Do you know a book or video that shows some of that positional release work for the pterygoids? I'd like to look into that. It sounds like a wonderful fit for what I do. I do some pterygoid work with "Nimmo", but would like to look closer at what you are doing.
If no book/vid... then who you might know that offers classes? I know you have something going on in your neck of the woods. Do you have a link to anyone who provides seminars in the Texas or California regions?
The best-known form of positional release is Strain Counter-Strain as developed by Lawrence Jones, DO. The Jones Institute has classes and literature worth checking out. Here's their web site: http://www.jiscs.com/Article.aspx?a=0
You can download the pre-course required reading (free!) on their home page; it's a great overview of positional release that you should be familiar with before attending one of their classes.
The SCS book by Jones is available via a number of sites. It's a good read, but some of it is clearly outdated now. Here it is on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jones-Strain-Coun ... 0964513544
A newer book on Positional Release (SCS-style) that was strongly recommended to me is this one by D'Ambrogio and Roth. I like it a lot and it provides a more systematic approach to applying SCS in practice. Here it is on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Positional-Releas ... 0815100965
As expected, Leon Chaitow, DO has written a book on Positional Release. It's not great for practical applications, but it provides a much more comprehensive overview of positional release methods, similarities and differences, and hypotheses about how each works. It includes a DVD supplement, but it's not really a how-to like many other videos on other topics. There are now several online Positional Release distance learning courses based on this text, usually worth 20 CE hours. Here it is on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Positional-Releas ... 509&sr=1-2
The AMTAmassage.org site has one of the distance learning courses available.
Leon Chaitow has also written a good long article on positional release here: http://www.healthy.net/scr/article.aspx?Id=581
I found this DVD by Diana Haynes, but I have not seen it and can't say anything about it. Here it is: http://www.amazon.com/Positional-Releas ... 975&sr=8-1
There is a one-day course on "Neuromuscular Re-Education" available through Cross Country Education. It was an overview of Muscle Energy Technique and Positional Release taught by a PT. It was a good basic course heavy on practical application. We didn't do jaw work, but it was very helpful for clarifying the basic concepts and providing some very practical hands-on client assessment and treatment methods that I have used many many times since.
Hope that helps!
Jason Erickson, NCTMB, ACE-CPT, AIS-TA
Massage Therapist, Personal Trainerhttp://www.CSTMinnesota.com
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