Course Videos

Course Video Highlights

The following video clips are taken from Day-1 of the 3-day “Mary Massery’s BREATHING COURSE”.  They are intended to give the viewer a glimpse of the 7-1/2 hour course content and Mary’s teaching style. All videos can also be viewed directly on Mary Massery’s YouTube channel.

Postural Control

Describes body systems that contribute to postural control. Reviews rib cage alignment and directs participants in thorax clinical palpation.

Postural Relationships

Postural relationships between the ribs, sternum, scapulae, and pelvis.

Soda Pop Can Model

“Soda Pop Can Model” of postural support: understanding trunk control from the top of the can (vocal folds), through the center of the can (diaphragm), to the bottom of the can (pelvic floor).

Functional Relationships

Functional relationship between shoulder movements and breathing mechanics.

Glottal Strategies

Example of typical glottal strategies used in everyday life activities (pushing a heavy door).

Motor Responses

Illustrating physiologic-driven motor responses: chronic constipation can be a primary cause of infantile torticollis.

Find the Problem

Find the Problem: differentiate the cause from the consequence. Example: chronic lung disease, cough, incontinence, and the relationship to musculoskeletal pain (shoulders, low back, etc.).


Positioning: combine positioning (postural considerations) with breathing mechanics to maximize motor function.

Ventilatory Strategies

Ventilatory Strategies: how does breathing naturally pair with movement of the thoracic spine?

Using Voicing Strategies

Using voicing strategies (glottal control) intentionally to augment dynamic postural stability (example: transfers from standing to sitting).

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