How Can Structural Energetic Therapy Transform Your Body?

Cranial Structural Techniques for the Core Distortion

Here’s an explanation of what the core distortion is, (developed by Don McCann)

The Core Distortion is an anterior/posterior rotation of the iliums and tipped sacrum producing the lack of weight bearing support for the spine.  The entire structure of the body is affected causing musculoskeletal dysfunction, pain and interference with normal life activities.  This core distortion is documented in 16 week old fetuses- Almost everyone is born with this!

In the Core Distortion 50% of your muscles are operating at approximately 50% strength and function – proven with functional and applied kinesiology.

Cranial/Structural Core Distortion Releases of Structural Energetic Therapy® release the core distortion – the cause of 90% of imbalance, dysfunction, and soft tissue pain.  Once fully released (usually in one treatment) the soft tissue restrictions holding the distortion can’t reform the same way again!  The old soft tissue restrictions holding the distortion start unwinding and reforming new balanced supported holding patterns! The result – Resuming normal life activities, pain free.

Is structural energetic therapy right for you? 

Structural Energetic Therapy can treat pain and symptoms related to:

  • Tendonitis

  • Surgical Scars and Adhesions

  • Nerve Entrapments

  • Arthritis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Joint Inflexibility

  • Strains and Muscle pulls

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Lupus

  • Scoliosis

  • Hiatal Hernias

  • Acid Reflux

  • and more


  • TMJ

  • Carpal Tunnel

  • Neck Pain

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Nerve Entrapments

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Whiplash

  • Headaches

  • Trigger Finger

  • Strains/sprains

  • Herniated and Bulging Discs


  • Back Pain

  • Sciatic Pain

  • Hip Pain

  • Knee Pain

  • Foot Pain

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Heel Spurs

  • Strains /Sprains

  • Herniated and Bulging discs

  • Nerve Entrapments

IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES!! You really can live a healthier, more productive life at any age!

Cranial/Structural Frontal/Occipital Decompression (developed by Don McCann) has been proven to produce observable and measurable positive results in behavior, noticeable improvements in motor skills, coordination, strength, the ability to concentrate, and the ability to learn and apply new physical tasks. When using these techniques with children who have autism or learning disabilities, it is possible to give them a chance to experience a more normal and productive life. This therapy also helps facilitate detoxification for the brain and body, reduces scar tissue and soft tissue adhesions from concussions that can cause memory problems and other dysfunctions, can result in significant improvement for early onset Alzheimer’s and dementia — many are often able to move back into normal life activities — and so much more.

Cranial/Structural Frontal/Occipital Decompression incorporates:

  • Knowledge of cranial anatomy

  • Knowledge of cranial rhythms

  • Soft tissue cranial releases

  • Muscle testing and Kinesiology

  • Quick-release methodology

  • Sagittal suture release

  • Normalizing and balancing temporal bone rhythm

This technique very effectively treats and manages symptoms related to: autism, learning disabilities, swelling in the cranium, detoxing the brain and body, post-surgery detoxing, scar tissue from concussions, focusing and eye problems, prevention of Alzheimer’s, sinus and inner ear swelling, concentration challenges, right/left brain integration, emotional shock and post-traumatic stress disorders, lymphatic balancing, and more.

What is the Difference Between Structural Energetic Therapy & Massage Therapy?

What sets Structural Energetic Therapy® apart from other modalities? The integration of:

Cranial/Structural technique Releases – using integration of cranial releases to initiate the unwinding of the structure out of the core distortion into long lasting balance providing structural support! (No other modality uses or teaches these techniques – this is NOT craniosacral or massage therapy)

Specialized Myofascial Soft Tissue Protocols include deep tissue myofascial unwinding, to release holding patterns, scar tissue and soft tissue adhesions that maintain distortions causing pain, dysfunction, and postural distortion.

Specialized Energetic Healing Techniques to release energetic and emotional blockages that create postural distortions and soft tissue pain and dysfunction. Learn more about emotional energy release here. (

While structural energetic therapists ARE licensed massage therapists, traditional massage therapy focuses primarily on the soft tissue, a Structural Energetic Therapy specialist will have significant advanced therapeutic skills that were not taught in basic massage training. Introductory Massage therapy courses range from 600 to 1500 hours with continued education required each year. Structural energetic therapists complete this and add an additional one to two years of training in SET therapy through the SET institute in Lutz, FL.

Their coursework includes:

  • Cranial Therapeutic Decompression

  • Cranial/Structural Frontal/Occipital Decompression

  • Quick Release Technique

  • Cranial/Structural Core Distortion Releases I

  • Pelvic Balancing

  • Cranial/Structural II

  • Advanced Thoracic Releases

  • Myofascial unwindingTechniques within the scope of massage therapy to Release Emotional Energy

  • Body reading skills

Along with these techniques, Structural energetic Therapists learn skills above and beyond what is taught in traditional massage therapy schools:

Advanced TMJ

Treating symptoms related to challenging TMJ issues that don’t disappear with the release of the core distortion in the cranium and soft tissue using the standard SET Training techniques

Advanced Deep Adductors

Release conditions that affect hip and knee using specialized techniques, and release stubborn or severe ilium rotation and low back issues that are not covered in the standard SET Training

Advanced Deep Abs and visceral release

release abdominal adhesions from surgeries, endometriosis, or disease, address digestive and genito-urinary conditions, and fully release diaphragmatic issues for breathing, and remaining unresolved abdominal core distortion issues

Advanced Deep Glutes

Release of additional gluteal adhesions and scar tissue that affect the sacrum and tailbone, and release stubborn core distortion issues including problematic sciatic issues, stenosis and severe disc conditions that don’t resolve with the normal SET core distortion soft tissue releases

Why is breath and emotional work so important? 

An important aspect of structural energetic therapy is the acknowledgement of the breath as a passageway of emotion. Emotions held inside soft tissue without expression can impact our physiology in adverse ways. “The body wears the tears the eyes refuse to shed” is an expression holding much truth. Sometimes a SET session will lead into a spontaneous breath session (also called an emotional energy release treatment). Other times a breath session may be scheduled where the focus is solely on the breath without the integration of cranial structural techniques or myofascial work. This often leads to incredible emotional expression and has been known to resolve long-standing physical holding patterns of pain and dysfunction.

Chronically tightened muscles will also have blocked emotional expression, which creates a buildup of emotional energy. When these muscles are addressed, it allows the release of old trapped emotional energies and old emotional behavior patterns.

Common reactions after a structural energetic therapy

After a session, clients express feeling different in a good way, feeling more balanced, feeling taller, feeling less pain and dysfunction and like they can breathe easier, feel grounded, feel lighter, and feel very grateful for the work.

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