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Buckley, WA - Soma Summer Intensive - Craniofacial Harmony - Understanding Systemic Relationships
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00 AM to Sunday, July 15, 2018, 6:00 PM PDT
Category: National CE Courses


July 14 - July 15, 2018
9:00 am - 6:00 pm


The Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration
730 Gravity Way
Buckley, WA 98321


$300 per module

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Denise Foster Scott
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Soma Summer Intensive - Craniofacial Harmony - Understanding Systemic Relationships

Instructors: Jesse Guerrero LMT, Kelsi Giswold LMT, and Karen Bolesky MA, LMHC, LMT

Special Guest: Braden Giswold DDS, Neuromuscular Dentist

IASI CE Credits: 17 (2 Ethics)

Course Description:

Part of the Soma Summer Intensive - Explore the Diaphragms of the Body series. Take the trainings individually or as a series. The advanced trainings are open to all graduated Soma Neuromuscular Integration® practitioners, and, new this year, to all other Structural Integration practitioners as well. We are excited to offer our perspective and welcome the wider SI community into our school.

Is tongue posture affecting the structure of your clients’ mouth? How do allergies relate to forward head posture? Could these hidden details be the key to success in your patients with complex craniofacial disorders? Kelsi Giswold and Jesse Guerrero will guide you in an exploration of the structural ramifications of tongue and lip position, forward head posture, nose vs. mouth breathing, and TMJ pathologies seeking to deepen our understanding of intra-oral work. We will refine our palpation, assessment and treatment skills as well as learn specific movement education pieces that directly affect our clients. Important ethical considerations will be discussed for working in the mouth and nose as well. Our special guest Braden Giswold DDS is a successful Neuromuscular dentist with an emphasis in orthodontics, craniomandibular dysfunction, and sleep apnea treatment. He will help illuminate the anatomy and physiology of the jaw and face, the oral-systemic connection, and sleep breathing disorders. He and Kelsi will discuss the benefits and opportunities for working in conjunction with dentists and orthodontists.

Speaker Bios:

Karen L. Bolesky MA, LMHC, LMP, LAMP, Certified Advanced Practitioner: CAP, is the Director of the Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration® and has been working with Structural Integration for over 30 years. She has been a psychotherapist, and licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1975 with a broad scope of psychological and somatic training. In 1986 she became a practitioner and instructor of Soma Neuromuscular Integration® and has owned the Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration® since 1986. Part sage, witchdoctor, and rascal, she also directs the Somassage® workshops. The school and farm that she has created in Washington provide much insight into the rhythms of life and nature which she shares wisely with much tenacity and joy. She studied Gestalt therapy with the Polsters, grief therapy in death and dying with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, MD, and drawing interpretation with Gregg M. Furth, Ph.D. Her BA is in Fine Art and she uses drawing interpretation as a tool to enhance personal development. She learned nutrition and business practices by owning health food stores. Her powerful work with her clients and students, tapping their personal creativity and capacity to manifest their vision and wisdom, is aided by her own synthesis of the creative process and knowledge of somatic education. Karen has written a book entitled: Bony Landmarks - Making Somatic Connections.

Jesse Guerrero LMP, Certified Advanced Practitioner: CAP, has been in private practice since 2002. He began his connection with Soma Neuromuscular Integration® (SNI) when he received the Soma Series at the age of eight. Shortly thereafter, his Aunt, Karen Bolesky, took over the Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration®. He credits this work for helping him overcome severe asthma and rehabilitating multiple sports injuries and traumas. Through these experiences and years of watching students’ positive evolution, he was inspired to gain his SNI® certification. He has taught continuing education classes in Slovenia, Croatia, Oregon, and Washington to healthcare professionals and aspiring structural integrators. He is fascinated by all movement arts and has studied Somatics, 5-Rhythms, yoga, Pilates, Gyrokinesis, skateboarding, Aikido and Laban/Bartenieff fundamentals. He infuses this knowledge into every aspect of his teaching. He is a core faculty member at the Soma Institute. When Jesse is not teaching or running his practice he can usually be found roaming the landscape on a skate or snowboard or rummaging in the garden. www.risingbody.com

Kelsi Giswold BFA, LMP, Certified Advanced Practitioner: CAP, has been practicing Soma Neuromuscular Integration® (SNI®) since 2008 in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Before becoming an SNI® practitioner she received her Bachelor of Fine Art and freelanced as a graphic designer. Kelsi views the body with sensitivity and wonder and a profound appreciation for the powerful union of the mind, body, and spirit. She encourages her clients and students to be playfully engaged in their lives by being fully present in their bodies. Through her active lifestyle, Kelsi continually finds joy in physical expression and awareness – whether running, hiking, climbing, playing in her garden, skiing or traveling. She was a varsity rower in college, and has hiked, traveled, farmed and worked in South America, Europe, India, Japan, and Antarctica. A lifelong learner, Kelsi is constantly attending continuing education courses to deepen her understanding of the human body, mind, and spirit. She believes that curiosity and lifelong learning are the fuels of a creative and fulfilling life. www.kgiswold.net