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Buckley, WA - Soma Summer Intensive - Uncaging the Ribs - the Tensegrity of Breath
Saturday, August 11, 2018, 9:00 AM to Sunday, August 12, 2018, 6:00 PM PDT
Category: National CE Courses


August 11 - August 12, 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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Uncaging the Ribs - the Tensegrity of Breath

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

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.

How do the ribs rotate? How does the ribcage dictate the movement of the thoracic spine? How do we work with Asthmatics within the physical and emotional material that arises from the chest? Together the respiratory diaphragm and ribcage guide the spinal dynamics of the thoracic curve, encase the vital organs of the lung and heart, govern our sense of self and space, and are moved by the vital lumbo-dorsal hinge. Although our thoracic body contains 38 joints and various highly mobile connective tissues, we often do not account for the specific elements that allow the tensegrity of these structures to inspire. Jesse Guerrero will guide us through specific work with the respiratory diaphragm including ideas for rib/facet release, sternoclavicular work, breathwork, and breathing assessment along with upper psoas, abdominal visceral and lung release. Karen Bolesky, Soma Institute director and Soma practitioner of over 30 years, will share her insights regarding the diaphragms and stability as well as perspective on the possible impacts and goals achievable through advanced diaphragm work.

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

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