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course code: WS602

teaching to trauma: concussions, brain injuries and post-traumatic stress

kathleen (kitty) breen, presenting at the Alexander Technique Congress 2015

with kathleen (kitty) breen
monday aug 10, 14:00 - 16:00
venue: CG-057, Main Building (ground level)

category:
F alexander principles   B anatomy

In this workshop we will examine what happens to the hyoid apparatus during trauma, its relevance to the principles of our profession and its possible importance to general medical practice. People with brain injuries or certain types of trauma can develop wide ranges of cascading health challenges (physical and mental) and cannot always resume normal life. The Alexander Technique can help brain-injured people achieve full recovery. Serious trauma interferes with proper functioning of the hyoid system and its associated musculature. This is one root cause of many of the lasting symptoms associated with brain injury and trauma. In this workshop you will learn about the hyoid apparatus, its anatomy and unique properties, and why it is useful to consider it as an apparatus instead of just a bone. We will observe how it reacts in trauma and the magnitude of this stimulus on overall Use and Functioning. Through hands-on experience, we will explore ways to safely invite change. Within this framework, we will discuss the unique learning needs of the brain-injured student or student in trauma, and practice best hands-on practice for teaching those suffering from concussion, stroke, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, or other life stress.

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