Level 2 – Flexibility Intensive – Self-Guided Option

$300.00 AUD

Price displayed excludes GST (Applies to Australian residents only)

This course is specifically designed for dance teachers, health professionals, pilates instructors, yoga teachers, gymnastic coaches and Martial Art Instructors.  If you are struggling to improve mobility of your students, or feeling frustrated with a particular student who just isn’t making progress, this course is for you! This workshop will help you assess your students in detail and be able to offer them effective techniques in a logical clear order to get them on the way to achieving their optimal flexibility.

The Self-Guided version of the L2 Flexibility course allows you to explore this content in your own time. This will give you access to the members area, which includes 100+ content videos, assessment sheets, PDF versions of the manual, plus access to video recordings of a previous L2 Flexibility Online Workshop. 

  • What’s included (You will get instant access to the following) :
    • Access to the Members Area: You will be given access to the  Level Two Flexibility Intensive members area, which includes videos of every test and exercise, downloadable PDF’s and the course manual in PDF format
    • A comprehensive set of assessment sheets: These sheets make any future flexibility assessments easy to conduct, and to share with your colleagues.
    • Access to recordings of a previous online workshop (12 hours of content): This is great if you would like more detailed guidance through the content, and includes lots of discussion from other teachers on the course.

 By ticking this box, I understand that any of the material gained from these workshops can exclusively be used for the educational purposes of my teaching. Redistribution of this material, either electronically or physically, is not allowed as well as dissemination of the information within these courses for personal profit.

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Level 2 Flexibility Intensive - Self Guided Option

Many traditional stretches and even many "Myofascial Release Techniques" may actually be doing more harm than good. Flexibility, or lack thereof, is very rarely contributed to muscle tension alone. We must look at each individual element carefully to understand the true cause of any restrictions in range of motion.  Factors like joint shape or position, neural tension, fascial tension, breath, postural habits and even emotion can all contribute to lack of flexibility in an individual. Once the true cause is identified, efficient and safe techniques can be used to rapidly, and safely, improve mobility.

If you are struggling to find exercises to fit all students or feeling frustrated because you feel helpless with a particular student who just isn’t making progress, this course is for you! This workshop will help you assess your students in detail and be able to offer them effective techniques in a logical clear order to get them on the way to achieving THEIR optimal flexibility.

This intensive teacher training workshop will change how you work with flexibility forever!

This intensive teacher training workshop with Lisa Howell will answer questions such as:

  • What make makes one person tighter than the other?
  • Why can one dancer do the splits without stretching while others can’t, even when they try so hard?
  • Why do students sometimes feel even less flexible when they are stretching?
  • How do I deal with a class full of students with different levels of flexibility?
  • How do I deal with students who suddenly lose flexibility when they go through a growth spurt?
  • What is neural tension, and how can I work safely with students with tight nerves?
  • How do you stop flexibility gains from regressing the next day?
  • How do you know which mobiliser to use for each student?

Aims of the course:

  • Increase the awareness of the multifactorial nature to flexibility training, that everyone is different and may require different training techniques at different periods of time.
  • Educate dance teachers and therapists that the traditional method of pushing into restriction is often not the most effective way to improve, and in some cases may be counter productive.
  • Explore safe ways of assessing exactly where each individual is restricted in order to create the most effective program.
  • Learn safe ways of mobilising these restrictions to create more mobility.
  • Understand why these areas of tension build up in the first place and how subtle changes to how we sit, stand and walk can make an enormous difference to our flexibility.
  • Help teachers manage the flexibility of adolescents safely through growth-spurts.
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New Online Virtual Workshop Format

The original Level 2 Flexibility Intensive course has been reworked into a Self-Guided Option to allow everyone to have access to the content. When working through the Self-Guided course, we highly recommend having a student or colleague model with you, to practice applying the tests and exercises immediately. Alternatively, you may work through the content yourself, and then apply as needed with your clients.

Assessing Range: The course commences with some exploration of how to carefully assess each individual's particular restrictions, taking note of the quality of the restriction, as well as the range. This leads into an understanding of the order of priority in which restrictions need be worked on for optimal efficiency and safety in flexibility gains.

The Importance of the Breath: Effective breathing mechanics can have a surprisingly effective impact on many individuals flexibility. We look at assessing and improving the dynamics of breathing as well as several effective retraining exercises.

Bone & Joint Restrictions: We look at assessing the hip and spine to determine any bone-on-bone or joint restrictions. We look at the anatomical variability in the shape of the hip joint and how this affects range of motion, and the alignment that each individual will nee to focus on in class. We revise several exercises introduced in Level 1, plus lots of new ones to help resolve these restrictions safely.

The Nervous System - We explore the role of the nervous system on flexibility via both its function and mechanical properties. We explore how each of these aspects can be worked with intelligently to create lasting change in flexibility.

The Fascial System - The fascial system can affect mobility in a number of ways. We explore the nature of fascia and then look at various mobilisation techniques to specifically target fascial restrictions. We look at the unique challenge of training flexibility in the presence of Hypermobility, as well as improving range in those with a more robust fascial system.

The Muscular System - While traditional static stretches are not the most effective way of improving flexibility, understanding how the muscular system affects flexibility is still very important. We look at when muscular stretches are appropriate as well as the art of eccentric training to create long, strong muscles.

Taping Techniques - In some cases, a lack of flexibility is actually due to a lack of stability. We look at some helpful taping techniques that may be used to support the deepest stabilising layers in order to accelerate flexibility training.

Resolving Flexibility Issues Long Term - Finally we look at other ways of continuing to work on flexibility long term.

Dealing with Growth Spurts - Many adolescents struggle with their mobility during periods of growth. Unfortunately, many people have listened to the Urban Myth that "bones grow faster than muscles" and fail to learn the real reason behind a loss of flexibility during this time.

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