Much of what we work on in adults is there in root form in newborns, either as developmental problems or birth trauma. Throughout my career I have worked with newborns from a Rolfing® perspective. Last year I took the Upledger Pediatric CranioSacral course. Since then I have been working regularly with Portland CranioSacral Therapist Carol Gray who has a largely neonatal pediatric practice. Carol is also a childbirth educator and Doula, or childbirth support person.
Since the roots of a majority of adult structural problems are present at birth it is much easier to change these patterns when the child is small and the problems have not become deeply set. Problems can be corrected in minutes which would take many sessions in an adult. Some structural problems can be corrected in infancy which are not fully correctable in adults.
If you have a baby who doesn't crawl yet, bring her/him to your regular session with me. I will evaluate and treat the baby as part of your session at no extra charge. Separate sessions for babies are always shorter than adult sessions and priced proportionately.
In the last year I have studied with Minneapolis Rolfer Siana Goodwin. Siana has developed Rolfing® and related skills into a highly effective way of preventing and managing Carpel Tunnel and related repetitive motion strains. In an industrial setting her work has reduced a major company's workmen's comp costs by 87% in a two year period. These results were maintained over the subsequent years of work at the same company's industrial facilities.
If you or your business is vulnerable to repetitive strain injuries please call for more information. In Spring I will offer new classes on hand strain, see the classes section below.
My first CranioSacral teacher was Dr. Signy Erickson of Bend, Oregon. She has continued as my mentor since that first class in early 1998. We now work together once a month giving four handed sessions. We are sometimes joined by another therapist for multi-hands work. This approach is invaluable for complex structural problems. More can be accomplished in one hour of four handed work than in two hours of two handed work. If you live in Central Oregon or can travel there, we would be pleased to offer you this service.
Four handed sessions can also be arranged in Eugene utilizing a variety of different therapists suited to individual needs.
Good time to do it see enclosed coupons
1. During November -- first sessions for new clients are half price.
2. During November and December -- a tune up for people who have had at least 10 sessions is $20 off.
3. Through December 2000 -- first sessions for babies under one year who do not crawl yet are $30.
This summer I have participated in four advanced CranioSacral and Visceral Manipulation seminars with French Osteopaths Alain Gehin and Jean Pierre Barral.
Most interesting for me was Dr. Barral's approach to whiplash and related trauma. His perspectives dramatically extend our understanding of this type of injury.
One aspect of Dr. Barral's approach concerns the membranes which surround and support the heart and lungs. These membranes are continious with the deep fascia of the neck and shoulders. In a whiplash the head is ballistically accelerated, damaging the neck. Since the membranes of the neck continue deep through the chest the membranes inside the chest are also injured. We usually don't feel much of the damage in the chest since there are fewer sensory nerves in the chest than in the neck. As the damage inside the chest heals, adhesions and contractures form exerting pulls up the deep fascia into the neck. This is a reason why the neck often feels worse weeks to months after the injury. This is also why treatment of the neck is often a slow and frustrating process. Dr. Barral has developed ingenious methods to discover and reduce the strains inside the chest.
At the Health and Well Being Fair in Eugene August 26 and 27 I gave a talk on Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. This lecture included slides, videotape and a hands on demonstration.
This Fall I will give four hours of lecture to Graduate level athletic training students at the University of Oregon introducing them to Rolfing®, Cranial Manipulation and Visceral Manipulation in the context of the history of Osteopathy.
I love to give lecture demonstrations of my work. If you would like a presentation for your group please contact me.
I am certified by the Upledger Institute to teach two introductory classes in CranioSacral Therapy. One of these classes is intended for non-professionals and the other for professionals.
I will teach Introduction to CranioSacral Therapy (ICST) at Cascade Institute, 1250 Charnelton Street in Eugene, on October 28 and 29. This two day class is for health professionals or health professionals in training. In addition to practical hands-on skills, ICST offers history and theory of CranioSacral Therapy. Tuition is $195 through September; in October the tuition is $225. For more information call me at 689-1515, or to register call Cascade Institute at 687-8101.
I also teach ShareCare (SC), a one day class for non-professionals. This class teaches simple and effective techniques anyone can use to help themselves and family members. I have taught this class several times but do not have one scheduled at this time. I am open to offering this class in Winter. If you are interested please let me know and I will give you advance notice as soon as a class is scheduled. Tuition depends on location and other expenses but is around $75.