CoAT Workshop Dates Cycle 13

CoAT: Course of Applied Tensegrity, is an acronym: 
Course: “as a river flows” refers to the movement of fluids in the body
Applied Tensegrity: “tension integrity” is the application of bio-engineering principles to the human suspension system: fascia. 

“The part moves the whole and the whole moves the part and the circle is unbroken” Marjorie Haynes


Notice for Registered Massage Therapists:

The Quality Assurance Committee of the CMT of BC has awarded 10 EIP CED credits for Cycle 13.

All CoAT courses listed prior to Oct 31, 2022 are approved for cycle 13.



The hours are:
Fri 3:15 registration
Fri 3:30pm to 8:00 pm
Sat and Sun 9:30am to 5:15pm.

CoAT Method Courses

All classes are taught at the
Open Door Centre for Healing Arts, unless specified.

Protean Fascia


According to The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary, Protean (not to be confused with protein) is a term that means:

Protean pro·te·an (prō'tē-ən, prō-tē'-) 


      “Readily taking on varied shapes, forms, or meanings.” (1) 1590s, from Greek Proteus, sea god (son of Oceanus and Tethys) who could change his form; his name is literally “first,” from protos ‘first.’”


Poseidon, ruler of the sea had a brother named Proteus who held all knowledge and would change into any shape or form in order to protect himself from being forced to answer questions. So the only way to trick Proteus into giving up his knowledge was to sneak up behind him, quickly grab him and not let him go as he changed into all manner of frightening shapes and forms. If the captor did not let go, then Proteus would surrender to answer any question the captor asked. 


This is the best description of fascial release through CoAT.  Fascia changes form to protect, and CoAT surrenders fascia to release and flow. 

Fascial Drift


Sometimes pain is resistant to almost everything. If you think of fascia as a multidimensional spider web, you will start to understand CoAT Fascial Drift. Imagine what happens on a web if some strands stick together: the whole web changes shape and drifts towards the adhered region. This course teaches how to recognize fascial drift adhesions and how simple it is to relieve pain by restoring the muscle shape, form and function quickly with a simple lift of the skin.

Fractal Tensegrity


From mathematics, one definition of a Fractal is:


“ A curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole.”


A fractal is a natural formation found repetitively in nature. The fractal formation creates its own shape through repetition of itself in various scales of size. For example a cauliflower is made up of tiny little cauliflowers that repeat the shape over and over in various scales ultimately creating the one unified cauliflower shape. 


The human body is no exception to this fractal expression found in nature.  In CoAT Fractal Tenegrity the fractal human shape will be explained and used in treatment with Counterpoint to release fascial restrictions within seconds, anywhere in the body.



The CoAT Skeleton course concentrates on the importance of correct postural alignment of the axial skeleton to relieve stress and decrease the pain tension cycle. Postural deviations increase stress, causing muscles to “assume the role of bone.” Detailed postural scans and CoAT fascial release methods will be demonstrated to help the body balance towards original design. 

III Ring


At the level of T4 or the III Ring of the rib cage there is access to all systems of service in the body: the heart; the lungs; thoracic duct; thymus; GI tract; thickest part of spinal column; musculo-skeletal system; emotions and most important for CoAT, the lymphatic system. Imbalances in this region can have systemic impact all the way down to the knees, and even plantar fasciitis. CoAT III Ring course teaches how to identify and treat the III Ring for both local and systemic treatment goals.



The shoulders not only move the arms and upper torso, but also essential for momentum in walking, movement of the neck, release of the lumbar spine as well as digestive and emotional conditions. And, most important from the CoAT perspective, movement is key for proper function of the lymphatic system and thoracic drainage.  In the CoAT Shoulder course techniques for release of shoulder conditions such as frozen shoulder, tendinitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel, are addressed by understanding the sequence, pattern and flow of fluids through the axilla and thoracic region. Fluid displaces bones, which stress joints, which affect muscle tonicity, leading to pain and dysfunction. The CoAT Shoulder workshop opens a new perspective to reduce inflammatory conditions.

Vital Diaphragm


The diaphragm does so much more than simply control the breath and respiratory system. The Vital Diaphragm also impacts the digestive, circulatory, cardiovascular, lymphatic and musculoskeletal systems. A circular fascia pattern is introduced in this CoAT course with methods to help release the cummerbund of tension so many people experience.


Advanced Palpation and Assessment


In the mid 1960’s research was conducted at the University of Paris to understand tubules finer than hair that were noted stemming from the nucleus of cells. Dye was used to follow the tubules and what was discovered were patterns along meridian lines

The tubules were found to carry electrolytes and nutrients from every nucleus of individual cells along the meridians to every nucleus of every cell of the corresponding organ. In the CoAT Advanced Palpation and Assessment course, organs are treated through indirect, non-manipulation techniques with CoAT along the meridian lines. Advanced palpation is taught to treat and feel for congestion along the meridians, and assessment techniques are practiced to monitor the effect of treatment. 

Hands, Legs, Feet & Eyes


From the CoAT perspective, the body has fascial strands that act like puppet strings directly attaching regions of the body that traditional anatomical views do not consider possible. For example: immediate relief of arthritic fingers are relieved by release of the lower leg; heel pain relieved by eye movement; scoliosis balanced by release of the biceps. 

These seemingly unrelated areas add a missing piece to the puzzle of resolving some forms of chronic pain. The CoAT Hands, Legs, Feet and Eyes course are a true support to anyone who suffers from Osteoarthritis to Rheumatoid Arthritis or has had sudden onset of heel pain following eye surgical procedures. CoAT makes it simple to become a fascial Master Puppeteer. 

Central Nervous System


The nervous system is extremely complex and the CoAT Central Nervous System course offers some simple treatment tools to benefit patients who suffer from conditions like Trigeminal Neuralgia, Parkinson’s, MS, and Stroke.  Conditions of the CNS relate to higher functions of the brain; require a deeper knowledge of cranial nerves for treatment goals; and demonstrate a specific palpative quality in the tissues that varies from normal tissue response. Much of this course is dedicated to understanding the palpative touch needed to treat these conditions as well as CoAT treatment protocols. 

Peripheral Nervous System


The CoAT Peripheral Nervous System course is dedicated to a deeper understanding of: dermatomes; myotomes; sclerotomes; the difference between sensory and motor nerves; and specific treatment protocols for neuropathy and pain reduction. CoAT offers a new understanding of how nerves affect joint function and pain, and how to affect immediate change. 



The sacrum is the focus of the CoAT S3 course. The sacrum is considered the seat of the parasympathetic and has nerve fibers that surprisingly affect posture. Simple CoAT protocols targeting the sacrum help in postural alignment and pelvic balancing. 

Enthesis Series


The CoAT Enthesis Series is completely different from the other CoAT courses in many ways. This is the only course that requires a pre-requisite of attendance of at least one other CoAT workshop. And this is the only course offered as a series once a month for three months. 

Enthesis is the transition tissue between soft tissue and the periosteal layer of bone. New research over the past 10 to 15 years indicate that inflammation of the enthesis affects chronic pain, rheumatoid conditions, and bone disorders as well as certain forms of blood cancer, like leukemia. Inflammation of the bone affects the soft tissue around the enthesis leading to chronic pain.

 In the CoAT Enthesis series a technique called Zero Pain is taught that reduces swelling in the bone, and seems to indicate increase bone density. More research is need for clinical studies, however implications of helping people suffering with osteoporosis, (or any bone disorder) now is warranted as pain is dramatically reduced.

Zero Pain is a specialized form of palpation and requires practice, so the dates for the Enthesis course are spread out over 3 months. 


The CMT has awarded all CoAT courses completed before Oct 31, 2022, 10 EIP credits for Cycle 13



$500.00 plus GST per Individual Course

Non-refundable $100.00 deposit required two weeks prior to start date and will be deducted at registration.

Payment in full required on first day of course.

$400.00 per Two Course Package total $800.00 plus GST

Non-refundable $200.00 deposit required two weeks prior to start date and will be deducted at registration.

Payment in full for course package is required on first day of course. Payment of Course Package is nonrefundable, but course changes can be made if attendance is disrupted.

$300.00 per Three Course Package total $900.00 plus GST

Non-refundable $200.00 deposit required two weeks prior to start date and will be deducted at registration.

Payment in full for course package is required on first day of course. Payment of Course Package is nonrefundable, but course changes can be made if attendance is disrupted.

Four Course Package total $1000.00 plus GST

Non-refundable $200.00 deposit required two weeks prior to start date and will be deducted at registration.

Payment in full for course package is required on first day of course. Payment of Course Package is nonrefundable, but course changes can be made if attendance is disrupted. 

The CMT has awarded all CoAT courses completed before Oct 31, 2022, 10 EIP credits for Cycle 13


Mailing Address: 

Marjorie Haynes
Open Door Centre for Healing Arts
Unit 4 – 14885 60th Ave, 
Surrey, BC V3S 1R8


Debit and Credit cards not accepted. Payment by cash, cheque or e transfer accepted. 


Remit cheques to:

Marjorie Haynes




604 321 5961

About Marjorie

Marjorie Haynes has been in private practice as a registered Massage Therapist in Vancouver, BC, since 1990.She was a TA, instructor and clinic supervisor of WCCMT in the early nineties. In 1994 she was among the first top ten in Canada to be certified in Neuromuscular Therapy, St. John Method. She is indebted to many people for her training and perspectives, including: Natale Rao, Paul St, John, Alan Gehan, John Upledger, Armand Ayalton, Howard Jones, and Dr. Stephen Levine (Grandfather of Bio-Tensegrity.)

In 1997 Marjorie established the Open Door Healing Arts Centre, and in 1999 began teaching a variety of healing arts based on Spiritual and Energy forms. In 2003 she developed a series of Massage Therapy workshops. Marjorie has been offering the accredited Applied Tensegrity (CoAT Method) series since 2004. In 2017 the new Open Door Centre for Healing Arts was created as a focus for teaching. Located now in South Surrey BC. 


Tensegrity (pronunciation:  ten-SEG-reh-tee) is a Buckminster Fuller term applied to building suspension bridges and can be defined as:

"Complimentary forces suspended within a base foundation of 3
create unlimited tension integrity."


Tensegrity designs allow a dynamic system of movement where the whole moves the part and the part moves the whole and the circle is unbroken.


Applied Tensegrity (AT) is the concept of integration to the highest degree. 


The word “Tensegrity” was originally a term coined in the engineering of suspension bridges as a way to define distribution of force through structure. When a part of a suspension bridge is weak or compromised, the entire structure responds to balance out the problem. The power of a suspension bridge is in the ability to move or adapt under stress load changes. The same can be said for the human body. 


Understanding body adaptation patterns to stress changes are primary to the application of massage therapy. In a Tensegrity or suspension structure, an isolated problem or event does not exist. There is only the response of the whole. 


The depth of the concept of AT can have vast applications from engineering a bridge to an understanding of the fascial system of the human body to philosophical and spiritual debates. All are based on this understanding: “in a dynamic system of movement, the part moves the whole and the whole moves the part…and the circle is unbroken.”


In the introduction to AT within the context of Massage Therapy, three main areas will be examined: one is the fascial system affected by the integrity of blood flow in the capillary system; the second is an integration of treatment modalities that gain momentum within an AT model; and the third is advanced palpation techniques to sense and treat tensegrity foci of tension that affect the entire body. 


With each of the levels there is a strong emphasis placed on the biomechanics of the therapist as well as the focus of attention of the therapist’s own thoughts to stay present, not drift away in their mind. With this new AT view of the body, a therapist is able to apply many common treatment modalities in a new and dynamic way with increased, long lasting results. 



Open Door Centre
For Healing Arts
Unit 4 – 14885 60th Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 1R8