Traditional Thai Reflexology

Thai foot reflexology is a marriage between the ancient healing arts of reflexology, Chinese tuina, Japanese shiatsu and Indian Ayurvedic yoga. Thai reflexology is easy and fun to learn and incorporate into your existing practice.

Integrated Restoration Technique – Ilial, Lumbar, and Thoracic Mobilization

Integrated Restoration Technique is a comprehensive approach toward treatment of soft tissue pain, dysfunction and sport performance utilizing the following: Structural assessment, Structural alignment, Myofascial Mobilization, Muscle Energy Technique and Russian medical massage.

Anatomy Trains – Structural Essentials: Head, Neck and Jaw

The neck is a remarkable feat of biomechanical engineering, giving a combination of wide range of movement but maintaining a structural strength. It is often seen as the last site of compensation as it corrects for any alteration from below allowing the eyes and ears to orient to the horizon.

Detoxifying Thai Herbal Massage

Participants will observe, learn and practice the art of massage with traditional the Thai Herbal Ball (herbal medicinal poultice) and how to perform a detoxifying hydrotherapy treatment using a portable steam unit.

Clinical Assessment for Massage Therapists

Learn how to integrate assessment for herniated discs, sciatica, shoulder, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee problems and more into your practices.

Restorative Muscle Techniques – Upper Body

Learn a deeper understanding of physical imbalances in the body. Throughout Restorative Muscle Techniques training, you understand how to gently and simply restore muscles that aren’t firing or that are over firing, bringing the body to balance.

Precision NMT for the Arm and Hand

A great number of people suffer with pain and discomfort in the muscles of the arm and hand. Many of these people are often frustrated with the care available to them; what they need is very thorough, careful, and precise treatment of the musculature. This takes both knowledge and time, something that makes Precision Neuromuscular Therapy an ideal intervention.

Precision NMT for the Shoulder

Attaining full scapular motion is crucial to attaining full range of motion of the humerus. Participants will also learn to measure and treat movement restrictions of the humerus using various testing and assessment techniques. PNMT treatment techniques are flexible in nature, highly targeted, effective and very efficient.

The Aspiration to Prevent Hip, Knee and Shoulder Replacements

Dale Alexander 2019

The established models for why knee, hip, and shoulder replacements occur do not include many relevant anatomical relationships that feed into these degenerations.

As Allied Health professionals we can’t help all, yet we can assist many more than we ever imagined if we have the comprehensive understanding and skill sets.

Dale Alexander strives to contribute to a foundation for us as a profession to build a commonly accepted model of how and why the progression of hip, knee and shoulder joint degeneration occurs and what we might do to stabilize its downward spiral. And, if identified in its early stages, the progression may even be reversed.

Dale believes this course pioneers an understanding of how we as allied health practitioners may contribute to people who desire to lead more full and active lives as they age. Identifying these 3 joint degenerations in their earlier stages is a necessary skill as is a willingness to encourage one’s clients to seek a full medical evaluation. And, Dale cautions potential participants that if they select to add these skills sets and understandings, they must be willing to fail. Most clients who seek you out in the beginning will be looking for a miracle. Sometimes this does occur. It’s quite exhilarating when it does. However, it is his considerable experience that assisting clients to make functional progress thus, delaying an eventual surgery or, sometimes even encouraging it happening sooner can be as satisfying as preventing it. Clients often feel like they have a new lease on a healthy life following a joint replacement and most often will work with you to assist their rehabilitation. As a result, long term therapeutic relationships are formed.

This is the pragmatic philosophy behind the title of the course.

See below for "Further explanation".

 

During this workshop you will learn: 

- The "Sacs and Tubes theory of Stress"

– The hip and shoulder have an innate evolutionary pre-disposition for subluxation

– To help the knee, one must begin with the hip

– The viscera must be mobilized to help the hips... the kinetic chain begins “inside”

– That there is a fascial linkage between the shoulders, hips, and knees

– That subcortical reflexes often exist beneath the surface of joint degenerations

– That attention to these relationships resolves many chronic low back conditions

– That infections & pathologies may lurk in the background of joint degeneration

– An assessment protocol for early detection of hip, knee, & shoulder degeneration

– How to counsel clients toward medical options

 

Techniques will be demonstrated and practiced that: 

– Assist the femoral and humeral heads to “recapture” their joint space and the femoral condyles to find their “tracking” in relationship to the tibial plateaus

– Assist the myofascial suspension and re-balancing of these and related joints

– Mobilize the related viscera which co-participate in these degenerations

– Mobilize the joints of the pelvis, lumbars, & cervical spine to assist in distribution of strain

– Reduce the systemic congestion which inevitably participates in such degenerations

 


 

Related articles by Dale Alexander

Inside-Out Paradigm - The Aspiration to Prevent Hip, Knee, & Shoulder Replacements.

Part 1

Part 2

 

The "Sacs and Tubes theory of Stress" Article

Dale Alexander

Dale G. Alexander Ph.D. MA, BSEd, L.M.T. has had a Clinical Massage Therapy practice in Key West, Fla. since 1980. He has specialized in addressing chronic somatic dysfunction throughout his career and was named the top CE Provider of 2016 by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education.

This course has organically grown out of Dale’s personal experience. In 1983 Dale and his step-son were hit head-on by a drunk driver. Both experienced orthopedic injuries. Dale’s right hip was shattered, the tibial plateaus were fractured, and his ankle broken along with additional facial and neck trauma.

An intrinsic understanding began to grow within his clinical awareness as more and more clients started to show up with varying degrees of hip, knee, and shoulder degeneration.

Registration Details & Options

The Aspiration to Prevent Hip, Knee, & Shoulder Replacements

Dates: October 19 - 20, 2019 (Saturday - Sunday)

Check-in: Saturday 8:30am - 9am.

Class Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm each day

CE: 16 hands-on CE - NCBTMB 055352-00

 

Payment Options

  1. Pay in full: $350
  2. Register by deposit: $150 (non-refundable). 
  • Balance due by end of class. Submit balance due: Here

* When paying in full, $150 is allocated as non-refundable deposit.

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    • Remaining balance is to be paid in full by the end of class.
    • Refunds can not be provided within 30 days of class.
    • In the event class is canceled all payments will be refunded in full.

 

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Further Explanation

Have been incredibly lucky In my life to have had exceptional teachers who laid a foundation for how to serve those with chronic dysfunction… and, now with even more gratitude to those clients who were divinely sent to me to further my education into comprehending “how the body really works.” Please note, that none of this is rocket science, once understood.

This may seem to be an “over top statement” yet, all of the above have oriented me toward the identifying the “common progressions of physiological and anatomic degradations during the aging process.”
My courses reflect a distillation of this understanding with specific themes…

All of us are living laboratories…

I am 66 at the time of this writing and have difficulties as all of do.

Accretion of trauma, illnesses, and ongoing stresses combine to present us with echoes that contribute to our present afflictions, whatever they may be. Most are not understood. I will add to your comprehension of them.

It is through understanding the anatomy and physiological relationships that truly are prioritized by our collective evolution as a species that we may enhance our capacity to serve our clients and patients… here I speak to all who use “hands on” as their primary or ancillary means to assist those who come to them:

  • LMT’s, AP’s, PT’s, DC’s, Movement Practitioners, Nurses, and DO’s

We can assist even more who seek our capacity to help them when we include the visceral organs into our conceptions of body mechanics, neurological function and blood flow.

Simply stated, the visceral organs have been left out of all Western Models of healing. Kudos to Acupuncture and Touch for Health practitioners for recognizing their hierarchal importance in evolutionary design. Our viscera are the 1st responders to trauma, illnesses and ongoing stress.

All of the visceral organs are slung forward down from the cranium and the front of the cervical vertebrae all the way to the pelvic floor. As their tensions increase, they pull on their osseous moorings displacing them and eventually the soft tissues step up to protect the involved joints.

Initially, it seems complex yet, with review of the anatomy, it becomes a simple organizational design. An artistic flow that has flaws yet, resiliency. We are fragile and we can re-boot our reserves. This is an essential question addressed in each course.

What has been missed is that our organ systems rule our body’s health. They cringe, they shorten, narrow, and even twist in response to trauma, illness, or ongoing stresses. This pulls our posture forward and down. It is not rocket science.

Compression, congestion, & dis-coordination of the autonomic nervous system are the x, y, z axes of functional thinking when assisting people with chronic dysfunction.

Myofascial tissues do only one thing… they contract… their contraction both produces motion or inhibits it. Our muscles our pumps for our fluids. When the soft tissues over-react to a joint slipping toward the edge of its normal range of

motion, they default to a “palace guard function of locking it down” and protecting the joint. Sadly, when this occurs, both the joint and they are starved of the nutrients, hormones, and oxygen that may revitalize them toward healing.

This is what people pay us for…to unlock these reflexive and primitive responses. Clients and patients do not comprehend this yet, it is our responsibility to understand the process as professional and educated healing practitioners.

“Until old blood moves out, new blood cannot get in."

Such a simple thesis yet, it took me 25 years to fully recognize this variable.  Crucial to assist any joint related dysfunction, including a degradation toward replacement of the hip, knee, or shoulder.

“On a moment to moment basis 70% of one’s blood is below the diaphragm”
This defines one of our most important therapeutic goals…  To facilitate blood flow back to the heart & lungs !

Let us remember the Starling Rule of the Heart…
The heart can only pump out what is has been received… an essential factor in any client who presents with chronic dysfunction and pain…ischemia anywhere produces pain!

The most important element is to stimulate systemic circulation…This is how we serve our clients in their desire to restore their quality of life.

Having had a few mentors who catalyzed my comprehension of body mechanics and how the Flexor / Extensor reflex system works. More than one assisted me to understand that the hip and shoulder have a predisposition to slip posterior and anterior respectively. And, that the esophagus has a compelling function of pulling the head down and forward.

Falling is our ancestral fragility as it is now. Injury resulting from falling form any height results in more reduction in our quality of life than any other common injury… The Shoulder and Hip are designed by evolution to give a bit to allow for a tuck & roll capacity during such an event to prevent cranial or spinal injury… It’s not rocket science

Osteopathic physicians over a century ago speculated that there was a fascial connection for the shoulder down through the pelvis extending all the way to the feet…They were correct… the simple inversion or eversion of the foot/ankle complex so often keeps us from experiencing significant injury yet, subcortical reflexes are often activated that perpetuate in low back (sciatic), cervical or additional radicular chronic presentations…

Comprehending these relationships will assist you to help your clients on a daily basis.

Am aware that I may not live long enough to fully disseminate what I have learned throughout my career yet, do wish to influence and pass on as much as I can… my teachers were committed to this premise as am I.

- Dale Alexander

Future Courses outlined: Each adds to your comprehension of “how the body really works”

  • Freeing the Heart: Releasing the Body’s Central Linkage
  • Cervical Stenosis and Mobilizing the Shoulder
  • Resolving Low Back Dysfunction & Pain
  • Visceral Mobilization

Accommodations

For overnight accommodation near Heal Center, we recommend visiting the following link featuring most convenient and likely most reasonably priced local hotels.  Based on previous experience we recommend the following:

Comfort Inn:  Located directly across the street from the Heal Center. Walking Distance to many food options, including whole foods.

Hampton Inn. 1.7 miles from Heal Center and very close to the Dunwoody MARTA station, a direct line to the airport. Recommended for quality and convenience. Inquire about shuttle service to and from class.

Anatomy Trains in Structure and Function

In this exciting course you will learn about the myofascial tissue and its many roles in the body. You will begin to appreciate how the body incorporates the Anatomy Train Lines to create easy and graceful movement – provided they are in some form of balance and harmony; restriction or weakness in one section can have many compensatory effects elsewhere.