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Integrative Techniques for Pelvic Floor & Core Function: Part A - Laying the Foundation

presented by Bill Gallagher and Richard Sabel

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In this first course of a 3 part series, the online participant will learn low-tech, non-invasive techniques to address pelvic floor dysfunction that draw from Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, Feldenkrais and conventional rehab therapies, to guide clients toward improved health and function. Part A lays the foundation for the series by covering anatomy, core concepts related to "habits of the mind," and the physiology of breathing as it relates to the pelvic floor. Throughout each course in this series, Bill and Richard will walk you through various exercises that you are encouraged to perform at home, in order to better prepare you to guide your own patients through the same exercises in your setting of care.

Meet Your Instructors

Bill Gallagher, PT, CMT, CYT

Bill Gallagher has developed a uniquely integrative approach to maximize comfort and function. By integrating the Physical Therapy traditions of the East (Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga) with somatic therapies of the West (Conventional Therapeutic Exercise, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Pilates, Osteopathy), Mr. Gallagher helps his clients maximize function and minimize pain. Through meditation instruction, guided imagery, biofeedback…

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Richard Sabel, OTR, MA, MPH, GCFP

Richard Sabel is the Education Director of East West Rehab and a Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate’s Occupational Therapy Program. For many years he successfully integrated occupational therapy and somatic practices of the East and West into a distinctive approach to help clients reengage in meaningful occupations. This integrated practice evolved from his personal…

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1. Introduction and Pelvic Breath Lab

Walk through a seated pelvic breath lab as an introduction to this experiential course. After the lab, Bill Gallagher and Richard Sabel provide an introduction to their backgrounds in integrative medicine as well as the course topics.

2. Core Concepts and Anatomy

Explain how physical and mental habits impact health and function, apply the concept of mindfulness to therapeutic practice, apply the Weber-Fechner law to therapeutic practice, and contrast a structural intervention to a functional movement intervention.

3. Pelvic Movements and Pelvic Clock

Describe common movements of the pelvic bony structure, guide clients to experience movements of the pelvic bony structure, explain the benefits of the pelvic clock, and use the pelvic clock as a therapeutic intervention.

4. Pelvic Breath II

Perform a second pelvic breath lab, which involves a sensory “snapshot” of body and breath, allowing breath to happen below the rib cage, and a bladder-lung image (hammock, balloon).

5. Breath Lecture and Conclusion

Understand pelvic floor and spinal mechanics involved in respiration. Explain benefits of a lower breathing pattern and identify the possible causes of chest breathing.

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