The Advanced School of Structural Functional Bodywork


Steven Padgen founder and director of the Padgen Institute of Healing Arts is proud to introduce The Advanced School of Structural and Functional Bodywork. The Advanced School is a graduate program intended for licensed Massage Therapists that desire to be independent, self-employed, and are committed to making a difference.

The Advanced Program is designed to produce an elite group of Structural Functional Bodyworkers. The curriculum is designed to create the future of structural bodywork. It is designed to empower the participants to make a difference in the lives of others and to create extraordinary results in the marketplace.

The Advanced School of Structural Functional Bodywork is presented in three levels. The First level "Building a Structural Bodywork Practice ",  is four three day classes; twenty-four hours of training, a total of ninety-six hours. The Second level is Structural Integration "the Recipe", ten three day sessions; two sessions per week once a month for five months.  A total of  two-hundred and forty hours when completed.

Letter From The Director

Dear Colleagues:

I am very excited to present this program. I have studied, taught, and practiced this work for over nineteen years. I love the work more today than ever, and I find my practice one of my life's greatest joys.  Bringing this material together in this format has always been my vision. My intention is that the Student receive more from the training than they expected.  Also, that the Student have the best tools and practical information available in the area of structural and functional bodywork.  I am committed to teaching the skills that will create extraordinary results in the well-being of Students and their future clients.  I am confident that on completion of the training the graduate will have the ability to create extraordinary results in the marketplace, and be able to make double the income of the average Massage Therapist.  Together we become the leaders and innovators of the future and effective forces in holistic health care and healing.  I offer quality affordable education, an education that will pay for itself many times over.

In creating this web site I have attempted to include sufficient information about the advanced program.  If this information does not answer all of your questions, or address all your considerations please Contact Us by e-mail [email protected] , or call (801)355-1983. We are available for consultations, and would love to include you in our vision and support you in yours.

Steven Padgen

The following ideas, concepts, and techniques are woven into every class, every session, on every level.  This is the work of Structural Functional Bodywork; this is what a Bodyworker is made from.

Holistic Health And Healing

Structural Bodywork and movement education are associated with holistic health and healing.  The whole person and the interdependence of the person's different facets must be addressed in relationship to health and healing.  Holistic health and healing is a paradigm shift; a shift from treating the part of the person that shows signs, or suffers symptoms, to being aware of relationships of the many aspects of the individual and treating the human being as a whole. This paradigm shift invites health care providers to detach themselves from specific theories, methods, and modalities of treatment; and to be open to varied approaches toward health and healing.

Philosophy Of The Program

The classroom atmosphere is based on equality and respect for the participants; openness and intelligent inquiry are encouraged. The advanced methods are presented as "tools"; trusting the student to integrate the information and techniques to be used by the practitioner for the benefit of the client. The participants will be prepared to approach Structural Functional Bodywork creatively with the possibilities of integrating and improving the methods of the past, and developing the methods of the future. The Student will be prepared to prompt the holistic healing effects of Structural Functional Bodywork and Massage.

Vision, Values And Goals Creating Extraordinary Results In The Marketplace

Creating the ideal practice;  the Students will explore concrete ways to put into action what they have learned in such a way that creates value for others, and for themselves.  Students will utilize a step-by-step process for assessing their real world needs; in terms of time, money, and size of clientele.  Students will examine what belief and obstacles they need to overcome in order to manifest their dreams and visions. They will identify segments of the marketplace, who will appreciate and utilize their services, and they will design a powerful speaking directed to the special needs and interests of their potential clients.  Students will learn an extraordinary method of merging the services they offer with the needs of prospective clients, so the process of enrolling and retaining clients becomes as enlivening and healing as the work itself.

Business Of A Bodywork Practice

The Student will learn business skills, how to build and manage a private practice, basic book keeping, record keeping, and how to build a referral network.

Foundation Of Somatic Interaction

Developing a sound foundation in the area of communication, relationships with the clients, relationships with staff and instructors, and general responsibilities of a health care practitioner.

The Student will learn basic psychological distinctions, concepts, and processes that apply to the profession of bodywork.  As a result of this awareness, the Student will be better prepared to recognize psychological issues as they arise, and to infer when it is appropriate to refer a client to a mental health practitioner. The Student will learn skills to monitor their own behavior so not to interfere with the clients experience of bodywork, and to make appropriate distinctions for their own feelings toward clients.

You will learn to identify symptoms pathology's that are contraindicated to receiving Structural  Bodywork, knowing when to work and when to refer, basic psychological distinctions, concepts and processes that apply to the profession of bodywork.  Coaching techniques and information that support the client on their path to optimal health. The importance of maintaining structural alignment and organized movement, exercise that supports structural  health, and understanding the need for continued Structural Bodywork.

Anatomy, Physiology, And Neurology As It Applies To Structural Functional Bodywork.

This course is not your traditional anatomy series.  However, it is dependent on your knowledge of the Musculoskeletal System and will be reinforced and reviewed.  The Students will learn Dr. Rolf's Theory, and concept; and about Fascia the organ of support.  They will also learn Tomas Myer's Myofascial Meridian Theories,  and Hugh Milne's liquid-electric model. Also, Biodynamic Theory will be presented. During the training we will explore Stanley Keleman's Emotional Anatomy, and the relationship of the Nervous System, Endocrine System, Chakras, and  the Meridians.

Seeing The Integrity Of The Body In Stationary Balance And In Motion

The Student will learn an objective visual assessment method of evaluating interrelated tension holding patterns; by increasing their observation skills to assess primary versus secondary compensations. Specifically,  Students will learn to evaluate interrelated tension-holding patterns, to identify alignment and dimensional patterns of balance, and to understand mechanical interpretation of body posture.  Each Student will learn to plan sessions that focus on areas; contributing to the overall course.  This will assist in preparing the Student to "see bodies", which is an important part of an Advanced Structural Bodywork Practice, and an essential skill to practicing Structural Integration.

Movement Education

Students will learn to assist their clients in achieving the alignment that best suits their individual structure and functional needs. There is no "ideal body type" for which a person needs to conform or achieve. The uniqueness of each body is respected and retained. When a body is optimally aligned increased levels of comfort and efficiency become available. Visible changes may accompany the kinesthetic sense of relief that the body experiences when it approaches its natural sense of what is "right" for itself.  Students will experience  this work for themselves and learn to instruct others.  Movement Education enhances the effects of Structural Bodywork by giving the client new possibilities of movement, while increasing the client's awareness and ability to retain the beneficial effects of the work.

Structural Functional Bodywork

The Padgen Method of Structural Functional Bodywork is a hybrid of Structural Integration, Craniosacral Therapy, and Swedish Massage. Each session lengthens Fascia, aligns the Musculoskeletal System, decompresses joints, unwinds the Cranial  Membrane (RTM) and related structures, increases circulation of fluids, blood, lymph, and Cerebral Spinal Fluid invoking balance to the bioelectrical field.

Craniosacral Bodywork

Craniosacral Bodywork deals directly with the Craniosacral System and indirectly with the body as an integrated whole. The Craniosacral System is distinguished anatomically and physiologically by its structure, rhythm, and motion. Through Craniosacral Bodywork, one is able to effect the structural relationships and physiology of the Craniosacral System; which in turn affects the whole myofascial system, the nervous system, and energy of the body. Students will learn the Visionary approach to Craniosacral Therapy, incorporating the  intuitive and scientific aspects of the Craniosacral Bodywork, and will be able to apply the techniques through protocols. The protocols can be used for full sessions of Craniosacral Bodywork and can also be integrated with Structural Bodywork and Structural Integration.

Structural Integration "The Recipe"

The ten-session system was designed by Dr. Ida Rolf for the purpose of realigning and rebalancing the myofascial system around the vertical, using Structural Bodywork techniques that measurably lengthen tissue thereby "Structurally Integrating" the whole body. Students will learn the theory and history supporting the application of  Dr. Rolf's system; the hands-on technique of soft tissue manipulation used for application of the system, and how to "see bodies" in relationship to application of the system.


A time-honored approach to learning a trade or craft; which offers a unique environment for learning. As an Apprentice; one works side by side, elbow to elbow with a Mentor, learning and absorbing the skills and nuances of the trade. More information is coming soon.

About the Instructor

Steven Padgen L.M.T has been an entrepreneur and small business owner for thirty years.  Starting his first business in the early eighties; a successful lease and finance company.  Steven became involved with investments and the stock market, promoting small startup companies. In 1987, after the market drastically fell; Steven still in his twenties took a year off to assess the direction his life was headed.  Steven became involved in a local version of  L.G.A.T. " Large Group Awareness Training", (active in the United States since the sixties). After spending three years in the trainings as a participant and trained as a facilitator, the trainings left Utah.  Steven was not willing to leave Salt Lake, and on the suggestion of a friend; interviewed with Norman Cohn the founder of the Utah College of Massage Therapy.  After meeting with Norman, Steven enrolled into the program and became friends with Norman. With Steven's entrepreneur experience he had acquired, he began assisting Norm in the professional development course.  After graduating, Steven became a teacher assistant, and with many hours of practice and study became an instructor.  At that time, the school was experiencing incredible growth.  Steven taught and developed core curriculum for Professional and Business Development, Massage I and II, Deep-Tissue Bodywork, and Advanced Structural Bodywork.  Much of what is still being used today at the Utah College of Massage therapy.  He was the co-creator and head instructor for the Structural Integration program.  Steven has continued his study of Structural Integration; receiving his advanced training from Emmett Hutchins; one of the last of the original Ida Rolf teachers.  He has also completed the seven levels of Hugh Milne’s Visionary Craniosacral system, and has assisted Hugh in multiple trainings.

After many years at the College, Steven left in pursuit of his own vision, and founded the Padgen Institute of Healing Arts.  A school for those who want to deepen their skills and knowledge of Structural Bodywork, Structural Integration, and Craniosacral Therapy.

Steven maintains a private cliental practicing Structural Bodywork, Structural Integration, Craniosacral Therapy, and Biodynamic Breathwork.

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