BIOMECHANICS OF ALIGNMENT: A TENSEGRITY APPROACH TO BIOMECHANICS - 8-day FORMAT.
April 10-13 and 16-19, 2020 (days off: 4/14 and 4/15)
Instructor: Aimee Kolsby
Course Description: This 8-day class teaches a full body approach for correcting the structural misalignments that create pain and degenerate joints. These whole body patterns greatly disrupt equilibrium and integrated movement.
An extensive manual of study material will be available prior to the class. This class incorporates all of the material from the previous 16-day format but eliminates participant exchanges of the work. There will be extensive assessment exercises, palpation exchanges and instructor demos of the work.
Prerequisites: This course is open to all structural integration practitioners from all schools, massage and other manual therapists, movement therapists, physical therapists, yoga and pilates teachers or anyone interested in learning about the biomechanics of alignment and how the human body moves in three dimensional space.
Day 1 – Natural Alignment:
You will learn to assess different skeletal types and the unique natural alignment that each structure needs to have. Several assessments based on tissue density and length, movement patterns and skeletal shape will be shown. You will learn to determine the natural alignment of structures regardless of their misalignments or dysfunctional overlays.
Day 2 – Asymmetry and Adaptive Alignment:
You will learn to identify patterns of asymmetry through visual evidence, palpation and movement. You will learn the fundamental process of adaptive alignment that is the very nature of tensegrity structures. You will see how, due to adaptive alignment, a whole body asymmetry can result from just a single misaligning injury.
Day 3 – The Biomechanics of the Pelvis:
You will learn the anatomy and kinesiology of the different patterns of tilt, shift, symmetry and asymmetry that can be found within the pelvic girdle. Work will be demonstrated for bringing the pelvis into balance and symmetry.
Day 4 – The Biomechanics of the Shoulder Girdle:
As with the pelvis, here you will learn the anatomy and kinesiology of the different patterns of tilt, shift, symmetry and asymmetry that can be found with the shoulder girdle. Work will be demonstrated for bringing the shoulder girdle into balance and symmetry.
Day 5 – Appendicular Counter-Rotations:
You will learn how appendicular counter-rotations create adaptive function. Specific assessments for all the joints of the legs, feet, arms and hands will be demonstrated and practiced. You will learn specific techniques for de-rotating segments of the legs, feet, arms and hands for creating greater adaptive range.
Day 6 – Axial Biomechanics:
You will learn to apply the principles of spinal biomechanics to the entire skeletal and fascial matrix of the entire torso. You will learn palpatory, visual and movement techniques for assessing vertebrae and rib alignments. You will learn a full matrix approach for correcting the side bends and rotations of the spine and ribs that integrates with the work for the pelvic and shoulder girdles.
Day 7 – Cervical and Cranial Biomechanics:
As with the torso, on this day you will learn to apply the principles of spinal biomechanics to the neck and head. You will learn to assess the side bends and rotations of the cervical vertebrae and the boney segments of the cranium and a full matrix approach for realignment.
Day 8 – Assessment and Whole Body Correction Protocols for Dysfunctional and Functional Asymmetries:
One Session whole body protocols for working with functional and dysfunctional asymmetries will be demonstrated. You will see how not all asymmetries are functionally adaptive. These dysfunctional asymmetries prevent the progress of any structural integration applications. You will learn special correction protocols for transforming these dysfunctional alignments into functional asymmetries that then can be further corrected with structural work.
The information presented in this class is a whole body system for understanding how the body balances injuries with misalignments. These misalignments affect every joint of the body in predictable ways. In Structural Integration, with each session, we endeavor to create further integration for our clients. If we only address part of a misalignment pattern, we are often disintegrating what was an integrated adaptation. However, if we know where to go to interact with the entire pattern, then the changes we create will be experienced by the client as a more integrated way to be.
Registration, Tuition & Information
Location: New School of Structural Integration
1027 N. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(located above the Guitar Shop at the corner of PCH and Fairview Street)
Cost: $1000 with a $100 deposit received at least 30 days in advance, $1100 otherwise. Persons who have previously taken the full Biomechanics Series can take a 50% discount on this class. Early deposit rules apply to repeating participants.
Manuals: Manuals can be purchased directly from Liz Gaggini - once the final tuition payment is received. You should plan to read the manual before coming to class. You will need to bring it with you to class. Printing the manual on a color printer or having it loaded onto a laptop or tablet at class will be necessary.
Deposits are refundable less a 25% adm. fee if cancellation is more than 30 days prior to a class.
Final Tuition is due not less than 2 weeks prior to a class. Class manuals can be downloaded whenever final tuition is paid.
Payment: Make checks payable to Aimee Kolsby and mail to: 1027 N. Coast Hwy #7, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
Payment by credit card can be made at PayPal.com. At the PayPal site click on the “Send Money” tab. In the box labeled “TO”, enter the email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or Venmo (@Aimee-Kolsby)
Continuing Education Credits are available at the Type 1 level, 6 Category 1 credits per day, with the IASI.