MYOFASCIAL MOVEMENT & MEDITATION SERIES
with Katie Louvat, RYT500, YACEP
Saturdays, 1 – 4 pm, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 7, July 11, August 8
Full Series (5 workshops): $200; Individual Workshop: $50
15 CEUs for Full Series; 3 CEUs for Individual Workshops
Register for Full Series: Option no longer available.
Links to register for individual workshops can be found below
Cultivate a clear felt-sense and understanding of your own myofascial body.
Move toward a more easeful and optimal alignment in both movement and stillness.
Are you a movement instructor? Learn to read bodies so you can better support yourself and your students with a wise movement practice.
Our bodies are wrapped in a vast and continuous matrix of connective tissue called fascia. In recent years movement therapists and anatomists have identified a number of pathways that run through our bodies connecting specific groups of muscles, ligaments, and tendons and crossing multiple bones and joints. Repetitive movement, poor postural patterns, and past injury can lead to imbalance along these myofascial lines which can result in new injury, decreased range of motion in our joints, and even chronic pain. Developing an awareness of these pathways can lead to a deeper understanding of our bodies and help us make wise and conscious decisions about how we are moving, holding, and caring for them on a daily basis.
Through myofascial release (self-massage), meditative movement, and with support from visual presentations, this series of workshops will help you develop a clear felt-sense of our own unique fascial bodies. We’ll learn to lengthen, tone, and balance our myofascial pathways so we can move toward more easeful, optimal alignment in both movement and stillness. Movement instructors will learn to read bodies so they can better support themselves and their students with a wise movement practice.
DISCOVER THE DEEP FRONT LINE
Saturday, January 11, 1 – 4 pm
THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL
The Deep Front Line (DFL) is a deep continuity of muscles and connective tissue that make up our myofascial core. Running from the sole of our feet to the root of our tongue, the DFL provides core alignment and stability. Lack of proper balance and tone along the DFL can lead to foot, knee, hip, or back pain and a collapsed pelvic and/or spinal core. When balanced and optimally aligned, the DFL helps us move through the world with grace, stability, ease, and agility.
BALANCING THE FRONT & BACK BODY
Saturday, February 8, 1 – 4 pm
Register for Front & Back Body
This workshop will focus on the connective tissue and muscles that run up the front and back of our bodies. Balancing these myofascial pathways can lead to increased freedom and health in the ankles, knees, and hips. It can reduce strain and compression in the lower back, free the breath, and dissolve tension that gathers in the neck and shoulders. When balanced and optimally aligned, the front and back lines help us move through the world with grace, stability, ease, and agility.
EXPLORING THE LATERAL LINES
Saturday, March 7, 1 – 4 pm
Register for The Lateral Lines
Running from the outer edge of the foot, up the outer leg, continuing on to the lateral hip and trunk and on to the side of our neck and skull, the lateral line balances and supports us front to back and left to right. It stabilizes the trunk and the legs so we don’t buckle to the ground as we move through our daily activities. Imbalance along the lateral lines can show up as a tendency toward ankle pronation or supination, can influence how the knees track, can lead to side-bending in the lumbar spine, can cause lateral shifts in the pelvis and ribcage, and can lead to restriction in the neck and shoulders. When balanced and optimally aligned, the lateral lines help us move through the world with grace, stability, ease, and agility.
EXPLORING THE SPIRAL LINES
Saturday, July 11, 1 pm – 4 pm
Register for The Spiral Lines
This workshop will focus on the Spiral Line (SPL)—a double helix-shaped pathway of muscle and fascia that links the body from head to toe and supports us with movements like walking, twisting, turning the head, and helps to maintain balance across all plains. When out of balance, the spiral line can create, compensate for, and maintain twists, rotations and lateral shifts in the body. When balanced and optimally aligned, the spiral lines help us move through the world with grace, stability, ease, and agility.
WORKING WITH THE ARM LINES
Saturday, August 8, 1 pm – 4 pm
Register for The Arm Lines
This workshop will focus on the Arm Lines—four layers of muscle and connective tissue that make it possible for us to interact with, manipulate, and respond to the world around us using our hands and arms. When out of balance, the arm lines can contribute to shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand problems like carpal tunnel, elbow and shoulder impingements, chronic muscular pain in the neck and shoulders and more. When balanced and optimally aligned, the arm lines help us move through the world with grace, stability, ease, and agility.