Evidence based Mind-Body and Movement exercises to improve the function and well being of the lower back
Presenter: Eric Franklin (1/2 day - afternoon)

Maximum number of participants: 40

This workshop offers an integrated approach to improving the function of the spine with imagery techniques and movement exercises derived from the Franklin Method. Participants will gain a toolbox of easy and effective mind body tools to help their clients improve posture, movement skills and motivation.

The workshop will show how to reeducate spinal motion using a client centered, take-home approach. Psychological and social causes of back pain will be addressed using motivational and metaphorical imagery. Mental motor imagery is a most versatile tool for health with a solid scientific foundation. Mental imagery is safe, fast and effective and can be used at any age and for any population. The class will introduce the principles of effective practice, differing types of imagery as applied the lumbar spine and how to make the best imagery choices for your clients. Exercises with rolling balls will improve the strength and balance of the spine and release lower back, shoulder and neck tension.

This experiential approach provides a refreshed understanding of biomechanics by introducing a user-friendly vocabulary for clients, patients and practitioners, while improving both learning and teaching. The key solution is to introduce “working in” vs. “working out”. Participants will leave the course with a personal experience of the benefits of imagery as well as a treasure trove of client centered applications.

About the presenter:

Eric Franklin: The Franklin Method was founded by Eric Franklin in 1994 and is taught all over the world, including the Universities of Vienna, Cologne, Karlsruhe and the Juilliard School in New York. The Franklin Method is recognized by the health providers in Switzerland and is regularly seen at Dance, Pilates, Yoga and Physiotherapy conferences.