Introduction to Dynamic Bodywork (Live)

September 7, 2017 6 CE Hours $135
Register by August 23rd to ensure availability

DYNAMIC BODYWORK: Combining anatomically & bio-mechanically mindful Movement with Manual Therapy

Are you interested in incorporating movement into your sessions or treatment plans? Want to understand and improve posture, dynamic posture, and body-mechanics? Want to try something different?
This is the CE workshop for you.

Dynamic Bodywork is a great stand-alone method as well as a very adaptable supplemental approach to your existing manual therapy work and/or movement practice.

Movement is the essence of life and our bodies are built for it. We seek to understand the structures and the mechanisms of movement. The Dynamic Bodywork modality is based on the premise that understanding and maintaining proper alignment has significant effects on myo-fascial health, and thereby on the healing outcomes of manual therapy in the long term. In Dynamic Bodywork, movement and touch are experienced simultaneously to benefit each other and intensify the building of neural pathways and reorganizing the body map. We seek to heighten our awareness of the body’s function and the complex interplay of the collaborating structures, to maintain or re-instate freedom of movement, fluidity, and ease, to support healthy posture, and to reduce myo-fascial pain at any age.
Dynamic Bodywork is a holistic approach to movement and manual therapy, taking into consideration the physical and psychological benefits of creative expression and the individuality of each body.

Dynamic Bodywork goes beyond the idea that movement is to be applied in the form of an exercise regimen or that creativity could be separate from everyday life. Dynamic Bodywork is not rooted in corrective exercise, rather, in understanding the principles of anatomical and bio-mechanical function, which allows the mover (client and therapist) to develop a more comprehensive sensitivity and kinesthetic awareness of their body in motion while empowering them to take a leadership role in their own healing process on a daily basis.

Dynamic Bodywork – Introduction explains the foundation on which the modality is built upon, and gives insight into basic hands-on techniques. This 6hr comprehensive workshop is broken down into theory, discussion, kinesthetic exploration, and hands-on Dynamic Bodywork application. The Introduction course offers a broad overview of principles while giving you more than a handful of specific tools to practice.

The introduction course is the prerequisite for the build-on courses:
1) axial skeleton (6 CEU’s) and
2) appendicular skeleton (6 CEU’s)

Course content and activities:

  • We study basic aspects of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the body in motion and focus on giving ourselves time to embody the principles explored.
  • We discuss the movement possibilities at the joints and search for those pathways that are structurally sound, energy efficient, cooperative and creatively organic.
  • We address individual restrictions such as those related to hyper- or hypo flexibility, individual differences in bone structure, and others.
  • After experiencing movement and range of motion on our own bodies we begin to integrate manual therapy with gentle and restorative movement.

You will come away from this experience with a basic understanding of the Dynamic Bodywork modality and its underlying approach to movement. You will be given the tools to improve general mobility, body awareness, and sensitivity, and a kinesthetic understanding of movement and its place in our everyday lives. This Dynamic Bodywork course will give you new tools to work with your clients, and simple approaches for your clients to work in between sessions with you.

Prerequisites for this course: No movement/exercise/sports knowledge or background is needed. Participants should be able to walk, sit, stand and lay down without major discomfort. If movement is impaired in any way, please contact teacher to discuss if this workshop is for you or if another workshop is more applicable to your current abilities and situation. A group of very mixed backgrounds is expected and not a problem. Must be a licensed massage therapist to take this course. Logistics: Wear stretchy, loose clothing that keeps you comfortable and that does not restrict movement in any way. Layer up so you can adjust to varying degrees of warmth (tank top, t-shirt, long sleeved shirt, longer pants, socks, for example). Bring water and snacks. Please take off your jewelry and don't wear perfume. No oils or lotions will be used. Be prepared to move, write, receive and give manual therapy. You may bring your Yoga mat, blanket, pillow, bolster, if you have them if not, don't worry, all will be provide for this workshop.
Detailed Schedule
***Thursday September 7, 2017*** The day is structured into 2-hour 'work' chunks with two breaks:
  • 9-11am theory and practice
  • 11-11:30am break
  • 11:30-1:30pm theory and practice
  • 1:30-2:30pm break
  • 2:30-4:30pm theory and practice

About the instructor

Karola Lüttringhaus

Lüttringhaus currently leads a semi nomadic life, splitting her time between the US and Berlin, Germany, while working wherever opportunities take her. She is a freelance designer, choreographer and educator at theatres and universities across Europe and the US. Since 1999 she has been the artistic and executive director of ALBAN ELVED DANCE COMPANY and founded a number of organizations and regular events including the SARUS Festival for Site-specific & Experimental Art ( the MoRe (Movement Research) Summer School and Festival (, Dynamic Body Massage Therapy and Movement Center (, and the Dynamic Body Educational Series. She currently teaches 'BII-the Body's Intrinsic Intelligence' and 'DYNAMIC BODYWORK' in the Movement Science major of the Dance Department at Salem College, and also offers those approaches as continuing education workshops for massage therapists and as regular workshops for movement enthusiasts of all backgrounds. Lüttringhaus' research in somatics and dance focuses on studying the human body in motion, primarily with the Axis Syllabus based on biomechanical, anatomical, and physical principles, and through her work as a massage therapist.