This course will help you to develop your palpatory awareness of the connective tissue throughout the whole body, discover the secrets of the body’s structural tensegrity and explore how this can influence the treatment of your patients.
William Garner Sutherland advised us to “treat the spaces not the structures.” This course explores how to shift perspective to the spaces he described and how they are contained and connected via reciprocal tension throughout the body.
We will explore how to access awareness of these spaces through practical, palpation and sensory exercises throughout the course.
Lectures on the course present the latest research in the function of fascia, embryological development of the meninges and the extracellular matrix as an intelligent organ and relate these findings to insights prophesied by AT Still and WG Sutherland.
By the end of the course you will have a greater understanding of how the body organizes itself in response to the different forces, stresses and strains it encounters. This will help you gain insight how osteopathic treatment can engage with the intelligent connective tissue matrix in your patients.
- Introduction to the concept of Reciprocal Tension
- Reciprocal tension systems in the body as a whole
- Anatomy and clinical importance of the meninges
- The venous sinuses
- Embryology of the dura
- Physiology of fascia
- Reciprocal tension in the endocrine system
- Reciprocal tension and the 5 phenomena