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DNS Yoga/Visceral Manipulation Integration Course

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization 

Yoga and Visceral Mobilization 

5 Day Integration Course

May 12-16, 2021

Oahu, Hawaii 

Exact location to be announced!!!





In this groundbreaking research based course, Petr and Martina have combined their unique therapeutic approaches and specialties to develop a multifaceted approach to the functional assessment and treatment of visceral dysfunction, and it's interaction with the musculoskeletal system. The curriculum includes manual therapy techniques, self-treatment protocols, and DNS/Yoga exercises, which can aid in the mobilisation and motilisation of all the major visceral organs. All techniques will be demonstrated and practiced during hands-on treatment and exercise sessions.


Workshop Instructors:

MARTINA JEŽKOVÁ, MPT:

Martina is renowned internationally for her teaching skills in movement rehabilitation approaches. She is also a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor and has spent many years integrating DNS principles into the use of Yoga in rehabilitation. 

Martina Ježková completed her Physiotherapy Master's degree in 2001, at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Charles University, Prague. She was a student of esteemed Professors Janda and Lewit, whom she later worked with at the Rehabilitation Clinic, University Hospital Motol, Prague. 

She specialises in the functional assessment and treatment of both adult and paediatric patients. In her 18 years of clinical rehabilitation practice, Martina has worked with a broad scope of patients, including babies with cerebral palsy and children with central coordination disturbance, neurological disorder patients, gynaecology patients with functional sterility, unspecified infertility, Pelvic floor dysfunction, and other pelvic health issues. She also works with professional and amateur athletes and elderly patients to develop movement optimisation strategies. 

Martina has completed numerous professional development and instructor level trainings, including: Development Kinesiology (DK) in Rehabilitation and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation principles (with Prof. Pavel Kolář), Manipulative Therapy in Rehabilitation and Post Isometric Relaxation (PIR), Soft tissue manipulation and manipulation of spine and extremity (with Prof. Lewit), Functional Sterility assessment and treatment according to Mojžíšová (manual therapy and exercise approach), Vojta Reflex Locomotion (treatment approach for adult, children, and newborn patients). 

Martina was certified as a Vojta therapist in 2004 and attends regular refresher courses. She has also completed short courses in Brügger therapy, Klapp Crawling (based on DK), Kinesiotaping, Fascial manipulation techniques, Fascial Yoga and Yoga and MS. In January 2014 Martina completed her first Yoga Instructor certification with Purna Yoga, Byron Yoga Centre, Australia. Since 2014 she has continued to study and incorporate Yoga as part of her approach to movement rehabilitation. In 2018 became a fully certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor. 

In 2002, she became an instructor in Rehabilitation at the 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, teaching both Physiotherapy and Medical students. Since 2004, she has served as a certified instructor in Musculoskeletal Techniques according to Lewit and since 2005, as an international certified instructor in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation, according to Kolář. Drawing from her clinical practice and other studies, Martina has developed specialized DNS courses in Women's Health and in the application of DNS principles to Yoga in Rehabilitation. She has also collaborated in the development of a DNS training course for Pilates practitioners .

PETR BITNAR, MPT, Ph.D.:

If you have not had the opportunity to learn from Petr, now is the time! Besides his wonderful sense of humour, he is a world-leading authority on somato-visceral patterns and rehabilitation and has amazing palpation skills.  

Petr Bitnar completed his master's degree in Physiotherapy at 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague in 2008. Since 2008 he has been working as lecturer specialist in physiotherapy and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Clinic, University Hospital Motol, Charles University in Prague. Petr's master degree thesis was: "Relationships between the gastrointestinal tract and musculoskeletal system." Viscero-vertebral relations continue to be his primary professional interest, forming a topic of his postgraduate Ph.D. program since 2009.  

Petr has completed numerous professional courses including courses in Pain Projection in the Musculoskeletal system, McKenzie Approach, Functional Assessment and Treatment according to Mojžíšová, Klapp Crawling approach to scoliotic patients, Mobilization and Relaxation techniques according to Lewit, Reflex Locomotion according to Vojta, Pelvic Stabilization, and manual Lympho-drainage.  

Petr has been certified Lympho-therapist since 2009. Petr has been an instructor in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation according to Kolar since 2009, focusing mainly on viscero-somatic relationships within the DNS principles. Petr has also presented his original research in "Diaphragm function in patients with Gastroesophageal reflux disease" on numerous scientific conferences, twice receiving an award for the best poster of the conference. 


This will be an interactive hands on course so be ready to Work, Move and Learn!


Target audience: Chiropractors, Osteopaths, PT's, ATC's, Acupuncturist, Strength & Conditioning Specialist, coaches, body work therapists, exercise physiologists & kinesiologists, Movement specialist (Dance,Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics instructors).


Course Objectives:

  • DNS approach to postural assessment and treatment in chronic dysfunction of ALL major internal organs, including common clinical diagnoses such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, swallowing problems, breathing disorders, stress incontinence, constipation, functional sterility, other abdominal and pelvic issues and relationship to common pain syndromes.
  • Manual assessment and mobilization of all the major visceral organs in the body 
  • Mobilization and soft tissue techniques in chronic dysfunction of internal organs
  • Systematic trigger point therapy and global reciprocal muscle inhibition techniques
  • Specific traditional and modified Yoga asanas that can aid in the mobilization and motilisation of the visceral organs. 
  • Explanation of anatomy of visceral ligaments, common adhesions and the therapeutical influence of Yoga positions performed in specific vectors of movement
  • Manual self-treatment tools that can be taught to patients to improve:  breathing pattern, visceral motility, visceral adhesions, and dysfunctional movement patterns.
  • Principles and practice of therapeutic Yoga from a DNS perspective, including:
  • Developmental kinesiology relationships to yoga asanas.
  • Watching for functional joint centration during static and dynamic loading.
  • Utilizing and correcting movement in closed and open kinetic chains.
  • Identifying and correcting dysfunctional patterns through the coordinated co-contraction of antagonists.
  • Applying DNS rehabilitation principles to specific groups of yoga asanas – e.g. standing and sitting poses, forward bends.
  • Learn Yoga asanas and DNS exercises that can be taught to patients to improve breathing pattern, visceral motility, visceral adhesions, and dysfunctional movement

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    *We will be exploreing how certain yoga movements/asanas can aid in the mobilization and motilization of the visceral organs. Martina and Petr will combine forces to workshop and explore this collaboration of their specialties.  

    *Non-licensed participants may participate in the manual therapy aspects of the course for their education and personal experience (Those participants other than Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Medical Physicians, Physical Therapists, Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, and other licensed body workers). Outside of the class setting, practicing this manual therapy on clients would be considered practicing manual therapy without a license.

    Course organizers:

    Michael Rintala, D.C.

    Jonathan Mackoff, D.C. 

    *Space will be limited to 40 participants in order to provide an ideal ratio between instructor and students. Hands on aspects of training, student interaction and participation will be emphasized.


    Registration:  

    Super Early Bird pricing Before January 1, 2021 - $1650 USD

    Before  March 1, 2021 -  $1795  USD

    After March 1, 2021 -  $2250 USD

    *The usual Prague School fee of 80 EUR is included in the price*

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    *Due to the expense involved in hosting this event and the presenter from the Prague School, all registration payments are considered final, and will not be refunded except under special circumstances.