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Comprehensive Movement Training for the Orthopedic Practitioner - Certified Orthopedic Movement Specialist (2016-2018 program) - Bellevue, WA



This training program, leading to certification as an Orthopedic Movement Specialist (OMS), is open to PT, PTA, OT, COTA, ATC, DC, MD, DO & NDs who want to expand their knowledge concerning musculo-skeletal pain and dysfunction, exercise prescription, ergonomics and body mechanics training, postural instruction and what constitutes well-organized movement. Anyone with the appropriate medical degree and interest is welcome to apply.

What Does Certification Mean?

The reason to participate in this program is primarily for practice enhancement purposes; you want to:

  • Understand movement and the musculo-skeletal system better
  • Add valuable and cutting edge techniques to your tool-box
  • Markedly improve
    • patient outcomes
    • physician confidence
    • word-of-mouth referrals
    • job satisfaction
  • Carve out a unique niche in your market to make your private practice stand out
  • Make yourself more valuable to prospective employers

Ultimately, this isn�t about putting more letters behind your name. It�s about honing your craft and enhancing your revenue production!


The basic framework of a typical training day consists of a series of related, verbally guided and/or demonstrated movement sequences based on the Feldenkrais Method�, Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and other integrated movement systems. The experiential movement is then followed by group observation of the movements, analysis or breakdown of the why�s and wherefores� of each lesson, discussion of applications and contra-indications, contrast to classic TherEx or Static Integration exercise, and exploration of relevant sub-variations of the same theme. Partner and group practice sessions are interspersed to practice and perfect language and manual cueing strategies for individual movements and movement sequences. There will be (reasonable length) reading assignments with group discussions, as well as a quiz/review in each segment for quality control purposes.

1st Segment

  • Introduction to Dynamic Integrated Movement Principles
  • Lumbar & Hip Stabilization Themes
  • Exploration of Basic Principles of Optimal Movement

2nd Segment

  • Finish Hip/Lumbar/Pelvic Relationships
  • Introduce Neck, Thorax & Shoulder Girdle Themes
  • Begin Manual Therapy Component-Basic Handling, Tone Assessment & Tone Reduction Facilitation

3rd Segment

  • Finish Neck, Thorax & Shoulder Girdle Relationships
  • Introduce Sympathetic/Parasympathetic Balancing Themes & Lessons-Breathing
  • Manual Therapy Component - Demonstrating Regional Relationships

4th Segment

  • Coloring Outside the (Cardinal) Lines-Diagonals, Arcs, Spirals & Circles
  • Continue Autonomic Balancing Themes-Eyes & Upper Cervical
  • Introduce Hip, Knee, Ankle & Foot Themes
  • Manual Therapy Component-Intermediate Handling & Facilitating Pattern Recognition/Control

5th Segment

  • Hip, Knee, Ankle & Foot Relationships-Medial/Lateral & Forward/Back
  • More Autonomic Balancing-Feet, Jaw & Face
  • Progression of Manual Therapy Component-Pattern Recognition & Teaching a Lesson

6th Segment

  • Finish Lower Extremity-Sport Specific Drills & Speed Work
  • Manual Therapy Component-Simulating Skeletal Weight-Bearing
  • Introduce Shoulder, Arm, Wrist & Hand Themes
  • Begin Participant Presentation of Case Studies-Group Analysis

7th Segment

  • Continue Shoulder, Arm & Hand Relationships
  • More Case Study Presentation + Start Demonstration & Explanation of Individual "Movement Practices"
  • Complex Manual Therapy Sequences-Moving Beyond "Paint by Numbers"

8th Segment

  • Finish Shoulder, Arm & Hand Relationships.
  • Complex Upper/Lower Body Integration-Participation, Observation & Analysis of Common Yoga Poses
  • Movement Fluidity-Oscillations & Undulations

9th Segment

  • Complex Upper/Lower Body Integration-Participation, Observation & Analysis of Selected Tai Chi Movements
  • The "Holy Grail" of Physical Therapy-Facilitating Upper Thoracic Mobility, Integration & Balance
  • Manual Therapy Component-Free Style

10th Segment

  • Complex Upper/Lower Body Integration-Participation, Observation & Analysis of Choice Feldenkrais Lessons
  • Challenging Progressions & Movement Specificity
  • Finish Case Studies, & Individual Movement Practices
  • Review & Wrap Up

Quality Control

To ensure adequate understanding of the principles involved with this work and to ensure competency for certification, students are expected to participate in the tests, demonstrations and assignments that will be provided. Pop quizzes (one per segment), written case studies (four), demonstration and explanation of your personalized movement practice (10-20 minutes) and demonstration of adequate teaching and handling skills (showing your stuff in front of class) will assure quality control and that your certification is more than a piece of paper that you buy.

Therapeutic Movement Seminars (TMS) is a continuing education provider organization. We only offer training programs in our specific area of expertise, functional and practical applications of movement. At the completion on this program you will be certified as an Orthopedic Movement Specialist, trained and tested through TMS.

We are not a vocational school licensed by the state or sanctioned by any university or professional organization. This means that you will need to work within the practice guidelines of your own profession. For instance, a PTA or COTA cannot set up an independent practice as an Orthopedic Movement Specialist if you are going to present what you do as medical or if you want to be able to touch. Essentially, this is no different than enhancing your professional credentials with advanced trainings through Ola Grimsby, Shirley Sahrmann, Brian Mulligan or other luminaries; you gain specialized skills and recognition, but stay within the parameters of your own chosen practice. Each segment will count toward CEU requirements and you will get a course certificate for each segment.

CEUs & State Approval

This course is held in Washington State and is worth 24 continuing education hours, each segment for PTs, PTAs, OTs, COTAs & ATCs. Please call if you have any questions regarding other state approval.

More than Orthopedics?

While this course is advertised as being for orthopedics, its scope is actually much broader. The unifying theme is movement; participating, observing, and analyzing movement thru the "lens" of movement optimization and principles of dynamic integrated movement (vs current static integration principles/concepts/applications). Movement optimization is the common denominator of our profession and as such this course has definite applicability to not only ortho, but also pediatrics, geriatrics and neuro. All are welcome!

Application Process

We are requesting, as part of the application and acceptance process that you write a 1-2 page letter outlining your profession, work experience, movement experience (not required), reasons for considering this program and what you hope to get out of it, and any major physical limitations you may have.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a conversation please email us at or or give us a call at 206.930.9204.

If you feel ready to apply, please sign up and pay the non-refundable $25 application fee. We will send you a receipt, request an application letter and get the application process started.

We are looking forward to working with you,

Gordon Browne PT
Julie Browne PTA
Therapeutic Movement Seminars

p.s. If you want to get in touch with someone currently in the program to get their opinion, we can arrange it.

Length, Cost & Duration

We will be meeting 5 times per year, 3-day weekends, Friday-Sunday for 2 years. We will meet for a total of 30 training days of approximately 8 hours each. These 240 hours of live instruction will be expanded by including some home study; a personalized movement practice, case studies and occasional reading assignments.

The entire program will cost $4,500.00. Upon acceptance into the program, there is a $100 non-refundable deposit (applied toward tuition for the programs final segment) to hold your spot and express your commitment to complete the entire 2 year program. Each segment will cost $450 (except the last because of your deposit), and is due 3 weeks before the start of that segment.

2016 - 2018 Program Course Dates


15436 Bel-Red Road
Redmond WA 98052

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Testimonials from course participants in this program

"We have benefited greatly as a company and individually as practitioners to have this type of expertise and training. Gordon Browne PT brings a breath of fresh air to rehabilitation, and to how we treat our clients. His knowledge of movement is cutting edge, and how he implements that into a medical model for practitioners is practical and easy."

Kurt Moss PT
President AIM Physical Therapy

"Gordon Browne is extremely knowledgeable about how the body moves. It has been eye-opening on both a personal and professional level to learn the intricacies of how we do, or rather do not, move. The material has changed the way I practice physical therapy- I now use movement patterns as exercises rather than just the standard therapeutic exercise models that are taught in PT schools. The material is immediately applicable and teaches the patient a lot about their body while they are figuring out the movement. It is also transferable to daily life and patients tend to have better carry over when practicing this movement integration material. I highly recommend taking Gordon�s classes and going through the certification program to get an even greater depth of knowledge about how to integrate movement into your practice."

- Elizabeth Lyter, DPT

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Therapeutic Movement Seminars

24504 SE 246th Street
Maple Valley, WA 98038

Phone: 206-930-9204
Fax: 425-432-5377