Therese, you opened your clinic Bergen Body Work back in 2002 in Norway. Your offers range from massages, myofascial release, Anatomy Trains Structural Integration to cupping, lymphdrainage and personal training, Yoga & Pilates. We love this diverse offer! How do you implement Slings Myofascial Training into your work? My background is from manual therapy. At the moment I only use Slings Myofascial Training in “one to one” sessions with clients that are going through the manual Structural Integration program.
When did you hear the first time about Slings Myofascial Training and what was your motivation to become a host? I was recommended to host Karin Gurtner and her Anatomy Trains in Motion by Thomas Myers back in 2018. I've been a host for The Anatomy Trains structural Integration manual program in Norway since 2010. Both are such amazing trainings and as I feel they compliment each other perfectly I now host both certification modules.
You ran your first Anatomy Trains in Motion course in Norway in Spring 2018, what were your experiences like so far? You know how they say that what you read becomes knowledge but what you experience become wisdom? Well, this is what Anatomy Trains in Motion has meant to me. To experience the Anatomy Trains lines in my own body is really essential and it made me connect the dots in a different and more profound way. All my sessions with clients have totally changed. I can engage with them on a deeper level and the bodyreading got a lot easier for me. I now have the tools to understand what to look for when the body is in motion.
Which professional group do you see most attracted by your Slings Myofascial Training courses so far? We find our Anatomy Trains in Motion and Slings in Motion courses hold about 50/50 from both manual and movement profession. It is an amazing combo of resources and everyone learns so much from each other as well as from the course it self.
Where do people generally come from? Actually we have students coming from all around the world. We have international educators and that opens up for a group of international students. It is extremely giving to meet so many different people from different cultures with the same enthusiasm and aim to learn about the newest research within the myofascial system.
How do you successfully promote your courses within your network in order to ensure that it is worthwhile for you running the courses? I use social media a lot and think this is one of the most important channels. Webpage and networking is also very important to reach out. art of motion and Anatomy Trains also promote all courses international and together as a team we get the classes together. Such a blessing to be part of the international development.
Who do you think will benefit most from the comprehensive Slings Myofascial Training at your clinic and why? Everyone benefits! In general we are not moving enough and there is not really any training as of today that works efficient with hydrating the fascia. That's where Slings Myofascial Training comes in. I find that the sessions I do with clients have improved a lot. My clients get specific training sequences to take home and to work with in between sessions. This make the client have higher success rate in achieving and sustaining fluid motion.
If you could give the body workers amongst us 3 tips on how to include Slings Myofascial Training into their therapies, what would they be? To understand the essentials events through each and every joint in walking related to gravity, Slings Myofascial Training gave me skills to map the movement, 3D fluidity or limitation throughout the entire body. It gave me tools to pinpoint the restricted areas and it gave me a library of specific movement sequences to both work with the client in sessions but also for the individual client to take the practice at home. If you as a bodyworker like to gain more understanding and to keep up with the new research I would highly recommend to embrace the Slings Myofascial Training.
Tell us something about your personal body & mind routine. How do you stay happy and healthy while running your own business with 10 employees? In my position I have to handle a lot from admin, marketing, human resources to treatments. On top of all this, there is a lot of tasks following with owning a studio. It is not always easy to make the right decision for your own happiness and health, when there is a lot of people depending on you. I don´t always succeed but it has become very important to me to daily train both my nervous system and my fluidity to be able to do what I do. I use transcendental meditation 2 times 20 minutes every day to restore and I do various movement activities outdoor or indoor at least 3-4 times a week. I love using art of motion “Daily Practice” on Vimeo and as often as possible I move myself up in the mountains, that we are so lucky to have just outside our front door.
Is there anything else you would like to add? We are most definitely in a paradigm shift where manual & movement therapist are merging together as one therapist. Client are asking to be seen as a whole human not as parts anymore. This time is over. The modern therapist and movement professional will need to have a holistic approach. Anatomy Trains Structural Integration & Slings Myofascial Training is to be married and this marriage gives us an AMAZING training and an important understanding as we are moving into the age of Spatial Medicine.
And last but not least, what is Bergen like Therese? Would you recommend students from abroad to plan additional travel days to explore the area? Yes absolutely! Bergen is so beautiful and if you haven't been here yet, you should definitely stay a bit longer and explore the city as well as the outdoors surrounding the city. Bergen is the gateway to the mountains and to the fjords. You don't want to miss out on visiting these spectacular places. The fjords are so quiet and peaceful. Even as a local I'm still blown away by the beauty of nature each time I go there.
But to give you a better idea about Bergen, there is this great little video a former massage client sent us. In the video she presents Bergen and the surrounding area in a beautiful authentic way. Watch the video here and get an idea of what to expect.