Shock & Trauma Course with Jörg 

Palpation, Axial Integration & The Polyvagal Theory

25th – 31st August 2021

A 6-day Master class with Jörg Schürpf

Touch is the soul of each relationship. And the relationship is the basis of any communication.

Touch and palpation are the essence of our work. To touch and to be touched is an incredible adventure. We need both, to exist, to connect, to be recognized, to grow, and to find limits.

“How can we touch the different realities of the body? What can we perceive and feel through touch?” are the main questions of any hands-on therapist. So, what are the principles related to the quality of touch? What are we looking for when we touch? With which level of the receiver do we want to connect? Physical? Emotional? Mental? Spiritual?

Once those questions are answered, we can start to see our work as a profound dialogue with the tissue. Bringing back Mobility and Vitality is our main goal in order to allow optimal adaptation. Connecting the main internal organs and the fascinating fascia network. Connective tissues register and keep each and every impression left by shock or trauma. Therefore, it is very important to have efficient tools to contact the tissue’s intelligence, to be able to transform negative experiences into resources for a better life.

Axial integration and restoration of our capacity of adaptation are the most vital resources for a better life!

From our conscious reconnection to Earth and Sky, we learn to align our Presence, Attention and Intention to our vertical axis and thus recognize the interconnectedness of all systems in the human body, which evolve around the central axis of the nervous system.

Workshop objectives
In this workshop, we invite you…

  • Palpation & perception
  • Communication & orientation
  • How to contact the fascia system
  • How to contact the structure?
  • How to enter in contact with the liquids?
  • How to enter in resonance with the Breath of Life?
  • How to discern and work with density, tension and vitality


  • The autonomous nervous system (polyvagal theory)
  • Mobility and Vitality of the tissues
  • Learning how S&T register in the tissue
  • Mastering tools to work effectively with scar tissue
  • Unwinding fascia and releasing retentions of energy
  • Connecting and working with the CSF (cerebrospinal fluid)
  • Density, tension, inertia and pressure retained in the tissues


  • Restoring the communication along the vertical axis of the body
  • Pelvic floor structures & ligament system
  • Core link: Foramen Magnum; C0-C1-C2 & S2
  • Releasing the horizontal planes (the diaphragms)
  • Necessity and power of the integration phase
  • Axis – periphery
  • From outside in and inside out
  • The three main energy centers, the head, heart and hara


During this workshop, we are going to lay the foundations of how to palpate shock&trauma, how to connect with the inner wisdom of the tissue and how the body can clearly tell us what it really needs.

In order to understand the process of S&T, we are going to use the Polyvagal Theory which allows us to gain deeper insights into the functioning of the regulating functions of the Nervous System.

Jörg Schürpf

Jörg Schürpf is a swiss Osteopath & Shiatsu Practitioner and founder of the Shen Shiatsu Academy. He started his journey into bodywork in 1992 where he studied & practiced Shiatsu at the International Macrobiotic Institute in Kiental, Switzerland. Ever since, Jörg’s passion for learning & playful teaching, has motivated him to dig on & dig deeper, thus developing his ability to use his hands as an effective extension of the heart. He studied Osteopathy (2000 – 2005) at the German Osteopathy College near Munich and also completed his studies of Rolfing /Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado (2013 – 2014).

The hands are the extension of our heart and we can train them to perceive multi-dimensionally!

He developed the Shen Master Training which is a process-oriented training allowing the practitioner to consciously & playfully develop the ability to perceive & touch the three main realities of the human body (mechanical, fluid & energetic).

Only the one who looks & listens with the Heart, can perceive what really is.

His workshops are an opportunity to experience hands-on the many miracles of the listening hands connected to the heart.

Today, Jörg is enjoying sharing his know- & do-how in the practice and in workshops around Europe.

More about Jörg: www.joergschuerpf.ch

06.30 Wake-up gong
07.00- 08.30 Meditation, then Movement/ Yoga
08.30- 10.00 Hearty Breakfast
10.00- 13.30 Morning practice
13.30- 16.00 Lunch break & Siesta
16.00- 19.00 Afternoon practice
19.00- 21.00 Dinner
21.00- 22.00 Evening chanting/ Dancing/ Sauna/ Free time
22.00 Mauna

The schedule could be subject to change in order to meet the individual needs.

To register in this course please contact us via email at [email protected].

For all inquiries related to this course please contact Jörg at [email protected].

Start Date: 25th August at 6 pm (dinner included)
Finish Date: 31st August at 2 pm (after lunch)

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