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This is an advanced class that uses a slightly different paradigm by working extensively with the brain parenchyma rather than mainly on cranial bones and membranes.
It trains practitioners to address very specific structures and physiology of the brain and spinal cord. The body often aligns itself around these precise structures and they are frequently unaddressed key/primary tissue restrictions. This work requires perceptual skills to address tissue microstructures, and we will have specific exercises in the class to help build up these skills.
This class will propose different ways to release these structures, and once learned, you will understand how these structures are repeatedly one of the most important and yet least often addressed component of somatic dysfunctions.
For that reason, the techniques you will learn in this class can probably help most of your patients, but it will specifically help any brain and spinal related pathologies including closed head injury, whiplash, headaches, dyslexia, cerebral palsy, cognitive behavioral dysfunctions, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, post-meningitis syndrome, post-polio syndromes, birth difficulties or trauma, feeding difficulties, etc.
I know that the normal brain lives, thinks, and moves within its own specific membranous articular mechanism." - Sutherland WG, "The Cranial Bowl", Free Press, First Edition, 1939, reprint 1994, pp 51.
24 hours for numerous professions
Identify and access very precise areas of the brain that hold primary lesions and trauma
Explore methods for dealing with tissue trauma and cellular fear
Discover techniques to help release restrictions in more than 20 brain nuclei, including the corpus callosum, fornix, thalamus, amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus, pituitary and substantia nigra
Gain techniques for fluid dynamics and nuclei related to the ventricular fluid system, lateral, 3rd and 4th ventricles and central canal of the spine
Learn a gentle and respectful technique to release the whole brain and spinal cord parenchyma
Discover the suggested protocol for brain and spinal cord dysfunctions
4 years clinical practice, strong preparation in neuroanatomy, good proprioception, being able to use a subtle touch and one of the following classes or class combinations:
Lymph Drainage Therapy 3 (LDT3)
LDT Applications to Viscera (LDV1)
Lymph Drainage Therapy 2 (LDT2) + Lymphatic Fluid Articular Release (LFAR)
SomatoEmotional Release 1 (SER1)
CranioSacral Therapy 2 (CST2) + Heart Centered Therapy 1 (HCT1)
Visceral Manipulation 3 (VM3)
Visceral Manipulation 4 (VM4)
Neural Manipulation 4 (NM4)
Mechanical Link 3 (ML3)
Or any combination of 3 different classes in one of the following curriculum: LDT, CST, VM/NM or ML curriculi (except dissection classes).
Advanced practitioners with significant training and clinical experience in neuroanatomy and refined/fluid techniques may be eligible to take this workshop without pre-requisite classes.
If you think you may qualify, please fill up the "Application for Exception" to be submitted to the developer.
The Reason for the prerequisite combinations
The brain is a delicate and sentient structure. It is important to have advanced skills for this class, heightened sensitivity, and in-depth knowledge.
The brain is an interface between structure and function, its structures are extremely sensitive and conscious. The clarity of the practitioner has an important effect on the treatment and response of the brain tissue. The practitioner must be able to hold a pure space to safely and successfully do this work.
This is why we have included dialoguing classes in some of our prerequisites and strongly recommend taking a dialoguing class to enhance your practice as well as your personal growth, even if you have already qualified without these classes. Your dialoguing skills will be especially important in B3 when we work with the Autonomic Nervous System.
The Dialoguing class Brain students have found most helpful is Heart Centered Therapy. There are elements of Heart Centered Therapy (HCT) that are important to know as you connect to brain tissue. HCT is a non-invasive modality that allows the practitioner to create a safe and sacred space and connect from the resonance field of their "heart". It prepares the practitioner to be an objective, compassionate witness to the process of patient-client. It empowers the facilitator to clear the emotional and spiritual component of trauma that may still be held in the tissue as well as the related dissonant patterns held by the family, ancestral and cultural lineage. These skills and principles have supported and imprinted this work and inherently enable us to more deeply understand the importance of a loving, respectful and conscious touch.
Advance study of anatomy is required.
It is of utmost importance that you prepare for this class as far in advance as possible. Many students feel it is never too early to begin the study of neuroanatomy structures.
This DVD will show you structures such as the ventricular system, the brain parenchyma; the major components (nuclei) of the brain and spinal cord including: corpus callosum, fornix, thalamus, putamen, globus pallidus, caudate nucleus, amygdaloid bodies, hippocampus, mamillary bodies, red nucleus, substantia nigra, pituitary, hypothalamus, cerebellum and associated nuclei, cauda equina, conus medullaris, filum terminale internum and externum.
You will be spending class time reviewing specific areas of the central nervous system. You therefore need to pay particular attention to the anatomy (and physiology) of the brain and spinal cord along with the central nervous system as you prepare for class.
For this class it is more important to know the 3 dimensional location of a brain stucture and its relationship to the surrounding structures, than its classical described physiology.
It is recommended that you review some books such as "Netter's Atlas of Human Neuroscience" (see list of references below).
We have provided a list of terms below you need to study before attending this course.
It is very important for you to be familiar with the following words and concepts.
Be sure you understand the following words and, as applicable, know precisely where these structures are located in the body.
All cranial bones, meninges and associated structures
Structure and physiology of brain ventricles: frontal horn, temporal horn, occipital horn, central part, interventricular foramen of Monro, optic recess, interthalamic adhesion, aqueduct of Sylvius, foramen of Luschka, foramen of Magendie, choroid plexus of lateral, third and fourth ventricles, and central canal of the spinal cord
Major structures of the brain, including: corpus callosum, septum pellucidum, indusium griseum, fornix, thalamus, pulvinar, interthalamic adhesion, putamen, nucleus accumbens, globus pallidus, lentiform nucleus, caudate nucleus, basal ganglia, Internal capsule, External capsule, clastrum, limbic system, amygdala, hippocampus, mamillary bodies, brain stem, hindbrain, medulla oblongata, pons, diencephalon, mesencephalon, cerebellum and associated nuclei (fastigial, globose, emboliform, dentate), red nucleus, substanta nigra, pituitary (hypophysis), hypothalamus and its numerous nuclei, pineal(epiphysis), locus ceruleus, colliculus and geniculate bodies.
Astrocyte, oligodendrocyte, microglia, ependyma, organelles, cell membrane, cytoplasm, nucleus, centriole (centrosome/basal bodies), Golgi apparatus or Golgi complex, ribosome (ribonucleoprotein), Endoplasmic reticulum (ER), mitochondria, granule/vesicle/vacuole, microfilaments (actin filaments), intermediate Filaments, microtubules, extracellular matrix (ground substance) (You can use "Silent Waves" Part 6, Chapter 3 as a reference for this topic).
Be sure you are familiar with the following pathologies: closed-head injuries, whiplash, dyslexia, cerebral palsy, cognitive behavioral dysfunctions, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's.
List of words from the Netter's Atlas of Human Neuroscience
Be familiar with the brain structures from each of the following pages:
Netter's Atlas of Human Neuroscience First Edition (Second edition in parenthesis):
Page 7 (page 6-7): The different cells of the CNS: Astrocyte, oligodendrocyte, microglia, ependyma
Page 23 (page 34): Insula
Page 25 (page 37-38): Corpus callosum: genu, body, splenium; cingulate gyrus, pituitary, interthalamic adhesion, pineal, cerebellum, medulla oblongata
Page 27 (page 40): Olfactory bulb, pituitary, mammilary bodies, red nucleus, substantia nigra, splenium of corpus callosum
Page 29 (page 46): Ventricles, thalamus, putamen, globus pallidus, lentiform nucleus, caudate nucleus, external and internal , capsule, claustrum, insula
Page 30 (page 47): Corpus callosum, indusium griseum
Page 31 (page 48): Corpus callosum, medial and lateral longitudinal striae
Page 32 (page 50): Corpus callosum, mammilary bodies, fornix, columns and commissure of fornix, hippocampus, thalamus, putamen, globus pallidus, caudate nucleus, amygdale
Page 33 (page 51): Corpus callosum, fornix, hippocampus, pineal gland
Page 34 (page 52): Thalamus, interthalamic adhesion, mediodorsal nuclei (MD)
Page 36 (page 56): Cerebellum, cerebellar nuclei: fastigial, globose, emboliform, dentate
Page 43 (page 68): Ventricular system: frontal horn, temporal horn, occipital horn, central part, interventricular foramen of Monro, optic recess, interthalamic adhesion, aqueduct of Sylvius, third and fourth ventricles, lateral recess, foramen of Magendie, foramen of Luschka, choroid plexus of lateral, third and fourth ventricles
Page 44 (page 70): Cerebellum, thalamus, pituitary, pineal
Page 45 (page 73): CSF and ventricular system
Page 77 (page 128): Foramen of Monro, aperture of Luschka and Magendie
Page 177-178 (page 261-263): Hypothalamus
Page 190 (page 288): Nucleus accumbens
Page 191 (page 290,417): Amygdala
Page 208 (page 318,382-383): Substantia nigra
Page 258 (page 257,380): Cerebellar nuclei: fastigial, globose, emboliform, dentate
Page 265-269 (page 262,390-394): Hypothalamus
Page 282 (page 404-405,407): Anterior, preoptic and posterior nuclei of the hypothalamus
If Needed, Other in-Depth Resources
"Atlas of Anatomy", Thieme, Head and Neuroanatomy, ISBN: 978-1-58890-441-6
"Color Atlas of Human Anatomy, Vol. 3, Nervous System and Sensory Organs", Thieme, ISBN: 978-1-58890-0647
"Neuroanatomy, 3-D Stereoscopic Atlas", M. Hirsch, T. Kramer, Springer Ed, ISBN: 3-540-65998-6
"The Human Brain", John Nolte, Mosby, ISBN: 978-0-323-01320-8
"Neuroanatomy, Text and Atlas", John Martin, Appleton & Lange Ed ISBN: 0-8385-6694-4
If you use the 4th edition of "Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy" you should specifically review plates 102-127 (formerly 96-121) and 160-170 (formerly 153-162).
If you need a plastic brain model to help you assimilate these anatomical structures, Dr. Chikly recommends a 15-part, life-size model that is made of SOMSO Plast.