How a Massage Therapist can Help in Obtaining “Perfect Posture” with Katinka Stecina

Saturday, April 22, 2017
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Approved for 1 Primary credit

Course is limited to 100 participants

MTAM Members:
$50 +GST

$65 +GST

Fee includes: course handouts


This is a lecture style presentation with plenty of time for Q&A.

30-35 minute talk | 5-10 minute hands-on practice | 10-15 minute question period

Is there a “perfect posture”?  “What is perfect posture”? By introducing you to the concept of dynamic neuromuscular stabilization, i.e. how babies move (based on the Prague School of Rehabilitation principles called DNS), you will explore what perfect posture may be. This lecture will describe the key role of the spine, the diaphragm and other muscles of the abdomen in obtaining “perfect posture”. You will get a crash-course on breathing and on how to correct breathing for improving “perfect posture” in your clients.


Participants will be able to:

1.     Define the role of the diaphragm in postural control and in respiratory function.
2.    Identify various respiratory patterns and recommend/apply corrective cues.
3.    Appreciate the concept of dynamic neuromuscular stabilization.


Katinka Stecina, PhD

Katinka Stecina has received her training as a Physiologist, completing her PhD work at the Spinal Cord Research Centre of the University of Manitoba in 2006. Her research addresses how spinal neural circuits function. The interactions between different neural pools within the spinal cord and the brain are in her focus in order to understand the control of movement. The spinal cord is a key place for integration of sensory input and motor commands with intricate connectivity and information processing – much like in the brain.

Her work consists mostly of basic science rodent studies with potential implications for the rehabilitation of motor function after spinal cord injury or stroke. From 2007 until 2012, she has been training in the Neural Control of Movement Research Group at Copenhagen University in Denmark and she has learned research techniques to study sensory-motor control in humans. These include electrophysiological techniques such as non-invasive brain stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, muscle activity recording and kinematic analysis of movement during body weight-supported treadmill walking.

She is currently part of a research team developing a Human Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre for Health, Balance and Motor Control in the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology where she has been employed as an Assistant Professor since 2014. She has active national (NSERC) and provincial (MSCRIC) research support.

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