In this massage-intensive workshop, we will focus on the abdominal and pelvic regions of the body, addressing both energetic and structural dynamics. Often the abdomen is treated superficially, when in fact it is our center, our core, and the place of digestion and assimilation of all life experiences. The pelvic region is the "cradle," or seat of power, the bridge between the upper body and the legs. The psoas muscles, considered the fight/flight muscles of the human species, span this bridge. During any emotional or physical trauma, the psoas muscles contract to protect the underbelly of the human animal. Chronic psoas contraction and abdominal tension can produce lumbar pain as well as cervical and shoulder pain.
This week’s objectives are twofold: The first is to provide a learning environment for practical methods to use with our clients, such as a soft approach to deep tissue, active/passive release, and joint mobilizations, addressing the physical holding patterns in the muscles. The second objective is to create a restorative and reflective environment for personal well-being.
Jessica Fagan will share her wisdom and knowledge of asana and pranayama practice from yogic traditions, and Char Pias will introduce Trauma Releasing Exercises® (TRE), a somatic self-care practice that releases chronic deep muscular tension patterns with a focus on the psoas muscles. Through these various somatic experiences, you may gain an inner sense of the body/mind connection, learning methods to restore and maintain energetic and structural balance. This workshop is especially useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.
Please note: Prior bodywork training is required.