Short Courses & Talks

ATMS National Seminar Series

The National Seminar Series is back in 2021 for another road trip around some of Australia’s capital cities, touring Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

You have the chance to join two highly experienced presenters, John Kirkwood and David Sheehan, who will teach participants about resolving patterns of constriction in the lower body through the myofascial and meridian systems.

In this one day seminar, John and David will examine the close relationship between the acupuncture meridian system and the trigger point system developed by Dr. Janet Travell in the 1940’s. They will also investigate the geography of fascial lines of tension, meridians in the body and how in many ways they mimic each other.

After presenting theoretical arguments, John and David will give a visual representation of both meridians and fascial lines with the aid of body drawing, where the audience will gain a real-life visual representation of the interrelationship between both systems.

John and David will also explore practical applications for various conditions of the lower body including lumbar pain, sciatica, sacroiliac constriction, tight hamstrings, Achilles tendon problems, knee issues and plantar fasciitis.

Seminar Prices

$200 – $305

Cost includes Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea
All prices are inclusive of GST.


All bookings are made directly with ATMS via their website or freecall 1800 456 855.

Seminar Locations & Dates


Date:  November 28th, 2021
Time: 9.30 – 4.30
Location: The Sebel Brisbane
Charlotte Street
Brisbane City, QLD 4000


Date:  December 11th, 2021
Time: 9.30 – 4.30
Location: InterContinental Adelaide
North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5000


Date:  December 12th, 2021
Time: 9.30 – 4.30
Location: Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
135 Bourke Street #131
Melbourne, VIC 3000


Date:  June 19th, 2022
Time: 9.30 – 4.30
Location: Fraser Suites Perth
10 Adelaide Terrace
East Perth, WA 6004

Five Element Acupressure for Musculoskeletal Patterns

Sponsored by School of Integrated Body Therapy

Dates: March 5th & 6th, 2022

Cost: $648/$548 if paid by February 4th

Location: Charmhaven, NSW

This is a hands-on workshop with plenty of time for supervised practice and for questions.

In this two-day workshop you will learn structural Acupressure treatment patterns that will integrate easily into massage & other styles of bodywork. The course begins with a brief overview of the principles of Five Element Acupressure including the origins of the work, the nature of Qi energy, ways of working with Qi, characteristics of acupoints and principles of point combinations. We then dive into the method, introducing specific treatment patterns for some common musculoskeletal imbalances: 

Head, Neck and Shoulder Release The basic version of this pattern is a five-point treatment for headaches, shoulder and neck pain and stiffness. An extended pattern utilises five other related points that offer more flexible treatment options.

Lumbar Release This treatment addresses lumbar pain and stiffness, incorporating important acupressure points of the Bladder and Kidney meridians.

Pelvic Release Patterns Two seperate treatment patterns based on Bladder and Gall Bladder meridians that work with structural constrictions of the posterior and anterior pelvis and sacrum.

Leg Release Patterns Three ways of working with musculoskeletal constrictions in the legs, utilising points of Bladder, Gall Bladder and Stomach meridians.

Enrolments are taken directly by School of Integrated Body Therapy:

Events Page

Ph: 02 4393 1200  Fax: 02 4393 3333

School of Integrated Body Therapy – 1 Callaghan Close, Charmhaven 2263 NSW