July 28th, 2017 9:30 AM   through   July 30th, 2017 5:30 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
Kenmore, WA 98028

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Phone: 4256023361
Early Registration $ 479.00
Simkin Course Types
Course Type: Pediatric Fascial Balancing
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience massage practitioners, physical & occupational therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, physicians, midwives, nurses & other providers who are licensed to touch. Training in cranial or visceral work is preferable but not necessary.
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Gain safe and effective skills in hands-on workshop with babies up to 6 months using myofascial, visceral and cranial techniques. Friday-Sunday, July 28-30, 2017 9:30am-5:30pm $479 - Early Registration thru June 28, 2017 $529 - Full Registration after June 28, 2017 *Students who have already taken this class may register at a reduced price. Contact SimkinCenter@bastyr.edu for details.

Learning to treat newborns may be the most fun you’ll have!  Infants are vital, mobile and tremendously present.  Between the physical stresses of being born and remarkable growth, this population has its own set of challenges –you can offer much to help their bodies adjust and grow.

  • Learn a gentle approach that aligns with the body’s responses to achieve change
  • Discover treatments which are brief and immediate because a child's system is so available
  • Relate to the unique needs of each individual child and gain capacity with constant adaptation and improvisation
  • Support the foundational family unit during a crucial attachment period
  • Offer treatment which emphasize rapport, non-verbal communication and acknowledging the whole family

Course Notes

  • Practice clinical skills with newborns in a supervised setting
  • Embryology overview
  • Study the birth process, fetal presentation and common interventions during labor which may have structural implications for the infant
  • Normal infant motor, cognitive and social development 
  • Treatment strategies for common conditions such as torticollis, cranial/facial molding, shoulder dystocia, colic, feeding problems and disruptive sleep patterns
  • Review simple movement and reflex patterns for assessing possible myofascial restrictions (not as a means of neural diagnosis)
  • Active learning: Hands on clinical practicum, work on the floor and table, partner exercises, demonstration, presentations and discussion
  • Treatment skills for healthy children, not those with more complex needs. 

See a video of Lauren demonstrating these techniques here.  

Audience: massage practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, physicians, midwives, nurses and other providers who are licensed to touch.  Training in cranial or visceral work is preferable but not necessary. Exceptions will be considered, contact us for more information.


21 CEUs approved from the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Bodywork and Massage (NCBTMB) Provider #450788-08

21 CEUs approved from the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI) - Category 3 

Lauren Christman headshotInstructor: Lauren Christman, LMP is an author, experienced educator and NCBTMB approved provider.  Her areas of specialty are structural integration, craniosacral, visceral manipulation, emotional integration techniques and include specific applications in pediatric and intraoral work.  She has had a private practice for over two decades in the Seattle area.