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Psychoneuroimmunology for Bodyworkers

15 Hour CE Course

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  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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The science of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) investigates the mind/body link. This course focuses on PNI in relationship to body memory. The course will help you better understand the emotional component of your work and facilitate longer-lasting positive results. It does not teach hands-on skills.

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Content Outline

Sanity and Healing: 1.5 Hours
  • The Real and the Unreal
  • The Sane and the Insane
  • Feeling and the Healing System
  • Deep Feeling: the Good, Bad, and the Ugly

The Biology of Emotional Integration: 2 Hours
  • The Biology of Emotional Integration
  • Internalized Stressors: Who Needs Therapy?
  • Why Body-focused Therapy?

Feelings and the Mind/Body Interface: 2 Hours
  • The Invisible Factors of Illness and Healing
  • One System
  • The Three Brains of Adam and Eve
  • The Biology of Memory

Communication Central: 1.5 Hours
  • Memory and Survival
  • Beyond Memory: The Past is Present
  • Our Dual Nature
  • Body Boundaries
  • The Emotional Spectrum and Environment

Psychoneuroimmunology: 2 Hours
  • The Principles of Mind/Body Integration
  • The Role of an Enzyme-Rich Diet in Emotional Integration
  • The Logic of Catastrophic Thinking
  • Proactive vs. Victim Mentality
  • Resistance: Escape from Freedom
  • From Self-image to Self-reflection to Self-realization
  • Tension: Bane or Boon?

Inner Fragmentation: 2 Hours
  • Pain: the Circuit Breaker System
  • Four Worlds, Three Brains
  • Making a Case for Healthy Regression
  • When Inner Worlds Collide
  • The Catastrophic World of Infancy
  • The Primal World of Childhood
  • The Outer-directed World of Youth
  • The Inner-directed World of Maturity
  • Four Polar Processing Styles: A Second Axis of Repression

Life Issues: 1 Hour
  • The Universal Backdrop for Therapy: Suffering
  • The Difference between Suffering and Pain
  • To Be or Not to Be: Is That Really the Question?
  • Lust, Evolution, and Individuation
  • Archetypes: Hard-wired Circuits
  • The Question of Meditation

Integration with Feeling: 2 Hours
  • How Body-focused Psychotherapy Works
  • Why People Really Come for Therapy
  • Professional Roles and Boundaries
  • The Metacommunications of Therapy
  • How Long Therapy?
  • Technique and Art In Therapy
  • When and How to Do Core Work
  • Therapy As “Worm Stick”
  • The Question of Touch
  • Centropic Integration: My Body-oriented Technique
  • Power Tools for Inner Work
  • The Power of Positive Choices
  • The Course of Therapy: What Recovery Looks Like
  • Couples, Family, Group Therapy
  • Emotional Aikido
  • Case Studies: Therapy in Action
  • Exercises to Challenge Your Personal Status Quo, Help You Lose Your Mind and Come to Your Senses

Open-book Test and Course Evaluation 1 Hour
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PNI is a very interesting subject for anybody dealing with pain, wich likely includes everybody! This course was informative and in-depth.

Cory Chase, LMT, Morgantown, WV

Wonderful! So full of insight and useful information.

Dana H., RN, LMT Nashville, TN

This is the all time best course I have ever taken. I am very lucky to have found it. Thanks so much for offering it

Karen Bauer, Traveleres Rest, South Carolina

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. I found it fascinating and felt it held much truth.

Laura Young Massage Therapist NCTMB

This is an excellent course, very informative, author proves/supports his assortions well.

Linda Wozniak CMT, LMT Vital Signs Massage of Bodywork

I really benefited by this course and have purchased more copies of the book for people I know who would benefit by its contents. Having a chat room about the contents of this course would be a plus!


I liked it a lot. Author is right-on. Extremely interesting, fascinating and important knowledge for body-workers

Lynessa O'Brien L.M.T. & emotional integration.

A wonderful example of understandable writing that teaches a huge amount of information

Nona Fries, NCTMB, CHt

A good read for anyone working in healthcare, and/or bodywork fields, both personally and professionally!

Patricia Sirois, RN, LMT, Springfield, NH

This course was so informative, and perfectly timed in my life!! i really needed to learn this stuff right now!

paula helfrich russel, nctmb, lmt

This course gave me some concrete reasoning as to why people will release their emotions while I'm breaking up their "pockets of pain" during a bodywork session.

Rosemary E. Heermance, NCTMB Pacific Oasis Medi Spa - Lancaster,

I was very interested in the material. It gave me a different way of thinking about pain and healing

Vivian Beran NCMT

Excellent insight into the mind body connection. The course provided me with awareness on how I can further help/understand my clients as well as myself.

W. Scott Pollard CMT Rockville, MD

This was the best course I have ever taken - perhaps it resonates with what I was looking for in my personal healing. Wonderful medical insights - I am a RN, LMT, Reiki Master & HeartMath practitioner - this went much deeper into the power of emotions on physical well-being. Thank you!!

Barbara Hudak, LMT, RN,

I really enjoyed reading Deep Feeling, Deep Healing and got a lot out of it that I can use in my practice and even more that I can use in my daily life. Thank you.

Miranda Bryant, LMT, NCTMB

This course really makes you think. I must say I enjoyed it. Thank you.

Debra Price, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

I highly enjoyed and recommend this course!

Trina Davis, NCTMB

The book for this course was outstanding. The author must be an amazing person. The information was clear, concise, and heartfelt.

Nancy Arias, LMT

I was thrilled to study this very relevant subject matter and happy that it was offered. It validated all that I've ever witnessed in my own practice, giving scientific evidence to the understanding that "the body tells the story!" My expectations were, however, that the information would be more biochemical and anatomical in nature as opposed to psychotherapeutical. Regardless, the information was valuable and I would recommend this course to any health practitioner, not just massage therapists.

Rebecca Summers, LMT, NCTMB

This was my first self-study course. I loved it! It was very insightful, and brought to the table aspects of my practice I can work on improving.

Mica Helms, LMT, NCTMB

LOVE the book!! It was a great read and highly recommended for anyone interested in mind-body therapy.

Monica Robbins, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

The course was very inlighting to me. Mr. Roman has a very good handle on feeling mind and getting well with heart and soul.

Wayne Martin, LMT

This book really helped me to understand why people feel the way they do, it gave me a better understanding of how powerful the mind can be and how the body and mind coralte.

Jennifer Carey

Great course, loved it!

Annette D., LMT

Great course... every medically involved human being needs to read and take this course!

Keri Ann Heitzman, LMT, NCTMB

Fantastic course! Great insights into the mind-body system, the cascading of bio-chemical responses, fragmenting of traumas in the tissues, the role of the heart, electrolytes, hormones and neuropeptides play in the overall health of our amazing bodies. The author presents the science behind body-mind health, thoughtful case studies and great suggested books for further reading.

Renae Hawkos, RMT, NCTMB

I loved this course! Andy's book is informative and engaging, and was a pleasure to read beginning to end. Thank you!

Elisabeth Nehme, NCTMB

Loved the book. Will reread often.

Tamara Casto, LMT

Excellent course!! I am thrilled I found this institute. I cannot speak highly enough of the book, deep feeling, deep healing. Way exceeded my expectations. I have already recommended it to others. Thank you for providing excellent material.

Hope Epert

This course was exactly what I needed to give me the background and confidence to adequately bring up to clients and people the power of the heart and how our emotions directly reflect our biology. Backed by some really amazing and awe-inspiring scientific studies and case studies! This information is a MUST for every human being to understand! I LOVE this topic and it is going to open many doors for me.

Stephanie Bellocchio, LMT

Overall, this class was fascinating, and provided me with a strong framework and a language to describe the bodywork I've already been doing. I was hoping for more direct instructions and bodywork techniques about how to apply the theories of PNI in an actual treatment session. More information about the location of and how to activate the endocrine points, etc. would have been appreciated.

Allison Kirk, LMBT

I really enjoyed reading Deep Feeling, Deep Healing and got a lot out of it that I can use in my practice and even more that I can use in my daily life. Thank you.

Miranda Bryant, LMT, BCTMB

This course was extremely interesting. If you are a holistic practitioner that is focused on how the mind, body and spirit are connected in healing, this is the course for you! You will understand how suffering, pain, joy and happiness are all interconnected to mental and physical health. Using PNI techniques, a deeper healing can be accomplished with your patients. I definitely recommend this course.

Jules Brunson, LMT

This was a great class, building on other knowledge, taking me further, and supporting me in self development and helping others. Thank you!

Catherine Burton, LMT, BCTMB

This course is somewhat beyond the scope of my profession as a massage therapist. But there is a lot of valuable insight into the pain process, depression and emotions. At the very least, it teaches me to recognize the symptoms in my clients so I can refer them to an appropriate professional.

Susan L. Plouffe, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the author’s descriptions of sanity; how feelings are dealt with in our healing systems, and how important bodily and emotional feelings are for healing and wellness.
  2. Define “internalized stressor” and communicate the benefits of “body-focused therapy.”
  3. Identify the biology of memory, the three levels of the human brain, and how these each contribute to “body memory.”
  4. Distinguish between psychological, physiological, and structural tension in yourself and your clients.
  5. Recognize the possibility of elements of fragmented feelings in your own and your client’s experience.
  6. Describe how to center yourself in a therapeutic mindset that carries healing intent through your touch.
  7. Recognize the boundaries and connectedness between psychological, physiological, and structural tension in yourself and your clients.
  8. Identify strategies for a bodywork treatment plan that includes awareness of your client’s feelings and/or life context.
  9. Identify the professional roles and boundaries for a bodywork treatment plan that interfaces with body-focused psychotherapy.
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Sample Text

"The human body structurally demonstrates the fundamental and natural necessity for boundary-setting as a means of sustaining health, especially in two locales: the skin and the immune system. The skin is both our outermost organ and the site of physical contact with the world, marks where the self ends and the "outer" world beings. Also known as the "integument," it functions as the built-in delineator of our separateness and our integrity as individuals. When someone touches us lovingly and appropriately, we feel soothed, stimulated, "in touch", and connected. Gentle touch not only elicits a cascade of mood altering endorphins and the relaxation response to make us feel good, it also triggers the skin to release thymopoeitan, a hormone which bolsters our immune competence by stimulating maturing immune cells. When someone touches us without our permission we feel "invaded" and "violated," and our fight-or-flight response kicks in, along with a gush of stress hormones, aborted digestion, elevated blood pressure, and increased muscle tension. Negative contact with the world is an emergency." (Deep Feeling, Deep Healing by Andy Bernay-Roman LMHC, NCC, MS, RN, LMT, 2001, p. 69)

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Sample Test Question

The necessity for intact boundaries, as vital to the integrity of the entire organism, is best reflected in which two parts of the human anatomy?

  1. cell wall and mucous membranes
  2. hair follicles and fingernails
  3. the skin and the immune system
  4. the blood and lymph
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