PNF: Functional Neuromuscular and Motor Control Training

Earlybird Discounts: Register at least one month prior to course commencement and receive a discount of approximately 10%.  Register early and save!

Efficient, purposeful movement is the treatment goal for all patients.  Locomotion is a human trait historically necessary to survive, and therefore a strategic expression of our genetics.  Through the expression of our genetics, humans develop a neuro/myofascial/skeletal system which supports anti-gravity postures and movements.  Research supports that efficient postures and movements require the presence of an Automatic Core Engagement (ACE) and that loss of proprioception and kinesthetic awareness negatively impact movement. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) effectively combines motor control theory and advanced manual skills to restore proprioceptive and kinesthetic awareness and facilitate CoreFirst® Strategies of posture and movement.

PNF is more than PNF patterns, it is a dynamic motor control system that is based on human genetics of growth and development.  PNF utilizes existing neuromuscular pathways and motor patterns which drive the development of CoreFIrst strategies of human function and locomotion.  PNF patterns are universal, yet uniquely expressed within each individual. This class will exponentially develop your manual skills of palpation as you explore the individual application of each pattern and how it reveals the mechanical capacity, neuromuscular function and task-oriented motor control for each patient.  

This PNF class will instill confidence in you to manually differentiate between a CoreFirst® versus a phasic driven motor response. Mastering PNF will also enhance your mobilization techniques by training your ability to utilize specific active or resisted contractions to perform Functional Mobilization™.

During dynamic supervised lab sessions, each participant will learn to:

  • Restore, Retrain, Activate CoreFirst® Postures and Movements
  • Maximize integrated function/control between the extremities and the trunk
  • Promote Automatic Core Engagement (ACE) during intentional or responsive stabilizing activities and movement
  • Enhance balance, stability, strength, and endurance by optimizing posture and movement strategies
  • Apply PNF manual skills and techniques within the Functional Manual Therapy® clinical reasoning system


A dancer was diagnosed with left talar dome contusions.  I used the PNF lower trunk series: A/E for Core Initiation, A/D for ROM, and then P/D coupled with hip Ext/Abd/IR!  He was so excited when he stood up, saying he felt like his legs had been sucked in under his pelvis and had become one unit with his trunk.  He’s now cleared to return to dance.  Thank you for making PNF so functional for such elite athletes!!

Sheyi Ojofeitimi


I am amazed at the results I see when incorporating PNF into my treatments; improved ROM, strength, patient’s motor control, and overall patients just feel better!  I understand why you couldn’t stop smiling when you were teaching us!

Ashley Saltzman

DPT, New Professional


  • Identify and discuss motor learning principles of human motor control
  • Demonstrate the PNF system of whole to parts and parts to whole
  • Examine the interdependence of mechanical capacity, neuromuscular function, and motor control within each part of a functional task
  • Identify the developmental progression of core control throughout normal human growth and developmental tasks, postures and movements
  • Correlate growth and developmental core control to the PNF patterns of facilitation
  • Practice and acquire manual skills of facilitation necessary to promote appropriate motor strategies with each patient
  • During supervised lab sessions, demonstrate the manual skill necessary to assess passive movement and determine if the movement is efficient or impaired by mechanical or neuromuscular impairments
  • During supervised lab sessions, demonstrate the manual skill necessary to differentiate between a phasic dominant motor strategy and a CoreFirst® motor strategy
  • Evaluate and assess the role of the interconnecting segments (the scapula and pelvis) for efficient locomotion and self-care tasks
  • Analyze and discuss clinical evidence and current literature related to the PNF material

Requirements & Additional Information

  • Required Course Preparation

    • Prior to the classroom portion of this course, all students must complete the required course preparation which includes videos, quizzes, and articles. Once enrolled in a course, required course preparation can be found by logging on to your IPA account and selecting “My Upcoming Courses.”  If you have any trouble accessing the required course preparation please email for assistance.  Prep time varies by course so be sure to review required course work immediately following your purchase to allow for sufficient time to complete assignments prior to the start of the course.  To receive CEUs all required course preparation must be completed prior to course commencement.
    • This 3 day class is quite demanding and intense.  Please come well rested.
    • Please have your fingernails filed and trimmed.

  • Required Equipment

    Release of Liability Form: Complete the Release of Liability Form and bring it to the course.

    A printout of the Video Handout Reference from the pre-course work These pages are 8-21 of the PNF manual and should be available to you for review and discussion at the class.

  • CEU Information

    28 Contact Hours: Includes in person and pre-course video review and quizzes

    To receive CEUs all required course preparation must be completed PRIOR to course commencement.

    Approved for PTs in NY, IL, and CA.  For a different state, please check with your state board for reciprocity of CEU approval from one of these states.  IPA will provide the standard documentation needed for individual state approval if your state does not accept reciprocity.  OTs, and PTAs should check with their approving body to determine if the PT approval is acceptable.

    To determine if any additional state approvals have been obtained, please check facility information for a specific course. (Select more info for the specific course at the bottom of this page and then select Facility Information tab.  Any additional approval will appear in the top left of the tab below the facility name.)

  • Price Information

    Earlybird Price: $725 / Regular Price: $805

    Earlybird Discounts: Register at least one month prior to course commencement and receive a discount of approximately 10%.  Register early and save!

    Student / New Professional Discounts: Students and First Year New Professionals can receive a 20% discount. Full details here.

    Repeat Discounts: IPA makes two (2) spots in each in-person course available at half-price for those repeating a course within five (5) years.  Registration for the half-price spots is on a first-come basis.  You must register by phone to receive a half-price repeat spot.  Registering online will result in you being charged full price. Credits cannot be issued once your transaction is complete.  Half-price tuition does not include a course manual or any supplies distributed at the course. Full details here.

  • Recommended Reading and Viewing
  • Audience & Attendance

    PT, PTA, OT, SPT

    Attendees agree to utilize all skills of evaluation, assessment and treatment learned in this course to the extent allowed under the regulations of their professional practice act. By registering you acknowledge that your attendance does not represent authorization by the IPA, or any of its officers, to utilize any of the material learned which may lie outside of the strict interpretation of your practice act.

    Each attendee is expected to complete the required pre-course work before the course begins, and attend all hours of instruction to receive a certificate of completion. Any exceptions to this policy must be pre-approved in writing by the Directors.

  • Lab Clothing

    Wear comfortable clothing for lectures and sitting labs.  Participants’ bodies must be accessible for observation and treatment. Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry. Because there is a great deal of kneeling during this course, you may want to bring knee pads. Also, please bring proper shoes for Sundays’ Gait lab.

    Women: Sports top or loose fitting shirt so scapula is accessible, and shorts with loose waist.

    Men: Shorts or swim trunks with loose waist.

    ALL:  Warm-up suits or other clothing worn over the above described attire is advised to ensure comfort between demonstrations as temperatures in the room may vary.

  • Breaks

    While we continue to cope with the presence of COVID-19, the IPA shall adhere to ongoing CDC guidelines related to food and beverage consumption at each course.  To avoid community spread, participants are requested to bring their own drink and any desired snack.  Each participant will be requested to step out of the room while consuming drink or food or create a socially acceptable distance from other participants.

  • Instructor Note

    While specific instructors are scheduled for each course, circumstance may necessitate instructor changes. In addition, the final number of instructors is determined by enrollment.  Course refunds or transfers are not granted related to changes in the designated instructor or number of instructors.


    Instructor/Participant Ratio:

    • 1 Instructor:  ≤ 20 participants
    • 2 Instructors:  22 – 32 participants
    • 3 Instructors:  ≥ 34 participants

Locations & Dates

Location Date Scheduled Instructor(s)
Location: Anaheim, CA Date: September 17, 2021 - September 19, 2021 Scheduled Instructor(s): Vicky Saliba Johnson Linda Costello Enroll / More Info
Location: Atlanta, GA Date: September 24, 2021 - September 26, 2021 Scheduled Instructor(s): Cheryl Wardlaw Enroll / More Info
Location: New York, NY Date: October 15, 2021 - October 17, 2021 Scheduled Instructor(s): Cristiana Kahl Collins Enroll / More Info
Location: Abilene, TX Date: November 12, 2021 - November 14, 2021 Scheduled Instructor(s): Linda Costello Enroll / More Info