The Institute of Advanced Bodywork and Movement

Due to the depth of training required to work at MSK Specialists, we decided to turn our clinic into a training facility called The Institute of Advanced Bodywork and Movement (IABM).  Our school is a certified massage school in the state of New Mexico.  This license is transferable to other states.  However, this is not your ordinary massage school.  We spend only a short time on the traditional therapeutic massage that is done in a spa.  The rest of the time is spent taking on the many other modalities of cutting edge manual therapy and exercise.  This basic program is 850 hours long and is taught over 15 months.  Completion of the program allows the student to take the national massage board, receive a license as a massage therapist and get to work. 

All of the most advanced manual therapy techniques are within the scope of practice of the massage therapist.  We do not teach or do chiropractic type adjustments.  We have other techniques to accomplish these joint alignments.


We do not typically train people without a clear path forward to employment.  Our goal is to hire trainees and keep them in-house upon licensure, although employment is not guaranteed.  

Due to the new information in the evolving field of fascia science and therapeutic exercise, we do not require any prior experience to join the program.  However, this program is a lot of work and study.   We are highly selective of who joins the program to ensure success and hopefully employment with MSK Specialists

After licensure as a massage therapist and employment at our clinic:

To receive a Musculoskeletal Specialists Certification, the student must complete the 4 hour oral and practical examination.  Most IABM students will need at least a year of additional clinical practice and study to pass the MSK Specialist exam.  Our basic educational program prepares the student for success in the clinic and intellectually prepares them for the study of the most modern concepts.  You do not need to complete the MSK certification to work in our clinic.  Our trainees are exceptional bodyworkers, there is plenty of work for everyone.

To receive a Medical Massage Certification the student must have passed the entire IABM program with an 80% or better, passed the National Massage Board, and be on track towards the MSK Certification.  The MSK Certification allows the student to see new clients in the clinic, train new students, and teach CEU Classes for IABM.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Specialist Certification Qualifications


Any Musculoskeletal Specialists in our clinic has the following qualifications:

  • Is current licensed bodyworker in the state of New Mexico

  • Completed at least 250 hours of classroom training with supervised hands on training.  Also, interned at a Musculoskeletal Specialists Clinic under supervision for an additional 150 hours which included both manual therapy and exercise.  This is a minimum of 400 hours of specialized training at the clinic. The expectation is that the therapist has spent at least an additional 400 hours of self-study in the field of Advanced Bodywork and Movement.   

  • All required training is incorporated in the IABM basic program. 

  • It is preferred to have completed the Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Exercise Trainer Certification from the Rehabilitation School Prague, Czechoslovakia.  This program takes a minimum of one year to complete and requires travel, usually within the US.

  • Certified through a 4-hour oral and practical examination from the Musculoskeletal Specialists Clinic given by at least two instructors

  • Understands the most current theories of human living fascia, which includes theoretical knowledge of and manual therapy techniques to optimize treatments based on the following:  Fluid dynamics, piezoelectric effect, myofascial release with movement, fascial contractility controlled by sympathetic nervous system, preloading of fascia prior to movement, elasticity and plasticity of fascia, scar tissue effects and release

  • Understands muscle contractile relationships to mechanoreceptors and the brain.  Techniques are optimized to release adhesions and communicate to mechanoreceptors to obtain a neurological release of musculature and balance uncentered pull on joint, trigger point release, and open venous/neural transmission

  • Skilled in modern neuromuscular techniques according to Osteopathic Medicine.  This includes Muscle Energy Techniques, Positional Release, and muscle activation

  • Understands joint range of motion (active and passive) and uses articular techniques to improve range of motion of joints and leaving the joint balanced.

  • Is skilled in exercises that activate musculature to center joints and stabilize to the core.

  • Skilled in one-on-one exercise communication and group exercise communication

  • Is skilled in manual therapy and exercise to optimize the three layers of the spinal stabilization: the vertebrae and discs, the ligamentous and musculature stability system of the spine, and the lumbar core stability system based on eccentric load of intra-abdominal pressure

  • Understands the tensegrity of all joints in the body and can relate stability of movements to fixation points and posture

  • Understands the role of viscera in stabilization and living fascia's impact on viscera. 

  • Skilled in releasing viscera that has a failure to glide

  • Understands Breathing Pattern Disorders and is skilled in manual therapy and exercises to retrain proper abdominal breathing

  • Understand how to apply manual therapy to spinal nerve root disorders such as herniated discs and apply therapeutic exercise to relieve nerve root pain

  • Skilled in orthopedic testing and assessments of joint disorders. 

  • Skilled in reading radiology reports; educated in musculoskeletal pathology and medical terminology 

  • Understands the modern-day theories of psycho-emotional/somatic response in body tissues

  • Is trained to work with other licensed practitioners in the healthcare field and can communicate with all levels of healthcare workers to optimize total patient care

  • Is trained to recognized when to refer a client to the appropriate health care worker  

  • Understands postural assessments and performs bodywork and exercise to correct posture 

  • Understands the fundamentals of the physics of the musculoskeletal/visceral system, fascial connections, and neural/venous pathways, and is intellectually prepared for continuous learning in the field of Advanced Bodywork and Movement  



If you are a Massage Therapist consider taking our CEU classes to improve your ability to deal with your clients' source of pain.  These classes will be priced as reasonably as possible and taught in Santa Fe or Albuquerque.  

Upcoming Continuing Education Classes From IABM for Massage Therapists is Closed due to Covid-19 gathering limits, but these will be offered whenever we can meet again. :(


Our classes are fast paced classes loaded with information.  Most include from 20-30 techniques that you can add to your practice tomorrow.  We also give you a book with pictures to help you remember them all.  All classes will begin with an anatomy lecture and an explanation of why things work, then we do the -many- techniques.  You may bring your cameras to record the techniques so you have a video record as well.  

Here are the list of classes coming up:

  • Understanding and correcting Breathing Pattern Disorders (two sessions, 12 hours total)

    • ​Wearing a mask all day can lead to a breathing pattern disorder​​, chemically induced anxiety, neck and shoulder pain, as well as destabilizes the core to cause back and hip pain.  Learn how to reverse this cascade of problems.   

  • Easing Headaches (Neck, Eye and TMJ treatment) (Two Sessions, 12 hours total)

  • Using Muscle Energy Techniques in your Practice (6 Hours)

  • Adding Corrective Exercise to your practice (just the stuff that works) (6 hours)

  • Bringing the Pelvic Floor back online

    • We highly recommend the Breathing Pattern Disorder Class before this one (Two sessions, 12 Hours)

  • Fascia Basics.  Mostly lecture, but we teach some game changer manual therapy techniques to address the fluid system and the nerves within the superficial fascia that is new for most LMT's.  We explain the newest science of fascia living under the skin, we teach how to adapt the science into your practice and save your hands from overworking (6 hours)​.  

  • The Osteopathic approach to lymphatic techniques.  This is mostly right out of the osteopathic textbook with some of our own tricks to speed up the work.  Clearing the dams, opening the pumps, then moving the lymph made simple and effective.  This is not the slow lymphatic techniques you may have learned in massage school, it will be new stuff for most LMT's.(6-8 hours)