FASCIAL RELEASE AROUND THE THORAX WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON DEALING WITH IDIOPATHIC SCOLIOSIS
Chairman, Maggie Brooks-Carter, presenting the Nick Carter Memorial Salver for Services to Massage Therapy to 2013 recipient Suzanne Clark of SMC Massage Therapy (Aberdeen).
How can we change a hard and rigid rib cage into a softer and more flexible thoracic basket? How to deal with ankylosing spondylitis, with chronic head forward posture, or with a sunken and curved in chest? Any new insights on how to open the common flatness below the dowagers hump between the shoulder blades? We will explore these questions with lots of practical tools and clinical information. These will be based on fascial anatomy, creative body positioning and active client micromovement participation.
Yet most of the excitement for this workshop comes from its main focus on the enigmatic condition of idiopathic scoliosis. Starting with an evidence based review on the current understanding of the contributing histological, neurological and myofascial/biomechanical factors, as well as involved psychosocial dynamics, Robert will share his large tool kit for working successfully with this fascinating condition. Good chance that you'll be making scoliosis your most favourite client speciality after this workshop, just as it has been for Robert during the last decade.
Robert Schleip directs the Fascia Research Project at Ulm University, Germany, and is also Research Director of the European Rolfing Association. He has an MA degree in psychology and a PhD in human biology.
Robert has been a professional bodyworker since 1978 and is a certified Rolfing instructor as well as Feldenkrais teacher, plus author of several books and numerous other publications. His recent discovery of active contractile properties in fascial tissues was awarded the prestigious Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine. He was co-initiator and organiser of the first Fascia Research Congress in Boston, USA in 2007, the second FRC at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in October 2009 and has just completed the third in March 2012 in Vancouver. www.somatics.de or www.fasciaresearch.de