The M.A.P. Approach
for Physiotherapists and Registered Massage Therapists

Do clients with multiple complex issues intimidate you?
Do you feel like you aren’t getting to the root of your client’s problem?
Do you find treatment results aren’t lasting for your clients?
Do you have trouble connecting the dots when your client presents with multiple issues in different parts of the body even when your intuition tells you it is all related?
Does your schedule make full days away from your practice for learning activities difficult?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then this workshop series is designed just for you. With the M.A.P. Method you will be better equipped to see the big picture and how the body moves as a whole. Through examining full body movement patterns you will discover how pain in one area is caused by dysfunction in another, often distant, part of the body.

The M.A.P. Approach for Registered Massage Therapists – Workshop Series

There are no course offerings at this time. 

All sessions will take place at M.A.P. Physiotherapy on Friday mornings from 9:00 to 11:30 am.

Pelvis and Hips

Rib Cage and Shoulders

Upper Extremity

Lower Extremity

Head and Neck

Taking Care of You

Workshop Details

Marie Shinmoto, physiotherapist and owner of M.A.P. Physiotherapy, will teach this hands-on workshop series. All sessions will take place at M.A.P. Physiotherapy on Friday mornings from 9:00 to 11:30, approximately one month apart.

Please note that there are no course offerings at this time, but we hope to have new dates soon!

Pelvis and Hips

Rib Cage and Shoulders

Upper Extremity

Lower Extremity

Head and Neck

Taking Care of You

At the end of this workshop series, you will:


✓ Feel more confident treating complex clients
✓ Begin to analyze the body as a whole, connecting the dots on multiple issues
✓ Find the root cause of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms
✓ Create lasting treatment results

The M.A.P. Approach

Our approach developed from a belief that health care in general needs to look at a whole person first rather than just focussing in on one bit at a time. Seemingly unrelated symptoms can be connected to a common cause when the big picture is taken into account.

The whole is exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, but at the same time every individual part is critical in the functioning of the whole. Clinically this means that we must find the root cause of the problem, realizing that it may come down to one seemingly small restriction in a completely different area than the symptoms.


We will examine how every movement, no matter how small, involves the whole body. This means that a problem in one area can potentially affect any other part of the body.


Due to the complete interconnectedness of the body, alignment issues in one area will produce compensatory movement patterns throughout the rest of the body. By restoring alignment we restore normal function.


Once optimal alignment and efficient movement patterns are restored, pain and dysfunction are alleviated. This allows your client to achieve their desired level of performance, whether that is doing activities of daily living without pain or improving their time on a 10km race.



“The M.A.P. workshops and Marie’s unique approach to manual therapy taught me how to look for imbalances in different areas of the body and what to do to treat them. Often times, an area of pain or chief complaint ended up leading us to treat something quite different. For example, an ankle and foot injury might have actually originated in misalignment of the shoulder girdle. Treating just the foot/ankle might make the patient feel better in the short term, but until the shoulder girdle was realigned, would only provide temporary relief.

This series of workshops opened my eyes to looking at the bigger picture of movement, alignment, posture and positioning in order to address deeper underlying issues causing pain and altered function. I also learned how to optimize my own postures and biomechanics during my workday to ensure career longevity and to decrease my risk of injury.

I highly recommend these workshops to any manual therapist interested in looking below the surface at the deeper ways that interconnected areas of the body can lead to injury or dysfunction.”


Victoria, Physiotherapist
“Taking the series of workshops has really pulled things together for me. I see more clearly now how the entire body is connected. For instance, as we often see clients complaining of neck pain or tightness, I am more aware of how issues lower down (even as distant as the legs!) can be pulling on the neck, and why treating the neck in isolation is unlikely to produce lasting results. I have received excellent feedback from clients so far and they have noticed a positive difference in the technique and results.

It (the workshop on the head and neck) was as if I saw the end of a movie with a major plot twist, like The Sixth Sense, and now I want to go back and re-watch it to see the clues I may have missed that prove the ending. I look forward to revisiting each of the previous workshops again now understanding how much it can be burdening the neck.

I have received excellent feedback from clients so far and they notice a positive difference in the technique and results.”


Krista, RMT

“These workshops have completely changed the way I look at things. I feel that I am working much more efficiently and can get results faster. My clients have noticed the changes too.”


Dawn, RMT
COVID Safety

Please note that three layered masks continue to be mandatory for everyone entering the clinic despite the lifting of this requirement by the Ontario government. We continue to prioritize your health by minimizing the number of people in the clinic, screening for illness, and cleaning regularly. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to serving your health care needs.