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     Mary-Jane Porter, RMT, CST, IMTC, FDMT

    Mary-Jane is the founder of the transforming, leading edge Fascial Dynamics Manual Therapy. She is an advanced manual therapist (RMT) with over 35 years in clinical, educational and private practices.

    Extensive post graduate studies - in the fields of osteopathy, integrative modalities, trauma recovery, body mind, stress resilience, energy medicine and more.  With deep gratitude for all her learnings, she recognized that her hands and heart innately understood the art of listening to the physical/energetic expression of one’s underlying story. ... forging a new paradigm in manual therapy. 

    Her science and evidence based biotensegral informed approach, offers a gentle yet powerful method to restoring function and body mind integration though the fascial matrix. Two revolutionary techniques that influence all systems via the fascial matrix. 

    Her inspired teachings are profoundly simple: a unique fascial matrix mapping assessment of dominant restrictions with a gentle integration technique for this dynamic, connecting, self-regulating and Intelligent system.

    The fascial matrix is an infinite connector through to our cellular foundation ...integrating and coordinating our geometry of form and function... our fluid selves. 

    Embracing the Gesture within - the embodied expression of our biography...our human journey...our spirit. 

    Going beyond the symptom to address the source, restore structural balance, alleviate pain, enhance general cellular health and wellbeing. 

    MJ’s clinical and international teaching experience is creative and engaging - offering a space for exploration, discovery, learning and expansion - empowering patients and therapists alike.


    Sandra McCarthy, RMT, NISA, IMTP, FDMT

    A Registered Massage Therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience, Sandra has pursued extensive post graduate studies in integrative manual therapies and osteopathic based techniques.

    She has also taught manual therapy at the College level and earned a certificate specializing in Teaching and Training Adults (TATA).  Her teaching experience has included being a presenter for the Registered Massage Therapists of Ontario (RMTAO), massage therapy course instructor for Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic, and more recently as a clinical instructor at Georgian College.

    Sandra is passionate about identifying and addressing (resolving) the fascial narratives within the body....often a key feature in reclaiming physical health of the fascial landscape and full resolution of pain and dysfunction.

    She currently lives in Barrie, Ontario where she has a thriving and fulfilling private practice; www.TouchMatters.ca .

  • MJ's Teaching Experience Open or Close

    (Canada, USA, Germany, Israel, Brazil)

    Fascial Dynamics:

    • Exploring Our BioTensegral Nature
    • BodyWise: Restoring Resilience to Trauma Stress Response
    • Fascial Matrix Connections
    • Fascial Matrix Integration
    • Fascial Matrix Mapping
    • Signatures of Consciousness
    • Shock Recovery
    • Therapist Clinical Intensive

    DCR Health and Munich Seminars:

    • Strain Counterstrain for the Orthopedic, Neurologic and Geriatric Patient
    • Advanced Strain Counterstrain for Autonomic Nervous System
    • Cranial Therapy Series 1: Osseous, Suture, Joint and Membrane
    • Cranial Therapy Series 2: Membrane, Fluid, Face, Intra-oral Dysfunction
    • Cranial Therapy Series 3: Pain & Disability, CSF, Spinal Cord and Brain Fibrosis, Immunology
    • Myofascial Release for the Orthopedic, Neurologic, Pediatric and Geriatric Patient
    • Myofascial Mapping
    • Integrative Diagnostic Series 1: Myofascial Mapping Advanced
    • Integrative Diagnostic Series 2: Neurofascial Process
    • Integrative Diagnostic Series 3: Toxicity, Circulation Diagnostics and Treatment Plans
    • Integrative Diagnostics: Advanced Neurofascial Process
    • Biologic Analogs: Circulation Mobilization
    • Biologic Analogs: Neural Mobilization
    • Visceral Mobilization and Muscle Energy : Gastrointestinal Tract
    • Diaphragm Compression Syndromes
    • Muscle Energy and ‘Beyond’ for Pelvis and Spine
    • IMT for Neck, Thoracic Outlet, Shoulder Girdle and Upper Extremity: The Double Crush Phenomenon
    • The Lymphatic System: Congestion Therapy
    • The Lymphatic System: Immune preference
    • Lymph Motility Testing
    • IMT for Women and Men’s Health Issues
    • Physical Functional Medicine
    • Bone Bruises
    • Recovery from Shock
    • Neurofascial Process for Health

    Ontario Massage Therapists Association - Conferences:

    • Introduction to Compression Syndromes
    • Introduction to Myofascial Release
    • Introduction to Advanced Strain Counterstrain

    Upledger Institute:

    • Craniosacral Therapy 1 – assistant

    Sutherland-Chan Massage School and Teaching Clinic:

    • Massage Theory and Technique
    • Massage Treatments
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    Post-Graduate Training

    Recent :

    • Everything Moves: How Biotensegrity Informs Human Movement
    • Fascial Heart
    • Fascial Spine
    • British Fascial Symposium 2020
    • Prenatal and Perinatal Healing
    • Archetypes in Depth
    • Embryo in Motion
    • Biotensegrity Canada Conference
    • Fascial Research Congress 2018

    Leading Edge Seminars:

    • The Polyvagal Theory
    • The Brain Can Change Itself
    • The Brain’s Way of Healing

    DCR Health:

    • Strain Counterstrain: Orthopaedic, Neurologic & Geriatric
    • Cranial Therapy Series 1: Osseous, Suture, Joint and Membrane
    • Cranial Therapy Series 2: Membrane, Fluid, Face, Intra-oral Dysfunction
    • Cranial Therapy Series 3: Pain and Disability, CSF, Spinal Cord and Brain Fibrosis, Immunology
    • Cranial Therapy Series 4: Recovery and Rehabilitation Protocol
    • Cranial Therapy Series 5: Prevention and Treatment of Stroke
    • Cranial Therapy Series Level A1: Postural Reflexes
    • Cranial Therapy Series Level A2: Blood Flow Techniques
    • The Subcortical Process: Limbic System and Subcortical Process
    • Subcortical Anatomy Cadaver Lab
    • Integrative Diagnostics: Applied Psychosynthesis
    • Integrative Diagnostics Series 1: Myofascial Mapping, Advanced
    • Integrative Diagnostics Series 2: Neurofascial Process
    • Integrative Diagnostics Series 3: Toxicity, Circulation Diagnostics and Treatment
    • Integrative Diagnostics Series 4
    • Integrative Diagnostics Series – Advanced Level 1: Heart
    • Integrative Diagnostics Series – Advanced Level 2: Multiple Systems Breakdown
    • Integrative Diagnostics Series – Advanced Level 3: Mechanical Model Pressure Scan
    • Integrative Diagnostics: Letting Go of Fear
    • Integrative Diagnostics for Applied Psychosynthesis
    • Myofascial Release
    • Neural Tissue Tension Techniques
    • Diaphragm Compression Syndromes
    • Upper and Lower Extremity Compression Syndromes
    • IMT for Diabetes
    • IMT for Autism and Autistic Related Syndromes
    • IMT for Women and Men's Health Issues
    • IMT for Neck, Thoracic Outlet, Shoulder Girdle and Upper Extremity The Double Crush Phenomenon
    • Primary Sites: Combined Patho-Anatomy and Patho-Physiology for the Gastrointestinal Tract
    • Children and Diagnostics
    • Diagnostics for Soft Tissue and Joint Mobility – Mechanical Model Pressure Scan
    • Clinical Hypnotherapy 1
    • Biological Analogs – Advanced Level 1: Circulation Mobilization
    • Biological Analogs – Advanced Level 2: Neural Mobilization
    • Biological Analogs – Advanced Level 3: Circulation Mobilization
    • Biological Analogs for the Spine
    • Respiratory Rehabilitation with IMT
    • LPG Endermologie Training
    • The Lymphatic System Level 1: Congestive Therapy
    • The Lymphatic System Level 2: Immune Preference
    • The Lymphatic System Level 3: Lymph, Lymph-Related Disease Disorders
    • The Lymphatic System Level 4: Pancreas and Heart
    • The Lymphatic System Advanced Level 2
    • Visceral Mobilization: Cardiac Habilitation
    • Visceral Mobilization: The GI Tract
    • Cardiac Habilitation Level 2
    • Biomechanical Regulators
    • Manual Perceptions
    • Bone Function: Motion Palpation Dysfunction
    • Biomechanical Regulators Training
    • IMT for Detoxification: An Advanced Course
    • Functional Medicine/Concepts & Applied Nutrition
    • Integrative Manual Therapy for Animals
    • The Art of Unwinding
    • Motility Testing for Food
    • Prevention and Treatment of Stroke
    • Balancing the Ankle and Foot through IMT and Orthotic Intervention
    • Adrenals & Stress and Related Disorders
    • Adjustment Therapy: Treatment of Joint Disorders
    • Geriatric Rehabilitation: Focus on Structure
    • Biophsiography & IMT Allergies & Related Disorders
    • IMT for the Autonomic Nervous System
    • Gluten Sensitivity
    • Manual Perception
    • Manual Pattern Recognition 1
    • Manual Pattern Recognition 3

    Upledger Institute:

    • Cranial Sacral Therapy 1
    • Cranial Sacral Therapy 2
    • Cranial Sacral Therapy 3
    • Cranial Sacral Therapy 4
    • Advanced Cranial Therapy
    • The Brain, Fluid, Nuclei and ANS
    • Somatoemotional Release 1
    • Somatoemotional Release 2
    • Visceral Manipulation 1
    • Visceral Manipulation 2
    • Visceral Manipulation 3
    • Visceral Manipulation 4
    • Advanced Visceral Manipulation 1
    • Advanced Visceral Manipulation 2
    • Process Acupressure
    • Cranial Sacral Symposium
    • Neural Tissue Tension
    • Muscle Energy 1
    • Muscle Energy 2
    • Advanced Strain Counterstrain
    • Mechanical Link
    • St. John Neuromuscular Techniques 1
    • St. John Neuromuscular Techniques 2
    • St. John Neuromuscular Techniques 3


    • Depression, Anxiety and Addiction with Dr. Gabor Mate
    • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Assessment and Treatment
    • Mindfulness Meditation
    • Treatment for Concussion
    • The Relaxation Response - Herbert Bensen
    • Demystifying Pain and Posture
    • Pilates Mat Foundation 101
    • Therapeutic Touch - The Mobius Mind
    • Self Regulation Therapy - Introduction
    • Self Regulation Therapy - Certification Training: Level 2
    • Heel Canada - ongoing lecture series
    • Introduction to Essential Oils for the Health Care Practitioner
    • Introduction to Brain Gym
    • Milne - Visionary Cranial
    • Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment - Introduction
    • Joint Mobilization
    • Bowen Therapeutic Technique
    • Dynamic Muscle Release
    • Feldenkrais – Head, Neck and Shoulders
    • Continuum Introduction

    Canadian Chiropractic College:

    • Cadaver Dissection

    Graduate Training

    Integrative Manual Practitioner, IMT Cert.

    • Westbrook University, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2000

    Registered Massage Therapist, RMT

    • Sutherland-Chan Massage School and Teaching Clinic, Toronto, Ontario, 1986

    Science and Psychology, (2 yrs)

    • University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, 1978-1980
  • MJ's Professional Experience Open or Close

    Fascial Dynamics

    Private Practice

    Kincardine, ON
    2003-present Mobile Practice

    Toronto, ON

    Peterborough, ON

    2003-2013 the IMT Clinic Peterborough, ON
    2000-2003 Center IMT Toronto Toronto, ON
    Co-Founder and Director of Operations  
    1999-2003 Center IMT Corporation Bloomfield, CT
    Chief Operations Officer  
    1999-2003 DCR Health Canada Toronto, ON
    Director and Sr. Faculty Member  
    1989-2001 Willow Therapy Center Toronto, ON
    1988-2001 Hands On Location Toronto, ON
    1988 College of Massage Therapists of Ontario Toronto, ON
    Board Examiner  
    1986-1989 Sutherland-Chan Massage School and Teaching Clinic Toronto, ON
    Faculty Member



  • Tribute Open or Close

    Chewbacca 2004-2017

    Clients and friends often enquire about our beloved Chewbacca ...

    He was a gift from beyond.  One of life's beautiful souls who chose to work as my therapy dog. He met all where they were on their own path. Extending his paw, his heart, his being. Chews saw who was before him, accepted and radiated love. He was a wonderful teacher.