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We all know masterful work when we see it. Or especially, when we feel it. Just as knowledge is not the same as wisdom, technical skill is not the same as mastery. What makes the difference? Join popular seminar leader, manual therapist, and Massage & Bodywork columnist Til Luchau in a special one-day practicum and inquiry into the essential elements of superlative hands-on work.
Although much of the day's material will be relevant to any kind of manual therapy, the seminar will have a particular focus on deepening participants' practical and theoretical mastery of myofascial work. Drawing inspiration from Advanced-Trainings.com's Advanced Myofascial Techniques seminars and certification program, topics will include:
· Essential aspects of mastery and therapeutic effectiveness
· Applying the latest fascial research
· Specificity with tools and techniques for different tissues and structures
· Working with bones, articulations, and ligaments
· Hands-on work with nervous system
· Understanding state dynamics and brain responses
· Engaging client/patient participation
· Assessing and balancing our own proficiencies
· Detailed individualized feedback and peer mentoring
· Key figures and concepts in the development of myofascial work, including the contributions of osteopathy, structural integration, physical therapy, etc.
Intended both for practitioners who are experienced in myofascial work, and for those new to this way of working. Practitioners of all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome.
As a Certified Advanced Rolfer®, Til Luchau is the former Coordinator of the Rolf Institute®'s Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration program, where he originated Skillful Touch bodywork (the Rolf Institute's own training and practice modality). His regular Myofascial Techniques column has appeared in Massage & Bodywork magazine since 2009, and his articles have been published in magazines and peer-reviewed technical journals in Australia, Canada, and the USA. Formerly a resident practitioner at the Esalen Institute, Chair of the Rolf Institute's Teacher Training Committee, and Adjunct Faculty member of Naropa University's Somatic Psychology Department, he has trained thousands of practitioners in his popular courses at schools and centers in over a dozen countries on five continents.
After completing the seminar, participants will be able to:
· List the four styles of mastery according to Leonard's model
· List own strengths and areas for development according the 8-Aspect Mastery Instrument
· Identify obstacles to learning and mastery in oneself, as well as strategies for managing those obstacles
· Describe essential elements of superlative manual therapy
· Utilize tools, techniques, and intentions for working with each of:
1. Bones and joints
2. Denser connective tissues (fascias, ligaments, tendons, capsules, etc)
4. Myofascia (muscle, nerve and connective tissue complex)
· Name specific ways that others perceive my touch as masterful (or not)
· Describe key influences and figures in the historical development of myofascial work
· List specific, tangible, and personalized steps to take in the development of one's own mastery.