Karel Lewit functional approach. Level 1
The functional approach according to Prof. Karel Lewit is an exquisitely evaluative, patient
specific method to assess the neuromotor ability of the human being.
It is particularly helpful for the resolution of the so known “aspecific” conditions, namely all the musculoskeletal problems without a clear medical diagnosis, often labelled as syndromes, adding very little to the understanding of the patient issue.
Karel Lewit approach is characterized by complete and fulfilling anamnesis which is
paramount in order to have an understanding of the physical ability of the patient but
also, of course, to rule out major red flags. Once this is done, the examination is based on
a refined assessment, active but mostly passive, of every single component of the
muscoloskelatal system of the patient, being this a myofasciatendineous structure or
The aim of the assessment is to identify one or more weak link within the numerous functional myofascioarticular chains, most of them running literally from head to toe, which are often mutual among people although patient specific chains may be present; the weak links are characterized by increased muscle tone, fascial adhesions or joint restriction.
At the end of this complex and detailed evaluation, the expert and trained therapist, will
end up having a global picture of his/her patient, on which one or more chains may be
altered by the presence of one or more weak links.
The treatment is often nothing more than a simple muscle energy technique or, more rarely, a joint mobilization rather than, seldom, a thrust on the most important weak link, with the aim to normalize the dysfunctional chain, causing patient’s complaint.
It is very important to retest immediately, after the treatment, all the segments and
structure which were previously dysfunctional in order to have an immediate feedback
from the patient in terms of pain and quality of movement.
Karel Lewit approach is surely a fascinating, complex and extremely effective approach if used wisely and knowledgeably..
Giancarlo has personally followed Professor Lewit in the last 10 years of Karel’s life; he is
a great expert of the approach which, as Professor Lewit always used to stress, must not
be dogmatic or follow fixed scheme, typical of methods instead.
The approach needs to be plastic and tailored upon each patient in respect of his/her uniqueness.
The aim of the seminars therefore is not about teaching simply the basis of Karel Lewit approach, but at the same time, as desired by the Author, to convey a way of reasoning, a mental approach to the patient that has to be plastic, in constant evolution; for this reason Giancarlo, on top of the latest understandings of Professor Karel Lewit, eagerly adds his personal view on them, integrating what he learnt from his professor with what he knows about oriental martial arts principles, which are a clear manifestation of the potential perfection and efficacy of the human movement, enriching all the above with concepts of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, since a basic knowledge about how the mind works is fundamental for a complete understanding of the human behavior which clearly has a deep influence on human motor skills and abilities.
- First level is about assessment and treatment mainly of the spine (2019.10.23-25) (3 days)
- the second is about assessment and treatment mainly of peripheral joints (2019.10.26-28) (3 days)
- the third level is about therapeutical exercises (TBA 2020)
- Each level takes 3 days (24 hours of teaching).
The course will be taught in English.