25-hr Embodied Massage Teacher Training
Remedial Myofascial Release Techniques for Yoga Teachers
with Eva Maxine Hamilton,
E-RYT 500, YACEP
January 13 - 15th, 2023 | 08:00 - 17:00
at Santosa Wellness Center in Edinburgh, Scotland
Get to know the deeper textures and sensations alive within your body by weaving myofascial release techniques into your yoga practice.
Myofascial release (MFR) is a method of remedial techniques which use compression and active movement in order to unpack and untangle fascial adhesions throughout the fabric of your body.
Using embodiment tools, including yoga blocks, massage balls, and our own touch, this practice will support you and your yoga students in reducing tension, improving movement, relieving stress and enhancing your yoga practice.
Join us in this new yoga teacher training to share these benefits and deepen the conversation between mind and body through the direct experience of breath, movement, and massage.
More Than a Massage...
Beneath the walls of your skin, fascia forms a fabric that weaves around and throughout every structure of the body, forming a tissue matrix which supports movement, stability, hydration and awareness. Inevitably through our daily postural patterns, dehydration, immobility, and the natural processes of aging, this material can become tangled with adhesions (a process called fibrosis), molding a tense internal encasing surrounding our muscles and joints.
Myofascial release (MFR) is a remedial technique that utilizes tissue manipulation (like massage, pressure and movement) to reduce this constriction. MFR is often performed as a manual therapy by a trained practitioner (like a physical therapist), but can also be taught as a guided self-practice using simple tools and mindful movement to initiate release.
Unlike yoga, which originates in the sacred heritage of South Asian traditions, MFR is anchored in modern physical therapy, but makes a wonderful partner to your yoga practice. Whether your classes are gentle or dynamic, MFR can support you and your students by improving range of motion and neuromuscular communication, reducing tension and accumulated stress, and establishing a deeper relationship with your own body.
So often, our yoga students reflect that self-care is too expensive or time consuming. Sharing this methodology can allow you to build a focused or full-body massage into your yoga classes and empower your students in their knowledge of their bodies and their ability to care for their own being.
About the training
In this 25-hr Embodied Massage YTT, you'll learn how to integrate precise and powerful myofascial release techniques into your yoga teaching and practice.
Often our yoga practice reveals our most tight and tender places which can often remain contracted despite dedicated stretching. By skillfully applying a MFR technique, you may happily discover that the range of motion vastly improves. Despite the instant gratification, there is so much more to this practice and it is imperative that we understand the deeper structures of the body that we are influencing.
Our curriculum is centered around safety and therefore will include plenty of anatomical awareness. As we visit different zones of the body, we will deep dive into the components which construct, support, and move each joint in order to understand the intended impact of each technique. Whether you’re an anatomy nerd or just stepping into this study, our learning approach will blend the intellectual with the embodied.
Upon completion of the course, you will feel confident in your understanding and application of these practices, allowing you to bring myofascial moments into your current teaching or to design in-depth full length MFR inspired yoga classes.
Included in this YTT |
Receive our original MFR manual and two basic MFR balls + bag
Access to an online library of additional resources, including five MFR practice videos
Enjoy 2x daily MFR-inspired yoga practices
Deep dive in 2x daily lectures focused on theory, science and teaching method
Explore in MFR technique tutorials for all major muscles and joints
Enhance your understanding and appreciation of fascia
Upgrade your anatomical confidence through an embodied approach
Learn sequencing and theming frameworks, as well as language and holding safe space
Integrate breath, sound and movement techniques to support the release of tension
Adapt techniques for gentle practices or recovery, or intensify for pressure and dynamic classes
Educate your students on anatomy and movement through their own internal experience
Support your own teacher self-care and prevent physical and emotional burnout, through this caring method of embodied massage
Daily Schedule | Embodied Massage YTT
08:00 - 09:30 | Yoga + MFR Practice
09:30 - 10:00 | Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00 | AM Lecture
11:00 - 12:30 | Anatomy + MFR Techniques
12:30 - 01:30 | Lunch + Rest
13:30 - 15:00 | Anatomy + MFR Techniques
15:00 - 16:00 | PM Lecture
16:00 - 17:00 | Yoga + MFR Practice
Facilitated by Eva Maxine Hamilton
Eva Hamilton is a Canadian Yoga Educator, specializing in the slow, supported and soulful practices of yin yoga and restorative yoga. She completed her first of many yoga trainings when she was just 17, teaching full time since 2008. She owned a studio in Canada for many years before she began to travel and teach around the world.
Her gentle approach is combined with an in-depth understanding of anatomy and functional movement as well as the mindbody connection and intricate workings of the human nervous system. Before becoming a yoga teacher, Eva studied religious studies at university and has a thorough understanding of philosophy and mysticism.
Eva specializes in educating on applied anatomy, yoga philosophy, teaching methodology, posture clinics & alignment, preventing yoga injuries, myofascial release, and more. Eva has completed over 1000-hrs of yoga studies and is registered as a Yoga Alliance YACEP (Continuing Education Provider).
Eva's intention in teaching is to craft a supportive & nourishing energy for her student's self-exploration. She places an emphasis on the internal experience and encourages self-empathy, kindness and curiosity both on and off the mat.
As a Teacher Trainer, her objective is to elevate the standard of yoga teacher trainings and train knowledgable, confident and compassionate teachers who embody their teachings, hold safe space, and pass along the wisdom of yoga in their communities.