offers a unique combination of traditional physical therapy and integrative
pain management techniques to help individuals enjoy the best health possible.
| About Marie
An Introduction to Integrative Physical Therapy
Education Course 1
A 7 hr. introductory course with an emphasis on mind-body approaches.
The course participant will:
Gain a more comprehensive understanding of the mind/body connection for
the purpose of increasing the effectiveness of
current physical therapy practices.
2. Expand the subjective part of your evaluation to include the stress-related
components of pain.
3. Experience the value of relaxation and breathing techniques to reduce
4. Identify faults in movement and alignment to direct the choice of corrective
exercises. (Based on the work of Shirley Sahrmann,
PT, PhD, FAPTA.)
Marie has been a licensed physical therapist since graduating from the
University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, Curriculum in
Physical Therapy in 1969. Her treatment of musculoskeletal pain has been
influenced by the work of Shirley Sahrmann, P.T., Ph.D, F.A.P.T.A., professor
in the Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University School of
Medicine, St. Louis, MO.
Marie has used and taught several forms of alternative and complimentary
healing practices since 1974. Currently, Marie is in private practice
in Santa Barbara, California and can be reached at:
P. O. Box 31094
Santa Barbara, CA 93130
or by phone at 805-569-1912
Physical Therapy is a comprehensive approach to healing designed
to improve treatment outcomes by viewing the body and mind as an
inseparable unit. Physically, there is an emphasis on restoring
precision to joint motion through the correction of movement and
postural faults. Equally important is the human experience of pain
and its behavioral concomitants. This course is based on the premise
that factors of stress, lifestyle, attitudes and beliefs affect
recovery. It provides techniques that both reduce stress and raise
awareness of factors that may sabotage treatment.
From the perspective of traditional physical therapy, an evaluation
of muscle recruitment patterns and bio-mechanics leads to a movement
diagnosis. This directs the treatment. From the perspective of mind/body
science, the treatment outcome is improved with the use of breathing
and relaxation techniques that balance the autonomic nervous system.
Supported by the rich philosophy of the Yoga tradition, a space
is cleared to look at fear, anger, and attachments. Sensory awareness
techniques facilitate motor re-learning. Importantly, your patients
become active participants in their rehabilitation with an intake
procedure that addresses their quality of life, values, and priorities.
Integrative physical therapy considers the whole person in its goal
of reducing pain and dysfunction and increasing inner peace.