The Gut-Brain Connection in Manual Therapy: The Vagus Nerve
Part 1 of a TWO-PART Training Series
Sheila Shea, MA and Michael Shea, PhD
January 18-20, 2019
This course deepens the practitioner’s work with autonomic nervous system (ANS) connections between the gut and the brain. New research is presented on the structure and function of the Vagus nerve above and below the respiratory diaphragm. Students learn important manual skills to balance this connection via Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) massage and craniosacral therapy techniques. Included in this class is contact with the Vagus nerve, abdominal aorta, coeliac plexus, superior mesenteric plexus and inferior mesenteric plexus to balance the gut-brain connection. Exercises to improve vagal tone are taught.
Distinctions are made between the gut-brain metabolic pathways of the immune and endocrine systems. Students deepen their understanding of Metabolic Syndrome; how it originates in the gut via lifestyle and inherited traits. Metabolic Syndrome is a worldwide pandemic and students are informed of causation and solution. This includes new research information on the structure and function of the gut and related viscera. Techniques and protocols are demonstrated to immediately integrate into clinical practice.
- Learn the signaling system of the Vagus nerve between the gut and brain
- Learn new skills of Eastern massage techniques and craniosacral therapy
- Understand the role of the immune and endocrine systems in the gut
- Begin to palpate the body metabolically and improve vagal tone
The Gut-Heart Connection in Manual Therapy: The Health of the Gut Microbiome
Part 2 of a TWO-PART Training Series
Sheila Shea, MA and Michael Shea, PhD
March 15-17, 2019
This class is about the deep vascular structures of the abdomen and pelvis. We explore the development of Metabolic Syndrome and new information on the musculo-skeletal and cardiovascular systems of the gut and related viscera. Of special interest is the role of inflammation and the gut micro
biome on the health of the entire body especially the heart, fascia and intestines. Students will learn specific explorations to contact the mesentery, liver and associated abdominal viscera for balancing the gut.
The manual therapy being taught is a balance of Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) massage and craniosacral therapy. Contact with acupressure points are blended with contact on cardiovascular and fascial structures. Included is information on Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and how to improve it as it relates to optimal health. Techniques and protocols are demonstrated to immediately integrate into a clinical-hands on practice. In addition, this class examines specific conditions associated with Metabolic Syndrome such as obesity, eating disorders and autoimmune disorders, so that the student is more clinically effective with such clients.
- Learn about the new metabolism of the gut and cardiovascular system.
- Explore the deeper structure of the epithelium of the gut and endothelium of the artery
- Learn to balance the gut microbiome
- Learn how to help inflammatory conditions in the gut
About the Teachers: The information that Sheila and Michael are presenting in these courses is a totally new understanding of the human body focused on the gut. The gut is the co-regulator of our health and well-being. All members of the manual therapeutic arts are welcome. Sheila and Michael are sister and brother. They are licensed massage therapists since 1975. Together they have 86 years of clinical and teaching experience. Sheila is an expert in colon hydrotherapy, the structure and function of the intestines and is a Certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome Practitioner (GAPS). Michael is an expert in craniosacral therapy, fascial and visceral manipulation. He is the author of six books in these fields published by North Atlantic Books. Sheila and Michael also share over an 86 year practice in yoga and meditation. Sheila is an accomplished tennis player and Michael is an accomplished mango grower. We look forward to seeing you in these classes. For more information about them visit their websites.
Cost: $595 for both courses. Courses may not be taken separately. Full course fee is due upon registration. No early bird registrations are available.
Cancellation Policy: $500 if cancelled before December 15, 2018. A $95 processing fee is not refunded.
Location: Sheraton, 5151 East Grant Rd. Tucson, AZ 85712. 520-323-6262
Registration by phone: 561-775-9912 between 9-4pm Monday thru Thursday.
For More Information about Michael go to www.sheaheart.com/autobiography
For More Information about Sheila go to www.IntestinalHealthInstitute.com