While Massage Therapy, Chiropractic, and Physical Therapy work with muscles, tendons, and bones, Middleway Method works with the nervous system to effect change at the fundamental level. Middleway Method also incorporates strength training and nutritional coaching as a comprehensive approach to wholistic healthcare.
Middleway Method is somatic education, similar to Feldenkrais Method ®, Ortho-Bionomy ®, Hanna Somatics ®, Traeger ®, Craniosacral Therapy ®, Alexander Technique ® and Muscle Activation Technique ® (MAT). Middleway Method is complimentary to Naturopathic, Acupuncture, Physical Therapy, and Osteopathic medical care.
Middleway isn’t life-changing because the practitioner does something magical to you – it’s life-changing because the practitioner teaches you how to change your own life. Once you do it, you realize it’s just common sense. – J.L.
Kriya Pranayam Breath Workshop
May 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Intense energetic and physical clearing with Yogic breathing and meditation.
This one day workshop introduces a rigorous and focused breathing practice.
The holds, locks, and compressions invigorate the organs, move stagnant energy, increase breath capacity, and induce clear meditative states.
Self-Care for Low Back Pain
Part I: Positions of Comfort and Reset Activation
June 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
A series of three half-day workshops for people experiencing low back pain, disc degeneration or herniation, sciatica, SI joint pain (sacroiliac joint), etc. Open to people with pain, and therapists who help people with pain. Part I: Positions of Comfort and Reset Activation Starting with positions that relieve discomfort and facilitate rest, we add activating movements that stabilize the core and reset joint position.
Anatomy Refreshers for Massage Therapists
Part I: The Upper Quadrant
June 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Using hands-on palpation, movement exercises, cadaver dissection videos, and group discussion, we will review the muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments of the forearm, arm, shoulder, and the thorax and neck as they relate to the shoulder. Along the way, we will introduce techniques for working with synergists, antagonists, joint and tendon reflexes.
Middleway Method Sessions
with Tobin Rangdrol
Specializing in somatic education for injury recovery, deep relaxation, and lifestyle optimization.
- Injury assessment, recovery, and rehabilitation
- Deep relaxation – Intuitive and personalized
- Neuromuscular repatterning – For shifting chronic dysfunction
- Lifestyle coaching – For whole-person wellbeing
- Somatic insight – For deep personal change
- Energy work – Using your natural body energy for healing
- Sports optimization – Pre and post event, with muscle activation
Middleway Method is for those of us who aren’t interested in believing in other people’s ideas. It is for people who recognize that methods, philosophies, religions, fads, and trends are usually forms of popular consumerism, dumbed down to the lowest common denominator, designed to retain users in order to extract money from us. Middleway Method […]
When we feel hungry, we have no doubt about what we are feeling, and how to respond. When we have to go pee, we have no doubt about what we are feeling, and how to respond. When we hold our breath for a long time, we have no doubt about what we are feeling, and […]
Tobin Rangdrol Founder of Middleway Method My training in the field of somatic education is in the Old World tradition of one-on-one apprenticeships. My primary mentor is my mother, Shari Sunshine, who has been a somatic educator since 1978, when she was a student of Judith McKinnon, founder of McKinnon Body Therapy Institute. Shari was […]
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