Co-ordination and Massage for Dyslexia
This new and exciting course, divided into three workshops is offered to you, the Massage or Physical Therapist, to
provide a unique and very effective treatment for children or adults with learning difficulties/differences.
On this course, you learn the specific physical co-ordination and eye-tracking exercises involved in carrying out this
special treatment programme. You see very clearly over these workshop days how combining movement and massage
together can have very powerful and positive effect.
The Co-ordination and Massage for Dyslexia programme has been developed at the Axelsons Gymnastic Institute in
Sweden. Axelsons Institute is Scandinavia’s largest and most renowned Complementary Medicine College. In
conjunction with Axelsons Institute, course facilitator and practitioner Katie Losty, a former student at the Axelsons
Institute, has brought this therapy to Ireland.
Common diagnoses of many of those seeking this type of intervention have been Dyslexia, ADD(Attention Deficit
Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit-Hyperactive Disorder), Dyspraxia and Sensory Integration Dysfunction.
For others, no official diagnoses has been established but often a concerned parent or teacher recognises symptoms
-the child is experiencing difficulties with their ability to concentrate.
-reading and spelling is not on par with the child’s age or intelligence.
-taking notes from the blackboard is slow and often illegible.
-homework time seems to last forever and causes great frustration.
-the child is not willing to participate in sports or other activities.
-social skills and self-esteem are negatively affected.
The objective of this course is to equip you, the Massage or Physical Therapist, with the unique skills and relevant
certification required to carry out the Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia Programme. The course is done in three
stages. The first stage is dedicated to theory, movement and exercises involved in this therapy, the second stage is to
support you through the practical aspects and case studies and by stage three you have experienced the success of
this method of treatment, feeling confident and inspired to offer this treatment to new clients.
It is necessary to attend each workshop day to complete the course. There are four case studies involved as practical
study requirements, it is recommended to prepare to embark on at least two of your case studies soon after the initial
However, during the course you will be advised on how to approach potential case study clients. Each case study is
carried out in a similar fashion as one treats clients when qualified. This implies one appointment per week over a
period of twelve consecutive (or as close as possible to consecutive) weeks. The hours involved in total are 20 hours
workshop and 48 hours to complete case studies. Children over six years or adults are suitable as case studies. It is
not necessary to choose people that have a learning difficulty/difference but it is of course a bonus if there are some
problem areas, as results become clearer to you and to your client/case study also.
Workshops are specially designed to support you through these practical studies.
During the first weekend of the Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia Workshop, the following areas are covered;
-History and development of Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia.
-Techniques and exercises involved in the treatment programme.
-Gross motor and fine motor skills.
-Ocular-motor /eye tracking skills.
-Hand to eye co-ordination.
-Facial acupressure and massage.
-Massage therapy tailored for children.
-Assessments and diagnoses…what do they mean?
-Who is suitable to participate on your treatment programme.
-Other therapies and research available.
-Case studies….. where to start!.
Our next meeting (usually 6-8weeks after the initial workshop)
Even by this early stage it is possible to see the positive effects of the
Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia programme you have provided for your client/case study.
We discuss each case study and the progress of your clients to date. This gives you an opportunity to clear up any
uncertainties that may have arisen while converting theory to practice and it is often inspiring to hear about other
therapists experience and the development/progress of their case studies.
On our final workshop day (approx 12-14weeks after initial workshop)
We now discuss the results achieved from your practical studies, where positive effects are even more evident. We
also allow time for queries or miscellaneous information to round up the course.
Feedback from therapists, who, to date have attended the Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia Workshops to
become practitioners in this area, has been excellent. Therapists feel confident and well prepared to offer this therapy
at their practise. Generally, there is a great sense of achievement and satisfaction for the therapist from observing the
changes in their clients.
Needless to say, the area of learning difficulties/differences as well as touch therapies is enormous and with further
research and development, it is an area that can create a great thirst to know more and to keep informed about.
On this Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia course, over a relatively short period of time, you gain an excellent
overview into the world of learning difficulties/differences and become equipped with a very powerful and effective
Certification is issued by internationally recognized, College for Complementary Medicine, Axelsons Gymnastisc
Institute, Sweden. This training course has been developed at Axelsons Institute by Project leader for Massage and
Learning, Ann- Chatrine Jonsson. Johnsson has worked with both touch therapies and teaching for over twenty years.
Reading material is recommended on the course, some additional references are;
SMART MOVES by Carla Hannaford,Ph.D.
THE DOMINANCE FACTOR by Carla Hannaford.
THE OUT OF SYNC CHILD by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
For further information contact Katie Losty on 087 6196340
Postal address. Katie Losty c/o Sandycove Health Clinic, 57a Glasthule Rd., Sandycove Co. Dublin