Myofascial Balancing for Kids: Toddlers to Tweens



  • August 19 – 21, 2019
  • Walpole, ME, USA
  • This course is intended for Manual Therapists.
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Presented by Lauren Christman and Richard Polishuk

Children are incredibly fun to work with; they are vital, mobile, and tremendously present. In this introductory course, we look at essential skills for working safely and effectively with kids ages 2-12. We ground our approach in an understanding of normal development (primarily musculoskeletal; modestly cognitive/social), and then focus each session on relating to the individual child.

To treat them, we focus on mobilizing fascia throughout the body, using a blend of musculoskeletal, visceral and cranial techniques aimed at the relatively healthy child. The work is gentle—working with the body’s responses to achieve change—and because a child’s system is so available, the treatments tend to be short and immediate. We tend to work off the table, taking advantage of the child’s active nature and interest in play and exploration. This age group requires constant adaptation and improvisation, which is what makes it so fun (and sometimes challenging!).

Children are often quite curious about their own bodies, and as a practitioner, we have the chance to empower them toward a healthy connection to their body. Finding ways to explain our work to both the child and their parents is vital. We will discuss communication and treatment strategies that emphasize rapport and safety, verbal and non-verbal communication, and acknowledging the family as a whole.

The class includes:

  • brief overview of skeletal alignment so we can appreciate which patterns and movements are “age appropriate,” and when intervention is required
  • treatment strategies for common pediatric conditions such as earaches, upper respiratory infections, and head bumps (mild tumbles, not concussions)
  • techniques include mobilization of facial bones (for sinuses) and upper dural membrane (tumbles); visceral treatment of respiratory structures and diaphragm (for liver/stomach), joint decompression (feet, shoulders, forearms); and generalized approach to myofascia throughout the body
  • clinical portion to allow students to practice on volunteer models in a supervised setting; students work in trios or pairs depending on number of models available

Please note, we will not address specific treatments for children with special needs — though this approach can be used successfully with slight modifications.

Who is this workshop for?

Manual therapists of all backgrounds. Previous training in cranial or visceral work is preferable, but not necessary.

Class activities include table work, partnered exercises, multiple demos by instructor, lecture presentation and class discussion. Please wear comfortable clothing as you will be on/off the floor for the work. On the third day, we host a clinic with volunteer children; if you have or know of children who would be good candidates for this free clinic, please contact the Anatomy Trains office at 207-563-7121.

Please check with the office before making non-refundable travel arrangements, on the chance that the course is under-enrolled and may be canceled. 

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.

DatesAug 19 – 21, 2019
LocationWalpole, ME, USA
VenueAnatomy Trains Classroom
Address180 Clark's Cove RD
Walpole, ME, 04573
Class Times

9:30 am – 5:30 pm each day

Teacher(s)Lauren Christman, Richard Polishuk
Tuition$650 / $750 after June 3, 2019
Credits Earned21 CEs NCBTMB; 21 CEs IASI cat 1
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
ContactBecky or Francesca
888 546-3747

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