NISA is a deep tissue technique that works directly on the fascia of the body. It provides long lasting changes to chronic postural habits, and most clients feel increased range of motion and less restriction after one or two treatments.
NISA is a softer, more gentle derivative ofRolfing, and can be performed in individual treatments or in a specific series of twelve weekly sessions with a direct focus of improving the person’s posture (see NISA Advanced Course for more details on this).
The NISA process releases fascial adhesions; it stretches, frees, & clears the tissue. The softened layers of fascia, having regained their flexibility and elasticity, permit improved structural alignment and body mechanics.
The four-day basic training is an intensive, practical, hands-on workshop, and the techniques can easily be incorporated into your massage practice. You will learn to do a body reading, similar to a postural assessment, where we will see how the fascia is affecting it's person's posture and movement. You will also learn the unique hand work which will allow you to affect changes in the distorted fascia to give your client their freedom back.
The course includes the:
review of fascia (properties, functions, dysfunctions)
history of NISA fascial work and it’s developer Jean Loving
slideshow presentation (pictures of fascia, review of general anatomy, before & after pictures of clients who have benefitted from treatment)
demonstration of body reading (much like a postural assessment). One minimally-dressed participant will stand at the front of the class behind a plumb line and I will show how to identify the fascial restrictions and torsions that may be present in our subject.
demonstration of the NISA technique applied to all areas of the body
time for participants to pair up and practice what they’ve learned while I move from group to group to answer questions and correct their work.
Materials: I will provide a course workbook as well as a small bottle of the appropriate massage cream. Attendees will be required to bring their other treatment supplies (i.e. sheets, etc.).
explanation of structure of course
explanation of fascia
principles of NISA (including contra-indications)
demonstration of general techniques
demonstration of treatment (legs and feet)
NISA treatment theory
explanation of body reading
demonstration of body reading
demonstration of treatment (shoulder)
demonstration of treatment (pelvis)
explanation of autonomic release
demonstration of treatment (anterior body)
demonstration of treatment (posterior body)
demonstration of treatment (neck)
questions, review, and anonymous course evaluation
The NISA Advanced Certification Course (150 hours)
(the NISA Basic course is a pre-requisite)
Upon completion of this advanced training you will be able to perform the structural alignment,twelve-step series on your clients.
These twelve weekly sessions work systematically through the body to re-align the posture and are a great help to someone who is making a big change in their life. As we know, the mind and body are intimately connected; postural holding patterns are linked to emotional holding patterns. When a person wants to change their direction in life and/or discard their negative attitudes and baggage, changing the way they carry their body can ameliorate that process.
For the series, the client sets out goals in the beginning. They may be physical and/or internal (emotional, behavioural), and don’t necessarily need to be shared. The therapist and client then work together to reach these goals within the framework of the twelve sessions. The therapist works on the physical component (with the client doing stretches/exercises at home) and the client works on processing the emotional component.
Four 4-day weekends, once per month (e.g. Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec):
Sat, Sun, Mon 9:30am-9:30pm
There will be 7 hours of classroom education each day:
practical exchange with partner
On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday there will be a supervised clinic in the evening (3 hours) where the participants will treat two of their own paying clients (the instructor will be available to advise, answer questions, and help in any way).
Introductions, philosophy of the series, emotional body zones.