Complementary Therapies

Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT)

What is IMT?

Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) is a unique compilation of diagnostic and treatment methodologies that assess and treat pain, dysfunction, disease and disability. Developed by Sharon Giammatteo, Ph.D, I.M.T.,C. over the past 30 years, IMT is a new approach to health care developed to address the needs of complex clients.

IMT practitioners identify and address the underlying causes of dysfunction using a comprehensive and holistic approach. While IMT diagnostics and treatment modalities are predominately hands-on, IMT also integrates a wide range of diagnostic and treatment technologies, nutritional programs, and IMT body based psychotherapeutic approaches to develop a customized solution for an individual client’s needs.

How does IMT work?

IMT treatment techniques are manual (hands-on), and generally involve gentle manipulative techniques to promote tissue repair, normalize structure and restore function. Unique to IMT is the integration of manual therapy techniques for all systems in the body (i.e. bone, nerve, fascia, muscle, organ, lymph and circulatory systems). As each tissue type in the body has unique requirements for healing, tissue specific techniques are used to yield optimal results. Often, multiple systems are addressed to facilitate recovery, as a dysfunction in one system may influence or be influenced by a problem in another system.

IMT treatment techniques are based on the premise that the human body has the potential to self-heal under the right circumstances. Pain and dysfunction are an indication that there is too much cell or tissue dysfunction for the body to restore health on its own. Under these circumstances, in order to improve the body's self-healing mechanisms, intervention is required.

Who is IMT good for?

IMT offers a comprehensive solution that benefits all types of clients. In many cases, clients who seek IMT have undergone previous treatments with limited success, and find IMT to be a sustainable answer to their health care needs.
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What is IMT good for?

IMT practitioners specialize in treating clients with complex health conditions. IMT treats such ailments as chronic back pain, migraine headaches, learning disabilities, autism, diabetes, sports related injuries, chronic fatigue, fertility and women’s health needs, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, depression, anxiety, and many other problems. In addition, many clients use IMT preventatively to maintain optimal health.

Examples of how IMT works for some common health conditions:

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

A child who has trouble concentrating would be assessed using the diagnostic techniques outlined above. With ADD, the practitioner would expect to find dysfunction at the frontal lobe of the brain, as the frontal lobe is responsible for intelligence, concentration, judgment, perception and attention. If however, the diagnostics did not indicate a problem at the frontal lobe, the practitioner would investigate other areas which may be contributing to the signs and symptoms. It is often the case, that the frontal lobe is being affected by dysfunction in another area. By uncovering and treating the primary site of breakdown, the signs and symptoms of ADD would begin to change. Common areas which have been found to contribute to ADD are the eyes, the occipital lobe of the brain (associated with visual perception and processing) and the ears. Even seemingly unrelated issues, such as chronic ear infections could influence ADD, and IMT diagnostics would uncover this type of connection and treat it accordingly.

Lower Back Pain

Another complex example might be low back pain that is not responding to treatment. An IMT practitioner would widen the scope of investigation beyond the muscles and bones at the low back, to see what other structures were contributing to symptoms. It is common to find the organs which sit in close proximity to the low back contributing to low back pain. For instance, both the sigmoid colon (the end of the colon) and the cecum and ileocecal valve (the beginning of the colon) are often implicated. They often exhibit dysfunction due to a gastrointestinal problem and may have lost their integrity, resulting in a ‘leaky gut’ syndrome. Treatment techniques to restore integrity to these structures, coupled with nutritional counseling are often highly effective at reducing chronic and stubborn presentations of low back pain.

Alternatively, diagnostics may point to the source of the problem being a multi-systems breakdown at the low back region, where dysfunction in bone, disc, joint, nerve, blood vessels and organ may all be involved. IMT has specific techniques for addressing each of these types of structures. A customized treatment plan would again combine manual therapy to normalize the structures involved, with nutritional counseling to optimize the physiology of the structures involved.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

As with all dysfunction, total body diagnostics would be done to discern the pattern of dysfunction for a given client. Common patterns contributing to chronic fatigue include a breakdown of one or more of the structures of the immune system, the circulatory system, the detoxification and/or the elimination systems. A treatment plan might include manual therapy techniques to normalize and in turn optimize function of lymph nodes, arterial and venous blood flow, the liver and kidneys for detoxification and the colon for elimination. Dietary recommendations and natural supplements would be given to normalize the physiology or the biochemistry of the structures involved. Furthermore, IMT body based psychotherapeutic approaches would be integrated into treatment sessions to decrease mental and emotional stresses. 

What to expect in a session?

In your initial consultation, the primary goal is to do an evaluation through multiple body systems in order to find the root cause(s) of your symptoms, disease or problem. Your IMT practitioner will review your medical and family history, details about your signs and/or symptoms, your goals and other relevant information such as diet, hormonal and digestive health.

A general exam is conducted and range of motion and movement restrictions are assessed. Your IMT practitioner then combines the information and puts together a customized treatment plan and nutritional wellness program for each client.

Further recommended treatment plans, both the duration and frequency will be discussed with you, depending upon your needs.

After the initial evaluation, a typical session may include Integrative Manual Therapy’s (IMT) hands-on manipulative techniques along with guidance on your nutritional wellness and supplement program.


Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet and hands. Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems. By applying pressure on these specific points there is a beneficial effect on the organs and person's general health by improving blood supply and activating nerves. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help many health problems in the natural way as a type of preventative maintenance.

The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands and other parts of the body. Reflex pressure sends signals that balance the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce pain and stress. Therefore it promotes relaxation, improves circulation, reduces pain, soothes tired feet, and encourages overall healing.

Reflexology is a highly individual treatment tailored to each person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting wellbeing as a whole. Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer. 


Reiki and Colourpuncture


Reiki is a gentle and effective healing form that involves the transmission of energy (qi) through the hands. Traditionally, this was only performed in the East by Qi Gong masters. However, a Japanese master, Usui, found a way to teach others without the decades of training that used to be involved. This system is called Reiki.

ReikiA Reiki practitioner first imagines certain symbolic images to bring down healing qi (or in Japanese, ki), then the practitioner places his or her hands on the client's body. The client's own body then draws in the amount of life-force energy that it requires. It is felt as a warming and relaxing sensation by most people. The body utilizes this energy for relaxation, repair, and revitalisation.

Though Reiki has become quite a popular and relatively easy certification to achieve in recent years, at IMI we are blessed to have a Reiki master who has trained with some of the original teachers from the Usui Reiki Tradition. This master has taught over 6,000 students and teachers at seminars throughout the world.


Colourpuncture treatment involves the gentle application of coloured light frequencies, through small glass wands, to specific points and zones on the body. These frequencies give information to the body and emotions, prompting improved function and harmony throughout the entire being.

Colourpuncture treats the physical and the spiritual levels and can address many different needs. It is particularly effective in treating stress, endocrine imbalances, immune system deficiencies, migraine headaches, sleep disorders, organ imbalances, and depression. It works well in conjunction with other therapies.

Almost everyone will benefit from Colourpuncture sessions. The treatments can be applied to people of any age, including infants and the elderly. Healthy individuals will usually experience deep relaxation, better sleep, and an improved sense of well-being.

Most people will notice some effects from Colourpuncture during their very first treatment. Several treatments may be required to achieve the optimal effect for a particular condition. Often, people choose to continue treatments on a regular basis as a way of maintaining relaxation and good health.

Each treatment lasts approximately one hour. Clients are advised to wear loose clothing that will permit access to the legs and arms, as well as the back and the abdominal area. During the session, the client lies on the treatment table while the therapist applies the Colourpuncture wand to zones on the body. Clients can give feedback to the therapist or simply allow themselves to relax completely.


BodyTalk is a consciousness-based, non-invasive therapy that works with the body in its healing process. It can be used as a stand-alone system that addresses a variety of health conditions, or integrated with other health systems and therapies to promote effective and faster healing.

BodyTalk is a simple and effective holistic therapy that allows the body’s energy systems to be re-synchronized so they can operate as nature intended. Each system, cell, and atom is in constant communication with each other at all times. Through exposure to the stresses of day-to-day life, however, these lines of communication can become compromised or disconnected, which then leads to a decline in physical, emotional and/or mental well-being. Reconnecting these lines of communication enables the body’s internal mechanisms to function at optimal levels, thus repairing and preventing disease while rapidly accelerating the healing process. In this way, BodyTalk stimulates the body’s innate ability to balance and heal itself on all levels.

While BodyTalk does not diagnose or treat specific ailments, it allows the body’s own healing abilities to effect change. Clients have exhibited long-lasting, ongoing improvements in the areas of stress, emotional disorders, chronic pain and fatigue, digestive disorders and arthritis.

The BodyTalk Process

1. The BodyTalk System facilitates communication with the body’s innate wisdom through neuromuscular biofeedback. This feedback provides the practitioner with a “yes” or “no” answer to any question that is asked of the body. The innate wisdom thus provides the practitioner with accurate guidelines with regard to the body mind requirements for optimum health.

2. By following a comprehensive protocol of questions, the BodyTalk practitioner can establish exactly what balancing the body needs in order to harmonize body mind function. This involves finding out which organs, endocrines, or body parts need to be corrected to heal communication between them at the physiological, biochemical, circulatory, nervous, emotional and energy levels.

3. The client and practitioner touch the parts that need repair and the practitioner then uses his/her fingers to gently tap the head of the patient in order to focus the brain toward that repair. BodyTalk “tapping” is based on an ancient Hatha Yoga technique, and experiments with biofeedback apparatus have shown that such “tapping” causes increase in the brain activity in relation to the specific parts being touched.

4. The practitioner then lightly taps the chest to store the changes in the heart energy complex, which ensures that the new balance is held in deep memory and is therefore lasting.


Bowen Therapy and Cranial-Sacral Therapy

Bowen Therapy (ISBT)

Bowen Therapy is a non-invasive form of bodywork in which gentle rolling moves are applied to specific points on muscles, tendons and ligaments. It allows the body to regain and maintain even weight distribution, corrects pelvic imbalances, increases the circulation of blood, lymph and vital energy. It is highly effective in treating a broad range of muscular and structural complaints as well as visceral problems in areas such as the stomach, lungs, kidneys and bladder. It is also helpful in cases of degenerative illnesses and alleviating symptoms for cancer clients.

Cranial-Sacral Therapy

Cranial-Sacral Therapy is a hands-on therapy that aims to enhance the functioning of the cranial-sacral system—comprises the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Through gentle palpation, it complements the body's natural self-healing mechanism to calm the nervous system, restore energy and encourage ease of body movement. It is used to treat a wide range of conditions related to dysfunction and pain, insomnia, emotional or energetic blockages and can also bring about profound shifts in consciousness.