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ZZX.) Myofascial Balancing for Spinal Facet Joints & Peripheral Nerve/Dural Mobility: Both Classes (Seattle November 14-15, 2020)


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

Day 1 Saturday -- Myofascial Balancing for Spinal Facet Joints

About this Class: In this class, we focus on balancing and decompressing the spinal joints, using gentle techniques and simple evaluation protocols. We find these tools to be extremely effective for improving the everyday "crookedness" that afflict so many spines. You'll never feel helpless when looking at the spine the same way again! The class includes:

  • Weight-bearing palpation of the spinal pattern, combined with specific vertebral assessments
  • Simple decompression techniques to balance the alignment of spinal segments
  • Treatment of key soft-tissue structures such as the Erector Spinae, quadratus lumborum, dural membrane, and key cervical muscles to reduce pull on the spine and to provide more stable support for it

Day 2 Sunday -- Myofascial Balancing for Peripheral Nerve and Dural Mobility

About this Class: In this class, we look at the most important spots where nerve mobility is key to good function. In the peripheral nervous system, the large nerves need to be able to glide freely in the fascial beds that surround them. This ability is easily lost—through inflammation, injury, or overuse—and, as in other soft tissue tracts, it's easy to feel the imbalances and "stickiness" where it shows up. In addition to the peripheral nerves, another important spot is the dural sleeve inside the spinal canal; we'll treat that as well. The class includes:

  • Palpatory assessment of key peripheral nerves, and techniques for improving and balancing their mobility
  • Treatment of the most critical areas: cervical roots, brachial plexus, major upper extremity nerves, and sciatic nerve
  • Assessment and treatment of dural sleeve mobility in all 3 spinal regions

About the Myofascial Balancing Classes: Myofascial Balancing is a method of tissue manipulation designed to optimize balance in the position and mobility of the body. There are 3 related but distinct categories of technique: balancing soft tissue, balancing joints, and balancing the movement of bones through the deepest layers of soft tissue. Using these three tools, we work anywhere restrictions and imbalances are found—in any deep or superficial layer. The techniques we use are gentle and unlubricated, so that the work can be done through clothing when desired.

The ongoing interplay between assessment and treatment is the heart of this method. We use standing palpation to analyze segmental alignment and relate it to fascial imbalances. Then, local palpation at the table helps us precisely orient treatment to the shape and direction of restrictions. Frequent reevaluation during treatment helps us know that we are on track, and leads to a seamless treatment experience for the client.

The material has been developed by teachers experienced in the world of structural bodywork, including Structural Integration and Aston-Patterning. We have experience teaching to both newly-licensed therapists and experienced massage and structural bodyworkers.

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

Registration Options: We are offering these 2 classes at a discounted group rate if you register for both classes at once, versus taking each individual class. If you would like to register for just one or both days, please click on the following links to register, otherwise continue on to register both classes. Please note that by taking the both classes, you save $30.

Class Dates: November 14-15, 2020
Class Times: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Seattle Location 1 -- Therapeutic Training Center (please click on the link for location details)
Cost: $310 if registered by 11/6/20; $340 if registered after 11/6/20
Cost/Hour: $19.38/hr if registered by 11/6/20; $21.25/hr if registered after 11/6/20
Hours: 16

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