What is Soft Tissue Mobilization?
The Soft Tissue Mobilization certification is a table-based manual therapy certification, how we connect the dots and own our movement potential. Soft Tissue Mobilization introduces new tools in the world of Structural Integration, including the benefits and power of an integrated approach with an emphasis on synchronizing physiology with neurology.

Who is the course for?
The Adaptive Bodywork Soft Tissue Mobilization is intended for anyone interested in manual bodywork and movement. This course offers a complete and comprehensive system for full body myofascial optimization, suitable for anyone from experienced bodyworkers to movement enthusiasts without prior training in manual therapy. The AB2 certification can be a launch pad for a career in bodywork or a powerful complement to enhance the practices of established massage therapists, Structural Integrators, osteopaths, trainers, coaches, yoga teachers, as well as performers, and athletes.

This is an introductory course. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of the soft Tissue Mobilization certification, participants will be able to:

  • Perform powerful and transformative manual techniques, developed from the wisdom of Structural Integration
  • Have the foundational skills to build a career helping people move better with less pain, or enhance skills to propel an existing career
  • Explore the roles of breathing and core engagement in movement to achieve a state of flow
  • Increase body and sensory awareness, self-awareness and presence
  • Achieve an optimal sense of balance and stability, and improve self confidence and self-mastery
  • Improve range of motion with enhanced proprioception and coordination at the end ranges of motion
  • Experience dynamic alignment of the body, mental focus, and a sense of body wide integration

The connective tissue support matrix
The medium we will be dealing with is called fascia, the connective tissue support matrix

Fascia formal definition:
The fascial system consists of the three-dimensional contin- uum of soft, collagen containing, loose and dense fibrous connective tissues that permeate the body. It incorporates elements such as adipose tissue, adventitiae and neurovascular sheaths, aponeuroses, deep and superficial fasciae, epineurium, joint capsules, ligaments, membranes, meninges, myofascial expan- sions, periostea, retinacula, septa, tendons, visceral fasciae, and all the intramuscular and intermuscular connective tissues including endo-/peri-/epimysium. The fascial system surrounds, interweaves between, and interpenetrates all organs, muscles, bones and nerve fibers, endowing the body with a functional structure, and providing an environment that enables all body systems to operate in an integrated manner.” (changed wording in italic font).

The human body responds perfectly to the demands we place upon it. Unfortunately we often inadvertently demand the wrong things of our bodies and incur predictably undesirable consequences. We are formed by the sum of the stress behaviours that act upon us over a 24hr period and not by what we do with the best of intentions during our 90 minutes of exertion at the local gym each day.

Treat the body as a whole 
As the integrated body-wide system that it is, and not as a collection of parts. Your goal is to create an environment conducive to optimal, system self regulation, rather than an attempt to repair defective parts.

The degree to which you embrace this global principle is the degree to which your work will be successful. If you wish to favourably affect any given symptomatic structure you must insure that every other part of the body contributes and relates favourably to the structure in question. Think globally.

We have to change the industry driven mindset and cognitive dissonance, that drives low yield results. Rather than seeking to optimize movement and functional well being, we spend our time trying to get out of pain, as if pain is the problem. A lack of pain says nothing about how well we are functioning, performing or moving. It is only a clue that something in our behaviour is not quite right. How are we functioning as an organism? What is the status of our cellular and metabolic health? Pain is information. Use it to effectively guide the trajectory of your rehabilitation, rather than masking or ignoring it.

What are your goals when receiving bodywork? Hopefully you are a movement detective seeking to optimize your functionality. If you are trying to improve your performance and overall efficiency, start by taking the brakes off your system. Take away the negatives before adding a positive. Don’t waste your energy trying to develop power or adding load when you have resistance (brakes on) in the system.

Our work focuses on this all important myo-fascial continuum, our richest sensory organ and support system. It is a neural net with more neuro-receptors per square inch than even our retina. This densely innervated tissue is our interface with the environment and its health and efficient activation accurately predicts our ability to successfully navigate and govern our behaviour in this environment.

Our goal is to fully hydrate and neurally activate this sensory web. AB uses compression, shear and stretch to recondition the mechanical structure of the collagen based cytoskeleton and modify how cells behave down to the level of the DNA. The cells rely on this mechanical stretching to remain healthy, resilient and reproductive and to avoid, compensated dysfunctional movement behaviours that rob us of our precious energy and yield sub optimal results.

Use AB2 – Soft Tissue Mobilization techniques to ease off the resistance and free up your support and communication network that has become a shrink-wrapped prison. AB reconditions structure enhancing proprioception, spatial awareness and motor control, and then integrates it with more efficient movement behaviours that allow you to reconnect with your environment and optimize your potential for enhanced performance, and well being.

Improve posture and body shape

  • Improve overall balance
  • Enhance physical performance
  • Greater range of motion and flexibility
  • Relieve stress
  • Reduce effort in activity
  • Look and feel younger
  • Enhance body awareness
  • Increase energy, vitality, and fitness
  • Balanced tone throughout the tissues
  • Alleviate chronic pain, tension, and rigidity
  • Easier and fuller breath capacity
  • Move more efficiently and fluidly
  • Balanced tone throughout the tissues
  • Alleviate chronic pain, tension, and rigidity
  • Easier and fuller breath capacity
  • Move more efficiently and fluidly
  • Improve athletic performance and prevent injury
  • Expand sense of wellbeing
  • Improve quality of life and embody long-lasting health and radiant well-being

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Regular Price: $1500 – 
Early Bird Special:
 $900 (Until June 28 @ 19:00)


  • PLEASE NOTE: AB1 certification is not a prerequisite for this course.
  • Receiving at least one Adaptive Bodywork session, floor or tabletop, that corresponds with the workshop being studied.
  • Read the workshop intro prior to the 2 hr.
  • Friday evening assembly

What do you need to bring / dress like:

It’s going to be 8:30 – 6:30 both days

Lower body on Saturday. Upper body on Sunday.

Bring a pen to take notes


Please dress in comfortable clothing that will allow access to your tissue. We will be working directly on the tissue during this Soft Tissue Mobilization workshop.

Please avoid convoluted apparel that will make access to the hip, chest and back areas difficult. Suitable attire includes: underwear and bra (preferable with straps that open in the back), or loose fitting shorts.


There are not many interesting options for obtaining food in this area. I suggest you bring whatever you would like to eat. There is a Fridge and microwave available on site.


There will be two 15 minute breaks and 1 hour for lunch during the work day which will begin at 8:30am and conclude at 6:30pm


My assistant Evgueni Levanov will be taking photos of the days activities. Keep this in mind when selecting your bodywork wardrobe.


Parking in the area is free. There are no vignettes or parking meters in the area.

Be sure to get to bed early so that we can start the morning bright and early with a full tank of energy.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning between 8:00 and 8:30 for the AB2 certification workshop.

Please call if you have any further questions


John Sutherland


Your Trainer

John Sutherland
John SutherlandCo Founder
Certified Adaptive Bodywork Senior Instructor,
Certified ATSI Anatomy Trains Structural Integration Therapist,
Certified Massage therapist,
Primal Blueprint Certified Expert, FMS, FCS, SFMA & YBT Certified
Metabolic Fitness Level 1 – Nutritional and Functional Biochemistry

Lifetime athlete:
My passion for performance and efficient movement comes from a life of sports and sport competition which includes; road cycling and cross country skiing, Tae Kwon Do, Squash, Downhill skiing: Giant Slalom and Slalom, Track cycling as well as the participation in multiple equestrian adventures around the world.

Lifetime student:
Applied Health sciences, metabolic fitness, cellular health, physiology, Functional Movement and nutritional studies; including Ancestral, Paleo, Low Carb, Ketogenic, reduced feeding window, and fasting are all central to my strategies for optimizing health, performance, longevity and general wellbeing.

Empowering people with the knowledge and tools necessary to take back ownership of their health, and to optimize their functional movement, while enjoying an extended pain-free health-span.

Getting Started:
Building a better foundation. Whether you are a circus performer, a gymnast, a yoga practitioner, an Olympic lifter, a X-Fit athlete, or any form of athlete engaged in the rigours of intense training and sports specialization, it is important to understand the consequences that injury to an athlete’s connective tissue support system will have on their potential for coordinated, pain free proprioceptively aware movement. When a structural dysfunction resulting from an injury like a fall or a strong impact with an external body or a wrong move is not recognized, its impact on the body will have life long repercussions. This dysfunction to the athlete’s support system will continue to interact negatively with all future athletic movements, creating a series of performance limiting compensations that will ultimately compromise the athlete’s likelihood for success. It is a priority to screen/assess the client for dysfunction/asymmetries and then rapidly restore balance in the athlete’s support system to avoid further structural dysfunction, dysfunction that will be exacerbated through the continued efforts of training and competition.