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Embodied Anatomy: Perceptual Methods for Manual & Movement Therapists
Sat, April 8, 2017, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT
"Nature is neither kernel nor shell — she is everything at once." — Goethe
In this class you will get a wider set of lenses for our physical architecture, and some new ways of exploring the body through palpation and movement. You will be rooting your work in exciting concepts from current embryology and anatomy, and then exploring how those concepts change your perceptions.
We depend on the ability to accurately sense our own bodies — and the bodies of those in our care — in order to make changes to the structure and behavior of those bodies. Our training as manual and movement therapists has likely given us certain images, and certain methods of inquiry. These empower us, though they can also constrain us in our work.
For instance, many of us learned that muscles attach to bones and pull them up like pulleys.
But it’s easy then to forget, for instance, that those same muscles have an immediate relationship with layered tubes of nerve tissue. That they pulse with several types of fluid, and depend on a perceptual feedback loop in order to function.
How would our work change if our anatomy was generated from different dissective choices?
What would emerge, in our palpation or therapeutic movements, if we emphasized different connections?
We (Liam Bowler and Michael Hamm) draw from a wide range of movement disciplines, manual methods, and anatomical science. We endeavor to be engaging, compassionate, and fun. We attempt both truth and usefulness.
Specific things you are likely to learn:
- some anatomy of the nervous, vascular and fascial systems, and how those systems interface, and interact
- how to feel these layers and systems with increased clarity, and certainty
- the anatomy of perception, and more recent neurological research
- embryological structures and processes that continue to play out in, and influence until the end, our bodies now
- cues to guide yourself and clients into deeper and more accurate states of perception
Want to hear us talk for an hour? Check out this episode of The Body Awake, wherein we discuss topics like subjective clarity, bodywork and anatomy: http://www.thebodyawake.com/mike-hamm/
More questions? Feel free to either message one or both of us — or because if you have a question, someone else probably does too — you could post it on the Facebook event page and we’ll answer there.
Thanks and so looking forward to working with you, cheers, Michael and Liam