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ZZZZP.) Myofascial Balancing: Balance in the Shoulder Girdle & Arms (Seattle November 3-4, 2018)


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

About this Class: The shoulder girdle is easiest to understand when seen as a single unit 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
  • imbalances 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 and shoulder girdle and head.

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. The work is non-lubricated, so it can be done on skin, through a sheet, or through clothes. Myofascial Balancing frequently uses the skeleton as a 'handle' in treatment 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. In addition to the treatment skills, 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.

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: November 3-4, 2018
Class Times: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Seattle Location 9 -- Crafted Touch (please click on the link for location details)
Cost: $320 if registered by 10/26/17, $350 if registered after 10/26/17
Cost/Hour: $20/hr if registered by 10/26/17, $21.88/hr if registered after 10/26/17
Hours: 16

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