Taught by Theresa Gagnon
Dates: 4 Days can be scheduled in 2 separate sessions TBD
9am to 4pm with an hour for lunch. Part 1 – 2 days
9am to 4pm with an hour for lunch. Part 2 – 2 days
You can sign up for just Part 1 at $395 or all 4 days for $750
Facilitated Movement tm is a healing modality that encompasses and integrates several healing entities. The basis for this work is garnered from Brain Therapy developed by Dr. Barry R. Gillespie. Brain Therapy joins craniosacral therapy with TMJ-dental and fascial bodywork techniques to allow the brain to move in its normal inherent motion. Facilitated Movement integrates Dr. Gillespie’s work with energy work and massage. It is a combination of modalities that will facilitate the body to heal itself by initiating movement and thereby release of restrictions in the fascial tissue.
In Part 1 (day 1 and 2), healing for the craniosacral system is addressed. The craniosacral system includes the bones of the skull and vertebrae, the brain and spinal cord, the cranial and spinal nerves, the meninges or connective tissue coverings and the cerebrospinal fluid. Restriction in the fascia or connective tissue can place strain on the craniosacral system resulting in impingement of cranial or spinal nerves or decreased flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Facilitated Movement helps to release the restrictions creating balance in the tissues.
Day 1: Consists of morning lecture and afternoon of practicing techniques on each other. It is difficult to feel structures and cranial rhythms on dogs – practice on people allows for
developing the feel and receiving feedback on your techniques.
Day 2: Review of the techniques, questions and answers. Practice on dogs.
In Part 2 (day 3 and 4), healing for the fascial system of the rest of the body is addressed.
Traditional anatomy books are based on dissections of numerous bodies. Anatomists have looked at the skin and removed its attachments, superficial fascia. They have dissected away the layers of fascia in order to gain access to the bones, organs and muscles below. It has not been until more recent times that the fascia itself has ever been considered to be any more than some tissue that gets in the way of looking at more important structures. In October of 2007, Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, MA hosted the first International Fascia Conference. Researchers, osteopaths, medical doctors, PhDs, bodyworkers and acupuncturists from all over the world came together to share innovative new information about fascia. Some of the conclusions of studies have supported what fascial bodyworkers have “known” for years.
1. That the fascia is comprised of myofibroblasts and has contractile properties similar to smooth muscle (Schleip, Zorn, Lehmann-Horn, and Klingler).
2. That fascia is comprised of layers of collagen fibers with adipose in between that allow
layers to slide and move. This sliding mechanism can be altered and restricted by overuse,
trauma, or surgery (Stecco, Porzionato, and Gabelli).
3. That fascia contains free and encapsulated nerve endings, particularly Rufinni and Pacini corpuscles, indicating that fascia plays a role in proprioception (Stecco, Porzionato, and Gabelli).
4. That the structure of the collagen matrix of the dermis can be changed by manual techniques in areas where patients have chronic pain or motion restrictions. The changes in tension can be palpated before and after treatment and are thought to be caused by changes in mechanical forces of fibroblasts (Pohl).
Day 1: Consists of morning lecture and afternoon practice on dogs.
Day 2: Practice on dogs, questions and answers. This may be only a half day depending on the number of people and needs of the participants.