Virtual Workshop on The Diaphragm
Marek Urbanowicz. MA. MAc. MBAcC. ICAK (UK)
Marek first encountered Kinesiology in 1980 when he met Brian Butler. He was already trained in Shiatsu, Swedish massage, Reflexology, and got his license in Traditional Acupuncture in 1979. He studied Touch for Health with Brian Butler, then attended the first TFH instructor training in 1981 with Gordon Stokes. In 1983 Marek attended the first advanced kinesiology course in Holland with Dr. Sheldon Deal and continued studying with him for over 10 years.
Marek was asked to devise an advanced one year course in Kinesiology by Brian Butler which he taught for 7 years at TASK (UK). He’s also a member of ICAK, did a thesis on the diaphragm and voice as part of his MA at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and has been in full-time practice since 1979.
Diaphragm course for kinesiologists
Most of us will be familiar with the importance of the diaphragm with regards to breathing but it also performs other vital functions that you are probably less familiar with such as posture and digestion.
Why how you breathe matters!
Anyone who has spent enough time learning about exercise and mindfulness or meditation, comes across a rather strange idea – that there is more than one way to breathe. Most of the time we don’t think about breathing, our body breathes on its own without us having to tell it how! But knowing the full story behind “diaphragm breathing” will help you get deeper and more relaxed breathing, and will help you support your body in a safe, protective posture.
Did you know that the diaphragm actually supports your posture too?
The diaphragm is the one important structure that helps integrate lumbar stability. While many practitioners focus on the ability of the diaphragm to maintain an adequate breath, they forget it plays an integral part in providing stability and mobility to the lumbar vertebrae. This attachment goes as low as the L1-L3, so that’s a pretty far reach when we breathe.
During this day seminar on the diaphragm we will look at the following:
- Anatomy: origin, insertion, innervation
- Importance of the diaphragm in meridian function
- The three burners and the diaphragm
- Muscle tonus: hyper and hypo
- Reasons for hypertonicity
- Symptomatology of poor diaphragmatic function
- Assessment of Diaphragmatic Function.
- Visual observation
- Breath holding time
- Thoracic Mobility
- Snider’s Test
Who you’ll be able to help
Improving diaphragmatic function energises the meridian system, helps release anxiety and tension, can improve back and shoulder issues. Patients have reported that digestion has improved, thinking is clearer and their voices have become stronger. Moreover, they’ve started to enjoy a full breath again with all the attendant benefits that brings.