Diaphragm and Breath in Massage Therapy

The diaphragm is, as we know, is our primary muscle of breathing.

What is less known, however, is that it is oh-so-much-more than that !
It has implications in back pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic girdle pain (SIJ pain), ‘short’ hamstrings and repetitive hamstring injuries, low back pain, neck pain … and so much more … and may be the ‘missing piece of the puzzle’ in many therapeutic interventions.

Can we affect it with touch therapy. Yes!

We welcome you to this 2-day class
Where we will explore some of the anatomy involved, but will focus on the relationships that the diaphragm has … with the psoas, with the QL, with the abdominal obliques , with the spinal muscles and with the pelvic floor.
You will learn a variety of techniques that directly and indirectly affect the diaphragm … and ways we can use movement to assess and influence the diaphragm function.
We will look at why touch, movement, communication are important aspects of client interaction are essential for cohesive treatment rather than a bunch of random ideas thrown together.

… and maybe have your biases confronted about what we are really doing with touch and movement in our sessions!

About Don Thompson

Don Thompson is a Board-Certified Structural Integrator and holds a degree in Bodywork from the University of Westminster in London, UK.

He is a Lead Teacher within the Anatomy Trains faculty and teaches the full Structural Integration curriculum rom Scandinavia, throughout Euro- pe, China, Australia, South Korea and the USA.

Don’s personal journey of discovery has led him around the world, teaching and sharing his passion for teaching touch and practitionership skills.

For the best part of a decade, Don owned a small busy SI clinic in the Scot- tish Highland that was run on not-for-profit and community ideals. He has currently has travelling practices in the UK, Dominican Republic, Slo- venia, Hungary and Norway.

He values touch and movement as ways to help people find new options to move from and to help find the power in the – often lost – connection between the ground, gravity and our inner selves. His work is playful, re- assuring, exploratory, creative … with slow, kind, hands to help the people he works with achieve the goals that they define.

As a teacher, he brings humour, clarity and open-enquiry to his workshops.


When: Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th June 2024
Time: 9:00-18:00
Where: Lilla studion Malmö
Teacher: Don Thompson

Cost: 5000kr
Earlybird: 4000kr (until 10/5-24)