Adaptive Bodywork - Mastering Movement

By Adaptive Bodywork (other events)

Sat, May 5 2018 9:00 AM Sun, May 6 2018 6:00 PM

Adaptive Bodywork - Mastering Movement 3 part series, includes:

1. AB Soft Tissue Mobilization 1 - Lower Body techniques

2. AB Soft Tissue Mobilization 2 - Upper Body techniques

3. AB Intrinsic Sensory Integration - Full Body Movement Patterning & Integraton

AB Mastering Movement series

What is the Mastering Movement Series?
This series features a table-based Soft Tissue Mobilization certification in 2 parts, as well as the movement-based Intrinsic Sensory Integration certification (how we connect the dots and own our movement potential). The Mastering Movement series introduces new tools in the world of Structural Integration, including the benefits and power of specific mental imagery on coordination, and takes an integrated approach with an emphasis on synching physiology with neurology. The series will include 4 comprehensive printed manuals.

Who is the course for?
The Mastering Movement series is intended for anyone interested in manual bodywork and movement. This course offers a complete and comprehensive system for full body myofascial optimization, suitable for anyone from experienced bodyworkers to movement enthusiasts without training in manual therapy.  The Mastering Movement series can be a launch pad for a career in bodywork or a  powerful complement to enhance the practices of established massage therapists, Structual Integrators, osteopaths, trainers, coaches, yoga teachers, as well as performers, and athletes.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the Mastering Movement series, participants will be able to:

• Perform powerful and transformative manual techniques, developed from the wisdom of Structural Integration
• Have the foundational skills to build a career helping people move better with less pain, or enhance skills to propel an existing career
• Understand how words can touch and how hands can listen
• Understand somatic responses; the relationship between thoughts, emotions and the body
• Explore the roles of breathing and core engagement in movement to achieve a state of flow
• Increase body and sensory awareness, self-awareness and presence
• Achieve an optimal sense of balance and stability, and improve self confidence and self-mastery
• Improve range of motion achieving more flexibility
• Experience how to align the body, focus the mind, achieve integration
• Learn how to apply specific mental imagery to enhance perception, proprioception and coordination.

* Module three is includes principles of Move In Mind and the basic exercises of the Beamish Bodymind Balancing 


The connective tissue support matrix

The human body responds perfectly to the demands we place upon it. Unfortunately we often inadvertently demand the wrong things of our bodies and incur predictably undesirable consequences. We are formed by the sum of the stress behaviors that act upon us over a 24hr period and not by what we do with the best of intentions during our 90 minutes of exertion at the local gym each day.

Treat the body as a whole.

As the integrated body-wide system that it is, and not as a collection of parts. Your goal is to create an environment conducive to optimal, system self regulation, rather than an attempt to repair defective parts. The degree to which you embrace this global principle is the degree to which your work will be successful. If you wish to favorably affect any given symptomatic structure you must insure that every other part of the body contributes and relates favorably to the structure in question. Think globally.

We have to change the industry driven mindset and cognitive dissonance, that drives low yield results. Rather than seeking to optimize movement and functional well being, we spend our time trying to get out of pain, as if pain is the problem. A lack of pain says nothing about how well we are functioning, performing or moving. It is only a clue that something in our behavior is not quite right. How are we functioning as an organism? What is the status of our cellular and metabolic health? Pain is information. Use it to effectively guide the trajectory of your rehabilitation, rather than masking or ignoring it.

What are your goals when receiving bodywork? Hopefully you are a movement detective seeking to optimize your functionality. If you are trying to improve your performance and overall efficiency start by taking the brakes off your system. Take away the negatives before adding a positive. Don't waste your energy trying to develop power or adding load when you have resistance (brakes on) in the system.

Our work focuses on this all important myo-fascial continuum, our richest sensory organ and support system. It is a neural net with more neuro-receptors per square inch than even our retina. This densely innervated tissue is our interface with the environment and its health and efficient activation accurately predicts our ability to successfully navigate and govern our behavior in this environment. Our goal is to fully hydrate and neurally activate this sensory web. We want every cell of every tissue to be actively participating, sensing and communicating with the environment during our movement endeavors to avoid compromised proprioception, spatial awareness, and motor control, which ultimately results in, compensated movement behaviors that rob us of our precious energy and yield sub optimal results.

Use AB Soft Tissue Mobilization techniques to ease off the resistance to free up your support and communication network that has become a shrink-wrapped prison. Adaptive Bodywork reconditions structure and then integrates it via Intrinsic Sensory Integration with more efficient movement behaviors that allow you to reconnect with your environment and optimize your potential for enhanced performance and ease. Modifying the hardware (structure) is not enough if you continue to run outdated software (dysfunctional movement bahaviors/patterns).


Monica Canducci is a certified Rolfer and Rolf Movement practitioner working in the artistic field both as a dance performer and a movement coach. Other areas of expertise include: Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Coaching, NLP, Art, Music, Dance, Theatre, Yoga and Martial Arts. 

Her passion for communication and neuroscience has brought her to explore the fascinating world of interconnections between body, thoughts, emotions and environment. 

In 2009 Monica created Move In Mind, with her husband, the neuropsychologist Davide Pierini. Move In Mind is a method based on the use of mental imagery in movement and rehabilitation, and has achieved extraordinary results. The inspiring collaboration with John Sutherland, creator of the Adaptive Bodywork method, started in 2017 and has led to a further step with the development of the Move in Mind - Intrinsic Sensory Integration method, to maximize performance and achieve a flow state.

Among the books written by Monica: Move In Mind - The power of Mental Imagery in nervous system rewiring (Kindle Edition)

John Sutherland is the founder and senior instructor of Adaptive Bodywork, Certified KMI Structural Integration Therapist, Certified Massage therapist, Primal Blueprint Health Coach Certified Expert, FMS, SFMA , YBT, FCS and GFM Certified

Lifetime athlete: My passion for performance and efficient movement comes from a life of sports and sport competition including; road cycling and cross country skiing, Tae Kwon Do, Squash, Downhill skiing: Giant Slalom and Slalom, Track cycling – 12 National champion Master titles, also enjoys and partakes in equestrian adventures around the world (Africa, Turkey, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Mongolia… ),

The emphasis of my work has now shifted more towards a focus on metabaolic/celular health and longevity, with a secondary goal of optimizing this properly established foundation of health for performance.

Mailing Address

3483 Laval Ave. Suite 5 Montreal, QC H2X 3C7 Canada