October 27-29, 2017

If all you remember about Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is random “diagonal patterns,” then this course is for you.  PNF can be a powerful approach when the techniques are creatively applied to clinical problems.  Dr. Massery’s extensive background in PNF, along with 40 years of clinical refinements, makes her uniquely qualified to teach PNF in today’s evidence-based practice environment.  The purpose of this course is to apply current PNF research, philosophy and treatment concepts to pediatric and adult patients with neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and/or cardiopulmonary conditions.  The extensive use of hands-on labs; dissection of functional tasks to facilitate goal-directed movements; use of techniques with specific clinical cases; and a live patient demonstration, will “refresh” PNF for today’s practitioner.  Participants will leave with sharpened skills and an abundance of new ideas on the immediate application of PNF to their practice.

At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the philosophy and historical development of PNF.
  • Demonstrate refinement in their PNF therapeutic handling skills.
  • Expand their treatment planning ideas for patients with neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and/or cardiopulmonary impairments via multiple clinical cases and the inclusion of a live patient demonstration.
  • Design a PNF-based intervention strategy in small groups for improved trunk function for a specific patient using the concepts presented throughout the course, and present the case back to the class.

Texas Children's Hospital
Feigin Center
1102 Bates, 1st floor conference room
Houston, Texas 77030

Cost -  


Earned credits -  

20.5 contact hours or CCU’s through TPTA and TOTA


Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc

Dr. Massery received her BS in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 1977, her DPT from the University of the Pacific in 2004 and her DSc from Rocky Mountain University in 2011. Mary’s extensive training in PNF forms the basis of her therapeutic approach to patients with neuromuscular and pulmonary impairments. Mary taught PNF at Northwestern University in Chicago in the 1980’s and has presented PNF continuing education courses for over 30 years. Dr. Massery’s PNF courses focus on improving functional outcomes by recognizing and utilizing the link between motor behaviors and breathing/postural mechanics. She has been invited to give over 700 professional presentations in 47 U.S. states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 9 countries worldwide on topics related to these topics. Mary received the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) highest clinical award: The Florence Kendall Practice Award in 2002 for her “outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy”. Mary was the keynote speaker for the Australian and New Zealand Annual Spinal Cord Injury Conference in Brisbane, Australia in 2005 and a keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in Galway, Ireland in 2007 where she presented novel PNF ideas for cardiopulmonary patients. In 2009, Dr. Massery was awarded and presented the Honorary Linda Crane Memorial Lecture at the APTA’s CSM meeting in Las Vegas. She continues to maintain a private practice in Chicago specializing in ventilation and postural dysfunction.


Day One

8:00 - 8:30       Registration

8:30 - 9:30       Lecture:  Introduction of PNF philosophy and historical development

9:30 - 10:15     Lecture/Demonstration:  Activities, Techniques, & Elements (ATE)

10:15 - 10:30   Break

10:30 - 11:15   Continued:  Activities, Techniques, & Elements (ATE’s)

11:15 - 12:15   Lab 1:  UE patterns and selected ATE’s

12:15 - 1:15     Lunch

1:15 - 2:45       Lab 1:  Continued

2:45 - 3:00       Break

3:00 - 5:30       Lab 2:  LE patterns and selected ATE’s

Day Two

8:00 - 8:30       Coffee and ...

8:30 - 10:00     Lab 3:  UE and LE Patterns:  More techniques and elements

10:00 - 10:15   Break

10:15 - 12:15   Lab 4:  Trunk facilitation through bilateral limb patterns

12:15 - 1:15     Lunch

1:15 - 2:30       Lab 5:  Developmental Activities: supine

2:30 - 2:45       Break

2:45 - 4:30       Lab 6:  Developmental Activities: prone

4:30 - 5:30       Patient Demonstration

Day Three

8:00 - 8:30       Coffee and ...

8:30 - 10:15     Review, refine and combine handling skills

10:15 - 10:30   Break

10:30 - 12:15   Lab 7:  Developmental Activities: upright

12:15 - 1:00     Lunch

1:00 - 2:00       Problem solving small group session: Designing PNF strategies for real patient cases

2:00 - 3:00       Presentation of cases


Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030

  • Nightly rate: $109.00 (price varies based on room availability)
  • Reservations or contact Jade LeBeauf at 713-577-1230

Angela Dumas