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N.) Myofascial Balancing: Balance in the Neck and Head (Seattle January 26-27, 2019)


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

About this Class: To fundamentally improve balance in this part of the body, addressing all the layers—including vertebrae, nerves, and dura—is critical. In this course, we will 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.

About this Series: 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.

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

Class Dates: January 26-27, 2019
Class Times: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Seattle Location 12 -- Staybridge Suites Note: this classroom location was changed on 1/21/19 to Staybridge, this is 1 building away from the original location (please click on the location link for details)
Cost: $320 if registered by 1/18/19; $350 if registered after 1/18/19
Cost/Hour: $20/hr if registered by 1/18/19, $21.88/hr if registered after 1/18/19
Hours: 16

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