1625 – Manual Mini-Track

Beginner / Land Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – 12:45-4:00 pm – 3.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 12:45-4:00 pm)


Faculty: Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC – Cranial Head Release

Jim Kelsey, KT, ATRIC – Keltic Hands


Cranial Head Release

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Utilize a gentle, non-invasive form of bodywork as an intervention to address the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas and alleviate stress and pain. This bodywork will improve overall physical functioning, and may improve mood, weight, and the cardiovascular system. Myofascial Release on the cranium ultimately affects the dura and creates balance in the body’s systems. Additional benefits include release of excess fluids in the dura, which will assist in allergy response and stress response. Adding a combination of visualization along with myofascial release ultimately creates balance in the entire system. As spiritual fitness is the fourth pillar to preventing Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Research Association, adding this type of visualization to the bodywork may improve the Alzheimer’s effects.



1)  Examine general brain patterns and how they affect ADLs and function.

2)  Practice combining physical movement practice and brain practice.

3)  Explore cranial nerve functions on the shoulder, neck, and stress-related functions including activation of the parasympathetic nervous system through cranial sacral and myofascial release interventions.

4)  Practice Advanced Aquatic Release as a manual release for the head, neck, and shoulders.


FACULTY: Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC, has dedicated her life to aquatics for more than 25 years, and currently works with aging adults and persons with disabilities. She was an Arthritis Foundation Trainer for over 20 years, a consultant at Ability360, and an AquaStretch™ Facilitator/Trainer. She was the recipient of the 2016 ATRI Aquatic Therapy Professional Award, the 2012 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award, and the 2013 Arthritis Foundation Regional Public Service Award-University of Pittsburgh Community Service Award. She continues her studies in Energy Medicine, and is a Reiki Master/Trainer. Beyond her active practice, she offers intuitive guidance and wellness coaching.


Keltic Hands

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will help provide you with a new tool for patients with acute and chronic pain, patients with incomplete spinal cord injury, and many other applications. We will focus on improving functional mobility of the fingers, hands and upper extremity to improve independence of ADL’s. 


Keltic Hands is a new technique. Its principle is based on Less is More. The techniques uses both Eastern and Western medical principles including acupuncture points, Tui Na massage and Shiatsu massage. We will use passive and active ROM, assistive ROM and passive assistive ROM. Each sequence is done in four sets with four reps for a count of eight. We maintain continual contact with the patient to direct the speed and resistance (and, possibly, feel the Qi moving). The motion is slow and gentle with soft vocal instruction to the patient on feedback to correct movement. Keltic Hands uses the intrinsic muscle rather than larger muscles that may cause an increase in pain and guarding of the joint or muscles. Keltic Hands can assist in decreasing spasticity and tone, increasing muscle endurance, and decreasing pain while recruiting slow and fast twitch muscle fibers.  There is also neuro-education of the nerves and muscle fibers moving along the energy pathway.



1)  Locate and stimulate acupuncture points.

2)  Experience a slow-movement, mind-focused tool for decreasing pain and changing muscle recruitment patterns.

3)  Decrease patient pain with the use of acupuncture stimulation and slow and soft movements.

4)  Elicit intrinsic movement of the deeper muscle fiber first.

5)  Experience a lighter feeling in therapeutic movement.


FACULTY: Jim Kelsey, KT, ATRIC, was a kinseiotherapist for the VA Medical Center in Boston for 30 years. His areas of experience include neurology, orthopedics, spinal cord injury, amputee specialty, substance abuse, bariatric and weight loss. He has attended nearly every ATRI Conference since 2010 and was the recipient of the ATRI Dolphin Award in 2012.