IT'S HOW YOU LOOK: VISION ISSUES & CHRONIC UPPER BODY TENSION CLASS

Vision issues are very common for our clients and for bodyworkers as well. Vision issues are frequently related to chronic face and upper body tension, which even very good bodywork relieves for only a short time. For example, squinting or straining to see can create deep tension in the eyes, jaw and sub-occipitals. Head tilts and turns can develop with conditions such as a“lazy eye.” Working at a computer while wearing bifocals leads to a downward tilt of the head and a retraction of the neck, making the eyes, head and neck continually tight.

In this 13-hour weekend course, bodyworkers will learn to identify compensatory reactions of our body, both to vision issues and to wearing eye glasses. They will learn how to help clients understand this connection and how to tailor an entire massage session to this tension, using specific hydrotherapy and massage techniques for the face, neck, and upper body. And finally, they will learn about referring the client to appropriate health professionals, including optometrists, osteopaths, natural vision improvement teachers, and Feldenkrais practitioners.  

 

Go beyond the “quick-fix” and take your understanding to the next level!

13 contact hours

“The connection between certain visual conditions, especially strabismus, and postural adaptations is a VERY good reason that chiropractors, bodyworkers, massage therapists, and others who work on physical structure should be collaborating with good optometrists.  If something is broken in the visual system that is causing a secondary physical adaptation, it will likely be impossible to resolve the physical adaptation without first addressing the visual problem.”

– Bradley Coffee, professor of optometry at  Pacific University, Oregon

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