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Sensing the Body from the Inside Out

Sensing the Body from the Inside Out

In the 16th century, a theory called Preformationism claimed that sperm contained a preformed, exceedingly minute body referred to as a homunculus, which eventually became a person. This idea of a tiny man had staying power, as today the homunculus is a “body map” based on how much of the cerebral cortex is devoted to sensing each part of the body. Although the idea of a 16th alchemist placing little bodies into a flask conjures a variety of tantalizing images, our program focuses on the mundane, contemporary version of the homunculus. So…what does this have to do with a course that addresses pelvic floor dysfunction? Everything.

Emerging evidence indicates that therapies that include work to enhance body awareness/kinesthetic sense are potent and effective. Our professional training unfortunately, tends to over-emphasize a structural approach. The good news is that manual therapy, to some degree, enhances a client’s body awareness; but when we have more “tools” to capitalize on this synergy between manual therapy and improved body awareness, we have a potent “elixir” to promote change. To quote Deane Juhan, “touching hands are not like pharmaceuticals or scalpels…they are like flashlights in a darkened room.” By using the “flashlight”, we not only contribute to structural change, but neurological change – meaning the more we pay attention to a particular part of our body, the more “real estate” the brain devotes to that part of the body. Increasing the pelvic floor’s “footprint” on the brain can enhance function of the pelvic floor dramatically and quickly. Therefore, rehabilitation to address pelvic floor dysfunction benefits from weaving orthopedic, neurologic and mindfulness practices together.

This program is designed to add a new dimension for the skilled pelvic floor practitioner and to also serve practitioners new to this area of practice. There is no internal manual work; rather we draw from our deep knowledge of Yoga, Tai Chi, along with other Chinese internal martial arts (that put lots of emphasis on the pelvic floor for performance) and Feldenkrais to address pelvic floor dysfunction. Some lessons focus directly on the pelvic region and others on integrating the pelvic floor with full body movement. Ultimately, our goal is to help you connect the dots between structural, functional movement and mindfulness practices, as this powerful triad offers practitioners a comprehensive, approach for treating pelvic floor dysfunction.

We hope you’ll come join in New York City on September 18th & 19th. If you do, wear comfortable clothes as the workshop is designed to provide participants opportunities to embody the work…emphasis is placed on labs more than lecture.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
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Upcoming Continuing Education Courses

Pelvic Floor Level 2B - Marietta, GA Satellite Course

Nov 6, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021
Location: Southern Pelvic Health

Pelvic Floor Level 2B - Self-Hosted

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Pelvic Floor Level 2B - West Hills, CA Satellite Course (SOLD OUT)

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Male Pelvic Floor - Self-Hosted

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Pelvic Floor Level 2B - Little Rock, AR Satellite Course (SOLD OUT)

Nov 6, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021
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Sexual Medicine in Pelvic Rehab - Remote Course

Nov 6, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021
Location: Replacement Remote Course

Male Pelvic Floor - Kenosha, WI Satellite Location

Nov 6, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021
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Pelvic Floor Level 2B - Baltimore, MD Satellite Course

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Pelvic Floor Level 2B - Wichita, KS Satellite Course

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Pelvic Floor Level 2B - Appleton, WI Satellite Course

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Nov 6, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021
Location: Replacement Remote Course

Pelvic Floor Level 2B - Manchester, NH Satellite Course

Nov 6, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021
Location: Franklin Pierce University - New Hampshire

Male Pelvic Floor - New Orleans, LA Satellite Location

Nov 6, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021
Location: Ochsner Therapy and Wellness/Ochsner Health System

Pelvic Floor Level 2B - Tullahoma, TN Satellite Course

Nov 6, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021
Location: TOP Rehab

Male Pelvic Floor - Omaha, NE Satellite Location

Nov 6, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021
Location: Nebraska Medicine

Male Pelvic Floor - Virginia Beach, VA Satellite Location (CANCELED)

Nov 6, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021
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Male Pelvic Floor - Nottingham, MD Satellite Course

Nov 6, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021
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Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging: Orthopedic Topics - Self-Hosted

Nov 12, 2021 - Nov 13, 2021
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Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging: Women's Health and Orthopedic Topics - Self-Hosted

Nov 12, 2021 - Nov 14, 2021
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Nov 12, 2021 - Nov 13, 2021
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Athletes & Pelvic Rehabilitation - Remote Course

Nov 13, 2021 - Nov 14, 2021
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Manual Therapy for the Abdominal Wall - Remote Course

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Nov 13, 2021 - Nov 14, 2021
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