The Critical Shapes Profile (CSP) is a tool, and like any tool it is only as good as the user’s skill with that tool. Observing movement is a learned and perishable skill – it is not an instinct (instincts cannot be taught, seeing movement can be). Very few have the ability to take what is seen and translate that into understanding what the underlying issue(s) are…

The CSP is designed to help you with this. It is a systematic approach to observing movement. It will allow you to consistently place your patients, athletes, and/or clients into clearly defined and repeatable orientations that will give you the opportunity to see how their entire system accomplishes the confined task.

By overlaying and applying the established criteria for each of the 6 set-ups and 6 shapes you will have the opportunity to create a movement profile for that individual and observe repeating commonalities or tendencies.

”So. What now?”

It’s not just a rhetorical question. As the professional that is providing a patient experience, what is your next step? How are you going to use the information that the movement profile revealed to you to find what the underlying issues are within their system?

If you ran them through the CSP and your next step was already predetermined, why did you waste the time? The CSP should changed/influence/determine your next step; when used correctly it makes helps you become more efficient and more effective with your decisions.

How? Used correctly, it allows you the opportunity to see the commonalities that the individuals system defaults too. Humans rarely rise to the occasion – someone that cannot squat is not all of a sudden going to be able to squat because you asked them to. Under stress or duress, humans default to their highest level of training. The CSP is the stress, and how they orient their body in each shape reveals their highest level of training (or the highest ability of their system right now.)

Successful completion of both the didactic and hands-on portion of this course will ensure you have the ability to correctly, and efficiently administer the CSP.

Course Objectives:

Difficulty: Advanced


At the conclusion of this course, each participant will:

  1. Be able to take any individual through the 6 set-ups and shapes of the CSP.
  2. Be able to provide correct and appropriate feedback to the individual to ensure they get into as close to the desired shape as possible (within their context/ability).
  3. Be able to accurately determine scoring for each set-up and shape.
  4. Be able to identify the commonalities that present themselves during the CSP.

Knowledge Gap:

Currently, there are minimal tools available to both coaches and clinicians that allow them to systemically observe movement within the same context. There are clinical tools and there are performance based tools. But, there is not a single tool that effectively crosses over between worlds that is able to navigate pain and performance at the same time… until now.

Furthermore, up until this point, there has been no clearly established, movement oriented criteria for l specific movements. All existing criteria came from the exercise and/or sport world and bring with them variations based on the rules/standards of that atmosphere. This course clearly defines movement oriented standards for those Shapes of Movement that are the most influential for humans to be able to function within the context of each individual.

This course allows the participant to blend together prior knowledge on the Shapes of Movement- from the individual Shapes courses- and systematically observe movement.

Completion of this course will result in 2.0 CEU’s.

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