2016 Fall Newsletter
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Happy Autumn!
Your Well-Being

                           Paul Ciske, Ph.D.   

2016 is quickly moving through its last quarter but not without some classes that I will be offering yet this year and into the beginning of 2017. Please share these offering with anyone you think may be interested. I hope you are enjoying the spectacles nature is offering as we transition through this season.
Fall 2016 Class Series: (registration required)

Got tightness? Stretching is not always the answer. Learn a whole new way to work with tightness in the body based on how the nervous system operates using Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT).  
Wednesday, October 12th, 7:30-8:45pm

Transform your movement and posture with Z-Health.  In this session learn the Z-Health 6 "high pay-off" mobility drills along with its principles to train both the body and the brain. Monday, October 24th, 7:30 - 8:45 pm    


Beyond Eyesight: How other visual attributes affect performance in life, work, and sport. Vision is the work of the BRAIN - eyesight is work of the eyes. Experience how vision affects performance and how vision SKILLS are trainable.  Wednesday, November 2nd, 7:30 - 8:45pm.

Posture - A Somatics Intelligence Approach. 
Use your intuition and the felt sense of the body to transform your posture and how you present to the world. Wednesday, November 16th, 7:30 - 8:45pm

"Core" and Spinal Stabilization - The Truths and Myths
Walk away with a 5 step approach for engaging the muscles of the trunk and methods for challenging their strength and endurance. Monday, November 28th, 7:30 - 8:45pm

Breathing: Techniques for Improving the 22,000 breaths you take each day. Hyperventalation is epidemic and can mask itself with a wide variety of symptoms including pain. This also affects carbon dioxide levels which impacts acidity and therefore every system in the body. Improve your health by improving the quality of each breathing rep you perform throughout your life. Wednesday, December 7th, 7:30 - 8:45pm

Balance: The Inner Ear Vestibular System. The second in the hierarchy of sensory input to the brain which is critical for balance. Learn how this system works and how to train it for better balance. Wednesday, December 14th, 7:30-8:45.

 The TONGUE: An amazing system of motor control and sensory inputCome and learn how to assess and train the diverse functioning of the tongue and how it can play a role in neuroplasticity, the changing of the brain. Monday, January 9th, 7:30-8:45.

Transforming Stress – An Introduction to the work of Conscious Embodiment. Develop greater capacity to relate to whatever arises, especially when under pressure, from a centered state which accesses “presence, confidence, and compassion”. Wednesday, January 18th, 7:30 - 9pm.

Seating limited. Call 510-832-5725 to reserve a space. Classes are offered on a donation basis. See for further details on lectures.
Exploring Sensory Stimulation to Change Range of Motion.

Range of motion can be limited by body structures but more often it is being controlled by the nervous system. As noted in the included article, the brain is making decisions based on the sensory input. By changing the input, the brain can make new decisions. You can try this out by first finding a motion in the body that feels tight or lacks range of motion. Start by doing a standardized assessment of the range of motion and the sensations it generates. Then you can start giving the body some stimulation and seeing if the range and sensations are affected. Here are some suggestions for stimulating different receptors: 1) brush at the level of the hair covering the skin beyond the area of the stretch sensations, over the area of sensations, and the area of the joint being moved, [See next column]
In this Newsletter:

Participatory Lecture Series
Article: PDTR: New skill and Complimentary Session Offering
BONUS:  Exploring Sensation and Range of Motion

Call 510-832-5725 for your Body Tune-up
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New Skill and Offering,
Introducing PDTR

For the past year plus I have been studying an additional neurologically based bodywork called Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (PDTR). An orthopedic surgeon named Jose Palomar developed the work. Much like I explained in my last newsletter, the nervous system has three basic functions: 1) to collect information from receptors (information gatherers) and send it to the brain, 2) to integrate, interpret, and make decisions based on this information in the brain, and 3) to create an output to the body resulting in an action (one which could be the generation of pain).
With Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) the focus is on the information coming from the muscles through the muscle spindle receptors and the process of resetting those receptors to get a more responsive contraction from the muscles. With PDTR, the inputs from a wide array of receptors in the body are taken into account in how they may be influencing performance in the body. These receptors include nociceptors (noxious receptors also known as pain receptors), several types of mechano-receptors (which includes muscle spindles), and those for temperature, vibration, and pressure.
If there is excessive or aberrant signaling coming from the receptors the brain will make decisions on this faulty information resulting in performance degradation through decreased power output, decreased flexibility, decreased endurance, and the generation of pain. The process of PDTR is to determine where the faulty signaling is coming from and then resetting the receptor to normalize it’s signaling. With the normalizing of the signaling, performance in the body can change immediately.
This expansion in my ability to directly affect the nervous system and performance has been very exciting. I will be starting the advanced PDTR course this month and look forward to learning even more tools to influence the nervous system and help even more people regain and extend their capacities to participate in all their desired activities.
As I am honing my new skills I am offering a few no cost sessions each week during which I can practice these techniques. For these sessions I will spend half of the time practicing the PDTR techniques for which I need more development and then spend the second half of the time addressing your specific body issues with the PDTR techniques. If you are interested in scheduling one of these sessions please call or email (510-832-5725 or
(BONUS continued)
2) rub the skin in the same areas, 3) rub the skin over the opposing joint of the moving joint (e.g., right hip – rub left shoulder, left elbow – right knee, etc.), 4) vibration in the above mentioned areas, 5) compress the area of tightness/sensation, the moving joint, or opposing joint. Often this new sensory input to the brain will change range of motion.     Happy exploring!
GRATITUDE: I am continually grateful to all of my clients that support my work. I am also grateful for your generosity in paying in accordance to a relative value for healing based on your means which allows me to offer my services to a wide range of people with a diverse array of socio-economic status. Thank you! 
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