Structural Integration and Wellness


14 CE Hours

Course Options:

  • Text Materials Shipped and Test Online
  • Materials and Test Shipped to You


Providing an advanced introduction to the field of structural bodywork, this valuable program provides extensive information on the theory of structural bodywork related to human anatomy and clinical presentations. Focusing on issues related to dysfunctions of structure, posture and gait, this reader-friendly, illustrated and photgraphic course text also discusses the background of structural bodywork, how it has developed, and how it is understood today.

In this course, you will learn:

  • visible and hidden signs of structural dysfunction
  • key principles in Hellerwork, postural integration and Zen bodywork
  • Maitland's three paradigms of practice and the main characteristics of structural bodywork
  • the somatic perspective of complementary therapy
  • therapy techniques and practice levels within the somatic discipline
  • elements of the embryogenetic systems that relate to structural bodywork and models for understanding human structure
  • tissue layers of the body and their roles
  • three main levels of muscle organization
  • types and functions of connective tissue
  • types of cells found within connective tissue
  • the mechanical characteristics of fascia
  • differences between tonic and phasic muscles
  • reasons for musculature injuries or disorders that may lead to structural adaptation and/or structural dysfunction
  • postural-structural dysfunctions that are related specifically to the organization of the axial skeleton
  • numerous techniques and models for a variety of musculoskeletal problems
  • key elements of standing, palpatory and gait assessment
  • rules for strategizing structural bodywork sessions
  • protocols for addressing imbalances
  • review theories of Rolf and Feldenkrais

Featured Reviews

I am very glad I opted for this course... it is what I am already trying to do instinctively so it gives me much more solid ground as well as making me want to learn more directly.

- Donna S, NCTMB, Las Vegas, NV

This course is one of the best I've taken so far. Clear and easy to understand. Practical. The manual is so well written that I will use it on a daily basis in my clinical practice. It will serve as my constant reference tool.

- Karen Moller, LMT, NCTMB

This course is definitely advanced but it was extremely helpful in explaining various approaches. The pictures were very helpful and clear, as well. This is one reference book I am very happy to have available for my use. Thanks!

- Lauretta Olivi, LMT

This course has given me a more in depth knowledge of what I had already learned in massage therapy school.

- Liz Senkbeil Sheboygan, Wis

The course was informative and the layout was easy to understand.

- Michael Smith, LMT

I loved this course, a lot of information to take in. It kept me very interested and I'm going to read the book again. Thank you.

- Debra Price, LMT, NCTMB

This course was the most thorough continuing education course I've taken. The text book was very thorough and had a plethora of helpful diagrams, charts and photos to more completely explain the material. The course was more than I hoped it would be and I will immediately incorporate what I learned into my practice.

- Gretta Shepherd, LMT, BCTMB

Even though I had never heard of this particular practioner/ teacher, he often referred to those with which I had personally studied. The material was a fairly clear, understandable & comprehensive overview kind of like catching up with an old friend. This is the second CEU course I've taken with your online institute in this format, and find it surprisingly engaging as well as informative.

- RUssell Lome

This the THE course for any manual/structural massage therapist. There is so much very important information regarding issues with the body. I certainly recommend this course wholeheartedly to any therapist who likes to help clients with stress/pain issues.

- Rosline Loutsios, RMT

Outstanding reference for the future! The text challenged my knowledge and I recalled learning much of the information and treatment techniques during massage school, 20+ years ago. Thank you for an excellent course!

- B. Kristine DeFant, LMT, BCTMB

The book was/is excellent! Loved the section showing all the techniques for specific muscular issues. Will now be a pertinent reference material in my library of resourceful books to use in my practice! Thank you!

- Diana Freed, LMT, BCTMB

excellent course!

- Francisco Torres IV, LMT


  • Text - 256 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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