course code: WS624
working with clients with hypermobility
with julie barber
friday aug 14, 14:00 - 16:00
venue: HSG-023, Health Science Building (ground level)
F alexander principles O other
Hypermobility – double-jointedness – is an inherited connective tissue condition in which the body’s collagen is more elastic than the ‘norm.’ This leads to an increase in overall body flexibility, particularly around joints. For most people this causes few problems. For some, notably musicians, gymnasts and dancers, this enhanced flexibility actually may afford a very useful advantage, though it also leaves them more prone to injuries, such as sprains and dislocations.
However sometimes hypermobility can also lead to debilitating chronic pain, known as Hypermobility Syndrome (HMS) / Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – Hypermobility (EDS-HM). Increasingly, professionals in the field recognize that Alexander Technique is a very useful tool in the ongoing considerations of those suffering from HMS and other hypermobility problems. In the near future, teachers are likely to see more referrals from medical professionals and those working for organizations like HMSA.
In this workshop, we address hypermobility in general, how to recognize it in pupils and how best to use AT with sufferers of HMS. Being aware that a pupil is HM gives insight as to why some typical problems arise, such as underdeveloped proprioception (resulting in a pupil being simultaneously both ‘too loose’ and yet ‘too tight’), or a propensity for soft tissue damage such as plantar fasciitis.
There will be time for discussion, Q and A, and demonstration of hands-on.