Core Synchronism with Robert Stevens
I highly, highly recommend Core Synchronism with Robert Stevens for any massage therapist, chiropractor, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or neurologist. I had the pleasure of taking Core Synchronism with it's creator, Robert Stevens.
If you have the chance, come to Albuquerque and learn "Core" from Robert. He is incredible. You will learn about the brain like you never have before. Robert is inspiring, leading me and most of his students to crave more learning. After his classes, I always find myself reading, exploring, searching and being curious more than I did before his classes.
A brilliant scholar & masterful communicator, Robert is able to explain how to palpate and learn Core Synchronism so it becomes natural in your practice. This is subtle work; it's easy on your hands and body, yet it's effective on your toughest clients. I use Core on my tough athletes and softer clients alike. :) And, I use it on my ADHD husband when he has trouble being still. Out of all modalities, my husband requests Core the most. So do my kids, btw.
The Class had about 20 students and 3 assistants. Each assistant was incredibly helpful, patient and kind. The class I took, Core 4, was 5 days long, 1:30-5:30, M-F, in the main classroom in The New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics where Robert Stevens in the director. There are 7 weeks possible, Core 1-7, each class is a one-week class except for Core 7 which is 3 days and for which registration is full for about a year in advance (FYI). Each class is a pre-requisite for the next. Many people take the first 3 at one time (I did too, years ago). I would not recommend taking all 7 at one time. It's better to use Core for a year or two and understand the basics and then add to it from there.
After practicing Core 1, 2 & 3 since 1996, I was ready to move on to Core 4. I do wish I had the childcare in order to take Core 4, 5 & 6 this year, but I'll need to wait until next year. Don't get discouraged if you can't palpate the rhythms at first. It's like riding a bike. It seems impossible at first for some students, but once they feel the movement the first time, everything changes for them.
The classroom was large with plenty of tables and chairs. The restrooms are in the classroom and there is filtered water available and a fridge for lunches/snacks. Each student sat with a different partner each day and we traded as we learned from Robert, who worked on one of the assistants-unless the class is an odd number, in which case, he works on a student.
I would recommend arriving early each day and settling in. There is oodles of info and it's non-stop and very cerebral work, not physical, so being centered and caught up with what happened the day before is helpful. Also, bring a good snack. You will have 1-3 breaks, but only one of them is long enough to enjoy your snack.
Core Synchronism is a great "tool" in your toolbox. You won't regret trying it, trust me. :)