Instructor: Richard Polishuk, LMT, assisted by Lauren Christman, LMT; NCBTMB #450788-08
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:
About the Myofascial Balancing Classes:
- 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
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; bolster; wear loose clothing. For PPE, bring 2 facemasks (disposable surgical mask or N95/KN95 respirator – only one should be required per day, the extra is back-up), eye protection and clothing protection (apron, smock 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.
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 19, 2020
Class Times: Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Seattle -- Please click on the this link to go to the class description on the Therapeutic Training Center's website for the location detail.
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