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The Forgotten Technique of William Garner Sutherland After the great pandemic, before the PRM.


The Forgotten Technique of William Garner Sutherland After the great pandemic, before the PRM

Learn how WGS managed patients following the Great Pandemic of 1918.


During William Garner Sutherland’s first 30 years in practice, he employed a variety of direct techniques. Some were developed based on his personal observations of patients experiencing lingering symptoms of the 1918 Influenza pandemic. He theorized that their symptoms were caused by a tissue tension problem, which he dubbed “anterior tensity.” He reasoned that increased tension impeded fluid flow. His mechanically-based approach—the subject of this workshop—was aimed at restoring optimal fluid.


This workshop brings William Garner Sutherland and his pre-cranial ideas to life. Following the presentation of a colourful biographical sketch of Sutherland, an explanation of the physiological consequences of influenza and pneumonia is offered. Then, Sutherland’s observation of “anterior tensity” is explained. Thirty of Sutherland’s rarely taught techniques for remedying this abnormal tension and its far-reaching effects are demonstrated and practiced. Among the regions of his focus are the thorax (spine, ribs, and diaphragm); pelvis (bony and visceral); neck (bony and visceral); lumbar area (mainly muscular); and shoulder girdle (scapula and clavicle). Of great importance will be an explanation of how Sutherland traced anterior tensity into the cranium.

Once the bodily anterior tensity was lessened, Sutherland turned his attention to the cranium. In this area, his brilliance as an osteopath is evident. In his view, cranial inertia (not caused by trauma) resulted from the cranium’s excessive expansion. This expansion caused tension of the membranes, ultimately leading to fluid stasis. The reason for this association will be explained in the workshop.

Sutherland’s techniques are simple in application yet powerful in results. Ideas on how to employ his approach in current-day practice will be the shared


Dates: Nov. 18 - 21, 2022

Location:  Robert A. Steen Community Centre

908 Palmerston Ave.

Cost: Regular $995

Early Bird $950 (until Sept.30)

MAOMT Member fee $850

Eligible to attend:

  • Graduates (and also a member of one of the affiliated provinces/territories of the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths (CFO)

  • Members of OstCan

  • Currently enrolled in last year or thesis/research writers of CCO , CEO or CSO.

  • Member of General Osteopathic Council (UK),

  • Member of American Osteopathic Association,

  • Member of European Federation and Forum for Osteopathy (EFFO) affiliated associations

About Jane Stark:


Jane has had an active clinical practice since 1991, first as a certified athletic therapist since 1991, and beginning in 2003 as an osteopathic manual practitioner. She is also registered kinesiologist.


On the academic side, Jane contributes regularly to the therapeutic literature and is most notably the author of Still’s Fascia (Jolandos 2007) and a contributor to the newly released book Fascia in the Osteopathic Field (Handspring Publishing 2017). Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.


Over the last 15 years, Jane has taught a fluidic approach to connective tissue on four continents and in 10 European countries. Jane also teaches complexity theory, histology, human embryology, techniques of the early osteopaths, spirituality in Osteopathy, and the history of osteopathy. Coupled with dissection of fresh tissue, this extensive background gives Jane the advantage of understanding connective tissue on multiple levels.


Jane is the author of the biography of Sutherland’s early life. The title is Journeyman: William Garner Sutherland, the Formative years (1873-1900).


Jane holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in Biology (1980) and a Master’s degree from Walden University in Clinical Research Administration (2014).


She also holds diplomas from Sheridan College in Sports Injury Management (1990), the College D’études Superior in Somatotheraphy (2001), and the Canadian College of Osteopathy, in Osteopathy (2003).


She has been the director of student research at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto since 2005.

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Specific Adjusting Technique (S.A.T)



During this training, you will be guided to a more intense palpation, an enlargement of the sensitivity of the practitioner on several levels, fields and to a mode of observation varying from the largest to the most specific. In addition, several workshops will aim to develop your kinesthetic skills according to a particular progression in the deepening of a work of precision as much structural as functional. So you can refine your adjustments with greater ease and safety for the patient. You will develop effective tools to assess lesions with greater ease and highlight treatment priorities. You will be propelled into the art of parameter control for effective multilevel resolution.The philosophy of the specific adjustments takes into account the quality of all the tissues, the bio-dynamic force, the postural equilibrium and the whole person in its physical, emotional and spiritual entirety. The 3 courses proposed a complete SAT training. This training will allow you to explore and intervene on all the dimensions of osteopathy both in terms of mobility and that of fine motility. It is a unique training that comes from a traditional source of osteopathy and has continued to evolve over the last 50 years from clinical experience.This training includes a large proportion of supervised practice. Participants will be guided through a pal-patory progression using educational and various exercises. This type of teaching will also allow you to develop your skills (knowing how to do) with a free spirit (knowing how to be). Several hands-on work-shops will be presented in the form of problem solving and cooperative learning.


• History of S.A.T. • Concepts and theories of Littlejohn D.O. • Minimal treatment • Primary vs priority • Analysis and interpretation of the hip drop test • Diagnostic assessments routines • Sacral, lumbar, dorsal, cervical, etc. treatments. • Positional lesion, trauma, whiplash • Tissues fields and tissues dialogue • Adjustment in the floating field • Densities, fields and levels

S.A.T 2 & 3

Teacher: MR. GERALD LAMB D.O. (UK) Assistant: M. ALAIN DUBREUIL, D.O. (QC)

Dates: TBA (Spring 2023)

Venue: Winnipeg TBD

Cost: Regular $1295

Early Bird $1195

MAOMT Member: $1095

Osteopath at Work

Need to have taken S.A.T 1 before taking S.A.T. 2 & 3


  • Canadian Federation of Osteopaths (CFO) affiliated Canadian Association,

  • General Osteopathic Council (UK),

  • American Osteopathic Association,

  • Canadian Osteopathic Association,

  • European Federation and Forum for Osteopathy (EFFO) affiliated associations

  • Currently registered as a thesis writer at the CCO/CSO/CEO schools

“Gez” Lamb graduated from the ESO in Maidstone in 1982, having studied under John Wernham, Tom Dummer, Robert Lever, Harold Klug and Mervyn Waldman in an era when osteopathy was taught in small groups with intense individual tuition from those teachers who were only half a step removed from Martin Littlejohn and therefore to Still himself.


Upon graduation, Gez was invited to join Tom Dummer’s practice. Tom was the principal of the ESO and the world’s foremost exponent of SAT, and so Gez was exposed to early influences that shaped his understanding of how to deepen the healing response by using the most functional approach to bony manipulation.


He has taught a kaleidoscope of subjects to 28 generations of osteopathic students but now continues to teach SAT and PRM techniques to graduates since retiring from under-graduate teaching at the ESO in 2011.


He has taught through the tears in Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Russia. Spain and Sweden, and is currently expanding his International teaching commitments in order to promote the message of SAT.

Alain Dubreuil is a former professor at the College d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montreal from 2000 -2019. Since 2019 professional lecturer and osteopathic coach for new workshops of his own inspired by SAT, Functional Emergency techniques and inter-related systems in the human body.  He attended and co-taught the S.A.T. with Mr. Gerald Lamb D.O.. on several occasions in Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City.  He works with Gerald Lamb D.O. as assistant, co-professor and a specialized lecturer of S.A.T.  He has also assisted Dr. Deziel in human dissection for 3 years. He has 20 years experience in the birth and delivery field as an osteopath collaboration with MDS, nurses, midwifes and doulas for woman who gave birth at the hospital or home births.  And he was thesis director on Cardiac coherence and on dystocia of childbirth.


In 1990, he obtained his B.Sc. in Kinanthropology and in 1992 his B.Sc. in Physical Education followed by his teaching certificate in 1994. He completed his degree in osteopathy at the CEOM in June 2000. His thesis focuses on the hip drop test, whiplash injury and concussion allow him to deepen the knowledge and skills on specific adjustments (SAT). Among other things, he elabo-rates the basics of the hip drop test and, following the statistical analyzes, he makes the scientific demonstration in terms of fidelity for this fundamental test in osteopathy.


In addition to his academic training, he completed a National Alpine Ski Coach Training (Level 4). To this day, he still acts in the sports world as a mentor and trainer of coaches in this discipline.


His unique global training as on pedagogy and as on the skills development makes him a teacher and a leading coach in the transmission of osteopathy.

Misty Woodland

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