Lowen Systems: Dynamic Manual Interface

Classes

Lowen Systems: Dynamic Manual Interface is a complete system of Manual Therapy.  Classes can be taken by practitioners who have a license to touch, including Physical Therapists, Naturopaths, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Physicians, Chiropractors, Occupational Therapists, Athletic Trainers and Nurses.  The interest, background and type of practice that one has will influence the classes best suited to that individual, but there are classes which have prerequisites within the curriculum, since some of the advanced material builds on other skills.

To focus on this work as a primary modality, one would want to take all, if not most of the classes.  To add finesse and efficiency and a new level of functional diagnostics to an established practice, there would likely be a set of recommended classes to suit that individual need.  We do recommend that you speak to Laurie Levine-Lowen, the Educational Director, to help determine which classes would be of most use and interest.  We would like to make sure that the time and money spent on your continuing educational is well spent.

For all students, we recommend that Core Skills and Concepts be taken early on.  We have kept the cost of this class low and usually teach it in a weekend format.  This class focuses on the unique hand skills, general techniques and the philosophy of this approach.  We have found that it greatly facilitates the learning at all other classes, even for students who are quite advanced in other forms of manual therapy.  It is ideal to take this class first, but there are a few classes that we allow students to take prior to this class.  These are: Biomechanical Regulators Foundations (for students who are already very familiar with working with the spine and pelvis and know the nomenclature), Connective Tissue Foundations, and Fluid Pressure Dynamics Foundations.  In almost every situation, we believe that students will still have a better experience in these classes after taking Core, but some students feel they need to experience more of the application before committing to a field of study.   Sometimes it is also a matter of one of these classes being available nearby before Core is offered.

TRAINING INTENSIVES

This work is constantly evolving: what Frank Lowen is doing now seems quite different from what he did even a few years ago, and there is a place in the curriculum wherein students can study cutting edge material directly with Frank in small groups.  However, to feel comfortable at that level, one needs to have considerable background in this program.  The techniques that he is doing may seem simple, but they are based upon years of skill acquirement and a plethora of information that he has integrated over time.

PRACTICUM

We also have another form of tutorial available that allows students to get clarification and practice with classes that they have taken and apply it directly to their interest and practice.  These are done in groups of two with our Educational Director and are referred to as Practicum.

GENERAL DESCRIPTIONS

FASCIAL AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE REGULATORS

          The Fascial Regulators approach is a unique and revolutionary way to change the tension and properties of connective tissue, including fascia, ligaments, joint capsules, membranes, muscles, and others.  It utilizes the body’s own mechanisms to achieve practically instantaneous, painless, and often large changes in connective tissue, including multiple layers and tissue systems simultaneously. 

BIOMECHANICAL REGULATORS

          These techniques address very specific and detailed components of spine, sacral, pelvic and extremity biomechanics.  Certain points (regulators) are engaged in relationship to positions specific to the desired movement of the joint or interface.  Immediate changes in range of motion, movement patterns and gait can be readily observed and experienced.  Space and balance within a joint can be re-established, ameliorating or preventing conditions which commonly arise from chronic joint compression.  Advanced classes learn to work with subtle movements and impulses that effect patterns of movement in a profound way when corrected.  Even complex issues involving biomechanics are easily assessed and treated with these original techniques. 

MANUAL PERCEPTION

          Manual Perception is an entirely new and original field of diagnostics and related treatment.  The hand is used in a very specific way to seek and interpret information from the body and to assist in engaging optimal corrective activity.  With training, tension is perceived to collect in the hand at different areas that correspond to tissues or systems in the body separately and in relationship to each other.  These tensions can also be specifically engaged to explore the influence of other systems and to treat the tissue or system.  With training and practice, the possibilities are staggering.  These tools can be utilized alone or as an adjunct to any other therapy system. 

PHYSICAL/ENERGETIC INTERFACE

          The Physical/Energetic Interface series contain more advanced courses for the practitioner who has developed proficiency and understanding of the basic skills and concepts.  A good working knowledge of anatomy is paramount.  Within these seminars, the student is introduced to the location and interaction with very specific anatomical structures and learns to find, distinguish and engage their rhythm patterns to enhance function.  This series includes courses for the neurological and circulatory systems starting at the more physical interfaces and progressing to that which falls more in the energetic realm.

FLUID PRESSURE DYNAMICS

          This is the newest addition to the DYNAMIC MANUAL INTERFACE curriculum but perhaps the foundation for much of the other class material.  FLUID PRESSURES are the impetus for change throughout the body.  In these classes students learn how to use the main circulatory rhythm to effect changes to all tissues.  We explore the relationship between the viscera and biomechanics and the cranial mechanism as well.  There is a Foundation level class as well as two advanced classes to date in this series.  This is truly state of the art therapy.  Full body changes can be achieved simply and quickly.

CERTIFICATION

            At present, we have Foundations Certification.  The requirement for this certification is completion of Core Concepts and Skills, Connective Tissue Foundations, Manual Perception 1, Biomechancial Regulators or Fluid Pressure Dynamics Foundations, and completion of Hand Skills/Practical Integration.  HSPI includes performance, oral and written assessment by Laurie Levine-Lowen or one of our senior instructors.  We may have an Advanced Certification in the future.