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Bodily Relearning, Christchurch

With Ben Boyd

30 Latimer Square, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, South Island 8011 New Zealand

December 7, 2024 - December 8, 2024

Course Host: Fran Ammirato | +61 8 82116388

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Bodily Relearning, 7 -8 December 2024, Christchurch NZ
AUD $ 955.00
44 available

Course dates and times:


Saturday 7 December 2024: 8:30 – 9:00 am


Saturday:  9:00 – 5.00 pm

Sunday:     8:30 – 4.30 pm


This new course was first presented in 2023 and sold out in all locations. Bodily Relearning is supported by the Bodily Relearning book  by author, educator, and physical therapist Benjamin Boyd, PT, DPTSc.

In this interactive course, we will explore how to help those in pain gain insight, knowledge, and understanding about how bodily protection systems operate and how to regain some control over these protection responses, including pain.  We will investigate the use of movement exploration and reflection to help reset bodily protection responses.

Additionally, we will explore other concurrent strategies, such as targeted neurodynamic exercises and mindfulness practices, to help reset bodily protection levels and increase engagement in meaningful life activities. With the skills emphasised in this course, we aim to drive bodily relearning by facilitating bioplastic adaptations to reset bodily protection responses towards less protection, less pain, and more freedom of movement.

Course structure

This course will include discussion-based activities, didactic lectures, movement exploration, exercise and neurodynamic labs, mindfulness practice, and clinical case discussions.  This course is offered live, in-person, and over two days.


There are no specific prerequisites to attending this course, although a basic level of peripheral nerve anatomy and physiology is assumed.

This course is open to: health professionals and movement-based practitioners working within the medical and healthcare communities to help people suffering from pain.

Recommended textbook: Bodily Relearning: Reteaching bodily protection responses through insight and movement exploration (Benjamin S. Boyd, Noigroup, 2023)

  1. Evaluate healthy concepts of pain for therapeutic use in crafting narratives for individuals experiencing pain.
  2. Apply suitable metaphors, narratives, and experiential tools to explore the underlying neuroimmune mechanisms behind a pain experience.
  3. Examine the sensitivity of the neuroimmune system as it relates to pain.
  4. Identify strategies for managing physical stress that positively influence the neuroimmune system.
  5. Evaluate methods for integrating neurodynamic-based movement exploration treatments with other elements of clinical care.
  6. Develop appropriate progressions and regressions for recommendations in neurodynamic-based movement exploration treatments.
  7. Explore the incorporation of mindfulness practices to assist in reteaching bodily protection responses associated with pain.

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Bodily Relearning, Christchurch Christchurch on December 7, 2024 - December 8, 2024

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Benjamin Boyd PT, DPTSc

Language: English, Region: United States of America

Courses: Explain Pain Online 2024, Bodily Relearning, 2024

Ben Boyd

‘Bodily Relearning’ by Ben BoydReteaching bodily protection responses through insight and movement exploration.

A total package for the clinician to help patients understand their body and pain. Available to order now 

Ben works as a Physical Therapist at Stanford ValleyCare in Livermore, California where he specializes in persistent pain conditions, working with both individual clients and group classes.  He has worked as an outpatient Physical Therapist in multiple practice settings within the San Francisco Bay Area, seeing patients with a variety of neuromusculoskeletal complaints.  He received certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association in 2008.

In addition, Ben was an Associate Professor at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California for 12 years, where he taught in their entry-level Physical Therapy Program.  He continues to work as an Adjunct Associate Professor for this program, teaching on a part-time basis.  Ben has been teaching courses on peripheral nervous system anatomy, biomechanics, clinical evaluation, and intervention since 2004 and he joined the NOI US teaching faculty in 2013.

Ben originally graduated from the joint program at the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco State University (UCSF/SFSU) with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2002, returning in 2008 to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy Science degree.

Ben has been involved in research examining neuropathic pain conditions, including the mechanosensitivity of the nervous system in people with Diabetes Mellitus and in women post breast cancer treatment.

Ben grew up in the East Bay and continues to enjoy the rich diversity of cultures, foods, events, and outdoor recreational activities that the Bay Area has to offer.

“Great speaker, very knowledgeable about the course material and evidence-based on other areas. Was able to answer participants questions well.”

“Excellent, knowledgeable, experienced instructor who is very approachable and thoughtful when answering questions in the class. Great job!”

Ben was a fantastic presenter. He was very personable and approachable, answering questions in a helpful and discussion based manner.”

“Ben is an excellent clinical educator. Really appreciated watching him work with the group and pitching things to various levels for the different participants. Great to see adult learning in action”


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