Forum 21 - April 2019

April 2019

Kinesiotaping and orthopedic tests led by Tobi at the Bodysong

The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy.

Evaluation and assessment are key in the treatment of any condition. This assessment should include manual muscle testing, range of motion testing, gait assessment, and any other orthopedic special tests that you deem necessary. The information gained from these assessments will allow for the proper treatment protocol to be laid out.

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Forum 20 - March 2019

February 2019

The functional movement system (FMS) led by Tobi at Soulstice Spa

Developed by Lee Burton, the Functional Movement Screen has become a popular way to identify basic movement dysfunction. It's currently used in a wide variety of sports medicine, strength and conditioning and fitness environments around the world.

The FMS measures seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain or known musculoskeletal injury.

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Forum 19 - February 2019

February 2019

Visceral Manipulation led by Bee Uyteipo at Soulstice Spa

Visceral Manipulation (VM) was developed by French Osteopath, Jean-Pierre Barral.

VM assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.

An integrative approach to evaluation and treatment of a patient requires assessment of the structural relationships between the viscera, and their fascial or ligamentous attachments to the musculoskeletal system. Strains in the connective tissue of the viscera can result from surgical scars, adhesions, illness, posture or injury. Tension patterns form through the fascial network deep within the body, creating a cascade of effects far from their sources for which the body will have to compensate. This creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body must move around, and this chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems.

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Forum 18 - January 2019

January 24th from 6 - 8 pm for our first Forum of 2019.

This Forum will be all about giving and receiving. We will be trying new moves, explaining our favorites, sharing all those strokes that have proven effective and indulging in an exchange of technique and presence.

Jesse Spencer will lead us in a discussion of important things we've discovered in our massage practices. Then, we'll take turns giving 20 minutes of our favorite massage strokes. We will then swap spots and our partner will attempt to give us a similar massage so we can essentially FEEL our OWN work.

We'll supply the tables. You should bring oil/creme and a set of sheets and a snack to share if you'd like. Forum Location: 100 Professional Center Drive, Suite 112, Novato.

Come ready with new eyes and a freshness of spirit to explore body work from new angles.

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Forum 17 - December 2018

Energetic Hygiene led by Christopher Mayer at Soulstice Spa

We gathered to learn about Energetic Hygiene practices.

We began with a "chi ball", got into some energetic boundary exercises, felt in our bodies how to experience both pure presence and connection to other, and ended with some ancient Tao healing sounds.

Viracocha was explained to us as a spiritual chakra of sorts, holding a golden, divine energy which we could open up to and retrieve our divine "gloves" when working with clients to maintain our energetic health.

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Forum 16 - November 2018

November 2019 led by Elizabeth Mantia 

Acupressure and Essential Oils 

At the Forum we did a fun activity where we applied a succession of oils to remedy emotional blockages. Using melaleuca, oregano, ginger, cinnamon, douglas fir, frankincence, and a few others, we went through a sequence of applications on certain chakras and acupressure points. Everyone had heightened energy by the end of the nite! 

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Forum 15 - October 2018

October 25

Ayurvedic Massage led by Kam Leitner at Bodywise Massage, Inc

Enter Ayurvedic massage is a treatment based on Ayurveda, a system of alternative medicine developed in India nearly 3,000 years ago. Ayurveda followers believe the body is comprised of five basic universal elements: space, air, fire, water and earth.

Ayurvedic massages borrow from the principles of Ayurveda to create a unique experience that focuses on relaxation, stress relief and releasing emotional blockages. The goal is to "manipulate these points to manually adjust the energy in your body so that you feel maximally relaxed."

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Forum 13 - August 2018

The Completion Technique works with the Chinese meridians which nd at the fingers and toes. Activating the meridian will help patterns in the musculature to dissipate easier. The chi in the meridians will run long after the massage is over, allowing your client to have longer lasting results. 

When we complete something it is honoring and nurturing -- this is felt in a session and is comforting to the client.

This is a great technique o utilize hen you only have time to, just say "hello" to a body part. 

t's great for an opening move or a final move on any area.

And mostly, the completion technique feels incredible.

What we’ll cover: discuss completion, when to use the completion technique, why is it more effective than less complete strokes, the four parts to a completion stroke, and how to execute.

CE units for national licence.

Tonia Lach, The BodySong Novato

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Forum 12 - July 2018

Essential Oils for Healing: Self Care & Integrating into Massage Therapy

Natural Health Solutions with a focus on healing ourselves and others physically and energetically.

Take your healing to the next level utilizing the high vibration gifts of the earth essential oils.  With this lifestyle education workshop, you will be empowered with the resources to reach wellness goals holistically and learn techniques for self-care and preventative care.

Essential Oils are 50-70 times more concentrated than herbs and a powerful healing source for you and your family Aromatically, Topically and Internally. 

Incorporate essential oils into your daily lives and practice for improved energy, elevated mood, sleep, relaxation and stress reduction, immune system support, detoxification, hormonal balance, muscle and joint aches, healthy skin and hair, digestive support and other unlimited health benefits. Come on a journey to harmonize our body's rhythms for profound healing.

Led by Elizabeth Mantia, Soulstice Spa, Sausalito

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Forum 11 - June 2018

Forum by Maria Alfaro, TRE and Neurogenic Yoga Certification Trainer & Provider. 

TRE - Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises - is a simple, gentle, and profound technique that facilitates lengthening and relaxation of the psoas and release of physical and emotional tension and stress. TRE tires the legs which triggers an involuntary shaking and trembling response. This natural response is the nervous system's way of discharging long-held tension and unconscious body contraction in order to restore the body to wholeness.

Soulstice Spa, Sausalito

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Forum 10 - May 2018

Art Therapy

Jackie Tabb will be taking us down a self-reflective and creative path into the world of Art Therapy. It will be specially focused on embodiment and through the lense of the artist as a bodyworker. Wear comfy clothes and the rest of the supplies (pencils, charcoal, pastels and such - no paint), will be provided. 

Soulstice Spa, Sausalito

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Forum 9 - April 2018

Take a moment for yourself and your practice to learn, observe, and integrate. 

This Forum will bring you aspects of acupressure and other modalities to inspire stillness and quiet in your sessions with clients. 


Intro - get to know Tonia, each other, and the technique
Demo - watch a sequence of special points and how/where to hold and pause
Trade - practice on each other what we just learned
Recap - thoughts, feelings, ideas about our experience 

You can receive CEU's for attending this Forum!

At Soulstice Spa in Sausalito, led by Tonia Lach

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Forum 8 - March 2018

Somatica and Meditation with Padma Gordon at The Bodysong 

  • Silent meditation

  • Dropping into our bodies

  • Sensory Tracking & witnessing practices

  • Sharing space while being present

  • Discussions on practical applications of meditation and maintaining boundaries

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Forum 5 - November 2017

Matrix of Healing with Rachael Angelese at The Bodysong

  • Practicing Somatic exercises

  • Learning theories on connective tissue and fascial lines

  • Experiencing of "the wave" in the body

  • Practicing spine touching, getting comfortable with palpation of vertebrae

  • Identifying contraction patterns connected to the sympathetic nervous system

  • Educational and experiential - receiving short lecture and hands-on from Rachael

  • Trading touch using the MOH approach

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Forum 4 - October 2017

Amy Shouse; acupuncturist at The SelfCare Studio 

  • Money Mindset of Bodyworkers 
  • Writing a "letter to money" to understand our "money story"
  • Discussions on money blocks
  • Learning about gurus who help with abundance mentality
  • Group discussion about our struggles and joys around money 
  • Book lending to research methods in generating more income from private practices
  • Covering chakra points in the body relating to money and security and how to access these points through body work