Working within the Hypermobility Spectrum ~ Julie Barber

Date(s) - Sat, 17th Mar 2018
11:00 AM till 4:00 PM

Alexander Technique Centre

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11.00 am – 12.30 pm: What causes Hypermobility and what is Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder?

For those new to hypermobility or wanting to refresh their understanding of it.  What causes hypermobility, how to recognise it, understanding how it affects much more than joints, and (briefly) the terminology given to conditions within the Hypermobility Spectrum such as HSD, hEDS and PoTS.

Being aware that a pupil is HM gives insight to teachers as to why some problems pop up such as underdeveloped proprioception, a pupil being simultaneously both ‘too loose’ and yet ‘too tight’, or frequent soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains and tendonitis. HSD, hEDS and PoTS affect the whole body including the nervous, respiratory and digestive systems.

12.30 – 1.30: Lunch

1.30 pm – 4.00 pm: ‘First, do no harm’; how best to teach a very hypermobile pupil

A forum for discussing and sharing experiences; I will share what I’ve learnt from the recent HMSA/EDS-UK residential weekend, hypermobile teachers can share their experiences of living and teaching with the condition and we can all discuss and pool experiences of what is most helpful to very HM pupils to reduce the chances of unintentionally over-releasing and disconnecting them.

‘If I have one thing to say about hypermobility this would be it: while normal people can be compared to strong bridges, hypermobile people are like bridges made of separate pieces of wood connected with rope. Thus everything that happens on this bridge will cause much more nervous stimulation, sensory information and movement. Feeling one integrated whole person can be tough when feeling so many details.’ Roxani-Eleni Garefalaki

Open to: All teachers and 3rd year trainees.

Price: £50.00.