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My Long Program
as I embellish them with longer
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This program Includes
I want you to get a glimpse of the whole picture. Remember, each step of the process is pat of the whole transformation we’re doing on the person. And each step has ramifications for all the other steps. We’ll uncover these ramifications in the actual sessions as we pay attention to the individual clients. Here, we’ll review part of these insights.
In this first explanation, I’ll be talking about some principles of the system:
We will be looking at the big picture of a body in its structure and the two key factors that cause us problems, bunch-up and misalignment.
We will also review “interconnected shortness” pointing out how it is caused by local shortness, which also causes misalignment shortness.
And we'll describe the misalignments caused by pelvic tilts. We’ll discuss the two ways the pelvis tilts front to back and how we have side to side tilts and twists.
All this takes about 2-3
hrs, depending on how many people are in the class.
This is a Show and Tell training.
So, second, I like to use body techniques that can give you an actual experience of the parts of the body we talk about. So part of this introduction will be doing a number of my structural stretching and guided mind-into body relaxation processes. These are helpful techniques you can do on your own and with clients and patients, immediately after learning them, and they will teach you, in your own experience,
We'll examine, with our bodies, what muscle tightness is about versus fascial shortness, and
We'll examine how to spread soft tissue and align and integrate bodies by appropriately working with the fascial system (versus the neuro-muscular system as in other body loosening techniques).. About additional 1 hr to go through the stretching and some of the relaxation process first time. We’ll do these in each session of the training.
This above information will be an introduction to the basic, foundational understanding of what we will be learning to do in the training.
There are some handouts I will provide from my own writings, including the 26 page Physical Benefits of Structural Integration Bodywork.
Remember. we will review all these points in each and every session as we work on you, me, and your three models.
Third: We will also introduce the psycho-somatic issues (and improvements) that occur during the Structural Integration Process, as we
You’ll receive my 20 page booklet, The Psychological, Stress Release and Personal Growth Benefits of Structural Integration Bodywork.
This part takes about additional 2 hrs
Fourth: We’ll practice a little hands-on
that we’ll also use in each session. These are
fairly easy to do, and again, the repetition in each session makes them
more “second hand.”
I believe it’s important to do this whole package because it makes a noticeable difference in the results, as well as in your own understanding of what’s happening in each session and in the whole body transformation process.
About additional 2-4 hrs.
Remember that all the above is an introduction. You aren’t expected to be adept with the material and hands-on techniques just yet. This introduction gives you a basic familiarity with the elements you’ll use in each session, and you’ll have some logical understanding of why we use them together. As you practice them, perhaps 50 times in the course, under some of my guidance as well as your own “feeling it out,” you will develop a familiarity with them as tools you can use.
My method is to introduce you to the overall picture. Once you start working in a session, we’ll be repeating a lot of these factors, and we’ll be more specific, relating to each part you’re working on, and to the five different people we’re working with at each step. And since these five, including you and me, will be worked with at all 11 steps, you’ll get a nice feel for “getting to know people” in this body-energy way.
Fifth: Then you’re ready to look at and practice each step in the sequence. So this “part of the program” is really the large hands-on learning experience for the many weeks.
For each step, I’ll point out how we are both unraveling tension and simultaneously re-organizing the structural muscle-bone-joint operation of that part of the body.
As the sessions continue, you’ll see
You’ll then be seeing what you’re aiming to do along the way, seeing it in the context of where we are going overall in the process on the whole person.
I work on you each step, and record what I am doing on audio.
For each person for each step, takes about 2-3 hrs for individual training and working on a model sessions, and it takes another 4-5 hours for pairs, students working on each other. Otherwise, you working on me, individually, takes 2-3 hours.
In each session we do a Polaroid photo and/or mirror body reading.
We record my instructions
And we use the text of strokes, including illustrations of specific muscles areas which you will get a copy of step by step.
If you do not yet have anatomy books and muscle testing books, you will also get those. .
For one on one training, you then work on me with the notes of the sequence I used. About 2-3 hrs per step
I coach you through the location and
the pressure and the position of your body, plus,
what you should be feeling happening.
We do a Polaroid photo and mirror body reading. .
Then you work on THREE people on the same step,
with an eye to what you are looking for in their body tightness and misalignment
what we should do to correct it, while doing the whole body unraveling, or even a part of the unraveling..
Each person gets a body reading with the usual front, side and back photos that we draw alignment lines on. About 2 ½ -3 hrs session per person for each step.
In each step, I will explain what we are trying to accomplish there, as part of the sequence, including how it is trying to help the other steps. Structural Integration is a system for working with the whole body interlockings, so we look at how one part relates to others, rather than just loosening for instance, legs, arms, heads, etc, all by their own isolated selves.
Here are some notes about what we will be doing:
Some sessions work the outside muscles, some work the inside muscles. We’ll discuss these shell versus core areas and explain what their muscles are, what they’re used for, and how tightness in them causes specific physical and psych-somatic conditions. This means, the effect on the person mentally and emotionally/ And we will introduce the two ways the back relates to the world when a person has back pain/ Here we will introduce my Back Fix Bodywork book.
After the basic phase of the shell, we will do the core sections and I will start to train you with some basic Netherton and Reichian Body-mind therapy techniques. These make the Structural Integration connective tissue manipulations work further in each step. They also make the long term results more permanent.
Reichian techniques are a standard part of the Postural Integration technique, in some special 1-hr classes, you’ll learn them, and also learn the basics of the Netherton verbalization method. While the Netherton method is adept and oriented for processing out the episodes from very early childhood, pre-natal and birth experiences, its methods are also very appropriate for a more thorough and easier release of emotional energies that got stuck in the body during adult, teenage and later childhood events, material that is usually the kind that gets released with the Bodywork manipulations. I have found that the Netherton method is “better” than psychotherapeutic role playing in the regard. It can remove much more of the energies, and deep into the organs of the body as well. We’ll be using an understanding or where different kinds of feelings get stored in the body as well as releasing them.
About 4-5 hrs in 2 - 4 sessions .
I want to include this Reichian-Netherton knowledge and capability for “4” important reasons. First, it’s well known that emotional energy gets stored in the tissues and organs, and a lot of it comes out with this kind of Bodywork. Second, I have had reports from people who had purely physical structural integration treatments who said their practitioner couldn’t handle their emotions coming out, and a couple even said the practitioner didn’t want them to emote at all. All these people felt frustrated. I want my trained practitioners to not be afraid of material like this and to feel at least somewhat confident about being able to handle it. Third, some structural integrators I have spoken with think that the emotional material is a “mental” issue, so I know that there is a misunderstanding about this factor in other schools. And fourth, the energies of emotional upset actually have contracting patterns all their own. If we just do the fascial manipulations, there still remains this contracting energy to pull the muscles back into the body even if the person wants it to not happen.
There is a lot, lot more to Reichian and Netherton understanding, and their systems, than what you’ll learn at this class level, but what I want you to get the hang of is, the nature of the energies stored in the body and how they come out. And how you can help the client release a lot of them without it being a big traumatic deal for either of you. It’s a natural phenomenon and you should be able to elate to it and work with it in a natural way.
We will also introduce a few of what are called Integrated or Rolfing Movement techniques on how to use the body more efficiently when we move. In each session we’ll add about 10 mins to start and then 5 mins for each person in each session. These kinds of techniques enable us to move with less tensing up and one particular exercise is a very good stretch for the psoas muscles.
You’ll be asked to practice the structural stretches and Integrated movement techniques on your own and report how it’s affecting you.
I have waited until this point to introduce these two additional features of a session because I want your body, and those of your models, to be opened enough in the flesh to take advantage of these other treatments. In my own sessions, I often use many of these additional features along with the Bodywork in a session. From these classes, you will learn about this multi-faceted “thing” we call a human body-mind. You will receive my articles and books on body mind approaches and you will be referred to other books to read and look at as well.
It is very important to recognize that the stretching, movement techniques and mind into body releasing helps the hands-on do more and also be maintained, and the energetic releasing is a big factor on preventing the re-occurrence of the tightening and the same emotional and psychological blocks and resistances.
In the usual way the ten steps are taught, we go only through each local muscle group area, but in this way of teaching you will more and more be familiar with the whole body and the whole way the person relates to him or her self and to the world.
When we get to steps 8, 9 and 10, what are called the
integrating steps, we will be adding an hour or so for each step, or
looking at some other bodies, to see what shortness is causing what
problems elsewhere. To help with this we will introduce my booklets on
Fixing Misalignment and Improving Structure by using the interconnected
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