TOUCH TO INFORM SEMINARS
A FULL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
a Feldenkrais® Model for Sensory Learning
Continuing Education Programs for educators, coaches and therapists (LMTs) using concepts and practical applications from The Feldenkrais Method® developed by Bonnie Kissam, M.A. in Dance/Education, LMT, Feldenkrais Practitioner/Assistant Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist, FL Lic #36256. Florida CE Provider # 50-1980, NCBTMB Provider # 452056-12
- Think of the skeleton as support and a useful tool for reducing muscular tension.
- Use improved breathing capacity for improving lifelong posture.
- Use a synergistic integrated view of muscular patterns to guide your massage.
Call941.360.2248 to register for individual seminars
Register online: Register through Calendar (early registration honored)
Go to date of Seminar and follow to bottom of page.
FEES: Each Seminar varies. Early registration is available.
We understand that unplanned issues can come up. We offer full credit for another seminar if you cancel up to 10 days before the Seminar; 50% credit if you need to cancel less than 3 days before. Thanks for your understanding.
One receives a Certificate of Completion once one participates in 90 hours of Seminars. Repeating Seminars costs half of full price and counts for half in hours towards Certificate. The last two Seminars are required.
“Loved Bonnie’s teaching style. It was informative, compassionate, intelligent.!” A very happy student.
LEVEL I. Introduction Seminars (2 CEs)
- Viva la Breathing / The Feldenkrais® Model
- Freeing the Neck and Shoulders/ The Feldenkrais® Model
- Regaining a Flexible Spine – protecting the lower back.
We prefer you experience an Introductory Seminar before enrolling in others.
LEVEL II. One Day seminars (6 CEs)
- Moving from and through Your Core:
- The Four Corners/Diagonals – Your Walking Engine
- Moving from and through your FEET
- Soft Hands/Eyes, Easy Neck/Shoulders
” I loved learning a new way of helping my body balance and function; thank you so much for your kindness and knowledge.” CB
LEVEL III. Two plus day seminars – Clinical Applications
(15 CEs each) Fri. Evening – Sunday
- Lifelong AGILITY: A Feldenkrais Model/Lower Extremities
- Release Your Jaw: A Feldenkrais® Model/Upper Extremities
“I enjoy how my body and subconscious allow me to learn in a more integrated way; each class brings a new level of learning.” Ann
“I really enjoyed learning to stand on my ‘own two feet’ again and the many years of wisdom and caring for the participants.” SD
LEVEL IV. Three day Advanced Seminars
(pre-request of 24 hours from other seminars)
- For Better Balance Part I Planes of Action
- For Better Balance Part II Prevent Falling — thru —
FEE: per Seminar. Costs will vary according to when, where and time of registration. Early registration fees are available.
2018 – 2019 Schedule
Projected –dates or places might change
WEEKENDS in ORLANDO! projected
March 8-10 CORE WEEKEND: (Total 14 CEs)
May 3-5 WALKING WEEKEND: (Total 14 CEs)
July 26-28 Release Your Jaw, Your Voice, Your Whole Self
Weekends In St. Petersburg, FL TBA
Weekends In Sarasota, FL Ionie’s 1241 Fruitville
October 19-21, 2018 Level IV Better Balance I Friday Eve. Saturday, Sunday (15 CEs for LMTs)
November 16-18, 2018 CORE WEEKEND: (Total 14 CEs)
November 16 6:30-9:00 pm Viva La Breathing (Intro) 2 CEUs for LMTs November 17, 9:30-5:00 Moving from and Through your CORE (6 CEs for LMTs) November 18 9:30-5:00 Soft Eyes/Hands, easy neck and Shoulders
February 8-10, 2019 WALKING WEEKEND: (Total 14 CEs)
February 8, 2019 Freeing Your Neck and Shoulders(Intro)2 CEUs for LMTs 6:30-9:00 February 9 9:30-5:00 Your Walking Engine, Finding Diagonals (6 CEs for LMTs) February 10 9:30-5:00 Moving from and Through your FEET (6 CEs for LMTs)
April 5-7 Regain-Maintain – Lifelong Agility Friday Eve. Saturday, Sunday (15 CEs for LMTs)
May 31-June2 2019 Release Your Jaw, Your Voice, Your Whole Self Friday Eve. Saturday, Sunday (15 CEs for LMTs)
Co-teacher, Co-collaborator of TOUCH TO INFORM Seminars is Nikki Rollason, Feldenkrais Practitioner in Miami, FL.
Nikki Rollason lives, dances and practices in Miami, Florida. She received her BFA in dance at the New World School of the Arts and graduated from the Feldenkrais Institute’s Manhattan professional training program (2001). She has performed with the Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble and Houlihan and Dancers and collaborated on projects with Joanne Barrett, Clifton Childree, Kristin O’Neal and Naomi Fisher. Nikki looks forward to collaborating with TOUCH TO INFORM Seminars in 2017.
DESCRIPTIONS of each Seminar:
Level I, Two hour Introductory Seminars
2 CEs CEBroker & NCBTMB
(Intro) Viva la Breathing/A Feldenkrais® Model # 20-301455
Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc. created various breathing lessons. He used the action of breathing to bring attention to and shifts to the muscular holding patterns of the rib cage and diaphragm area. A fully functionally aligned spine/rib cage supports breathing while exploring different ways to breath supports alignment. In this seminar, participants will learn ways to engage themselves and their clients with sensory awareness skills that expand the torso for lifelong balanced posture. Many useful practical applications.
Our head follows our eyes. Our shoulders are connected to head movement while our spine and skeleton supports our head. Using neurological concepts from The Feldenkrais® Method, participants will develop skills that indirectly quiet excessive tension in the muscles of the neck and shoulders so that the head is freer to move – and the shoulders feel more supple.
(Intro) Regaining a Flexible Spine/A Feldenkrais® Model protecting the lower back. # 20-301458
Movement requires an ‘even’ give and take between opposing muscles, the agonists and antagonists. When one set of muscles stays tight, then fluid, easy movement disappears. Efficient functional movement of the spine requires ‘even’ muscular tonus between the flexor and extensor muscles of the torso and an ‘even’ distribution of effort throughout the action. This requires mobilization of the thoracic spine.
Level II Day Long SEMINARS
6 CEs with CE Broker and NCBTMB
Support from one’s skeletal system can create more ease in everyday activities. If a person intentionally initiates movement from the pelvis, workload in the low back is reduced and the whole neuromuscular system works with less muscular demands.
Participants will be able to perceive clearly muscles that interfere with easy fluid action either by overworking or underworking. They will demonstrate skills that can help their clients fine-tune the neuromuscular relationship between pelvis, spine, and torso for reaching, sitting and standing.
Soft Eyes/Hands, Easy Neck/Shoulders A Feldenkrais Model
The relationship between the eyes and neck and hands and shoulders are profound example of how one can work indirectly. Using knowledge of how the nervous system develops patterns helps one develop strategies to quiet old patterns in the hands and create new possibilities for the shoulders. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of how the support from the pelvis/skeleton allows the shoulders to rest. They develop a keen awareness to how softening the grip in hands or softening eyes can ease the shoulders and neck. They develop skills that can create shifts in the use of eyes and hands that will ease tension in the neck and shoulders and the neck and shoulders of others.
Your Walking Engine – Working with the diagonals a Feldenkrais® Model
The torso of the human body, the area between the arms and legs, is often considered the ‘engine’ for walking. The large muscles that surround the torso are designed to optimize one’s posture, coordination and balance. However, when one fears falling, these muscles tighten and often remain held in a habitual state of tension. The more this state of fear/tension remains, the less the torso — the engine for our balance and our walking — gets used.
Participants discover their walking ‘engine’ through awareness to where the four corners of one’s torso are in space and how they move, or don’t move, to maintain balance and posture. They will develop skills to balance flexors and extensors and broaden their ability to support a client’s ability to regain a strong and flexible organization for walking and other daily activities.
Moving from and through Your FEET a Feldenkrais® Model
Hidden postural habits can affect FEET and ankles. Hidden holdings in FEET and ankles can affect posture. Participants will demonstrate the ability to help their clients sense subtle changes in movements of FEET and how it can improve their ability to move with more comfort and ease overall. They will also fine-tune their ability to change posture to support FEET/legs working more effectively. How familiar are you with the 26 bones, 33 joints, and numerous muscles and nerve endings in each foot? Participants will be able to describe or demonstrate the relationship between posture, balance and movements and what FEET have to do with it. They will demonstrate several options for movement in FEET, toes and ankles, to help not only FEET but also posture.
Level III Two plus Day SEMINARS
15 CEs with CE Broker and NCBTMB
Lifelong Agility A Feldenkrais® Model/ lower extremities
This course is designed to offer LMTs practical clinical strategies from the Feldenkrais Method®, for their clients with low back, spine, hip and knee difficulties in bending, standing and sitting. The focus is on how to make clients more agile. Agility means being able to move easily in any direction. This requires good balance, a brain that senses whole body action, easy joints and an even give and take between flexors and extensors of all muscles working in synergistic patterns.
Licensed Massage Therapists will be able to:
- View tension in muscles as part of a muscular pattern, in the Brain Map
- Look and work indirectly to a problem area.
- Use awareness and movement of bones to find space between joints
- Find support and improved balance and thus functional ability.
- Use TOUCH TO INFORM to support clients in developing long term health
Release Your Jaw, Your Voice, A Feldenkrais® Model/upper extremities
This course is designed to offer LMTs practical strategies from the Feldenkrais Method®, to complement techniques used for those with head, neck, shoulder and jaw joint discomforts. Participants will explore how to use a client’s nervous system to help even and then modulate muscle tone, use the skeleton as support, view muscle tension as part of a habitual pattern for an action and develop skills to interrupt those patterns. Moshe Feldenkrais, D. Sc., a revolutionary thinker about neuro-muscular connections and movement pattern formations. He developed a method that demonstrates that through fine tuned variations to one’s habitual actions, even deeply rooted patterns such as clenching one’s teeth, can be changed. Attention is focused relationally to the jaw joint, with movement explorations of the breath, the eyes, the tongue and voice along with postural support for head, neck and shoulders.
Licensed Massage Therapists will be able to demonstrate an ability to:
- Identify physiological response to fear noticing muscle tensions.
- View tension in muscles as part of a muscular pattern, held in the Brain Map
- Identify many possible interruptions to jaw tightening including held intercostal muscles and abdominal muscles, as well as increased use of the eyes, throat, and voice.
- Demonstrate the ability to pause and connect with clients through inquiry and curiosity.
- Demonstrate an ability to use TOUCH TO INFORM
Level IV – TOUCH TO INFORM Seminars
Pre-requisites of 24 previous hours from TTI Seminars
Better Balance Through Walking
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Part B –
Created by: Bonnie Kissam, M.A. in Dance/Education, LMT, Feldenkrais Practitioner/Assistant Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist, FL Lic # 36256.