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IPA ANSWERING SERVICE NOTICE:  The IPA administrative office has relocated and we encountered problems with our answering service related to the move.  Technical issues with the phone lines have made the answering service unavailable.  These issues may take serveral days for the phone company to resolve.  In the interim please contact us by email at info@ipafmt.com.

New IPA Virtual Courses

VCFS:  CoreFirst Strategies for Posture and Movement:  A Manual Therapy Approach to Motor Learning
Sept 25-27, 2020 18 hours $595.  For more information click here.  (Registration closes at 3pm ET Thursday 9/24) 

VKJD:  VIrtual Knee Junction Dilemma:  An IOut of The Box FMT Approach For Challenging Knee Patients
Oct 17-18, 2020 14 hours $450.  For more information click here.  (Registration closes at 2:00pm ET Friday 10/16) 

And New Just for FItness Professionals!
VCFFP:  CoreFirst Strategies for Fitness Professoinals:  Equiping the team for maximizing potential!
Oct 3, 2020  7 hours  $245.  For more information click here

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 monitoring state and local ordinances which restrict travel and gatherings in hospitals, universities, and other IPA hosting sites and rescheduling courses as necessary.   

Please check the course schedule listing for all currently active live classes. Please note that due to the volatility of the COVID-19 virus and unpredictable government ordinances, the offering of live classes can change daily.  Thank you for your patience while we work through all the changes.  For any information on a particular class, please write info@ipafmt.com and we will do our best to reply as soon as possible.  

Exciting News Regarding Our New Advanced Courses in 2020.    The New Advanced Class Format (Get the condensed chart here.is being received with great enthusiasm and excitement.  Participants are loving the new organization and advanced FMT Manual skills to expand their options for treating complex patients.  Don't miss this opportunity to train with the IPA's master clinician faculty.

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.