Balancing the Face for Structural Integration


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  • July 28 – 30, 2018
  • Walpole, ME, USA
  • This course is intended for Manual Therapists.
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Presented by Lauren Christman and Richard Polishuk

Gain effectiveness in freeing the deep patterns in the cranium with this 3-day class!
Under the myofascial layers outside the skull and around the jaw, the facial bones create the scaffolding for the mouth, nose, eyes and ears. Learn to distinguish and treat imbalances of the myofascia from problems involving the shape of the face and the alignment of the mandible. Day one begins with a review of myofascial intraoral basics to prepare us for the deeper work to come. We’ll learn visual and palpatory assessment methods for the TMJ, mandibular position, facial bones and cranial base. Next, we’ll explore each facial bone in turn, creating a fundamental protocol for effective treatment using intraoral and intranasal approaches. Anatomical landmarks, suture and joint relationships, and pertinent neural and vascular passages will be covered. On the final day, we’ll bridge from the local patterns in the head to full body patterns. Along with postural considerations, these techniques are indicated for TMJ dysfunction, migraines, chronic sinus infections and trauma to the face.


Participants must have graduated from a IASI Approved Structural Integration program; have studied intraoral work as part of their SI training, or be advanced manual therapists who are familiar with intraoral work — either from a structural bodywork, neuromuscular or craniosacral skill set. If you have questions regarding your participation in this class, please email  for preapproval.


WA state SI Practitioners who do not have their intraoral endorsement are eligible for it by taking this class.
What to Bring: wear loose clothing; anatomy atlas (Clemente, Netter, Theime, for example). All supplies used in the class will be provided (gloves, finger cots, lubricants, etc.).

Class limited to 20 students

Lauren Christman’s love of teaching was sparked first as a faculty member at the Brian Utting School of Massage (1995-2003). Team teaching across all topics was the foundation of this licensing program, and this became a guide for her approach to the classroom. During this time, Lauren also entered the world of continuing education by assisting her mentors in craniosacral therapy, structural bodywork and professional ethics. In 2005, she completed a teacher training with Tom Myers and began teaching Anatomy Trains classes regionally and nationally. She later became a Senior Faculty member in Myers’ Structural Integration training (KMI), teaching nationally and abroad, from 2007-2013. Alongside these programs, Lauren began developing short courses with her husband, Richard Polishuk, in Intraoral Work, Pediatric Fascial Balancing and Myofascial Balancing. In 2017, she began teaching the Craniosacral—A Healing Art certification program based in Seattle. This program offers an expansive umbrella under which Lauren can share her love of anatomy, osteopathic principles and treatments as well as a rich exploration of the healing process.

About Richard: I began teaching at the Brian Utting School of Massage, and in Ben Benjamin’s CE courses, soon after becoming a massage therapist. I spent the first 12 years of my practice deeply involved in both studying and teaching. In retrospect, it’s clear that I was searching for clarity in assessing and problem-solving. Luckily, I found it! As of about 1999, I began to feel that I had something of my own to say about the field—what we now call Myofascial Balancing—and my work has evolved quite naturally since then.

DatesJul 28 – 30, 2018
LocationWalpole, ME, USA
VenueAnatomy Trains Classroom
Address180 Clark's Cove RD
Walpole, ME 04573
Class Times

9:00am-5:00pm each day

Teacher(s)Lauren Christman, Richard Polishuk
Tuition$650.00 / $750.00 after November 25, 2017
Credits Earned21 CEs IASI Cat. 1; 21 CEs NCBTMB
Cancellation FeePrior to 2 months before class: full refund less $100 admin fee
Up to 6 weeks prior: 50% refund less $100 fee
Cancellation less than 30 days prior: non-refundable
ContactLiza or Becky
888 546-3747

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