What is Soft Tissue Mobilization?
The Soft Tissue Mobilization certification is a table-based manual therapy certification, how we connect the dots and own our movement potential. Soft Tissue Mobilization introduces new tools in the world of Structural Integration, including the benefits and power of an integrated approach with an emphasis on synchronizing physiology with neurology.
Who is the course for?
The Adaptive Bodywork Soft Tissue Mobilization is intended for anyone interested in manual bodywork and movement. This course offers a complete and comprehensive system for full body myofascial optimization, suitable for anyone from experienced bodyworkers to movement enthusiasts without prior training in manual therapy. The STM1 certification can be a launch pad for a career in bodywork or a powerful complement to enhance the practices of established massage therapists, Structural Integrators, osteopaths, trainers, coaches, yoga teachers, as well as performers, and athletes.
At the end of the soft Tissue Mobilization certification, participants will be able to:
• Perform powerful and transformative manual techniques, developed from the wisdom of Structural Integration
• Have the foundational skills to build a career helping people move better with less pain, or enhance skills to propel an existing career
• Explore the roles of breathing and core engagement in movement to achieve a state of flow
• Increase body and sensory awareness, self-awareness and presence
• Achieve an optimal sense of balance and stability, and improve self confidence and self-mastery
• Improve range of motion with enhanced proprioception and coordination at the end ranges of motion
• Experience dynamic alignment of the body, mental focus, and a sense of body wide integration
The connective tissue support matrix
The medium we will be dealing with is called fascia, the connective tissue support matrix
The human body responds perfectly to the demands we place upon it. Unfortunately we often inadvertently demand the wrong things of our bodies and incur predictably undesirable consequences. We are formed by the sum of the stress behaviours that act upon us over a 24hr period and not by what we do with the best of intentions during our 90 minutes of exertion at the local gym each day.
Treat the body as a whole
As the integrated body-wide system that it is, and not as a collection of parts. Your goal is to create an environment conducive to optimal, system self regulation, rather than an attempt to repair defective parts.
The degree to which you embrace this global principle is the degree to which your work will be successful. If you wish to favourably affect any given symptomatic structure you must insure that every other part of the body contributes and relates favourably to the structure in question. Think globally.
We have to change the industry driven mindset and cognitive dissonance, that drives low yield results. Rather than seeking to optimize movement and functional well being, we spend our time trying to get out of pain, as if pain is the problem. A lack of pain says nothing about how well we are functioning, performing or moving. It is only a clue that something in our behaviour is not quite right. How are we functioning as an organism? What is the status of our cellular and metabolic health? Pain is information. Use it to effectively guide the trajectory of your rehabilitation, rather than masking or ignoring it.
What are your goals when receiving bodywork? Hopefully you are a movement detective seeking to optimize your functionality. If you are trying to improve your performance and overall efficiency, start by taking the brakes off your system. Take away the negatives before adding a positive. Don't waste your energy trying to develop power or adding load when you have resistance (brakes on) in the system.
Our work focuses on this all important myo-fascial continuum, our richest sensory organ and support system. It is a neural net with more neuro-receptors per square inch than even our retina. This densely innervated tissue is our interface with the environment and its health and efficient activation accurately predicts our ability to successfully navigate and govern our behaviour in this environment.
Our goal is to fully hydrate and neurally activate this sensory web. AB uses compression, shear and stretch to recondition the mechanical structure of the collagen based cytoskeleton and modify how cells behave down to the level of the DNA. The cells rely on this mechanical stretching to remain healthy, resilient and reproductive and to avoid, compensated dysfunctional movement behaviours that rob us of our precious energy and yield sub optimal results.
Use AB Soft Tissue Mobilization techniques to ease off the resistance and free up your support and communication network that has become a shrink-wrapped prison. AB reconditions structure enhancing proprioception, spatial awareness and motor control, and then integrates it with more efficient movement behaviours that allow you to reconnect with your environment and optimize your potential for enhanced performance, and well being.
Monica Canducci is a certified Rolfer and Rolf Movement practitioner working in the artistic field both as a dance performer and a movement coach. Other areas of expertise include: Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Coaching, NLP, Art, Music, Dance, Theatre, Yoga and Martial Arts.
Her passion for communication and neuroscience has brought her to explore the fascinating world of interconnections between body, thoughts, emotions and environment.
In 2009 Monica created Move In Mind, with her husband, the neuropsychologist Davide Pierini. Move In Mind is a method based on the use of mental imagery in movement and rehabilitation, and has achieved extraordinary results. The inspiring collaboration with John Sutherland, creator of the Adaptive Bodywork method, started in 2017 and has led to a further step with the development of the Move in Mind - Intrinsic Sensory Integration method, to maximize performance and achieve a flow state.
Among the books written by Monica: Move In Mind - The power of Mental Imagery in nervous system rewiring (Kindle Edition)
John Sutherland is the founder and senior instructor of Adaptive Bodywork, Certified KMI Structural Integration Therapist, Certified Massage therapist, Primal Blueprint Health Coach Certified Expert, FMS, SFMA , YBT, FCS and GFM Certified
Lifetime athlete: My passion for performance and efficient movement comes from a life of sports and sport competition including; road cycling and cross country skiing, Tae Kwon Do, Squash, Downhill skiing: Giant Slalom and Slalom, Track cycling – 12 National champion Master titles, also enjoys and partakes in equestrian adventures around the world (Africa, Turkey, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Mongolia… ),
The emphasis of my work has now shifted more towards a focus on metabaolic/celular health and longevity, with a secondary goal of optimizing this properly established foundation of health for performance.