PESI live seminar update: Due to concerns with coronavirus (COVID-19) all live, in-person seminars through August 31st are being changed to digital format. Click here for more information about the status of live in-person seminars.  Click here for Online Learning Options.

Seminar Detail

2-Day: Movement Specialist Certification

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - Sunday, October 13, 2019

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

To improve your care of patients with movement dysfunction patterns, you need better screening tools so you can treat faster and more effectively. In this course, you’ll streamline your approach by learning a simple yet powerful 3 “Movement Pillar” screening system. Using this method, you’ll be able to determine if the dysfunction is primarily a mobility, stability, or neurological deficit – which means you’ll improve your treatment of movement dysfunctional patterns and enhance performance.

This multi-faceted toolbox will be used to tackle an evidence-informed, brain-based, joint-by-joint approach to movement and functional rehabilitation/performance. Throughout the hands-on course, you will utilize a variety of tools in the examination and correction of movement patterns including:
  • Digital motion analysis technology
  • Manipulation tools: IASTM, myofascial c ups, kinesiology tapes
  • Tools for clinic or home exercise programs: mobility balls, exercise bands, foam rollers
The primary goal of this certification course is to help health and fitness professionals learn safe, simple, and effective tactics to properly screen movement and improve client outcomes. With the many factors that contribute to human movement, you know that there is no ”one size fits all” approach to exercise prescription. Join us to learn this all-encompassing approach to breaking down the movement patterns and improve your client outcomes immediately.
Day 1
  1. Identify the role of neuromuscular movement assessment in conscious movement.
  2. Assess conscious (cortical) and unconscious (cerebellar) proprioception testing for the new patient/clients as it relates to human movement.
  3. Compare and contrast the difference between mobility restrictions – neural vs. somatic restrictions (brain vs. tissue) in conscious movement.
  4. Integrate the “3 Movement Pillars” and how they relate to conscious human movement control and performance (brain (neurological/psychological), tissue, mechanical).
  5. Evaluate movement assessment techniques to identify faulty motor patterns in fundamental movements (e.g. squatting).
  6. Critique and demonstrate proper use of compression floss bands, foam rollers and mobility balls for limitations in conscious movement.
  7. Develop and appraise conscious movement with the use of exercise bands, agility and conditioning equipment as well as body weight correctives with appropriate progressions and regressions.
  8. Integrate the use of digital motion analysis to objectively capture conscious human movement.

Day 2
  1. Examine the role of neuromuscular movement assessment in automatic movement pattern.
  2. Assess automatic/unconscious awareness of human movement (breathing and gait) by screening the balance and coordination systems.
  3. Compare and contrast the difference between mobility restrictions – neural vs. somatic restrictions (brain vs. tissue) during automatic movement patterns.
  4. Integrate the “3 Movement Pillars” and how they relate to automatic human movement and performance (brain (neurological/psychological), tissue, mechanical).
  5. Demonstrate movement assessments that identify the ability to associate and dissociate segments of the body as they relate to gait/breathing movement patterns.
  6. Apply, practice and employ corrective strategies that involve the ability to associate (integrate) and dissociate (mobilize) different segments of the body.
  7. Critique and demonstrate proper use of compression floss bands, foam rollers and mobility balls for limitations in automatic movement pattern.
  8. Develop and appraise automatic movement with the use of exercise bands, agility and conditioning equipment as well as body weight correctives with appropriate progressions and regressions.
  9. Introduce and integrate the use of digital motion analysis to objectively capture automatic human movement.

Screening with the 3 Pillars of Human Movement
  • Neurological – Tissue - Motor
The Brain is the Boss
  • Strategies for evaluating neurological and psychological state
  • Threat assessment for movement
  • Cortical/spatial awareness for movement target
  • Human GPS system, a guide for navigation
  • Two-point discrimination test for testing tactile acuity
Is the Tissue the Issue?
  • Why, how and when to screen for fascial mobility
  • Evaluate pliability and flexibility of tissue within fascial chains
  • Identify planar movement dysfunction
Joint by Joint Concepts
  • Fundamental movements and how to appropriately screen
  • Improve mobility and stability limitations
  • Create a safe, effective and efficient screening for fundamental movement patterns
Tools that Enhance Your Movement Assessment

Effectively Apply Screens to the Cornerstones of Movement
  • Each of these cornerstones will have a deep dive into application of the pillars of movement during hands on lab
  • Foot/Ankle Complex
  • Lumbo/Pelvic/Hip Complex
  • Scapulo/Humeral/Thoracic Complex
Triaging Primary Impairment for Each Region
  • Is it mobility, stability or motor control?
  • Demonstrate and practice subjective and objective analysis techniques
  • Incorporate digital motion analysis for improved objectivity in examination
Movement Corrections and Interventions to Improve Function
  • Each of the cornerstones of movement will be addressed during hands on labs
  • Threat reduction correctives
  • Improve cortical mapping of the body
  • Master rotation with exercise progression
  • Integrate sensori-motor tools
  • Analyze fascial capacity by plane
  • Upper and lower progressions/regressions for anti-rotation control
  • Motor control tactics to aid in disassociation of body segments
  • Tactical approach to mobility
  • Movement break ups and build ups
  • Isotonic, eccentric and isometric use of therapeutic bands to enhance stability
  • Myofascial vibration and percussion


Advanced Movement and Correction
  • Emphasis on automatic movement patterns: breathing and gait
  • Understand the role of unconscious awareness
  • Subjective analysis tactics
  • Demonstrate and practice objective evaluation of gait using digital motion analysis technology
  • Address concepts of association/dissociation
Evaluate the Cornerstones of Movement During Automatic Movement Patterns
  • Foot/Ankle Complex
  • Lumbo/Pelvic/Hip Complex
  • Scapulo/Humeral/Thoracic Complex
Workshop Screening Methods

Brain Screen
  • Identify unconscious coordination of the body
  • Improve balance and coordination tasks via:
    • Modified Rhomberg for full body coordination evaluation
  • Hand tapping test for upper body
  • Rolling patterns for neuro-motor assessment
Tissue Screen
  • Physiology and the relationship to breathing and gait
  • Plane by plane evaluation
  • Pinpoint fault fascial control via screening process
  • Connective tissue corrections
  • Improve tissue tolerance with elastic bands and body weight exercises
Motor Screen
  • Identify normal behavior at each center of movement
  • Blocked vs Slinky performance
  • Use of global movement correctives
  • Pallof and Brugger systems
Corrective Techniques for Automatic Movement Patterns

  • Threat reduction correctives
  • Incorporating sensori-motor tools
  • Strategies for increasing unconscious awareness
  • Increase fascial stability within each plane
  • Disassociation approaches with tools
  • Stability tactics
  • Global movement correctives
Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Personal Trainers
What to Wear
  • Please wear lab-appropriate clothing that allows access to skin/muscles
  • Loose shorts and tank tops are recommended


Joseph Lavacca, PT, DPT, OCS, CFSC, FMS, FMT-C, SFMA, is an experienced outpatient orthopedic clinician who graduated from Sacred Heart University with his bachelor of Exercise Science Degree in 2008, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010. He also has certifications in movement screens for both the FMS and SFMA, Functional Strength Coaching, as well as Fascial Movement Taping and Performance Movement Techniques through RockTape. Dr. LaVacca is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and has experience in Maitland-Based Manual Treatments, Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Kinesiology Taping, and movement assessment/performance screening. He is a nationwide speaker and frequently teaches healthcare practitioners about Kinesiology Taping and Movement Assessment Principles.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Joseph Lavacca is the owner of Strength in Motion Physical Therapy. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Joseph Lavacca has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Athletic Trainers
BOC Logo
PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 12.0 hours of Category A continuing education.

Exercise Physiologists
ASEP members will earn 10 CECs for full attendance at this seminar. The ASEP allows members to earn a maximum of 10 CECs in any one 5 year period.

Personal Trainers
This course has been approved by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-BOC) for 1.2 CEUs. PESI, Inc. Provider Number is 544.

Chiropractors: This activity consists of 12.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Board approval #2019-471.

Massage Therapists
PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Provider #1808. This course is offered for 12.0 CE hours. 100% attendance is required for a Certificate of Completion to be issued, no variable credit is given.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.0 contact hours or 1.2 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 12.0 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Georgia Physical Therapists: This course has been reviewed and approved by the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia for 12.0 CCHs.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 720 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

Credit Card Required for online registration | Contact us to redeem Gift Certificates