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March 2010

Fascia Course -- positives abound

My apologies for the interruption in the information flow from the Fascia Research course but things were too intense for the last few days.

Wednesday – the get-together dinner and then I needed time to prepare what was called a ‘Participant Presentation. I titled mine “Myofascial Paradoxes in Cerebral Palsy” and, frankly, did not really know what reaction to expect. Many of the hands-on practitioners such as osteopaths, Rolfers etc. do work periodically with CP kids, and those who attended this Fascia Research are among the leaders and innovators in their fields, so there was always a possibility of professional ego ‘clashes’ etc.

I’ve seen this in the past – especially at the Cerebral Palsy conference –some, say PTs, have a quick look at our comparison pictures, give you a nod, but then would either start bragging about their own ‘amazing results’ or would go along the lines: “It’s just an anecdote and fluke anyway…” or “Look at the foot – it is still spastic” and so on, basically trying on a ‘judge’s robe’ of a “mainstream expert” towards the lowly “alternatives”.

Things were completely different with the Fascia Research Course crowd. The moment I introduced and illustrated the concept of ‘Compressional Weakness’ – I had genuine focused attention, even though we were at the end of extremely intense learning week, just hours before going home. Seeing the pics like those:

William Supine_Compaison_Adult Cerebral Palsy

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Fascia Research Course Day 2 –The Rat Report and plenty more of encouraging stuff

I am trying to keep my promises and write compactly – so far so good (keep the fingers crossed).

Well, for the second day in a row I worn the latex gloves and had a lab gown – although today it was white – not green.

This afternoon was about the rat dissection with fascia manifestation study in mind. At first I’ve got a lady’s size lab gown– so I guess I looked rather comical – the sleeves barely covered my elbows and I could hardly close it (No pics though …) Fortunately, they found an extra one of a decent size and on we went.

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Pilot Course in Germany for Fascia ‘Ultra Enthusiasts’

Once again I have to apologize for my disappearance from the blogosphere.

I keep falling into the same trap – approaching the blog posts as manuscripts. I have started 3 in the last 15 days and they all gradually evolved into over 10 pages long going way too much in detail…

So I’m really forcing myself to keep this one short because I really feel uncomfortable to let the esteemed readers down.

So a very quick update:

I spent previous 10 days in Singapore preparing and filming the elements for the Super-Soft Ball Rolling course – as always it turned into a pretty massive pile. I have managed to separate the skillset requirements into different grades and build up the curriculum for the 1st and the 2nd ones. In my own, very biased opinion, those technical elements appear quite well-shaped – I believe learning them will be quite straightforward.

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Montreal ABR Training in April

I’d like to clarify the goals and the procedure of the forthcoming ABR training session in Montreal in April.

I think that there are some major misunderstandings that create negative emotions. Shall I start complaining that my best intentions always end up misinterpreted? :-)

 First and foremost, we never divide children and families into ‘favorites’ and ‘also-runs’. Your decision of choosing ABR as physical rehabilitation platform for your child is an honor for all of us and for me personally as its founder. I said this before and I really mean it.

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Best hopes and wishes for the people of Chile

I haven't looked at the news for the last few days and was really devastated to learn about the scary earthquake in Chile. True, disasters happen everywhere and frequently but obviously  it hurts more when there is a personal emotional bond.

There is a vibrant and quite substantial ABR Community in Chile and although I've never been there in person -- I watch the kids and families regularly via the home videos -- so all of them are definitely part of an extended ABR family.

I only want to send some words of support and hope that things work out alright eventually -- being not as bad as they sound from the news reports...


3Q Principles of ABR 'Classic' Technique

These are some 15 pages of text and illustrations -- will help you to understand the ABR tools a lot better

http://blyum.typepad.com/on_abr_and_beyond/abr-classic-technique-3q-principles-illustrated.html


Painful Lessons... Part 1

Dear Friends,

My apologies -- you haven’t heard anything from me on this blog for the last 3 weeks.

Reason?

I’ve been out of intellectual shape since Feb 4th and it was only yesterday’s afternoon that I finally felt that my head was back to the levels of performance that I am used to and satisfied with.

What happened?

I’ve been doing the European assessments day-in day-out continuously for 2 ½ weeks over a nasty cold and it took me another week of dull existence when I was unable to generate anything written whatsoever before I finally got back to a decent intellectual form.

Short note on the side:

No, Europeans are not “privileged” to have this once a year live assessment; and Americans and Australians, i.e. mother tongue English speakers, are not “disadvantaged” to be the first ones to experience the new format of ABR, which relies on a distant support and especially on comparison reports. The simple necessity of maintaining such a once a year assessment in Europe stems from its’ multilingual nature, where we do not have the resources to have information and explanations converted into French, German, Danish, Dutch, Spanish languages etc separately. Most of the European ABR families do communicate in English but it’s obviously not their mother tongue, which makes deep understanding difficult when it comes to specific anatomical terminology and more complex ABR concepts. So until today the only solution for a number of families whose English is not so great is to have direct pointing through the live demonstration as the main tool of explanation– something along the lines: “This muscle [pointing with a finger and avoiding naming] should get released; this bone [another finger pointing] has to drift here; doing a movement in this place [more pointing] is a wrong place etc.”

I maintain what I said many times before: I do think that such a solution is a temporary crutch – the learning value of live assessment is lower than the learning value of a properly done comparison reports and consistent referral to a knowledge base.

Conclusions?

Far reaching (at least for myself)…

First of all, I have to acknowledge and face a simple fact – my own shape is deteriorating.

I feel like I am half or maybe a ¾ of ‘a man I used to be’ even 3-4 years back.

For a while I tried to fool myself, looking at the episodes like this as aberrations and finding excuses but if I put together this dismal February shape with my complete deflation in November that followed the 5 week- long tour in the Fall 2009– previous leg of European assessments; teaching visit to Montreal for ABR Canada trainers; and 2 long conferences in Netherlands – I have to acknowledge facts, however unflattering they are. One might say that being out of form for 2 weeks after 5 weeks of non-stop intense action through changing climates, places and time zones is not too bad ... True, I guess by ‘normal’ standards – however, everything is relative, – I used to be able to do even more than that with much greater ease and with only minor dips in form afterwards.

Everything that I have done in the past has been a product of a personal overdrive based on a firm conviction that ABR is my mission and duty and I can’t allow myself any downtime or slack. I’ve always rested just enough to be able to work – any further rest or detour from working commitments brought an immense remorse about the wasted time.

That overdrive has been my operating mode ever since I joined my father back in 1993. But I realize that this mode is unlikely to work in the future.

Now I have to face a new reality – I am punctured a lot easier; my intellectual form dips lower when I am punctured physically; and it takes more time to recover back to intellectual shape that I am internally comfortable with.

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