Visceral Manipulation for the Stomach and Small Intestines
by Peter Levin (formerly Peter Wuhrl) August 7-10, 2015 Fri, Sat, Sun: 12noon to 6pm Mon: 9am to 3pm Pawtucket, RI
An opportunity to study a unique approach to visceral work in Boston. This class open to anyone with any background in cranio-sacral. This class will be an introduction to Peter Wurhl's approach.
The life of the dynamic small intestines in the homey stability of the colonic frame.
The seminar develops diagnosis and treatment of the main organs of the gut, the small and large intestines. They are sisters, part of the same family but differ greatly in their abilities and sensibilities. Therefore we will treat them differently.
Small and large intestines share the characteristics of the gut tube family, the sensitive mucosa as inner lining and the muscle coat for bowl movements. They are different in form and function and will respond accordingly to lives challenges. We look at their common qualities, their individuality and interaction in the organ family.
The small intestines are about communication with the outside world. They stand for metabolic metamorphosis and for defining borders: Yes/No, Me/Not-Me. They allow for immunological tolerance and resistance, and they are dynamic within a stable frame, the colon. The large intestines build a colonic frame around the nosy, curious and always moving small intestines. In diagnosis and treatment we take these individual qualities into account.
Class content Besides applied anatomy and physiology we cover the following clinical topics:
biomechanics of gut tube,
organ character and therapeutic relationship,
digestion and absorption,
viscera and the development of uprightness,
treatment of hypo-/hyper-activity and specific pathologies
About Peter and his teaching Peter works as an Osteopath in Hamburg and teaches visceral and pediatric Osteopathy for 15 years. His teaching style is energetic and inspiring; he brings together qualities of touch in the therapeutic relationship with a biomechanical interpretation of health and disease. Peter published several books and articles on Osteopathy, with Jérôme Helsmoortel and Thomas Hirth a scientifically sound and perception based textbook on the diagnosis and treatment of inner organs (Visceral Osteopathy: The Peritoneal Organs, Eastland Press, Seattle 2010). Peter was co-editor of the German Journal of Osteopathy and a driving force in the development of the first osteopathic curriculum for a master program in Germany.
Peter’s professional life is shaped by a fascination for the medical as well as the experienced body in therapy, movement and dance. He studied Sociology, Social Anthropology and Religion in Freiburg, Berlin and London. He got interested in the embeddedness of human nature in the natural world and was introduced to the work of Helmuth Plessner and Jean Piaget on Phenomenology and the developmental process.. At the Berlin Free University Peter took part in interdisciplinary discussions about medicine and power and he familiarized himself with the historical perspective of Barbara Duden on Somatogenesis. Especially the lectures of Klaus Heinrich on embodiment and the relationship of inner and outer nature had the strongest impact on Peter’s understanding of the body and body politics. Later in his career he was infused with American pragmatism.
Peter deepened his experience of the living body and embodied anatomy while training and teaching Contact Improvisation and Body-Mind-Centering. The work of Elsa Gindler is an ongoing challenge and reminder to stay within the realm of our sensual experience and bodily perception. Gindler’s work on sensory awareness - being there with someone else and being yourself in the process - is at the core of Peter’s interest in an action and perception based osteopathic approach.
Being there, in contact with oneself while staying in contact with a patient, is the key requirement in developing a therapeutic relationship. Peter’s osteopathic approach is in keeping with the major scientific and social experiences of the 20th century. His practice as well as his writing and teaching focus on sensory-motor experience and palpable qualities, on proprioception and touch, on building a therapeutic relationship and interpreting the biomechanical expression of biological activity. His teaching bridges the gap between the medical and the experienced body; his texts foster a culture of questioning the osteopathic body image. Peter’s writing circles around the reality of Osteopathy: how does Osteopathy actually work? How do osteopaths and patients experience Osteopathy? How can we teach, reflect and study Osteopathy?
Sorry, no CE hours are being offered for this course.
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