Terra rosa E magazine issue 15

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Workshop Report: CORE Myofascial Therapy & CORE Sports and Performance Bodywork Sydney, September - October 2014. CORE Myofascial Therapy is a 6-day certification course taught directly by George P. Kousaleos, founder of the CORE Institute, from Tallahassee, Florida. The workshop was held in a nice location tucked away in the busy Newtown area in 26 September until 1 October 2014. The first day, George presented information on the theory and history of structural integration, the anatomy and physiology of fascia, body reading strategies, and specific benefits of myofascial and structural therapies. He also discussed the Intrinsic Spiral Theory, where most of a person’s structural contour has a unique circular pattern that often resembles a clockwise spiral. Then he described the Neurosomatic Awareness, taught the 5-Point Standing Awareness exercise, and full-body application of the myofascial spreading techniques. The second day George introduced arthrokinetic joint techniques, and CORE myofascial therapy from a side-lying position. The final day George detailed cervical, cranial, and facial techniques, and strategies for stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system while improving neurosomatic awareness. Mic Mueller-Coons, a massage therapist and Iron Man Champions from Townsville wrote: “Getting the basic Myofascial Spreading done on my first day resulted in a dramatic improvement of my body alignment and this is without focusing on any area of special discomfort or pain. They worked only the front and back of my body. The results were astounding! Much greater improvement of range of motion and Breathing freeness were achieved on the 2nd day while working in side posture on the lateral side of the body and the inside of the legs. Supporting the work with moderate stretching and twisting again produced even more astonishing results.” We then continued to the next level, CORE Myo 2 where George presented information on somatic psychology, client-education strategies, and specific techniques for

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intrinsic layers of fascia and musculature. George taught clinical protocols, include the “Back Specific”, a deeper treatment plan for the paraspinal, scapula, sacrum, and iliofemoral regions. The “CORE Release” was presented to work with the pelvic floor, sacrotuberous ligament, and related ligaments of the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine. Also included is the “Foot Specific”, a treatment protocol for the fascia and musculature of the foot and ankle. One of the participants’ comment: “I love the systematic way of being able to assess body type, pain areas and probable response to treatment and then be able to help in a clear and precise manner with profound bodywork that I would be confident to use.” Everyone is impressed with George’s approach, clear instruction and stories. Comments from the CORE Myofascial participants are a testament to the quality of the educational experience: ” I enjoyed George’s knowledge (and stories). I love it all. The whole course made me felt very flexible while covering a lot of content” Linda, Brisbane. “George was very eloquent and articulate in explaining the techniques and the reasoning behind them. His anecdotal

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