1207 – Aging without Pain

Beginner / Land Workshop


Washington, DC / Friday, February 14, 2020 – 1:30-4:30 pm – 3.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 1:30-4:30 pm)


Faculty: Maria Pritz, EdD


Participants:  Please bring a mat or towel to the classroom. 



“Aging without Pain” is based on the fundamental idea, backed by research, that stress, tension and trauma are both psychological and physical. Science is moving forward to a better understanding of the body’s deterioration. Hans Selye recognized that physiological disease could arise from psychological causes, such as stress (Somatic viewpoint). 


By having a flexible spine with strong hips and thighs, the human body is ideally designed for movement such as walking, running, squatting, throwing objects and swimming. Unfortunately, during the course of a person’s life, the sensory-motor nervous system continually responds to daily stresses and traumas with specific muscular reflexes. These reflexes, triggered repeatedly, create habitual muscular contractions which cannot be relaxed, at least not voluntarily.


If stressed, traumatized, overused and repetitively used muscles are required to continue to work, the muscle begins to tighten. Once this happens the contraction of the muscle constricts the blood vessels. This reduction of blood flow reduces the oxygen to the tissue. Once a tissue is oxygen deprived, it will shut down and tighten more. This creates a negative pattern of tension, oxygen deprivation, and more tension that ultimately results in rigid muscle tone. This results in one’s postural misalignment and muscular asymmetry with symptoms such as chronically hard, tight muscles, chronic tightness or chronic inflammation of a tendon (tendinosis), chronic joint tension or chronic inflammation, limited range of motion in a joint, impingement of a nerve resulting in numbness or a tingling sensation, compression of a disc resulting in neck or back pain, muscle weakness in one area especially if the muscle feels tight, consistent muscle cramping, joint instability while performing daily tasks and recurring muscle strain or injury to the same muscles.


Muscular tension release can be done by manual pressure that is applied to the most superficial layer of tissue where dysfunction appears (pain, tension or rigidity). Once the tight tissue is stimulated, blood flow to the area increases and the tight tissue will become suppler. This allows the therapist to access the next layer of tissue without applying excessive pressure. This pattern is repeated until all layers of dysfunctional tissue are restored and the tight, rigid tissue is replaced with supple and mobile tissue. Supple and mobile tissue will be free of pain and have a greater range of motion.


To gain the ability to release muscular tension independently, one must learn how to align their body and mind while experiencing an alert but relax state of awareness. The SykorovaSynchro Method is a phenomenal educational tool with positive impacts to patients mentally, physically and emotionally and has three stages/progressive levels:

  1. To balance function of sensory-motor cortex via sensory stimulation mental imagery (sometimes called visualization, guided imagery), progressive muscular relaxation and control breathing. The result is a relaxed but alert state of awareness.
  2. To enhance sensory integration/awareness of somatic movement (movement regulated by feeling, mental imagery, sensation). The result is an ability to perform somatic/intuitive movement.
  3. Ability to perform conscious exercises – via mental imagery, sensation. Positive result is in neuro muscular conditioning/function: postural improvement, balance, coordination, flexibility and agility.



1)  Examine the theory of Functional Neurology, Sensory Stimulation, Sensory Integration, Somatic and Aging Process.

2)  Gain apprentice skills of the progressive muscular relaxation via mental imagery protocol and explore the  theory and philosophy of SykorovaSynchro Method as an educational tool.

3)  Experience and perform somatic movement/intuitive movement to releases muscular tension triggered by habitual muscular contractions which cannot be voluntarily relaxed, which leads to sequences of functional exercises.

4)  Develop knowledge in theory of Methodology and Didactics of Muscular Tension Release as a pain free movement technique and master skills to apply it into practice.

5)  Study the methodology and didactics of neuromuscular conditioning.

6)  Develop, design and apply neuromuscular exercises for muscular tension releases and its sequencing/ progression into practice.

7)  Examine the results of practical application of the SykorovaSynchro Method in clinical study.


FACULTY: Maria Pritz, EdD, is an exercise physiologist with 30 years of experience in developing and implementing health, fitness and wellness programs for corporations, health clubs, and schools. She earned her doctorate in education (specialty in Physical Education and Sports) from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her unique training method involves integration of multidisciplinary techniques to achieve overall health and optimized performance. She is a member of Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) Research Council, author of health fitness articles, and presenter for national and international conferences. She has researched and developed an aquatic fitness exercise program targeting pain management (e.g. fibromyalgia, posttraumatic stress release, neuromuscular conditioning, and reconditioning of athletes).