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K.) Myofascial Balancing--Joint Decompression & Myofascial Techniques for the Lower Body: Both Classes (Seattle September 21-22, 2019)


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

Day 1 Saturday -- Myofascial Balancing: Joint Decompression for the Lower Extremities

About this Class: When joints start to lose their poise, the bones fall into unbalanced, compressed patterns. The bones can't get out of each others' way, and the muscles struggle to balance the joints. In this course, we focus on balancing and decompressing the joints of the leg. The techniques involved are gentle and precise, and effects on symptoms and postural pattern can be quite profound. Along the way, we will discuss common injuries and conditions related to balance in the lower body, such as plantar fasciitis, medial collateral ligament sprains, and hip arthritis. This class includes:

  • Detailed weight-bearing palpation/evaluation of lower body alignment
  • Specific joint decompression and balancing of the hip, knee, tibiofibular joints, ankle, hallux metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, subtalar joint and more

Day 2 Sunday -- Myofascial Balancing: Myofascial Techniques for the Lower Body

About this Class: One of the central aspects of Myofascial Balancing is clarifying the relationships between segmental alignment and imbalances in tissue mobility. Using weight-bearing palpation and palpation at the table, we analyze and correct these imbalances. This class is highly directed at the "big picture" of postural pattern. The Myofascial Balancing techniques use just enough force to effectively mobilize restrictions, so the work is easy to do and to receive. The course includes enlightening approaches to structures such as obturator internus, adductors, the deep calf and iliopsoas. This class includes:

  • Detailed weight-bearing palpation/evaluation of lower body alignment
  • Palpation at the table to identify specific alignment/mobility imbalances
  • Assessment-driven techniques to balance lower body soft tissue tracts

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: September 21-22, 2019
Class Times: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Seattle Location 1 -- Therapuetic Training Center (please click on the link for location details)
Cost: $310 if registered by 9/13/19; $340 if registered after 9/13/19
Cost/Hour: $19.38/hr if registered by 9/13/19; $21.25/hr if registered after 9/13/19
Hours: 8

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