For students who need more hours or would like further augment their skillset, PCAB offers electives that are recognized by the Hawaii Dept of Education as well as other workshops.  To sign up for a workshop go HERE.

A Neurofascial Approach to Spinal Movement
Michael HammMichael Hamm
8 hours.
North Shore Kauai

A debate takes place in the minds & hands of manual therapists: Are movement and postural patterns determined by fascial architecture, by joints and ligaments, by ascending reflex patterns, by emotions, by mental concepts, by the social and physical environment?

Before you answer, think of the pitfalls of choosing just one of these. The real question is not which of these is determinative, but how they interact and when to focus on one versus the other. Nowhere in the body is this dilemma more true than at midline — the Spine and its Movements — where small compensations often result in big changes elsewhere in the body.

This special 8-hour class is designed for any manual therapist interested in the confluence of structure and function at the spine. We will make a close examination of anatomy, palpation, and assessment.

INFO AND SKILLS COVERED

  • Embryology & Evolution of the Spine: Movement Needs Structure
  • Bones, Ligaments, and Fasciae: The Passive Constraints on Movement
  • Somatic Neural Segments: How Skin, Myofascia, and Viscera talk to each other
  • Movement Issues from a Neurofascial Perspective (Hint: The Brain doesn’t think in muscles)
  • Palpation Practice: Facet Joints, Fascial Layers, Spinal Nerves
  • Assessment: How to think about what you see and feel

Sign up HERE.

$175 per class for single class.  $25 discount if signed up before April 1. $25 discount for 2018 & 2019 PCAB students. Discount prices combinable and non-refundable.

$300 for both classes with Michael Hamm.  $40 discount if signed up before April 1.  $40 discount for 2018 & 2019 PCAB students. Discount prices combinable non-refundable.

Embodied Anatomy: The Heart of Perception
Michael HammMichael Hamm
8 hours.
North Shore Kauai

You work with bodies — your own and others’. You try to help folks move, perceive, and inhabit their bodies more skillfully. How do these skills arise? How can a person find their own path into embodiment?

This class is about the breakthrough moments in that process — how to prime a mind for a richer connection with the body. We will be drawing connections between disparate and deep methods. We will weave together insights from modern embryology, fascial anatomy, and somatic neuroscience.  We will highlight some profound relationships between traditions like Yoga, Martial arts, Meditation, as well as more recent schools like Somatics and Contact Improv.  We’ll meld the scientific and artistic aspects of the mind-body connection. Whether your interest in embodiment is clinical, creative, expressive, or exploratory, this class will deepen your perceptual skills.

METHODS: We’ll be focusing on the Heart, both in terms of its precise anatomy and its metaphorical significance. Participants will leave with new skills and insights in:

  • Guided meditation with a somatic focus — ‘Surfaces and Centers’.
  • The embryologic origins of the heart, pericardium, diaphragm, and vagus nerves.
  • Palpation of the pericardium-diaphragm.
  • Guided embryologic movement
  • Postural observation and standing palpation for fulcrums/pivots.
  • Building a meaningful perceptual framework with a client/patient/performer.

Sign up HERE.

$175 per class for single class.  $25 discount if signed up before April 1. $25 discount for 2018 & 2019 PCAB students. Discount prices combinable and non-refundable.

$300 for both classes with Michael Hamm.  $40 discount if signed up before April 1.  $40 discount for 2018 & 2019 PCAB students. Discount prices combinable non-refundable.

Neurofascial Manipulation of the Shoulders and Hips
michael polonMichael Polon
16 hours.
North Shore Kauai

A Class for Structural Integrators, Massage Therapists, and related somatic practitioners.

This weekend course will explore detailed hands-on approaches to improving motion restrictions, postural patterns, and common clinical complaints of the shoulder and pelvic girdle. The approaches shown and practiced in class will be immediately applicable to all forms of bodywork sessions.

Through lecture, demonstration, and practice time, we will cover:

  • General anatomy and palpation for the shoulder-neck-upper ribs and hip-low back-sacrum relationships.
  • Basic concepts and approaches to what drives posture, movement, and pain.
  • Techniques (ranging from deep to gentle) to release tissue restrictions, change postural patterns and to relieve common complaints.
  • How to enhance results through by deepening our clients’ kinesthetic awareness and self-agency

Sign up HERE.

$300 for two-day workshop.  $40 discount if signed up before April 1.  $40 discount for 2018 & 2019 PCAB students. Discount prices combinable non-refundable.

Lomilomi
Dr. Mark Olson
24 hours. $350
NOT SCHEDULED

Lomilomi is a Polynesian style of massage that uses long, broad strokes with the forearms and elbows in a fluid manner. In temple-style lomilomi, the practitioner ‘dances’ around the client’s body, with arms, feet, and breath synchronized. The long strokes gracefully glide over the lines that typically divide the body, creating a more integrative experience. No longer able to verbally identify which area of the body is being massaged, the client’s mind lets go…and the muscles follow.

Thai Massage Basics
Amity Mead
NOT SCHEDULED

Learn the basics of beginners Thai massage in this 2 day course to give a short therapeutic session with depth and presence that is fun, effective, and sustainable to give and receive.

NeuroMassage
Langdon Roberts
NOT SCHEDULED

NeuroMassage is a unique therapeutic system that combines biofeedback and bodywork to improve health by making intentional changes in the relationships between the brain, the nerves, the organs and the muscles. Neuromassage teaches the client to relax deeply, and to maintain the relaxation long after the massage has ended. The client experiences a state in which they are aware of how their tension levels and brain activity respond to the combination of the therapist’s touch and their own inner processes. This state allows clients to release chronic tension within deep muscles, re-set the “pain threshold” in order to reduce chronic pain, heal from physical and psychological trauma, and experience a profound transformation of body awareness. With this new level of awareness, client and therapist work together to create an individualized plan for learning to access and maintain states of relaxation throughout daily life.

In addition to the above electives, we may be offering some additional weekend workshops:

Responding to Trauma: Mindful, Somatic Skills for Body-Centered Practitioners
(built into the Somatic Bodywork program now)

Current research supports the necessity for a somatic approach to resolving trauma. The physiological drives and processes involved in traumatic activation require a informed response effective at meeting the body on it’s own terms.

Through lectures, exercises and demonstrations, participants will learn to:

  • Understand how trauma may interfere with healing, change or learning.
  • Spot signs of trauma arising in sessions or other interactions.
  • Interrupt traumatic activation using applied mindfulness.
  • Build regulation skills to ensure working within the client’s window of tolerance.
  • Expand and strengthen inner and outer resources for clients coping with symptoms of trauma.
  • Educate clients about the options for coping more effectively with – and ultimately resolving – trauma and stress symptoms in everyday life.This experiential workshop offers simple skills for managing and stabilizing traumatic activation. Appropriate for counselors, bodyworkers, coaches, teachers, and anyone seeking effective response to symptoms of trauma.
Transpersonal Somatic Therapy: A Personal Growth and Professional Skills Training
Paul Linn
NOT SCHEDULED

Process, inquiry, and meditation support a dynamic awakening life. What was previously unconscious or obscured emerges and reveals that all that is felt, thought, perceived and sensed is always changing… ever new. This offers a very direct experience of the continuousness of transformation, while revealing an opening to the ever present “ground of being”.

This experiential retreat workshop will utilize: observational insight meditation, non – dual inquiry, and a variety of somatic and transpersonal therapeutic processes, both in the group context as well as in paired exercises. These processes will assist in awakening to a life of greater ease and joy beyond habit, concepts and beliefs – beyond ‘state’ or experience dependency. Participants will immediately be able to adapt these methods and understandings to their own relationships and therapy practices.

Perhaps of greater significance is the possibility that the whole structure of needs that often drive and propel us humans to live in limitation can be seen through, and can at least begin to dissolve. This experiential recognition reveals a natural and simple openness that unbinds what appears bound, while awakening to a life of greater dynamic, ease and causeless joy.

  • Meditation, Inquiry and Guided Experiential Awareness Practices
  • Talks/theory/discussions
  • Paired practices and Circle work

Paul Linn is the co-founder of Florida Gainesville Vipassana Society, Inc., and has been involved with insight meditation and dharma teachings for over 30 years. A psychotherapist, bodyworker, and teacher, he offers seminars and retreats throughout the US mainland and Hawaiian Islands. His teaching style facilitates the immediacy of ‘openings or awakenings’ as ordinary, direct and inherent. http://www.floridavipassana.org/

Self-Care for Helping Professionals: A Body–Mind Approach
Brad Kammer
NOT SCHEDULED

Are you a helper who is dealing with stress, tension, exhaustion, fatigue, pain, poor health?  Do you find yourself turning to negative coping strategies like overeating, smoking, drinking, watching too much TV, zoning out on the internet or your phone?  Do you have less energy and time to focus on your own fulfillment, happiness and health – on your own life?

Yes, even in Hawaii helpers get burned out!  Come learn about what’s happening inside your brain and body as you deal with “compassion fatigue”.  Being a helper can be a deeply rewarding occupation – but it can also threaten our health and well-being.

This educational and experiential workshop will empower you with a greater understanding of how the stress of your job/role affects your health and well-being, as well as basic tools for managing your stress and increasing your resiliency.

Based on cutting-edge brain science, in an easy-to-understand format, you will learn:
·      A Body-Mind perspective on stress, illness and health
·      The risks of Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Trauma and Burn-Out
·      Why Self-Care for helping professionals is essential
·      Body-Mind approaches for managing stress and readjusting old patterns
·      Self-Care exercises to help us build healing resources necessary for our jobs, relationships and lives

Neuroscience of Mindfulness
Dr. Mark Olson
NOT SCHEDULED

This course examines the neuroscientific underpinnings for mindfulness, with specific focus on the functions of vision, memory, attention, emotion, personality, and behavior.  Participants will gain a basic understanding of brain organization principles and will be introduced to conceptualizing human functioning from a neuroscientific perspective.  Special focus is given to these topics as they integrate with bodywork, trauma, body awareness, meditation, and interpersonal relationships.

Interoceptive Structural Integration Practicum
(no longer offered)

After completion of the Connective Bodywork program, students have the option to grow their advanced bodywork skills working directly with PCAB instructors and the public.  For PCAB grads only.