Dural Membranes: Free the Deep Back Line 

Friday, March 26, 2021, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Session Description 

The dural membranes which lay within the cranium and spinal canal function as a dynamic bio-tensegrity unit. Using Tom Myers' rules of the road for myofascial meridians, we can see that the dural membranes transmit force along a series of body segments. transmit force along coordinated vectors, and contain muscular units (eye muscles, sub occipitals and - by extension - the pubococcygeus muscle). We'll review the anatomy of the dural layer: its cranial, spinal and sacral attachments. Finally we'll explore assessment and treatment methods for the dura at the head, neck, thoracic and lumbar. Modest discussion of mechanical trauma and birth patterns will be in the handout; covered in class as time allows.



Lauren Christman
Crafted Touch

Richard Polishuk

Along with my husband, Richard Polishuk, LMT/Aston Patterning Practitioner, I have presented at the first IASI conference in Bellevue, WA (2004); the last IASI conference in Vancouver, WA (2018); and the Massage Therapy Research Foundation, Seattle, WA (2011). We've been teaching bodywork since 1995 (Lauren)/1989 (Richard), at the entry and advanced levels, here in the US (both) and in England and Italy (Lauren). This includes Structural Integration, Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Mobilization and working with infants/children in these modalities.

We teach a series of classes, developed by Richard, Myofascial Balancing, our approach to structural bodywork combined with essential elements of orthopedic work. We wrote a chapter on Structural Bodywork/Myofascial Release in the book Integrative Pain Management, published by Handspring in 2016.



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