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Gait for Wild Human Potential

September 9 - September 11, 2017
Des Moines, Iowa
$425 if paid in full by 7/20/17; $395 for repeated participants by 7/20/17; Otherwise $485

Registration by email

Questions about location or accommodations?

Email Rachael Garst or Jo Riley


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Offering up to 20* continuing ed. hours for:

  • physical therapists
  • occupational therapists
  • Feldenkrais® practitioners (see Guild policy)
  • massage & body work through NCBTMB

Movement Intelligence® by Ruthy Alon

Bones for Life training

Cincinnati, OH

Basic Certification

October 2017-January 2018

Teacher Certification

March 2018-September 2018

Walk for Life training

Cincinnati, OH

Basic Certification

October 2018-November 2018

Sponsored by Future Life Now

Read more about the Bones for Life work.

Offering up to 21* continuing ed. hours per workshop for:

  • physical therapists
  • occupational therapists
  • athletic trainers
  • Feldenkrais®practitioners
  • massage & body work through NCBTMB

Bones for Life® Workshop

Please contact these instructors directly to find their teaching schedule.

* See individual workshop for state or organization specific details. Options for partial attendance may be possible, although this may prohibit receiving continuing education credits according to each institution's guidelines.

Cancellation Policy

Class size minimums and maximums are in place. Before registering, please read below carefully.

Written cancellation required.

Cancellation fee for single workshop: 15% of total workshop fee or $100 (whichever is greater) when cancelling over one month in advance. 50% of total workshop fee or $100 (whichever is greater) 8-30 days in advance. Less than one week, no refund. Any outstanding balance will still be due minus any refund credit per the cancellation policy.

Cancellation fee for special discounts: When a special discount is offered it is to insure adequate class size to insure overhead costs for items such as CEU costs are warranted as well as to avoid travel cancellation fees for those who are traveling. No refund will be given in these circumstances. Any balance due will stay open until it is paid.

In the unusual event Integrative Learning needs to cancel a program, you will be given a full tuition refund. We are not responsible for any other fees you may incur.

Professional Continuing Education

Gait for Wild Human Potential

“Explore a comprehensive map that advances beyond the traditional study of gait.”At the heart of the human experience, the “how” of walking shapes physical comfort, security, emotional well-being and happiness, regardless of medical diagnosis. This course advances beyond the traditional study of characteristics found in the stance and swing phases of gait.

Using Integral Human Gait™ theory, we explore a comprehensive map that far exceeds the current understanding in physical medicine, rehabilitation and sport training.

Through the sensory learning platforms of the Feldenkrais Method® and Bones for Life®, we discover the functional relationship between peripheral and spinal joints and their unique movement patterns.

We will study the interplay of pressure and alignment through ground reaction forces to answer these questions: What impact does gait have on neck, shoulder and upper/lower back health? Why is gait so important in human health and relieving chronic pain patterns? Why is walking is beneficial only if it is balanced? In what ways does gait resonate with the rhythms of the body?

You will leave with increased ease, power and confidence, and an appreciation of how a vibrant, rhythmic walk contributes to well-being.

Learning Theme and Objectives for Each Day

DAY 1 (9:00 am. to 6:00 pm.)

Ground Reaction Forces: The Relationship of Pressure and Alignment

  • Describe the development, phases and sequence of movements in the gait cycle.
  • Articulate how horizontal rotation of the pelvis frees the foot in the rear and organizes the forward leg in the single leg stance phase of gait.
  • Demonstrate how the Swing Leg can power the “Spring” of the Stance Leg.
  • Differentiate how the lumbar spine accepts a position of neutrality during both the swing and stance phase of gait.
  • Experience a personal appreciation of how a vibrant gait contributes to well-being.

DAY 2 (9:00 am. to 5:45 pm.)

The Re-organizing Power of Counter-Rotation

  • Organize the head, shoulder girdle and pelvic girdle in a rotation/counter rotation movement pattern.
  • Distinguish how rib mobility plays a key role during both the swing and stance phase of gait. Perform one movement process to align either the hip, knee or ankle
  • Discover the value and role that rhythm plays in contributing to a smooth and efficient gait pattern.

DAY 3 (9:00 am. to 5:00 pm.)

The Dynamic Interaction Between Posture and Gait

  • Discover the potency and power of the abdominal muscles' capacity for uprightness.
  • Perform one movement process using the gluteals and/or hip adductors to re-orientate midline trunk awareness.
  • Evaluate the kinetic chain for the most effective entry point of change to create enhanced freedom and ease of movement in walking.
  • Demonstrate skillfully and powerfully the ability to stand on one leg.
  • Demonstrate 3 ways to align the C7 vertebrae over the forward leg in the single leg stance phase of gait.


  • Cynthia M. Allen, GCFP, BFLT/T
  • Carol A. Montgomery, MSPT, GCFP, BFLT/T

Cynthia Allen and Carol Montgomery are the authors of the Integal Human Gait Theory™. Read their bios.

Bones for Life

Bones for Life® is a comprehensive movement-based program for the health of the skeletal system.

Our Bones for Life® intensives are for those seeking an in-depth experience for their own health as well as for those wishing to teach public classes.

We offer an intimate teacher/student ratio. As class registration increases, we add instructors so you can benefit from different styles, knowledge and application. In each segment, which is 3 days in length, participants learn up to 30 core Bones for Life® movement processes. In addition, instructors include various lectures and demonstrations on osteoporosis, bone anatomy and remodeling, functional connections, and problem solving for typical and challenging issues students may present.

Taking the segments in sequence is required except in unique circumstances. There are 2 basic levels of certification: Completion or Certified Teacher. Read about our Bones for Life® Certification Program.

Repeat Discount: We offer significant discounts for repeating students depending on their original trainer and fees. Please check with us to see if you are eligible. Registration may need to be handled separately from the website.

Materials: Materials: If you are taking this segment for the first time, you will receive a PDF transcript of Ruthy Alon's 2005 Kentucky Segment I (a $20 value) at no charge. Audio CDs are optional and purchased at an additional cost. You will be need to purchase wrap or harness to participate in the workshop from a local fabric store. Specifications will be given.

Hours: Refer to each individual location.

Study with one or more of these instructors:

  • Cynthia M. Allen, GCFP, BFLT/T
  • Denise Deig, MS PT, GCFP, BFLT/T
  • Carol A. Montgomery, MSPT, GCFP, BFLT/T

Read their bios.

Learning Objectives:

  • Rehabilitation experience more optimal postural alignment as it relates to demand of activity and function.

  • List 4 basic tenets of the Bones for Life® program and discuss how they directly relate to the services of those individuals working in, specifically in the areas of education, professional competence, and self-care.

  • Perform 1-2 Bones for Life® movement processes that alter and enhance the organization of the rib cage and thoracic spine.

  • Describe the significance that the feet provide to enhance function of the spine and minimize muscular fatigue and strain.

  • List the limitations of the Bones for Life® work.

  • Discuss the impact that creeping and crawling have on improving in core strength for standing and when working with clients.

  • Demonstrate 1-2 Bones for Life® movement processes needed to stabilize the hip joint to the pelvis.

  • Articulate the dynamic relationship between the 3 spinal curves and the extremities.

  • Learn 5 ways to restore flexibility and/or stability in key joints such as the hip, knee, ankle, and shoulder.

  • Gain a felt sense of optimal relationships not only between body parts, but also between self and environment.

  • Comprehend the value of using Bones for Life® processes to optimize and fine tune the capacity for weight bearing with ideal alignment of trunk and upper and lower extremities when exercising and completing activities of daily living (ADL).

  • Promote uprightness by cultivating a precise response to gravity along the entire kinetic chain.

  • Use vibratory "press and release" motions against everyday surfaces in multiple planes to enhance proprioception and joint alignment.

  • Understand the critical role that organized movement patterns have in improving balance and reflexive responses.

  • Discover effective ways to enhance proprioception and its subsequent impact on balance and reflexive responses.

  • Teach others to get up and down from the floor, chair and bed efficiently and with ease.

  • Gain expertise in providing appropriate and progressive levels of challenge in a functional situation without overwhelming the system.

  • Realize the value of "trial and error" learning in expanding strength and function while decreasing pain and injury.

  • Optimize balanced neuromuscular action throughout the whole body by activating underused areas and allowing dominate groups to find a place of rest and ease.

  • Learn strategies for creating harmonious action between agonist and antagonist muscle groups.

  • Cultivate both stability and flexibility responses and experience the availability of both based on demands of the function or ADL.

  • Effectively coach the release of unnecessary neuromuscular holding patterns.

  • Understand the importance of defocusing from the problem area of pain or dysfunction.

  • Access the human evolutionary potential in all aspects of body, mind, and spirit through Bones for Life® processes which promote core reorganization.

  • Promote a sense of health, wellbeing, and restoration of pleasure in movement and with ADLs.

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