Breech Balancing: Advanced Prenatal Bodywork, Northern Lights Wellness, Monday, 09. March 2020

This is two-days of hands-on immersion to learn a variety of manual techniques to create space for better baby positioning for professional bodyworkers who are already skilled in soft-tissue work and actively working with pregnant people. Detailed discussion of anatomy and contraindications for use of each specific technique will be included during this workshop. Students will learn a series of highly effective techniques for creating more space in the pregnant body to allow the baby to settle into a vertex position. Note that throughout both days instructors will be doing one-on-one assessment to be sure students are safely implementing these techniques.
Class size will be very limited to insure plenty of one-to-one supervision of hands-on work. Students will be practicing all techniques on each other as well as pregnant models.
All registered students will be required to complete reading and a quiz prior to attending this workshop. This material will review spinal pathologies and prenatal complications that may present contraindications for use of certain techniques that will be learned. During the workshop you will be tested by the instructors in a role-play setting as well.
1-Day Workshop:  Early Bird - $300.00                              Regular - $375.00                              Late - $415.002-Day Workshop: (Licensened bodyworkers only)                             Early Bird - $400.00                             Regular - $500.00                             Late - $550.00

Please, read the entire class description to determine if the 2-Day or 1-Day option is most appropriate for you.

Day 1: 8:30AM - 6:00PM 
The first day we will go through the basics of creating space, techniques you can show your families to take home, how to find resources in your area of breech supportive providers, and assessments to determine what may be helpful beyond what you are able to provide.  The basic manual techniques are safe for a majority of people to do and receive, and can be done quickly (after a bit of practice).  We will go over basic ligament release, superficial fascial opening, relaxing the lower back, and posterior pelvis.  
ATTENTION doulas, midwives, labor & delivery nurses: Day 1 may be taken as a stand-alone workshop for birth workers (doula, midwife, labor and delivery nurse) who do not qualify for the full workshop. To attend the full two-day workshop you must be a professional bodyworker.
Day 2: 8:30AM - 6:00PM  The second day we will delve into more advanced manual techniques to create mobility and stability in the joints.  Participants for Day 2 MUST attend both days.  The first four hours may be review for those who have taken Integral Touch of Birth, but I promise you will take away new and deeper understanding each time you encounter this material. 
In this part of the course we will go into detail on releasing deeper tissues in the abdominopelvic cavity, the importance of working extremities when compensation patterns are present, and techniques to release the diaphragm, lumbar, sacrum and psoas.  
This part of the workshop is only available to professional bodyworkers 
 Class size will be very limited to insure plenty of one-to-one supervision of hands-on work. Students will be practicing all techniques on each other as well as pregnant models.

All Participants:
Must have taken hands-on training in facia unwinding technique. Classes that qualify include:

Integral Touch of Birth (4-day training)
Dynamic Body Balance (Level 1 or more) developed by Dr. Carol J. Phillips. Courses taught by Dr. Phillips, Debra McLaughlin, or Ann Turnquist quality. (In-person hands-on training only.)
MAP for Better Birth (minimum 6 hour course) 
Craniosacral & Fascia Therapy/Craniofascial Therapy with Debra Mclaughlin
Craniosacral Therapy with Lori Hendrickson (In-person hands-on training only)
If you have experience in other training that you believe may qualify please submit a letter with details.

Note: if you have not previous experience with this technique a one-day course will be offered the day before Breech Balancing. Please be sure to register for "Craniofascial Technique: Introduction to Unwinding for Bodyworkers" or complete one of the other accepted course prior to the first day of Breech Balancing.
For Full 2-Day Workshop:

Practitioners who are experienced certified bodyworkers. 
Must have a functional, and solid knowledge of anatomy and physiology. 
Must already have an established practice of working with pregnant people. 

For Day 1 Only:

Birth workers and bodyworkers

Adrienne Caldwell
Adrienne C. Caldwell is a board certified bodyworker.  She holds certifications in professional massage, chair massage, reflexology, orthopedic massage & bodywork, and prenatal & postpartum massage & bodywork.  She has studied acupressure, craniosacral therapy, and various forms of energy work in depth.  Her specialization in prenatal & postpartum care has taken her into the loving arms of several phenomenal midwifery mentors (Adrienne is not a midwife).  She has trained as a doula with DONA and Enlightened ****.  In addition, she holds two bachelors degrees, one in music, and the other in marine biology.  Adrienne is a consummate learner, and holds teaching as a privilege.
Adrienne lives in rural Minnesota with her two children, and her sweet wiggly puppy.  She enjoys music, cooking, gardening, all things outdoors, and gym time.  Her greatest joy is traveling with her children.  

Continuing  Education Credits:
Have been applied for from:

Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Attendance Policy:
Participants are expected to attend the entire workshop.  If there is a family emergency or life emergency, a student may be excused early.  If a student misses 2 hours or less of the workshop, an assignment will be provided by the instructor(s) to make up the time missed.  This assignment must be turned in 3 months, at the latest, once it is received by the participant.  The participant is responsible for completing all aspects of the assignment in order to receive full credit for the time missed.  Partial credit will not be assigned.  Once the assignment is received and reviewed by the instructor(s), the student will receive their certificate of completion for the workshop.  A fee of $75.00 will be assessed to process assignments.
If a student misses more than 2 hours of the workshop, they may do the assignment to make up the missed 2 hours, but will not be able to make up additional time.  The only exception to this policy is an emergency situation – this means severe illness, hospitalization, etc. The participant will not be able to make up the time missed beyond 2 hours, and will only receive the number of continuing education units attended.   This policy is not negotiable.

Frequently Asked Questions:
What to bring?

Unscented lotion or cream
Clothing to wear for movement
No street shoes allowed in the studio
A reusable cup and waterbottle for your own use
Notebook and pen for note taking (electronics are not allowed in the classroom)

Why, as a doula, can I not attend Day 2 of this workshop?

Some of the deeper techniques are only appropriately used by experienced, trained bodyworkers. This rule is for client safety.

What will I learn of value in just Day 1?

Techniques that you can use and share with your families that they can use at home and during labor. Assessment techniques to determine if you need to refer your family to a specialist.

How is Day 1 different from ITB? 

Participants will be learning new techniques, a full protocol for addressing breech and other position issues to share with families, build resources for your practice, and your families, and assessment tools to determine if you need to refer your family to a specialist.  

I hope to begin working more with pregnant people in my practice but currently do not. Is this workshop appropriate for me?

Day 1 is appropriate. However Day 2 is for professionals with a solid base of knowledge of pregnancy complications and pregnant bodies.

When will the pre-workshop reading and quiz be available and how?

This will be available via GoogleDocs at least 45 days prior to the workshop. Registered attendees will receive access via email.

Can I petition to attend?

Generally we are very stringent about our prerequisite requirements. If you sincerely believe your experience qualifies you please send an email request to Include your full name, address, phone, email, certifications, and the educational experience you believe should be considered. Be sure to  include: the course names, number of hours, instructor(s), and a description of your bodywork practice. Your request will be reviewed and you may be contacted for more information. Please understand that prerequisites are in place for client safety, your safety, and to fit in the boundaries of time allotted for the class.  

What are my accommodation and parking options for the workshop?
We have an established discount rate with the Holiday Inn and Suites (accessible by skywalk) including complementary parking (you will receive the discount code after completing registration).

Standard Room - $89/night + tax
Two-Room Suite - $109/night + tax
Executive Room - $119/night + tax


Holiday Inn $10/day
Tech Village $8/day

What are my options for meals?

There are 12+ restaurants accessible without going outside (via the Duluth "Skyway") and numerous other restaurants and cafes within walking distance.

Is the classroom space handicapped accessible?

Unfortunately, no, there is not an elevator in the building and a full flight of stairs up to the classroom space. If you need special accomodations please contact the organizer prior to registering.

Does this course qualify me to teach this material to other professionals?

No, that's our job. This course will prepare you to use these techniques with your clients. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy:
Cancellations may be made up until 30 days prior to the workshop refunds will be made less a $50 fee. Due to expenses being incurred well in advance of any workshop NO money will be refunded for cancellations after 30 days before a workshop date.
Substitutes: You may send a qualified participant in your place (please see details below*). If the organizer has a waiting list and someone from that list can take your place a 10% service charge will be deducted and the balance of your registration fee will be refunded.
Illness or other personal crisis:  if you are unable to get to the workshop for whatever reason on the day of the workshop or if you leave the workshop early for any reason no part of your registration fee will be returned. If you do not show up without notice, no further financial arrangements will be made. Students who miss part or all of a day of a multi-day workshop are welcome to attend the other days. If CEU credit is being awarded your certificate will reflect only the amount of time you were actually in class.
If our instructor(s) are unable to teach the workshop it will be rescheduled and you will have the option of attending the makeup workshop or have your money fully refunded.
*Substitute Process: You may send a qualified participant in your place if arrangements are made at least 5 days prior to the workshop. A $25 processing fee will be charged. The person you are substituting to come must meet the prerequisites. To arrange a substitution you must provide us the full contact information of the person to whom you are giving or selling your registration. You may arrange a substitution by explaining your intent in an email with the full contact information of the substitute.
Make sure your substitute is eligible! If your substitute is not eligible, follow the refund schedule. It is your responsibility to work out the payment with your substitute.

Monday, 09. March 2020, Northern Lights Wellness, Breech Balancing: Advanced Prenatal Bodywork

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