Integrative Myofascial Treatment Series

3 x 5 Day Practical Workshops (14 credits for Part 1)
Includes online lecture preparation.

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The goal of the series is to provide RMTs with a framework for improving their clinical effectiveness.


To refine the skills and thought process of assessment, refine treatment skills and to practice the important skills of clinical reflection and professional communication.

The series is taught in 3 parts. The focus of part one is assessment and clinical reasoning, this module may be taken separately. Parts 2 and 3 focus on technique and treatment.

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Course Description

This series is the synthesis of my clinical career. Over the last 20 years I have undertaken many varied trainings that include Massage Therapy, Structural Integration (Tom Myers), Visceral Manipulation and the Integrated Systems Model (Diane Lee). I have spent years integrating all that I have learned into the clinical approach I use today.

Diane Lee

Diane Lee has been a significant clinical influence in my practice. The clinical reasoning skills I have learned by taking classes from and clinically collaborating with Diane have taught me to think critically in the clinic. This reasoning is something that I aim to impart to clinicians on the journey of this series. Diane will be teaching several days of the series and I’m sure you’ll be as inspired as I have been by her teaching.

Part one: Integrative assessment framework

Part one maybe taken separately

Co-taught by Mark Finch and Diane Lee

The goal of part one is to provide an assessment framework that allows the clinician to clinically reason where to treat and how they will determine the efficacy of their intervention.  Assessment and screening skills are essential for clinicians to ensure their practice remains patient centred, efficient and effective. Clinical reasoning and hypothesis building are key skills that prevent clinicians from falling into the trap of applying techniques in response to symptoms.

Clinicians will learn foundational skills from Structural Integration, the Integrated Systems Model and the Biopsychosocial model. Together these provide a framework from which to use existing assessment techniques and to add new skills. This approach is process focused and doesn’t rely on one specific technique. Instead it teaches clinicians to integrate many techniques into one coherent hypothesis.


Day 1 Mark Finch Forming a story and getting to a meaningful task.

Day 2 Mark Finch Global postural assessment.

Day 3 Diane Lee Finding the driver.

Day 4 Diane Lee Feeling joints, vector analysis.

Day 5 Mark Finch Integration, building a coherent hypothesis and treatment plan.


Prerequisite: Minimum 3 years clinical practice.

Parts two and three (must be taken together)

Part two: Treatment principles and global techniques

Taught by Mark Finch

The goal of part two is both to provide a framework for applying techniques and to learn techniques that form a global approach. Clinicians will learn to use the concepts of connected anatomy and tensegrity to inform treatment strategy and planning. Techniques will focus on treatment of global postural compensations and compression.


Day 1 Treatment principles and theory of release techniques. Global technique intro.

Day 2 Thorax and spine.

Day 3 Head, neck and Shoulder Girdle.

Day 4 Pelvis and legs.

Day 5 Integration


Part Three: Specific techniques, movement, integration and planning

Taught by Mark Finch

The goal of part three is to integrate the assessment and treatment techniques learned in parts 1 and 2. To learn more specific and precise treatment techniques for hard to reach structures and integrate all theses skills into coherent session and treatment planning.


Day 1 Cranium, Neck and Brachial plexus.

Day 2 Thorax and Abdominal visceral structures.

Day 3  Pelvis and Lumbar plexus.

Day 4  Arms and Legs.

Day 5  Integration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a Structural Integration training?

No. Structural Integration is a training that needs to meet specific criteria and is based on the work of Ida Rolf. For more information about structural integration go here ( Although this is not a Structural Integration training I do integrated many principles and techniques from Ida Rolf’s work.

What is the difference between this series and Diane Lee’s ISM series?

If you are reading this question then you have heard of Diane Lee, the internationally respected physiotherapist. Her Integrated Systems Model (ISM) is comprehensive assessment and treatment model to help physiotherapists use clinical reasoning to make their treatment efficient and effective. I have been trained in this model by Diane and over years of clinical collaboration I have absorbed and understood the principles of ISM and integrated them into my practice. Diane’s work and teaching is both inspiring and invaluable for clinicians looking to be efficient, effective and have fun in their practice. Diane will be teaching 2 days of Part one.

How much will Diane Lee be teaching?

Diane will be teaching 2 full days of part one. Day 3  ‘Finding the driver’ which is a cornerstone skill of the ISM, acquiring this skill will change the way you practice and give you the confidence to treat the area that will have the greatest therapeutic impact rather than the site of pain. Day 4 ‘Feeling joints’ and ‘Vector analysis’. For many RMTs joint analysis is given short shrift in their training. This day will help you to distinguish a healthy vs compressed joint and determine the direction of pull or vector that is compressing the joint. This is another invaluable assessment skill that will improve your efficiency and effectiveness.

Why is all the assessment at the start?

For two reasons. Firstly because getting a clear assessment and plan for treatment is vital for helping your patients. Secondly it means students can take the assessment portion as a stand alone class. I would suggest taking the whole thing (of course) because then the whole approach will make more sense but you are able to take only part one.

Can I just take part one?

Yes. See above.

Part 1

Integrative assessment framework

September 28 – October 2nd 2018

Co-taught by Mark Finch and Diane Lee

Entire Series

Parts 1, 2 and 3

Part 1: September 28 – October 2nd 2018

Co-taught by Mark Finch and Diane Lee

Part 2: January 25 – 29 2019

Taught by Mark Finch

Part 3: May 3 – 7 2019

Taught by Mark Finch

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