The Relational Somatics course of study will prepare massage therapists to practice in a clinical setting with techniques specific for treatment of psychological and physical problems. It includes classes focusing on physiological problems and Western methods of treatment. The approach is most appropriate for working closely with the Western medical model and will provide the therapist with a clear understanding of medical terminology and the ability to interact with professionals in that environment. This path also provides preparation for the therapist interested in techniques desired for working in Health Clinics, Recovery Programs and Private Practice.
Relational Somatics explores the use of the relationship between bodyworker and client as a central healing tool. Through touch, verbal enhancement, love, humor, courage, therapeutic challenges, stories, song, movement and case studies, we will journey to those places in the soul that we can legitimately go to together. A therapeutic process of 1.) Connecting 2.) Accessing 3.) Externalizing (Releasing) and 4.) Integrating (Internalizing) will be developed along with its necessary questions of intimacy, parallel process, boundaries (& dual relationships), transference and counter-transference.
Additionally we will explore: working with trauma and post-traumatic stress as manifested in the body-soul. We will utilize the principles of structural work and deep tissue sculpting with fascial stretching and holding; creative approaches to working with armoring and defending in our clients; and working alliances with allied health professionals.
Prerequisites: Students must meet all general admission requirements. In addition, students are required to have successfully completed the Contemporary Methods (A & B) courses, as well as Communications I: Client Centered Techniques and Principles of Structural Integration. Courses must be taken in the order indicated. Each Course taken will count toward only one specialization.
|Required Courses||Course Title||Credit Units||Credit Hours|
|EL304P||The Way of the Healer- Intro to Relational Somatics||2.50||30|
|SP322A||Relational Somatics Concentration||5.00||60|
COMM2/305D COMM2/305I COMM2/305H
|Communication II elective – see choices below:
Illuminating the Chakras
Mindfulness & Meditation
EL205NI EL205H ART540B
|Movement Elective – see choices below: Nia Feldenkrais The Moving Soma||1.25||15|
|see catalog||Guided Elective in Somatic Methods||2.50||30|
|Total Units / Hours||12.50||150|