Craniosacral skills for masseurs and bodyworkers – London 2014

Craniosacral Therapy

Many masseurs and bodyworkers have experienced curious changes in consciousness or fluctuations in time during sessions. Many have sensed rhythms, pulsations and energetic streamings that are not described in classical physiology books. The aim of these courses is to clarify these experiences and to teach the skills that make them therapeutically useful and reproducible. Although these skills are drawn from craniosacral work they are taught within a context framed by bodywork pioneers such as Wilhelm Reich, Alexander Lowen, Stanley Keleman, Arnold Mindell, Ron Kurtz and many others.

This 30-hour course is structured around the theme of stillness and the physical body. It will be offered to a small group at my home in W11 and will be taught as two weekends: 15/16 February and 15/16 March 2014.

The cost of the course is £400 which can be paid in installments.

The specific craniosacral techniques covered in this course relate to the organisation of experience in the transverse structures of the body and the softening of these structures. Throughout the course we will search for a movement towards holism – not as an idea but as a shift in perception. This shift allows us to discover the stillness within our own and within our patient’s physical organisation. Out of this stillness the intentions of the healing process can manifest unbounded.

The syllabus will cover:

  • The history and development of craniosacral therapy
  • An exploration of inherent health, breath of life and primary respiration
  • An exploration of the neutral, the relational field and levels of stillness
  • An exploration of the mid-tide, long-tide, and still-points
  • Palpating and perceiving tides and rhythms
  • The transverse diaphragms and their role in organising experience
  • Practitioner and patient resources
  • Working at the cranial dome and the sphenobasilar junction
  • Working at the cranial base and the tentorium
  • Working at the thoracic inlet and the respiratory diaphragm
  • Working at the feet and the pelvis

 

 

 

Thai Massage training – Mallorca 2014

Thai Yoga Massage

This 60-hour course is taught as four weekend classes. These will be offered in a beautiful studio in Alaro: 1/2 February; 8/9 March; 29/30 March; 26/27 April 2014.

The cost for the course is €800 which can be paid in installments.

This course teaches the myofascial approach to Thai Massage developed by Howard Evans during fifteen years of practice and teaching. This is described in his book, ‘A Myofascial Approach to Thai Massage‘, published in January 2009 by Churchill Livingstone.

Traditional Thai medicine is based on the concept of a system of 72,000 channels called ’sen’ through which, it is said, energy is transformed and distributed in the human body. In Thailand much of the theory of this system has been lost. Of the little that remains there is a series of diagrams outlining the ten major sen used in Traditional Thai Massage. In the West these are often likened to the meridians used in Chinese acupuncture or shiatsu.

The myofascial approach to Thai Massage teaches the sen as myofascial pathways similar to those used in Structural Integration (or Rolfing). This approach brings clarity and simplicity of action to the massage allowing the practitioner to relax into the practice, and invite ever-deeper levels of relaxation and healing in the receiver.

Thai Massage is practiced on the floor. There is no need for oil so the receiver can remain lightly clothed. This makes it one of the most versatile and portable massage techniques available. Many of the techniques can also be incorporated into couch based massage routines.

This course is suited to experienced massage practitioners and bodyworkers who want to extend their repertoire as well as to complete beginners exploring massage with a view to work or simply to practice with family and friends.

Students will learn a complete one and a half hour routine suited to general practice with healthy patients. They will also learn variations for working with pregnant women and a sitting massage which works extremely well for ‘on-site massage’ work without the need for any special equipment.

The course also includes work on practitioner posture, breathing, rhythm, self-awareness, attention and concentration. The aim is to develop a style of massage as beneficial to the giver as to the receiver.

 

Craniosacral Bodywork 1 – Mallorca 2014

Craniosacral Therapy

This 30-hour course is structured around the theme of therapeutic stillness. This will be taught as two fifteen hour weekends: 24/25 May and 21/22 June.

The cost of the course is €400 which can be paid in installments.

The venue is the beautiful Mallorcan mountain village of Alaro.

The specific craniosacral techniques covered in this course relate to the organisation of experience in the transverse structures of the body and the softening of these structures. Throughout the course we will search for a movement towards holism – not as an idea but as a shift in perception. This shift allows us to discover the stillness within our own and within our patient’s physical organisation. Out of this stillness the intentions of the healing process can manifest unbounded.

The syllabus will cover:

  • The history and development of craniosacral therapy
  • An exploration of inherent health, breath of life and primary respiration
  • An exploration of the neutral, the relational field and levels of stillness
  • An exploration of the mid-tide, long-tide, and still-points
  • Palpating and perceiving tides and rhythms
  • The transverse diaphragms and their role in organising experience
  • Practitioner and patient resources
  • Working at the cranial dome and the sphenobasilar junction
  • Working at the cranial base and the tentorium
  • Working at the thoracic inlet and the respiratory diaphragm
  • Working at the feet and the pelvis

Learn Thai head, neck and shoulder massage in Palma de Mallorca

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The School of Therapeutic Bodywork is very happy to collaborate once again with Silver Service Training to offer this two day training in Thai head, neck and shoulder massage at their training centre in Santa Catalina, Palma de Mallorca.

Howard Evans who has been teaching Thai Massage since 1994 and is the author of the book ‘A Myofascial Approach to Thai Massage’ published by Churchill Livingstone.

This 12 hour weekend (16/17 November) course will teach a full head, neck and shoulder routine suitable for working with friends, with family and professionally. You don’t need any special equipment to learn and you won’t need any special tools to practice. Most of the routine can be given seated – either on the floor or on a chair but you will also explore variations for working with your partner lying down.

Cost: €200 which includes lunch and refreshments

To reserve a place: email info@silverservicetraining.com
Tel +34 616 823 565

Learn Thai head, neck and shoulder massage in Palma de Mallorca

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Silver Service Training in collaboration with The School of Therapeutic Bodywork is happy to offer two day training in Thai head, neck and shoulder massage at our training centre in Santa Catalina, Palma de Mallorca.

The course will be taught by Howard Evans who has been teaching Thai Massage since 1994 and is the author of the book ‘A Myofascial Approach to Thai Massage’ published by Churchill Livingstone.

This 12 hour weekend (19 and 20 October) course will teach a full head, neck and shoulder routine suitable for working with friends, with family and professionally. You don’t need any special equipment to learn and you won’t need any special tools to practice. Most of the routine can be given seated – either on the floor or on a chair but you will also explore variations for working your partner lying down.

To book: info@silverservicetraining.com

Tel + 34 616 823 565

Exploring the relationship between psychotherapy, stillness and happiness

With Howard Evans and Dr Elya Steinberg

8-10 November

Hallswelle Road
London, NW11 ODJ

In November 2007 I was invited to talk at a conference called ‘The Power of Touch’, covering: ‘The psychophysiology of touch, exploring emotional communication, physical contact, cellular memory, manual messages and tactile stimulation’. The conference was jointly organised by CONFER, the University of Westminster and The Journal of Holistic Healthcare.

I presented a paper and a workshop on ‘Craniosacral touch and the communication of inherent health’ and an accompanying article was published in The Journal of Holistic Healthcare that month.

During the conference I met with Dr. Elya Steinberg, a medical doctor, psychotherapist and the Director of The School of Biodynamic Psychotherapy. We started a conversation that explored the similarities between biodynamic craniosacral therapy and biodynamic psychotherapy, particularly the craniosacral concept of ‘inherent health’ and the psychotherapeutic concept of ‘salutogenesis’ proposed by Professor Aaron Antonovski .

The seeds of that conversation remained with me over the years and Elya and I returned to it early this year. We explored some of the common principles that informed our respective approaches. We compared techniques. We exchanged sessions. Along the way we began to experiment using EEG (an area in which Elya is an expert) to map the effects on the brain of one particular intention in biodynamic craniosacral work – the movement into stillness.

What we saw was profound and we intend to take this aspect of our research work much further. But, along the way we decided to share some of our discoveries to colleagues working anywhere along the therapeutic continuum from talk to touch.

The common theme of this workshop will be Antonovski’s concept of salutogenesis which is his answer to his research question: ‘what causes health?’

We will ask the question: ‘what encourages salutogenesis?’ to which we propose to explore the answer: ‘therapeutic stillness’.

This fifteen hour workshop will cover some theory and a lot of practice.