5-Day Summer Study in Functional Awareness®: Anatomy in Action

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$300 if registered before May 1.
($400 after May 1)

​Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27, 2018
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Towson University
Center for the Arts

Overall Learning goals:

Honor Individual Differences to Discover Movement Potential

Enhance knowledge of movement function

Understand strategies for movement efficiency

Obtain tools to improve dynamic alignment

Learn specific strategies of psychophysical self-care

Practice visual, tactile, and verbal cueing to enhance movement potential

Practice discourse to integrate and apply daily knowledge to one’s self and one’s teaching, guiding, or therapeutic practices

Day 1: Investigations in Embodied Anatomy, Postural Assessment, Skeletal Properties

The Participant will…

  • Identify all the articulating bones in the human skeleton
  • Learn/review basic anatomical terms, types of joints
  • Recognize the role of daily movement habits on chronic pain
  • Identify the skeletal features of the spine, characteristics of the vertebrae
  • Comprehend the relationship of the transversospinalis and psoas to posture
  • Apply an understanding of common spinal conditions to their implications on balance and movement potential
  • Implement practical skills to analyze and coach towards a more balanced postural alignment in standing
    • Alignabod as tool to develop skills for seeing the considerations in postural balance
  • Practice verbal cuing to guide others towards balanced alignment
  • Identify applications to daily life and to professional practice work


Day 2: The Pelvis: The Conduit from Torso to Legs

The Participant will…

  • Identify the skeletal landmarks of the pelvis and learn teaching practices to facilitate pelvic neutral in standing
  • Explore visual and embodied practice to comprehend the musculature structure supporting the pelvis
  • Recognize the affect of habit on stabilizing or mobilizing the pelvis in action
  • Embodied practice to release the the muscles of the hip in order to recruit efficiently in semi-supine and standing
  • Learn visual, proprioceptive, and tactile tools to restore towards balance
  • Identify applications to daily life and to professional practice work


Day 3: The Breathing Mechanism and Core Support

The Participant will…

  • Learn visual, proprioceptive, and tactile approaches to deepen one’s understanding of the breathing mechanism
  • Recognize habitual breathing patterns through a nonjudgmental approach
  • Identify the muscular considerations during breathing and the relationship of breath in core or central support
  • Understand the role of the psoas muscle & the pelvic floor in breathing and postural/core support
  • Practice exercises and movement explorations to improve central/core support for both stability and resiliency in action
  • Identify applications to daily life and to professional practice work


Day 4: Factors of Balance and the Foot, Ankle, and Knee

The Participant will…

  • Learn four systems that contribute to balance
  • Identify the articulating bones of the foot and ankle and the importance of cortical mapping for expanded stability and mobility for balance
  • Identify the primary bony landmarks and ligaments of the knee, in order to develop a cortical mapping for greater efficiency of movement
  • Deepen a sensory understanding of the relationship of foot, knee, and leg for standing leg balance
  • Learn the phases of gait
  • Recognize personal factors of habit on gait/walking
  • Learn visual, proprioceptive, and tactile practices to realign the leg and foot for improved stability in standing & walking
  • Practice embodied anatomy explorations to improve dynamic alignment for one’s self and students
  • Identify applications to daily life and to professional practice work


Day 5: Factors of Expressivity and Stability of the Arm Structure

The Participant will…

  • Identify the arm and hand joints
  • Identify and experience the biomechanical distinctions of the glenohumeral joint and the scapula
  • Examining the relationship of the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, back, head, and feet
    • Loadbearing (i.e. Table Top, Plank)
    • Non-loadbearing (hands on another, hands on a computer, pen.
  • Learn practices for improving tactile listening
  • Examine the relationship of the trapezius, the latissimus dorsi, and pectoralis major as both stabilizing muscles and mobilizing muscles for the body
  • Explore the resilient nature of the spine & its function in rotation, spirals, and twists
  • Identify applications to daily life and to professional practice work
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$300 if registered before May 1.
($400 after May 1)