The objective of this workshop is to present the concept of “Psychotonus” and “Psychotonic Touch” as developed by DBM Fasciatherapy. This technique is oriented to fascia, and is a body-mind integrated approach. The aim of this workshop is first to present the theoretical field of DBM Fasciatherapy, and then allow participants to experience this specific touch during hands-on sessions. The hands-on part will be the main purpose and will show to delegates how to evaluate and regulate non-specific disorders of the fascial Psychotonus.
Fascia, which is often seen as a “packing organ”, is generally cleared away during dissections in order to “see something”, and has been largely neglected in anatomy books. This “Cinderella of orthopedic science” is now a growing field of research and the number of papers on this organ has been growing exponentially over the last 15 years. The role of fascia in sensitivity and pain awareness has now been generally accepted, and manual therapists think that fascia could be a new paradigm for the understanding of the outcomes of their techniques. The existence of a fascial tonus is now well documented, and the link between modifications of this tonus and suffering pain have been evoqued.
DBM Fasciatherapy is a body-mind approach which stimulates the physiological plasticity of the fascia, and in particular the modulation of its tonus. The research carried out on the psychotonic touch of DBM Fasciatherapy shows an action on fascial and vascular stress and anxiety .It also shows a modification of the patients’ perception of their own body, and a reinforced sense of self.
This full day workshop is designed to introduce the theoretical basis of DBM Fasciatherapy to manual and movement therapy practitioners (morning session), and to allow them to experience this body-mind integrated manual approach (afternoon practice). The participants will begin to learn psychotonic touch, and how it can be applied with patients suffering from various forms of musculoskeletal disorders, pain, mental suffering, and symptoms related to stress.
Over the course of the workshop, the following will be covered:
● Presentation of psychotonus as a distinguishing feature of the body-mind connection of the fascial system, and the manifestation of the living dynamics of human fascia;
● Presentation of the action of psychotonic touch on fascial and vascular stress, and on changes in patient’s general body perception resulting in a reinforced sense of self;
● Practical experience through a manual therapy session during which the participants will be guided to learn to trigger the fascial psychotonic modulation (slowness, supporting points, anchor points) and to recognize the different phases of regulation (time needed for the psychotonus to rise, spread and intensity of the response, peak response, release);
● Feedback from the participants on the various sensations perceived, how this experience furthers their knowledge of human fascia and how it can be approached through touch.
A team of experienced practitioners will assist in the workshop by guiding the participants to explore psychotonic touch.