Integrative Myofascial Release Techniques – Spine

Victoria, 2017

With Mark Finch, Dip Mass, RMT KMI

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About the Presenter

Mark is a Registered Massage Therapist in Canada, who has been in practice since 1996.  He has trained in Massage Therapy, Structural Integration (KMI) & Visceral Manipulation (Barral Institute).

Mark has a passion for treating myofascial tissues in all it’s forms & clinically reasoning the most appropriate strategies for each individual patient.  He has treated successfully in a variety of therapeutic settings from touring internationally with the Riverdance Show to his current practice in Vancouver.

Mark clinically collaborates with internationally respected Physiotherapist Diane Lee with whom he co-teaches in some of her educational programs.  He taught Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains™ courses in many international venues from 2005-2011.  Mark now teaches his own Myofascial assessment & treatment courses in Canada & Australasia.  Mark resides in Vancouver BC where he maintains a busy practice & enjoys the outdoors with his family


Course Description

Pain and dysfunction in the spinal column are the most common reasons clients seek treatment. A healthy spine allows fluid and easy movement in all planes; however spinal dysfunction is an all too common clinical finding. Imbalances, injury or poor movement patterns can create restrictions and fibrosis that compromise freedom and function in the spine.

In this two day class you’ll learn principles and skills taught in my Integrative Myofascial Series. Assessment and clinical reasoning skills help you determine where to treat, a skill that is vital to clinical efficiency and effectiveness. The treatment techniques I teach on this course and the Series are derived from my background in Structural Integration, Massage Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. You’ll leave with new techniques that you can apply immediately and a sample of a framework that will help you grow as a clinician.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the current state of connective tissue research, this is a missing piece for many clinician’s understanding of soft tissue.
  • Explore the architecture of the spine and the implications this has for function.
  • Learn simple tests to quickly narrow down the best treatment approach.
  • Learn effective techniques to restore tissue mechanics and free the spine.
  • Understand how treatment of the spine fits into an integrative approach to treatment of the whole person.


November 18-19, 2017

Saturday: 9am - 5pm

Sunday: 9am - 5pm


Victoria, British Columbia



West Coast College of Massage Therapy

Unit #100

818 Broughton St