neurofascial approach to

DIAPHRAGM, BREATH, & VOCAL COLUMN

about the course

Breath and Voice. Two words poised between noun and verb. Both central to the daily life of humans. To work with these in your practice requires oscillating between treating the nouns and verbs of the vocal column.

 

It is useful to understand the architecture of the human diaphragm, especially its attachment to the pericardium above (Think: ‘heart with a hoop skirt’). This muscular dome has as much versatility as the human face--if you think it does only one thing, you'll miss its messages.

 

Likewise with the larynx. See how it suspends itself in the hyoid muscles like a monkey in the vines. Then see it in action--how the vocal folds can be like skydivers, resting on an uprush of air.


If you can contact the diaphragm with sensitivity and clear intent, you have a chance to improve breath restriction, vocalization, spinal posture, and core movement patterns in many clients. In this class, you will learn to feel and treat the diaphragm in context: its organ attachments above and below, the nerves of the vocal column, and the larynx.

 

 

info and skills covered

  • A Hands-on Palpatory Map of the Diaphragm: Attachments, Fluid Volumes, and Innervation

  • Breath and Vocal AssessmentVisual, Palpatory, Auditory

  • Fascial Treatment Methods: Direct, Indirect, and Active Release

  • Breath Rehabilitation: Freedom, Awareness, Connection, Play

 

 

continuing education certification

ONLINE

  • This 3-hour Continuing Education class is open to all healthcare practitioners licensed in Manual/Massage Therapy

 

NOTE: THIS VERSION IS ONLINE ONLY, but entitles you to attend a later in-person component (typically held in Seattle, WA)

You can expect the following to successfully complete the class​:

  • Watch two 10-15 minute pre-videos prior to class

  • Attend a live web class with lecture, demo, and QA session (link provided via email post-registration). A recording of the session will be provided at the end of class.

    • To participate you will need a phone or a webcam-enabled computer, and be available to participate in a focused way during the live class.

  • Complete a follow-up quiz to grant you a Continuing Education certificate

 

IN-PERSON

  • This 8-hour Continuing Education class is open to all healthcare practitioners licensed in Manual/Massage Therapy.

  • Other practitioners are welcome to join for the first 2 hours of class. (i.e. Movement Teachers, Allied Healthcare Practitioners, and body nerds).

upcoming classes

date

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location

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