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ZZZZZY.) Balancing the Pelvic Girdle with Somatic Techniques (Seattle October 3, 2020)


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Instructor: Karen Clay LMT; NCBTMB #451271-10.

Explore the myofascial structures that contribute to a neutral, stable pelvis and a lumbar spine with length and spring. Deepen your understanding of the role of the iliopsoas and hip rotators in creating balance through the pelvic bowl. Working directly with the nervous system, Somatic Movement techniques can give greater awareness of unnecessary holding in these deeper structures. We regain control over the postural distortions and compressions that have become unconscious habits. Discover how to find the balance and poise of upright posture for both you and your clients.

Somatic Education: Habits are behaviors that we repeat so frequently that they become involuntary, like automatically engaging the emergency brake when we park. Sometimes voluntary responses, whether adaptive (limping with a sprained ankle) or functional (cradling the phone on your shoulder) can become hardwired within the nervous system. Then we can't stop those behaviors even if we want to. We continue to use the QL to unweight the ankle long after it has healed. Or, we hold one shoulder high even though we are no longer cradling the phone. When our responses become habituated, they are out of our control much like the reflexes that mediate our biological functions. The patterning of our responses leaves little choice in how we hold ourselves or move, leading to chronic tension, injury and pain. As we become stuck in our responses we suffer diminished function.

Rather than addressing the form, (kneading the on-hold QL) Somatic Education works directly with the functioning of our sensory-motor processes. By engaging in sensory-motor learning (moving in unique patterns, incrementally and at odd angles) we learn that something different can happen other than unconsciously maintaining contraction in the QL until it spasms to get our attention.

About This Class: Somatic Techniques address how pelvic patterns become habitual. They work directly with the nervous system to redirect our ability to undo the habitual pattern and function with more ease and support. Coupling Somatics with hands-on work exponentially increases the effectiveness of our bodywork, because the client is given tools to recognize and maintain change and to create new and better habits.

Learning experiences include:

  • somatic techniques to balance the muscle tone around the pelvis and create a neutral pelvic bowl in relation to the spine and femoral heads
  • anatomy review of the pelvic girdle (both intellectual and kinesthetic)
  • applications of Somatic Movement techniques to basic pelvic patterns
  • methods to integrate the teaching of Somatic self-care techniques into your hands-on practice
  • practitioner body mechanics—learn to support the pelvis in a neutral position while table-side and find power behind your touch by using energy from the ground. Feel the difference in the effectiveness of your hands-on work when your strokes come from a stable and balanced pelvis

What you learn can be applied to yourself and to your clients.

What to Bring: Please wear loose fitting clothing, suitable for movement, in layers for warmth or coolness. Bring a set of sheets, a blanket (very important for movement work), a snack if you wish and tights/shorts for assessment.

Class Dates: October 3, 2020
Class Times: Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Seattle Location 1 -- Therapeutic Training Center (please click on the link for location details)
Cost: $170 if registered by 9/25/20; $190 if registered after 9/25/20
Cost/Hour: $21.25/hr if registered by 9/25/20; $23.75/hr if registered after 9/25/20
Hours: 8

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