The Somatic track of the NSE program gives students an in-depth understanding of the major muscle systems of the body. The series is followed by a written and hand-on test of the material taught. Therapists previously certified through Paul St. John will be allowed to test out of their somatic certification after taking Posturology 101. The technique review videos are recommended for those wishing to test-out of this level due to the numerous differences between the new CINT program and Paul’s previous work.
Posturology 101 is a pre-requisite for all classes in this track. The remaining courses study each system individually including:
Shoulders & Thoracic Spine
Low Back & Pelvis
Upper & Lower Extremities
For several decades, Paul St. John and his colleagues have been studying posture; how the components of the human body affect posture, and how posture reflects the function of those components. This developing area has come to be known as Posturology, the science of human balance in every physiological condition. Research from Europe dating back to the days of Galileo to the present is included, along with Paul St. John’s extensive research, in this exciting new direction in pain relief therapy.
In Posturology 101, your instructor will guide you through the centuries from the earliest recorded studies of posture and imbalance to his most recent findings in his practice. He will share areas of pain causing dysfunctions that create imbalance. This application is the primary component in Neurosomatic Therapy.
Our goal is to have you leave the course competent in the basic concepts and enlighten you on the importance of being able to measure and document posture accurately. Several examples of postural distortions will be given with their causes and subsequent treatment methods to allow you to understand the impact of this exciting new area of study. As an Neurosomatic Therapist your capacity to help patients in pain starts with your ability to measure, document, and interpret posture. This course is the first step in the journey to helping your clients heal fully.
This course, the first of four specialized courses on the road to certification, focuses on the low back and pelvis. Paul St. John and his colleagues have developed this course based upon extensive research and clinical study. Once you have taken Posturology 101 and have learned to analyze and chart dysfunctional postural patterns, you will begin the steps needed for Somatic certification in Neurosomatic Therapy.
Integrative Approaches to Low Back Pain isolates 15 muscle groups affecting the low back by the origin, insertion and function of each individual muscle. You will be taught the answers to “Why do we treat?” a section of the manual that details possible pain causing dysfunctions and
how they affect other functions of the body. Trigger points will be identified in each area along with associated patient symptoms. We will share with you specific treatment for each area in a step by step – hands on manner. You will be able to implement the most effective treatment methods in your own practice after one weekend.
Throughout the course, each muscle group section will include specific stretches and strengthening exercises for your patients to practice between treatments and subsequently, after treatments conclude. These are designed to fully benefit the particular area of treatment for a pain free patient.
The second specialized course in the certification process, Integrative Approaches to Cervical Pain, identifies 9 areas where dysfunction will impact posture as well as body functions. These areas are defined by origin, insertion and function. You will learn specifics in “Why do we treat?”, a section of your manual which details possible pain causing dysfunctions and how they affect other functions of the body. Trigger points are identified in each area along with associated patient symptoms. We will share with you specific treatment for each area in a step by step – hands on manner. You will be able to implement the most effective treatment methods in your own practice after one weekend with Neurosomatic Educators.
Specific treatment methods are carefully explained and demonstrated to enable you, the therapist, to apply these techniques successfully in your own practice. Your patients will experience relief from such maladies as headaches, balance problems, TMJ dysfunction, upper back pain, and from traumas such as whiplash. We will share case studies from our own practice spanning several decades along with extensive research in this area.
Specialized stretches and strengthening exercises will be a part of each section of this course. You will learn to educate your patients in these exercises for prolonged pain free health.
The third specialized class in the Somatic Certification series, Integrative Approaches to Shoulder Pain introduces you to ground breaking new techniques in shoulder pain relief. Paul St. John has treated thousands of cases and now will share with you his studies. He has developed these techniques by studying each muscle and muscle group, identifying dysfunctions and treating imbalances. You will learn why we treat these muscles and how to achieve pain relief for your patients through the most effective treatment methods available today.
You will explore specific causes of pain as they are explained throughout this course while our teaching staff demonstrate techniques.
Over the course of the weekend you will learn how to identify trigger points and where they refer, and how shoulder dysfunctions affect other body functions.
As with previous levels, specific stretch and strengthening exercises are explained for you to use in educating your patients . By implementing these techniques in your private practice you enable your patients to live pain free.
The fourth specialized class in the Somatic Certification series, this course is focused on strategies for eliminating soft tissue pain of the extremities. Calling on experiences from almost thirty years of practice, Paul St. John has developed manual therapy strategies to help you to learn causes of nerve entrapment syndromes, as well as strategies for treatment of such conditions including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tibial Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.
A review of the specific anatomy of each extremity will enhance your palpatory and treatment skills to a degree where you will be able to isolate nerve entrapments, trigger points, and other ischemic areas.
Demonstration of techniques from our teaching staff will facilitate your understanding of the techniques and purposes for them. The result will be more effective treatment strategies and an unprecedented level of success with your clients that you will be able to implement the very next day!
The specific stretching and self care protocols that are included will enhance your practice and credibility by empowering your clientele in managing their own health and well being.