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One Saturday a Month

Morning: Anatomy and Expression (3 hours)
Learn the biology of tension as a result of habit and trauma. Understand how if affects your body, and your practice.

Afternoon: Principles of Somatic Practice (3 hours)
The ideas that shaped the evolution of Western somatic practice, and how it can change the way you engage with your body.

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60 hours

10 Classes
One Saturday a month

Morning: Anatomy and Expression

Afternoon: Principles of Somatic Practice

Each three hour section (morning or afternoon) contains:
- One hour of concept presentation
- One hour of integration exercises
- One hour of practice in clinical application


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.
: 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
- Upper/lower
- Right/left
- Front/back
- Head/body
- Body/limbs
- 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.


1. Understand the role of sensation in identity formation
2. Apply sensing and tension awareness to help guide your clinical work
3. Understand the relationship between reduced sensory awareness, habituated movement and repetitive strain
4. Identify and work with movement patterns from cellular pulse to walking.
5. Identify and work with stress patterns.
6. Identify respiratory restrictions and work with respiratory exercises.
7. Understand six basic fascial patterns
8. Identify and work with fascial patterns in treatment planning.
9. Understand the role of the seven segmental bands in the formation of posture
10. Identify how segmental bands can enhance postural understanding and influence treatment planning
11. Understand postural splits
12. Identify postural splits and integrate and use that understanding in treatment planning
13. Identify three basic “body armour” tissue formations through palpation
14. Demonstrate ability to use appropriate treatment skills with armour tissue formations
Identify character structures and demonstrate their influence in treatment planning

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