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IPA Virtual Connections

VSOP: Virtual Strategies for Optimization Performance.  A CoreFirst®  approach to maximizing athletic potential. Prequisite:  VCFF or CFS
June 13-14, 2020 12 hours $325.  For more information click here.  (Registration closes at 4pm MT 6/12)

VTPS: Management of Three Pressure Systems to Enhance Posture and Movement  
June 27, 2020  11:00am - 2:30pm Eastern Time  3.5 hour $100.  For more information click here.  (Registration closes at 4pm MT 6/26)

VCRS I: A Virtual Course on Continence, Reproduction, and Sex Level One
July 10-12, 2020 15 hours $375.  For more information click here.  (Registration closes at 4pm MT 7/9) 

VCRS II: A Virtual Course on Continence, Reproduction, and Sex Level Two Prerequisite VCRS I and previous pelvic health experience, commencing after VCRS I
July 12, 2020 3 hours $75.  For more information click here.  (Registration closes at 4pm MT 7/9) 

VVN: The Vagus Nerve, Balancing the Autonomic System
August 1, 2020  12:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time  3 hours $80.  For more information click here.  (Registration closes at 4pm MT 7/31)

Facebook Live Events (free)

June 11, 2020 8:30 pm ET Live Interview with Andy Kerk

Free Recorded Webinars on You Tube
CoreFirst® Strategies for the New Reality with Vicky Johnson 
Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training with Seth Blee


Coronavirus / COVID-19 Notice
Please ensure your contact information is up to date in your IPA account in the event we need to contact you.

In person courses are resuming across the country.  As the country reopens we are closely watching advisories from the CDC and local public health departments.  The following precautions will be implemented to ensure appropriate safety measures are adhered to at the courses.

        • All participants must bring and wear a mask at all times upon entering the building.  Please bring extra masks in case your mask breaks or malfunctions. 
        • Participants during lecture will be 6 feet apart.
        • During lab sessions with partners, all participants will need to wear masks.  Gloves, hand sanitizer, or hand washing will be required when partners change. 
        • Participants will undergo a temperature screen and screening questionnaire upon entering the building each day of the course. 
        • The participant will not be allowed to enter if**:
            • If the participant has been in close contact (less than six feet for more than 10 minutes) with a confirmed COVID-19 individual when not wearing appropriate PPE within 14 days.
            • Participant has traveled internationally in the last 2 weeks, including cruise ships
            • Has had cough or flu like symptoms including sore throat, headache, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea or abdominal pain, loss of taste or smell in the last 24 hours.
            • Has felt feverish or had chills in the last 48 hours, or had a fever of 100F in the last 48 hours.
            • Has a fever over: 100.4 on day of course. Will take both oral and temple temperature to confirm.

** As the CDC and Public Health Departments update restrictions and guidelines, safety measures may lift or become more strict as new information is released.

Rescheduled Courses

We are closely watching advisories from the CDC, Public Health Departments, and restrictions being placed within hospitals, universities, and other IPA hosting sites.  We are rescheduling courses as necessary.  As the volume of rescheduled courses has increased we are addressing individual courses in the date they were originally scheduled.  Thank you for your patience while we work through all the changes.  If your course is more than 10 days away we may not have information yet.  If you have any symptoms or could possibly be infected, please contact our office for instructions for documentation necessary to receive a full credit for a future class.

Below is a list of courses that have been rescheduled.  If your course is not on this list then it is still being held as originally scheduled, or we are still in the process of rescheduling.  If your course has been rescheduled you are enrolled for the course on the new dates.

TP March 14-15, 2020, Houston Methodist Willowbrook, Houston, TX
Rescheduled as an On Line Course:  May 15-17, 2020

CFS March 18-20, 2020Hunter College, New York, NY
Rescheduled: August 19-21, 2020

CFS March 20-22, 2020, Hunter College,New York, NY
Rescheduled:  August 21-23, 2020

PNF March 20-22, 2020, Center for Orthopedic and Lymphatic Physical Therapy, Port Orchard, WA
Rescheduled: July 10-12, 2020

FM I March 20-22, 2020, St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
Rescheduled:  July 31-Aug 2, 2020

CBI March 20-22, 2020, American Career College, Anaheim, CA
Rescheduled:  May 29-31, 2020 at California Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy, Anaheim, CA

FM I March 20-22, 2020, Inspired Athletx, Plymouth, MN
Rescheduled:  September 11-13, 2020

CFS April 3-5, 2020, Providence St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, OR
Rescheduled:  July 24-26, 2020

FM LE April 3-5, 2020, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
Rescheduled:  September 11-13, 2020

FM UT April 3-5, 2020, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA
Rescheduled: July 24-26, 2020

PNF April 3-5, 2020, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA
Rescheduled: August 7-9, 2020

PNF April 3-5, 2020, Elite Sports Physical Therapy, Fremont, CA
Rescheduled: June 5-7, 2020

KJD April 4-5, 2020, H&D Physical Therapy, New York, NY

CFS April 17-19, 2020, Mercy Branson Therapy, Branson, MO
Rescheduled:  September 25-27, 2020

CFS April 17-19, 2020Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest, IL
Rescheduled: July 10-12, 2020

CFS April 17-19, 2020, Landswick Physical Therapy, Pasadena, CA
Transferred to October 9-11, 2020 at American Career College, Anaheim, CA

FMI April 17-19, 2020, Total Function Physical Therapy, Colorado Springs, CO
Rescheduled:  June 26-28, 2020

FMI April 17-19, 2020, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Farmington, CT
Rescheduled:  Oct 2-4, 2020

VFM April 17-19, 2020, Viverant, Lake Elmo, MN
Rescheduled:  July 10-12, 2020

KSC April 18-19, 2020, The Training Room, Troy, MI

PNF April 24-26, 2020, Encompass Physical Therapy, Annapolis, MD
Rescheduled:  May 29-31, 2020

FMUT April 24-26, 2020John Goetze Physical Therapy, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Rescheduled:  June 19-21, 2020

PGP April 25-26, 2020, Long Island Univeristy, Brooklyn NY
Rescheduled:  TBD

SOP May 2-3, 2020, Barrow Brain & Spine, Phoenix, AZ
Rescheduled:  Fall 2020 TBD

CBI May 15-17, 2020, FX Physical Therapy, Baltimore, MD
Rescheduled:  July 24-26, 2020

CRS May 16-17, 2020, Real Rehab, Seattle, WA
Rescheduled:  June 13-14, 2020

DFA May 16-17, 2020, Agape Physical Therapy, Glendora, CA
Rescheduled:  October 16-17, 2020

FM I May 29-31, 2020, Cascade Rehab at Harbour, Mukilteo, WA
Rescheduled:  October 16-17, 2020

PNF May 29-31, 2020, Hunter College New York, NY
Rescheduled:  October 2-4, 2020, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

GAIT May 29-31, 2020, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, White Plains, NY
Reschedule:  August 21-23, 2020

DFA May 30 - May 31, 2020, Elite Sports Physical Therapy, Fremont, CA
Rescheduled:  December 5-6, 2020

CFS June 12-14, 2020, Elite Sports Physical Therapy, Fremont, CA
Rescheduled:  October 16-18, 2020

VFM June 12-14, 2020 Elite Health Servcies, Old Greenwich, CT
Rescheduled:  November 6-8, 2020

PGP June 13-14, 2020, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA
Rescheduled:  July 25-26, 2020

FM UT June 14-16, 2020, Tour College, Bay Shore, NY
Rescheduled:  December 6-8, 2020

Announcing New Advanced Courses in 2020.  FMUQ, FMLQ, and FM II are retiring.  These courses are replaced by 5 shorter courses.  Get the condensed chart here.  See the complete course descriptions under Continuing Education.

The Institute of Physical Art, founded in 1978, is celebrating 40 years this year of promoting the use of manual therapy and education to facilitate optimum human function.  The IPA presents continuing education courses, two Functional Manual Therapy® certifications, a Functional Manual Therapy® Foundation Skill Enhancing Clinical Residency Program, and an APTA/AAOMPT credentialed FMT Fellowship program.

Through these multilevel professional opportunities of the IPA, each clinician is equipped with confidence, expertise, and clinical reasoning to provide all people the opportunity to experience a body that works for life, work, recreation, and performance.

Functional Manual Therapy® is an integrated and seamless treatment system which couples mechanical treatment of the joints, soft tissues, visceral and neurovascular systems with manual neuromuscular facilitation to enhance optimum motor control and human function.

Find out more here.

MW Therapy

THURSDAY, April 16Presenter is Seth Blee, DPT, CFMT, CSCS Senior Director of Inova Physical Therapy Center, Team Physical Therapist for the Washington Nationals, and Primary Instructor for the Institute of Physical Art.  Dr. Blee is certified in Blood Flow Restriction through Owens Recovery Science.