The Spiral Stretch™ Method

Stretch centers are taking the athletic world by storm. Unlike most yoga classes, stretch bodywork is a one-on-one experience where a teacher helps a client improve his or her range of motion through gentle hands-on assists. But like yoga, there are many different types of assisted stretching practices. Spiral Stretch addresses the whole body as a spiral-spring system in motion, using spiraling assists and graded exposure to therapy to engage fascia and safely deepen a stretch. Come learn and play with us this summer at the Spiral Stretch Teacher Training, and let us share our craft with you!

What You’ll Learn

1. Stretch Science + Graded Exposure Therapy

Contrary to popular belief, stretching is not really about lengthening a muscle. It is about improving range of motion, which requires a balance of flexibility and stability. We don’t achieve this balance by forcing a single “tight” muscle to elongate, but by improving communication between the nervous system and all the connective tissue around an area where tension is perceived. According to the latest developments in pain science, one of the best and safest ways to do this is through “graded exposure,” a style of stretching that works directly with the nervous system to retrain old motor patterns and treat pain.

2. Spiral Stretch™ Methods

Refine your touch and you will cultivate your intuition. We begin each Spiral Stretch training program with a workshop that explores the key concepts of therapeutic touch: listening rather than doing, spiraling rather than compressing, focusing on intention, and working with direction. These concepts are the bedrock on which we will build our stretch techniques.

 

3. Functional Assessment Strategies

Far from a lump of clay to be molded or pulled into shape, the body is a tensegrity structure where nothing is ever slack. Our goal is not to stretch the whole body, but to assist it in its natural pursuit of balance. Assessment helps us identify where more balance is needed. These movement-based, client-centered assessment strategies will inform your session plan, so that each stretch experience is tailored to your client’s unique needs.

4. Spiral Stretch™ Techniques

Because each Spiral Stretch session is custom fit to each client, no single session will ever be the same. By the end of this program, you will have a comprehensive tool bag of techniques to choose from, including but not limited to: rotative stretching, passive assisted stretching, active assisted stretching, post-isometric stretching, pin-and-stretch, and muscle activation. These techniques, informed by the latest stretch science research, are designed to treat restrictions, nourish joints, improve performance, manage pain, and release holding patterns from the inside out.

What You’ll Earn: This Spiral Stretch™ teacher training will certify you to start working immediately as a Stretch Coach at BBY and Rising Spiral Massage and Wellness. Other stretch centers may require additional manual therapy licenses, but this training will give you a competitive edge at any bodywork facility where you are eligible to work.

Summer 2019 Schedule: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for 5 weeks over the course of the summer from June 11- Aug 28.

  • June 11, 12
  • July 9,10
  • July 30, 31
  • Aug 13, 14
  • Aug 27, 28

Location: Breath and Body Yoga, Exposition Blvd.

Who we’re looking for: yoga instructors, personal trainers, massage therapists, massage therapy students, and all medical professionals with training in anatomy and kinesiology. Yoga students with practices of two years or more will also be considered.

Continuing Education Credit: 30 Clock Hours/CEs

Summer 2019 Curriculum

  • Week 1 Tue: Stretch Science + Graded Exposure Therapy
  • Week 1 Wed: Spiral Stretch™ Methods
  • Week 2 Tue: Functional Assessment Strategies
  • Week 2 Wed: From Assessment to Session Plan
  • Week 3 Tue: Passive + Active Assisted Stretching
  • Week 3 Wed: Post-Isometric Stretching
  • Week 4 Tue: Pin-and-Stretch + Muscle Activation
  • Week 4 Wed: Technique + Session Plan Review with Professional Demo
  • Week 5 Tue: Integration Capstone: Trade with Partner + Feedback (75 minute sessions)
  • Week 5 Wed: Integration Capstone: Community Stretch Clinic (30 minute sessions)

Contact Julia at (512) 200-3909 for more information. To apply for mentorship, simply complete this Mentorship Application and submit it to julia@risingspiralmassage.com. (This application is a PDF, so you can just print it, fill it out by hand, and send us pictures or scanned copies of the form.)

Cost: $749

Early bird rate available until May 10: $699

About the Teacher:

Julia Traylor is an internationally certified yoga therapist, licensed massage therapist, massage therapy instructor and continuing education provider with 13 years’ experience in bodywork and the healing arts. She owns Rising Spiral Massage on W. Koenig Lane where she has been mentoring bodyworkers in pain management massage and stretch therapy for the past five years. For more information on Julia, her certifications, and her mission, please visit her website at risingspiralmassage.com/about-julia.

 

Testimonials about Julia’s previous certification programs:

Beyond worth the investment of time and money! I decided to join the mentorship to gain a better structural knowledge, to be confident in assessing myoskeletal patterns and understand how to treat functional issues. I’ve been interested in Erik Dalton’s work for years, but don’t excel with distance learning. I’m currently in Yoga Teacher Training and have training in Thai mat massage. The mentorship was the perfect combination of all my interests in furthering my education and skill! I feel like Julia took all of the gems she’s learned, combined with years of experience and her personal style to create a new modality of massage. The amount of information Julia masterfully shares is overwhelming in the best possible way! Weeks after the last class, I’m still reviewing and processing all the amazing science, assessments, and techniques. The info is presented in a way that makes it very easy to immediately incorporate it into sessions with clients. All the techniques I’ve learned through the course are extremely effective and clients positively comment on them often! I’ve been a therapist for seven years and have attended over 100 hours of CE classes – Julia is doing it right. Our group had new and seasoned therapists, Julia was excellent at teaching to both at the same time. She is skilled at responding to feedback or requests and is one of the kindest people I have met. You can tell teaching and massage are two of her gifts to this world! ~Amber P. (Spring 2018)

Having worked a year in the field of massage therapy, this mentorship was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. I find that if I’m not learning or growing the work loses a lot of its appeal for me. This mentorship, though its thoroughly researched and expertly taught coursework, hands on instruction, and low student to teacher ratio imparted a fantastic new skill set. Compared to other training I had looked into, this mentorship was by far the most time and cost effective. Upon completing the mentorship I felt confident enough to branch out into higher-end establishments and found that they were appreciative of the work I was bringing to the table. It was definitely worth it and the mentorship itself was a pleasure it be a part of. ~Sarah J. (Spring 2018)

This class presents work in massage from the inside-out. From pain expression in the body to movement analysis to proper client inquiry, from a therapist perspective, this class will turn your thinking box inside-out in all the best ways! After some weeks post class completion, I am able to observe movement and pain from a fresh vantage point. The layers and varieties of techniques to help clients’ bodies get to better movement have been so helpful for me and my clients.As I continue to review material from the class, one of my biggest challenges is how to get more results with less effort. Julia’s instruction makes it all very graceful; something I always aspire to! In all lengthy CEU classes, there’s a point where the brain feels like it will absorb no more. The mentorship program is spaced out over several weeks, enabling one to take the information in pieces and apply it a little at a time. Even with so many new techniques, I was able to use them right away. I found my clients thanking me for little things in my new approach. From how to hold their body in movements and integrating breathwork, to asking better questions to get to a place we are both more informed and more comfortable. And able to see where improvement can take us! I highly recommend this investment in your practice. Julia is thorough in clearing confusion and generous with her years of knowledge. You will want to NOT miss any class! Thanks Julia, I look forward to another learning opportunity in the coming year(s)! ~Amy C. (Spring 2018)

I have had the immense pleasure of working with the very gifted Julia Traylor in trainings that touch upon assessment, myoskelatal alignment, movement therapies and Thai Massage. Julia is both gifted and skilled in her teaching and applications. She is able to explain complex structural knowledge and anatomic insight in such a way that you are able to put in to practice what you learn right away. She has a wealth of knowledge of both structural theory and practical technique applications. She also knows the importance of teaching quality of touch and presence in your sessions. If you are looking for an Advanced training to really make your mark in the massage world this is the training for you. It will elevate your practitioner status to an artist in your field. ~Natasha H. (Fall 2017)

Thank you so much, Julia. The course was above and beyond what was expected. It has definitely helped with techniques and with my practice, and I am grateful that I made the decision to stick with the course. The great teaching and instruction were definitely worth it. I have recently been devoting a large portion of my practice to Thai massage pain management methods, especially the myoskeletal alignment material. Just this morning I used the subscap work mixed with the shoulder capsule release, and on another client, I used the active psoas release work. It has definitely helped to improve and inspire. Thank you so much for all that you do. ~Jessie T. (Fall 2017)

I did this mentorship in the fall and it was awesome! Julia is so compassionate, supportive, and knowledgeable! Going to learn from her in her cozy home was like a breath of fresh air every 2 weeks and I miss it! I am an occupational therapist not a LMT (though might get licensed in the future!) but all the ladies in the group welcomed me with open arms. I learned so much that I’m planning to incorporate in a soon to be holistic health business! I obviously highly recommend it! ~Amelia B. (Fall 2017)

I have had the immense pleasure of working with the very gifted Julia Traylor in trainings that touch upon assessment, myoskelatal alignment, movement therapies and Thai Massage. Julia is both gifted and skilled in her teaching and applications. She is able to explain complex structural knowledge and anatomic insight in such a way that you are able to put in to practice what you learn right away. She has a wealth of knowledge of both structural theory and practical technique applications. She also knows the importance of teaching quality of touch and presence in your sessions. If you are looking for an Advanced training to really make your mark in the massage world this is the training for you. It will elevate your practitioner status to an artist in your field. ~Natasha H. (Fall 2017)

Mentoring with Julia opened up a whole new world in my practice. I learned how to work with the body as a living, breathing, and dynamic structure. Not only will she will teach you incredible techniques, she will teach you to see and feel the effects of your work in real time, which is the true value in her training. ~Larisa W. (Spring-Fall 2016)

Goodness, I couldn’t thank you enough for the mentoring experience and the time, patience, and energy you put into sharing that with me. Anyone who asks how I’ve developed my skills or what has been most impactful in my development as a therapist gets an earful about how incredible is was to have that opportunity. Your mentorship set me years ahead in terms of skill. Honestly, YEARS. I’m so grateful that it happened when it did, fresh out of the massage program, as you certainly helped me avoid the “necessary evils” of working at mediocre, under paying massage facilities. The experience I had with your mentorship was invaluable to my massage career (along with watching you starting a business). I learned so much that it felt like my brain hurt from all the new neural pathways I was making. You set the bar high, real high. And I reached for it. Because of that I have much to thank you for…I continue to use so much of what you taught me and what we experimented with. A lot of what we did reinforced my own curiosity, another positive effect you had on me…. you did such a great job of reinforcing the benefits of exploring and continually learning. You’re a great teacher, you have great energy for it and superb positivity that’s really inspiring. ~Katrina A. (Spring 2015)