Day One: Anatomy and Identity
- cellular structure as a template for identity formation
- sensation and identity formation.
- the effects of proximity on tension and relaxation patterns in cellular organisms and humans.
- relationship between bounded, grounded and charged organizational states in the creation of tension patterns
Exercises: work with sensory based organization from the work Gindler and Selver.
Application: use of sensing, proximity and tension awareness to help guide clinical work (hands-on)
Day Two: Sensory-motor pathways and conditioned response
- Theories of brain plasticity
- Sensory-motor loops, the internuncial net, cerebellar movement patterns in learned movement
- Habituated movement and repetitive strain.
Exercises: explorations of habituated and unhabituated movement through work of FM Alexander, Feldenkrais, Contact-Improvisation movement, Aston Patterning and Rubenfeld Synergy.
Application: identify habituated response in clinical practice as it affects practitioner engagement and client response.
Day Three: Infant development and the formation of neuromuscular patterns - movement patterns from cellular pulse to walking.
- cranial/caudal wave in organisms with notochords and vertebrae.
- homologous, homolateral, contralateral movement
Exercises: movement patterns in own body and group members from BodyMind Centering, Hanna Somatic Education
Application: identify and practice working with neuromuscular movement patterns in clinical practice
Day Four: How habit, stress, and injury shape our anatomy and physiology.
- autonomic nervous system and relaxation response.
- general adaptation theory
- biological theories of shock and trauma response
Exercises: stress response neuromuscular patterns from Hanna Somatic Education, Somatic Experiencing, Caldwell, Roth five waves.
Application: identify and practice awareness of neuromuscular stress patterns in clinical practice examples.
Day Five: Respiration
- autonomic response
- eukapnic breath
- muscle patterns of breathing
Exercises: Identify changes in respiratory function with ball rolling to muscles of respiration, breathing practices from Speads, Buteyko, Conrad
Application: identify and practice use of respiratory exercises in clinical practice examples.
Day Six: Connective Tissue
- habituation and fascial distortion
- fluid and piezoelectric models of fascial response.
- six fascial patterns
Exercises: myofascial ball rolling to test the influence of fascial restrictions on movement and posture. Examples from Myers, Rolf, BodyMind Centering
Application: Identify and work with fascial patterns.
Day Seven: Seven segmental bands.
- Muscles of each band
- Relevant postural issues
Exercises: Palpation and movement with examples from Saltus, Keleman
Application: in clinical practice, identify how bands can enhance postural understanding and influence treatment planning.
Day Eight: Postural splits
- Internal/external rotation
- Relevant muscle groups
Exercises: Identify postural splits in group work using the work of Kurtz, Prestera
Application: in clinical practice, identify how splits can enhance postural understanding and influence treatment planning.
Day Nine: Armouring:
- Identify neuromuscular and fascial patterns of defense.
Exercises: Palpation tissue patterns in group using the work of Smith, BodyMind Centering, Greene/Dunne
Application: Explore the application of tissue armouring on treatment planning.
Day Ten: Anatomy of character structure
- muscle patterns of five character templates
- understand how tension patterns and tissue types combine to form character structure
Exercises: Identify patterns of character structure in group; palpate tension patterns from the work of Keleman, Kurtz, Greene/Dunne.
Application: in clinical practice, explore the application of character structure on treatment planning.