Structural and Subtle Alignment Therapy for Specific Conditions

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Structural and Subtle Alignment Therapy for Specific Conditions has just been approved for CEU's by the CMTO-College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

Subtle & Structural Alignment Therapy

SAT ensures reduced activation of the sympathetic and increased activation of the parasympathetic nervous system by working toward constant optimal alignment.

For body workers and manual therapists including registered massage therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors seeking a wonderful skills expansion to complement their current practice, and for yoga instructors or experienced yoga students seeking an entry point into a therapeutic career, Integrated Health Yoga Therapy (http://www.ihyt.org/) is offering workshops in Structural and Subtle Alignment Therapy.

CMTO-College of Massage Therapists of Ontario has just approved Structural and Subtle Alignment Therapy modules for CEU’s.

Registration is now open for courses starting in 2015.

The Structural and Subtle Alignment Therapy (SAT) offers leading-edge bio-mechanical and subtle-body integration, preparing students for a rewarding career in yoga-based therapeutic body-energy work. The workshops take place at IHYT’s Hamilton Ontario location and can be used toward the 200 Hours Structural and Subtle Alignment Therapy Certification or 380 Hours Structural Alignment Manual Therapist Certification. For detailed information on scheduling, lodging, tuition, facilities, and more go to http://www.ihyt.org/#!structural-alignment-therapy/c1k6g. A strong knowledge of yoga poses is recommended for enrollment, and yoga teaching certification is recommended but certainly not mandatory.

The Structural and Subtle Alignment Therapy is based on and evolved from the Universal Principles of Alignment™ of Anusara Yoga - a hatha yoga system that emphasizes therapeutic alignment with the highest intention of yoga: to align with the Divine.

SAT begins with an empowering attitude toward life and an intention to get at the roots of physical issues and provide long-term solutions. A large part of the therapeutic nature of yoga involves tapping into the parasympathetic nervous system (repair, healing, digestion, memory, etc.) while reducing activation of the sympathetic nervous system (fight/flight/freeze). However even yoga postures, done improperly, can actually increase activation of the sympathetic nervous system. The SAT program, meanwhile, addresses this issue by examining the biomechanical/muscoskeletal system’s functionality both in terms of yoga practice and daily posture and movements, ensuring reduced activation of the sympathetic and increased activation of the parasympathetic nervous system by working toward constant optimal alignment.

A great example demonstrating SAT’s efficacy is a man feeling knee pain who opts for massage but finds only temporary relief, then starts attending a yoga class but again finds the knee pain returns after a few days. The reason for this is likely that both in his daily movements and the yoga stretches, there is something off in the angle of his feet or thighs or pelvis causing excessive torque on certain ligaments and tendons, creating a response that constantly activates the sympathetic nervous system.    SAT, meanwhile, provides a level of analytical specificity and knowledge allowing therapists to work slowly, patiently, and communicatively with each unique client to achieve long-term optimal alignment. Part of what the SAT workshops cover is this communication with clients, ensuring that therapists can translate biomechanical theory into language they can understand and give them a user-friendly home practice where they are equipped to take a life-long awareness of optimal alignment off the mat and into their daily lives.

The workshops/certifications are split into 3 Modules: Module 1, Therapeutic Principles of Alignment with Karen Claffey (5 Day, July 19-23 2015), Module 2, Advanced Anatomy and Orthopedic Conditions with Diana Perez (8 day, TBA, 2015), and Module 3, Structural and Subtle Alignment Therapeutics with Karen Claffey (8 Day, TBA, 2015). Coursework includes examination of the subtle body’s correlations to health and dis-ease, Universal Principles of Alignment™, effective therapeutic touch techniques for manual adjustments, how to conducts clients interviews, and for each segment of the body, diagnostics, biomechanics, hands-on adjustments, healing respective injuries and pain, useful yoga postures and exercises, therapeutics and modifications in a wide range of postures, as all as client self-maintenance. For more information on the coursework involved in each module go to http://www.ihyt.org/#!structural-alignment-therapy/c1k6g (Curriculum). Module 1 must be completed prior to Module 2, and both Modules 1 and 2 prior to Module 3.

Structural and Subtle Alignment Therapy can be used as a stand-alone practice or as a highly effective complement to various forms of massage and yoga therapy. For those seeking to expand the boundaries of their current body worker or manual therapist practice or for an entry point into a therapeutic career, Structural and Subtle Alignment Therapy cuts to the heart of IHYT’s integration of ‘science’ and ‘the subtle’, of evidence-based practical techniques with the ‘inside-out’ wisdom of ancient yogic tradition. For IHYT’s wide range of other trainings, certifications, and workshops, go to http://www.ihyt.org/#!training-programs/cnnj.

About Integrated Health Yoga Therapy
IHYT is a yoga therapy school for a wide range of health professionals whose practices might benefit from the skill-sets and philosophy underlying therapeutic yoga. Yoga therapy is becoming more and more recognized and utilized by the medical-scientific community as a safe and effective complementary therapy and treatment in a wide range of conditions. IHYT offers a carefully selected curriculum of evidence-based educational programs taught by faculty who are leaders in their respective fields, as outlined on our website at http://www.ihyt.org/

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