Alchemical Alignment: Bodywork for Trauma Resolution and Embodiment of Spirit
A heart- and soul-based experiential bodywork training with a solid amount of information to fill your mind. Learn principles and skills for interactive, hands-on and verbal health, fight, flight and freeze work.
Use of specialized still touch and deep pressure are taught. Classes include "The Alignment Sequence™," a mindful embodiment meditation, as well as guided seated meditations, experiential exercises for dyads and triads, and more.
Alignment Sequence™ movement.
Creating safe conditions for trauma resolution work.
Principles and practices of Biodynamic and Full Spectrum Craniosacral Therapy.
Aligning self before working with other.
Intro to practitioner archetype embodiment. Role clarity.
Alchemical talk skills: trauma-related language intro.
Aligning touch skills: the whole, stabilization and extremities, the first steps.
Shift to client interoception and neuroception being primary.
Intro to tracking the whole being, and alignment with Blueprint of Health.
Boundary repair intro.
Thorough introduction to Body Security System and Polyvagal Dynamics.
Working with waves of information.
Intro to standing, seated and table work.
Levels 2, 3, 4:
Alignment Sequence™ movement.
Review of past levels.
The alchemy of containment and microchallenge.
Diving deeper into Polyvagal and Autonomic Security System understanding and tracking.
Awareness and utilization of the social nervous system and secure attachment.
Safely inquiring into and meeting imprints: fight, flight, freeze, shame and grief.
Threat response, and its completion.
Unmet developmental needs, and meeting them.
Accessing core work using extremities.
Local and global symptom dynamics.
Safety valve work at joints, diaphragms.
Continued standing, seated and table work.
Aikido principles for shadow work and client symptoms.
Threshold dynamics, sequencing.
Talk skills: advanced communication overview.
Tools for activation.
Building capacity for more powerful therapeutic work.
Even deeper stability, transformation: central channel work.
Boundary repair continued (post-injury, accident, surgery, etc).
More nuanced attention, talk and touch trauma resolution skills.
Distance work intro.
Advanced Levels (by invitation only):
Deepening into surgery, birth and death.
Central nervous system detail work.
Training Program Dates:
Level 1 May 30- June 2, 2019
Level 2 Sept 12-15, 2019
Level 3 Nov 7-10, 2019
Level 4 Jan 9-12, 2020
Level 1 Sept 26-29, 2019
Level 2 Dec 5-8, 2019
Level 3 Feb 13-16, 2020
Level 4 Apr 16-19, 2020
5 spaces left:
Level 1 Jan 23-26, 2020
Level 2 Apr 9-12, 2020
Level 3 Jun 11-14, 2020
Level 4 Sept 4-7, 2020 (Fri-Mon!)
Level 1 Sept 17-20, 2020
Level 2 Nov 5-8, 2020
Level 3 Jan 14-17, 2021
Level 4 Mar 11-14, 2021
Level 1 Jan 28-31, 2021
Level 2 Apr 1-4, 2021
Level 3 Jun 3-6, 2021
Level 4 Sept 9-12, 2021
Level 1 Sept 23-26, 2021
Level 2 Nov 18-21, 2021
Level 3 Jan 13-16, 2022
Level 4 Mar 24-27, 2022
Location: The Journey Space, Glen Echo, MD.
NB - plans are brewing for Alchemical Alignment in MA and CA.
Let me know if you would like to join us!
Days 1-3 9 - 5 (lunch 12-1:30)
Day 4 9 - 4 (lunch 12-1:30)
Cost includes class and snacks only. Training is non-residential (see airbnb.com, or nearby hotel options ---> students may share the airbnb on location. Contact Brigit regarding current plans during your training.) There are a couple of restaurants within walking distance. There are several more restaurants and grocery stores within driving distance.
$945 for each level
Save $100: $845 8 weeks before Level 1 and 6 weeks before 2-4.
Save $50: $895 4 weeks before 1-4.
Levels 2+ Recommended for practitioners with a practice, minimum 1 year full time, 2-3 years part time. Students applying for all four levels are given priority acceptance.
Homework required: regular meditation, movement, readings, peer exchanges, receiving professional sessions and giving practice sessions. Alignment Sequence download included.
Participation eligibility to be determined by instructor.
Email AlchemicalAlignment to receive an application.
Number of spots limited.
25 Bodywork CEU's per level (NCBTMB).
Brigit Viksnins is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider.
Brigit Viksnins and Alchemical Alignment, LLC reserve the right to cancel or postpone any program. In such a case, tuition credit is transferred to future classes.
In case of student cancellation:
Tuition is fully transferable up to 3 weeks prior to the start of the class. Within 21 days, a $200.00 administrative fee will apply. As of class time, tuition is non-refundable or transferable except in cases of dangerous weather, unexpected illness, birth work, or emergency.
Brigit Viksnins, MAT, SEP, RCST®, BCTMB
Brigit is an advanced bodyworker, and the creator of the training program Alchemical Alignment and the movement/embodiment meditation The Alignment Sequence. She is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, and Massage Therapist. She has undergrad and graduate degrees from Georgetown University. She has had a successful private bodywork practice in the Washington, DC area since 1996. Brigit is a first-generation Latvian American, from a lineage rich with healers, midwives and teachers.
Brigit loves introducing students to awareness-oriented, interactive bodywork, demonstrating how to facilitate sessions for maintaining and improving health. She also loves to work with experienced practitioners and self-exploration adepts who want to further investigate their inner landscapes, moving from trauma resolution to embodiment of spirit.
She created a full body movement meditation -- latest video recorded in the forest in Latvia -- called The Alignment Sequence, based on movements from Aikido, Qi Gong, and bodywork stretching. It is helpful for practitioners and clients who want to move beyond old patterns into their Original and Potential Blueprints, and cultivate self-regulation, resilience, presence and power.
Brigit taught Massage Therapy at PMTI in the 90's, and has assisted Biodynamic Craniosacral (BCST) trainings, Somatic Experiencing (SE) trainings and Body Into Being. In 2012, she co-taught a BCST for Trauma Resolution program. Since 2013, she has been teaching her own training program, Alchemical Alignment: Bodywork for Trauma Resolution and Embodiment of Spirit (see class testimonials here). For her private practice testimonials and more info, please see MaintainAlignment.com. Brigit values continuing education highly, and not only teaches, but also participates regularly in in-depth training programs as a student or an assistant. Recently those include programs by Ray Castellino and Anna Chitty (Body Into Being), Ukleja (BCST), Barral and Crobier (Neuromeningeal and Visceral), Upledger (CST) and Barnes (MFR).
There have been several bodyworkers and psychotherapists with decades of experience and extensive education participating as assistants.
Some have been or soon will be:
Gisele Silva, LMT, BCST (Lancaster, PA)
Wayne Sickels, RCST®, NCTMB (Reston VA)
Carol Syvret Austin, LMT, RCST® (Herndon VA)
Ladan Nabet, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (Baltimore MD)
Dr Kate Klemer, DC, RCST® (MA)
Joyce Braunhut, RCST® (MA)
Glenda Enagonio, LMT, RCST®, SEP (Kensington, MD)
Connie Ridgway, LICSW, RCST®, LMT (MD)
Sarah Richards, SEP (MD)
Kate White, MA, SEP, RCST®, NCTMB (Charlottesville VA)
Cynthia Wilcox, PhD (CO)
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