In association with the Massage Training Institue, Emma Gilmore will be providing a series of 5 online seminars with Q&A
If you are unable to attend the live seminar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org once you have secured your booking, so that we can provide you with time-limited access to the recording.
1. STRESS, ANXIETY & OVERWHELM.
How these manifest in the body; how to support our clients.
In these extraordinary times, my sense is that there is stress permeating through our towns, cities and countryside, there seems to be a subtle undercurrent of stress which I have not witnessed before. I truly feel, never before has our work been so important or in demand. Understanding how to support our most anxious or overwhelmed clients is a gift.
In this seminar we will begin to explore the difference between stress, anxiety and overwhelm. We will look at the different types of stress from the physical to psycho-social. Understand that stress is both psychological and physiological response to a stressor - whether real or perceived.
We will look at how stress actually affects us differently depending on past experience - we will explore a healthy nervous system and how we can either get stuck on "ON" in a hyper aroused state or stuck on "OFF" a dissociated state. I will teach you how to recognise these states in a clinical setting and teach you how you can support your clients, with their physical, emotional and mental health through times of stress, anxiety and overwhelm. I will explore fantastic techniques to encourage a dropping down into a parasympathetic state.
Online learning - seminar 1
Saturday 23rd January 2021 - POSTPONED
10am - 12pm
2. WHAT IS FASCIA?
This seminar gives an understanding of the fabulous fascial system. I will aim to demonstrate the importance of fascia as the most abundant tissue in the body. An understanding of fascia, what it is and how it responds is fundamental to any movement or bodywork therapist.
In this seminar, I will introduce you to the most amazing tissue in the human body, its viscous, dynamic and beautiful structure. I will explore the history of Fascia, why it has been so misunderstood, and its prevalence in research today. I will explain what components make up fascia and what type of touch fascia responds to by looking at Schleip’s amazing and informative research on mechanoreceptors. I will teach you about the many different functions of fascia, how infuses, surrounds, protects us and produces movement. I will explain how it is our largest sensory organ, responsible for proprioception, interoception and so much more! I will explore fascia as a body-wide communication system from micro to macro, I will touch briefly on how fascia makes up the bio tensegrity of the body, how it is responsible for force distribution through its bio-tensegrity – this concept will be explored further in the Bio-tensegrity seminar.
The WHAT IS FASCIA lecture is not to be missed if you work with the body in any capacity, from movement therapist to bodywork therapist.
Online learning - seminar 2
Saturday 20th February 2021
10am - 12pm
3. WHAT IS BIO-TENSEGRITY & WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?
We are biotensegrity structures, an understanding of this concept is vital in order for all movement and bodywork practitioners to work effectively with the body.
The tensegrity in the human form is provided through an uninterrupted web of connective tissue or fascia. It is strong yet lightweight and it is extremely energy efficient (i.e. not too many calories are required for us to maintain posture or move about – leaving excess calories to be used by our hungry brains).
Biotensegrity is in place from the micro – cellular level, to the macro – full body level. This amazing construct has been rigorously researched by Dr Steven Levin, Donal E. Ingber (cell biologist and bioengineer), Dr Jean Claude Guimberteau (a plastic surgeon), showing the outdated construct of pulleys and levers within the human (and animal body) to be wholly inaccurate. Our dynamic responsive fascial system provides our biotensegrity, it allows us to feel where we are in space and provides our proprioceptive function. It facilitates body wide compensations to allow for force distribution which prevents injury.
Join me to get your head around this wonderful concept, which will bring greater depth to your work and a greater understanding of the human form.
Online learning - seminar 3
Saturday 27th March 2021
10am - 12pm
4. FASCIA, FLUIDS & MOVEMENT
Fluids are everything and fluids are everywhere, we are fluid filled (80%) and fascia is a fluid loving system. In health fascia is hydrated, soft, responsive, dynamic and there is fluid movement throughout the body, ease within both cellular movement and ease within gross movement. As restrictions form within the intricate fascial system, the tissues become less hydrated and adhered - this affects cellular health and limits gross movement.
Why do structures become adhered? What affects fascial health? We will explore physical and emotional holding patterns that affect the body physiology. We will explore the mobility, stability compromise and we will explore compensatory patterns that form as our body attempts to stay upright against gravity despite restrictions from by both physical and emotional injuries. We will explore therapeutic interventions – calling on the wonderful work of Robert Schleip and his research into mechanoreceptors. Find out how gentle tissue manipulation (from hands or movement) affects the Central Nervous System which in turn produces (a palpable) tissue response. We will look at techniques both for manual and physical therapists to encourage a tissue response in the whole system.
An important seminar for both movement and manual therapists – bodywork therapists of all types.
Online learning - seminar 4
Saturday 24th April 2021
10am - 12pm
5. LATEST FASCIA RESEARCH
after attending the 2020 Fascial Research conference, I have accumulated what I feel to be the most interesting and the most relevant fascial research for both movement and bodywork therapists. I will present research on:-
- Static stretch vs dynamic stretch – which is best?
- How long should we stretch muscle and fascia for optimal results?
- Optimum stretch for increased flexibility.
- Connective tissue healing through exercise.
- Proprioception – who has reduced proprioception? How to work safely with those with reduced proprioception
- Wound healing and how fascial work – BEFORE surgery will facilitate recovery
- Hyaluronan is a substance secreted by fascial cells, this provides strength, lubrication and hydration – how to encourage secretion to facilitate optimal movement
- Fascial covering of nerves and their implications in increased ROM
- Preventing injury to intervertebral discs – through specific movement and techniques
- AMAZING results on the influence of daily stretch on breast cancer tumour growth
Online learning - seminar 5
Saturday 29th May 2021
10am - 12pm