rubbery elastic shock absorbing system, found everywhere in our organism, is to avoid reaching a threshold of resistance at which the collagen might shear, leading to injury. Ruptured or injured ligaments are a source of mechanical problems. L.A.S.T. affects mainly ligaments, joint capsules, fascia, muscles, tendons, and indirectly, lymphatic and blood flow.

Ligamentous Articular Strain most accurately describes the somatic dysfunction that occurs in the ligamentous structures that surround a joint. The tension in all of the ligaments, capsule and surrounding fascial tissue of a normal joint is balanced and is used to center adjacent bones in their articular grooves and spaces. This suspension system keeps the bones from being positioned too close together, pulled too far apart, shifted from one side to the other, twisted or bent sideways. When an injury occurs, the joint becomes displaced beyond this physiologic position, and some, if not all, of the surrounding ligaments become stressed and un-balanced.

Ligamentous Articular Strain Technique is a historically innovative (originating in the late 1800’s), precise, evidence informed technique that is simple to understand and can be implement it into your practice immediately. The techniques target the ligamentous and capsular tissues, meniscus and the enthuses of tissue attachments. Current research has shown that techniques, which target areas of high concentration of mechanoreceptors (enthuses), have longer lasting effects. Current research has also shown that combining LAST with other techniques such as MET significantly improved treatment outcomes.

Each course provides the RMT with information obtained from research pertaining to Fascia, Mechanoreceptors, Ligamento-muscular reflexes and the physiological effects manual therapies such as LAST have on the body. Therapists will be able to educate and inform their patients on the reasoning for, the effects of, and expected outcomes of incorporating and utilizing LAST.


The days will be divided into segments of lecture, demonstration by tutor, then work in partnerships with supervision by tutor and assistants.  Handouts will include appropriate illustrations and instructions. Time for questions and answers will be provided.


Robert has been a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) and the Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia (MTABC) since 1994. From 2001-8 he was on faculty at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) instructing in their Orthopedic and Neurological Examination departments.

He was also a Senior Clinical Supervisor examining students preparing for their Provincial Regulatory Board Examinations. Robert upgraded his education to the current 3000hr standard for Registration set by the CMTBC.

Robert has spent the last 15 years, adding up to over 15,000hrs, researching, learning, developing and updating L.A.S.T. Robert believes Manual Therapists have a great opportunity to improve the quality of life in their patients. He has always felt that the training and understanding of the ligamentous articular system has been in a diminished state.

Roberts’s goal is to provide practitioners with a safe and effective skill to enhance their treatments.

If you have a nomination for the Nick Carter Memorial Salver for Services to Massage Therapy do let us know.

Trade Exhibition running both days from 9am to 5pm. The Trade Exhibition is open to everyone, free of charge. In attendance we have Songbird Naturals - selling Wax etc., Handspring Publishing - bringing you lots of new books, Scottish Massage School - with details of courses, sweatshirts, oil etc., Bodywork Professional Development - stocking Robert Libbey's Books & DVDs and details on upcoming workshops, Nikki Murdoch - with health and wellbeing products, and the CNHC will be there too!

Title:             Ligamentous Articular Strain Technique (L.A.S.T.) – The Thorax & Shoulder

Venue:          Edinburgh Academy Junior School, 10 Arboretum Road, EDINBURGH EH3 5PL

Investment: £200 (SMTO members)/£250 (non)  £100 non-refundable deposit.  

                     Early bird £175 (SMTO)/£225 (non) paid in full by 31 Dec 2016,

Dates:           25th & 26th March 2017; Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm

Contact:       SMTO, 27 Craigs Avenue, Edinburgh EH12 8HS.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    or +44 (0)7715-663852

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