The Manupractic Institute offers professional training in Structural Integration. This therapy focuses on corrective balancing of the body through physical manipulation of the myofascial soft tissues. We also offer courses in Manupractic massage, Neuromuscular therapy, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage and traditional Thai massage.
Structural Integration - 10 Session Series
Each of the 10 Sessions focuses on a specific aspect or region of the myofascial system. The treatment plan from Session 1 to Session 10 is progressive in approach, with the first three sessions functioning as general overall myofascial remodelling, the middle four sessions focusing on the deeper layers, and the last three sessions working on reintegrating the different aspects together, first as lower half, then upper half and finally as a whole body.
Module 1: Session 1
The torso and hips are mainly worked on in this session to free major restrictions. Benefits include greater mobility in the pelvis and expansion in the rib cage for deeper breathing. This increases overall vital capacity and prepares the body for subsequent work.
Module 2: Session 2
This session focuses on the legs and feet as well as the back to create a more stable base of support. Here, the function of the arch is enhanced and the spine begins to decompress.
Module 3: Session 3
The sides of the body as well as the arms are addressed in this session to encourage symmetry and depth along the lateral line, and to provide length between the pelvis and the rib cage.
Module 4: Session 4
The purpose of this session is to establish more internal support by organizing the inner legs between the ankle and the pelvic floor. This work further improves posture whether standing or sitting, as it begins to address the deeper restrictions around the spine.
Module 5: Session 5
Core balance is a goal of this session as the abdomen and deep hip flexors are worked to offer more length along the front of the vertebral column. A balanced connection between the legs, pelvis and torso will contribute to a more fluid gait.
Module 6: Session 6
In this session, although the entire back of the body is treated from head to toe, the sacrum is the focal point. Emphasis is placed on distinguishing this bone from its pelvic restrictions, allowing it to become a more functional part of the spine.
Module 7: Session 7
The core work is completed in this session with attention to the cranium. Here, the muscles of the neck and shoulders are balanced to relate the head and neck to the rest of the spine. Specific consideration is given to the facial structures and the cranial fascia.
Module 8: Session 8
Lower body integration is the intention of this session. The goal is to more broadly address the structural and functional relationships between the feet, legs and pelvis as a whole. Consideration is given to how the lower girdle relates with the upper girdle.
Module 9: Session 9
The focus of this session is upper body integration. As a whole, the shoulder girdle and limbs are organized for upper body support. Attention is placed to how the upper girdle relates to the lower one.
Module 10: Session 10
The theme of this session is closure. The central aim is to bring the client to the most comfortable place in their body, given the changes that they have experienced thus far. Usually, this amounts to some fine tuning around the outermost layers - with emphasis placed on horizontalizing the joints, relating the major weight-bearing segments, finding dynamic stability, and bringing "the line" into action.
Neuromuscular therapy identifies and treats 5 sources of pain:
1. Ischemia is a lack of blood supply to your muscles causing them to become very sensitive to the touch.
2. Trigger Points are small “knots” in your muscles that when compressed create referred pain locally or to other areas of your body.
3. Nerve compression or entrapment is pressure on a nerve by muscles or bone.
4. Postural distortion is a muscle imbalance (too weak or tight) which pulls your body out of alignment.
5. Biomechanical dysfunction is an imbalance of your muscles and bones resulting in improper movement patterns.
The neuromuscular therapy training is composed of 5 modules:
Module 1: Postural Analysis and Treatment of Cervical and Pelvic Issues
Module 2: Treatment of Low Back Pain
Module 3: Treatment of Torso, Shoulder and Extremities
Module 4: Treatment of TMJ, Hands and Feet
Module 5: Treating Cranial Decompression and Scoliosis
Manupractic massage is a gentle, soothing massage capable of inducing deep relaxation in the recipient. Using long, graceful strokes to heighten the client’s awareness of bodily experiences, the practitioner gives attention to the entire body in this approach.
Manupractic massage can be used as an effective replacement to Swedish massage in relaxation, stress management and spa treatments. These tools can also be integrated into the therapist’s approach to medical and remedial massage.
The Manupractic massage training is taught in 10 modules over 10 weekends. Module 1 training will teach the practitioner techniques in the prone position and module 2 focuses on techniques in the supine position.
Manupractic massage deep joint rotations Module 3 is an advanced course that trains in a unique passive stretching/ assisted range of motion skill set that puts the arms and legs through a specific movement pattern to increase ROM and flexibility in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle joints. The patterns integrate the various joints in slow, smooth full limb movements, and there are patterns in supine position and prone position. Module 3 is a 2 day course and is independent of manupractic massage modules 1 and 2 and can be integrated into massage therapy protocols.
List of Manupractic Massage modules:
Manupractic Massage Module 1 - Techniques in Prone Position
Manupractic Massage Module 2 - Techniques in Supine Position
Manupractic Massage Module 3 - Deep Joint Rotations
Manupractic Massage Module 4 - Fascial Sculpting Techniques
Manupractic Massage Module 5 - Assisted Stretches and Passive ROM for the Massage Table
Manupractic Massage Module 6 - Ebb and Flow Water Stroke Techniques - Full Body
Manupractic Massage Module 7 - Advanced Techniques One
Manupractic Massage Module 8 - Advanced Techniques Two
Manupractic Massage Module 9 - Advanced Techniques Three
Manupractic Massage Module 10 - Pressure Point Techniques Stimulating the Meridian Lines
Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage
Traditional Thai Massage
Feedback and Comments from Participants of Past Classes
- Lincoln's ability to instruct was exceptional. I'm too relaxed to think too deeply.
J.M. Massage Therapist
- Exceptional knowledge and an excellent teacher. Wonderful experience.
- The advance techniques of deep tissue work was great. You're very open minded and like to share your knowledge. Keep doing this. You have great potential. Very good job.
B.K. Massage Therapist
- Lincoln, you have outdone yourself. Level 1 was exceptional and Level 2 surpassed that. The time flew by and the instruction was great. I take away with me more than just new techniques. Well, now what is it you want to hear? In a word "Brilliant". I can't wait for the next time we get together.
J.M. Massage Therapist
- The variety of techniques and the different styles that one can incorporate were exceptional. Very knowledgeable and ties different theories into other massage techniques, which makes it seem like there is one continuous thread of massage theories and techniques. Must call me for further courses.
K.B. Massage Therapist
- Some of the movements, example butterfly, just exceptionally good. Wonderful for the therapist and the client. Very useful course and very enjoyable. Very kind and patient instructor. Also I found helped students thru all steps. Wonderful.
J. K. Massage Therapist