NMT Protocols – Anterior Thorax – Side Arm

This protocol treats the extrinsic chest muscles from a side-lying position. This makes access to the pecs, serratus anterior and other structures easier as the breast tissue is easily draped and to drops out of the way.


NOTE: This protocol is for mindful review by an experienced therapist and is not intended to be used for learning without hands-on training from a professional instructor. One should not attempt this without the necessary expertise to understand contraindications. It is important to use proper technique so that the treatment is safe and effective.

Effective relief starts with an understanding of the anatomy.

About the coloring of the illustrations…

Here’s an overview of the extrinsic chest muscles.

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This routine is from The WorkBook of Classical Neuromuscular Therapy, which was created at the ASHA School of Massage and used to train thousands of therapists for more than 15 years.

These routines are intended for mindful review by Bodywork Professionals and are not appropriate as self-care for non-professionals. Self-injury could occur.

Click here for the growing list of protocols that are available online.


This site is undergoing changes. Starting in early 2020, we began changing the format of the posts to include more extensive self-care, illustrations, therapist notes, anatomy, and protocols. We’d love your feedback. We are adding posts and converting the old posts as quickly as time permits.


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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia where he sees clients. He has written and taught about anatomy, trigger points and cranial therapies since the mid-90s.

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