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Upcoming Events


Advanced Spinning Babies Workshop


Date: March 29th from
Location: Birmingham, UK
For: Spinning Babies Educators

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Balance for Better Birth Workshop

Date: April 8th to April 9th, 2017
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
For: Birth Workers, Doulas, Body Workers, Pregnant Families

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Structural balance allows the human body to function optimally. During pregnancy structural balance is particularly important both for mothers’ comfort and fetal positioning. Please join us for two-days of learning and exploration of gentle, hands-on techniques for working with the pregnant (and non-pregnant) body with Deb McLaughlin and Marcello Windolph.

This workshop is designed to enhance your assessment and skills in craniosacral therapy, myofascial release techniques, and introduce you to the beauty of fasciatherapy. Structural analysis basics will lead into the exploration of several structures of the pregnant person and how their dysfunction may affect fetal position. Participants will develop their ability to tune into the inherent wisdom of the body and learn how to gently initiate a release to allow the client’s body to guide the process to better balance.

We will:
*Learn an assessment protocol for better balance and better birth
*Introduce gentle hands-on techniques appropriate for use during pregnancy (and beyond)
*Expand perception abilities
*For those who have taken a Spinning Babies Workshop: Enhance and gain confidence in your abilities with Dynamic Body Balancing techniques presented

Cost:
€255 incl. btw ( €211 ex.btw) Booking before March 10th
€266 incl. btw (€220 ex.btw) Booking after March 10th

Registration:
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Registration is confirmed with payment, space is limited.

Deb and Marcello have put their approaches, minds and hearts together to create an integral work of skill and love, a perception enhancement approach that draws upon sensory awareness of our matter to transform our relationships to what we are, as much as what we touch. In this seminar we are transported by the notion that the body is much more than just the structural function that carries our heads, that we are much more that the sum of our parts (joints and organs), even that consciousness (and perception) penetrates deeply into the matter of our organic body on a cellular level.

Through our collaboration and the work we have created together we wish to facilitate a process where individuals move into deeper, more intimate relation with their bodies and hence themselves and others. The practitioner’s empathetic hands guide individuals through the perceptual experience of “appearing to” or “sensing” themselves.

Join us to be introduced to these gentle, respectful, and powerful approaches to structural balance. This workshop is oriented around balance for the pregnant body but the skills and techniques are applicable to all bodies.

Presenter Bio:
Marcello Windolph is a certified Perceptive Psychopedagogue and Fasciatherapist based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He was a professional musician (MA Double Bass) and has indulged in various forms of bodywork for the past 20 years.

Having trained first in traditional arts of healing and ‘developing perception’ in China as a student of the legendary 19th generation Taoist lineage holder and traditional medicine specialist Wang Liping, Marcello’s passion gradually turned into his profession.
In 2010 he decided to base his approach in a western scientific method in Europe and became a student of Prof. Dr. Danis Bois (founder of Fasciatherapy MDB and Perceptive Education) at the University in Paris.

Marcello has spent the last years focused only on the profession related to bodywork and has gained considerable experience with a wide range of clients. He is equally at home in personal manual therapy sessions as he is teaching and offering seminars in touch and perception for specific fields and professions. In his seminars he has worked with midwifes and doulas, dancers, musicians, martial artists, physical performers and has collaborated with physiotherapists in accompanying athletes.

Marcello is currently teaching the 2016-2018 University course of Perceptive Education (Pedagogie Perceptieve) in Paris at the “Centre de Formation Professionnelle en Pedagogie Perceptieve” as the assistant to Dr. Helene Bourhis.

He has been teaching and treating in Amsterdam/Netherlands in the past years where he collaborated with the centre “Moederakademie” and the local birthworkers and Doula trainings. In addition to his activities in and around Amsterdam he has held seminars in Spain, Greece and Germany. There are additional seminars planned in the Netherlands, Germany, the United States and Norway for 2017.

Presenter Bio:
Debra E. McLaughlin is a Craniosacral Therapist, Certified Professional Midwife, Business Owner, Doula and Educator providing support for mothers and babies during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. Debra works with people of all ages to help them improve their physical and emotional health and wellness. Specializing in gentle hands-on therapy to restore balance to the body, her techniques have helped thousands of families experience more comfortable pregnancies, easier births and happier babies.
A dynamic presenter, Debra has developed and taught workshops and classes for midwives, physicians, chiropractors, nurses, physical therapists, professional bodyworkers, as well as students, doulas, and parents. Well-known for her ability to share information in ways that are easy for various audiences to understand and grasp, she has developed a reputation among health providers as a gifted educator. Her passion for helping audiences understand structural issues and their impact on the birthing process has led her to develop a wide range of educational programs for birth professionals and families.

Debra’s support of pregnant and birthing mothers and their children in wellness and birth spans more than two decades. Her passion inspired a varied career developing national and international programs within the SIDS and birth communities. Deb served as teaching assistant to Carol Phillips, DC. Dynamic Body Balancing series for over five years. Deb has worked at Health Foundations birth center in St. Paul, all the while caring for her Northern Lights Wellness clients 150 miles away in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. Deb makes it all serene!

Since 2002, Ms. McLaughlin runs Northern Lights Wellness clinic which serves as a teaching clinic providing apprenticeship opportunities for craniosacral therapists. In addition to craniosacral therapy, Ms McLaughlin uses Dynamic Body Balancing, Reconnective Therapy, Quantum Reflex Analysis, and Visceral Manipulation techniques, all gentle techniques to allow the clients’ body to better balance. Deb McLaughlin is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and an active craniosacral therapist in Duluth Minnesota’s vital birthing community. She is Principle Consultant for the Spinning Babies Professional Bodywork Education and presented several educational sessions at the Spinning Babies 2016 World Confluence.


Spinning Babies Professional Bodywork Education; Integral Touch of Birth

Date: July 26th to July 29th, 2017
Location: Minneapolis, MN
For: Professional Medical, Birth, and Bodyworkers

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*If you or your organization are interested in hosting an educational program please contact Deb though the Contact Form*


Workshops for Birth Professionals


Normal Birth Workshop for Birth Professionals

Duration: 12 hours

“This is the ‘why didn’t they teach us that in school’ workshop.”

This hands-on 12-hour workshop is designed for nurses, nursing students, midwives, doulas and other birth professionals who work with pregnant mothers. We will be exploring the structural and biomechanical processes of labor and birth for the mother/baby unit as well as emotional and psychological considerations.

Participants will learn specific strategies and techniques for helping families minimize complications and successfully birth naturally.
Topics we will cover include:

  • Biomechanics of birth
  • Infant primitive reflexes in the birth process
  • Techniques for avoiding/resolving OP and other positioning issues
  • Helping rotation during labor
  • Emotional/psychological considerations and support strategies
  • Applying the latest pre and perinatal psychology research
  • Early attachment and successful breastfeeding support

Nurses, nursing students, medical students, midwives, doulas, and other birthing professionals are encouraged to attend.


“Prenatal Visit Protocol” for Birth Professionals: Evaluate early and often to improve fetal position at birth.

Duration: 90 Minutes

This simple 4-point evaluation is designed  to be incorporate into every prenatal visit to identify structural patterns in mothers that might indicate a likelihood for a fetal position issue later in pregnancy or labor. Learn how this can be done within the typical time available at a prenatal visit at a medical clinic or birth center. This 90-minute session is designed to provide birth professionals img_1769_smallwith an understanding of how identify imbalances and appropriate recommendations and referrals and will pay off with fewer fetal malposition issues at birth and less pregnancy related pain for mothers during pregnancy.

Birth professionals will learn quick 4-point structural evaluation they can incorporate into every prenatal visit that can help identify issues to be addressed early in the pregnancy to avoid later breech and other fetal malposition issues.  Participants will see demonstrations and engage in hands-on exercises to learn specific strategies and techniques for helping minimize fetal malposition. Participants will learn when to refer patients and how to locate appropriate resources.

 


Workshops for Body Workers


Normal Birth Workshop for Birth Professionals

Duration: 12 hours

“This is the ‘why didn’t they teach us that in school’ workshop.”

This hands-on 12-hour workshop is designed for nurses, nursing students, midwives, doulas and other birth professionals who work with pregnant mothers. We will be exploring the structural and biomechanical processes of labor and birth for the mother/baby unit as well as emotional and psychological considerations.

Participants will learn specific strategies and techniques for helping families minimize complications and successfully birth naturally.
Topics we will cover include:

  • Biomechanics of birth
  • Infant primitive reflexes in the birth process
  • Techniques for avoiding/resolving OP and other positioning issues
  • Helping rotation during labor
  • Emotional/psychological considerations and support strategies
  • Applying the latest pre and perinatal psychology research
  • Early attachment and successful breastfeeding support

Nurses, nursing students, medical students, midwives, doulas, and other birthing professionals are encouraged to attend.

 


Workshops for Families and Doulas


Pregnancy Shouldn’t Hurt….what you need to know about simple things you img_1747_smallshould and shouldn’t do during pregnancy to be more comfortable, have an easier birth and a happier baby.

Did you know your bra might be causing heartburn, rib pain, increased blood pressure or even a breech baby? Come learn simple things you can do (and avoid doing) during pregnancy that will help keep Moms more comfortable AND easier births and happier babies. Minor structural imbalances in Mom can impact baby’s position for birth and ease of the birth. You will leave with a clear recommendations and “tools” for you and your partner to check and address at home. You will also understand when and how to consider seeing a bodyworker for more help.