Montreal ABR Training in April
Fascia Research Course Day 2 –The Rat Report and plenty more of encouraging stuff

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.

Probably the editing will take some time but the idea is to be able to assist the teaching with video courses somewhere around the summer time.

Once again, I want to acknowledge the fact that as I go over and over the teaching protocols – they get more streamlined and respectively, there will be some revisions / refinements to the Super-Soft Ball Rolling  skillsets/exercises that you have learned earlier. That’s the nature of the progress – if you are being taught a certain new  ABR technique at an early stage – well, your child starts benefiting from it earlier; however, for those who join in later, the learning curve is easier thanks to the improvement of teaching protocols. I always feel somewhat bad about it – like: “Why didn’t I figure it out straight away? That would have made things a lot easier for the parents …” Unfortunately, that can’t be helped: repetition and observation/analysis of mistakes is the driving force of progress…”

That’s why I really want to supplement your learning with extra video knowledge base.

But again, there is a certain gap between intention and implementation.

But, the essence of this post was suppose to focus more on my whereabouts for this week – the Fascia Research Course that started yesterday in Ulm, Germany.

If the Fascia Congress in October 2009 was the gathering of Fascia enthusiasts – this one is the gathering of Fascia Ultra-Enthusiasts. The course is 6 days long, has only 50 participant from around the world and there was a long waiting list.

Today was the first full day – early start @ 8.30 a.m. all the way until 6 p.m.

Lots of stuff – with golden nuggets reinforcing the ABR concept and practice surfacing up with encouraging regularity :-)

I have to confess that today in the afternoon I really had an odd appearance – wearing a green gown and latex gloves, khe-khe – the session was held in the Anatomical Theater focusing on cadavers and sample dissected specimens. No question, it was extremely valuable and educative building a lot of new “a-ha!” bridges and  at the same time making one realize what a huge difference there is between the live persons’ musculoskeletal responses and the cadavers’.

However, the most important realization is very straightforward – a massive difference between the ‘healthy’ musculoskeletal system and the one of a person with cerebral palsy. Putting it simply – the person who learned things on ‘healthy’ people and cadavers first have next to zero chance to re-align their thinking tools to really understand the complexities of CP. I am really fortunate that when I started analyzing the movements and mobility specifics of kids with brain injury back in 90s – I had a clean slate and hence the ability to ask new questions instead of grabbing the ‘crutches’ of “classic” knowledge.

The sessions schedule is super-packed for the rest of the week.

One of the planned experiences for tomorrow is the dissection of thoraco-lumbar fascia of the rat. First time in my life that I am expected to hold a scalpel…

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