Fascial Rebalancing 2017-10-25T17:25:49+00:00

Fascial Rebalancing Levels I – III

Our flagship training, Fascial Rebalancing is a system of soft tissue manipulation that unwinds whole body tension patterns, while at the same time gradually uncovering the body’s inherent length and balance. The practitioner uses their hands and elbows to work the connective tissues, using a slow pressure that is deep and at the same time responsive.

(Scroll to the bottom of the page for workshop details.)

How Does it Work?

There is a natural, balanced pattern to how your legs, hips and lower back work together. The same is true of your rib cage, arms, and neck, and also your feet, ankles and legs. This whole-body balance is characterized by straightness, length, and ease of movement. It just doesn’t make sense to say our bodies are naturally twisted, compressed and restricted in movement.

However balance is compromised by various factors, including accidents, habitual movement patterns, and every-day stress and strain. All of these cause our fascia to tighten in rigid patterns which spread throughout the system, much like the way a pull in a sweater will be visible at a location far away from the original pull. Thus any attempt at rebalancing must include the entire structure and not just focus on symptoms.

One of the remarkable qualities of connective tissue is its tremendous capacity for change; its plasticity. Fascia is very responsive to stress demands in the body, quickly adding more tissue when stress in an area increases. Fortunately for us however the reverse is also true, in that the tissue will loosen up and melt when stress in an area decreases.

The Geometry of Balance

Fascial Rebalancing works with the natural geometry of the eight fundamental dimensions of the body. These are: front to back, left to right, top to bottom, and superficial to deep. These eight articulate a simple and organic logic of balance. For example if the front of the torso is short and compressed with respect to the back, that body will experience ongoing struggle just to maintain an upright posture. By contrast when these eight are balanced, the body is more resilient and at ease.

To Protocol or Not to Protocol

There are a variety of ways you can integrate Fascial Rebalancing into your practice. You can choose to utilize a protocol of either 3, 7, or 10 sessions. Or you can choose to create your own protocol based on client needs. You can also simply apply the work freestyle in a symptom based approach.

If you decide to work freestyle based on localized tension patterns, you can still use the Fascial Rebalancing model to attend to overall balance within a given session and over a course of sessions. Fascial Rebalancing method only requires that when you work a given area of the body, you also follow up with some balancing work with counterbalancing structures.

For example if someone has pain in their shoulder and you decide to work locally in the shoulder, you make sure that you also work the opposite shoulder, and you also do some balancing work by balancing one or two areas somewhere in the lower body.

Drum Tuning Analogy

To better understand the how Fascial Rebalancing achieves balance, consider the analogy of tuning a drum skin. Imagine you have a hand drum that has been sitting on the shelf for some time, and the skin has become loose and floppy. When you tune one of the tightening screws it creates a taut line in the skin. Then, naturally you proceed to the screw opposite on the frame, then you do the ones at right angles, tightening only half way, as you systematically work your way around the frame, assuring that the skin is tuned in a balanced manner. It’s the same with the human body in the process of unwinding and rebalancing the entire fascial system. Fascial Rebalancing proceeds with this balanced approach.

Along with the balancing effect of our approach, Fascial Rebalancing synergistically combines excellence in body mechanics along with attention to proper pressure, angle, and direction.

Body Mechanics

An essential aspect of Fascial Rebalancing is using the best possible body mechanics. Working with maximum ease and optimal alignment not only preserves the practitioner’s energy and structural integrity, but it also dramatically improves the results of your efforts. When you work with a compressed and rotated structure, it is all that much more difficult to help your client’s structure to decompress and de-rotate. By contrast when you are relaxed, long, and at ease when working, those same qualities will naturally translate directly into your client’s structure.

Pressure, Angle and Direction

One of the hallmarks of Fascial Rebalancing is the quality of touch used by practitioners. High importance is placed on working at just the right angle and depth, and in just the right direction. The pressure used is a perfect balance of assertive and receptive. The practitioner melts deeply into the fascial layers, all the while being sensitive, and “listening” to the tissues for cues as to how to proceed. This high emphasis on working with the right pressure, angle, and direction explains why people receiving the work often make statements such as, “Oh, that’s perfect! I’ve been waiting for someone to work EXACTLY like that, for years!”

Such an amazing course! I feel like a folded piece of paper that has been opened, framed and
completely balanced! Can’t wait to share this with everyone!!!

-Ashley Rae Dales RMT – Victoria, BC

The Fascial Rebalancing Protocol

In your practice you may choose to use a protocol or you may want to utilize the techniques in a freestyle approach.

The protocol comprises 10 sessions of 60 – 75 minutes each. However, clients may not want the full ten, in which case you can apply a single session, a three session protocol, or a seven session protocol. The first protocol, i.e. the first 3 sessions, are sufficient for many people, as significant whole-body balance can be achieved in as little as three sessions. Often however, people are inspired to continue with the next three, and sometimes the final three, to deepen and consolidate the changes.

Workshop Details

Fascial Rebalancing Level I
-a 2 day workshop-

Fascial Rebalancing Level I instructs in the first 3 sessions of the ten session protocol. The 3 session protocol covers the major fascial planes of the body and brings significant balance to the front – back, left – right, top – bottom, and inside – outside dimensions. In the first three sessions, the outer dimensions of the body are emphasized. The inner core dimensions are also addressed, but are emphasized more strongly in the Level II workshop.

Workshop highlights include:

  • Learn how gravity affects human structure, and how the body can be returned to a more balanced relationship with gravity.
  • Learn the theory of Fascial Rebalancing, and how to apply the method to rebalance the entire body.
  • Learn how to apply Fascial Rebalancing to address specific clients needs.
  • Discover how to work with greater ease, while simultaneously increasing your therapeutic effectiveness.
  • Develop a felt sense for deep connective tissue work.
  • Learn how to work in connective tissues rather than just on them.

The workshop runs from 8:30 am – 6 pm.

The mornings are dedicated to lecture, demonstration and discussion, about the session of the day. The morning session also includes a techniques training session with themes that vary from day to day.

In the afternoon session students pair up and exchange the session. Each student will give, and receive, a 90 minute session, the session of that day. During the exchanges the instructor will demonstrate each technique, and spends time with each student instructing and refining understanding, technique, body mechanics, as well as other aspects of the work, as needed.

Level 1 workshops are certified for the following CEU credits. For Levels 2 and 3, simply double the number of CEUs.

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CATA 6.4 CEUs

Alberta

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MTAA 16 Primary CE Credits

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RMTA 12 CE Credits

British Columbia

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CMTBC 8 PE/A1

New Brunswick

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ANBMT 16 c A CEUs

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NBMA/AMNB 16 c A CEUs

Newfoundland

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CMTNL 7 c A CEUs

Nova Scotia

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MTANS 8.5 Primary CEUs

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MTWPAM 16CEUs

Ontario

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CMTO 8 c A CEUs

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CCO18 Structured Hours

Fascial Rebalancing Level II
-a 4 day workshop-

Fascial Rebalancing Level II instructs in sessions 3 – 7 of the Fascial Rebalancing protocol. Building on and proceeding from the 3 session protocol, the next 4 sessions emphasizes the core dimensions of the body. The outer dimensions are also included, but the focus in on the core structures. Level II also gives further instruction on application of the method for whole-body rebalancing and specific client goals.

The workshop runs from 9 am – 5 pm. Each day covers one of the four sessions, e.g. day 1 will cover session 5, day 2 covers session 6, etc.

The mornings are dedicated to lecture, demonstration and discussion, about the session of the day. The morning session also includes a techniques training session with themes that vary from day to day.

In the afternoon session students pair up and exchange the session. Each student will give, and receive, a 90 minute session, the session of that day. During the exchanges the instructor will demonstrate each technique, and spends time with each student instructing and refining understanding, technique, body mechanics, as well as other aspects of the work, as needed.

Fascial Rebalancing Level III
-a 4 day workshop-

Fascial Rebalancing Level III instructs in sessions 8 – 10 of the Fascial Rebalancing 10 session protocol. Building on and proceeding from the 7 sessions, the next 3 sessions go one step further in terms of depth and balance. Deeper work is accomplished at both the surface and core levels, and whole-body balance is consolidated and brought to a higher level.

The workshop runs from 9 am – 5 pm. Each day covers one of the four sessions, e.g. day 1 will cover session 9, day 2 covers session 10, etc.

The mornings are dedicated to lecture, demonstration and discussion, about the session of the day. The morning session also includes a techniques training session with themes that vary from day to day.

In the afternoon session students pair up and exchange the session. Each student will give, and receive, a 90 minute session, the session of that day. During the exchanges the instructor will demonstrate each technique, and spends time with each student instructing and refining understanding, technique, body mechanics, as well as other aspects of the work, as needed.

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