DNS – Course B – Vancouver 2019

DATE: May 10-12, 2019
Friday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 6:15pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 1:45pm


General Course Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of developmental kinesiology and its relationship with pathology of the locomotor system: review theory covered in the A course and introduce more advanced theory, namely the verticalization process
  2. Describe the basis for primitive reflexes and postural reactions and their roles in developmental kinesiology
  3. Introduce basic information about reflex locomotion according to Vojta
  4. Perform demonstration of assessments of babies: attendees will be able to recognize ideal and disturbed locomotor patterns and determine developmental age of the babies
  5. Demonstrate and teach proper handling of infants
  6. Demonstration application of DNS assessment and treatment in adult patients with pain and dysfunction within the locomotor system – stabilization assessment and treatment strategy
  7. Postural analysis & testing of integrated spinal stabilization system – review of Course A tests and introduction to additional, advanced tests
  8. Integration of corrective exercises based on newly taught DNS functional tests
  9. Exercise in differentiated ipsilateral and contralateral static positions, position transfer during locomotor function, exercise progression using unstable surface, resistance against “planned movement”, dual tasking and other challenges both in ipsi and contralateral patterns, transition between ipsilateral and contralateral patterns, training of isolated segmental movement
  10. Introduction to cortical functioning – body scheme, quality of relaxation, isolated segmental movements
  11. Provide more complex clinical management explanation for clinicians to better integrate more advanced DNS protocols into clinical practice
  12. Optimally prepare students for the next level of training (Course “C”)

Learning Outcomes

Course attendees will learn:

  • Skills to utilize basic and advanced tests to evaluate the stabilizing system of the spine and breathing stereotype
  • Skills to integrate basic principles of reflex locomotion within the DNS techniques
  • Skills to utilize advanced developmental positions in active treatment of the stabilizing system of the spine and in patient’s education
  • Skills to determine developmental age and recognize signs of abnormal early development
  • Skills to assess quality of cortical function
  • Skills to integrate developmental principles within other rehabilitation approaches.

With the above knowledge and skills, the attendee should be able to clinically apply these principles for:

  • Treatment of functional pathology of the locomotor system including vertebrogenic and radicular pain & painful syndromes resulting from chronic overload
  • Treatment of functional pathology of the locomotor system resulting from poor early development.
  • Proper handling of babies

About Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)

The nervous system establishes programs that control human posture, movement and gait. This ?motor control? is largely established during the first critical years of life. Therefore, the ?Prague School? emphasizes neurodevelopmental aspects of motor control in order to assess and restore dysfunction of the locomotor system and associated syndromes.

The Prague School of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine was established by key neurologists/physiatrists, all of whom were giants in the 20th Century rehabilitation movement: Professors? Vaclav Vojta, Karel Lewit, Vladimir Janda, and Frantisek Vele.

Based upon the groundbreaking neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation principles described by these mentors, Pavel Kolar has organized the next generation of clinical protocols that are designed to restore and stabilize locomotor function. This new rehabilitation approach is called Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).

Course Outline


12:30 – 14:00     Developmental Kinesiology & ontogenesis – review of the basic principles

14:00 – 14:15   Coffee break

14:15 – 15:45   Primitive reflexes, postural reactions & postural activity during the first year of life

15:45 – 16:00   Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30   Functional assessment during the first year of life – demonstration of babies & video demonstration

17:30 – 18:00   Distinguish physiological and pathological development; central coordination disturbance; determine the developmental age; proper baby handling



8:00 – 9:15      Distinguish physiological and pathological development; central coordination disturbance; determine the developmental age; proper baby handling cont.

9:15 – 9:30     Coffee break

9:30 – 11:00       Optimal spinal stabilization  review of the basic DNS tests

11:00 – 11:15     Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45     Workshop: Additional and advanced DNS tests

12:45 – 13:45     Lunch

13:45– 15:15      Cortical function:  Body scheme assessment and treatment approach

15:15 – 15:30     Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00     Workshop: Mobilization and relaxation techniques based on developmental kinesiology principles



8:00 – 9:30     Active exercise prescription based on developmental & reflex locomotion positions

9:30 – 9:45   Coffee break

9:45 – 11:15   Workshop: DNS active exercise

11:15 – 12:00  Workshop: Advanced positions for active exercise. Patient’s education

12:00 – 13:00   Lunch

13:00 – 15:00  Workshop: Advanced positions for active exercise. Patient’s education

15:00 – 15:15   Coffee break

15:15 – 16:30   Workshop: Advanced positions for active exercise. Patient’s education

*Note: This is an approximate schedule and is subject to change.

Your Instructors


Your Instructor

Julia Demekova

Julia has been working as a physiotherapist at the Rehabilitation Clinic, University Hospital Motol, 2nd School of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. She also acts as a lecturer at Charles University, 2nd School of Medicine teaching physical therapy to both students of physiotherapy undergraduate program and medical students.

Julia Demekova achieved Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy in 2007, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. In 2006 she completed a course in Reflex Locomotion according to Vojta focusing on the treatment of adult patients. She has worked in the ‘Lipová the Spa’ at the out-patient unit focusing on treatment of overweight patients, coordinating the organization of the controlled movement therapy and dietetic restrictions. In 2006-2009 she acted as assisting instructor in Manual Medicine Courses.

Since 2009 Julia Demekova works as a full-time active member of the rehabilitation stuff at the Rehabilitation clinic, University Hopsital Motol in Prague, achieving an extensive experience with functional assessment and treatment of patients with various types of neurological, musculoskeletal and orthopedic diagnoses, and also with pediatric clients. She works at both in- and out patient departments at the Motol rehabilitation Clinic as well as at the Spinal Unit and Pain Management Center.

Julia Demekova closely works under Professor Pavel Kolar’s supervision, becoming an expert in the Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization approach. Ms. Demekova has acted as an instructor in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization since 2010. She has been teaching the DNS courses in Czech Republic, Slovakia and other European countries and in North America.


Your Instructor

Dr Michael Maxwell

Dr. Michael Maxwell has been a fitness, health, exercise rehabilitation and manual therapy nerd since 1998. As a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, kinesiologist, and Chiropractor, he has sought out key mentors, courses, and conferences to accelerate the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to help his clients and patients.

Frustrated by the lack of practical knowledge and skills provided in his Exercise Science undergraduate degree, and inspired by the extra-curricular conferences and courses he had previously attended, Dr. Maxwell began facilitating workshops and seminars that featured practical, hands-on content, taught by industry leaders. This is what led to the formation of Somatic Senses Education. Since 2003, Dr. Maxwell has organized well over 250 continuing education courses throughout Canada featuring industry leaders such as Lorimer Moseley, Donald Murphy, Stuart McGill, Pavel Kolar and the outstanding Prague School Physios, Clayton Skaggs, Brett Winchester, Michael Shacklock, Dale Buchberger, Jack Miller, Clare Frank, Robert Lardner, Mark Finch, Charlie Weingroff, and many more! His mission is simple: provide evidence-informed, practical and world-class continuing education featuring industry leading clinicians, educators, and researchers, with the ultimate goal of improving the standards of patient care!

Additional Information

There are prerequisites to attend this course, a minimum of DNS A. Registration price includes Prague School fee, a value of 80 Euros. Snacks and coffee breaks included (Lunch is on own). Electronic Hand-outs provided. A Certificate of ATTENDANCE will be awarded by local instructor.

DNS – Course B – Vancouver 2019

DATE: May 10-12, 2019
Friday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 6:15pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 1:45pm