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Elective Classes

Elective Class Descriptions

 

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Tending the Therapeutic Relationship: Healing Dynamics, Boundaries and Self Care

"Before we can experience the beauty outside ourselves, we must see and honor our own beauty." ~ Sandra Ingerman

Understanding the complexity of the therapeutic relationship is critical for any integrative or holistic method. In this class, we explore interpersonal dynamics that underpin the healing process: power differential, types of intimacy, transference/countertransference and the role of vulnerability in healing. Clarifying and communicating one’s boundaries as well as various methods of self-care are highlighted. Simple strategies for working with emotional release are practiced within the context of a body-centered practice.

This is a 3-day class, offering 21 CE Hours. Cost: $410. It is open to all healthcare professionals.

 

 

Visceral Listening: Enhancing Motility of the Organs

The viscera have a movement and a rhythm that can be felt with the hands. In this class, students study the anatomy and physiology as well as the energetic components of the heart, lungs, liver, stomach, spleen, kidneys, bladder, small and large intestines, and the gallbladder. Students will devote lots of time to practicing the hands-on techniques, listening to each organ, and creating the space to let the organ move freely and find its own health.

This is a 3-day class, offering 21 CE Hours. Cost: $410. Pre-requisite: Introductory Workshop or permission of instructor.

 

 

Visceral Mobilization: Freeing Fascial Layers among the Organs

"Do something good to your body, so that your soul becomes thrilled to live in it." ~ Theresa von Avila

The ability of the organs to glide freely around each other is vital, not only for the physiological task of each organ, but also for overall movement through the torso. Exploration of these fascial layers surrounding organs starts with a ‘topographical’ tour of the anatomy: where are the organs, what is their shape and how are they accessed? Refining our palpation of soft-tissue structures is highlighted as a part of both assessment and treatment. Includes consideration of scar tissue as a possible limitation of movement.

This is a 3-day class, offering 21 CE Hours. Cost: $410. Pre-requisite: There is no pre-requisite. The ability to perceive motility (CRI or mid-tide) will enhance your learning, but it is not required.

 

 

Supporting the Brain – Concussion, Migraine and Centralized Pain

While gaining concrete knowledge of the brain’s anatomy, you also learn methods to support healing from concussion, migraine and centralized pain. Palpation of the lobes, ventricles, central brain structures anchors a variety of gentle motility techniques. Self-care exercises that enhance neuroplasticity are explored, along with rehabilitation strategies of mindfulness, sleep management, and health journaling.

This is a 3-day class, offering 21 CE Hours. Cost: $410. Pre-requisite: Introductory Workshop or permission of instructor.

 

 

Cranial Nerve Mobilization: Freeing the Tethers

With this 3-day workshop, we take a tour of the cranial nerves, identifying their connection to central brain structures, passages through the cranial base and their pathway around the cranium and torso. You learn gentle balancing techniques – both for neural motility as well as fascial freedom along the length of the nerve – for all the nerves, as well as simple strategies to track the level of functionality of each nerve.

This is a 3-day class, offering 21 CE Hours. Cost: $410. Pre-requisite: Introductory Workshop or permission of instructor.

 

 

Craniosacral for Infants – An Introduction

Being born is one of the most vigorous and dramatic changes we go through in our lifetime. Craniosacral treatments are a wonderful way to assist the infant to rebalance their autonomic nervous system as well as resolve residual stress imparted by the birth passage. Addressing common neonatal challenges in suckling, digestion and sleep are a focus of the methods taught in this course. General review of late-stage embryology, the birth process, birth interventions and common conditions is included. Students will learn techniques that are appropriate for infants, which can also be applied for older children and adults. Students practice those techniques with each other and when possible with infant-volunteers under direct supervision.

This is a 3-day class, offering 21 CE Hours. Cost: $410. Pre-requisite: Introductory Workshop or permission of instructor.

 

 

Unwinding the Birth Pattern

Being born is one of the most vigorous and dramatic changes we go through in our lifetime. How we make that passage generates an imprint in our fascial web, particularly the dural membranes, as well as our psyche. Later in life, when we are met with physical or psychological challenges, we can feel echoes of this early event. Craniosacral treatments are a wonderful way to assist the client, of any age, rebalance their autonomic nervous system and fascial web. General review of embryology and the birth process – physical and metaphorical – is included. Students practice techniques first with each other, and if possible, with infant-volunteers under direct supervision.

This is a 3-day class, offering 21 CE Hours. Cost: $410. Pre-requisite: Introductory Workshop or permission of instructor.

 

 

Cranial and Fascial Balancing for Newborns

In this introductory course, we look at the essential skills for working safely and effectively with newborns (up to 6 months). Between the physical stresses of being born and the remarkable, rapid growth within the first months, this population has its own set of challenges. Learn methods for breast feeding, poor latch, tongue tie, colic, constipation, torticollis, and more. We use a blend of cranial, visceral and fascial techniques. Students practice techniques first with each other, and if possible, with infant-volunteers under direct supervision.

This is a 3-day class, offering 21 CE Hours. Cost: $410. Pre-requisite: There is no pre-requisite. The ability to perceive motility (CRI or mid-tide) will enhance your learning, but it is not required.

 

 

Unwinding: The Key in Moving from Trauma to Health

In this class, students will form practitioner dyads. Working with a co-practitioner is both highly therapeutic and deeply informative, and it enhances the perception of both practitioners. Long unwinding sessions, which are hard to do alone, help the client with deeply-rooted patterns and issues. To enhance the sense of fluidity, we will work in a swimming pool part of the time. The unique experiences (in this class) will expand student awareness of healing potential and greatly benefit your clients. There is an additional $50 fee for this class to cover the rental for the pool, which is built into the price of the class for non-certification students and charged as an “additional fee” for certification students (due on the first day of class).

In this class, you learn to work with the transverse structures of the body, to ease and promote the longitudinal flow of the CSF. You will be introduced to techniques for the pelvic ring (including sacrum, sacroiliac joints and pelvic floor), the respiratory diaphragm, and the thoracic inlet. You also learn to address many discomforts in relation to the mandible. An in-depth introduction to stillness, body usage and receptive touch will help you to develop the ability to be present and to skillfully listen with your hands.

This is a 3-day class, offering 21 CE Hours. Cost: $410. Pre-requisite: Introductory Workshop or permission of instructor. Limited to 12 people per class.