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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 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.

Next Gait for Wild Human Potential workshop schedule

November 11 – November 13, 2017
Des Moines, Iowa
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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

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

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

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, Feldenkrais practitioners, and personal trainers. 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 prior to registration.

Instructors:
  • 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.

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 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.

Movement Intelligence workshops schedule

Bones for Life Certification/Immersion starting October 20, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio
Sponsored by Future Life Now

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.

Study with one or more of these instructors:

  • Cynthia M. Allen, 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.

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 prior to registration.

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