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C.) Undulation: A Tool to Improve Bodywork for the Spine (Seattle August 8, 2020)


Product Description

Instructor: Karen Clay LMT; NCBTMB #451271-10.

Manual introduction of movement is the province of massage therapists. What we do with our hands creates movement in tissues which have become immobile. It is movement which stuck myofasciae crave. As a result of manual therapy, fascial layers begin to slide, connective tissue melts and is lubricated, blood flow and metabolic exchange are increased. These are all forms of movement.

This interactive class teaches undulation, a gentle movement that creates a coordinated wave through multiple joints and muscles in the spine. You can use undulation to work deeper, more easily, to find restrictions more quickly, and to release holding in your clients and yourself. Learning experiences include anatomy review, simple assessment techniques, hands-on work, and movement practice. Deepen your understanding of the spine and learn new tools to focus your work.

We'll explore the three applications of undulation in bodywork:
  • A tool to assess where manipulation will be most effective,
  • A biomechanical technique to reduce strain on the practitioner, and
  • A movement lesson to teach clients to reduce pain and improve muscle health.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe the joints, connective tissue, and ideal range of motion of the spine
  • Use undulation to assess limitations in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar mobility
  • Know what conditions are contraindicated for the undulation technique
  • Use client and practitioner undulation to improve the effectiveness of bodywork
What better way to augment manual therapy than by using movement in a broader sense?
  • Client undulation between sessions can help them to free their stuck places and educate them into new healthy functional patterns.
  • Practitioner undulation can free overused areas between sessions.
  • Practitioner and client can use subtle undulating movements during the session to allow more efficient application and better delivery of manual therapy.
  • A practitioner who stays mobile within their own body can more elegantly sense what is needed in the client's tissues and achieve desired goals with less effort.

What to Bring: Please wear loose fitting clothing, suitable for movement, in layers for warmth or coolness. Bring a set of sheets, two blankets, (very important for movement work), a snack if you wish and a tank top for visual assessment.

What to Bring: Set of sheets, a small pillow to bolster the wrist or elbow (small buckwheat pillows are nice), 2 pillowcases and 2 washcloths. You can bring a bolster for your legs if you like, but it's not required. A facemask (disposable surgical mask or N95/KN95 respirator), eye protection and clothing protection (apron, smock, labcoat or 2 sets of scrubs) are required. For information on PPE items and preparing for class, please click HERE.

Travel Restriction:  At this time, anyone who is attending classes must reside in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.  Anyone traveling from outside of these states must self-isolate themselves locally for 14 days prior to class if they want to attend.  We apologize, but this is a Governor issued requirement while counties are in Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start program. We will remove this restriction when we are allowed to.

Class Dates: August 8, 2020
Class Times: Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Seattle Location 7 -- Instructor's Studio  (click on the link for location details)
Cost: $170
Cost/Hour: $21.25/hr
CE Hours: 8

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