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1085.) Myofascial Balancing: 5 Classes (Seattle Beg. Mar 10 & End. Jan 27, 2019)


Product Description

Instructor: Richard Polishuk, LMT, assisted by Lauren Christman, LMT; NCBTMB #450788-08

The Myofascial Balancing courses, each dealing with a different region of the body, are based on a few simple ideas, delivered with a good deal of experience and sophistication. Some of the ideas are:

  • Muscular stabilization is the force that organizes our bodies in gravity. Improving stabilization is at least as important as improving relaxation or mobility.
  • Our posture turns our stabilization on or off; the best thing we can do to enhance our stabilization is to improve our alignment.
  • While most practitioners learn to evaluate alignment visually, we find that much more detailed and accurate information can be gathered through palpation of standing clients. Learning to palpate in this way often radically improves students’ visual evaluation skills as well.
  • Our alignment patterns reshape our myofascial tissues into unbalanced patterns. In our classes, students learn to feel the directional imbalances in the soft tissue and to use gentle, unlubricated techniques to balance the position and mobility of the tissues. We also use stretching and other self-care strategies to reinforce this balancing effect.
  • One of the most useful services practitioners can provide is to teach clients how to improve posture and movement patterns in daily life. Students in these classes learn a clear model of posture and movement strategies designed to improve clients’ understanding of their necessary role in achieving long-term results.
  • In many cases, orthopedic problems (the ones with diagnostic labels) are simply exaggerated versions of the imbalances present in most people. In other cases, the problems have a different sort of cause (for example, osteoarthritis). It’s extremely valuable to be able to tell the difference! These classes include an overview of common orthopedic problems, including both assessment and treatment options.

About These Classes: Our primary focus is assessment-driven myofascial work. The work can be directed at deep or superficial layers, as needed. The amount of force used can be varied to be comfortable and appropriate for both the client and therapist. It is also non-lubricated, so it can be done on skin, through a sheet, or through clothes. Myofascial Balancing frequently uses the skeleton as a 'handle' and as a guide in evaluating alignment. The work is designed to keep the loop between evaluation and treatment as short as possible, so that the practitioner remains well-oriented and therapeutic goals can be attained quickly. We teach palpatory evaluation of the client’s alignment pattern in standing, and ongoing palpatory assessment of tissue mobility on the table. We also teach simple postural and movement strategies to help clients improve alignment and usage in daily life; we believe this is a critical aspect of successful treatment.

Class -- Balance in the Pelvis, Sacrum and Low Back (Seattle March 10-11, 2018): Balance around the middle of the body is the heart of an optimal alignment pattern. In this course, we will evaluate and treat many elements of this balance, including: hip joint mobility; the relationship between the pelvis and femur; and alignment, in detail, of the sacrum and lumbar spine. Strategies and structures include:

  • weight-bearing dynamics and common postural patterns of the pelvis on the femurs
  • intra-pelvic patterns: tilts, inflare, outflare, and torsions
  • sacral balance and SI joint mobility
  • vertebra-by-vertebra alignment of the lumbar spine
  • contribution of nerve bundles and spinal dura to fascial strain pattern

In the orthopedic realm, we will discuss hip arthritis, sacroiliac problems and sciatica. We'll also teach strategies for stable seated and standing posture.

Class -- Balance in the Hips, Legs, Knees & Feet (Seattle May 5-6, 2018): Balance and stability in standing and walking are built from the ground up. Many practitioners are surprised to see how dramatically overall alignment can change when the lower leg and foot find appropriate function. In this course, we will evaluate and treat:

  • soft tissue and bony mobility within the forefoot, arches, heel and ankle
  • myofascial structures of the calf and thigh
  • functional dynamics of the tibia, fibula and inter-osseous membrane
  • alignment patterns of the foot, ankle, knee, and hip

In the orthopedic realm, we will discuss ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, common knee injuries, hip arthritis, and lower body tendon injuries. We'll discuss client strategies for good standing and walking balance.

Class -- Balance in the Spine and Ribcage (Seattle September 29-30, 2018): Balance in the torso is a fascinating and sometimes confusing topic. In large part, this is because the torso includes two intricate, highly mobile and interdependent structures: the ribcate and spine. In this course, we will evaluate and treat localized patterns between individual vertebrae or ribs, as well as overall patterns of alignment and function which include:

  • general side-bends and rotations in the thoracic and lumbar spine
  • local restrictions between individual vertebrae
  • postural dynamics of the upper body
  • rib cage shape and mobility, including diaphragm and mediastinum
  • the dural membrane system in each spinal section

In the orthopedic realm, we will discuss functional and structural scoliosis in depth, as well as strategies for nerve root impingement, dural strain, and 'stuck' ribs. Postural strategies and home care focus on dynamic support within the trunk, coordinating pelvis, ribcage and head.

Class -- Balance in the Shoulder Girdle & Arms (Seattle November 3-4, 2018): The shoulder girdle is easiest to understand when seen as a single unit—including the arms—that is poised on the upper ribcage. In this course, we will evaluate and treat common imbalances of the shoulder girdle and arms, including postural dynamics of the shoulder girdle and the extension of those dynamics into the arms and hands, including:

  • gleno-humeral joint structure, function and common movement problems
  • imblanaces and restrictions involving the rotator cuff and serratus anterior
  • common restrictions in the thumb, wrist and forearm, including inter-osseous membrane
  • neurovascular bundle restrictions in the brachial plexus and distal nerves
  • strategies for coordinated arm and hand usage

In the orthopedic realm, we will discuss the very common shoulder impingement syndrome, common shoulder and elbow injuries, thoracic outlet syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Postural strategies focus on the reciprocal balance between the ribcage, shoulder girdle and head

Class -- Balance in the Head & Neck (Seattle January 26-27, 2019): To fundamentally improve balance in this part of the body, addressing all of the layers--including vertebrae, nerves and dura--is critical. In this course, we evaluate and treat postural patterns of the neck and head; anterior, lateral and posterior myofascial layers; and, intra-cranial patterns. Specific techniques include:

  • joint-by-joint alignment within the cervical spine
  • decompressive fascial technique for the anterior neck, appropriate for acute whiplash
  • mobility of the cranial and cervical dura, our deepest fascial layer
  • cervical nerve roots and upper brachial plexus
  • decompression of the sphenobasilar junction, a primary site of cranial imbalance

In the orthopedic realm, we will discuss how to apply all these techniques to the sometimes-complicated condition of whiplash. In the postural realm, we focus on the feeling of support up the front of the body, from bottom to top.

Registration Options: Each Myofascial Balancing class is structured as a stand-alone two-day class. You will receive a certificate of completion for each class. We are offering the "Myofascial Balancing" courses at a discounted group rate if you register for all five classes at once, versus taking one or more individual classes. Classes may be taken in any order, there is no one "optimum" order to the classes. If you would like to register for the set of 5 classes, continue on, otherwise, please click on the following links to register for individual classes. Please note that by registering for all 5 classes, you save $201.

What to Bring: Set of sheets; face cradle cover; pillow or bolster; wear loose clothing

Location: Seattle -- classrooms are assigned in individual class descriptions
Cost: $1399
Cost/Hour: $17.49/hr
Hours: 80

Cancellation Note: if you cancel prior to 21 days before the start of the first day of class, the Therapeutic Training Center (TTC) will send a 100% refund within 14 days of receiving notice of the cancellation. If you cancel within 21 days of the start of class, TTC will charge a $50 administrative fee and will refund the balance within 14 days of receiving notice of the cancellation. In the event that you do not show to the first day of any class or cancel during a class, the classes will be revalued at the non-discounted rate, including the classes already taken, and your refund calculated accordingly -- TTC will retain 100% of the class fee for the missed class. If you cancel after the first class, the classes will be revalued at the non-discounted rate, including the classes already taken, and your refund calculated accordingly.

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