Gait for Human Potential

Walking, more than just a functional outcome, can be an unmatched evaluation tool for quality of life.

This course goes beyond the customary study of characteristics of stance and swing phases of gait. By using Integral Human GaitSM Theory, we try to explore a comprehensive map that surpasses the existing knowledge in physical medicine, therapy, rehabilitation and sport training. The “how” of walking drives physical comfort, emotional well-being, security, and happiness.

We discover the association between spinal and peripheral joints and their unique movement patterns by using the sensory learning platforms of the Somatic Functional Mobilization™, Feldenkrais Method®, and Bones For Life®.

In this workshop, you will study the interplay of alignment and pressure through ground reaction forces to answer the following questions:

  • What impact does gait have on neck, shoulder and upper/lower back health?
  • Why is walking is beneficial only if it is balanced? In what ways does gait resonate with the rhythms of the body?
  • Why is gait so important in human health and relieving chronic pain patterns?

Days are sequential but you can choose day one only or the entire workshop. CEUs provided according to days attended. Most details on the objectives/agenda for each day will be posted in the near future.

Learning Theme and Objectives for Each Day

DAY 1 (9:00 am. to 6:00 pm.)

Ground Reaction Forces: The Relationship of Pressure and Alignment

  • Description of the development, phases and sequence of movements in the gait cycle.
  • Articulating the process of horizontal rotation of the pelvis which frees the foot in the rear and manages the forward leg in the single leg stance phase of gait.
  • Demonstration of the Swing Leg, which powers the “Spring” of the Stance Leg.
  • Differentiating how the lumbar spine accepts a position of neutrality while performing the swing and stance phase of gait.
  • A personal appreciation experience of how a vibrant gait adds to overall well-being.

DAY 2 (9:00 am. to 5:45 pm.)

The Re-organizing Power of Counter-Rotation

  • Organizing your head, shoulder girdle and pelvic girdle in a rotation or counter rotation movement pattern.
  • Learn to distinguish how rib mobility is important during both the swing and stance phase of gait. To align either the hip, knee or ankle, perform one movement process.
  • Realize the value and role of rhythm in contributing to a smooth and efficient gait pattern.

DAY 3 (9:00 am. to 5:00 pm.)

The Dynamic Interaction Between Posture and Gait

  • Discover the potential and power of your abdominal muscles' capacity for uprightness.
  • Completing the one movement process using the gluteals and/or hip adductors to re-orientate your midline trunk awareness.
  • Assess the kinetic chain for the most effective entry point of change for creating enhanced freedom and ease of movement while walking.
  • Skillful and powerful demonstration of the ability to stand on one leg.
  • Demonstration of 3 ways to align the C7 vertebrae over the forward leg in the single leg stance phase of gait.

Carol Montgomery and Cynthia Allen are co-authors of the Integral Human GaitSM Theory

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What Our Patients are saying

Kathryn Glover

"You have this gift of being able to see a real clarity. You are listening so well to what people are saying to you and you can see things that they can't. The exercises that you have taught me have been so helpful and I know that if I have a problem (pain) that I can go back and do them consistently for a few days and I can get out of a problem (pain)"
2015-12-18T11:13:42+00:00
"You have this gift of being able to see a real clarity. You are listening so well to what people are saying to you and you can see things that they can't. The exercises that you have taught me have been so helpful and I know that if I have a problem (pain) that I can go back and do them consistently for a few days and I can get out of a problem (pain)"

Jane Hewitt, GCFP

“I appreciate Carol's enormous body of knowledge, her use of oral and visual explanations, and her awareness and consideration of each participant. This Bones for Life® Segment with Carol is the best continuing education workshop I've ever attended.”
2015-12-18T11:14:48+00:00
“I appreciate Carol's enormous body of knowledge, her use of oral and visual explanations, and her awareness and consideration of each participant. This Bones for Life® Segment with Carol is the best continuing education workshop I've ever attended.”

Christine Fisher, MD

"As opposed to muscles and bones person, you have a full understanding of how the psychology meets with the physical meets with the spiritual and I think if you do not have the full mind, body, spirit connection you can’t depart the same degree of help to any person. You are the only provider that I have every met that has ever done that. That is why your treatment modalities are the most successful. "
2015-12-18T11:16:09+00:00
"As opposed to muscles and bones person, you have a full understanding of how the psychology meets with the physical meets with the spiritual and I think if you do not have the full mind, body, spirit connection you can’t depart the same degree of help to any person. You are the only provider that I have every met that has ever done that. That is why your treatment modalities are the most successful. "

2015 National Senior Health & Fitness Day

"Carol Montgomery's presentation was excellent! I like that you could have been any age to benefit from the information." "Carol Montgomery's presentation was very interesting and easy to follow her directions." "We want Carol back next year!"
2015-12-18T11:17:06+00:00
"Carol Montgomery's presentation was excellent! I like that you could have been any age to benefit from the information." "Carol Montgomery's presentation was very interesting and easy to follow her directions." "We want Carol back next year!"

Cindy S.

“I am finding my spine more flexible, my alignment better, my hips more level, my feet more in touch with the ground, my breathing deeper.”
2015-12-18T11:17:49+00:00
“I am finding my spine more flexible, my alignment better, my hips more level, my feet more in touch with the ground, my breathing deeper.”

Traci Pfannenstiel Owner Awaken Yoga Studio and Yoga Instructor

"Carol has taught me how to observe, integrate, respect and honor all movement without strain or motive. She has inspired me to find the harmonious unity of movement and peace within my yoga practice."
2015-12-18T11:18:18+00:00
"Carol has taught me how to observe, integrate, respect and honor all movement without strain or motive. She has inspired me to find the harmonious unity of movement and peace within my yoga practice."

Cathy B.

"From my first meeting with Carol I could tell that she was really willing to listen to me and help me and even today, I do those movements she taught me to relieve my neck pain. Carol is so generous with her time and knows how to build a team and healing resource community. She also led me to other people, this eventually increased my support team, my healing community and that has made all the difference to me."
2015-12-18T11:27:27+00:00
"From my first meeting with Carol I could tell that she was really willing to listen to me and help me and even today, I do those movements she taught me to relieve my neck pain. Carol is so generous with her time and knows how to build a team and healing resource community. She also led me to other people, this eventually increased my support team, my healing community and that has made all the difference to me."

Barney Quick, Musician and Writer

"My sessions with Carol helped me to move beyond the postural aches and pain I would get when I played my guitar so that now I am able to channel my music freely and fully."
2015-12-18T11:29:46+00:00
"My sessions with Carol helped me to move beyond the postural aches and pain I would get when I played my guitar so that now I am able to channel my music freely and fully."

Roberta Kroot

There is an enormous amount of confidence in the way you touch. I feel like I am totally in the right place for treatment. You absolutely inspire confidence and healing.
2018-11-22T00:24:05+00:00
There is an enormous amount of confidence in the way you touch. I feel like I am totally in the right place for treatment. You absolutely inspire confidence and healing.

Standing leg potency: the secret inter-relationship of pressure and counter-rotation.