In this course we will look at the latest scientific research into chronic pain and the
clinical therapies that have proven effective. We’ll also see how this research has
led to identifying other “unrelated” types of chronic pain. This differentiation
allows us for the first time to break the term “chronic pain” into sub-sets which can
be studied in more detail. It also gives us the ability to observe what type of
chronic pain responds best to what kind of therapy.
With these new classifications we’ll build a working model for identifying and
treating the complexities that chronic pain presents. We’ll particularly look at the
proven role Somatic Education plays in changing patterns of dysfunction.
Specifically, we’ll use awareness-based touch and movement to awaken
proprioceptive centers stimulating new neurological activity. New neurological
activity, accompanied with awareness is the key to turning around persistent
Along with the above insights, this is very much a hands-on class. Emphasis will
be placed on the joints of the spine, ribs, and pelvis as the foundational structures
of mobility, balance, and health. We will explore how to palpate and assess the
relative health of these complex joints. We will look at how the curves and spirals
of the spine affect each other and what areas of dysfunction feel like. Strategies
will be explored that encourage easier, less encumbered movement throughout the
length of the spine.
A variety of injuries, pathologies, and conditions (especially of the spine, ribs, and
pelvis) will also be addressed. Lastly, we will look at how to bring our clients into
a healthier relationship with their own healing. In this way we can help clients
become more secure and autonomous in their own recovery and living with
whatever conditions may be a part of their lives.
Please wear clothing that doesn’t restrict movement. Also bring a mat or blanket
for explorations in experiential anatomy to be done on the floor.
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