Instructor: Karen Clay LMT; NCBTMB #451271-10.
Whether it is at a massage table or a desk, we humans use our arms in front of our bodies. This forward orientation demands intricate balance among the shoulder stabilizers, and adequate support from the spine and ribcage. Absent these crucial components what results is the depressed chest, forward-head posture so causative in neck, shoulder and upper back pain. Discover ways to facilitate support for the shoulder girdle and to change the habits that cause pain.
Somatic Education: Habits are behaviors that we repeat so frequently that they become involuntary, like automatically engaging the emergency brake when we park. Sometimes voluntary responses, whether adaptive (limping with a sprained ankle) or functional (cradling the phone on your shoulder) can become hardwired within the nervous system. Then, we can't stop those behaviors even if we want to; we favor the ankle in our gait long after it has healed, we hold one shoulder high even though we are no longer cradling the phone. When our responses become habituated, they are out of our control much like the reflexes that mediate our biological functions. The patterning of our responses leaves little choice in how we hold ourselves or move, leading to chronic tension, injury and pain. As we become stuck in our responses we suffer diminished function.
Rather than addressing the form (kneading the tightly held shoulder), Somatic Education works directly with the functioning of our sensory-motor processes. By engaging in somatic movement techniques we learn that something different can happen other than unconsciously holding that telephone shoulder near our ear until it has to spasm to get our attention.
About This Class: Somatic techniques address how shoulder patterns become habitual. They work directly with the nervous system to redirect our ability to undo the habitual pattern and function with more ease and support. Coupling Somatics with hands-on work exponentially increases the effectiveness of our bodywork, because the client is given tools to recognize and maintain change and to create new and better habits.
Learning experiences include:
- somatic movements to balance muscle tone around the shoulder and create a neutral shoulder girdle in relation to the axial skeleton
- tools to awaken the shoulder stabilizers that support this neutrality
- anatomy explorations of the shoulder girdle (both intellectual and kinesthetic)
- applications of Somatic Movement techniques to basic shoulder patterns
- methods to integrate the teaching of Somatic self-care techniques into your hands-on practice
- practitioner body mechanics--feel the difference in the effectiveness of your hands-on work when your strokes come from a stable and balanced shoulder yoke
What you learn can be applied to yourself and to your clients.
What to Bring: Wear loose comfortable clothing suitable for movement (including a tank top for assessment). We will be doing movement on mats on the floor and as well as using massage tables. If you feel you need it, bring an additional pad, and also (very important) bring TWO BLANKETS, one for lying on and one to use as a head bolster for side lying work. Bring a set of sheets, a notebook, water and a snack if you wish. Lunch will be after 1 pm.
Class Dates: April 20, 2019
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.
Cost: $160 if registered by 4/12/19; $180 if registered after 4/12/19
Cost/Hour: $20.00/hr if registered by 4/12/19; $22.50/hr if registered after 4/12/19
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