Mary Massery Conference 2024

PNF: Refreshed! 40 Years of Mary Massery Tweaks

Hosted by Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Center

September 13 – 15, 2024

Course Description

If all you remember about Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is random “diagonal patterns,” then this course is for you. PNF can be a powerful approach when the techniques are creatively applied to clinical problems. Dr. Massery’s extensive background in PNF, along with 40 years of clinical refinements, makes her uniquely qualified to teach PNF in today’s evidence-based practice environment. The purpose of this course is to apply current PNF research, philosophy and treatment concepts to pediatric and adult patients with neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and/or cardiopulmonary conditions. The extensive use of hands-on labs; dissection of functional tasks to facilitate goal-directed movements; use of techniques with specific clinical cases; and a live patient demonstration, will “refresh” PNF for today’s practitioner. Participants will leave with sharpened skills and an abundance of new ideas on the immediate application of PNF to their practice.

The cost of this three day course is $600.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this PNF course, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the philosophy and historical development of PNF.
  2. Demonstrate refinement in their PNF therapeutic handling skills.
  3. Expand their treatment planning ideas for patients with neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and/or cardiopulmonary impairments via multiple clinical cases, and the inclusion of a live patient demonstration when possible.
  4. Design a PNF-based intervention strategy in small groups for improved trunk function for a specific patient using the concepts presented throughout the course and present the case back to the class.



Friday, September 13th from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm CST (7.5 contact hours)
Saturday, September 14th from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST (7.5 contact hours)
Sunday, September 15th from 7:30 am – 2:30 pm CST (5.5 contact hours)


Ivy Tech Community College
9900 Connecticut Dr, Crown Point, IN 46307


APTA IN Approval: 006987887C2819; IOTA Approval: Pending

Course Instructor

Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc

Dr. Massery received her BS in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 1977, her DPT from the University of the Pacific in 2004 and her DSc from Rocky Mountain University in 2011. Mary’s extensive Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) training at Northwestern University as both a student and faculty member forms the basis of her therapeutic approach to patients with neuromuscular and pulmonary impairments.

Her PNF course focuses on improving functional outcomes by recognizing and utilizing the link between motor behaviors and breathing/postural mechanics. Dr. Massery has been invited to give over 1,000 professional presentations in 50 US states and 18 countries worldwide on related topics, including more than 100 presentations for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Mary has received national awards from the APTA, including its highest clinical award, The Florence Kendall Practice Award, honoring “one’s outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy.” She has been honored as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by each of her 3 universities. She was also awarded Northwestern University’s Alumnae Research Achievement Award. Mary continues to maintain a private practice in Chicago, specializing in breathing and postural dysfunction.

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Financial Disclosure

MasseryPT is not associated with Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehabilitation, but the speaker will receive an honorarium and travel expenses for teaching this workshop. MPT may sell some PT-related DVD’s at the course. None of the DVD’s are required for successful completion of the course; they are completely optional.

Non-Financial Disclosure

Some of the material in the course bibliography includes articles for which Mary Massery was an author or may have done research. Some of the material contained in the publications or research may have shaped or influenced Mary Massery’s course material and may be discussed as part of the course.