SomaticFeedback Workshop

A Powerful Tool for Getting Consistent Results

A Comprehensive 2 Day Workshop

SomaticFeedback: Hips, Spine and Neck

16 NCBTMB approved provider CEU hours
Cost: $295 including SomaticFeedback manual

March 24-25, 2009, Springfield, Missouri
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                    This workshop is for you if:

• You want to be the therapist who gets consistent results when others don't
• You want to be the therapist who other therapists seek out
   when they need relief from their pain

• You would like to teach your clients how to unwind and soften
   contracted muscles so you don't have to work so hard!

Word of mouth is how successful practices are built. Therapists who get consistent results are the ones people talk about.

Most of the body’s musculoskeletal pain is caused by postural imbalances. How often have you, as a therapist, treated your client's pain, but because you were unaware of the underlying structural imbalances, the client experienced only temporary relief of their pain which quickly returned?

How much would your practice grow and improve if you could offer clients consistent and lasting relief of their symptoms? SomaticFeedback has proven to be that powerful key to getting consistent results for myself and other practitioners with our most difficult clients.



Identifies and charts your client's postural imbalances on a standard postural chart

• Diagrams the muscles which are holding the client in an aberrated posture

• Uses the SomaticFeedback principles to systematically unwind clients from their imbalances

• Teaches you structural integration exercises and proper stretching techniques
   to create and maintain a "new normal" in your client's neuromuscular system

What Exactly is SomaticFeedback?

The system that I have developed is based on the works of Matthias Alexander, Elsa Grinder, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Thomas Hanna. These pioneers of Somatic education (the use of sensory motor learning to gain greater control of one's physiological process) discovered a common thread in musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. (Please forgive my rehashing of what may be, for you, basic physiology.) When pain becomes chronic, the body begins to splint and adapt. Some muscles stop contracting, and others contract in the wrong order. Muscles held chronically in partial contraction become toxic and painful. Predictably, they become weak with constant exertion, cause clumsiness because of their inability to coordinate synergistically with overall body movement, cause a constant energy drain on the body, and create postural distortions and poor weight distribution which can cause secondary pain and dysfunction.

The person afflicted with chronic muscular contraction typically moves awareness out of these painful areas. This condition can degenerate into "sensory motor amnesia", whereby the sensory-motor neurons of the voluntary cortex of the brain have lost all or some portion of their ability to control coordinated muscular function.

The early pioneers of Somatic education, building on each other's work, developed processes of very conscious, deliberate movements and exercises to reawaken these unconscious areas of the body and restore coordinated movement, flexibility, and relief of pain.

My training as a massage therapist encompasses the work of Michael Shea, Ida Rolf (Structural Integration), Eric Dalton (Myoskeletal techniques), and Paul St. John (Neuromuscular Therapy). Using the foundational work of these gifted teachers, I discovered that by combining conscious movement and hands-on palpation of contracted schemic tissue, along with guided relaxation techniques and organizational exercises, I was able to systematically release and unwind clients from old, painful, maladaptive postural patterns very quickly. My work and the SomaticFeedback workshop which I have developed follow this systematic progression.

I first teach students how to chart the client's postural imbalances, both standing and lying supine on a standard postural chart. I then teach them to color in the muscles that are most likely pulling the body out of alignment and into its aberrated patterns. I now have a general roadmap of which muscles need to be worked.

The process of using SomaticFeedback to release these contracted muscles is deceptively simple, but very profound in its results.

Biofeedback, using expensive equipment, helps clients to develop conscious awareness, and thereby control, over previously unconscious patterns. In SomaticFeedback, I use the body's internal feedback of the contrast of sensing an individual muscle's tension and conscious release to teach the client a newfound control over their muscular pain.

As a practical example, let's assume a male client presents with chronic low back pain. The assessment shows a leg length differential of 1/2" and the ASIS shows a similar 1/2" tilt. It's been my experience that 70-75% of all low back pain has it's origin in this pelvic tilt which causes the sacrum to tilt, thus creating an uneven foundation for the L/5 vertebrae and the unilateral compression of the L/5, S/1 disc and the beginnings of a scoliatic pattern. The cause of this pelvic tilt, most often, has its origins in the psoas/illiacus muscles, further facilitated by the hamstrings, quads, and quadratus lumborum. By using SomaticFeedback to systematically release these muscles and correct the pelvic tilt, I have seen rapid and miraculous correction of chronic patterns which have caused years of debilitating back pain.

In my 2 day SomaticFeedback workshop, which is aimed at experienced massage therapists and physical therapists, students will improve their assessment and charting skills and learn the appropriate muscles to be systematically worked in order to correct a variety of habitual aberrated patterns of the hips, spine and neck. Among other conditions, SomaticFeedback has produced remarkable results with scoliosis, hip and sacral pain, headaches, whiplash, and maladaptive gait patterns. Students will receive abundant hands-on practice with the SomaticFeedback technique which teaches clients to utilize their own bodily sensations to consciously relax chronically contracted muscle patterns. They will learn and practice organizational exercises which correct maladaptive firing sequences of muscles as well as learning stretches which keep the body soft and pliable while it integrates new balanced patterns.

How Can I Find a SomaticFeedback Workshop?

If you would like to sponsor a SomaticFeedback workshop in your area, please contact:

Larry Sweet, LMT, at or at:
P.O. Box 652
West Plains, MO 65775
(417) 257-3383


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