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Fascial Ball Rolling Workshop Series with Matthew Van Der Giessen


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The Well on Bowen is pleased to invite Matthew Van Der Giessen, founder of the Somatics Institute, back by popular demand for this 2-part workshop series. Sign up for one or both workshops (registration details follow below). 

Fascia creates the compartments that hold your muscles and lends them strength. But, over time, chronic tension patterns and postural distortions cause fascia to shrink-wrap itself to support the changing shape of your body. Think of waking up to find yourself in a straight jacket, custom made to the shape of your bad posture. And that’s not all; fascial distortions affect your movement as well. Like trying to do yoga in tight jeans, fascial distortions shape body movement as well as posture.  

In each three hour workshop, you will learn about fascia, the anatomy of chronic tension patterns in the body, and discover how you can recover the freedom of posture and movement. We will work with myofascial balls that help open the compartments in your body, and you will be introduced to contributions from a variety of movement traditions that will help you re-inhabit the renewed space within.

Part 1: Feet on the Ground: Freeing the Lower Body Through Fascial Ball Rolling and Movement
Sunday, March 25, 1-4pm

When you tense through the feet, legs and hips, it affects movement in the upper body, and your ability to feel connected to the ground. In other words, getting more connected through your hips, legs and feet affects everything! In this three hour introduction, you will learn about fascia, the anatomy of chronic tension patterns in the lower body, and discover the freedom of grounded movement. We will work with myofascial balls, and transition into movement using contributions from a variety of movement traditions.  

Part 2: Embracing the World: Freeing the Upper Body Through Fascial Ball Rolling and Movement
Sunday, April 15, 1-4pm

In our culture, we sit...and we slump. Without a connection to the ground—and heads far too busy!—our necks and lower back arch, our head and shoulders pull forward, our chest and breathing are compressed. We close in from the world, losing our connection to our core...and our ability to meet life with the fullness of our being. In this three hour introductory workshop, you will learn about fascia, the anatomy of chronic tension patterns in the upper body, and rediscover the freedom of of moving from your core. We will work with myofascial balls, and transition into movement using contributions from a variety of movement traditions.