Graduate Program to led by BTI Senior Faculty Member John McKelvey
Hello Friends & Colleagues…
This is an amazing time at the Body Therapy Institute as we enter a new era of graduate level training! I am honored and excited to be the lead instructor for our new Advanced Myofascial Therapy Certification Program.
If you graduated from BTI or taken a Hot Stone class from me, you already know how excited I am when I get to talk about Fascia. Well, now we’re going to get down into this stuff. This 135-hour certification program offers an opportunity to study the body’s structural organization according to the Myofascial Meridians (from Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains) and put them into a form that is easy to integrate into any massage therapy practice.
We’ll cover each of the Lines in detail and spend a great deal of session time assessing and working with them. For those of you who like more structured learning, there will be sequences and demonstrations. For those of you who like the freedom of individual creativity, there will be plenty of time to play and figure things out – with instructors in the room to provide guidance.
If you’ve already taken an Anatomy Trains (AT) workshop from Tom Myers or Carrie Gaynor, great! But, that was only three days. We’re going to spend three weeks talking fascia and putting it into practice. I took the AT workshop four different times and still didn’t completely “get it”. So I went for the whole enchilada – the 500-hour training in Kinesis Myofascial Integration – to become a structural integrator. That took a year and a half.
I look at this new course as way to anchor the AT model in a way that can be applied in many ways without having to commit to a long-term training. Once you understand the fascial relationships in the body, you are not limited to one particular modality through which to address them. Hence the title of the subtitle of Tom Myers’ acclaimed textbook: Myofascial Meridians for Manual & Movement Therapists.
Another part of what makes this course unique is our blending of the Core Somatic Functions (CSF) of Breath, Ground, Center and Contact into the observation, assessment and treatment aspects of the work. We use the somatic theory and practices of Richard Strozzi Hecker as source material here.
In BTI’s entry-level training, the CSFs are introduced in Somatic Psychology and utilized in the final unit of the program called Synthesis, or Integration of Clinical Skills. In our new graduate program, we bring these somatic functions right away and look at them through the lens of the Myofascial Meridians and vice versa. This approach brings structure, energy and the mind-body relationship together in new and inspiring ways.
What we’ve discovered during the development of this course over the last two years is the powerful effects of working directly with the fascial relationships described in the Anatomy Trains. We’ve also discovered the integrative power of applying this knowledge through the Core Somatic Functions – working with and through the body – as opposed to just working on the tissue.
For the musculoskeletal structures that are NOT on a Myofascial Meridian, we developed a sub-unit called Functional Assessment & Treatment, in which we explore and spend time understanding the pelvic and shoulder girdles. We’ll look at the rotators of the hip and shoulder as well as associated myofascial structures that tie these girdles to the rest of the body. We’ll also look at some interesting features and characteristics of the spine.
So, if you:
- missed out on training in this particular way of working with the body,
- need a refresher on myofascial work,
- want to learn about the Anatomy Trains,
- want to explore the Core Somatic Functions
- want to know what we’re raving about
- or just want to attend a really fun and highly effective professional-level training…
BTI is the place to be in December 2012! I look forward to working with you in this exciting learning opportunity.
John McKelvey, MS, LMBT
—> Go to the Advanced Myofascial Therapy Certification Program page on the BTI Website for complete course description, class schedule, tuition, and payment plan information: