How Can Structural Energetic Therapy (SET) Help You?

What is Structural Energetic Therapy? 

It is an integration of Cranial Structure techniques, Deep Tissue Myofascial Unwinding, soft tissue protocols, and Energy techniques that is seeing amazing results for those seeking relief from a multitude of soft tissue ailments, from chronic pain to emotional imbalance. Structural energetic therapy is a complete therapeutic system for long-term rehabilitation from acute or chronic pain and dysfunction. The goal of Structural Energetic Therapy is to get clients back to their normal life activities, pain-free.

What Is the 3 Step Approach to Structural Energetic Therapy?

A structural energetic therapy session averages ninety minutes in length. With the integration of cranial structural techniques, specific directed deep tissue myofascial unwinding, soft tissue sequences and energy techniques are applied to restore balance throughout the fascial system of the body, creating long-term homeostasis.

Structural Energetic Therapy identifies the cause of clients’ pain and dysfunction based on their structural imbalances.

Your therapist will start with a postural analysis, checking the structural arrangement of the body looking for holding patterns and imbalances. Holding patterns are learned and built over time as a response to fatigue, pain, stress or trauma- including scar tissue. They lead to inefficient movement and compensation throughout the body.

Your structural energetic therapist will address and unwind specific muscle groups and structural limitations during the session.

Then, with the integration of cranial structural techniques, specialized soft tissue protocols and energetic emotional energy release, their pain and dysfunction are addressed.

After an assessment, your structural energetic therapist will listen to your body and needs using a toolbox of skills and modalities as needed. This may include emotional energy release.

Core Distortion- maybe you’re born with it….

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How Can Structural Energetic Therapy Transform Your Body?

Cranial Structural Techniques for Core Distortion

From Don McCann, founder of Structural Energetic Therapy

Brief Explanation – Core Distortion

The Core Distortion is an anterior/posterior rotation of the iliums and tipped sacrum producing the lack of weight bearing support for the spine.  The entire structure of the body is affected causing musculoskeletal dysfunction, pain and interference with normal life activities.  This core distortion is documented in 16 week old fetuses- Almost everyone is born with this!

In the Core Distortion 50% of your muscles are operating at approximately 50% strength and function – proven with functional and applied kinesiology.

Cranial/Structural Core Distortion Releases of Structural Energetic Therapy® release the core distortion – the cause of 90% of imbalance, dysfunction, and soft tissue pain.  Once fully released (usually in one treatment) the soft tissue restrictions holding the distortion can’t reform the same way again!  The old soft tissue restrictions holding the distortion start unwinding and reforming new balanced supported holding patterns! The result – Resuming normal life activities, pain free.

Is structural energetic therapy right for you? 

Structural Energetic Therapy can treat pain and symptoms related to:

  • Tendonitis
  • Surgical Scars and Adhesions
  • Nerve Entrapments
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Joint Inflexibility
  • Strains and Muscle pulls
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Scoliosis
  • Hiatal Hernias
  • Acid Reflux
  • and more


  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Nerve Entrapments
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Trigger Finger
  • TMJ
  • Strains/sprains
  • Herniated and Bulging Discs


  • Back Pain
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Spurs
  • Strains /Sprains
  • Herniated and Bulging discs
  • Nerve Entrapments

IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES!! You really can live a healthier, more productive life at any age!

Cranial/Structural Frontal/Occipital Decompression (developed by Don McCann) has been proven to produce observable and measurable positive results in behavior, noticeable improvements in motor skills, coordination, strength, the ability to concentrate, and the ability to learn and apply new physical tasks. When using these techniques with children who have autism or learning disabilities, it is possible to give them a chance to experience a more normal and productive life. This therapy also helps facilitate detoxification for the brain and body, reduces scar tissue and soft tissue adhesions from concussions that can cause memory problems and other dysfunctions, can result in significant improvement for early onset Alzheimer’s — many are often able to move back into normal life activities — and so much more.

Cranial/Structural Frontal/Occipital Decompression incorporates:

  • Knowledge of cranial anatomy
  • Knowledge of cranial rhythms
  • Soft tissue cranial releases
  • Muscle testing and Kinesiology
  • Quick-release methodology
  • Sagittal suture release
  • Normalizing and balancing temporal bone rhythm

This technique very effectively treats and manages symptoms related to: autism, learning disabilities, swelling in the cranium, detoxing the brain and body, post-surgery detoxing, scar tissue from concussions, focusing and eye problems, prevention of Alzheimer’s, sinus and inner ear swelling, concentration challenges, right/left brain integration, emotional shock and post-traumatic stress disorders, lymphatic balancing, and more.

What is the Difference Between Structural Energetic Therapy & Massage Therapy?

What sets Structural Energetic Therapy® apart from other modalities? The integration of:

Cranial/Structural technique Releases – using integration of cranial releases to initiate the unwinding of the structure out of the core distortion into long lasting balance providing structural support! (No other modality uses or teaches these techniques – this is NOT craniosacral or massage therapy)

Specialized Myofascial Soft Tissue Protocols include deep tissue myofascial unwinding, to release holding patterns, scar tissue and soft tissue adhesions that maintain distortions causing pain, dysfunction, and postural distortion.

Specialized Energetic Healing Techniques to release energetic and emotional blockages that create postural distortions and soft tissue pain and dysfunction. Learn more about emotional energy release here. (

While structural energetic therapists ARE licensed massage therapists, traditional massage therapy focuses primarily on the soft tissue, a Structural Energetic Therapy specialist will have significant advanced therapeutic skills that were not taught in basic massage training. Introductory Massage therapy courses range from 600 to 1500 hours with continued education required each year. Structural energetic therapists complete this and add an additional one to two years of training in SET therapy through the SET institute in Lutz, FL.

Their coursework includes:

  • Cranial Therapeutic Decompression
  • Cranial/Structural Frontal/Occipital Decompression
  • Quick Release Technique
  • Cranial/Structural Core Distortion Releases I
  • Pelvic Balancing
  • Cranial/Structural II
  • Advanced Thoracic Releases
  • Myofascial unwindingTechniques within the scope of massage therapy to Release Emotional Energy
  • Body reading skills

Along with these techniques, Structural energetic Therapists learn skills above and beyond what is taught in traditional massage therapy schools:

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