UNIT 1  Lower Limbs

UNIT 2  Upper Limbs

UNIT 3 Trunk + Pelvis


What is Osteo-articular Joint Pumping?

Osteo-articular Joint Pumping is taught in the first year of the Soma-Therapy Fellowship.

Fluid, especially water, is a major element of the fasciae. The proper flow of fluid: within the fibers and ground substance, within an articulation, from one fascia to another and during acute and chronic inflammatory processes is requisite for proper physiological and biomechanical function of a specific fasciae, articulation and kinetic chain.

Joint pumping improves this fluid flow and improves function with respect to maintaining or improving the health of a specific joint, fasciae, or kinetic chain.

Therapist who learn Joint Pumping techniques begin to acquire the skills in order to increase the quality of the many fasciae in close proximity to the osteo-articular joints. They will also learn to manipulate the inflammatory process in the acute or chronic patient. 




UNIT 1  Lower Limbs

UNIT 2  Upper Limbs

UNIT 3 Trunk + Pelvis


What is Fascial Normalization?

Fascial Normalization is taught in the second year of the Soma-Therapy Fellowship.

Water is a major element of the Extra-Cellular Matrix of the fasciae.  It is constantly being linked and unlinked to the glycosaminoglycans and the proteoglycans in the ECM. This continual process of linking and unlinking is described in the Osteopathic community as the primary respiratory mechanism (PRM).  A properly functioning PRM is one of the indicators of fascial health.

If the PRM of the fasciae is disturbed, the structural and physiological functions of the fasciae at a local or global level may be compromised leading to dysfunctions of a specific muscle or articulation or an entire kinetic chain.  

Therapists who learn Fascial Normalization techniques begin to acquire the foundational skills of treating the severely acute patient, finalizing complex soft tissue cases and restoring function to the fasciae of the viscera.  


Double TLS 


UNIT 1  Lower Limbs

UNIT 2  Upper Limbs

UNIT 3 Trunk + Pelvis

What is TTLS?

TTLS is taught in the third year of the Soma-Therapy Fellowship.

Fibers, specifically collagen, are a major element of the fasciae. In a tendon or ligament, there are a larger proportion of fibers to cells.  The fibers give these fasciae its tensile strength and determine their function.

Specialized cells in ligaments and tendons have a sensory function giving valuable information the central nervous system.

The higher proportion of collagen fibers and the specialized sensory cell call for a different treatment strategy than fasciae with a lower proportion of fibers or sensory cells.

TTLS is a technique that addresses the structural needs and sensory functions of ligaments and tendons.      

Therapists who learn TTLS techniques begin to acquire the foundational skills of: treating ligaments and tendons to increase vascularization to the tissues, choose the quality of sensory input from the tendon or ligament to the central nervous system and increase the overall quality (cells, fibers, extracellular matrix) of the ligament or tendon that is chronically or acutely injured.




UNIT 1  Thoracic

UNIT 2 Cervico Thoracic

UNIT 3 Pelvic

UNIT 4  Cranial


What is Diaphragmology?

In the first three years of the Fascia Fellowship, the student learns the foundational skills of Osteo-articular Joint Pumping, Fascial Normalization, and TTLS. These skills are taught in relation to the cephalo-caudal fascial chains.

In year 4, students learn to apply all three techniques to normalize the four foundational diaphragms of the body: pelvic, thoracic, cervico-thoracic and cranial.

Diaphragmology explores how the presence of these four structures manages tension and compression in the head, thorax, abdomen and pelvis leading to complete tensegritous model of the body.  

The course also explores how the proper management and functioning of these structures effects function of all of the viscera in relation to the diaphragms.  

With the completion of all four years of the fasciae fellowship, the student obtains a complete and detailed model of how to treat the orthopedic system. The student should also have gained an appreciation of how we are not just and group organ systems isolated from one another, but rather we are complex integrated beings with our health and well-being tied to the structure and function of all systems working together.