Integrative & Functional BodyWork

This exclusive course is designed for any qualified practitioner who really wants to expand their understanding of the human body and the applications of manual therapy. By integrating their years of bodywork experience and working with many industry leaders, we will take you step-by-step through a process that accelerates your ability to see form and function in your clients. It will change the way you see and understand the body and will completely transform the way you work as a practitioner – with more ease, greater accuracy and improved results.

Blending a range of touch and assessment techniques you will journey through the body over a period of 10 months and attain a comprehensive grasp of anatomy, tissue types and how to treat structural and functional deficits in your clients.

Course Content:

Module 1 – Introduction 

  • How does the body move?
  • Introduction to ‘functional movement’ principles
  • Postural/movement analysis
  • Blending tensegrity and myofascial anatomy into a usable model
  • Touch – the DASIE model – ‘connected fascial stroke’

Module 2 – Lower Limb 1

  • Anatomy of the foot and ankle
  • ‘Essential Events’ – functional assessment of the calcaneus, talus, mid-foot and toe extension
  • Treatment methods for each ‘essential event’ – fascial release, AFR, NMT, MET
  • Working in standing

Module 3 – Lower Limb 2

  • Anatomy of the thigh, hip and pelvis
  • How do the foot to the hip relate?
  • ‘Essential Events’ of the hip – how to assess the hip in each angle
  • Treatment methods for each ‘essential event’ – fascial release, AFR, NMT, MET
  • SIJ Joint – mechanics and assessment
  • Working in four-point kneeling & standing
  • How to use positioning to work with different muscle groups

Module 4 – Trunk

  • Anatomy of the abdominals, ribs and intercostals including the erector spinae, quadratus lumborum and psoas
  • Relating the trunk to the pelvis and shoulder girdles
  • Rib work – costotransverse and costovertebral joints in side-lying and standing
  • Opening the breath
  • Treatment methods for each ‘essential event’ – fascial release, AFR, NMT, MET

Module 5 – Spine

  • Anatomy of the spine – vertebrae and deep spinal muscles
  • Assessment of spinal movement
  • Dealing with rotation of the spine
  • Working in side-lying, standing and kneeling
  • Treatment methods for each ‘essential event’ – fascial release, AFR, NMT, MET

Module 6 – Arms

  • Anatomy of the shoulder complex
  • Anatomy of the upper limb
  • Focus on layered anatomy and layered touch
  • Focus on palpatory certainty
  • Exploring other resources for achieving ‘release’ – breath, visualisation, movement variation
  • Treatment methods for each ‘essential event’ – fascial release, AFR, NMT, MET

Module 7 – Neck and Review

  • Anatomy of the neck and cervicals
  • Working with suboccipitals
  • The importance of the scalenes
  • Neck and shoulder relationships – functional and structural
  • Treatment methods for each ‘essential event’ – fascial release, AFR, NMT, MET

Module 8 – Review and Assessment

  • Bringing everything together
  • Full-body assessment – structural and functional
  • Fine-tuning each technique
  • Next steps

What makes this course so special?

  • First and foremost it is unique. There is nothing else like it available.

  • This is so much more than a course – it is a mentorship programme. Students will receive extensive support material on-line as well as access to the teachers for the duration of the course
  • In addition to the in-class tuition each student will receive two private tutorials in person with a teacher – either via Skype or 1-2-1 depending on your geography. This will greatly enhance the learning experience.
  • A private on-line resource will be set up for on-going regular group contact and discussions
  • Each student will receive full support materials – all the required textbooks, on-line material and two private tutorials 

There is no formal examination at the end of the course and therefore no extra exam fees. You will be assessed as part of a continual process. You will not be required to submit a portfolio of case studies. There will however be homework and research assignments. The training will require you to work, but it will be fun, it will be fully supported and it will be effective.

Who can attend: This course is designed for practitioners, qualified in any form of bodywork. This course/mentorship programme is designed for motivated, dedicated therapists who want to accelerate their career by receiving a distillation of the teacher’s many years of experience in just a few months.

Course locations

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