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Innovative Exercises for the Sensitive Nervous System (level 3B) – April 2020: Online

April 4, 2020 - April 5, 2020
COURSE FULL! Please email info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca to be added to the wait list.
Registration Information
COURSE FULL! Please email info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca to be added to the wait list.
Course Instructors:
Carolyn Vandyken

Instructor: Amber Morphy, Certified Yin Yoga instructor

Amber Morphy began her yoga journey in 2002. In realizing the importance of yoga to prevent and recover from injuries, she has trained in a variety of styles of yoga and now specializes in YIN. Amber received her Fitness Theory course and Group Instructors through the YMCA, followed by a CPTN yoga certification. Amber then took her YIN Certification with Bernie Clark in 2009. She has continued her training in Ashtanga with Danny Paradise and Power Yoga with Eoin Finn and Caron Sheply. Amber has a loyal following of yogis where she teaches at Breathe Into Motion, Moksha, and the Waterloo Regional School Board. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work at the Center for Pelvic Health; she has more recently begun to provide workshops to physiotherapists to bring awareness of the benefits of the YIN practice.

COURSE FULL! Please email info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca to be added to the wait list.

This course will be run live online through zoom. You will need to have space around your computer that you can put a yoga mat down and be seen by the instructor to correct positions and offer suggestions.  This lab-based class will be highly interactive so you will need a quiet space (a closed room) or wireless headphones to listen while moving around. You will require the following yoga equipment: 

  • Yoga mat
  • 2 yoga blocks
  • Yoga bolster (if you have access to one)
  • Large blanket or towel

Please note:

  • This is a stand-alone course and can be taken by any health care professional. There are no prerequisites for this course and you are welcome to take this course f you have not completed 3A, but it is strongly recommended by the instructor to complete 3A first.
  • This course does not involve any internal palpation of the pelvic floor.

During this course you will learn:

  • How to assess sensori-motor smudging using the FreBAQ questionnaire
  • How to prioritize which components of central sensitization to address in clinical practice
  • Skills for addressing sensori-motor smudging including targeted novel movement strategies for all of the major joints in the body
  • How to teach your patients to create ease of movement using novel movement approaches
  • How to increase your patients variability of movement using a functional approach to exercise
  • Practical exercises to teach your patients with a sensitized nervous system

This course is designed to develop a toolbox of novel exercise strategies to address the sensitive nervous system. This is a great course for kinesthetic learners – you will experience everything firsthand. This course is divided into two parts:

  1. Yin Yoga is a specific style of yoga that addresses fascial tension. A YIN practice teaches the patient to take control of his or her own healing. When patients embrace a regular routine, there is a noticeable rate of improvement in range of motion, pain and overall health. A YIN practice evokes the relaxation response, targeting the nervous system specifically. This course will teach therapists 8-10 basic YIN postures that focus on the hips, low back and pelvis. Supporting resource material needed to integrate this Yin yoga approach into your clinical setting will be provided.
  1. A blend of imagery and sensory-based exercises based on a combination of Feldenkrais, Franklin and Graded Motor Imagery concepts. As therapists, most of us do not have the time, energy or resources to become certified practitioners in each of these fields. This course takes the wisdom/techniques from each of these practices and puts it into a patient-centred, rehabilitation-focused format that will be easy to use in your practice.

Handouts to use with your patients are included in the cost of this course.


This course is open to all health care professionals – licensed physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, registered kinesiologists, medical doctors, nurses and midwives.


Two day live online course from 10am-6pm EST

Registration begins on the first day 15 minutes prior to the start time.

Please note:

This is a stand-alone course and can be taken by any health care professional. There are no prerequisites for this course and you are welcome to take this course if you have not completed 3A, but it is strongly recommended by the instructor to complete 3A first.

This course does not involve any internal palpation of the pelvic floor

Resource Materials

The resources listed below are included in the cost of the course, and will be provided to each participant in electronic, PDF format upon successful completion of the course.


  • Ball and imagery exercises for the shoulders
  • Body mapping exercises for coordinating the trunk extensors
  • Body mapping exercises for coordinating the trunk flexors
  • Body mapping exercises for the feet
  • Body mapping exercises in flexion and extension
  • Body mapping exercises in spinal rotation
  • Body mapping exercises summary
  • Body mapping exercises to improve hip flexion
  • Body mapping exercises to train the pelvic floor to move the trunk
  • Building better movement introduction and body scan
  • Internal trigger point release-self-treatment principles
  • Normalization of the curves of the spine
  • Objectives for yoga progressions in physiotherapy practice
  • Principles of yin yoga
  • Retraining squatting
  • Rolling like a barrel
  • Pain biology education

Innovative Exercises for the Sensitive Nervous System has been one of the most impactful courses for my pelvic health practice to date. There was a wonderful blend of a variety of practical, hands-on strategies with the theory and science supporting each of them. I certainly came away with a fuller picture of what happens at the level of the tissues and within the nervous system when Central Sensitization processes occur. Beyond identifying these processes, the practical strategies provided me with so many novel approaches to start working with them more effectively and bring about meaningful change with my clients. I highly recommend this course!

– Lara D

My experience with this course has been extremely positive. Carolyn and Amber were engaging lecturers with a great amount of passion! This course was a large catalyst in a new perspective and outlook that I have developed with respect to assessing and treating a sensitive nervous system. The days were structured very well and incorporated various methods of student engagement such as papers, presentations, videos and stimulating class discussion. This is one of my favourite courses I have taken at Pelvic Health Solutions – the skills that I learned in this class has allowed me to better support my patients for an improved quality of life. Thank you Carolyn and Amber!

Michiko C

A few years in to my career focusing on pelvic physiotherapy, I have taken many of the amazing courses through Pelvic Health Solutions. There are 4 so far that have been instrumental in changing the way I think and treat as a physiotherapist in general: Clinical Skills for Treating Pain; Cultural Implications of Sex, Shame & Vulnerability; Cultural Competencies in Pelvic Health and Innovative Exercises For The Sensitive Nervous System.  When I went to school for physiotherapy there was never a focus on the difference in treatment between patients with an acute injury, and those who have had symptoms for longer than a few months. There is a difference… and it is our duty as physiotherapists to assess for these differences and administer the proper avenue to help enhance quality of life. Most of our clients have had long-standing pain and functional changes, so even if your focus isn’t on pelvic health I highly recommend these courses early in your career!

– Jill M

Treating clients with persistent pain is exceedingly challenging. This course has changed my practice and has provided me with an arsenal of tools and solutions to retrain the brain and the nervous system. The training tools draw on leading movement methods such as Eric Franklin, Feldenkrais and Yin Yoga. By paying close attention to how the bones move we learn how to refresh body maps and move without tension. The actual experience and practice of these techniques in my own body has aided me in effectively teaching and cueing my clients. I have seen that these techniques, in conjunction with pain education, can effectively change the client’s perception and outcomes. Flow sheets and case studies provided gave a framework for selecting the most appropriate treatment tool for the presenting scenario. It is the only course I am aware of that takes what we know about pain science and provides practical real life treatment tools for the clinical setting. It should be considered mandatory for all physiotherapists.

– Karen T

The Innovative Exercises for the Sensitive Nervous System course helped me develop more skills for treating the sensitive nervous system. I love the exercise sheets that you have in the lab manual! Here is a great example of how easy it was to integrate these exercises that teach the brain to move again with less protection.

Meet my mother-in-law:

She visits about once a year from Australia for 3-5 weeks which gives us time to do some treatment. This visit she had medial scapular pain that she had for about a year. She saw a physio in Perth, Australia, where she lives for about 9 sessions. The physio would release the tight muscle and joints each session and give her some temporary relief. I checked her shoulder, neck, and thoracic spine range of motion which was all a bit limited. Left cervical rotation produced her typical pain. I did not touch the sore spot since she had already had a lot of manual release of the muscles and the joints in this area without much long term improvement. I had her lie down and rotate her head from side to side to confirm that this movement was the movement that her brain was guarding. Then we did the body map segment for neck rotation with the eye and jaw movements. She was laughing along the way. These exercises were novel, interesting and fun, which we learned are key factors when developing exercises for treating the sensitive nervous system. After a short session she had improved her cervcial rotation range significantly and no longer had pain when turning her head. Of course, she asked why?? This gave me the opportunity to explain the body map and the sensitized nervous system concepts to her. She recently had her step father in the hospital for quite a while before he passed away. I am sending her the body map audio as well which has been a great resource from the course. Simple, effective and engaging. The exercises from this course help me to not only talk the talk of a sensitive nervous system, but walk the walk!!

Great to see the strategy work outside of the pelvis!

Thanks for teaching it to me!

– Michelle D