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Applied Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy

An essential requirement for any treatment based bodywork, be it Advanced Treatment Massage, Bowen Technique, Ortho-Bionomy, NeuroMuscular Therapy, Kinesiology - is to thoroughly know your way around the muscles and bony landmarks of the body. This Applied Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy Course (AMSA) is designed to give you just this - at an academic and a practical level, so you will be able to easily & comfortably identify through palpation the location of all the main muscles, muscle attachments, bony landmarks, joints, & ligaments, in the human body.

It is also an ideal course for therapists/students/instructors from other modalities including - Pilates, Yoga, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Acupuncture.

Extensive use is made of accelerated learning strategies, incorporating pictures, charts, anatomical videos, body drawing & palpation, full size plastic skeleton, utilising eye accessing cues and multi-sensory learning that maximises your ability to acquire a thorough & comprehensive knowledge & understanding of human musculo-skeletal anatomy.

Each session will examine a different region of the body, covering:

  • Bony landmarks & skeletal structure (incl. location & palpation)
  • Relevant ligaments
  • Skeletal muscles that act in the area, incl. origins, insertions and actions (including location & palpation)
  • Range of Motions (ROM's) of relevant joints in that area, incl. prime movers, synergists, and antagonists.

Areas studied will include:

  • Face & Cranium
  • Neck
  • Shoulder & Thoracic Spine
  • Lumbar Spine & Abdomen
  • Hip & Pelvis
  • Knee
  • Ankle & Foot
  • Elbow
  • Wrist & Hand.

In this Course you will also be introduced to the Tom Myers's concept of Anatomy Trains - Myofascial Continuities that connect lines of skeletal musculature from one end of the body to the other.

Required Text - Illustrated Essentials of Musculoskeletal Anatomy 5th Ed, Sieg & Adams. This book is only available direct from the publishers in the USA for US$29.99 (shipping and handling extra US$26 for shipment to NZ); you could register with You Shop with NZ Post for a US shipping address, which may reduce shipping cost.

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Highly Recommended Text Trail Guide to the Body, 2nd Ed, Andrew Biel

This Course can be done as a stand-alone course and is also a requirement for the Diploma in Therapeutic Treatment Massage, the Diploma in Advanced Treatment Massage & Related Body Therapies, and the Diploma in Kinesiology. For Massage students it must be taken prior to or concurrently with the Practise of Treatment Massage Course. This Course has also been approved by the Touch for Health Kinesiology Assoc. of NZ (along with the A, P & P Course) as fulfilling their A, P & P requirements for registration as a Touch for Health Kinesiology Practitioner; and/or for Chartering in Kinesiology with the NZ Charter of Health Practitioners.


There are no prerequisites for this course - all are welcome. Suitable for all Massage students and also for those studying Ortho-Bionomy, Bowen Technique, Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, Acupuncture.

Course ID: AMSA
Course Dates:

not scheduled


In-class Hours: 64

Out of Class Hours: 192

Total Hours: 256


Minimum Students: 4

Maximum Students: 16