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Listening Hands Seminars

Continuing Education for Manual Therapists

Listening Hands Seminars

Continuing Education for Manual Therapists

The Listening Hands curriculum offers advanced training for manual therapists including Rolfers®/Structural Integrators, myofascial release or deep tissue therapists, craniosacral therapists, biodynamic practitioners, energy workers, PT's, and massage therapists. CEUs through NCBTMB. Even though your primary work may not be an energetic modality, you will learn to include the bio-energy field in your everyday work. If your practice is more energy focused you will learn how to engage physical aspects of the energy body. We have synthesized our decades of experience as structural integrators, cranial sacral therapists, and biodynamic practitioners into a comprehensive curriculum. You will learn cranial touch for the whole body. You will learn how to experience Wholeness and its ability to reestablish order and function in the whole body. Learning to work with listening hands engages the self ordering and self healing function that is inherent in everyone. Shifting from "doing hands" to listening hands allows one to perceive Wholeness.

As your hands become much more sensitive, you will get more done, with less effort.

The Listening Hands curriculum can be integrated into whatever modality you are practicing. What we offer is not meant to replace what you have already learned, but will enhance nearly any technique. Deepening into the principles of this training will enhance your perceptual skills as you continue to learn how much more there is to the body and healing than what we were all taught.

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  • Student
    Taking classes with Thomas and Gale has been a life changing experience for me. How I perceive the body, as well as the energetic field, has brought so much more fulfillment to my practice as a cranial sacral therapist, and as a human being. I’m so grateful for the knowledge they share. I don’t think I would be where I am today as a therapist and person without their amazing teaching skills of what it means to be an energetic being in a physical body. Thank you, Thomas and Gale."
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  • Joshua Craig
    Thank you for your work. The class was very pivotal for me. I now find myself with the courage to implement the principles of biodynamics and I feel inspired to follow path of primary respiration as being the true healer. In the past couple of weeks since I've been home I have done whole sessions of just sitting at the feet or the head and the feedback I'm getting is very positive. I truly am beginning to feel something miraculous. It feels like I have found a new religion. Thank you again. I look forward to the next class.
    Joshua Craig
    Certified Rolfer, Las Vegas, NV
  • Carol Flynn
    I want to say, in writing, THANK YOU for all the wisdom and teachings you and Gale have shared with me. They have infused my massage work (and my life) with so much love, spirit, healing and transcendence. I've had so many mind-blowing healing experiences with my clients since I’ve started studying with you that I can't begin to recount them all. I'm busier than ever and my clients are having incredible results.
    Carol Flynn
    Student in Walden, CO
  • Cathy Heitz
    The pace of the class really supported my ability to stay focused. The lectures, the explorations and the discussions were captivating and conducive to my learning. Thank you for providing a relaxed and safe environment for learning and exploring. I look forward to the next module.
    Cathy Heitz
    Student in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Student
    I'm really enjoying working with the fluid body you taught us. It's absolutely broadened my view of this work and my practice.  Not to mention it has been a lot easier on my body. My ability to tap into it all waxes and wanes with the day, time of day, how I'm doing, stress, etc., but when it's there, wow! It's really amazing.
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  • Wendy Tomlinson
    This is the best and most applicable course I have ever taken in my 21 years of practice as a physical therapist! Thomas is an excellent instructor! He has a gift for imparting useful knowledge!
    Wendy Tomlinson
    Physical Therapist
  • Student
    What a fabulous class and teacher! I could not have asked for a more wonderful experience. It was a hand-in-glove class for me and I am beyond thrilled with the information, class material, and life lessons that were impacted through Thomas' skills as a Rolfer and a master teacher. I truly could not have asked for a better class in any respect or on any level! Thank You!
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What's new:

Integrating Craniosacral Biodynamics and Structural Integration
Module 1: May 23 - 26, 2024 - School of Inner Health Denver, CO

While our curriculum is available to individuals of any background, this class is tailored to build on knowledge from SI training and introduce Biodynamic craniosacral therapy into an existing Structural Integration practice.

This 4 day class is the introduction to a 7 module training.



Dr. Sutherland spent 50 years exploring natural laws, and articulating foundational principles based on clinical evidence. Unlike learning techniques, competence in the application of these principles isn't gained easily but requires dedication, patience, time and curiosity. This is an exciting, life-long exploration about how the body is formed and healed, and how we can recognize and experience Wholeness within ourselves and our clients.


Wholeness and its ordering potential is a foundation of the LHS curriculum. Wholeness establishes spacial order and connection in the body and its field. Wholeness is always present and functioning. We can feel its activity as tempos, flows, dynamic fluid movements and stillness within the Fluid Body. You will learn how to synchronize with Wholeness instead of dysfunction to reestablish a higher level of order, balance and flow in the body.


Dr. Sutherland, DO, described a seamless continuum within the body which has become known as the Fluid Body. It encompasses all aspects of the whole body from dense bone to fluid, within and outside the physical body. Fluids have an intelligence which can't be pushed around. When acknowledged, respected and augmented through our presence and listening hands, It has the ability to decompress trauma and create more order, proportion, flow and coherence within the entire body. The Fluid Body is the physical link to the bioenergy and electromagnetic fields of the body.


To perceive the Fluid Body and its functioning Wholeness, we need to have a receptive attitude and listening hands. You'll learn how to develop a felt sense of presence. This will allow you to consistently experience your own Wholeness in order to sync with Wholeness in your clients. Developing these skills will allow you to untwist and decompress bones, find the deepest level of core and connection within the body, and find spaciousness in limitations and in tight hard places.


Dr. Sutherland described a wisdom in the fluids he called the “Master Mechanic”. This Master Mechanic maintains the order and wisdom of the original blueprint of creation. This blueprint has an intelligence which animates the fluids in the embryo, from which form, function and structure emerge. Our ability to listen, with our hands, to the wisdom of the Master Mechanic allows us to perceive the effects of this intelligence in the fluids of the adult body and engage its ordering function.