$40 Regular Price
This workshop is all about improving flexibility, range of motion, and resilience in key joints of the body. We aim to balance our structural alignment through stretching and the self-treatment methods of Shiatsu and Sotai, along with natural movement techniques like getting up and down from the ground, balancing, and hanging for shoulder health.
The key joints we focus on are the hips & lower back, shoulders & neck, as well as wrists and ankles. When these joints are in balance, mostly everything in between starts to fall into place. Everything we do in this session is low impact and low intensity, more technique focused, and accessible for anyone who would be comfortable in a restorative yoga class.
In these sessions, we'll work with and explain:
Dr. John Kirsch's Hanging protocol for preventing and treating shoulder issues.
Wrist and ankle mobilizations from both Shiatsu and Martial Arts conditioning.
Meridian Stretches that focus on opening and balancing the distribution of tension in the hips.
Sotai for correcting asymmetries in our structural alignment and restoring balance in our posture.
Balancing and ground movement techniques from a Natural Movement training perspective.
This workshop utilizes a number of synergistic systems:
Meridian Stretching essentially focuses on increasing the active range of motion of your hips. Each of these stretches stimulates a head-to-toe chain of tension, so more than just the hips benefit from this. The hips are the seat of your center of gravity, so being able to access the full range of motion here can save your back, knees, and everything else in your body.
Sotai is about recalibrating your nervous system with a surprisingly simple technique that improves postural alignment through the synchronization of natural movement. This is all about neuromuscular reprogramming, but it all starts with cultivating body awareness. Some of these exercises are done standing, and some are done seated, crawling, or lying down.
Shiatsu Therapy is about applying pressure to specific areas to relieve tension, and mobilizing joints with passive joint rotations. This is especially good if you have specific problems, or areas of pain that feel like they need extra attention, but there are a few Shiatsu maneuvers that are great to do every day, such as "Ampuku" abdominal massage (which puts me to sleep every night,) and joint rotations for the wrists and ankles, to prevent injuries and stress from using tools, devices and driving.
The three above methods are Japanese therapies from two specific masters: Shizuto Masunaga (Shiatsu, Meridian Stretching) and Dr. Keizo Hashimoto M.D. (Sotai). Both of these masters utilized the musculotendinous meridians in their treatments, focusing on whole-body connections rather than localized treatment.
The principles of natural living that we delve into are based on Dr. Hashimoto's ideas, but we expand on the basis of natural movement to explore the full spectrum of human movement skills. This facet was inspired by Erwan Le Corre's MovNat Natural Movement system (+ his inspiration: Georges Hebert's Methode Naturelle), and Biomechanist, Katy Bowman's book: Move Your DNA.
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