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SI Joint Dysfunction: Assessment and Treatment for Massage Therapists – Ashland, OR

April 6 - April 7

When clients present symptoms of persistent or intermittent low back pain, sometimes accompanied by spasm, searing gluteal pain or posterior thigh pain, oftentimes the root of the problem is dysfunction at the sacroiliac joint and surrounding tissues. SI joint dysfunction is widespread and frequently develops from excessive sitting in chairs, lack of core stability, postnatal structural changes, past injuries, over-stretching, and joint laxity.
Somatic Educators Shari Sunshine and Tobin Rangdrol emphasize compassionate, sensitive touch, empowering client participation and self-care, and therapist creativity. SI joint dysfunction is a subtle and complicated phenomena and there is no single solution to the puzzle. To be most effective, therapists need to pay close attention to clients’ sensations, emotions, behaviors, and responses to treatment, working dynamically with what arises. In this weekend workshop for practicing Massage Therapists and Physical Therapists, the goal is to give participants a solid foundation from which to begin the lifelong learning process that comes with the assessment and treatment of SI joint dysfunction.
In this workshop, participants will:
• Practice distinguishing between SI joint dysfunction and other similar conditions of the low back
• Review the Anatomy of the SI joint and surrounding structures
• Analyze some of the most common mechanisms of SI joint dysfunction
• Practice palpation, gait analysis, functional analysis, verbal and visual assessment to identify SI joint dysfunction
• Refine touch sensitivity for awareness of alignment, spasm, inhibition, and return to function in response to treatment
• Practice proprioceptive stimulation for functional balancing, and muscle activation for stabilization
• Experience core activation and pelvic floor activation
• Learn take-home exercises for client self-care
Shari Sunshine was one of the original founders of Ashland Massage Institute and the creator of Syntropy Insight Bodywork. She has worked as a healer and teacher since graduating from McKinnon Institute in 1978, and has a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Shari is now the Wellness Director at Ratna Ling Retreat Center in Sonoma County. Visit Ratna Ling at: http://ratnaling.org.

Tobin Rangdrol began studying Syntropy Insight Bodywork from his mother, Shari Sunshine, in 1997, and graduated from the Lomi O’luea School of Traditional Hawaiian Massage in 2002.  He developed Middleway Method over 14 years teaching at Arcata School of Massage, in response to the need for comprehensive wellness education beyond the field of massage and bodywork. He is now the Director of Middleway Method, and a Somatic Educator in Arcata, CA. Visit Middleway Method at https://middlewaymethod.com.


April 6
April 7
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Ashland Institute of Massage


Asland Institute of Massage
280 East Hersey Street A-8
Ashland, OR 97520 United States
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