Anatomy & Physiology for Breathwork Practitioners
This 2 part webinar is specially designed for breathwork practitioners to address the important anatomical, physiological, and safety issues involved in working with clients. It is part of the required curriculum for BBTR certification and the information covered will also benefit massage therapist, yoga teachers, and others in the healing professions.
- Anatomy & physiology of the pulmonary system – the lungs, airways, pulmonary arteries, veins and bronchial arteries.
- Anatomy & physiology of hypoventilation and hyperventilation and the difference of breathwork
- Important anatomical landmarks, energetics and muscular structures of the 7 "belts of tension" (ocular, oral, cervical, thoracic, diaphramic, abdominal, and pelvic segments).
- Basic neuroanatomy - central, peripheral, autonomic nervous system from a trauma perspective.
- The importance of the psoas muscle and its relationship to trauma.
- The fascia network.
- Conditions pertinent to safety, eg. contraindications, heart conditions, kidney conditions, etc.
Reichian Character Structures & Developmental Trauma
Wilhelm Reich is considered the Western originator of the science of Body Mind Psychotherapy. Reich explored how the early patterns of relating and attaching to others, if problematic, interrupted, or subject to trauma, can get “wired” into the brain and the body. These patterns form imprints in a person's posture, body shape and muscular development, and with it emotional and mental defences or adaptations towards life. This is what Reich called Characterology. This webinar is for anyone wanting an understanding of the formation of the 5 basic body types from the perspective of developmental trauma. There will be additional information provided on how to integrate that knowledge into working with people from a non-pathologizing character type perspective.
- The contributions of Reich, Alexander Lowen, and modern somatic psychology to the development of the Character Structure model
- Schizoid structure
- Oral structure
- Psychopathic structure
- Masochistic structure
- Rigid structure
Understanding Trauma: Our Body, Brain and Emotions
Traumatic events are unfortunately a part of nearly everyone's life. To be of most benefit to those we work with, we must understand the physiological & psychological effects of trauma. This series is is meant for anyone wanting to understand their own mind and body better, as well as those who work with people such as yoga teachers, therapists, body workers and breath therapists. It is part of the required curriculum for BBTRS students.
- Overview of different types of trauma (developmental, shock, simple vs complex PTSD, etc)
- Interpersonal neurobiology and physiology of trauma and attachment
- Interoception, exteroception, neuroception and proprioception
- Hypothalamis-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, opioids, and adrenal fatigue
- The polyvagal theory and the activation cycle of social engagement strategies, orienting, fight/flight, freeze/collapse and deactivation
- Manifestations of traumatic stress
- Trauma and memory
- Special attention will be paid to emotional and somatic disorders commonly seen among people suffering from trauma, e.g., addiction, anxiety, panic, phobia, anger, chronic pain, chronic stress, depression, dissociation, attention (ADD, ADHD), learning disabilities.