The SomaTherapy program aspires to develop the most skilled practitioners, through the process of treatment of the joints, soft tissues, visceral and neurovascular systems with manual neuromuscular facilitation to enhance optimum motor control and human function. Our goal is to educate health practitioners who are knowledgeable, self-assured, adaptable, service-oriented and, who by life-long learning, render independent judgments concerning patient/client needs.
These courses intentionally impart the skills necessary to address specific dysfunctions utilising the body’s mechanical capacity, neuromuscular function, and motor control. Programs are specifically designed to also incorporate the science of pain cycle and inflammation into our manual treatment.
The SomaTherapy program is presented in 3 day workshops and consists of an introductory lecture and demonstration, followed by supervised hands-on practice in small groups. Each workshop provides 20+contact hours.
If you’re a health and wellness practitioner, explore the opportunity to build your knowledge through the SomaTherapy program.
Experienced osteopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, and athletic trainers.
One does not have to be one of the above named practitioners to take Soma Therapy classes, but it is the student’s responsibility to know their scope of practice and local laws governing practice and use of these techniques.In the SomaTherapy program, Osteo-articular Joint Pumping, Fascial Normalization and Transverse Tendonious & Ligamentous Stretching (TTLS) are the three main techniques used to address the varied needs of the fasciae.
These treatment techniques are aimed to target the three major parts of the fasciae: Fibers, Cells and Extra-Cellular Matrix (ECM).
A one size fits all approach to these three parts disrespects the complexity and primacy of fasciae as one of the four foundational tissue types in the body. An ill-timed or improperly chosen exercise or therapeutic intervention may not only be ineffective – it may even be harmful to the client/patient.
With the completion of all four years of the SomaTherapy program, the student obtains a complete and detailed model of how to treat the orthopedic system. The student will also have gained an appreciation of how we are not simply a group of organ systems isolated from one another, but rather very complex, integrated beings with our health and well-being tied to the structure and function of all systems working together.
Osteo-Articular Pumping is the foundation of the SomaTherapy program. In order for the body to heal properly either from acute or chronic dysfunction, the body must manage the inflammatory process correctly and have proper efficient flow of water and other important fluid throughout the body. Osteo-Articular Joint Pumping techniques organize the acute inflammatory process to make its healing process more effective. It moves stagnated fluid in a chronically painful or tight joint to make it mobile and function more efficiently.
Each course includes:
Fascial normalization is the next step in learning to address the needs of the fascia.
Water is a major element of the fasciae. The proper flow of water (within the fibers and ground substance, within an articulation, and from one fasciae to another) is requisite for proper physiological and biomechanical function of a specific fasciae, articulation and kinetic chain.
Within the collagen fibers of the fasciae, water and fluid not only flow in and around the fibers and articulations, it is constantly being linked and unlinked to the fibers themselves. This linking and unlinking is part of a physiological process known as the Primary Respiratory Mechanism. A properly functioning PRM is one of the indicators of fascial health.
Therapists who possess Fascial Normalization techniques have the ability to immediately treat the severely acute patient, finalize complex soft tissue cases and restore function to the fasciae.
Each course includes:
As our understanding and skills continue to grow during the first 2 years of the program, TTLS is introduced in year 3.
Fibers, specifically collagen, are a major element of the fasciae. In a tendon, ligament or muscle, there are a larger proportion of fibers to cells. These fibers give these fasciae its tensile strength and determine their function.
Specialized cells in ligaments, tendons and muscles have a sensory function giving valuable information to the central nervous system.
The higher proportion of collagen fibers and specialized sensory cells found in tendons, ligaments and muscles call for a different treatment strategy than fasciae with a lower proportion of fibers or sensory cells. TTLS is a technique that addresses the structural needs and sensory functions of tendons, ligaments and muscles.
Therapists who learn TTLS techniques acquire the skills to: 1) increase vascularization of the tissues by treating tendons, ligaments and muscles, 2) choose the quality of sensory input from the tendon, ligament or muscle to the central nervous system, thereby increasing the overall quality (cells, fibers, extracellular matrix) of the tendon, ligament or muscle that is acutely or chronically injured.
Each course include:
In the first three years of the Fascia Fellowship, the student learns the foundational skills of Osteo-Articular Joint Pumping, Fascial Normalization, and TTLS. These skills are taught in relation to the cephalo-caudal fascial chains.
In year four, students learn to apply all three techniques to normalize the four foundational diaphragms of the body: pelvic, thoracic, cervico-thoracic and cranial.
The diaphragm series explores how the presence of these four structures manages tension and compression in the head, thorax, abdomen and pelvis leading to the complete tensegrity model of the body. The course also explores how the proper management and functioning of these structures effects function of all of the viscera in relation to the diaphragms.