Binding (using a special garment or tight sports bra to flatten the chest) is an important tool for many of us who are trans, gender non-conforming and genderqueer. But it also can have serious impacts on our health because of breath constriction, muscle tightness and other impacts. In this workshop, genderqueer massage therapist Frances Reed will share a variety of tools for mitigating the impacts of binding through self-massage, stretching and best practices. A great space for those new to binding, those who've been binding a long time and those who used to bind but are still struggling with the physical impacts."
This workshop will cover:
-warning signs that indicate complications of binding
-anatomy and physiology of the torso
-exercises to open up chest muscles to counteract compression
-releasing the fascia which becomes constricted under the binder
-self-massage to address common pains and discomforts caused by binding
This workshop is participatory though no one will be required to do any of the exercises.
**This workshop is only for people who bind. Check out Freed Bodyworks for other classes for bodyworkers or partners of people who bind.**
This workshop has a suggessted price of $15, with sliding scale of $0 — $30, check out the event on our website to determine what the cost should be for you!
About the presenters:
Frances Reed is a transgender massage therapist and owner of Freed Bodyworks. For 5 years they have specialized in serving gender non-conforming clients amassing a toolbox of techniques to support clients in all stages of physical transformation of their bodies. Frances takes a harm-reduction approach to whole-body wellness acknowledging that people use their bodies in ways that support their lifestyle (binders, heels, cellphones, etc) and take a toll on their physical health. Frances’ classes and one-on-bodywork is centered on learning to restore and maintain the body to live in less pain and less discomfort. Frances is an anatomy geek, a social justice activist, and a dog lover.
Sugar is located in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood on the corner of 36th and Roland Ave. There is plentiful street parking or you can use Hampden Park and Go! facebook.com/HampdenParkAndGo/
For any questions call the store at 410-467-2632.