Thursday, March 24, 2016

April and May CE workshops at Spa Zeta

Sunday, April 3, 2016,

     Digging Up Fossils - Deep Tissue of the Spine Using Your Elbow – The best way to relax deep muscles  

5 CE hours, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Teacher: Patrick Moore B.A. LMT 520-334-8950 mobile. $115.00 register through http://spazeta.com Special offer: both Deep Tissue -Elbow classes, Sunday and Monday, 10 hours for $200.00 (you save $30.00), for special please call Spa Zeta during spa hours, 544-8086.

     Short Description:

     Your elbow is perfect for patiently coaxing tensions to the surface where they can be released. You can hold the same gentle pressure for a whole minute--long enough for the recipient to relax into it.

     Long Description:

     Elbows are not just for high pressure. Two things make your elbow pressure easier for a person to "relax into." First, your pressure can be more "stable." Stable means you can keep the exact same pressure long enough for the person to embrace it. Second, the elbow is the less pointy than a finger. Its wide, round surface feels nicer to recipients. Also, your elbow is very "sensitive." When a muscle "sinks" under your elbow (because the muscle is beginning to relax) you sense that change immediately. This is one of two elbow classes taught by Patrick Moore who learned this method at the Brian Utting school in Seattle, 1993-94.

      We will use our elbows to make one long pass up, and one down the spine. By making a continuous pass, your elbow melts every paraspinal muscle, missing nothing. You will learn to go slow enough to feel the muscles sinking. This gives you confidence that every single paraspinal relaxed. The muscles along the spine often hold very old tensions. To the recipient, releasing these tensions can feel like "fossils" being unearthed. This can release traumas and cellular memory from long ago.

     Please bring a vegetable-based massage oil like grapeseed, or any cooking oil from your kitchen. Lotions, creams and coconut oil are too slippery and your elbow will slide too fast. We take 10 minute breaks each hour. Please bring a set of sheets. We have enough tables. Maximum 6 students, minimum 1. Please register by 72 hours in advance. Type of Workshop: hands-on-partner-trades.

 

Monday, 4/4/16, 2016,

     Deep Tissue of the Psoas and Hip Rotators Using your Elbow – The best way to relax deep muscles

5 CE hours, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Teacher: Patrick Moore B.A. LMT 520-334-8950 mobile. $115.00, register at http://spazeta.com, Special offer: both Deep Tissue classes, Sunday and Monday, 10 hours for $200.00 (you save $30.00), for special please call Spa Zeta during spa hours, 544-8086.

     Short Description:

     Your elbow is perfect for patiently coaxing tensions to the surface where they can be released. You can hold the same gentle pressure for a whole minute--long enough for the recipient to relax into it.

     Long Description

     When you can effectively relax hip rotators and psoas, the person has less low back pain and more mobility. Everyone from athletes to sedentary sitters, suffers from tension in the glutes and low back.

     You will learn to use your elbow to melt these muscles with gentle stability. Most therapists have two settings when using their elbow: "On," and "Off." You will learn to vary your elbow pressure a few ounces at a time to perfectly match the person’s need in each moment.

     You will find and melt the piriformis, two gamellis, two obturators, quadratus femoris, TFL glutes and psoas. All muscles will be treated clothed—so wear sweats or stretchy workout pants.

     Your elbow is far more sensitive than you realize. First, you feel the shape of deeper muscles better using your elbow. Second, you can better sense when deep muscles begin to soften and sink. Using your elbow saves your wrists and thumbs from injury, allowing you to stay longer in the profession. Using your elbow is less work for you, so you are less tired at the end of the day.

     When your partners practice on you, you will be surprised how comfortable and pleasurable it is to receive elbow work in your glutes and psoas!

     Please bring one bottom sheet and pillow case--no lotion or oil is needed. We have enough tables, thanks. Type of Workshop: hands-on-partner-trades. We take 10 minute breaks each hour. Maximum 6 students, minimum 1. Please register by 72 hours in advance.

 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

     Melting Muscles 4 - Unwinding Muscles Supine – Show the Muscles You Are Their Friend

5 CE hours, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Teacher: Patrick Moore B.A. LMT, 520-334-8950 mobile, $115.00, register at http://spazeta.com . Special offer: both Unwinding classes, Sunday and Monday, 10 hours for $200.00 (you save $30.00), for special please call Spa Zeta during spa hours, 544-8086.

     Short Description:

     I taught my teenage stepson in fifteen minutes. Supporting the limb to move the direction it wants to move, makes you a friend to the tense muscle. Naturally the muscle supported by a friend, feels brave enough to release its tension.

     Long Description

     What is unwinding? It’s slow-motion therapy. If you are the kind of therapist who always need to be busy and moving, this may not be the class for you... Unwinding is more fun to do if you are a meditative, patient, quiet type.

     Some classes teach the unwinding of joints, of fascia, or of fluids like lymph and CSF. This class teaches the unwinding of muscles.

     When you hold a limb gently supported, you can feel the limb wanting to move in a particular direction. You help it move. Once it is moving you think, “what action is this?” Once you can say what action it is (assuming  you remember your "actions"), then you know what muscle is tense. Unwinding is a sophisticated assessment tool that tells you what muscle needs work today. It is also a very effective treatment. By helping the muscle to go further in the direction of its tension, the muscle (and brain) sees you as its friend. By supporting the muscle to remain in its shortened position as long as it needs, the muscle (and brain) will in time change its mind and move back toward neutral. This reversed direction shows you that the muscle has released its tension. So unwinding also provides proof of its effect.

      You will learn to unwind the neck by holding the head. You will also unwind the shoulder rotators and hip rotators. There is time for you to unwind one more muscle of your choice—any muscle that can be treated in the supine position.

     Type of Workshop: hands-on-partner-trades. We take 10 minute breaks each hour. Recipients are clothed so please wear stretchy clothing that allows your limbs to move through full ROMs. Maximum 6 students, minimum 1. Please register by 72 hours in advance. 

 

Monday, April 25, 2016

     Melting Muscles 6 - Unwinding the Atlas and Axis – Slow Motion Alternative to Cracking the Neck

PREREQUISITE, 5 CE hours, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Teacher: Patrick Moore B.A. LMT, 520-334-8950 mobile, $115.00, register at http://spazeta.com , Special offer: both Unwinding classes, Sunday and Monday, 10 hours for $200.00 (you save $30.00), for special please call Spa Zeta during spa hours, 544-8086.

     Short Description:

     Chiropractors thrust the head into rotation, one million cracks a year in the U.S. You will learn the alternative: slow-motion assessment and treatment that befriends the neck-rotating muscles. Last year a Chiropractor from New York flew out to attend this class.

     Long Description:

     This is an advanced technique. After you’ve taken the prerequisite (offered the day before) you will learn to unravel the neck’s tension in slow motion. Unwinding the Atlas and Axis is the gentlest, slowest, safest way to resolve the muscle tension that resists head rotation. Unwinding is not you "fixing" them, but you helping their brain to resolve its own tensions. This technique lasts, because tension their brain releases, stays released.

     This technique is for practitioners who are patient, who see the value of being gentle, who enjoy slow, meditative technique. If you have difficulty slowing down or being patient, this may not be the class for you. This class was featured in Massage Therapy Journal in 2003, and since the article was published Patrick has taught it to about a thousand therapists in 13 U.S. States. Preparation: Wear comfortable clothing, please bring a bottom sheet to protect the tables. maximum 6 students, minimum 1. Please register by 72 hours in advance.

     Prerequisite: to attend “Unwinding the Atlas and Axis,” you must have attended either "Melting the Atlas and Axis" (offered twice a year) OR "Unwinding Muscles Supine" (which is offered the previous day). Nobody may skip the prerequisite.

 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

     Responding not Reacting - Being Present while the Client is Resisting - Invite the “natural you” to finesse any situation

6 CE hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Teacher: Patrick Moore B.A. LMT, 520-334-8950 mobile, $120.00, online registration at http://spazeta.com or call Spa Zeta during spa hours, 544-8086.

     Short Description:

     By being your natural self, you de-escalate situations and invite resolution, healing and vitality. You feel better after your sessions. You feel better about your career. You live longer and look ten years younger.

     Long Description:

     Responding is natural. It’s what Nature does. Our reactions are based on things we have been taught by our culture especially judgments. Presence is your essence shining through all that cultural baggage. In a session, when you can be more of your natural self, the recipient will also become more natural because they resonate with you. This dramatically reduces their resistance, helps them to resolve their tensions and to move forward on their path. While they are present, they embrace what is natural for them. You also benefit. You feel less tension in your sessions. You feel more proud of what you’re doing for others. You like yourself better.

     You will learn descriptions of responding, reacting, presence, resistance in a context of being one’s natural essence. In group discussion will see real examples, and participate in each of these states so that you leave with practical knowledge. You will see how to de-escalate a situation and turn a "bad thing" into a blessing, better for having happened that way.

     This workshop is modeled after the workshop style and "the seven things" Stephen Bruno always talks about.

     Maximum 10 students, minimum 1. Includes handouts. Group discussion workshop--no hands-on, dress comfortably. One hour break for lunch and ten minute breaks each hour. Please register by 72 hours in advance.

Monday, May 16, 2016

     Tendinitis: Palpation, Friction and Cup Icing – Like a magic cure for many shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee and ankle pains

6 CE hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Teacher: Patrick Moore B.A. LMT, 520-334-8950 mobile, $138.00, online registration at http://spazeta.com or call Spa Zeta during spa hours, 544-8086.

     Short Description:

     Cup-icing, done properly, reverses tendinitis by erasing scar tissue. If you’ve iced the correct spot, and told a convincing story, the person will feel a difference in the first half-hour session and make steady progress until he is fully cured.

     Long Description:

     Ice Cups are the secret weapon that most massage therapists never learned to use properly. With an ice cup and some palpation skills, you can practically erase the scar tissue known as Tendinitis. Expect the person to feel a difference after one session, to feel progress after a week of home-icing, and to completely erase the tendinitis lesion within a month or two. This workshop is founded upon the methods of Dr. James Cyriax (1904 - 1985) plus palpation, assessment and practical tips from 20 years of experience. You will learn --the symptoms of tendinitis -- carpal tunnel syndrome  -- explaining how the lesion got there -- finding the lesion -- finding the tendons of the subscapularis -- infraspinatus --wrist extensors --supraspinatus --biceps --knee ligaments -- ice treatment. You need to tell a convincing story: from how the scar tissue began, why it makes trouble now, and why ice will cure it. Their being convinced of their cure is as important as the physical breaking up of the scar tissue. To see one version of this convincing story you may read in advance Patrick’s article, "Heal Your Own Tendinitis" at http://ezinearticles.com/?Heal-Your-Own-Tendinitis&id=1106944 .

     Please wear clothes that allow access to the rotator cuff tendons of your shoulder (like a tank top or a large, loose T-shirt), knees and elbows (shorts). Please bring one bottom sheet and one pillowcase. You do not need any lotion or oil. I will bring the ice cups. Please bring one hand towel for the drips when the ice melts. Maximum 6 students, minimum 1. Please register by 72 hours in advance.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

     Healing Trauma and Cellular Memory by Charting Progress with Subjective Interview - Advanced SOAP Charting/Communication – Asking the Right Questions Accelerates Their Healing

6 CE hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Teacher: Patrick Moore B.A. LMT, 520-334-8950 mobile, $120.00, online registration at http://spazeta.com or call Spa Zeta during spa hours, 544-8086.

     Short Description:

     Learn to communicate with clients in a way that propels them forward along their path. This skill is also valuable when communicating with anyone, even yourself. How we talk, even in charting progress, becomes a form of therapy. 

     Long Description:

     We need to gather information before, during and after our massage sessions. By asking good questions, we stimulate the person’s immune system and help her reframe her “problem” into “progress.” I believe asking good questions can be even more influential than bodywork technique. This is not counseling. It resembles coaching but it is part of our job to gather “Subjective” information.

     SOAP charting (as a healing art) is less about paperwork and more about communicating with the person’s “inner physician.” You will learn how to ask good questions and give nonjudgmental, compassionate feedback that speeds the person’s healing.

     Patrick attended Diana Thompson's workshop in SOAP charting and healing communications in Seattle, as part of his training to become one of the first Preferred Providers of massage in Washington State in 1995. Recommended Reading: Hands Heal: Communication .. for Manual Therapists by Diana Thompson link: http://amzn.com/1609133870 . maximum 10 students, minimum 1. Please register by 72 hours in advance.

 

Monday, May 23, 2016

     Helping Clients See the Good in Physical Symptoms – What Their Pain is Telling Them – Reframing “problems” so we see them as better for having happened

5 CE hours, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Teacher: Patrick Moore B.A. LMT, 520-334-8950 mobile, $100.00, online registration at http://spazeta.com or call Spa Zeta during spa hours, 544-8086.

     Short Description:

     Every tension, symptom or situation, no matter how horrible, can be made better for having happened. We just have to be willing to see it from a different perspective and apply a curious attitude. 100% group discussion.

     Long Description

     Yes, muscle tension is a problem. Symptoms are problems. The person just wants the problem to go away. But is making it go away, the best we can do? In this group-discussion workshop we consider resolving, embracing, and making a bad situation better for having happened that way.

     Using your case histories and group discussion about our own problems, you will gain clarity about the ways that muscle tension, symptoms and other “problems” can benefit you in amazing ways. You will gain perspective. You will practice describing more beneficial ways to view situations for others and yourself. Combines elements of psychology, spirituality, communication and advanced life coaching.

     We take 10 minute breaks each hour. Please bring snacks and water. Maximum 10 students, minimum 1. Please register by 72 hours in advance.

 

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How to Melt Your Own Atlas and Axis

Since 2002 I thought "melting the atlas and axis" was too complicated for most people to understand so I didn't share it with non-therapists. Maybe I am becoming better at teaching it, or maybe people are learning it faster (like the hundredth-monkey theory). I taught this class yesterday (Melting the Atlas and Axis) and the class had achieved in 90 minutes what used to require 7 hours of teaching... What does this mean?

Also, because of my Youtube channel and articles I have in various places on the net, people regularly contact me from all over the world asking advice about the atlas/axis joint of their necks.

Recently, over the phone and through email, I have successfully taught a few people how to melt their own atlas and axis!

So I decided to share this self-therapy method. In the next Natural Healer Newsletter I will describe how to melt your own OCI muscle which frees your atlas from your axis.

 

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I believe "Melting the Atlas and Axis" is as effective as a chiropractic adjustment. I hope in ten years that as many people are using this natural method as are currently using thrust adjustments. The main difference between Melting the Atlas and Axis and thrust for neck rotation is, melting is far slower, far gentler, and your brain feels safe while it is happening. The second main difference is that while the chiropractor takes your neck "the hard way" (the way it does NOT want to go), melting muscles takes your neck "the easy way." So if you have difficulty looking over your left shoulder, the chiropractor will force your head to look over your left shoulder, while in a melting A/A session you turn your head to the right which feels comfortable.

Last year a chiropractor from New York flew out to Tucson to attend "Melting the Atlas and Axis" because he found that the thrust adjustments did not work on his pre-teen daughter. She was afraid and did not want her to treat her any more. He began using melting the A/A with her and wrote to me that they both loved it. Then he flew out a second time to attend "Unwinding the Atlas and Axis."

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Patrick's 1st quarter 2016 CE workshops at Spa Zeta

For all the workshops below please register at http://spazeta.com

These workshops are approved for continuing education for massage therapists licensed in Arizona State and also National NCBTMB requirements.

 

Latest Discoveries in DNA and Epigenetics for Healers (research) -- You can influence your own DNA!

Monday, January 4, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

4 CE hours, maximum 10 students, minimum 1, $80.00, please register by 72 hours prior.

   Your life is not determined by your DNA. Genetic traits are switched on or off by your choices. Enlightening discussion in a progressive group setting.

          Does your DNA control your life? Are you doomed to inherit the same diseases that your relatives got? Are your preferences, attitudes and behaviors all written in advance? While the news says DNA determines your life, the latest research says the opposite: YOU influence whether DNA traits will be switched “on” or “off.” This environmental switching is called “Epigenetics.” In this group-discussion workshop we will discuss how you can sway your own DNA toward being the kind of person you want to be, the influence of mitochondrial DNA in your cells, of bacterial and fungal DNA in your gut, and the influence of your mind over matter. Many cases confirm that DNA can be changed over a lifetime. We influence our very molecular structure by our choice of diet, exercise, toxins, fresh air, attitudes and worldview. This is a discussion-only workshop with no hands-on. There is time for your questions and responses from the group. 

 

Length and Strength: the Shoulder's Seven Actions -- Get Past Shoulder Issues, Once and For All.

Sunday, January 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

7 CE hours, maximum 6 students, minimum 1, $161.00, please register by 72 hours prior. Special offer: both Length and Strength Sunday and Monday, 13 hours for $247.00 (save $52.00), for special, please call during business hours 544-8086.

   This hands-on workshop shows you everything you need to be a shoulder expert. Plus you’ll receive expert medical treatment and insight about your own shoulder.

          Got a shoulder problem? You will get your shoulder evaluated by an expert. Mystified by the rotator cuff? This one-day, hands-on workshop will clarify it for you. You will evaluate range of motion and strength, palpate each of the muscles, melt each muscle, and do mild exercises for each action. If there is time and interest we may discuss how life challenges show up as shoulder problems. You'll be surprised to feel how pleasant it is to receive subscapularis work. You will learn to melt the subscap while the recipient is prone, supine, seated or standing. Corrective exercises include theraband, pulley machines at the gym and kum nye (Tibetan Yoga). We take 10 minute breaks each hour. You'll learn when to stretch and when not to stretch, and when to use heat or cold. PNF (therapeutic stretching) is covered and Melting Muscles. This is a comprehensive, holistic view of the shoulder from the big picture to the details. We will be working through clothing so wear a stretchy shirt or T-shirt. there is no need to bring oil or lotion. Please bring one bottom sheet and a pillow case to protect the massage tables.

 

Length and Strength: Hip Rotators and Psoas -- Get Past Hip Issues, Once and For All.

Monday, January 18, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

6 CE hours, maximum 6 students, minimum 1, $138.00. please register by 72 hours prior. Special offer: both Length and Strength Sunday and Monday, 13 hours for $247.00 (save $52.00), for special, please call during spa hours 544-8086.

   This hands-on workshop shows you everything you need to be a shoulder expert. Plus you’ll receive expert medical treatment and insight about your own shoulder.

          Got a hip problem? You will get expert evaluation and expert treatment. Mystified by the hip? This hands-on workshop will clarify it for you. You will evaluate range of motion, strength, palpate muscles using your elbow and heel of your hand, melt each muscle, and do mild exercises in each action. Are you curious how life challenges show up as shoulder problems? You'll be surprised to feel how pleasant it is to receive piriformis work. Corrective exercises include theraband and tai chi. We take 10 minute breaks each hour. PNF (therapeutic stretching) is covered and Melting Muscles. You'll learn when to stretch and when not to stretch, when to use heat or cold, and the role of hip rotation in running. This is a comprehensive, holistic view of the hip from the big picture down to the details. We will be working through clothing so wear stretchy sweats or yoga pants. there is no need to bring oil or lotion. Please bring one bottom sheet and a pillow case to protect the massage tables.

 

Advanced PNF and Alternatives to Stretching – You May Never go Back to Stretching!

Sunday, January 31, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

5 CE hours, maximum 6 students, minimum 1, $115.00, please register by 72 hours prior. Special offer: Mirror Neurons and PNF Sunday and Monday, 10 hours $175.00 (you save $40.00), for special call during spa hours, 544-8086.

   Hold-Relax Stretching works fast with measurable results, but only if you hold the limb very firmly, speak the directions very clearly and stop short of the motion barrier.

          PNF is also called “Hold-Relax Stretching.” It is a quick way to find and relax tight muscles. You hold the limb firmly then tell the person, “Push.” You hold the limb firm so it does not move while they are pushing. Then you say, “Relax.” In the following, the spinal reflex relaxes the voltage to the muscle so you can move the limb to a better range of motion. You probably learned this technique in massage school. What they didn't tell you is that PNF won't work unless the steps are performed extremely accurately: You need to be very crisp in the way you speak the commands, the way you hold the limb and especially the way you do the "motion palpation." These steps are easy enough to master. Once your technique is crisp, you'll get results in one minute, results you can document. We will also discuss what is happening in the person's brain before, during and after a stretch. You may never go back to normal stretching. Please wear stretchy clothing so your partner can stretch your arms, legs, hips and shoulders without resistance.

 

Mirror Neurons - What they Do in the Client and Therapist during Bodywork (research) -- Learn How We Naturally Resonate and Match Others

Monday, February 1, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

5 CE hours, maximum 10 students, minimum 1, $100.00, special offer: Mirror Neurons and PNF Sunday and Monday, 10 hours $175.00 (you save $40.00), for special call during spa hours, 544-8086.

          The brain has a strategy for understanding others. Mirroring is when our brain watches how others look—their facial expressions, gestures and postures, and listens to their tone of voice, and fires our own muscles to create the same expressions and tones. Then our brain checks how we would feel if we were doing those expressions and tones. Mirroring is not foolproof. It does not magically tell us what others are thinking and feeling, but only how we would feel if we had that expression and tone. But it's how our brains work, and provides a base-level of understanding, matching and connecting with others empathetically. We will also discuss ways of connecting that are more accurate than mirror neurons. Matching others helps them connect to us too. When others are agitated they want us to look agitated with them. This is actually a technique that some talk therapists use. Once the therapist and client are resonating in agitation, the therapist relaxes herself, and the client matches. Along with discussion, question and responses, we will do a fun experiment to fool our mirror neurons.

 

Melting Muscles 1 - Supine -- Inspire the Brain to Relax Each Muscle

Sunday, February 7, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

7 CE hours $161.00, maximum 6 students, minimum 1, please register by 72 hours prior. Special offer: both melting muscles classes Sunday and Monday, 13 hours, $247.00 (you save $52.00), for special call during spa hours, 544-8086.

   You will feel recipient's muscles sink under your fingers, soften in your grip and melt under your hand. When it is your turn your own muscles will melt.

          Melting Muscles is the future of massage but you can learn it today. The reason muscles melt is the brain feels safe enough to turn down the voltage to that muscle. You will learn specifically what the brain needs to feel safe enough to let down the guarding. Melting begins within two seconds and continues for sixty seconds or more. Recipients will be supine (face up) all day. You will feel these muscles melt: 1) upper trapezius, 2) pectoralis minor, 3) levator scapula, 4) biceps, 5) wrist extensors, 6) thumb adductors, 7) abdominals, 8) TFL, 9) quads, 10) tibialis anterior and 11) toe flexors. Melting Muscles is very adaptable: you can do it with very light pressure or deep. You can do it through clothing or on the skin with oil. You can make it a therapeutic, treatment massage or a full-body relaxation massage. The first five hours of our workshop are done through clothing so please wear stretchy clothes. The last two hours are a relaxing 1-hour draped trade so bring a set of sheets and oil. This is the prerequisite you'll need if you want to go on to Melting the Atlas and Axis or Unwinding Muscles.

 

Melting Muscles 3 - Melting the Atlas and Axis  Inspire the Brain to Relax the Neck

Monday, February  8, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

6 CE hours, $138.00, maximum 6 students, minimum 1, please register by 72 hours prior. Special offer: both melting muscles classes Sunday and Monday, 13 hours, $247.00 (you save $52.00), for special call during spa hours, 544-8086. PREREQUISITE Melting Muscles 1 or 2 offered the day before.

   Melting the obliquus muscle is more effective than force. Even Chiropractors are taking this class. 

          When the neck won't rotate freely, it comes down to one little muscle guarding. Yes you can force that muscle to lengthen with a stretch or thrust. But force doesn't convince the brain it is safe to turn down the voltage. If anything, the brain will guard it even more. Instead of force, you inspire the brain to turn down the voltage to that muscle. This is slow-motion, gentle work: a session takes between ten and thirty minutes. Besides giving, you will be receiving several hours of gentle but specific muscle work exactly where you need it. Work until you are a hundred, sitting on a stool doing gentle specific work.

 

Exercising Naturally -- Earn Your Hours with a Natural Walk

Sunday, February 21, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

5 CE hours, maximum 10 students, minimum 1, $100.00, please register by 72 hours prior. Special Offer: both "Naturally" workshops Sunday and Monday, 11 CE hours for $194.00 (you save $44.00) for special please call during spa hours 544-8086.

   We begin our day with a gentle walk in the neighborhood. Get inspired to enjoy more benefits of natural exercise.

          Exercising too hard actually sets you back. Muscle soreness makes your blood more acidic which makes your mood worse. This workshop combines group discussion with a gentle walk outdoors, so bring a water bottle, walking shoes and sun protection. You will learn about aerobic vs anaerobic workouts and how competitive exercise, even if it is just yourself you are competing with, reduces the likelihood you will exercise naturally lifelong. Exercising outdoors, where you can hear the birds and smell the creosote, gives you clarity, balances your energy and circulates your fluids. After natural exercise you feel calmer but naturally energized. It feels good. It increases your productivity. When you feel the inspiration and experience the benefits, naturally you will want to exercise and you will enjoy it more and more often. 

     

Breathing Naturally -- Exhaling Improves Health, Mood, Energy, Alkalinity and Longevity  

Monday , February 22, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

6 CE hours, maximum 6 students, minimum 1, $138.00, please register by 72 hours prior. Special Offer: both "Naturally" workshops Sunday and Monday, 11 CE hours for $194.00 (you save $44.00) for special please call during spa hours 544-8086.

   You'll learn how breathing makes us dull and tired, or alert and bright. You'll touch and relax the muscles and learn an enlightening breathing meditation.

          We will do several short meditations based on exhaling a little more than normal, and using the belly muscles to exhale. You'll be surprised how different you feel after five minutes. That's because exhaling more of your residual air, leads to better oxygenation and alkalinity. Exhaling can help recovery and healing, happiness, enthusiasm and vitality. You will palpate the muscles of inhalation: scalenes, serratus posterior, intercostals and diaphragm and the muscles of exhalation: intercostals and transversus abdominis. You'll practice a Japanese breath meditation called za-zen. You will learn about gas exchange in the lungs, endurance exercise like trail running, healing and enlightenment, with time for your questions.

 

Muscle Relaxation helps PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury by Reducing Fight/Flight Reactions (research) -- Melting the Guard 

Sunday, March 6, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

6 CE hours, maximum 8 students, minimum 1, $132.00, please register 72 hours in advance. Special offer: PTSD and Jostling, Sunday and Monday, 11 hours, $188.00 (you save $44.00), for special please call during spa hours, 544-8086.

   Muscle Melting is an important new approach to reducing hyper-vigilance, over-reactivity and fight/flight in people who have a history of trauma. 80% group discussion, 20% hands-on.

          Defensive. Over-reactive. Hyper-sensitive. Hair trigger. Takes everything negatively. These are characteristics of someone whose body and brain are on red alert. Melting the muscles brings red down to orange, orange to yellow, to green, to blue, to indigo, to violet. The brain turns the voltage down. Less voltage to the muscles means they soften and sink. Less voltage to muscles means less voltage to the adrenaline glands and other fight/flight systems. Patrick has PTSD symptoms as a result of TBI injuries and attests to the value of receiving melting muscles sessions regularly. One muscle-melting exercise and the rest of the day is group discussion. You will learn how a person's  interpretation becomes skewed so that everything looks like a survival situation, and how relaxed muscles, time in nature, nutrition, toxins and other factors increase the person's ability to process and heal.

 

Calming the Body: Positioning, Palpating, Pressing and Jostling in ways the Client's Brain feels Safe -- Swaying the Brain to Safety

Monday, March 7, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

5 CE hours, maximum 6 students, minimum 1, $100.00, please register 72 hours in advance. Special offer: PTSD and Jostling, Sunday and Monday, 11 hours, $188.00 (you save $44.00), for special please call during spa hours, 544-8086.

   You will learn the just-right wave-motion that soothes the human brain. You'll receive safe muscle pressure and interesting peaceful jostling from partners.

          Trager is one method for jostling. Jostling is like pushing a child on a swing. The cascade of pleasant sensations from the whole body soothe the child to feel at peace. Jostling allows the brain to recognize everything is safe. "I can let down my guard now." You hear a sigh of relief and the person simply drops the tension. But not all jiggling is perceived as pleasant--there is a teachable skill for finding the frequency that is "just right." We can position other ways too, that are slower and safer. Palpation is very important--how you touch or "find" muscles tells the brain you know what you're doing, which allows the brain to feel safe enough to relax. You will learn how the brain interprets motion and muscle pressure. You will also receive interesting, relaxing, safe touch and motions from partners. Please wear loose sweats or stretchy yoga clothing so your partner can move you freely.

 

Touching the Brain : Helping the Amygdala De-Escalate Fight or Flight -- Make Friends with the Brain's Bulldog

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

6 CE hours, maximum 6 students, minimum 1, $138.00, please register by 72 hours in advance. Special offer: both Touching the Brain, Sunday and Monday, 12 hours for 228.00 (you save $48.00), for special please call during spa hours, 544-8086.

   First you find your partner's almond-shaped amygdala and relax it. Then you receive the same. You feel your brain shift into a calm, interesting balance.

          You will learn to "check the ROM" of the amygdala and help it move more freely. The technique is not to push the brain tissue but to help it go where it is leaning, and stay with it until it chooses to move back to balance. It's like having an itch scratched that you didn't even realize was itching. It feels deeply relieving and freeing to have your brain balanced. The amygdala interprets whether something is a survival threat or not, so it is important to have this particular brain organ balanced.

          Today's "Touching the Brain" is about locating one specific brain part and helping it balance itself, while tomorrow's "More Touching the Brain" is about feeling the whole brain to find any areas that are out of balance. Neither day is a prerequisite for the other--you can take one or the other or both in any order. Touching the Brain is very helpful for PTSD, TBI, strokes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, insomnia, anxiety, depression, aging brains, teenage brains, ADHD, and any ailment that exhibits as brain imbalances.

 

more Touching the Brain: Rebalancing the Brain after PTSD and mTBI -- Balance your Brain to the Whole

Monday, March 21, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

6 CE hours, maximum 6 students, minimum 1, $138.00, please register by 72 hours in advance. Special offer: both Touching the Brain, Sunday and Monday, 12 hours for 228.00 (you save $48.00), for special please call during spa hours, 544-8086.

   Place your hands gently on the sides of the head and assist the brain sides make peace. Then front to back resolution. 

          You will be touching your partner's head lightly and comparing with two hands how the brain feels on one side to the other, front to back differences, and superficial to deep. Your hands will gently balance the parts to the whole. The technique is to "stay with" the imbalances being your natural healer self while the brain tissues resonate and balance themselves. And then it is your turn to receive. While you are receiving, you can actually feel your whole brain moving into resolution. It feels clarifying, deep, relieving, like heavy parts clicking into place. Today's workshop is about is about feeling the whole brain to find any areas that are out of balance with the whole. Yesterday's was about locating one specific brain part and helping it balance itself. Neither day is a prerequisite for the other--you can take one or the other, or both in any order. Touching the Brain is very helpful for PTSD, TBI, strokes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, insomnia, anxiety, depression, aging brains, teenage brains, ADHD, and any ailment that exhibits as brain imbalances.

 

Equality in Therapy and Business (ethics standard V) -- Being Equal Partners is Preferable

Monday, March 28, 2016, 9:00 a.m.

6 CE hours, maximum 10 students, minimum 1, $120.00. Please register by 72 hours in advance.

   Who's controlling who? Who has more power? When we understand the source of influence, we naturally prefer to share power in equal partnership.

          Sometimes the boss controls you. Sometimes the client tries to control you. And guess what? Sometimes we therapists try to control the client. The basis of equality is the essence of each person, which has amazing qualities and capabilities. Once you embrace the basis of equality, you naturally desire to be equal. It's no longer preferable to control, and nobody can control you. While this is a spiritual perspective, we will discuss practical tips and strategies with time for your questions. If you volunteer stories of real bosses and clients being controlling, you will receive feedback, ideas and insights from the group. This workshop is designed to enlighten you regarding who you truly are, who others truly are, and to resonate in equality. 

 

 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Melting Muscles Student Comments

(I had asked her how she was doing after the Melting Muscles workshop… her comments used with permission)

 

Hey, I am doing GREAT,  our discussion has really helped me and I am so grateful. It really changed my life for the better I feel more free and happy :)