Advances in NMT – New Theories and Methods: Enhance Palpation through Cadaver Study



February 3, 2018


Regardless of when and where we were trained or how much continuing education we have taken, some muscles are just plain difficult to palpate. Some are deeply placed while others are surrounded by neural, vascular, lymphatic and visceral tissues, which demands diligent precaution. A picture may be worth a thousand words, yet seeing these drawn in a book may not translate to working safely around them with our hands. What can we do to be more effective yet remain safe with hands-on techniques? Challenge yourself to become proficient with these elusive structures!

This 8-hour course will explore some of the most difficult to palpate muscles of the upper body as well as other structures for which we must be cautious. Our educational setting is Institute for Anatomical Research (IAR) in Colorado Springs CO. NMT instructor/author Judith DeLany (Director of NMT Center) will guide us through the anatomy (see list below) using graphics and 3D software. Then we will study in the cadaver lab with instructor Bonnie Thompson (Co-founder, Director of Research at IAR), who will explore each listed structure and take you through an up-close investigation of the cadavers. Our remaining time will be spent with both instructors assisting tableside in a hands-on palpation exercise that focuses on the muscle list. This 8 CEU day will have periodic breaks and includes an additional hour for lunch (on your own). Your tuition covers all instruction and the cadaver lab fees.

Advance your skills and build a foundation of knowledge to last a lifetime.

Structures covered in this course:

Muscles: Suboccipital complex, scalenes, longus coli and capitus, supraspinatus, lateral pterygoid, levator scapula, and diaphragm. Other muscles may be included, as time permits.

Neural: The brachial plexus and the vagus, phrenic, and radial nerves

Arteries: Carotid, vertebral, axillary, and subclavius

Regions: Upper body, including carpal tunnel and thoracic outlet


Judith DeLany and Bonnie Thompson


Judith DeLany has spent almost three decades developing NMT techniques and course curricula for massage and manual practitioners. She has co-authored five NMT textbooks, served for 12 years as an associate editor of peer-reviewed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, and was primary contributor and a developer of Anatomy for Manual Therapies, a 3D interactive anatomy-based software for massage therapists (Primal Pictures, Inc). Her ongoing professional focus aims to advance education in all health care professions to include myofascial therapies for acute and chronic pain syndromes.

Bonnie Thompson, a respected author, professor, and licensed massage therapist for more than 30 years, devoted her life to exploration of and teaching the intricacies of the human body. A graduate of the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy, Bonnie first opened her Neuromuscular Massage practice in 1987. Treating many patients with chronic pain, Bonnie immediately recognized the need to better understand and advance her knowledge of human anatomy and its functions. In 1994, Bonnie began her studies in dissection with world renowned anatomist Gil Hedley and later was an invited author by the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Her vision intensified while working on various projects throughout her career. In addition, she taught for schools both nationally and internationally, where she has consistently inspired a community of practitioners. Bonnie’s diversity and practical experience in the fields of anatomy and neuromuscular therapy, combined with her knowledge and passion, has grown into this viable dream of creating a non-profit organization that is dedicated to anatomical education and research.



Late Fee:

Limited seats. Register now for yours.


Colorado Springs, CO




Institute for Anatomical Research

1490 W. Fillmore St

Colorado Springs, CO 80904




Institute for Anatomical Research (719) 651-0064 and

NMT Center (727) 821-7167

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