SMA Fellow at NTC

The School at a glance

««««« SMA Accredited School since 2019
««««« Modular course structure
««««« 1 Weekend per month
                      (or 1 evening per week Dublin only)
««««« Dublin, Cork, Galway & Waterford.

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National Training Centre
16a St Josephs Parade
Dorset Street

T: 00 353 1 882 7777

What the school says:

This unique educational programme provides certification in two separate but allied fields of bodywork therapy. Graduates will have multi-disciplinary skills for the treatment of pain and injury. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation that balances the body’s central nervous system with the musculoskeletal / myofascial system.

NMT is based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system initiates and maintains pain. The Neuromuscular Therapists goal is to relieve the pain and dysfunction by alleviating the underlying cause.

NMT emphasises the role of the brain, spine, nerves, trigger points and fascia in muscular pain. It uses advanced concepts to break the stress-tension-pain cycle. It aims to reduce muscle tonation and release compressed nerves so that circulation can increase and the body will return to normal neuromuscular integrity and balance.

The course is divided into two terms. The first term will introduce you to anatomy and physiology where you will begin your journey and explore the human body as an anatomical structure. You will be introduced to fascia and biotensegrity – what it is and what it does. Term one will also include the foundation practical hands on skills where you will learn massage and a range of sports massage techniques so that you develop your palpation skills throughout the course.

The second term focuses on advanced anatomy and techniques with more emphasis on the myofascial kinetic chains and links whilst developing understanding of how everything in the body is connected. Clinical assessment, special orthopaedic and neurological testing, injury scenarios and differential diagnosis will also be further developed in the second term


This Neuromuscular Therapy course includes three separate qualifications:

  • The National Qualification in Massage Therapy and Event Massage (after successful assessment at the end of the first term)
  • The National Qualification in Orthopaedic Sports Massage (after final assessment)
  • The National Qualification in Neuromuscular Therapy (after final assessment)

The National Qualification in Neuromuscular Therapy course covers all relevant areas including:

  • Applied Anatomy, Physiology and Myology
  • Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century
  • Nutritional influences on Trigger Point Formation
  • Clinical practice and patient management
  • Clinical Assessment skills
  • Fascia – what is it and what it does.
  • Laws of European Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Orthopaedic Sports Massage Techniques
  • Event massage
  • Postural Assessment and Range of Motion testing
  • Etiology, formation and treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Injury Scenarios including differential diagnosis
  • Establishing a clinic and self promotion
  • Professional, ethical and legal requirements of operating a practice
  • Full Body Kinetic Chain assessment and special tests
  • Plan, apply and evaluate a sports massage treatment and soft tissue methods
  • Plan, apply and evaluate a Neuromuscular Therapy treatment

Upcoming events

    • 24 Sep 2022
    • Dublin

    The Higher Diploma course is for qualified bodywork professionals who want to advance their clinical knowledge and skills to offer advanced intervention procedures for patients with chronic soft tissue pain, muscle and nerve pain.

    The course is delivered over a two and a half year period with practical weekends taking place every 8 weeks (Friday evenings / Saturdays & Sundays) and online lessons in between. With only a short flight away from the UK to Dublin, the course is very accessible to students in the UK who can book flights well in advance and get good deals. We already have some students enrolled from the UK and we would love to be able to get the word to other therapists in the UK who would like to attend.

    The tutors on the course include Joanne Avison, Professor Carol Davis, Jan Trewartha, Dr Wilbour Kelsick, John Sharkey and Kevin Prunty.

    Below is an overview of the advanced content involving sports massage and soft tissue manipulation techniques based on the model of Biotensegrity that is covered on the course:

    • Advanced functional anatomy based on BioTensegrity and Four Bar Kinematics
    • Pathophysiology of chronic pain
    • Arthrokinematics – A new explanation of human movement
    • Cranial manipulation and Intra-oral tissue release for effective treatment of chronic pain problems
    • TMJ Treatment – effective interventions for TMJ pain and associated symptoms including ear fullness / pressure, ear pain, tinnitus, dizziness, and hyperacusis
    • Breathing patterns disorders and chronic pelvic pain
    • The Art of Structural integrity to include:
      • Biotensegrity
      • the art of seeing
      • structural isolation versus structural integration
      • The superficial and deep architecture and the Four Series Protocol
    • Advanced management of fascial dysfunction
    • Rehabilitation Sequencing – neurodynamic stabilisation and efficiency
    • Laws of European Neuromuscular Therapy™ and their implications in effective NMT interventions
    • Medical Exercise Science – exploring the science of safe, effective and appropriate physical activities to restore neuromuscular efficiency and chronic pain resolutions
    • Advanced neurodynamic stress assessment and ENMT resolutions to restore normal nerve function
    • Fascia, skin and myokinetic chains and links
    • The science and clinical applications of Neuromuscular Techniques – European and American influences
    • Nutrition and biochemical factors that positively influence or help manage chronic pain and dysfunction
    • Tensegrity informed treatment for scars and adhesions

    For further information and course dates click here

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