A branch of Kinesiology that offers Body Tracking
The School of Creative Kinesiology was founded in 1989 by Carrie Jost, who had made the exciting discovery that the body can actually give feedback about how it is functioning. She saw this as an unfolding of the mystery about the way the body is working (or not) which allows a creative process to take place between therapist and client, through witnessing and working with symptoms and problems. ‘I love the gentle non-invasive work of acupressure and healing techniques that can really shift the energetic problem in the body, relieving symptoms and encouraging a new view on life’. Understanding that all of our experiences – physical, emotional or spiritual – can be held in our physical self is the basis of the work of Creative Kinesiology.
Body Tracking is the method we use to find out what your body is saying to you. Our bodies are wise – they know all about us. Symptoms come about so we can listen to what our bodies are saying – they have no other way of speaking. They can show up as any kind of discomfort, stress, aches and pains, digestive difficulties, low energy, ongoing problems of any kind, including relationships, family stresses and not being able to achieve goals in life.
We can track the problem, discover what it is doing there and from our wide array of techniques available find the ones to make a positive change. We use muscle biofeedback for the tracking – a method that comes from chiropractic – we include some bodywork techniques also originating in chiropractic work. Energy techniques give us a huge range of ways to help – many founded in acupuncture theory – such as acupressure – to make a change in the energy flows in the body.
This work will appeal particularly to those interested in personal growth and their Life Journey – healing the past, expanding the Self in the present and moving forward with potential.
- Enabling individuals to empower themselves
- Supporting people through change
- Learning the tools for life
When we see life as a story, we can find the triggers to our problems or symptoms and understand and heal them, so we are free to be fully ourselves.
The approach of Creative Kinesiology is person-centred. Practitioner and client work alongside each other in a co-creative journey. This process works by accepting, witnessing and using gentle, non-invasive healing techniques (derived from Applied Kinesiology and other modalities.) Each session is tailored to you – every one of you is unique and our bodies will be talking just about you – on all levels of body, mind, emotions and spirit.
Our Kinesiology practitioners are well trained and thorough and above all, they love the work they do – making a difference by facilitating your own healing mechanisms to work effectively. It is worth having a go if you have an ongoing problem that doesn’t seem to be getting resolved, if you are interested in preventing ill health and if you wish to be full of energy to live life to the full.
The School has now expanded, having trained over 250 Professional Practitioners and currently 10 Teachers providing courses all over the country. The CK School became an Association of the BCMA in 2016. A summary of our training courses are below:
THE LIFE TRACKING SERIES
A foundation kinesiology course, recognised by the Kinesiology Federation of GB. As well as an exploration of the world of subtle energy and an opportunity for self-development, it gives an introduction to the “tracking” approach, pioneered by Creative Kinesiology. The syllabus is below:
- Everything is Connected
We are connected to all of life and each other. Well-being happens when every part of our self is balanced & connected.
- Chinese Medicine – the basics
- kinesiology muscle testing
- balancing subtle energies
- practical tools for maintaining equilibrium
- We Can Make A Difference
Exploring how intentions, thoughts and goals can shape our lives:
- starting to track in the energy system
- releasing the blockages so we can move forward
- the Chinese five elements
- Witnessing: The Key to Change
When our stories and our Selves are uncovered and witnessed, our bodies and energy systems can let go of any unnecessary patterns:
- body language, posture & energy splits
- balancing the waters of life
- witnessing others and ourselves
- Self Empowerment
Our focus is on enhancing self-esteem and ways of standing more fully in our own power:
- tracking into the past and healing it
- deeper techniques for centring
- balancing the chakras
As we deepen the tracking work and build our tool kit, we are ready to launch into the next part of the journey:
- recognizing & developing gifts and talents
- the body’s inner realms
- tracking into the future
WAY OF THE TRACKER
This is the professional kinesiology training and a journey of profound spiritual growth and self-discovery which develops the detective work approach of “tracking” to discover the story behind a person’s symptoms and how best to heal. This is designed for you if you:
- Are interested in making a difference
- Enjoy being with people Wish to help others to heal and change
- Are open to being a detective – a body detective
- Have some idea what it means to take a journey of personal growth
You will learn to:
- Listen deeply and witness another as they tell their story
- Help to alleviate symptoms using an array of wonderful techniques
- Look beyond the obvious and discover what is not being said
- Find and use the maps that can guide the work (Physical maps, Nutritional maps, Elemental maps, Emotional maps, Medicine Wheel maps, Energy maps and many others)
- Support people wishing to go on a journey of discovery
- Understand the importance of relieving stress, finding balance and celebrating life.
A professional kinesiology training offering the opportunity to undertake a healing journey through learning simple and effective adjustments to the physical body and the electro-magnetic energy, as well as exploring various other approaches derived from Applied Kinesiology.
COMBINED DIPLOMA – WAY AND THE TRACKER AND PERCEPTUAL BODYTRACKING
This new kinesiology professional training will take you on a profound spiritual journey through which you will receive a thorough training in kinesiology practice. Taking place over roughly two years, you will become confident in the skills of a professional Kinesiology practitioner, able to work deeply with emotion, energy and bodywork.
The School provides courses in most core subjects.
- Inter-Personal Skills
- Practice Management
- Anatomy & Physiology
The aim of these courses is to provide a creative and experiential approach to the subject matter while incorporating the creative Kinesiology approach.
KINESIOLOGY PRACTITIONER DEVELOPMENT
Includes mentoring, master classes and continuing professional courses – these are important aspects of the work of the School.
KINESIOLOGY TEACHER TRAINING
An in-house programme of teacher training and how to lead groups and workshops is available that enables the School to train Kinesiology practitioners as teachers and workshop leaders of LifeTracking, Way of the Tracker and Perceptual Bodywork. Courses available are: Presenting Kinesiology and Group Work Skills. Practitioners must also repeat the professional training if they wish to teach at a professional level.
For further information, please look on www.creativekinesiology.org
Long time BCMA member Staś Bernasiński has a natural affinity with bodywork. He holds distinctions in Therapeutic and Advanced Massage from the Natural Healing Centre in Cork, he is a certified sports injury therapist and a qualified Neuromuscular Therapist (NMT). Continuing professional development keeps his thirst and knowledge for bodywork prime and has taken him to many fascinating seminars, workshops and courses including Advanced Orthopaedic Massage, NeuroKinetic Therapy®, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation and more. Staś (pronounced Stash, rhymes with dash), who came to Cork in 2002, is British-born and of Polish extraction. He speaks both English and Polish natively. he works at Remedy Massage in Cork.
Remedy Massage specialises in therapeutic massage, remedial massage and neuromuscular physical therapy, combining massage and advanced manual therapy for effective pain care, rehabilitation and soft tissue health. Therapeutic massage is perfect for relaxation and letting go of tension. Remedial massage and physical therapy benefit a wide range of common injuries and pain conditions, long-term or recent. Visit us at our clinic or let us call to you. Treatments are always tailored to your needs.
Visit his website http://remedymassage.ie/
“Blown away today to watch a baby turn itself from breech to cephalic during myofascial release work at an awesome School of Bodywork study day. The mother was so much more comfortable after the baby turned and grinned from ear to ear.
It was so gentle and permissive. Truly the baby chose to turn. Somehow the therapist merely held the space which enabled this. The change in the mother’s demeanour was profound from tense and experiencing chronic pain since 11/40 to smiling happy and comfortable. She told us the baby was moving big movements about 10 minutes into the treatment. The therapist’s hands were still. We could easily see the baby’s movements and all of us noticed the changed shape of her belly after the Release. She was kind enough to let me palpate afterwards, already convinced her belly felt quite different at the top. It looked so gentle and led by the baby. I was in awe and still am. More workshops may follow.”
The above account was written by Liz Nightingale an extremely well regarded independent midwife of 13 years.
On the 8th of August I, Emma Gilmore Director of School of Bodywork was kindly invited to Oxfordshire to teach 13 chiropractors and one midwife some incredibly effective myofascial release techniques, to free up restrictions in the pelvic diaphragm and abdomopelvic cavity which allows breech or posterior babies to turn. After settling into the space and getting over my fascination at the tiny chiropractic couches we settled into what was to become a very moving day.
The course entitled Pelvic Diaphragm Release is a one day course and in the past has been attended by midwives, physiotherapists, massage therapists, doulas or partners. So working with chiropractors was new to me.
After an introduction to fascia and an exercise to tune the therapists into the subtle yet profound touch of the myofascial techniques, I went on to teach the “workhorse” of MFR, the Cross Hand Release, a gentle, flat handed technique where the therapist contacts the patient’s body and feels for the first restriction or barrier. With light, sustained, yet constant pressure applied into the patient’s body, the trained therapist will begin to feel the restrictions release, working through barrier after barrier, releasing layers of restriction within the fascial system. This subtle yet profound work created a great atmosphere in the room and there was great focus amongst the students; everyone truly understood the essence of this work.
After lunch Geri a 34 week pregnant patient of a chiropractor present joined us, she had been in a lot of discomfort since week 11 of her pregnancy, she had numbness and pain down her left leg, and had been walking on crutches, she did not look 34 weeks pregnant. Her baby boy was in breech position. She looked exhausted and in pain, although had a charming disposition. She climbed awkwardly and tentatively onto the couch with the help of a foot stool and lay in a supine position. I ensured she was as comfortable as possible and explained briefly what I was going to do, she seemed very happy. While I worked with Transverse plane technique; which frees up restrictions within the pelvic diaphragm; Geri talked about some of the difficulties of her pregnancy, her baby was almost never still (as he was constantly trying to get in a more comfortable positon for both of them). As I worked I felt her sacrum soften and “drop” into my hand, allowing space into her body, I continued for several minutes more, tuning into what the baby and mother needed, we both felt further restrictions on the left of the abdomopelvic cavity, so after gently removing my hands from the original position I worked here with a Cross Hand Release, after a few more minutes of this technique there was a terrific movement and Gerri looked almost shocked as the bay repositioned himself in a cephalic position, it was clear that my work was done. So I invited Liz to palpate…….the baby had turned itself cephalic, Geri got off the couch saying how different she felt, the baby had dropped and she now looked like a pregnant woman, she then walked without crutches.
These techniques are a MUST for all midwives and bodywork therapists working with pregnant women.
Next course: Tuesday November 25th 2014
Pelvic Diaphragm Releases: Incredibly effective myofascial release techniques, to release restrictions and allow breech or posterior babies to turn. Invaluable techniques for midwives, massage therapists, doulas or partners. £95
7 CPD points awarded by APNT
Welcome to the BCMA Blog. For our first posts I thought I would start to introduce some of the team here at the British Complementary Medicine Association. Today is my turn, I am the BCMA Administrator and have worked for the BCMA for over 10 years, before I was asked to design their ‘new’ website and do some admin duties I had only a very limited view about Complementary Therapies and what CAM was all about.
I had vaguely heard of Homeopathy and Acupuncture but what on earth are Reiki, Reflexology and NLP? I had of course some knowledge of massage but how did you know where to find a massage therapist and not get more than you bargained for (certain impressions gained from the media immediately sprang to mind). So as with all my past jobs I needed to know more if I was going to be a part of this organisation. This started with my self education on complementary therapies. Luckily I am competent with computers, search engines and have pretty good ‘people skills’ so I started research.
It soon became apparent there was a whole world of therapies out there, most of them directed at your body’s own ability to heal itself with gentle help, NONE of them are miracle cures and would never claim to be so. I learned early on that professional therapists with good reputations never claim to be able to do more than help your body use its natural abilities and relax you.
In the last ten years I have been privileged to meet many therapists and sample some of their therapies. I now have first hand experience of many of the therapies within the BCMA including Reiki, Reflexology and Energy Field Therapy and have a much better understanding of CAM, which helps me when I am responding to questions via phone and email from the public and therapists.
The BCMA has just announced the launch of the BCMA Guides, at our first ever Road Show on 18th May 2013, one of which I have helped to compile ‘The BCMA Guide to Finding a Therapist’ one of 4 guides being released as either an online download or in paper format for a very low fee.
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy Organisation’
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy School’
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy Clinic’
More information to follow during the launch.
Which title would you be interested in? Are there any titles you would like to see added?