Myofascial Balancing for Pelvis, Sacrum, & Lumbar Spine

Myofascial Balancing for Pelvis, Sacrum, & Lumbar Spine

Balance around the middle of the body is the heart of an optimal alignment pattern. In this course, we will evaluate and treat many elements of this balance, including: hip joint mobility; the relationship between the pelvis and femur; and alignment, in detail, of the sacrum and lumbar spine.

Date June 17-18, 2019
Location Body Mind Learn Center
616 N. North Court Suite 250
Palatine, IL 60067
Times 9am-6pm
Teacher Richard Polishak LMT, APP
Lauren Christman LMT, CCST, CBSI/ATSI
Credits 16 NCBTMB Credits
Tuition $320 Early Bird / $350 Regular Price
Early Bird Ends 5/18
Cancellation Policy Click Here
Richard Polishuk, LMT, APP

Strategies and structures include:

  • weight-bearing dynamics and common postural patterns of the pelvis on 
the femurs
  • intra-pelvic patterns: tilts, inflare, outflare, and torsions
  • sacral balance and SI joint mobility
  • vertebra-by-vertebra alignment of the lumbar spine
  • contribution of nerve bundles and spinal dura to fascial strain patterns

In the orthopedic realm, we will discuss hip arthritis, sacroiliac problems and sciatica. We’ll also teach strategies for stable seated and standing posture.

Myofascial Balancing — Overall description:

The Myofascial Balancing courses, each dealing with a different region of the body, are based on a few simple ideas, delivered with a good deal of experience and sophistication.

Some of the ideas are:

  • Muscular stabilization is the force that organizes our bodies in gravity. Improving stabilization is at least as important as improving relaxation or mobility.
  • Our posture turns our stabilization on or off; the best thing we can do to enhance our stabilization is to improve our alignment.
  • While most practitioners learn to evaluate alignment visually, we find that much more detailed and accurate information can be gathered through palpation of standing clients. Learning to palpate in this way often radically improves students’ visual evaluation skills as well.
  • Our alignment patterns reshape our myofascial tissues into unbalanced patterns. In our classes, students learn to feel the directional imbalances in the soft tissue and to use gentle, unlubricated techniques to balance the position and mobility of the tissues. We also use stretching and other self-care strategies to reinforce this balancing effect.
  • One of the most useful services practitioners can provide is to teach clients how to improve posture and movement patterns in daily life. Students in these classes learn a clear model of posture and movement strategies designed to improve clients’ understanding of their necessary role in achieving long-term results.
  • In many cases, orthopedic problems (the ones with diagnostic labels) are simply exaggerated versions of the imbalances present in most people. In other cases, the problems have a different sort of cause (for example, osteoarthritis). It’s extremely valuable to be able to tell the difference! These classes include an overview of common orthopedic problems, including both assessment and treatment options.

Our primary focus is assessment-driven myofascial work. The work can be directed at deep or superficial layers, as needed. The amount of force used can be varied to be comfortable and appropriate for both the client and therapist. It is also non-lubricated, so it can be done on skin, through a sheet, or through clothes.

Myofascial Balancing frequently uses the skeleton as a ‘handle’ and as a guide in evaluating alignment. The work is designed to keep the loop between evaluation and treatment as short as possible, so that the practitioner remains well-oriented and therapeutic goals can be attained quickly.

We teach palpatory evaluation of the client’s alignment pattern in standing, and ongoing palpatory assessment of tissue mobility on the table. We also teach simple postural and movement strategies to help clients improve alignment and usage in daily life; we believe this is a critical aspect of successful treatment.

We (Richard and Lauren) both have long teaching backgrounds, and we’re especially excited about presenting these courses. One of the best things about the material is that the core ideas can be usefully applied in many different ways. We’ve explored the possibilities enough so that we can really have fun helping students find the applications that are exciting and practical for them.

About the Instructors:

Richard Polishuk, LMT, APP has been practicing bodywork since 1986, and teaching since 1989. He holds several certifications, including Aston-Patterning, Onsen/Muscle Energy Technique, Cyriax-style Injury Treatment taught by Ben Benjamin, Trager Mentastics and Hellerwork. His practice currently centers on Aston-Patterning and refined orthopedic methods. He has taught entry-level and advanced students, focusing on cadaver anatomy, structural bodywork and orthopedic techniques. As a teacher he is most passionate about the principles that create a strong ongoing link between assessment and treatment. His teaching philosophy centers on clear presentation of principle-based methods that are essential for a clinical practice.

Lauren Christman, LMT, CCST, CBSI/ATSI has been a bodyworker since 1994; currently her practice focuses on craniosacral, visceral manipulation and structural integration/ATSI for children and adults. In the northwest and internationally, she has taught structural integration/bodywork, craniosacral, visceral manipulation, intraoral work, and pediatric approaches. She has a passion for anatomy, clarity of method and the fullness of the healing experience. With over 20 years experience teaching beginning and advanced students, Lauren brings a balance of precision, curiosity and humor to the classroom.

Together, they teach classes in Myofascial Balancing, Intraoral work, and Visceral Manipulation. Lauren teaches a certification program in Craniosacral Therapy. They share a clinic from their home in Seattle, Washington. Their website is, and they are happy to receive inquiries about their work.

Cancellation Policy

  • $10 Administration Fee for Cancellation up to 30 Days Before Workshop
  • No Refunds after 30 Days Before Workshop

We reserve the right to cancel any workshop based upon minimum class enrollment requirements, in which case the tuition fee will be returned in full. Body Mind Learn Center/Structural-Balance is not responsible for any guaranteed/prepaid airline/hotel reservation. If any hours or days of a workshop are missed, no refunds will be given. Since many of the instructors are flown in from other states we have a limited refund policy. You may cancel your registration up to 30 days before the workshop.  Your registration fee will be refunded less a $10 processing fee. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the workshop you forfeit your full registration fee.

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