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about the course

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Breath and Voice. Two words poised between noun and verb. Both central to the daily life of humans. To work with these in your practice requires oscillating between treating the nouns and verbs of the vocal column.


It is useful to understand the architecture of the human diaphragm, especially its attachment to the pericardium above (Think: ‘heart with a hoop skirt’). This muscular dome has as much versatility as the human face--if you think it does only one thing, you'll miss its messages.


Likewise with the larynx. See how it suspends itself in the hyoid muscles like a monkey in the vines. Then see it in action--how the vocal folds can be like skydivers, resting on an uprush of air.

If you can contact the diaphragm with sensitivity and clear intent, you have a chance to improve breath restriction, vocalization, spinal posture, and core movement patterns in many clients. In this class, you will learn to feel and treat the diaphragm in context: its organ attachments above and below, the nerves of the vocal column, and the larynx.


info and skills covered

  • A Hands-on Palpatory Map of the Diaphragm: Attachments, Fluid Volumes, and Innervation

  • Breath and Vocal AssessmentVisual, Palpatory, Auditory

  • Fascial Treatment Methods: Direct, Indirect, and Active Release

  • Breath Rehabilitation: Freedom, Awareness, Connection, Play



continuing education certification


  • This 4-hour Continuing Education class is open to all healthcare practitioners licensed in Manual/Massage Therapy, and meets the WA state CE requirements for physical therapy and massage therapy.

NOTE: All virtual classes have a 'live' option, or can be viewed on your own time. All attendees will receive pre-class content, live class recording, supplementary materials, and a follow-up quiz for CE credit.

upcoming classes

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Saturday September 7, 2024

10:00AM - 2:00PM

class format

In-Person with Livestreamed Option for Virtual Attendees


physical location

Good Shepherd Center

4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Ste 300

Seattle, WA 98103

class format

Once registered, attendees will:

  • receive pre-class videos via email to watch in preparation

  • class (live or in-person)      (10am-2pm) 
    attend class which includes the above lecture and a hands-on demo/practice session. A Zoom link will be provided for those joining online. A recording of the session will be provided at the end of class

  • receive a follow-up quiz to grant you a Continuing Education Certificate for completion

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