Patrick's Teaching Schedule

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fall Workshops 2014

The workshops in this post are all held in Tucson at Transcend Massage & Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704.

Please register through the Transcend website at this link http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm or by calling Transcend at (520) 544-8086 during office hours, Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm.

 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Touching the Brain I: Calming Fight or Flight in the Right Amygdala and Muscle Guarding in the Cerebellum

5 CE hours, $125.00, hands-on workshop, includes handouts, maximum 6 students, minimum 1 (registrations are counted 72 hours before class start, if there is at least one registration by 3 days prior, the class will be held), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch).

     Course Description: The right amygdala is primarily responsible for reacting to perceived dangers by turning up the SNS, or fight/flight reaction. The cerebellum is involved in holding muscles guarded. You will place your hands gently on your partner's head with the intention of feeling the brain behind the bone. You will learn to discern the tissue of the amygdala and cerebellum and feel inherent movement, both natural and hindered movement. Using "Osteopathic Technique," also called "indirect technique," your fingers assist tissues to move as far as they like out of balance, and support them there until they choose to return to a balanced position and movement.

     While Patrick has attended and observed brain treatments, organ treatments and craniosacral from several Osteopaths, Physical Therapists and other practitioners, this class is not in any particular Osteopath's "style." It simply borrows "Indirect Technique," which works well on bones, joints, muscles, organs and fluids, and applies this method to the tissues of the brain. Relationship is very important in indirect technique, especially making certain the recipient feels safe from the first moment of making the appointment, through greeting, intake and continuously throughout the session.

     Prerequisite? Maybe. This class requires patience and gentle touch. It is good if you've had previous craniosacral experience, though I am not requiring it if you feel you are ready.

     Preparation: Please wear loose or stretchy clothes as we will be working through the clothing. Please bring one bottom sheet and one pillowcase. You do not need any lotion or oil. Be prepared to be very gentle and safe for the others in the workshop, so that you do not startle their brain tissues.

     Questions about registration or location? Please call Transcend, (520) 544-8086.

     Questions about course content or process? Please call or text workshop leader Patrick Moore, (520) 334-8950. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Deep Tissue of the Psoas and Hip Rotators Using your Elbow

5 CE hours, $125.00, hands-on workshop, includes handouts, maximum 6 students, minimum 1 (registrations are counted 72 hours before class start, if there is at least one registration by 3 days prior, the class will be held), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch).

     Course Description: This technique originates from the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle, with improvements over 20 years. First you will learn to palpate muscles using your elbow, as accurately as if you were using your most sensitive fingers. Once you can be sensitive using your elbow, we will practice varying your pressure--many practitioners think that once the elbow is used, the pressure is either "on" or "off," with "on" being the entire weight of the practitioner's upper body. In fact, you are capable of using a hundred gradations of pressure from one ounce to many pounds, using your elbow, which you will learn. Only then may we begin using our elbows on each other.

     You will be using your elbow to "melt" or relax these muscles: Eight that rotate the hip laterally: Quadratus Femoris, 2 Gamellis, 2 Obturators, Piriformis, Gluteus Maximus and Gluteus Medius. One that rotates the hip medially: TFL Tensor Fascia Latte. And not least, the Psoas. 

     You will be surprised to find that receiving this work from your partner's elbow is actually more comfortable than their fingers. That is because the elbow is actually quite round and broad, and the (moderate) pressure is stable, which helps you to relax into it. 

     Prerequisite: None.

     Preparation: Please wear loose or stretchy clothes as we will be working through the clothing. Please bring one bottom sheet and one pillowcase. You do not need any lotion or oil.

     Questions about registration or location? Please call Transcend, (520) 544-8086.

     Questions about course content or process? Please call or text workshop leader Patrick Moore, (520) 334-8950. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Touching the Brain II: Balancing Six Brains in One Head 

5 CE hours, $125.00, hands-on workshop, includes handouts, maximum 6 students, minimum 1 (registrations are counted 72 hours before class start, if there is at least one registration by 3 days prior, the class will be held), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch).

     Course Description: The human brain has an "old" part that has not changed since our ancestors were supposedly reptiles. This part is sometimes called the birdbrain or the reptilian brain. The human brain also has "newer" parts as our more recent ancestors were supposedly mammals. The "newest" part that only homo sapiens have is the forebrain. These three brain regions each have left and right divisions, which makes for six brains in one head. You will place your hands gently on your partner's head with the intention of feeling the brain behind the bone. You will learn to discern the tissue of each of the six brains, noticing both natural and hindered movement. Using "Osteopathic Technique," also called "indirect technique," your fingers assist tissues to move as far as they like out of balance, and support them there until they choose to return to a balanced position and movement.

     While Patrick has attended and observed brain treatments, organ treatments and craniosacral from several Osteopaths, Physical Therapists and other practitioners, this class is not in any particular Osteopath's "style." It simply borrows "Indirect Technique," which works well on bones, joints, muscles, organs and fluids, and applies this method to the tissues of the brain. Relationship is very important in indirect technique, especially making certain the recipient feels safe from the first moment of making the appointment, through greeting, intake and continuously throughout the session.

     Prerequisite? Maybe. This class requires patience and gentle touch. It is good if you've had previous craniosacral experience, though I am not requiring it if you feel you are ready.

     Preparation: Please wear loose or stretchy clothes as we will be working through the clothing. Please bring one bottom sheet and one pillowcase. You do not need any lotion or oil. Be prepared to be very gentle and safe for the others in the workshop, so that you do not startle their brain tissues. You may take this class even if you have not attended Touching the Brain I.

     Questions about registration or location? Please call Transcend, (520) 544-8086.

     Questions about course content or process? Please call or text workshop leader Patrick Moore, (520) 334-8950.

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Digging Up Fossils - Deep Tissue of the Spine Using Your Elbow

5 CE hours, $125.00, hands-on workshop, includes handouts, maximum 6 students, minimum 1 (registrations are counted 72 hours before class start, if there is at least one registration by 3 days prior, the class will be held), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch).

     Course Description: This technique originates from the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle, with improvements over 20 years. First you will learn to palpate muscles using your elbow, as accurately as if you were using your most sensitive fingers. Once you can be sensitive using your elbow, we will practice varying your pressure--many practitioners think that once the elbow is used, the pressure is either "on" or "off," with "on" being the entire weight of the practitioner's upper body. In fact, you are capable of using a hundred gradations of pressure from one ounce to many pounds, using your elbow, which you will learn. Only then may we begin using our elbows on each other.

     A simplistic view of the spine is that there are two rows of muscles parallel to the spinous processes. Then several other muscles cross these rows, attaching to the scapulae. You will learn to discern all of these muscles using your elbow. You will feel the muscles sinking under your elbow as they relax.

     The muscles along the spine are not often relaxed, and may hold very old tensions, which one recipient named "fossils."

     Prerequisite: None.

     Preparation: We will be working on the bare back. Please bring a set of two sheets and face cradle cover. Please bring oil, not lotion. Oil has the proper drag for doing slow sliding along the spine, lotion is too slippery. If you don't own any massage oil bring a small container with one or two ounces of olive oil, or any vegetable oil from your kitchen.

     Questions about registration or location? Please call Transcend, (520) 544-8086.

     Questions about course content or process? Please call or text workshop leader Patrick Moore, (520) 334-8950. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Using Arcs of Time for more effective Energy Healing Sessions

5 CE hours, $125.00, hands-on workshop (hands-above), includes handouts, maximum 6 students, minimum 1 (registrations are counted 72 hours before class start, if there is at least one registration by 3 days prior, the class will be held), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch).          

     Course Description: Using the energy that is presenting itself today is useful. Still, it is far more effective to tune in to the arc, or path of energy over time. One day long ago, this symptom began, and its energy arc began. We can direct where and when that arc ends up on the day when this symptom is completely resolved. Through discussion, drawings and practice on partners, you will begin to connect with and perceive these arcs, to benefit recipients more fully and completely.

     This is not a rehashing of Reki II distance technique but based on unpublished methods taught by Stephen Bruno. More about Stephen at http://stephenbrunoblog.com . Patrick has been studying energy healing with Stephen since 1996. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com 

     Prerequisite? Maybe. Level II Reiki is recommended. This class requires that you can already feel energy in your hands (or the ability to see it would be even better). It is good if you've had previous energy healing experience, though I am not requiring it if you feel you are ready.

     Preparation: Please wear loose or stretchy clothes. You will be giving and receiving energy work. Please bring one bottom sheet.

     Questions about registration or location? Please call Transcend, (520) 544-8086.

     Questions about course content or process? Please call or text workshop leader Patrick Moore, (520) 334-8950.

 

Monday, November 24, 2014

(Want to be a Massage CE Teacher?) Developing Measurable Learning Goals

4 CE Hours, discussion workshop, $80.00, includes handouts, maximum 10 students, minimum 1 (registrations are counted 72 hours before class start. If there is at least one registration by 3 days prior, the class will be held), 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

     Course Description: Whether you want to complete the application to be an NCBTMB certified massage instructor, or you want to improve as any kind of teacher, this workshop will help you teach better. You will learn how to develop "learning goals," in ways that you can "measure." More importantly, you will learn how to listen, have intuition, and participate in a bigger picture to make sure your students are "getting it," and that the "it" they are getting is worthwhile.

     Patrick Moore has been an NCBTMB provider since 2001 and has helped several teachers to complete their applications and get certified. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     Preparation: If you are already thinking of a class you'd like to teach, you may prepare by writing down a short description of it. If you want to become NCBTMB certified, it would be wise, before our workshop, for you to begin the application online at http://ncbtmb.org . Do as much of the application as you can by yourself, then save your application as a draft (the site lets you save your draft) without submitting it. Then come to this workshop. Now you know what questions you need answered at the workshop! After the workshop, you can go back to your application, complete and submit it.

     Questions about registration or location? Please call Transcend, (520) 544-8086.

     Questions about course content or process? Please call or text workshop leader Patrick Moore, (520) 334-8950.

 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Three Muscles Compete to Rotate the Head

6  CE Hours, discussion workshop, $120.00, includes handouts, maximum 10 students, minimum 1 (registrations are counted 72 hours before class start. If there is at least one registration by 3 days prior, the class will be held), 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch).

     Course Description: We will be joined by a specially prepared skeleton neck and head. It has short ropes where the left and right SCM and Splenius Capitis attach, and strings where the left and right Obliquus Capitis Inferior (OCI) attach. When you pull these ropes and strings, the head actually rotates left or right. But what happens if two are pulled at the same time? Owie!

     You will learn exactly how the "atlas goes out," and what a massage therapist can do about this condition. This is not a hands-on class, but lecture and discussion of anatomy, physiology, pathology and therapeutics. Patrick Moore is author of "Treating the Atlanto-Axial Joint with the help of Cranial Motion," which was printed in Massage Therapy Journal in 2003. Patrick has a series of 8 YouTube videos showing head rotation with this prepared skeleton, called "Actions of the OCI." More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     Prerequisite: None.

     Preparation: Review these muscles origins, actions and insertions of three muscles: Obliquus Capitis Inferior, Splenius Capitis, and Sterno-Cleido Mastoid (SCM).

     Questions about registration or location? Please call Transcend, (520) 544-8086.

     Questions about course content or process? Please call or text workshop leader Patrick Moore, (520) 334-8950.

 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Presence, Responding and Nonjudgmental Feedback in the Client-Centered Session

6  CE Hours, discussion workshop, $120.00, includes handouts, maximum 10 students, minimum 1 (registrations are counted 72 hours before class start. If there is at least one registration by 3 days prior, the class will be held), 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch).

     Course Description: Presence is something you do, but it is more something you are being. In a session, while you are being present, the other person will begin being present also--they resonate with you. Now they are being present--how cool is that? While they are present, they change.

     You will learn: responding not reacting, providing compassionate feedback to others with their permission, and offering them different perspectives, while being nonjudgmental, patient, curious, vulnerable and non-self-important. If you can be and do these things while you are with someone in the treatment room, it won't matter if your massage technique is average, the person will resonate with you, and therefore will improve and heal. This workshop is modeled after the workshop style and "the seven things" of Stephen Bruno. More about Stephen at http://stephenbrunoblog.com . Patrick has been studying with Stephen since 1996. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     This is a group discussion workshop, not a lecture. It is less about the teacher telling you what to think, than about everyone participating with your questions, your examples, your offering different perspectives to the other participants, and them to you.

     Prerequisite: None.

     Questions about registration or location? Please call Transcend, (520) 544-8086.

     Questions about course content or process? Please call or text workshop leader Patrick Moore, (520) 334-8950.

 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Tendinitis: Palpation, Friction and Cup Icing

6  CE Hours, discussion workshop, $120.00, includes handouts, maximum 10 students, minimum 1 (registrations are counted 72 hours before class start. If there is at least one registration by 3 days prior, the class will be held), 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch).

     Course Description: Tendinitis responds very quickly to techniques within the scope of massage therapists. It is reasonable to 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 couple months. Once you train them to do cup-icing, they can do most of the remaining therapy at home, with you providing muscle relaxation to the particular muscle the tendon attaches to.

     This workshop is based on the methods of Dr. James Cyriax (1904 - 1985) for assessing and treating tendinitis. You will learn --the symptoms of tendinitis --the tests you can do to differentiate it from carpal tunnel syndrome and other joint maladies --how the lesion got there --how to find the lesion --the most likely places for lesions --how to palpate the tendons of subscapularis --infraspinatus --wrist extensors --supraspinatus --biceps --knee ligaments --two ways to treat-with ice or without, and --how to educate the person to continue treating it at home. Patrick is the author of "Heal Your Own Tendinitis" at http://ezinearticles.com/?Heal-Your-Own-Tendinitis&id=1106944 . More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     Prerequisite: None.

     Preparation: 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. Please bring one bottom sheet and one pillowcase for when people lie on the tables. 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.

     Questions about registration or location? Please call Transcend, (520) 544-8086.

     Questions about course content or process? Please call or text workshop leader Patrick Moore, (520) 334-8950.

 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Client's Subconscious vs. Conscious in the Battle Over Tension

5 CE Hours, discussion workshop, $100.00, includes handouts, maximum 10 students, minimum 1 (registrations are counted 72 hours before class start. If there is at least one registration by 3 days prior, the class will be held), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch).

     Course Description: When a person comes in for a session, there are really two people there, wanting different things. The conscious person wants pain relief, comfort, pampering, nurturing, and a great experience. This part is constantly judging whether you are worth the money. The subconscious brain doesn't care about the money, doesn't judge your performance as long as you are safe and there is progress, and wants only for the body to resolve its tensions and traumas, restore lost functions, heal, progress, improve, transcend and embrace its challenges.

     You will learn how to communicate with both parts of the person, to negotiate between the two people for some balance, to notice the differences between verbal and nonverbal messages the person is giving you, and to give both verbal and nonverbal responses. We want the person to come back for enough sessions that the body gets what it needs, so we must learn to appease the conscious part that has veto power. It seems practical to spend more time at the beginning of the session pleasing the conscious part with a comforting experience, and gradually to spend more and more time listening to and responding to the subconscious body as the session progresses.

     We won't be doing any bodywork, only talking about it. Please bring your ideas, questions, your unique perspective, a few examples about yourself or case histories to share, and good listening skills to respond to the other group participants.

     Questions about registration or location? Please call Transcend, (520) 544-8086.

     Questions about course content or process? Please call or text workshop leader Patrick Moore, (520) 334-8950. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holistic Treatment Plans

4 CE Hours, discussion workshop, $80.00, includes handouts, maximum 10 students, minimum 1 (registrations are counted 72 hours before class start. If there is at least one registration by 3 days prior, the class will be held), 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

     Course Description: This workshop is about developing a "big picture" plan for the person that extends from the day this symptom was created long ago, to the future day this symptom will be completely resolved. Complete resolution may not happen during your watch. This person may need years of sessions or service and interactions from, say, twenty people. You may be the first of twenty, or you may be the nineteenth. In either case you will not be with them when they cross their finish line.

     Consider also that this person's challenges, may be important for them, or for someone else they will interact with. They may already be interacting with these others, and not seeing the importance of their challenge being there. This person's ailment, as uncomfortable as it is, may be serving a bigger purpose.

     You will learn to place yourself in a larger context. You will learn to see things from a different perspective. You will learn to "plant seeds" that will come to fruition later when you are not with this person. You will learn to share with the person, gently, about his or her healing plan in the holistic picture.   

     This is a group discussion workshop. What we learn is as much about what you bring up, ask, comment on, and share, as it is about what the others and the presenter share. It is more of a group mind…

     Questions about registration or location? Please call Transcend, (520) 544-8086.

     Questions about course content or process? Please call or text workshop leader Patrick Moore, (520) 334-8950. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Negotiating Realistic Expectations

4 CE Hours, discussion workshop, $80.00, includes handouts, maximum 10 students, minimum 1 (registrations are counted 72 hours before class start. If there is at least one registration by 3 days prior, the class will be held), 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

     Course Description: In this workshop you will learn how easy it is to simply ask, "What are your expectations of me? What are your expectations of the session today? What are your goals for massage therapy over time?"

     How realistic are people's expectations of massage therapy, and massage therapists? How realistic are their expectations of their own bodies and their healing? Nobody has really good clarity about themselves, and we all hold unrealistic expectations of ourselves and others. Let's help them to have more realistic expectations. You will become more confident communicating with people about their expectations.

     More realistic expectations, does not mean their expectations should be lower. In fact, massage can be very powerful in accelerating their progress in healing, resolving, transforming and embracing their challenges. What is necessary for this to happen? We will find out in our group discussion. Please bring your questions, case histories, or personal experiences so that we have interesting real examples to learn from.

     Questions about registration or location? Please call Transcend, (520) 544-8086.

     Questions about course content or process? Please call or text workshop leader Patrick Moore, (520) 334-8950. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Philosophy of Natural and Holistic Healing

6 CE Hours, discussion workshop, $120.00, includes handouts, maximum 10 students, minimum 1 (registrations are counted 72 hours before class start. If there is at least one registration by 3 days prior, the class will be held), 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch).

     Course Description: What makes certain healing modalities "Natural?" Is massage always natural, or do you have to BE natural while you are doing it? How can we be more natural while doing massage? Is massage therapy always "Holistic," or only when you are thinking of the big picture of that person's body, mind, soul, essence and spirit? How far does holistic reach--beyond the person? Does it reach to others in the world and beyond? You will gain insight into these questions, learn your own answers and those of the other participants as individuals and as a group mind. You will learn working definitions of the terms: natural, holistic, personal discovery, healing, and spiritual growth. You will gain a deeper understanding of your values as a therapist and how to further your aims with regard to natural, holistic and spiritual approaches. This workshop is based on definitions and approaches Patrick learned from working with Stephen Bruno over 18 years. More about Stephen at http://stephenbrunoblog.com . More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com 

     More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     Questions about registration or location? Please call Transcend, (520) 544-8086.

     Questions about course content or process? Please call or text workshop leader Patrick Moore, (520) 334-8950.

 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Washing with SOAP - Healing Cellular Memory through Interviewing and Feedback

6 CE Hours, discussion workshop, $120.00, includes handouts, maximum 10 students, minimum 1 (registrations are counted 72 hours before class start. If there is at least one registration by 3 days prior, the class will be held), 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch).

     Course Description: We are not counselors. But we need to gather information before, during and after our sessions. We provide healing by asking good questions. Asking the right question could provide even more healing,  in today's session, than our bodywork technique will.

     Once we have done some therapeutic work, we can give feedback to the person. We can tell them how their body is responding, what it is telling us and other feedback. If the feedback might be challenging, we can tell them it might, and ask their permission before giving it.

     This is not a class about documenting, or writing down what was said, necessarily, but more about communicating in a more healing way, and just knowing that communication in itself can be healing. Handouts include lists of good questions. You will learn how to ask good questions and give nonjudgmental, compassionate feedback. 

     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 Washinton State in 1995. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     Prerequisite: None.

     Preparation: Recommended Reading: Hands Heal: Communication, Documentation .. for Manual Therapists by Diana Thompson link: http://amzn.com/1609133870

     Questions about registration or location? Please call Transcend, (520) 544-8086.

     Questions about course content or process? Please call or text workshop leader Patrick Moore, (520) 334-8950.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

the Nature of Resistance and the Seven Things

The Nature of Resistance

 

© 2014 by Patrick Moore

 

Practically everyone wants to lose weight. All you have to do is to eat more naturally and exercise naturally, at the same time. Why is it so hard? Because we have resistance.

 

Everyone, it seems, wants more from life. To get more from life requires certain changes in behavior. We need to reduce certain behaviors and increase others. Simple. Why is it so hard to change and grow? Because we have resistance.

 

Many of us develop diseases, or other become burdened by other challenges. Therapies and counseling can help us to resolve, transcend or embrace these challenges. The therapists and helper people make it sound simple. But its not. We resist the ones who are trying to help us.

 

What is the root cause of resistance?

 

I am writing this short paper because in my teaching practicing body therapists, I find they were not taught in their original training what the cause of resistance is. They take it personally when recipients resist therapy. They feel frustrated and wish to screen customers, so that they could have the ideal career working only with those who are willing. I have done a lot of reading on the topic, and if there were one book that explained for therapists why people resist, I would direct my students to this book. Books by counselors (Kottler, Compassionate Therapy – Working with Difficult Clients) are good at listing the signs, methods and secondary gains of resistance, (for example, that it slows or stops change, which is feared) but not the root cause (why fear change?). Two of the earliest books by A. H. Almaas, Essence, and Elements of the Real in Man, describe well why people resist rediscovering who they really are, but he makes the process appear very complex and requires us to sign up for his special classes or receive special therapy only he can provide. The process is much simpler and all therapists can be of service, even massage therapists, once they understand the nature of resistance.

 

Yesterday when I taught, one student asked a very good question about resistance and I found I could not answer his question without explaining a few things first. It took me about fifteen minutes to describe this in words. When I was done, the students' eyes had glossed over and drooped. They asked if this stuff was in their handout and I said no, but if they emailed me I would provide it for them. So today I am writing it down. (This is all based on things I learned from Stephen Bruno, who was a counselor since 1970 and a pioneer of lifecoaching in the 1980s with his Southwest Institute.)     

 

The root cause of resistance is fear. This shows up as fear of responsibility, fear of visibility and fear of change. Another way to see these fears is they are all fear of being natural.

 

What is natural? Who are we, at the deepest core level? The essence of each living being is seven things:

 

  1. Unconditionally compassionate,
  2. Nonjudgmental,
  3. Non-self-important,
  4. Patient,
  5. Present,
  6. Vulnerable, and
  7. Curious.

 

This list is similar to the list of four virtues that Plato wrote about, and the list of the six perfections, or ten, that Buddhists talk about. Though he did not list or number them, Jesus gave talks about most of the seven things, frequently emphasizing unconditional compassion and nonjudgment, and he demonstrated all seven in how he lived his life.

 

The seven things are not virtues or perfections, because virtues and perfections need to be perfected—we do not possess them yet so we need to gain them. The seven things are not skills and strengths that we have to condition ourselves with repetition to develop them. The seven things are elements of our true nature. We are already these seven things. We were born with them. Babies are being the seven things. Have you ever met eyes with a baby in a supermarket? They can make contact using eyes, even before they are supposed to be able to physically focus their eye muscles. Babies are naturally being their essence. This is why Jesus said to be like the little children.

 

At this point you may be thinking, wait! Humans are not compassionate! What's he talking about?

 

What is the true nature of a human being? Most people would say humans are by nature selfish. Human nature is seven things, most people would say:

 

  1. Conditionally loving (to those in one's family, group or nation),
  2. Judgmental,
  3. Entitled,
  4. Impatient,
  5. Distracted, divided, incongruent,
  6. Controlling and overly focused on security, and
  7. Hubris, know-it-all.

 

The evolutionists say human nature is defined by the selfish gene, which naturally competes and takes every advantage so that it can survive better than others. The phrase for this is that Nature is red in tooth and claw. The creationists say humans are fallen, we are created already in original sin. Either way, we are not the seven things but the opposite, if you listen to either set of experts.

 

If human nature is really the seven things, how does it happen that most people will say human nature is the opposite? That is a great question, I am glad you asked!

 

The question can be answered on the large scale by describing the culture. The question can be answered on the individual scale by describing the personality.

 

We live in a culture that emphasizes self-importance. The culture teaches us that humans are competitive by nature, and that you are entitled to press your advantage as far as you can get away with, short of theft and murder. Humans weren't always this way. Our bodies, teeth and brains are unchanged from humans who lived 50,000 years ago. But they lived as animals—that is, they were still being natural. Something happened between then and now. Rather than trusting nature to provide enough food, one person decided to gather and store food, to capture live animals he could eat later, put a fence around them, and guard this fence with weapons. Many copied this new idea, which tempted others to steal the animals, to raid and conquer. This is how our culture of self-importance was born. We have inherited this culture. It is not natural, it is not human nature. Each generation needs to instill self importance into the next generation. This is done through parenting and schooling. Schools reward those who comply with the cultural values and beliefs, and punish those who don't, by teacher approval disapproval and grades. Parents teach their children to feel you are specially entitled among humans, you are entitled to more than the rest are. Even Native American cultures teach their children to feel specially entitled, though they do this to a lesser degree than Western cultures.

 

On the individual level, we are all born with an essence and a personality. The personality is designed to assist us in dealings with others, finding our way around maps and the marketplace. The personality was never designed to be the leader of the person, but because our parents model self-importance for us (as their parents did for them), because our parents rewarded us when we were like them and punished us when we were not, our personalities swelled with self-importance, a false sense that we can control things, judgment of others and oneself, impatience, incuriosity, distraction, and conditional love, given  only to certain special ones and only under the conditions they love us first.

 

The culture continues to reward those who are distracted and teaches us to feel entitled (self-important), even in the face of wars and global catastrophes caused by advantage-taking. Our personality continues to reward itself to maintain entitlement, even in the face of diseases and personal suffering caused by a lifestyle of entitlement.

 

The essence is influential enough that at any time it could step in and take over, to lead the person well. But the essence is non-self-important and patient. It can wait. Our essence does not judge our personality for this mischief. The essence will wait patiently until death and then some, and still in most people the personality does not release its attempts to control and maintain self-importance, until the moment it dissolves.     

 

This is the root cause of resistance. Personalities fear being natural.

 

Here is an overview of our resistances, in light of the seven elements of essence.

 

  • We fear vulnerability. In our insecurity we react, knee-jerk fashion, to defend our security. Ironically our overemphasis on security blinds us to natural perceptions that would increase our safety, vitality and life quality. Our culture teaches us that attempting to control things and to keep things the same without changing, increases our security. But this simply is not true. Vulnerability allows us to experience intuition which easily guides us to safety. Animals are naturally vulnerable and have access to intuition 24/7. Their intuition often leads them to safety, to food and to other precious gifts life offers. Being natural is not a guarantee that no harm will ever come to you, but at least by being natural, you are not blinding yourself to harms that are on the way. Furthermore, by resisting being natural, you inhibit your own natural immune system so you are more prone to everyday diseases and cannot naturally rebound from life-threatening illnesses. Your safety, vitality and quality of life is greater when being vulnerable, than it is while attempting to control and defend security. Still, we fear what we vividly imagine "out of control" would look like, we fear what we imagine "defenses down" would look like, and so we resist being vulnerable.
  • We fear visibility. If people could see who we truly are, we fear, they would judge us. Well, who we truly are is seven things that are pretty nice. Wouldn't you like for people to see you as the seven things? I would. Perhaps the reason we fear that if we were more visible, people would judge, is because we judge others. We check with ourselves. We ask ourselves, would I judge someone else for this deed or trait? If the answer is yes, I would judge others for this, then we will fear that others will judge us. The cure for this fear, is to not judge others. Then when we check with ourselves and ask if we would judge others for this, our answer will be no, and then it will be safe for us to be visible. Another reason we might fear visibility is, we are already embarrassed about who we are or what we've done. We have regrets. This indicates we judge ourselves. While we refrain from judging ourselves we will not feel embarrassment or regret. In these moments we feel free to let our light shine, no longer do we feel the need to hide our lamp under a bushel. The cure for judging oneself, is to refrain from judging others. We can't succeed at being nonjudgmental with ourselves, until after we have a few successes refraining from judging others.
  • We fear unconditional compassion. We think that, were we to allow ourselves to be compassionate once, we would be drafted into God's army, and we would have to die for a cause like Socrates, Jesus, Ghandi, and Martin Luther King Jr., or that we would have to do service 24/7 like Albert Schweitzer and Mother Theresa, ceaselessly giving our possessions to others until we are in greater poverty than they are. While these humans were wonderful examples of unconditional compassion, these are not the only ways to be unconditionally compassionate. Unconditional means (among other things) that nobody is left out, including oneself. There are a lot of others compared to only one of me, so the ratio of one's efforts, when we are natural, will be weighted toward others, but unconditional compassion is not selfless. Another misconception is that, once you try unconditional compassion you will be hooked, drafted to do it always and never stop. You can stop. You can commit to being unconditionally compassionate one hour a day, five days a week. For that hour, you will be of service, even though it is not comfortable or easy, even with those who irk you, even with your enemies. Nothing drafts you do more. No superior being expects you to do more. No Cosmic Judge judges you if you do less. We are free to experiment, to be really compassionate for a month then take a year off. Yes, you might begin to value it, you might begin to prefer being unconditionally compassionate, but this is not coercion, it is an exercise of your freedom. You don't have to die for any cause and you don't have to give away all your possessions (unless your attachment to possessions hinders you from being unconditionally compassionate).   
  • Fear of responsibility. Your essence is responsible. Your personality is not. But what your personality fears, is not natural responsibility. Your personality fears an imaginary villain that it calls "responsibility." We fear that being responsible is the same as being held responsible. Ick! Nobody likes being held responsible. But even the worst misdeeds we have done—how responsible were we in those moments? Did we really choose to do that mischief freely, based on clear understanding of the outcomes, consequences and harms? Did we really understand our own motives and inner pressures? If we did not, then we were not literally responsible, though we were accountable. Next, the personality fears that responsibility means, always doing right, never doing wrong, always serving, never indulging, never making mistakes, never doing anything that will later be regretted, always following moral codes, always doing what others would agree is responsible, never taking a day off, never experimenting, always being polite, never hurting other people's feelings, and so forth. It is easy to see why we fear this definition of "responsible." But think about it. Would you want to live your life that way? Even if you did, is it possible to be perfect? Nobody is perfect. Even Jesus got angry and threw tables around, hurting feelings and perhaps bruising a few people. The view of "responsibility" we fear, is not even close to the essence of responsibility. The essence of responsibility is response. Responding. Yes, I got angry and had an outburst, but now I'm going to respond to my reaction. Yes, someone was hurt--I commit to find a way to make this better for having happened that way.

 

I believe when we have more accurate views about what being natural really entails, we will fear it less. But replacing our old views with more enlightened ones, is a challenging process. Though the change can happen in a nanosecond, most of us struggle for years or lifetimes until we feel we are safe to allow ourselves to slide naturally back into ourselves.

 

I believe this explains why people are resistant to change, to growth, to discovery and to therapy.

 

Those of us who are therapists or helpers should know this. It really helps us understand why recipients are resisting us. It is not personal, there is nothing wrong with us, though they may make it appear that way in order to resist their own forward movement.

 

Furthermore, we therapists must realize and admit we, too, are in the same pickle they are. We also resist being natural. We also fear responsibility, visibility, change and the unknown. We should admit this to those we work with. When we are vulnerable to share our imperfections, others feel safe to resonate the same.

 

The seven things work better than any therapy.

 

When we are nonjudgmental and unconditionally compassionate with the people who come to us for therapy, they resonate, like sympathetic vibration. While we are not judging them, they are not judging themselves. While we are seeing them from unconditional compassion, they feel their inherent value. In these moments, they feel safe to change, to embrace their maladies and move forward. The seven things always works and never fails. It works when all technique fails. The seven things is the basis of that therapeutic relationship everyone writes about.

 

Beyond therapy, the seven things works with any friend, family member, co-worker, or even with any enemy, potential criminal or growling wild animal. You look into their eyes and connect without judgment, valuing them for the seven things they truly are. The other feels the safety and value, and in that moment, they see you as a best friend and wish you as well as you are wishing them.

 

This has been a quick overview but I think it is enough to make it a consistent and understandable whole.

 

This material is copyrighted, © 2014 by Patrick Moore. You may pring one copy for yourself to read. I suggest a paper copy so you can write your responses and ideas in the margins. You may not copy/paste the contents to make a document, nor to send to others, but you may forward them the link. If you value what is written here, I recommend rather than copying what I have written, learn to explain it in your own words, and then you are free to do what you like with it. If these seven things do not seem right to you, come up with your own seven.  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

October 2014 CE workshops in Tucson with Patrick Moore

Sunday, October 5

Clothed Massage Relaxes Muscles Better

     9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch), 6 CE hour, $120.00, includes extensive black/white handout with many photos and drawings.  Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086.

     Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

     Clothed massage is a new trend. Clothed massage focuses more on muscle relaxation, by leaving out gliding over lubricated skin. You will learn:

     - - - >  To explain how muscles actually relax sooner, and stay more relaxed, when the person is clothed.

     - - - >  How to palpate several key muscles through clothing and how to hold them in a way you'll know when they begin to soften and melt.

     - - - >  To explain the many benefits of clothed massage to potential recipients.

You will gain:

     - - - >  Experience both giving and receiving--feeling a few of your partner's muscles relax while you press them through clothing, and feeling a few of your own muscles relax while you are clothed.

     - - - >   Options for taking your career a new direction that is less effort, more fulfilling for you and more serving for others.

     Type of Workshop: 40 % of the time will be spent with partners giving and receiving, 60% talking about the benefits, how to set up a business and how to respond to questions about clothed massage. We take 10 minute breaks each hour.

     Patrick Moore published Melting Muscles in Massage&Bodywork in 2002 and Melting the Atlas and Axis with the help of Cranial Motion in Massage Therapy Journal in 2003, and has a new kindle book on Amazon called Clothed Massage--The Big Picture. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     Prerequisite: none

     Preparation: Wear comfortable clothing, please bring a bottom sheet to protect the tables.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or 520-334-8950 mobile.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, info@transcend.la  or 520-544-8086 office.

 

Monday, October 6

Hip Chi - Gentle Home Exercises for Hip Rotators,

     9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 4 CE hour, $80.00, includes black/white handout with photos. Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086.

     Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

     Hip rotating muscles are commonly weak. There is no machine at the gym to exercise medial and lateral rotators of the hip. If you ask yoga teachers or personal trainers, they draw a blank.

     You will learn:

     - - - >  How to assess hip rotators for weakness, while the recipient lies on a massage table.

     - - - >  Standing exercises for hip medial and lateral rotators.

     - - - >  Three levels of exercise--gentle, for older or injured people, moderate for most of us, and extreme for athletes.

     - - - >  A new view of the actions of the Tensor Fascia Latte (TFL), Gluteus Medius, Maximus, Piriformis, Gamellis, Obturators and Quadratus Femoris.

You will gain:

     - - - >   Experience feeling your own hip rotators fatigue as you do the exercises

     - - - >   Experience "teaching" other workshop participants how to do the exercises, as you would teach your clients.

     Type of Workshop: 50 % of the time will be spent standing, learning the exercises and practicing teaching them, 15% at the tables learning to assess for weakness, and 35% seated group discussion. We take 10 minute breaks each hour.

     Patrick Moore learned hip weakness assessment from Rich Phaigh, and during an aha moments while learning Tai Chi from Willie Lim in Scottsdale, discovered this exercise he calls hip-chi. Patrick has posted six videos of these exercises on Youtube beginning with: http://youtu.be/pt7QuIbxsDI , but you will learn them more accurately and confidently by coming to this workshop. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com .

     Preparation: If you provide your email address you can receive the handout as a pdf in advance. Please either read the handout in advance or your own resources to review the hip medial and lateral rotators. Wear comfortable clothing, bring water, and be prepared to sweat a little.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or 520-334-8950 mobile.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, info@transcend.la  or 520-544-8086 office.

 

Sunday, October 12,

Advanced Physics for Bodyworkers -- How Energy Equals Matter

     9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch), 5 CE hour, $100.00, includes black/white handout. Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086.

     Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

     What does E = MC2 mean for bodyworkers? How can energy and matter be equal? This is a group-discussion workshop that teaches you the basics of Einstein's relativity, stimulates your questions and concerns about energy and provides you the opportunity to discover how energy and muscles interact.

     You will learn:

     - - - >  To explain how muscles are made of matter which is made of energy.

     - - - >  To explain how touch is not really touch but an interaction of electromagnetic energy.

You will gain:

     - - - >  Opportunity to voice your questions and interests among peer therapists and see how they respond to you.

     - - - >   Opportunities to respond to others who voice their questions and interests.

     Type of Workshop: 10 % lecture, 90% group discussion with time for your questions and case histories. We take 10 minute breaks each hour.

     Patrick Moore has a degree in math and taught math at the middle school, high school and college levels. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     Prerequisite: none

     Preparation: Wear comfortable clothing.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or 520-334-8950 mobile.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, info@transcend.la  or 520-544-8086 office.

 

Monday, October 13

Melting Muscles 4 -- Unwinding Muscles Supine

     9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch), 5 CE hour, $100.00, includes extensive black/white handout with many photos and drawings. PREREQUISITE. Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086.

     Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

     Unwinding is the slow-motion therapy where the giver follows the recipient's muscle tension. The recipient is clothed because you will be helping the limb (or head) to move any direction the guarding is stronger. Once the body has pulled itself, with our help, into its guarded position, we then touch the guarded muscle and wait for it to relax. Then the body returns from this odd position, back to netural.  You will learn:

     - - - >  How muscle guarding powers the slow motion.

     - - - >  How to hold the limb in a balanced way so that you can feel the muscle guarding pulling the limb.

     - - - >  How to find the muscle that is guarding, and how to touch it in a way that helps it relax quicker and more permanently.

You will gain:

     - - - >  Experience both giving and receiving.

     - - - >  Add two quality decades to your career because you won't burn out from boredom, and you don't have to work so hard.

     Type of Workshop: 60 % of the time will be spent with partners giving and receiving, and their feedback, 40 % sitting in a circle talking about how it works. We take 10 minute breaks each hour.

     Patrick Moore has been teaching melting muscles and unwinding muscles since 2002. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     PREREQUISITE: any Melting Muscles class, or craniosacral, visceral manipulation, or unwinding training with understanding and practice.

     Preparation: Wear clothing that allows your partner to take your arms and legs through full ROMs. Please bring a bottom sheet to protect the tables.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or 520-334-8950 mobile.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, info@transcend.la  or 520-544-8086 office.

 

Sunday, October 19 and Monday, October 20

Reiki Level Three (Shinpi-den) Reki Master and Teacher Training, 2-day.

12 CE hour, $600.00, includes Reiki Master manual and Reiki Teacher handout. PREREQUISITE: Reiki II (bring certificate). Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086.

     The energy available from the Reiki Master level is said to be ten times stronger than Level II Reiki. The reasons for this are the Reiki Master symbol and, perhaps even more, the degree that you embrace the qualities of a Reiki Master and the responsibilities of a Reiki Master Teacher.

     When Mikao Usui rediscovered Reiki in Japan in the 19th Century, he trained journeypeople for a year or more in his clinics before he considered them finished with their training. This two-day intensive aims to provide the essence of what Usui taught and expected of his Reiki Master Teachers. This includes a consistent commitment to seven things: Unconditional Compassion, Non-judgment, Non-self-importance, Presence, Patience, Vulnerability and Curiosity. These seven things Usui expected will be the emphasis of this two-day intensive. You will also learn:

     - - - >  How to give a Healing Attument.

     - - - >  How to give Level I, II and III Reiki Attunements in your Reiki Classes.

     - - - >  The use and purpose of the Reiki Symbols.

     - - - >  Why people resist healing and how to assist them using energy and the 7 things.

     - - - >  How to respond to people's fears of responsibility and visibility.

     - - - >  How to build a Reiki practice.

     - - - >  How to do Reiki sessions, from the first contact of energy weeks or months before the session to the final contact of your energy for this issue, potentially decades after.

     - - - >  How the energy of two people connects for healing and serving effects to occur in the future.

     Type of Workshop: Lecture, hands-on-body table work (clothed), receiving your attunement seated, practicing giving attunements seated and group discussion. We take 10 minute breaks each hour.  

     Patrick Moore received his Reiki training from Stephen Bruno in Seattle in 2000-2001 and repeated the levels with Stephen in New Mexico and Prescott, AZ. Patrick recently co-taught the Reiki Master class in Prescott at http://certificationreikiclasses.com/ 

     PREREQUISITE: A commitment to compassionate service, Reiki Level II from any instructor (bring certificate).

     Preparation: Reduce your toxins and rest well for 24 hours before the class. Wear comfortable clothing. Please bring one bottom sheet to protect the massage tables.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or mobile 520-334-8950.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, (520) 544-8086

 

Sunday October 26

Accepting the Gift -- Embracing Muscle Tension as a Good Thing

     9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch), 5 CE hour, $100.00, includes black/white handout. Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086.

     Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

     We are trained to approach muscle tension as the enemy or problem. We are trained to reverse the person back to a stage where they were before this happened. When we see muscle tension as behavior, it tells us the when, where and why of deeper issues, of which muscle tension is simply a symptom or sign. Not judging tension as bad, the brain that makes muscles tight begins to trust you. The brain begins to vary the muscle tension to show you where, what and how it needs assistance and support to move forward. Are there some people you've worked with many times, who have not yet made the progress they need? In this peer setting you will gain:

     - - - >  Clarity about the questions and case histories you bring.

     - - - >  Demonstrations and experiences being nonjudgmental.

     Type of Workshop: 10 % lecture, 90% group discussion with time for your questions and case histories. We take 10 minute breaks each hour.

     More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     Prerequisite: none

     Preparation: Wear comfortable clothing for seated group discussion.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or 520-334-8950 mobile.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, info@transcend.la  or 520-544-8086 office.

 

Monday, October 27

Exercising Naturally

5 CE hour

     9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch), 5 CE hour, $100.00, includes black/white handout. Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086.

     Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

     I believe the reason so many of us do not exercise enough, is that we fear the responsibility. We think, If I were to exercise, then I'd have to be responsible to always do it, and to be more responsible in other ways that I'm just not willing to do right now.

     Exercising naturally embraces our fear of responsibility. Walking outdoors, where you can hear the birds and smell the creosote, gives you clarity, balances your energy and circulates your fluids in a way that you feel calmer but naturally energized. It feels good. It increases your productivity. 

     You will learn:

     - - - >  How timing your exercise and counting miles, actually delay your becoming healthier.

     - - - >  How walking outdoors boosts your health more than running indoors.

     - - - >  How breathing naturally during exercise boosts your health while anaerobic lifting makes you sick.

     You will gain:

     - - - >  An example of a natural exercise session as we walk Suffolk Hill together.

     Type of Workshop: 30% talking as we walk, 20 % lecture, 50% group discussion with time for your questions and case histories. We take 10 minute breaks each hour.

     More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     Prerequisite: none

     Preparation: Prepare for a one-hour gentle outdoor walk on neighborhood roads--hat, water bottle, appropriate shoes. Bring a second shirt if you want to change into it after the walk.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or 520-334-8950 mobile.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, info@transcend.la  or 520-544-8086 office.

 

September CE workshops at Transcend with Patrick Moore

     High Feedback Stretching -- Advanced PNF

     4 CE hrs. Mon Sep 1, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Handouts: b/w on paper, b/w pdf. Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086.

     Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

     This is a hands-on class spent mostly at the massage tables. You will be clothed. Please wear loose or stretchy clothing so your partner can stretch you.

     You will learn advanced "hold-relax stretching." You may have learned the basics in massage school: you take the joint gently through its range of motion. You stop the range at the first place you feel the muscles begin to resist. This point is called the "motion barrier." In traditional stretching, you use force to cross this barrier, you force the tight muscle to lengthen. In hold-relax stretching, you never cross the motion barrier. Instead, you ask the person to contract the muscle while you hold it, preventing motion. You say, "PULL." The person contracts for five to ten seconds, until you say, "RELAX." Then you gently try the ROM again, to see if the motion barrier has changed. Did it work? When it does not work, there are three main reasons.

     This technique only works when the brain sees you as "on my side." The most frequent reason this technique does not work is, therapists accidentally cross the motion barrier. From then on the brain does not trust them so no more progress will be made. The second most frequent reason the technique fails is that the verbal instructions are not clear and loud. The third reason is the joint is not quite immobilized during the contract phase. The big lesson is that the brain will not relax the muscle, unless it feels safe. The details of PNF help the brain to feel safe. Stretching past the guarding, is interpreted by the brain as unsafe.

     Patrick Moore studied with the world's PNF expert (at that time) Rich Phaigh, from 1994 to 1996 including a weeklong internship in Eugene, OR. Patrick specialized in PNF for two years after memorizing the 400 pages of Phaigh's manuals and 6 hours of videos. 

     Questions about content? Contact your instructor, Patrick Moore 520-334-8950 mobile, healingbrain@gmail.com 

     Questions about registration or location? Contact A Rich Experience, Office: (520) 544.8086, info@ARichExperience.com

 

     Sunday, September 7, 2014

Reiki Level One (Shoden) Reiki Practitioner

     9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch), 6 CE hour, $150.00, includes Reiki Level One manual with many photos and drawings. Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086

     Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

     This first level of Reiki is all you need to be a Reiki Practitioner. You will receive the Reiki Level One attunement and learn the 12 hands-on Reiki positions and the hands-above method. You will learn the history of Reiki from the time of its rediscovery by Mikao Usui in Japan in the 19th Century. The hands-on positions are not massage, but your hands very lightly touching and not moving, so that you can sense the energy in the body.

     Patrick's emphasis in Reiki is on developing your sensitivity so that you can perceive energy and influence it. In addition to traditional Usui Shoden Reiki you will also learn to connect with the recipient's essence. Reiki is not only a technique for therapy, but can accelerate your personal development, self-discovery and spiritual path.

     Type of Workshop: Lecture, hands-on-body table work (clothed) and receiving your attunement while sitting in a chair. We take 10 minute breaks each hour.  

     Patrick Moore received his Reiki training from Stephen Bruno in Seattle in 2000-2001 and has taught numerous Reiki classes since then. Patrick recently co-taught the Reiki Master class in Prescott at http://certificationreikiclasses.com/ 

     Prerequisite: none.

     Preparation: Reduce your toxins and rest well for 24 hours before the class. Wear comfortable clothing. Please bring one bottom sheet to protect the massage tables.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or mobile 520-334-8950.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, (520) 544-8086

 

     Monday, September 8, 2014

Improv for Bodyworkers - Improvising Client-Centered Sessions

     9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch), 5 CE hour, $100.00, includes handouts. Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086

     Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

      All therapists rely on recipes and well-rehearsed strokes, to some degree. While doing things the same over and over is one way to feel safe, it is boring. 

     Improv is a new trend, but improvising sessions has been around for much longer. To improvise well, you need to have a lot of therapeutic tools and skills handy. You also want to ask the person if she minds if you improvise.

     We will do beginning improv exercises like, "Yes, and…" (with time for feedback) and then discuss how these exercises inform bodywork.

     You will gain:

     - - - >  Getting excited about making stuff up.

     - - - >  See the valuable gems that arise from the creative unknown.

     You will learn:

     - - - >  Sessions that respond in the moment bring additional healing opportunities.

     Type of Workshop: Games while standing in a group, standing partner exercises, seated feedback with partner, seated feedback with group, seated group discussion. This is not a hands-on-body workshop. We take 10 minute breaks each hour.    

     Patrick Moore has participated in 60 hours of Improv training from NBOJU, 60 hours from TIM, and studied improvisational, client-centered and student-centered teaching and therapy with Stephen Bruno. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     Prerequisite: Willingness to try new things J.

     Preparation: Wear comfortable clothing.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or mobile 520-334-8950.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, (520) 544-8086, info@transcend.la 

 

     Sunday, September 14, 2014

Melting Muscles 3 -- Melting the Atlas and Axis

     9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch), 6 CE hour, PREREQUISITE, $120.00, includes extensive handout with many photos. Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086.

     Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

     Millions of people suffer with the symptoms of neck pain, headaches and jaw tension with the sign of lost range of motion in head rotation. This combination indicates the person has difficulty rotating the atlas (C1) on the axis (C2). What should they do? Should they have someone force it to move further with stretching or thrust? This option is tried millions of times per year. Is it working?

     This workshop offers a gentler and more intelligent solution. If the range of motion is lacking, this indicates the brain is guarding the joint. Guarding means muscles are tense. What if we find the tense muscles and help them choose to relax?

     You will learn:

     - - - >   How to find the Obliquus Capitis Inferior muscle, that is primarily responsible for rotating the atlas on the axis.

     - - - >   How to melt the OCI muscle in the prone position, seated, a long and a short method in the supine position.    

     You will gain:

     - - - >   You will experience what it feels like to have someone patiently and gently assist your muscles to relax, when your brain feels it is safe and ready.

Each participant will:

     - - - >   Express how you would improvise one element among; the advertising, the first contact by phone, making the appointment, greeting the person, deciding on a treatment plan, beginning the treatment, the middle of the treatment, checking in or talking after the treatment.

     Type of Workshop: 95% of the time will be spent with partners giving and receiving. Most of this time you will either be lying supine if you are a recipient, or seated at the head of the table if you are a giver. So it is a very relaxed approach to therapy! We take 10 minute breaks each hour.

     Patrick Moore published Melting Muscles in Massage&Bodywork in 2002 and Melting the Atlas and Axis with the help of Cranial Motion in Massage Therapy Journal in 2003, and has been teaching these workshops for 12 years. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     PREREQUISITE: Any Melting Muscles class or palpation equivalent with instructor's permission.

     Preparation: Wear comfortable clothing, please bring a bottom sheet to protect the tables.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or mobile 520-334-8950.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, (520) 544-8086

 

     Monday, September 15, 2014

How Muscle Relaxation Helps PTSD

     9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch), 6 CE hour, $120.00, includes handouts. Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086.

Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

     PTSD is a physical malady that responds well to bodywork. You will learn how the brain originally stored the overwhelming traumatic event and what the brain needs in order to feel safe to resolve the trauma and release the tension.

     You will learn:

     - - - >   Tips specific to sufferers of PTSD like light therapy, doable exercise and nutrition.

     - - - >   How to create a safe environment, for example by working through the clothing, working in Nature, working with doors and windows open, bringing a safe 3rd person into the room or working in a group setting.

     - - - >   How to help the brain's amygdala interpret your pressure as safe, so that it will agree to let down the guarding.

     - - - >   How to explain what PTSD is in terms of the physical body without referring to mental or emotional terms.

     Workshop Type: This is a group discussion workshop. You will be seated. This is not a hands-on-body workshop. We take 10 minute breaks each hour.

     Patrick Moore has mostly recovered from a series of TBI head injuries in his teens and twenties and learned much patience and what works…  More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     Prerequisite: none.

     Preparation: Wear comfortable clothing.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or mobile 520-334-8950.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, (520) 544-8086

 

     Sunday, September 21, 2014

Melting Muscles 5 -- Unwinding the Atlas and Axis

     9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch), 5 CE hour, $100.00, PREREQUISITE, includes handouts. Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086.

     Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

     PREREQUISITE: Melting the Atlas and Axis, taught the previous Sunday. You may not attend this class without attending the prerequisite. Unwinding any joint requires that you know which muscles operate that joint, how to palpate those muscles and how to help them melt.

      Unwinding, is the very slow, gentle technique of assisting the body to move in the directions where it holds tension. This direction happens to shorten the muscles that are most guarded. Short muscles happen to help the brain feel safe, so that the brain will choose to relax that guarded muscle. When the brain does, you feel the motion slowly return back toward neutral. Unwinding can be done at any joint in the body.

     Unwinding the atlas and axis is the gentlest, safest way to resolve the muscle tension that guards the head in rotation. When the muscle tension is resolved in this way, it is very unlikely to return--what is resolved, stays resolved.

     This is an advanced technique similar to craniosacral, but you can learn it in one day (after the prerequisite). This technique matches practitioners who are patient, who see the value of being gentle and slow.

     Workshop type: You will be working at the tables 95% of the time. Recipients will be supine and givers will be seated at the head. You will be receiving half of the time, so you will become very relaxed! We take 10 minute breaks each hour.

     Patrick Moore published Melting Muscles in Massage&Bodywork in 2002 and Melting the Atlas and Axis with the help of Cranial Motion in Massage Therapy Journal in 2003, and has been teaching these workshops for 12 years. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     PREREQUISITE: Melting the Atlas and Axis, offered the previous Sunday.

     Preparation: Wear comfortable clothing. Please bring one bottom sheet to protect the massage tables.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or mobile 520-334-8950.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, (520) 544-8086

 

     Monday, September 22, 2014

Don't Advise – Communicate in Ways that Serve

     9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch), 6 CE hour, $120.00, includes handouts. Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086.

     Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

     Does giving advice really serve people? How often do they take the advice you give? Are they really better off when they run their lives the way others advise?

     You will learn:

     - - - >   How dependency occurs when you do things for people they are capable of doing themselves.

     - - - >   How dependency delays healing.

     - - - >   Alternatives to advice-giving, like story-telling and asking good questions.

     Workshop type: You will be seated in a circle for group discussion. This is not a hands-on-body workshop. We take 10 minute breaks each hour.

     Patrick has studied extensively with Stephen Bruno, a pioneer in the development of lifecoaching in the 1980s, certified hypnotherapist and retired counselor. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com

     Prerequisite: none.

     Preparation: Wear comfortable clothing.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or mobile 520-334-8950.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, (520) 544-8086

 

     Sunday, September 28, 2014

Reiki Level Two (Okuden) Reiki Practitioner

     9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch), 6 CE hour, $250.00, includes Reiki Level Two manual with extensive photos and drawings, PREREQUISITE Reiki Level One (bring certificate). Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086.

     Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

     Reiki level two deepens the practitioner's connection with, perception of, and influence with energy. It also accelerates your discovery of the essence of who you are, your meaning and purpose in life.

     You will learn:

     - - - >  How to draw, pronounce and use the three, level two Usui Reiki symbols. These increase the power, direct the energy to a particular time, duration and location and allow you to specify that the energy be directed for mental/emotional purposes.

     You will receive the Usui Level Two Okuden attunement, which awakens your cells to greater awareness of energy, presence, vulnerability, patience, non-self-importance, nonjudgment, curiosity and service.

     Workshop Type: Combines lecture, hands-above-body energy trades, and you will be seated as you receive your Level Two Reiki attunement. We take ten minute breaks each hour.

     Patrick Moore received his Reiki training from Stephen Bruno in Seattle in 2000-2001 and has taught numerous Reiki classes since then. Patrick recently co-taught the Reiki Master class in Prescott at http://certificationreikiclasses.com/ 

     PREREQUISITE: Reiki Level One (bring certificate).

     Preparation: Reduce your toxins and rest well for 24 hours before the class. Wear comfortable clothing. Please bring one bottom sheet for the massage tables.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or mobile 520-334-8950.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, (520) 544-8086

 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Breathing Naturally

     9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch), 6 CE hour, $120.00, includes extensive handout with photos. Register online at   http://www.transcend.la/classes.cfm   or by calling (520) 544-8086.

     Location: Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, 7435 N. Oracle Road, 101 Tucson, AZ 85704. Going North on Oracle, after you cross Ina it is your Second Left into the Sun Plaza.

     People in our culture have stopped using their abdominal muscles to breathe, and do not actively exhale. Even if, through singing or yoga instruction, you have learned to "use your diaphragm," your diaphragm is only an inhaling muscle.

     You will learn:

     - - - >   How an inhale-only breathing style increases your blood acidity (exhaling more, alkalizes your blood).

     - - - >   How to engage your exhaling intercostals and exhaling abdominals (we will practice!)

     - - - >   How to palpate and relax on your partner the intercostals, scalenes and diaphragm.

     Workshop type: Combines lecture, group discussion and seated individual breathing exercises, with one hour of hands-on-body trades. We will take ten-minute breaks each hour.

     Patrick Moore first learned za-zen breath meditation in 1982 from Deborah DuNann at Whitman College. He learned how to treat the intercostals, scalenes and diaphragm at the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle. More about Patrick at http://meltingmuscles.com 

     Prerequisite: none.

     Preparation: Please bring one bottom sheet for the massage tables. Wear comfortable clothing.

     Questions about the workshop content? Contact your workshop leader, Patrick Moore, healingbrain@gmail.com or mobile 520-334-8950.

     Questions about registration or location? Contact Transcend Massage and Wellness Center, (520) 544-8086