WELLSPRINGS TRAINING FOR PRACTITIONERS
When teaching at Kripalu Institute, I was interviewed by the director of the soon to be established “Kripalu Healing Institute”, for the purpose of introducing some of the Continuum methods to their practitioners.
It became very clear not only in that particular conversation, but as I continued to travel, that practitioners in workshops were using the work in what I considered to be a haphazard way. It was obvious that something more responsible needed to be developed that would be a concise approach contributing to a health practitioners understanding of how to work with retentive patterns, which from my point of view are really states of paralysis.
The Wellsprings of Health Practitioners Program began to grow out of what I consider to be a very real need.
Very simply put, if someone is bound into a pre or postnatal adaptive pattern they are not candidates for any treatment protocol, whether allopathic or alternative.
This was a concept that blew the director at Kripalu away. Being able to not only evaluate people at this level, but also to facilitate this problem was something they had never even thought of.
Being able to “read” tissue from a Continuum point of view is a contribution that is unique. The simplicity and effectiveness of the work itself makes it easy for practitioners to develop programs for clients to do outside of office visits.
The development of breath and tissue structure, that Robert Litman and I have been developing for so many years, forms the basis of the Wellsprings Practitioners Program.
Anyone entering the program must be licensed as a health practitioner or have the equivalent, and must already have had sufficient Continuum experience (100) hours. Everyone must fill out an application form and is screened carefully before coming into the program.
What is really surprising is so many practitioners have no idea of how to work with breath/structure and how to evaluate tissue organization.
Robert and I have spent a good deal of time working out various scenarios and finally have decided that a 17 day pilot program would be about right, along with 6-12 hours of mentoring. The program is $2700 with private telephone mentoring ($100 for 45 minutes). It is only upon our satisfaction and confidence that the practitioner really has absorbed the work will they be given a Certificate of Completion.
What makes the training different than a Continuum workshop is that the emphasis is “clinical”, rather than on personal growth. Participants will be spending time recognizing and learning to orchestrate sequences that are specifically designed to mitigate rigid habitual patterns.
Since breath, tissue organization and anatomy cannot be separated, education into these details are an essential of the program.
- We will learn through our own body experience the implications of varied “tissue choreographies” and their application to client concerns.
- Attention will be paid to pre and post-natal adaptive patterns. These patterns maintain the basic imprint of an organism's engagement with life, and manifest in tissue structure and breath.
- Pre and post care as a result of cancer treatment, neuromuscular compromises, stroke, cranial disorders, respiratory-cardiac complaints; chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and autoimmune disorders will be addressed.
- Protocols will be taught to facilitate practitioner’s ability to integrate the Wellsprings approach into their private practice and for the enhancement of client treatment outcomes.
The program will be offered at the Continuum Studio in Santa Monica, CA. Space is limited to 20 people. If you are interested please download the application.
Emilie Conrad and Robert Litman
Testimonial from a Wellsprings Practitioner.
I cannot begin to tell you what a privilege it is to write this letter to you. For several weeks I was in a deeply felt daze, not believing the treasure of being able sharing continuum with others as a certified practitioner. At first it seemed like a dream, and I still smile when I think of it. I only hope I can be deserving of this gift and honor the work every day.
I was so exited the other day I almost called you to share. Then I decided to write, for in telling this unveiling I felt I would again find clarity within.
In talking about the blurrs with a client, I finally heard you at such a deep level. I realized that I had intellectualized some concepts, but not really heard/felt/integrated them. I am referring to the multi- faceted, multi-layered benefits of the very simple and yet incredibly powerful sound known as the ‘blurr’.
The client’s history includes studies in drama, history, communications and now department head at a local technical school. They had challenges with Meniere’s disease, emotional stresses and breathing issues (asthma, allergies, etc). The combination means that a steady diet of continuum offers them relief on many levels. Treatment for Meniere’s is often hit or miss and with mixed results. With continuum into the head, neck and upper body primarily, their symptoms have abated markedly, so much so that we have moved into addressing the deeper breathing issues (opening the chest and diaphragm with puffed o’s theta’s slow and deliberate hu breath, back breathing, etc)
Recently, the client had a root canal and in relating the story of the physical issues, I was also hearing depression, increased breath issues, etc. I began to think blurrs, blurrs and more blurrs. I started to talk about them and about their richness in disrupting patterns on any level. I shared a bit about the primordial connection and about ways to direct their benefits to various body parts, depending on need. Being a speech instructor, it was fairly easy to talk about the nature of the blurr and they easily understood its preverbal connections. We talked a bit about its many benefits and several examples of strategies, it was their turn.
Well, after blurring a few minutes into their neck and shoulders, face and head, the client opens their eyes and said something like ‘I get it now.’ This sound ‘upends’ whatever needs to be cleared out. Like turning over the apple cart, it ‘upends’ the layers of density be they physical, emotional and or psychological. At this point, they lit up further and related that one did not need to dialog a story, that the blurr took you to where there was no story, but a human connection to the layer of need. They then described some physical responses and settled back into sounding and more open attention. It was awesome.
Then we both remembered what I had shared about your descriptions of the tongue as being the deeper connection within – and they really danced with this idea, going on about the intricacy of the tongue to breathing, speaking, eating, swallowing, and most importantly sounding………….
And I was so excited that I could describe its benefits in a way that worked – and that I was heading in the right direction!
Love n Light