Physical Education For Everybody.

WORKSHOP SERIES

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Know the Human Body

In an effort to deepen your knowledge and awareness of how to see and understand more about the human body, Mike’s Body Shop offers a variety of innovative functional anatomy and creative movement trainings. Presented in an intelligent, inventive, and user friendly manner, these workshops go beyond traditional anatomy and look at the body as an organism constantly adapting in three dimension.

To host a Workshop in your facility, please email: mike@mikesbodyshop.org

Understanding Fascia

Known as the organ of form, fascia is a three-dimensional structure literally wrapping, supporting, and protecting every structure in the body. In a constant state of adaptation this connective tissue both separates and unites every part of the body in large thin sheets and thick tight bands alike. In this workshop we will explore how the nervous system and the connective tissue work together and help create posture, movement, and a balance life.

Seeing Bodies

No two bodies are alike and one size never fits all. This class will introduce the Masses and Spaces model for a simple, dynamic way to observe the body in three dimension, increases your ability to identify structural patterns, and a creative opportunity to modify movement and posture based on your findings.  These new templates will enable students and teachers to choose which movements are supportive and which are contraindicated for specific body types and everyone’s unique posture. Rooted deeply into the work of Dr. Ida Rolf, this workshop will approach the body as an ever adaptive organism rather than a collection of parts.

Thinking In Threes

This workshop will focus on defining and connecting three boney landmarks in the foot, pelvis, torso, and neck/head with the intention of connecting them all - allowing a better recipe for alignment for the student as well as seeing and reference cues for the teacher. We will use these ‘triads’ to enhance body awareness, create structural balance, and promote integrative movements. Appropriate fascial anatomy will also be discussed.

Core Anatomy

What is Core? Core is an ‘event’! It is the body’s ability to find its center, not just the muscles used. Discover the abdominals as a 360 degree girdle in constant conversation with the nervous system integrating and synchronizing and stabilizing the movement of the torso, pelvic floor, and spine. Workshop will focus on the fascial anatomy and synergistic relationships needed in organizing and maintaining stability in a wide variety of movement. Also covered is how improper abdominal training can reinforce compensatory patterns which often lead to injury.

T-12

All roads lead to the twelfth thoracic vertebra and the adjoining ribs, which is why this entire class is devoted to this one part of the spine. Here, the psoas, the diaphragm, quadratus lumborum, abdominals, lower trapezoids, and lumbar fascia all share real estate. The architectural position of this lumbar/dorsal hinge influences so many of our movements all the way to the extremities, and vice versa! This workshop will explore both the muscular and fascial relationships at this region as well as subtle indirect techniques to restore better function.

Cueing Bones

This workshop will expand on the Masses and Spaces and Thinking In Threes models and encourage visualizing the skeleton as a puzzle, which we will explore organizing the various pieces by cuing and leading with bone instead of using muscle action. When the bones are aligned, the appropriate muscles are dynamically contracting and releasing in healthy relation to each other, creating a buoyant body. This workshop is about three-dimensional thinking and connecting the dots.

Hands-On

Hands on the body means hands on the nervous system. Often, only hands-on cueing will do for achieving a better means to contact your client and encourage proper alignment. However, improper or disconnected touch can confuse or alarm, which can undermine the intention. This workshop will explore the power and potential of touch and demonstrate various techniques to teach with greater results. This is an excellent training for all teachers who practice hands-on assists with their students.

 


NOTE: To host a Workshop in your facility, please email: mike@mikesbodyshop.org

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Learn How To Melt!

MELT is a self-treatment technique designed to simulate manual therapy. It is self-massage! What it does is rehydrate the connective tissue and quiet the nervous system which has been scientifically proven to prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Using specialized rollers and hand and foot treatment balls you can learn how to self-treat in your own home or office and maintain a healthy, pain-free active life.