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Sara Sunstein

Name: Sara Sunstein
Certification Level: Advanced Instructor
Location: Berkeley, CA
Mobile Phone: +1 510-526-5414
Email: info@sarasunstein.com
Website: http://www.sarasunstein.com
Qualifications: 30+ years of practice, and teaching since 1985. Ongoing continuing ed in bodywork, homeopathy, meditation, and related fields such as life, love, laughter, and art.
Teaching Subjects: All levels of Ortho-Bionomy--I truly don't have favorite classes; I enjoy them all. And I teach all except Visceral (I cover alot of that in Chapman's) and Elements of Successful Practice. I also like to Mentor students, supporting them to grow into their richest selves; Sit Up Straight (1-2 hour workshop for healthy posture without effort); Creative Process/Freeing the Artist Within
Philosophy: Be Present. Practice kindness and beauty.
Biography: I literally fell into Ortho-Bionomy. A bad fall onto my coccyx was so painful, a friend sent me to an Ortho-Bionomist. Within one minute of receiving the work, my body and Self recognized it, and here I am all these years later. By nature, I'm curious about how things work and have an eye for space, form, and beauty. I've been making art/sculpting my whole life. Doing Ortho-Bionomy I get to combine those traits into another art form that is practical and directly useful to others. When not working, I'm in my art studio, on a trail in nature, or savoring homemade soup with friends.
Travel: To teach, yes! Happy to travel on West Coast, New England, Eastern Pennsylvania--and other places too. Please inquire.
Network: Special interests in Trauma Resolution, Emotions in Body (Somatic Therapy) and Nurturing Creativity
NCBTMB: No

Classes

Class Name: Ethics and Emotional Issues
Subtitle: Practitioner-Client Relationship
Instructor Name: Sara Sunstein
Start Date: 10/23/2020
End Date: 10/24/2020
Location: Portland area
State/Country: OR
Class Description: Ortho-Bionomy's philosophy directly applies to a practitioner's sense of values, presence, and relationship with clients. What are our current attitudes and are they congruent with Ortho-Bionomy? How are our approaches helpful or limiting? What modifications could enhance our work and authenticity? Through discussion, role-play, and hands-on exercises, you'll come to a deeper awareness of: • being oneself, rather than a role • therapeutic relationship and responsibilities, including boundaries, verbal and non-verbal communications, transference/counter-transference • recognizing and addressing emotional responses that may arise during a session • working with sensitive populations, clients • Code of Ethics, Society of Ortho-Bionomy Int'l and more!
Prerequisite: 32 hours of Ortho-Bionomy® class + 10 hours practice
Website: http://www.naturalwhisperings.com/sara-sunstein-classes.html
Coordinator: Joanna DeRungs
Telephone: 503.266.3813
Email: http://www.naturalwhisperings.com/contact.html
 
 
Class Name: Other Classes
Subtitle: Women's Care
Instructor Name: Sara Sunstein
Start Date: 10/10/2020
End Date: 10/11/2020
Location: Berkeley
State/Country: CA
Class Description: How to address "women's issues," given our unique interconnection of structure, organs, glands, and hormones. Focus on pelvic health, including PMS, pregnancy, post-partum, menopause; breasts/scar tissue/lymph flow also included. All work external, fully clothed.
Prerequisite: Ph. 4 Spine/Pelvis or permission of Instructor; Helpful: Ph. 5, Chapman's;
Website: http://www.sarasunstein.com/classes-with-sara-sunstein/
Coordinator: Sara Sunstein
Telephone: 510.526.5414
Email: info@sarasunstein.com
 
 
Class Name: Other Classes
Subtitle: Pelvis
Instructor Name: Sara Sunstein
Start Date: 7/11/2020
End Date: 7/11/2020
Location: Berkeley
State/Country: CA
Class Description: Addressing the pelvis in sessions involves so many more subtleties and not-so-subtleties than are usually taught in classes. Hitchhike on what Sara has learned from decades of private practice to more effectively work with the pelvis: decreasing tensions, pains and supporting balance in both structure and viscera.
Prerequisite: Ph. 4 Spine/Pelvis and 10 practice sessions including pelvis
Website: http://www.sarasunstein.com/classes-with-sara-sunstein/
Coordinator: Sara Sunstein
Telephone: 510.526.5414
Email: info@sarasunstein.com
 
 
Class Name: Chapmans Reflexes
Subtitle: for Organs and Glands
Instructor Name: Sara Sunstein
Start Date: 4/18/2020
End Date: 4/19/2020
Location: Berkeley
State/Country: CA
Class Description: You may be surprised that Chapman's Reflexes can be simple to learn, not overwhelming, and beneficial in the majority of your sessions. The reflex points, mapped by Frank Chapman, DO, in the 1920s, stimulate nerve and lymph flow to individual organs and glands to improve the body's self-regulating abilities, overall functioning, lymph flow. They also help free up "stuck" structural components too. Grouping specific points together, we can address different systems of the body. And, no force needed, just your attention. Join us to learn about this incredible healing network. Approval pending for 14 CEUs, Category 1, for Ca Acupuncturists, Provider 1445.
Prerequisite: experience with subtle perception and touch
Website: http://www.sarasunstein.com/classes-with-sara-sunstein/
Coordinator: Sara Sunstein
Telephone: 510.526.5414
Email: info@sarasunstein.com
 
 
Class Name: Phase 5
Subtitle: Sensing Movement and Fluidity in Stillness
Instructor Name: Sara Sunstein
Start Date: 6/6/2020
End Date: 6/7/2020
Location: Berkeley
State/Country: CA
Class Description: We'll be working with the more subtle movements of the body--fascia, fluids, healing reflexes--becoming more conscious of how we sense and work with them. Along the way, we recognize/refine our relationship with another. This is the layer of Ortho-Bionomy® that elicits, "That's magic!" 14 CEU, Category 1, for CA Acupuncturists, Provider #1445
Prerequisite: None
Website: http://www.sarasunstein.com/classes-with-sara-sunstein/
Coordinator: Sara Sunstein
Telephone: 510. 526.5414
Email: info@sarasunstein.com
 
 
Class Name: Phase 6
Subtitle: A Field Guide
Instructor Name: Sara Sunstein
Start Date: 3/21/2020
End Date: 3/22/2020
Location: Berkeley
State/Country: CA
Class Description: Engaging the invisible, your own field, the fields between you and another, as a palpable resource for establishing flexible boundaries, healing, supporting and/or leading the physical body into balance--You'll become more familiar with your own field, ways to interact with another's wisely, when to use simultaneously with other phases or on its own. Approval pending for 14 CEUs, Category 1, for Ca Acupuncturists, Provider 1445.
Prerequisite: none
Website: http://www.sarasunstein.com/classes-with-sara-sunstein/
Coordinator: Sara Sunstein
Telephone: 510.526.5414
Email: info@sarasunstein.com
 
 
Class Name: Other Classes
Subtitle: Resolving Impacts and Trauma
Instructor Name: Sara Sunstein
Start Date: 8/1/2020
End Date: 8/3/2020
Location: Oakland,
State/Country: CA
Class Description: Applying Ortho-Bionomy® "techniques" to neuro-physiological aspects of impacts and trauma, we're able to resolve pain/tension patterns while also helping clients shift from trauma mode to "regular" functioning--i.e. the ability to engage fight/flight response instead of trauma's jumping over it to "freeze." The process decreases symptoms, enhances self-regulation, and reminds the body of its natural resilience. Please see flier on website for full details.
Prerequisite: Phase 4 and Phase 5. Or Instructor's permission. Phase 6 and Chapman's are helpful
Website: https://www.sarasunstein.com/classes-with-sara-sunstein/
Coordinator: Sara Sunstein
Telephone: 510. 526.5414
Email: info@sarasunstein.com
 
 
Class Name: Posture and Post Techniques
Subtitle: Supporting the body's efficiency and integration of releases
Instructor Name: Sara Sunstein
Start Date: 9/12/2020
End Date: 9/13/2020
Location: Berkeley
State/Country: CA
Class Description: "How long will this last?" is a question I hear frequently from clients. Of course we practitioners don't know the answer to that, but we can help the results deepen and last longer using "post-techniques" and addressing postural aspects of the tension patterns. This class teaches gentle movements of the spine in its 3 planes of movement to increase flexibility and individuation of the vertebrae. We also look at "postures," what they reveal, limit, enhance--and ways to support more effective and efficient posture.
Prerequisite: Basics/Phase 4 Spine & Pelvis
Website: http://www.sarasunstein.com/classes-with-sara-sunstein/
Coordinator: Sara Sunstein
Telephone: 510. 526.5414
Email: info@sarasunstein.com
 
 
Class Name: Phase 4
Subtitle: Ortho-Bionomy® Basics: Joints,Bones, Muscles (Whole body!)
Instructor Name: Sara Sunstein
Start Date: 5/9/2020
End Date: 5/11/2020
Location: Oakland
State/Country: CA
Class Description: You'll discover the ease with which the body releases tension, following the concepts of Ortho-Bionomy and respecting the body's preferences. Basic assessment and release techniques that focus on joints and passive movement are taught for the spine, limbs, pelvis, and ribs Enjoy greater ease, function, and inner peace--both on the table and while practicing. 3 full days, covering whole body. Approval pending for 21 CEU, Category 1, for CA Acupuncturists, Provider #1445
Prerequisite: none
Website: http://www.sarasunstein.com/classes-with-sara-sunstein/
Coordinator: Sara Sunstein
Telephone: 510.526.5414
Email: info@sarasunstein.com
 
 
Class Name: Self Care
Subtitle: Sit Up Straight! and Neck & Low Back Self-Care
Instructor Name: Sara Sunstein
Start Date: 5/31/2020
End Date: 5/31/2020
Location: Berkeley
State/Country: CA
Class Description: a.m. Sit Up Straight! self-care posture, sitting, standing, walking–without the “should’s." for yourself or teaching clients. afternoon: Neck & Low Back Self-Care
Prerequisite: none
Website: http://www.sarasunstein.com/classes-with-sara-sunstein/
Coordinator: Sara Sunstein
Telephone: 510.526.5414
Email: info@sarasunstein.com
 
 
Class Name: Study Groups
Subtitle: Two in one day
Instructor Name: Sara Sunstein
Start Date: 7/12/2020
End Date: 7/12/2020
Location: Berkeley
State/Country: CA
Class Description: One in the morning, one in the afternoon, topics yet to be decided, by you the students. Please send me your requests! A few ideas: --Through the Phases: when to engage which one, and shifting smoothly from one to another. --Palpation skills--levels of contact, more specific/precise contact, and what difference that makes --Body part you're curious about or have trouble with --Client questions: how to best proceed with client's issue that has stumped you, or your relationship with a client or ... --Practice concerns Or ????
Prerequisite: Phase 4 and 10 practice sessions
Website: http://www.sarasunstein.com/classes-with-sara-sunstein/
Coordinator: Sara Sunstein
Telephone: 510.526.5414
Email: info@sarasunstein.com
 
 
Class Name: Study Groups
Subtitle: Sit Up Straight! and Neck & Low Back Self-Care
Instructor Name: Sara Sunstein
Start Date: 5/31/2020
End Date: 5/31/2020
Location: Berkeley
State/Country: CA
Class Description: a.m. Sit Up Straight! self-care posture, sitting, standing, walking–without the “should’s." for yourself or teaching clients. afternoon: Neck & Low Back Self-Care
Prerequisite: none
Website: http://www.sarasunstein.com/classes-with-sara-sunstein/
Coordinator: Sara Sunstein
Telephone: 510.526.5414
Email: info@sarasunstein.com
 
 
Class Name: Other Classes
Subtitle: When Clients' Emotions Surface
Instructor Name: Sara Sunstein
Start Date: 10/25/2020
End Date: 10/25/2020
Location: Portland area
State/Country: OR
Class Description: An introduction to addressing emotions in the body when they surface, and remaining within scope of practice. Learn affirming language, beingness, and hands-on (and -off) to support your clients’ understanding and resolving of body-psyche interweavings.
Prerequisite: 32 hours of Ortho-Bionomy® class + 10 hours practice
Website: http://www.naturalwhisperings.com/sara-sunstein-classes.html
Coordinator: Joanna DeRungs
Telephone: 503.266.3813
Email: http://www.naturalwhisperings.com/contact.html
 
 
Class Name: Other Classes
Subtitle: Pregnancy
Instructor Name: Sara Sunstein
Start Date: 11/14/2020
End Date: 11/15/2020
Location: Berkeley
State/Country: CA
Class Description: Co-taught with Jennifer Stover, long time doula, lactation consultant, and soon-to-be Ortho-Bionomy practitioner. We'll be looking at women's needs throughout pregnancy, trimester by trimester: --easing physical issues, --learning ways hormonal shifts play into her well-being or lack-thereof, --likewise her pelvic history/stories, --and of course, labor and delivery process and concerns.
Prerequisite: Ph. 4 Spine/Pelvis and Ph. 5; Helpful: Chapman's, Women's Care
Website: http://www.sarasunstein.com/classes-with-sara-sunstein/
Coordinator: Sara Sunstein
Telephone: 510.526.5414
Email: info@sarasunstein.com
 
 
 

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