Curriculum

The Institute of Structural Medicine offers the following courses during the four-year training program. To obtain certification as a Structural Medicine Specialist all courses must be successfully completed. Scroll to descriptions.

COURSEHOURSDESCRIPTION
Bodywork666Principles of Structural Integration I
Principles of Structural Integration II
Principles of Structural Integration III
Techniques of Structural Integration
Structural Medicine Practicum I
Structural Medicine Practicum II
Movement270Human Evolution & Gravity/Embryology
Introduction to Structural Movement
Body Awareness Movement Lab I
Structural Medicine Movement Practicum
Communicating Movement Lessons
Ergonomics/Body Awareness &
Movement Lab II
Psychology194Introduction to Psychological Inquiry
Movement and Psychology
Fundamentals of Dialogue/
Movement & Psychology
Intra/Interpersonal Communications I
Intra/Interpersonal Communications II
Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology335Introduction to
Body Systems/Physiology
Structural & Functional Assessment I
Myofascial Anatomy & Kinesiology
Structural & Functional Assessment II
Applied Human Anatomy, Physiology & Kinesiology
Gross AnatomyLab:
Palpate Muscles, Myofascia & Dissection
Pathology Course285Theory and Causes of Diseases
Disease & Medical Terminology
Disease Conditions I
Disease Conditions II
Disease Conditions III – Identifying Disease During Cadaver Anatomy
Business358Ethical Standards & Practices
Introduction to Marketing
Client Development
Practice Personal Marketing I
Practice Personal Marketing II
Business Standards & Practices
Business Practicum
Total Hours2,108*

Course Descriptions

Bodywork

Principles of Structural Integration I, II, III

Prior to touching a patient’s body, students must learn how to analyze the body’s structural relationship through observation and touch. Principles of Structural Integration focus on how to use myofascial length testing (MFLT) and functional analysis in order to plan a course of treatment.

Techniques of Structural Integration

In this hands-on course, students learn how to apply the techniques of Structural Integration. Students will learn to systematically improve the structural balance of the human body using myofascial manipulation techniques. This course also hones precise and effective biomechanics in the delivery of the work.

Structural Integration Practicum I, II

Students apply their skills and knowledge by delivering a Structural Integration series to models and each other under direct supervision of instructors.

Movement

Human Evolution and Gravity/Embryology

Provides a broad overview of the development of human form and function, emphasizing psychological and cultural factors that can interfere with optimal movement development.

Introduction to Structural Movement

As an introduction to basic movement principles and movement facilitation, students learn to analyze movement patterns in relation to the objectives of the Structural Integration sessions. Learning methods include lecture, demonstration, observation and practice sessions.

Body Awareness and Movement Lab I

In this course, students learn and incorporate new movement patterns through specific exercises. These exercises provide a foundation for increased movement awareness. To facilitate student learning, instructors also employ demonstration and video.

Structural Medicine Movement Practicum

In the Structural Movement Practicum, students learn to deepen their ability to analyze the client’s gait by observation. Under the direct supervision of instructors, students also begin the process of teaching effective movement lessons to others.

Communicating Movement Lessons

Students learn to assist clients in increasing their awareness of their body’s movements and movement patterns. This course includes practical applications of passive movement, video analysis, and how to communicate both verbal and kinesthetic movement lessons.

Ergonomics/Body Awareness and Movement Lab II

This course examines movement during work, while at home, and while playing sports. The student learns how to evaluate and resolve issues of human biomechanics so as to affect optimal movement and functioning.

Psychology

Introduction to Psychological Inquiry

A survey of several major theories of psychological functioning, including Jung, Erikson, Reich and Stone. This course will also introduce the fundamentals of Body-Centered Psychotherapy, and Voice Dialogue.

Movement and Psychology

This course develops student’s understanding of the psychological language of structure, movement, and body language.

Fundamentals of Dialogue/Movement and Psychology

In this course, students explore communication from a humanistic and transpersonal perspective. This lecture and lab course introduces students to the essential ingredients of effective facilitation. Key concepts introduced and practiced include creating emotional safety, embodying presence, building rapport, and energetic resonance, active listening, as well as ways of working with emotional release.

Intra/Interpersonal Communications I, II

An exploration of the Voice Dialogue technique of the Psychology of Selves as a foundation for understanding communication. Students learn to increase their conscious presence while communicating with clients and themselves.

Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology

Introduction to Body Systems/Physiology

This course familiarizes students with the systems of the human body and gives general descriptions of their structure and function; Includes lectures, slides, and Independent Study.

Structural and Functional Assessment I

In this course, students learn how the musculoskeletal and connective tissue systems provide the functions of balance and alignment for the body. The course includes an overview of the extrinsic musculoskeletal components and connective tissues, and their relationships. Teaching modes include lecture, observation, analysis and palpation. Instructors will use oral inquiry to evaluate student understanding.

Myofascial Anatomy and Kinesiology

Students will gain an understanding of the body’s fascial lines and fascial bands. This course covers the components of fascia, the relationships of fascia to muscle, superficial and deep fascia, fascial planes of the body, and connective tissues. Students also study the origins and insertions of all the major muscle groups. Teaching methods and evaluations are the same as Structural and Fundamental Assessment I and II.

Structural and Fundamental Assessment II

This course continues the exploration of the musculoskeletal and connective tissue relationships by focusing on the body’s intrinsic musculature and connective tissues. Teaching methods and evaluation are the same as Structural and Fundamental Assessment I.

Applied Human Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology

In this class, students develop the ability to manually identify the muscles of the human body and to assess joint function including range of motion, end-feel qualities, and neuromuscular and myofascial restrictions. Palpation and demonstration are the primary learning activities. Students will observe and evaluate their own progress.

Pathology

Theory and Causes of Disease

Students will study the causes of disease, with particular emphasis on pathologies affecting structural alignment, connective tissue and function.

Disease and Medical Terminology

Students will learn basic terminology employed by medical professionals to discuss disease.

Disease Conditions I, II, III

This course covers basic pathologies affecting precautions and contraindications to structural function and connective tissue disorders.

Business

Ethical Standards and Practices

This course covers the ethical responsibilities of Structural Medicine Specialists with regards to their clients and business practices. Topics also include basic business ethics and ethical decision making.

Introduction to Marketing

This course prepares students to market their own practice based on successful marketing techniques employed by the Institute’s faculty.

Client Development

In this class, students learn how to attract new clients, expand their businesses, and how to further develop professional skills.

Practice Personal Marketing I, II

Students will learn and practice a vast, careful attention that ultimately unifies the myriad ways practitioners employ both internal and external awareness during their sessions. They will also hone their ability to communicate their work as Structural Medicine Specialists to colleagues, prospective clients, and small business groups.

Business Standards & Practice

Students will learn business tax structure, WA state law for small business and massage therapy, licensure and certification, business planning, and insurance billing.

Business Practicum

Students will develop a marketing and social media portfolio that includes business cards, brochures, catalogs, website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube videos, Linkedin, podcasts, blogs, etc. Students will also develop their own business plan.