CLASSES AND COURSES
Classes and courses are conducted in small-group settings; individual instruction is also available. Santa Barbara Quantum Health awards certifications for all courses upon the satisfactory completion of all requirements. Please note: PayPal is available to purchase all classes and courses underneath their descriptions.
Positional Release Therapy Course and Certification
Camille Gilbert learned Positional Release Therapy in 1982 from Ray Lichtman, a California State certified massage teacher, at the Institute for Holistic Studies in Santa Barbara. In 2003, Lichtman certified Camille to teach the course. She began teaching it at Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute, as a certified California State massage instructor. Camille now teaches this advanced bodywork technique privately to individuals and small groups.
About Positional Release Therapy
Positional Release Therapy identifies tender points through the use of palpation and muscle testing of muscle and bone reflex points. The tender points correlate closely with acupuncture points, as well as neurolymphatic, neurovascular, myofascial and trigger points. Once identified, the guarded muscle fibers are gently compressed for 30 seconds or more to release the guard.
The Principle of This Therapy
The basic principle is to locate guarded fibers of the muscle and then shorten the muscle to its maximum possibility with a gentle compression. Rather than forcing the contracted muscle to stretch, it is put into its most shortened position with pressure applied for 30 seconds or more. Then, slowly and totally passively, the muscle is returned to its normal position. This inhibits the muscleís protective reflex. Following up the positional release with the proper massage of imbalanced nerve flows reestablishes and balances the timing of the nerve cells within the muscles and tendons. This treatment decreases muscle and fascial tension and joint hypomobility. These changes, in turn, result in a decrease in pain and a significant increase in functional range of motion.
No matter what has caused the muscle guarding, positional release (PR) brings rapid relief. Whether the case is related to a current injury or one from the past, PR is usually sufficient, when combined with whatever other techniques the practitioner normally uses, to reduce any spasms and pain. If there are organ or glandular stresses, meridian imbalances, or chronic mental or emotional distress, PR lends relief and balance to the musculoskeletal system until the bigger problems can be solved and eliminated. It can be an aid to preventing other problems later on, such as tendonitis, hip replacements, spinal degeneration, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Ray Lichtmanís Version of Positional Release Therapy
To develop his version of Positional Release Therapy, Ray Lichtman worked with two other Canadian therapists: Kerry J. DíAmbrogio and George B. Roth. His version focuses on the muscles themselves, rather than on the joints. This approach much simplifies the technique. Another distinction is the use of muscle testing to not only locate the tender points, but also identify imbalanced nerve flow patterns in the muscles. Lichtman uses John Bartonís nerve flow massage to correct the nerve flows.
Camille Gilbertís Course
The course consists of instruction in muscle testing, identification of the different points and the positions used to release the points, and identification of different imbalanced nerve flow patterns and the proper massage techniques to balance the nerve flows. It includes learning the points on the muscles, bones, and nerve flows for the head, jaw, neck, shoulders (front side and back side), thoracic and lumbar back regions, hips (front side and back side) and arm and leg joints.
You will learn:
1. Muscle testing of the various points and nerve flows
2. Tender points and the positions used to release them
3. Imbalanced nerve flow patterns and the proper massage techniques to rebalance them
4. The points on the muscles, bones and nerve flows for:
How to integrate Positional Release Therapy with other techniques
The 30-hour course is usually taught in 6-hour segments over a period of 5 days on a weekly or biweekly basis, or through 2 weekends.
- Shoulders (front side and back side)
- Thoracic and lumbar back regions
- Hips (front side and back side)
- Arm and leg joints.
To hold your place for the upcoming class, we ask for a $50 deposit, which is non refundable in the event you cancel within a week before the class begins.
Deposit for the Positional Release Therapy Course - $50.
The tuition for the Positional Release Therapy Course is $400.
Tuition for the Positional Release Therapy Course if $50 Deposit has been paid - $350