The MBY Education Synergy Series Presents

The Thorax & Pelvis: The Integrated Systems Model with a Focus on Application to Pilates


Melanie Byford-Young Presents Diane Lee


Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm PST both days

In-Person at Pacific Northwest Pilates Studio


During this two day in-person course, Diane Lee will introduce the Integrated Systems Model (ISM), and teach participants how to determine whether the pelvis or the thorax is the source of a client’s low back dysfunction (‘Find the Driver’ in ISM terms).  Diane and the group will collaborate on how to apply the results to Pilates based interventions.  This is an extraordinary opportunity for Pilates based movement professionals to improve their effectiveness and efficiency, and to expand their understanding, and critical reasoning skills.
This course will introduce the functional interplay between the thorax and the lumbopelvic-hip region and how the current Integrated Systems Model can facilitate the understanding and interpretation of each patient’s unique clinical picture to determine:

1.    How to develop an assessment that ‘cuts to the chase’ choosing only meaningful tasks/tests that pertain to the story being told. All stories are unique; there are no protocols or recipes in the ISM approach for any impairment or pain pattern.
2.    What the criminal is i.e. the primary driver. When both the thorax and pelvis are impaired, how do you determine which one should be the focus of your intervention? Is this a thorax problem that is overloading the low back and causing the pelvic joints to lose control and become painful, or is the impairment intrinsic to the pelvis itself (i.e. stiff SIJ or altered motor control of pelvic floor/transversus abdominis – a pelvic driven pelvis)
3.     Is the persistent over-use of the superficial back extensors (erector spinae), or abdominals (external or internal oblique) causing the loss of pelvic control or is the muscle imbalance driven by factors far distant ?
Clinical reasoning of multiple findings and manual and visual assessment and treatment skills are emphasized in this course with plenty of practical time/discussion devoted to these two clinical practice tools.  At the conclusion of this course, you will have new skills to assess function of the trunk (from the 3rd thoracic ring to the pelvis) and understand how various impairments, particularly the lack of specific thoracic ring alignment and mobility, can impact function of the pelvis and low back as well as skills to perform segmental thoracic ring and pelvic analysis for mobility and control.


This Workshop is ONLY FOR:

  • Licensed healthcare professionals with Rehabilitative Pilates Education & at least one year of work with clients
  • Pilates instructors with a minimum of 5 years working one-on-one with clients
  • Must have Mat & Reformer training
  • Recommended Reading: The Thorax: An Integrated Approach by Diane Lee


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This workshop is for:

  • Licensed healthcare professionals with Rehabilitative Pilates Education & at least one year of work with clients
  • Pilates instructors with a minimum of 5 years working one-on-one with clients
  • Must have Mat & Reformer training

Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6, 2024

8:30 am - 4:30 pm PST both days


In-Person at Pacific Northwest Pilates

Price Includes Comprehensive Workshop Guide

During this 2 Day In-Person Workshop, you will learn:

  • Aquire new skills for accessing the thorax, thoracic rings, and pelvis
  • Learn how to differentiate a thoracic driver and a pelvic driver
  • Develop skills for understanding the source of hyperactive back extensors and abdominals
  • Learn how to incorporate and adapt Pilates exercises to manage thoracic and pelvic dysfunctions

** Melanie's Thoracic Spine workshop will provide foundational knowledge, critical reasoning, and Pilates applications.  You can sign up for this workshop, at this link.

In Case You Do Not Know Of Diane Lee...

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Pilates Based Movement Professionals to learn with Diane Lee in an intimate small group setting.
Diane Lee is a world leader in physiotherapy, the movement sciences, movement assessment, management of the thorax, pelvic floor, pre and post-partum women, and much more. She literally wrote the book  "The Thorax. An Integrated Approach". Diane is a pioneer in the "whole human, multi-system, treat what this individual actually needs’’ approach to health care. Her Integrated Systems Model has helped thousands of therapists understand how to prioritize what EACH individual client needs in order to get better.

Diane is truly unique. She is brilliant, open to learning, and dedicated to sharing her knowledge. She is intelligent, grounded, well read, and well respected. Diane has collaborated with the most forward thinking therapists globally, and has debated head to head with many therapists who do not align themselves with her approach. She is truly a powerhouse and change leader.

Why is Diane Lee coming to MBY EDU? Diane was and currently is one of Melanie’s mentors, and has profoundly influenced her critical thinking and teaching.

Diane Lee

Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health    

Diane is a UBC graduate in the field of rehabilitation medicine.  She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (CAMT), certified practitioner of intramuscular stimulation (Gunn IMS) and certified by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as a clinical specialist in Women’s Health. She was an instructor and chief examiner for CAMT for over 20 years and in 2021 received the CPA Medal of Distinction and in 2023 the CPA Professional Contribution Award.

Diane is the owner, director, and a practicing physiotherapist at Diane Lee & Associates, a private multi-disciplinary physiotherapy clinic in South Surrey, BC, Canada. In addition, she is the principle instructor of Learn with Diane Lee (

She has been a keynote speaker at many conferences, has contributed chapters to several books and self-published the book The Abdominal Wall & Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (2nd edn) in 2023.  Her book, The Pelvic Girdle, was first published by Churchill Livingstone in 1989, is now in its 4th edition (2011) and has been translated into multiple languages. The Thorax – An Integrated Approach was released in 2018 by Handspring Publishing. She holds the North American patent for two sacroiliac belts, The Com-Pressor, and The Baby Belly Pelvic Support. With respect to research, she continues to investigate the behaviour of the abdominal wall in women with diastasis rectus abdominis.

Melanie Byford-Young

Co-Owner, Pacific Northwest Pilates, Master Instructor Trainer of Rehabilitation, STOTT PILATES®

Melanie is a leader in the global community of Pilates, physical therapy, and fitness training.  She is co-owner of Pacific Northwest Pilates and Melanie Byford-Young Education, and a Master Instructor Trainer of Rehabilitation for STOTT PILATES™.  She co-created the six-part Rehabilitation Course series for licensed healthcare professionals which is taught internationally.  She has also created her own library of over 25 courses, master classes, and case-study based learning workshops. Her expertise in therapeutic orthopedic strategies attracts a world wide audience and has sent her abroad to work throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Home-based in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Melanie splits her time between working with complex clients, consulting, teaching, and creating content. She loves teaching and mentoring students and therapists, and is a highly-sought after resource for professionals wishing to acquire critical reasoning skills to assess physical movement.

The Thorax & Pelvis: The Integrated Systems Model with a Focus on Application to Pilates

Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6, 2024

With Melanie Byford-Young & Diane Lee

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