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Upcoming STREAM Events and Trainings 
"An intergalactic guide into the body that has me riveted with intrigue
satiated with nourishing knowledge and wanting to learn more."

WHY STREAM TRAINING?
Working inside the pelvis can be difficult. Orientation is a challenge, since the territory is hidden. The pelvis can be a nexus in the body for pain, and it’s not always clear whether its source is bio-mechanical, biochemical, emotional or scar-related. It takes time to learn your way around, and often trainings don’t offer sufficient time to instill confidence while working inside the pelvis.

87% of women who have children end up with scar-related problems, which include incontinence, prolapse, and painful sex. In this intensive training, you will learn the critical role that scar tissue can play in women's pelvic, reproductive and sexual health. Scar tissue remediation is at the cutting edge of the new skills needed in order to work effectively and holistically with birth injuries, obstetric, and gynecologic surgeries. These include colposcopies and hysterectomies, endometriosis, gender reassignment surgeries, intersex interventions and non-specific pelvic pain. In this training, the emphasis will be on working with vulvas and reproductive organs.

Underpinning effective treatment is accurate assessment. To work effectively with scar tissue, you must learn how to work within four domains of functional health. During this course, you will learn crucial assessment techniques that will lead to powerful results in your practice. These assessment skills will include: asking the right questions during your intake; palpating for digestive system imbalance; palpating and releasing abdominal adhesions; palpating functional pelvic restrictions; mapping and releasing scar tissue both internally and externally, and emotional tracking skills. You will also learn active and passive techniques to use castor oil, how and when to use clays, and self-help protocols and techniques for your clients to use on their own. 

This six-month, 230-hr intensive training will provide you with the necessary skills for assessment and treatment of a broad range of women’s pelvic health issues. The course runs over a 6-month period inclusive of online lectures, Q&A group calls with instructors and a live 10-day intensive in Los Angeles (see details of modules below). We will teach how to use the Four Domains of Functional Health as a vehicle for accurate assessment. Learn how to help your client at all levels, what to, do when to do it, and how to know when you have succeeded in moving your client toward better pelvic health.

WHO IS THE 2018 STREAM TRAINING FOR?
This professional training is open to bodyworkers and somatic sexologists who wish to work with therapeutic genital touch in their practice, including pre-and postnatal yoga teachers, Certified Sexological Bodyworkers, Tantra professionals, midwives, acupuncturists, and obstetric osteopaths, and massage therapists. We welcome diversity in sex, gender, sexuality, age, body type, ethnicity and ability. This is a hands-on, hands-in training and all attendees will be required to both give and receive genital touch. 
                                                                                                                            
MODULES 1 & 2 MAY BE TAKEN A LA CARTE
Depending on your previous experience and needs, you may wish to attend Exiting the Shame Matrix and Radical Touch without taking the full STREAM training.

Exiting the Shame Matrix is required for all new students. Exiting the Shame Matrix and Radical Touch may be taken as independent modules, without application to the STREAM Professional Training. The STREAM Professional Training is a five-part training. Each module builds on the learning from the last module. You must begin with Exiting the Shame Matrix. Then you must complete Radical Touch. 

 

In order to qualify for the STREAM Professional Training, satisfactory completion of both Exiting the Shame Matrix and Radical Touch is required. This will be determined by the instructors of your training. Each module of the STREAM training requires 10-12 hours a week of online study and experiential genital contact with self and others during the weeks of home study. Each in-person training module includes genital touch and erotic exploration, both giving and receiving. You will be required to work hands-on, hands-in with people of all genders and abilities.

 

This STREAM training welcomes diversity in gender, sexuality, culture, physical ability and life experience.

 

Module 1: INITIATION

EXITING THE SHAME MATRIX - July 19-22 Los Angeles

Online Home-study begins June 19th
At-home online study, Hands-on Hands-in 4-day intensive: 50 hours


Everyone needs to know more about sex. For professionals who want to work directly with sexuality by doing pelvic floor work in their practice, this workshop will offer an embodied approach to doing your own sexual work, boundary making, and somatic sex education so that you are genuinely available to help others. Shame keeps us small. We confront it over the course of one month so we can help others as well as ourselves to step out of its confines.

 

Module 2: ASSESSMENT


RADICAL TOUCH: BONE HOLDING, BODY READING, & UNDERSTANDING EROS - August 16-19 Los Angeles

Online Home-study begins July 16th
At-home online study, Hands-on Hands-in 4-day intensive: 50 hours


Accurate assessment and palpation skills illuminate pelvic anatomy and improve your results when undertaking manual therapeutic work in the pelvis. Effective pelvic therapy requires skilled, informed hands. You need to know what you are touching, where it is, and how to touch it. Understanding that Eros informs the quality of your touch will improve your hands-on skills and create informed, effective boundaries. Learn accurate assessment to increase client compliance for improved therapeutic outcomes.

Module 3: PRAGMATICS


HOW TO PUT STREAM INTO YOUR PRACTICE
Online Home-Study begins August 27th- Nov 3rd
At-Home Study, Group Learning, & Personal Practice - 120 hours online


Online learning covering anatomy and theory will happen during weekly online lectures, with homework, bodywork exchanges, and assessment practice in your local area. Most of the theoretical and anatomical learning will happen on our dynamic and interactive online learning platform. Ten weeks, ten online lectures, video demonstrations, assessment instruction, and bodywork practice sessions.

 

Plan to spend at least 12 hours a week learning - that’s 2 hours per day, with one day off each week. Attendance at the group intensive is contingent upon full participation and completion of the online home study of this course. Monthly group Q&A with Ellen and Kimberly (August, September, & October)

Module 4: STREAM PRACTICUM IN-PERSON IINTENSIVE


Los Angeles, CA November 8-18 (Day Off: Tuesday Nov 13th)
Hands-On, Hands-In, In-Person Group Learning - 70 hours in Los Angeles


Over ten days of intensive focus, we will work hands-on with each other and on volunteer models in clinical practice sessions. There is ample time for Q&A, and experiential learning with Ellen, Kimberly and our fabulous assistants. The intensive in- person part of the STREAM Training course is dedicated to hands-on, hands-in practical experience with close personal instruction and supervision. The main focus of this ten-day intensive will be direct experience in the territory. We will work with people of all genders during this training.

Module 5: HOME PRACTICE & SUPERVISION


Home Practice with Supervision Nov 28, 2018 – Feb 10th 2019

Supervised Practice Sessions - 40-50 at-home hours, including 10 hours of Online Group Supervision, Q&A and Personal Supervision & Certification: 40-50 hours


For STREAM Level One Certification, sixteen sessions and one in-depth case study must be completed and approved by February 10th 2019. Monthly Q&A calls with Ellen and Kimberly will provide supervision and students will receive one-on-one supervision from our skilled staff. Level Two Certification includes repeating the entire STREAM program as a coach for 1st year students, and successful completion of four in-depth case studies from your practice.

TO APPLY: Fill out your application online here, or download an application and email to ellenheed@mac.com. After we receive and approve your application, we require a non-refundable deposit, or payment in full to reserve your spot. Next you must review and sign our Agreements & PMA Forms acknowledging your responsibilities as a STREAM student. You will then receive a welcome email from Jeannie, our student coordinator. It is full of details about places to stay and eat near our training venue and other important information. If you need further info, please don’t hesitate to contact Jeannie: jeannieelmstrom@yahoo.com.

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