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Resistance Release Work: Advanced Anatomy and Treatment of the Jaw and Neck

Resistance Release Work: Advanced Anatomy and Treatment of the Jaw and Neck
a Trager-based Approach with Deane Juhan

NCBTMB Approved Provider

Presenter: Deane Juhan
Hours:  21 Approved for PA License Renewal & NCBTMB Approved
Early Registration Fee: $400    
(if paid 14 days in advance of workshop)
Registration Fee: $450
$100 deposit required to register
Dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday  8/10-12/2018
Friday 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Course size is limited so please register early.

A Trager Based Approach Workshop with Deane Juhan,
Author of Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork

The muscles of the jaw (the masseter, temporalis, lateral and medial pterygoids) are among the most powerful in the body, managing the hard work of biting and chewing.  Because of their origin of innervation (cranial nerves), they are also some of the most reactive muscles to emotional stress.  Imbalance, tension and immobility of these muscles directly impact dental occlusion, the temporomanibular joint and disc, and the subtle movements of the cranial bones.

The muscles of the neck–in particular the throat and the sub-occipital triangle that operate the free movement of the occiput and the first three cervical vertebrae–work in constant conjunction with the movements of the jaw.  Very frequently in my experience, the ease and range of motion of the neck cannot be achieved until the muscles of the jaw are released.

The muscles of the face are also innervated by cranial nerves, and are highly reactive to emotional states and the psychological persona behind the mask that we present to the world.  And, of course, tension and imbalance in our facial muscles directly effect the carriage of the jaw.

For many years I have taught workshops for the relaxation of the face, jaw and neck.  The addition of the principles and application of Resistance Release Work, the latest development in my practice, has exponentially deepened the effectiveness of everything I had previously been doing in this area.  The process of resistance and release takes clients far beyond relaxation, into an active re-balancing, re-coordinating and re-energizing of the face, neck and jaw.  The usual result is not merely softening of the musculature, but an accompanying sense of more space for the brain, more vivid senses, freer breathing, a deepening of expressive authenticity in vocal sounds, and a younger, more vital appearance.

The three focuses of this class will be:

  • Demonstrations of Deane’s work, supervised practice at the massage tables
  • Self-generated therapeutic movements—homework—for the client to take home with them
  • Techniques of self-care maintenance for the practitioners’s own jaw and neck

The Trager Approach is the life’s work of Dr. Milton Trager, M.D.  It is a paradigm shift from working exclusively on areas of a client’s body that produce specific symptoms, to additionally working with the tone of their central nervous system as an integrated whole.  It not only localizes focus on specific pains and restrictions, but also addresses clients’ histories, their beliefs about their body, and a shift in their attitudes toward an actively involved healing process with the therapist.

For every pattern of restricted movement in the body, there is a corresponding pattern of restriction in the mind. You cannot be different until you have experienced something different.  The mind is the whole thing, it is running the show.  If we can reach the client’s mind with a new feeling, healing can occur

                                                                                         —Dr. Milton Trager

Trager utilizes gentle, pleasurable rocking, shimmering, compressing and elongating elements to bring to the client’s mind a feeling state of heightened sensory awareness, relaxation, pleasure, ease, and painless freedom of movement. These shifts in feeling states greatly facilitate the relief and healing processes that help to resolve symptoms from trauma, dysfunctional habits, and pain and restricted movement.  In addition to symptomatic relief, it brings to the client a sense of joy, and of feeling right in their own tissues—often for the first time in their lives.

Resistance and Release Work is a dynamic and interactive approach for the re-coordination of extensive synergistic muscle groups.  Its results include rapid, dramatic and lasting improvements in strength, ease, range of motion and the elimination of chronic pains and restrictions.  It is difficult for clients to free up and re-coordinate restricted movement patterns without actively and consciously engaging the muscle groups that have become stuck in habituated patterns.  Relaxation erases the blackboard of accumulated dysfunctional patterns.  Activation writes something new on the blackboard which can carry us beyond dysfunction toward patterns that better serve our lives.

For every movement, all the muscle fibers in the body are doing one of three things: shortening, lengthening, or stabilizing to support the movement.  Resistance and Release Work is an interactive process of the therapist providing either traction or compression along specific vectors of movement, and asking the client to move with that resistance through the entire range of contraction (concentric) and lengthening (eccentric) movements.  Unlike many resistance techniques, this is not a static  isometric contraction applied for a few seconds, but a full range of contraction and elongation while maintaining the resistance between therapist and client.  The therapist guides the client’s efforts through these full ranges, helping them to steadily refine the smooth coordination of shortening, lengthening and stabilizing.  The basic procedure is very simple and easily learned, and the results are rapid and lasting.  The therapist’s subtle guidance through the process is a developed art.  Come enjoy the learning together, and add a dramatically effective tool to your practice!

This workshop will combine slides, lecture and discussion concerning the structure and functions of the jaw and neck, demonstrations of Resistance Release Work in treating these areas, and supervised practice to develop these techniques for the expansion and enhanced effectiveness of your treatments.

Presenter:  Deane Juhan may be best known as the author of Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork – which many consider the essential text on the means, methods, uses, and deeply personal applications of what has come to be known as “bodywork.”  It was his experiences at the Esalen Institute, in particular meeting and studying with Dr. Milton Trager, which led Deane eventually into the nine year research and writing project that emerged as Job’s Body. Educated at the University of Colorado (B.A.), the University of Michigan (M.A.), and the University of California at Berkeley, where he spent three and a half years as a doctoral candidate. In 1973 an experience with bodywork at Esalen Institute in Big Sur changed his career, and he remained in residence there for the next 17-1/2 years.

First trained in Esalen massage, he developed a private practice and led workshops in massage as well as seminars in anatomy and physiology for bodyworkers. In 1976 he met Dr. Milton Trager, founder of the Trager Institute for Psychophysical Integration, and has been a practitioner and instructor of the TRAGERWork® approach ever since. He is on the faculty of the Northern California Trager Institute and has developed a series of workshops in dynamic anatomy and in Trager® Bodywork for bodyworkers and therapists of all kinds, which he conducts all over the United States, in Canada and in Europe.

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Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy
3600 Laketon Road
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