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Course Descriptions

Mark Finch- The Pelvic Girdle

Course Description:

In this two day class you’ll learn assessment and clinical reasoning skills to help you determine where to treat, a skill that is vital to clinical efficiency and effectiveness. You’ll learn treatment techniques derived from my background in Structural Integration, Massage Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. You’ll leave with new techniques that you can apply immediately and concepts to help you think about treating the whole person.

This two day course is designed to give you an understanding of how to treat the whole person but we are focusing on the Pelvic Girdle. A healthy Pelvic Girdle provides both mobility and stability, connecting the lower limb to the trunk. Because of its role in sitting, standing and walking Pelvic Girdle pain and dysfunction can be disabling. Over the weekend we’ll talk about how changing your patient’s beliefs can help their pain and function. You’ll leave with a simple assessment philosophy that can be applied to any area of the body. On this weekend we take the very simple tasks of forward bending, back bending and squatting and use a screening process to determine where treatment is best applied to improve the function of these important movements. You’ll learn release techniques that are informed by Structural Integration, Visceral Manipulation and Massage therapy. In order to get the most out of the weekend there are some online preparation videos. This helps most students feel less overwhelmed with the theoretical concepts and able to concentrate on the in-class learning.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about contextual factors and contemporary pain science concepts.
  • Learn assessment techniques that are meaningful to the patient and simple to use in the the clinic.
  • Learn clinical reasoning skills to determine the most effective and efficient place to treat.
  • Learn the current state of connective tissue research, this is a missing piece for many clinician’s understanding of soft tissue treatment.
  • Learn precise and effective techniques to improve function.
  • Understand how treatment of the Pelvic Girdle fits into an integrative approach to treatment of the whole person. 

Mark Finch- The Spine

Course Description:

In this two day class you’ll learn assessment and clinical reasoning skills to help you determine where to treat, a skill that is vital to clinical efficiency and effectiveness. You’ll learn treatment techniques derived from my background in Structural Integration, Massage Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. You’ll leave with new techniques that you can apply immediately and concepts to help you think about treating the whole person.

This two day course is designed to give you an understanding of how to treat the whole person but we are focusing on the spine. A healthy spine allows easy movement in all planes. However, pain and dysfunction in the spinal column are the most common reasons clients seek treatment. Over the weekend we’ll talk about how changing your patient’s beliefs can help their pain and function. You’ll leave with a simple assessment philosophy that can be applied to any area of the body. On this weekend we take the very simple tasks of forward bending, whole body rotation and head / neck rotation and use a screening process to determine where treatment is best applied to improve the function of these important movements. You’ll learn release techniques that are informed by Structural Integration, Visceral Manipulation and Massage therapy. In order to get the most out of the weekend there are some online preparation videos. This helps most students feel less overwhelmed with the theoretical concepts and able to concentrate on the in-class learning.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about contextual factors and contemporary pain science concepts.
  • Learn assessment techniques that are meaningful to the patient and simple to use in the the clinic.
  • Learn clinical reasoning skills to determine the most effective and efficient place to treat.
  • Learn the current state of connective tissue research, this is a missing piece for many clinician’s understanding of soft tissue treatment.
  • Learn precise and effective techniques to improve function.
  • Understand how treatment of the spine fits into an integrative approach to treatment of the whole person.