Continuing Education | Private Practice

Courses & Programs


These courses are the distillation of the work we've been refining and teaching over our combined 50 years of training and experience.

Schedule and Registration

Here's our teaching schedule, and links for registration.

Student Resources

Here, you'll find recommendations for books, self-help tools and more. There are also links to downloadable documents and websites.


We're committed to excellence in continuing education. Here's more about our philosophy and our associates.


Had a FANTASTIC weekend with Lauren and Richard; it was a great class too. I've taken a few intraoral classes over the years…and this class was superior to the ones I've taken. Thanks for bringing it to us!

Jason A., Seattle 2015

I like that both teachers have a breadth of knowledge that they're drawing from to teach. I liked the palpatory protocol; it was a different way of assessing the body than what I've done before. It added more information that will be valuable when I'm treating.

H.S., Seattle 2014

Private Practices

Both Lauren and Richard practice at these locations, on alternate days. Generally, Richard is in the Seattle office Monday through Wednesday, and in Shoreline on Thursday and Friday. Lauren is in Seattle on Thursday and Friday, and in Shoreline on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Click here for more specific directions, and on Lauren or Richard for more information about our work.



Kind Words from Our Clients

I have been a client of Richard for several years. I have found him to be one of the most talented and effective bodyworkers I have ever experienced. He is a skilled diagnostician and finds the underlying cause of what is bothering me. My body intuitively trusts his gentle confident touch. I walk out of his office feeling renewed, balanced, and pain free. I have been a professional bodyworker myself for almost 20 years and have received work from many good touch therapists, and Richard is “One of the Very Best”!
Joseph H, LMP

Thank you so very much—I appreciate all that you've done for me. You have given me back a major portion of my life by eliminating my pain. I really can't thank you enough.

B.M., 2011

I've had a long-term chronic condition in my hip and spine that Richard stabilized, which no longer bothers me daily after a decade and a half of constant pain. Also, over that time I have had several injuries and dysfunctions develop, from which Richard has always been able to provide relief. 

Richard's ability to assess allows him to hone in quickly on what structures are injured or dysfunctional and what needs to be worked on to help improve whatever it is that needs help.

I think what you (Lauren) do is genius. It takes me completely out of the realm of my head and puts my attention in my body. Somehow, you seem to hear the litany of complaints when I come in and put all the things I talk about together (which make so connected sense to me at the time), and work something through my body and say the words I can hear and receive. You are gifted in this way. 

Developments and Reflections: our Blog

Getting ready to travel for summer teaching!

By Lauren M. Christman, LMT, CBSI/KMI, CCST

Hi Folks, We’re getting ready to travel to Breitenbush Hotsprings for the Pacific Northwest Massage Practitioner’s Retreat on July 13-16, 2018 in Detroit, OR. We’ll be presenting gentle and effective ways to balance the “lozenge” in our torso (a.k.a. the ‘core’) using Myofascial Balancing assessment and manual techniques. The retreat is superbly organized and hosted…

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Craniosacral study

By Richard M. Polishuk, LMT, Aston-Patterning

This spring, I decided to take a series of craniosacral classes taught by my favorite teacher, Lauren Christman. It’s her first time around running a program like this—but, of course, she’s highly experienced in this modality, in teaching, and in curriculum design. I’ve already learned a lot…

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A valuable book and a new cue

By Richard M. Polishuk, LMT, Aston-Patterning

Recently, my friend Karen Clay introduced me to a little book of posture and movement cues called Stack Your Bones, by Ruthie Fraser, a Structural Integration practitioner and yoga teacher. It’s a charming book of brief insights, not a narrative. I like it a lot. It’s one of the few books about posture I’ve looked at that…

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A great year of technique

By Richard M. Polishuk, LMT, Aston-Patterning

In the last month or so, I’ve had the opportunity to teach two classes using an updated model of direct technique, and it’s been quite lovely. I’ve changed 2 distinct things: using a spiral/counter-spiral test to refine any given technique (as I mentioned in my earlier post, The magic of precision), and using a new scheme…

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Therapeutically speaking…

By Lauren M. Christman, LMT, CBSI/KMI, CCST

This year, the WA State Board of Massage enacted a change to our professional credential: from licensed massage “practitioner” to licensed massage “therapist.” Besides the linguistic hitch of remembering to say or type a different word, is there a difference? There’s Shakespeare’s “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other…

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