This course is taught by Thomas Walker and Gale Loveitt of Listening Hands Seminars. The course is offered by Courageous Heart Therapies. The School of Inner Health is honored and excited to host Listening Hands Seminars at our school location.
Words About the Course from Thomas and Gale
In Biodynamics, we learn to experience synchronizing with Health / Wholeness / function instead of with dis-ease. We can also use Biodynamic principles to engage the physical. When we do, we can get more done with less effort.
Dr. Sutherland’s perceptual journey started with the physical, progressed to the fluids, and then to the energetic body. He spent 50 years on his explorations. This journey led him to articulate the 3 models of CST – biomechanic, functional and biodynamic. Osteopathic training still follows this progression. The LHS (ListeningHandsSeminars) curriculum also mirrors this progression.
We will examine the relationship of structure and function in the 3 Models of CST.
Function / Primary Respiration is a component of the spiritual. Function is a cause of structure, acting through the fluids. Before an organizing force can express itself in any substantial way it must have a structural basis.
In the embryonic period, function creates structure through the process of epigenetics. No limits are placed on function by form. As our bodies mature and begin interacting with the environment, we develop injuries and compensations which always distort form. Distorted form can interfere with function.
Learning to engage the physical / solid body is very useful. If the form is distorted, some outside input can dramatically speed the restoration of its original conformation and permit its return to full expression of function / life force.
Connective tissue creates the container for the fluids that carry the life force / function. If there is a change in the original shape of the container, the full expression of Health is diminished.
Using biodynamic principles we will explore how to reorganize structure from the outside, allowing the fluids and connective tissues to restore themselves from the inside, as they regain their original structure, allowing optimal Health.
We will explore how to bring the biodynamic principles developed in your RCST training to more efficiently engage the physical and fluid bodies. You will learn how to ease spinal troubles, decompress and untwist bones, find the midlines of joints, address the physical aspects of trauma, and experience the seamless continuity of fascia and fluids. You will learn how to help the body to have more order, balance, harmony, and flow.
You will learn cranial touch for the whole body.
- Presence – Inclusive Attention and neutral
- 3 models of cranial sacral therapy and their whole body expressions
- Introduction to Listening Hands — receiving hands vs doing hands
- Balanced Membranous Tension – Finding states of balance in the fascia – 2 hands working / 1 hand working – 1 hand listening
- Embryology of Wholeness
- Continuum of contact
- Enhancing support and function in the legs
“I want to say, in writing, THANK YOU for all the wisdom and teachings you and Gale have shared with me. They have infused my massage work (and my life) with so much love, spirit, healing and transcendence. I’ve had so many mind-blowing healing experiences with my clients since I’ve started studying with you that I can’t begin to recount them all. I’m busier than ever and my clients are having incredible results.” – Carol Flynn, student in Walden, CO
“Taking classes with Thomas and Gale has been a life changing experience for me. How I perceive the body, as well as the energetic field, has brought so much more fulfillment to my practice as a cranial sacral therapist, and as a human being. I’m so grateful for the knowledge they share. I don’t think I would be where I am today as a therapist and person without their amazing teaching skills of what it means to be an energetic being in a physical body. Thank you, Thomas and Gale.” – Student from class evaluations
“I’m really enjoying working with the fluid body you taught us. It’s absolutely broadened my view of this work and my practice. Not to mention it has been a lot easier on my body. My ability to tap into it all waxes and wanes with the day, time of day, how I’m doing, stress, etc., but when it’s there, wow! It’s really amazing.” – Student, from class evaluations
“Thank you for your work. The class was very pivotal for me. I now find myself with the courage to implement the principles of biodynamics and I feel inspired to follow path of primary respiration as being the true healer. In the past couple of weeks since I’ve been home I have done whole sessions of just sitting at the feet or the head and the feedback I’m getting is very positive. I truly am beginning to feel something miraculous. It feels like I have found a new religion. Thank you again. I look forward to the next class.” – Joshua Craig, Certified Rolfer in Las Vegas
“My main question is… is this for real???? I mean, sometimes I feel like a damn magician while I’m doing this work. I’ve felt fluid connecting from my contact at the Achilles all the way to the ischial tuberosity or sacrum!” – Mike Williams, Certified Rolfer
“…it was an amazing experience for me — learning this gentle way of working will certainly be helpful as an aging Rolfer. Also, the work I received was fantastic! Gale was very helpful in helping me find my way. Thank you. I have been practicing this work in my office and have been surprised and pleased with the outcomes.” – Ronata Eggert, Certified Rolfer
“… [l]istening from the perspective of the fluids as I’ve learned in this workshop provides so much more opportunity for deeper more profound healing and reorganization in our clients. Mostly my clients just smile and say thank you for listening to my body.” – Joseph Culhane, Certified Rolfer
“Having worked for 6 years as a PT, I usually had several sites of aches and pains in the evenings or on the weekend. My initial doubts of the effectiveness of his soft and patient sessions vanished quickly, because the changes were there! In my own practice, it’s still hard to understand how bodies and tissues can change so easily, but I observe more and more sometimes astonishing improvements in my clients. I’m convinced of the principles Thomas teaches and will continue to explore them. How couldn’t I as the results are better while my own body doesn’t hurt anymore?” – Lukas Lehmann, Physical Therapist, Certified Rolfer
School of Inner Health
7550 W. Yale Ave., Ste. B-204
Denver, CO 80227
2023 Class Dates
April 20th-23rd, 2023
About Thomas Walker
Certified Advanced Rolfer, Certified Rolfing Movement Practitioner, Faculty, Dr. Ida Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, RCST ®- Registered Craniosacral Therapist
I discovered Rolfing® in 1980 while recovering from back surgery. The surgery allowed me to walk again but I often still had severe pain. Rolfing alleviated my ongoing pain, by resolving old injuries (football) and compensations which lead to my crippling back pain and eventual surgery. This experience and an ongoing interest in the human body and movement, as an athlete and ski coach, lead me to begin my Rolfing training in 1985. I received my basic certification in 1987, finished my Advanced Rolfing Certification in 1993, and received my Movement certification in 2002. I have been on the faculty of the Rolf Institute® since 2004 and have conducted classes with students from all over the world.
I completed my foundation training in Biodynamics with Michael Shea in 1998 and am certified as a Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST). I also have over 1400 hours of training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and have spent the last 25 years integrating the Rolfing paradigm of structural integrity into the biodynamic perspective.
Rolfing involves an assertive/direct approach to the myofascial system. Because of my Biodynamic training, I am now able to more easily help bring balance and organization to the body with a much more comprehensive, integrative approach than with Rolfing alone. I get more done with much less effort.
The Rolfing paradigm alone is inadequate in helping to resolve the whole body impacts of trauma. The biodynamic model has provided me with many more tools for not only helping with the physical trauma but also helping to normalize the autonomic nervous system’s response to trauma. It is particularly rewarding to help people to resolve severe trauma and to work with those who thought they would never be comfortable in their body again.
The principles of Biodynamics are derived from Spiritual and natural laws. Deepening into the principles of biodynamics has provided me with the greatest emotional and spiritual growth of my life. To experience Wholeness, is to experience oneness.
As a native Coloradan, I’ve spent most of my life in the mountains and now live in Steamboat Springs, CO. My passions include biking, skiing, rafting and hiking. My most rewarding work is teaching manual therapists how to more easily help the body rediscover its inherent grace, order and freedom of movement.
About Gale Loveitt
Certified Advanced Rolfer, Assistant Teacher Rolf Institute of Structural Integration
My first experience with Rolfing was through my work as a professional seamstress and designer. By trading sewing for Rolfing, I received my first Rolfing series. As the series progressed I experienced a profound shift in my self-awareness and self-esteem. I came to recognize that my physical body was not monstrous and ungainly but actually beautiful in ways I could not see before. The depth of this shift planted a seed and I determined then to help others become more comfortable and functional in their bodies. After three babies and several life transitions this seed sprouted and sent me to Rolfing training from which I graduated in 1990.
My work as a Rolfer has been a wonderful blessing and a simple vehicle for me to bring help and support to my community and people I meet in my travels. The way I was trained, unfortunately was very hard on my hands. I had compressed most of the joints of my hands and sprained my thumbs in my first few years of my practice. To this day, 27 years later, I continue to struggle with the damage I did to my hands early on.
Early on I also realized that I wanted/needed to know more about the head than I had learned in my basic training. I took a weekend cranial workshop a few years into my practice. It was a bio-mechanical training about how to check movement of the cranial bones and then make them do what I think they should do. I could find no way to use this information in my practice, but I did learn that I could feel subtle movements in the body IF I could lighten my touch and not override the movements with my pressure and intention. I also learned more about how to “get out of the way” of healing, as was mentioned in my basic training.
Years later my partner Thomas and I took an opportunity to go to a presentation at an “alternative grand rounds” about Osteopathic cranial work by a renowned Cranial Osteopath, Dr. James Jealous. There were many things he spoke about in his presentation that resonated deeply in me and I recognized that the work Dr. Jealous described was the work I wanted to learn to augment my Rolfing training. Unfortunately he only teaches osteopaths, MDs, DMDs and so my only access to his wisdom was to take every opportunity I could to listen to his public presentations.
It took a few more years for us to find a cranial training that met our criteria for the work we wanted to learn. We trained with Michael Shea, who is an excellent, entertaining and brilliant teacher. Another bonus was that the Michael had been a Rolfer, so he brought a familiar background, view point and language into his training which helped us to integrate parts of that cranial work into our Rolfing practices.
A huge turning point came for me while doing my homework sessions between our cranial class segments. I was amazed to experience that a tight, stiff shoulder I noticed in my check in with my client was completely resolved by doing the very subtle listening, not “doing” and keeping “out of the way” I was practicing in my homework sessions.
This was the true impetus for my long and continuing journey of softening my touch and changing my intention and attention. As I refine my contact skills and presence, always exploring ways to work with my clients that honors and supports their own healing process, my work becomes more broad. My hands continue to heal and immediately alert me to any heavy handedness on my part and the work I do has a wider end result in easing the difficulties my clients bring to my table.
I know so many Rolfers, massage therapist and PTs who have hurt and continue to hurt themselves in the way they do their work. For both practitioners and their clients this training we offer will be of great value to hands on healers. Because of the value I have experienced for both my own wellbeing and my ability to help others, I believe the skills and knowledge that Thomas and I have been refining and deepening into are of tremendous value to folks who use their hands to bring healing to others.
Our intent for the classes we teach is to offer the understanding of how to most effectively address the very sensitive self-healing aspect within our clients and how to practice our healing arts without overriding our client’s inner wisdom and inherent health and so we can more easily serve our community and clients. We look forward to sharing this work with you.