Gait for Wild Human Potential

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 sports 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 the 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.

Integral Human Gait™ Workshop 2022 Schedule

Gait for Wild Human Potential
Online via Zoom

Sundays,  April 17 – May 15

Hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST/New York

Registration is closed.

Professional Learning Themes and Objectives

These are the objectives for our 5-day online workshop (20 CEU hours).

Ground Reaction Forces: The Relationship of Pressure and Alignment

  • Describe the development, phases, and sequence of movements in the gait cycle.
  • Articulate how the 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 neutrality during both the swing and stance phase of gait.
  • Experience a personal appreciation of how a vibrant gait contributes to well-being.

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.

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.


We provide continuing education units (CEUs) for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Massage Therapy, and Feldenkrais practitioners. We are authorized providers of continuing education through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworkers (NCBTMB).
Please inquire about your specific organization and state before registration.

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

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

Integral Human Gait™: Restoring Postural Reflexes and Balance

Restoring Postural Reflexes and Balance 2022 Schedule

Integral Human Gait™:
Restoring Postural Reflexes and Balance
Online via Zoom

Sundays
October 16 – November 6
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST/New York

Registration is now closed.

Vital and fundamental to life, your balance lies at the center of your ability to move safely and function independently. Optimal stability is usually associated with the ability to stand on one leg for a certain length of time or the involuntary and instantaneous ability to maintain a stable posture when challenged. The brain uses signals from our eyes, ears, ligaments, muscles, and spine to choreograph a set of balance reflexes to control our muscles, right down to our toes. Postural Reflexes are a specific form of unconscious coordinated muscle activity and are our first line of defense against an unexpected destabilizing misstep, turn, push, or trip.

But what if there is a glitch in the automatic signal-response loop and the balance reflexes fail? As a result, we fall. If we’re lucky, we might avoid fall-related injuries. Research indicates that most people are not so fortunate and sustain a sprain, fracture, or head trauma. And most will go on to fall again in the next six months.

Integral Human Gait™: Restoring Postural Reflexes and Balance uses the sensory learning platforms of the Feldenkrais Method® and Bones for Life®, to help the professional and the layperson both discover the cause and effect relationship between poor or absence patterns of movement and reflex activation.

Professional Learning Themes and Objectives

These are the objectives for our 4-day online workshop (15 CEU hours).

Balance Basics: understand how to influence the Nervous System vs. trying to control the nervous system

  • Demonstrate two functional balance assessment tests.
  • Explain the differences between a righting reflex and an equilibrium reaction.
  • Demonstrate three somatic movement explorations to improve spinal movement limitations that reduce the fear of falling.
  • Describe the signal-response loop embedded in all reflexes.
  • Recognize the difference between a protective reflex and a postural reflex.
  • Understand the relationship between the eyes, upper cervical spine, the center of mass, and surface area of the feet and their impact on reflex activation.
  • Perform three somatic movement explorations to improve the counter-rotation of the upper and lower cervical spine.
  • Identify which sensory system has the most impact on your current balance.
  • Explore movement lessons designed to restore or build new motor pathways that allow the nervous system to access and activate the best motor pathway needed for the situation.

Heal the dysfunctional triad that exists between the ankle—hip — torso

  • Understand the kinetic chain and the dysfunctional triad between loss of ankle and thoracic spine mobility and pelvic girdle mechanics.
  • Experience the 3-D motion of the pelvic girdle and foot that organizes the leg for a dynamic single-leg stance needed in activities involving balance and power.
  • Demonstrate two strategies the nervous system uses when the body’s equilibrium is threatened.
  • Experience a personal appreciation of how a vibrant gait contributes to a positive perception of general health, well-being, and safety.
  • Understand how somatic-based movements can positively influence different types of balance problems.
  • Differentiate what the brain thinks is midline vs. what the student believes is midline.
  • Demonstrate two somatic movement explorations to improve spinal movement function, which can reduce the fear of falling.
  • Understand the relationship between the eyes, upper cervical spine, the center of mass, and surface area of the feet, and the impact they have on the stimulus-response loop embedded in all reflexes. 

The Partnership of Rolling and Turning

  • Understand and experience how the neurodevelopment sequence of rolling impacts turning balance and postural reflexes.
  • Differentiate how the ankle, hip, thoracic spine, and head accept a position of counter-rotation during the stance phase of gait to avoid falling when looking over the shoulder during walking.
  • Distinguish the kinetic chain differences between rolling, turning, and rotation.
  • Comprehend the importance of optimal spinal and eye mobility needed with head-turning during walking and its possible influence on decreasing hip fracture risk.
  • Understand how somatic-based movements can positively influence balance problems that originate from an orthopedic joint restriction vs. nervous system disorder, such as head trauma, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson, brain tumor, bleeds, or post-surgical intervention impacting the brain or spinal cord.
  • Demonstrate three somatic movement explorations to improve spinal movement function, which can reduce the fear of falling.
  • Describe the current understanding as to why balance erodes over time.

Your Nervous System creates a Personal ‘Arc of Safety’ that limits how and where you will move

  • Appreciate how the qualitative experience of safety, comfort, and curiosity reduces the fear of falling.
  • Understand how balance quality relies on the interaction of physiological and emotional systems.
  • Discover how to unlock the mobility of the ribs and the thoracic spine, especially in the coronal plane (side-to-side) movement needed to improve the speed and timing of the hip and stepping strategies the brain uses to prevent a fall.
  • Discover the value and role that rhythm contributes to the stepping strategy of postural reflexes.
  • Understand how simultaneously improving the quality of walking improves postural reflexes.
  • Recognize how the alignment of Head—COM—BOS impacts the ability and quality of standing on one leg.
  • Learn how to regain the stability of the body under increasingly tricky circumstances using the hip and stepping strategies.
  • Differentiate how the brain assesses midline vs. how the participant interprets midline.
  • Understand how somatic-based movements can positively influence all people with different balance issues.
  • Demonstrate three somatic movement explorations to improve spinal movement function, which can reduce the fear of falling.

Movement Intelligence

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 the perfect teacher/student ratio. As class registration increases, we add instructors so you can benefit from different styles, knowledge, and application. In addition, instructors include various lectures and demonstrations on functional connections and problem-solving for typical and challenging issues students may present.

Movement Intelligence Workshops Schedule

Bones for Life Immersion/Certification
Starting June 2021
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Future Life Now and Vitality Cincinnati
email: support@futurelifenow.com for more information

Taking the segments in a sequence is required except in unique circumstances. There are 2 basic levels of certification: Completion or Certified Teacher.

Learning Objectives:

      • Experience a better optimal postural alignment as it relates to the rehabilitation demands needed with 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 rib cage and thoracic spine organization.
      • Describe the significance that the feet provide to enhance the function of the spine and minimize muscular fatigue and strain.
      • List the limitations of the Bones for Life® work.
      • Discuss the impact creeping and crawling have on improving core strength for standing and 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 between body parts and between self and environment.
      • Comprehend the value of using Bones for Life® processes to optimize and fine-tune the capacity for weight-bearing with the ideal alignment of the 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 dominant 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.

We provide continuing education units (CEUs) for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Massage Therapy, Feldenkrais practitioners. We are authorized providers of continuing education through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworkers (NCBTMB).
Please inquire about your specific organization and state before registration.

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