Course Description

Do your patients suffer from comorbidities and make lifestyle choices that are complicating or hindering progress in therapy? 

Are you feeling burned out or compassion fatigue from not getting the results you want? 

Would you like to learn how lifestyle choices impact your therapy outcomes and how you can influence behavior change to improve them?

This 24 hour Certificate program will change your practice. It will:

  • Increase your effectiveness as a therapist and improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.
  • Give you a comprehensive skillset to use Integrative Lifestyle Medicine in practice. 
  • Lower burden of care on you as the practitioner and empower the patient to be a partner in their healthcare. 
  • Help you determine root causes of disease, pain, and disability which helps patients heal faster and with long-lasting results. 
  • Tackle persistent pain and complex comorbidities that are hindering your therapy outcomes.

You Will Learn:

  • Nutrition to impact neuromuscular & musculoskeletal outcomes,
  • Sleep science,
  • Pain science,
  • Stress management,
  • Behavioral change and lifestyle coaching,
  • Medical therapeutic yoga as an evidence-based method to deliver Integrative Medicine
  • As well as specific interventions to affect change based on the health of the gut microbiome & the influence of epigenetics and genetics.

Course Overview in Brief

Module 1 - Integrative Lifestyle Medicine: Impacting Chronic Disease & Pain

  1. Learn how to screen for the vital signs of Lifestyle Medicine. 
  2. List the diagnostic labs necessary for systems-based screening in Functional Medicine. Describe how to operationalize the biopsychosocial assessment and intervention in a concrete, evidence-based model. 
  3. Identify the precepts for safe mind-body practice through the lens of medical therapeutic yoga. 
  4. Learn how to use psychologically informed methods of care. 
  5. Discuss the models for influencing behavior change. 
  6. Learn the evidence-base that supports Chronic Care Models.
  7. Use yoga as an Integrative Lifestyle Medicine intervention. 

Module 2 - Creating “3D” Health from the Oral Cavity to the Pelvic Floor through Trauma-Informed Psychology

  1. Discuss the neuroscience of the stress response. 
  2. Practice the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine interventions which influence stress response and emotional regulation. 
  3. List the 15 biomarkers of trauma-informed practice. 
  4. Describe the impact of epigenetics on clinical practice. 
  5. Assess scaffolding and sequencing of yoga due impact clinical outcomes. 
  6. Learn documentation methods
  7. Identify the major approaches to psychologically-informed therapy care. 
  8. Evaluate methods which can impact connectedness, eudemonia, and positive psychology. 
  9. Identify the major components of the Orofacial Examination. 

Module 3 - The Gut-Brain-Body Axis: Achieving Better Neuromuscular Outcomes through Nutrition

  1. List the impacts of the gut-brain-body axis on musculoskeletal and neuromuscular outcomes.
  2. Describe the scope of practice in nutritional counseling and intervention for physical therapy. 
  3. Discuss limitations in current dietary guidelines. 
  4. List common overconsumed and underconsumed macro- and micronutrients. 
  5. Evaluate basic methods for nutritional assessment, intervention, and counseling. 
  6. Consider the impact of social contagion on lifestyle choices and patient adherence.
  7. Discuss the epigenetics of nutrition. 
  8. Describe the neuroscience of manual therapy in impacting HPA Axis regulation. 
  9. Know when to refer. 

Module 4 - Sound & Sleep in Rehabilitation & Health Promotion: Fostering Whole Health

  1. Correlate emotional distress and its relationship with physical and occupational therapy outcomes. 
  2. Identify screening tools for evaluating emotional status
  3. Know when to refer
  4. List ways to foster healthy self-regulation.
  5. Describe the role of music and sound in practice.
  6. Compare and contrast stress and meditation types.
  7. Identify parameters that dictate vocal impact and longevity. 
  8. Practice vocal preservation intervention. 
  9. Cite evidence that supports the role of sleep, screening for sleep dysfunction, and intervention. 

Physical Activity Prescription

  1. List the evidence-based guidelines for physical activity across the lifespan.
  2. Cite the evidence that links emotional status to physical activity. 
  3. Cite the evidence that links obesity to physical activity levels. 
  4. List standardized physical activity assessments. 
  5. Create exercise prescription in a case study format with all required components. 
  6. Discuss ways to foster sustainable physical activity in patient care. 
  7. Cite the evidence base which supports physical activity prescription for the following conditions: geriatrics, prenatal, postpartum, stroke, heart attack, obesity, cancer, and general debility. 

Environmental Influences on Rehabilitation Outcomes: Tobacco Cessation & Other Toxic Exposures

  1. Describe the adverse impact of tobacco use and other substance abuse (including steroid injections). 
  2. Describe the adverse impact of environmental pollutant exposure. 
  3. List the major endocrine disruptors supported in the evidence base to cause adverse health effects. 
  4. Summarize the EB approach for tobacco and other substance abuse cessation. 
  5. Describe basic approaches to behavioral and pharmacological therapies in tobacco and substance abuse cessation. 
  6. Review the major diagnostic criteria for differential diagnosis of substance abuse disorders. 
  7. List the parameters for when to refer to specialists.

What's Included:

  • 24 hours of video lessons
  • A 215 page workbook that you can download to easily follow lectures and take notes.
  • Scaffolded sessions broken down into short mini subjects so you can easily complete the training in a self-paced way without losing your place.
  • Powerpoint, lecture, videos and audios of medical therapeutic yoga practices you can use with patients.
    Comprehensive training that will prepare you to immediately apply Integrative Lifestyle Medicine & Functional Medicine.
  • A private forum classroom where you can clinically troubleshoot with Ginger and build your network with other graduates.
  • Lifetime access. You can return to this course at any time. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content.
  • Patient Education Handouts
  • Patient Exercise
  • Certification is awarded upon completion.
  • Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • Quizzes at the end of each module (6 total) to help you master and assimilate the knowledge.

Who is this Course for?

Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, and related professions

Can I Share A Course With A Friend Or Colleague? How Does The Group Discount Work?

Each course purchase is for a single viewer only, and may not be shared. If you are interested in group/staff viewing, please contact us at to arrange a group discount code specifically for your group. The larger the group, the larger the discount.

Each individual must purchase separately with the discount code, and agree to the terms and conditions (legal). This provides each participant with their own copy to review at their pace, in addition to the opportunity to interact with colleagues as you all work collectively through the material.


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**This course is not intended to act as medical advice. Please seek guidance and treatment from your health professional in your area for any unmanaged conditions.**

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Living Well Institute - Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate Program

  • 2

    Module 1.1

    • Overview of Module 1: Integrative Lifestyle Medicine: Impacting Chronic Disease & Pain

    • Module 1.1 Handout

    • Background and Goals

    • Common Factors Theory

    • Biopsychosocial Model

    • Lifestyle Medicine

    • Differentiation

    • Ten Precepts

    • Safe Integration

  • 3

    Module 1.2

    • Module 1.2 Handout

    • MTY Principles and Change Readiness

    • What's Going On

    • Psychologically Informed Practice

  • 4

    Module 1.3

    • Module 1.3 Handout

    • Nurturing Behavior Change

    • Yoga's Role in Behavior Change

    • The Five A's

    • Therapeutic Relationship

    • Lifestyle Coaching

    • Effective Lifestyle Coaching

  • 5

    Module 1.4

    • Module 1.4 Handout

    • Screening and Diagnostics Part 1

    • Screening and Diagnostics Part 2

    • When to Refer

    • Group Therapy

    • Biopsychosocial Intervention and Resources

  • 6

    Module 1.5

    • Module 1.5 Handout

    • The Chronic Care Model Pt1

    • The Chronic Care Model Pt2

    • The PDSA Cycle and Self Care

    • Health Promotion Models

    • MTY Methodology

    • Module 1 Post-Test

  • 7

    Module 2.1

    • Overview of Module 2: Creating “3D” Health from the Oral Cavity to the Pelvic Floor through Trauma-Informed Psychology

    • Module 2.1 Handout

    • Orofacial Evidence Base Part 1

    • Orofacial Evidence Base Part 2

    • Orofacial Exam Part 1

    • Orofacial Exam Part 2

    • Breathwork

    • Abdominal-Diaphragmatic Breath

    • Three Part / Sandbag Breath

    • Victorious / Overcoming Breath

    • The NAP Meditation

  • 8

    Module 2.2

    • Module 2.2 Handout

    • Trauma Informed Yoga

    • Neuroanatomy

    • Ayurveda, Ceptions, and Dysregulators

    • Keys to Cultural Transformation

    • Biomarkers

    • Practice

    • The Voice

  • 9

    Module 2.3

    • Module 2.3 Handout

    • The Vector Analysis Part 1

    • The Vector Analysis Part 2

    • Introduction to Yogic Locks

    • Yogic Locks Part 1

    • Yogic Locks Part 2

    • Practice and Prescription

  • 10

    Module 2.4

    • Module 2.4 Handout

    • Epigenetics Part 1: Impact

    • Epigenetics Part 2: What Can We Do?

    • Eudemonia

    • Positive Psychology

    • Connectedness

    • Medical Documentation

    • Module 2 Post-Test

  • 11

    Module 3.1

    • Overview of Module 3: The Gut-Brain-Body Axis: Achieving Better Neuromuscular Outcomes through Nutrition

    • Module 3.1 Handout

    • Describing the Gut-Brain-Body Axis

    • What to Do About Gut "Dis"ease

    • Nutrition Scope and Comorbidities

    • Evidence for the Involvement of PTs

    • Disease Prevention

    • Scope of Practice

  • 12

    Module 3.2

    • Module 3.2 Handout

    • American Dietary Guidelines

    • Population Health Trends

    • Nutritional Assessment

    • Nutritional Counseling

    • Nutritional Foundations

    • GMOs

  • 13

    Module 3.3

    • Module 3.3 Handout

    • Pathogenesis

    • Diabetes Prevention

    • Social Contagion

    • Plant-Based Diet Impact

    • Polypharmacy

    • Epigenetics and Gut Dysbiosis

  • 14

    Module 3.4

    • Module 3.4 Handout

    • Tackling Premature Aging

    • Increasing Fiber Intake

    • Hip Axis Dysregulation

    • Yoga & The Gut Microbiome

    • Health Through Nutrition

    • Nutrition Screening

  • 15

    Module 3.5

    • Module 3.5 Handout

    • Guidelines to Practice Part 1

    • Guidelines to Practice Part 2

    • When to Refer

    • GI Pathophysiology

    • Systemic Inflammation

    • Food Types and Micronutrients

    • MTY & Lifestyle Medicine RX

    • Module 3 Post-Test

  • 16

    Module 4.1

    • Overview of Module 4: Sound & Sleep in Rehabilitation & Health Promotion: Fostering Whole Health

    • Module 4.1 Handout

    • The Impacts of Emotional Distress

    • Screening & Referral

    • Sound as Therapy

    • The Psychoemotional Facet

    • Historical Context

    • The Brain Body Connection

    • Musicians vs Non-Musicians

    • The Power of Music

  • 17

    Module 4.2

    • Module 4.2 Handout

    • Positive Psychology Evidence Base

    • Stress

    • Positive Psychology Activities

    • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Evidence Base

    • Using Meditation in Practice

    • Mindfulness Benefits

  • 18

    Module 4.3

    • Module 4.3 Handout

    • The Role of Sound Part 1

    • The Role of Sound Part 2

    • Orofacial Review

    • Vocal Functioning Evidence Base

    • Vocal Functioning Exercise

    • Vocal Optimization Impacts

    • Vocal Practice Part 1

    • Vocal Practice Part 2

  • 19

    Module 4.4

    • Module 4.4 Handout

    • The Role of Sleep

    • Sleep Physiology

    • Sleep & Well-Being

    • Sleep Screening

    • Identifying High Risk Populations

    • Yoga Nidra

    • Resources and Next Steps

    • Module 4 Post-Test

  • 20

    Exercise Elective 1

    • Course Description & Objectives Overview

    • Handout - Exercise Chapter 1

    • Physical Activity

    • Physical Activity Guidelines

    • Physical Activity Types

    • Obesity & Physical Activity

    • Emotional Health

    • Screening

    • Exercise Prescription Case Study

  • 21

    Exercise Elective 2

    • Handout - Exercise Chapter 2

    • History of Physical Activity Guides

    • Measuring Physical Activity

    • Writing a Prescription

    • Role Modeling

    • Sustainable Physical Activity

    • Biopsychosocial Benefits of Physical Activity

    • Special Populations

    • Physical Activity Post-Test

  • 22

    Environmental Elective 1

    • Course Description & Clinical Objectives Overview

    • Handout - Elective Enviro 1

    • Smoking & Vaping

    • Corticosteroid Injections

    • Other Common Substance Abuses

    • Environmental Health and You

    • Toxins

    • Guidelines and Interventions

  • 23

    Environmental Elective 2

    • Handout - Elective Enviro 2

    • Team Approach

    • Behavioral & Pharmacology Therapies

    • Resources & Diagnostic Criterea

    • Screening

    • Intervention and Referral

    • Program Review

  • 24

    Environmental Case Study

    • Handout - Environmental Case Study

    • Smoking Cessation Case Study

    • Environmental Post-Test

  • 25

    Bonus Materials - 14 Patient Exercise Videos

    • Scaffolding - Tree Pose

    • Scaffolding - Upper Extremity Strength - Stork Series

    • Scaffolding - Safer Triangle Pose

    • NAP Meditation

    • MTY Sensory Diet

    • MTY Locks

    • The Yoga Couch

    • Sandbag Breath

    • TATD "Power" Breath

    • Abnormal Breath Patterns

    • Three Part Breath

    • Bee Breath

    • Overcoming/Victorious Breath

    • AD Breath

  • 26

    Bonus Materials - 7 Patient Education Handouts

    • MTY for Constipation & Calm Patient Handout

    • MTY for Supporting Gut Health Patient Handout

    • Living Well Institute Stress Management Handout

    • Living Well Institute Nutrition Handout

    • Living Well Institute Sleep Handout

    • Living Well Institute Physical Activity Handout

    • Living Well Institute Environmental Handout

  • 27

    Bonus Materials - Sample Patient Home Program

    • Sample Patient Home Program - Abdomial Breathing (Abdomino-Diaphragmatic Breath)

    • Sample Patient Home Program - Three Part Breath

    • Sample Patient Home Program - The Yoga Couch (Three-Tier Approach)

  • 28

    Next Steps

    • A message from Ginger

  • 29

    Course Evaluation

    • Course Evaluation

Meet Your Instructor

Executive Director, Living Well Institute

Dr. Ginger Garner

Hi! I'm Ginger, a doctor of physical therapy (PT, DPT), licensed athletic trainer (ATC, LAT), professional yoga therapist (PYT) & also Pilates trained. I am also board certified (DipACLM) in Lifestyle Medicine. I've spent 25 years creating best evidence coursework and providing integrative, holistic, person-centered patient and wellness care. I am a mother of three with a huge passion for improving women's health care and access to PT for everyone.

What People Are Saying

I'm a better therapist AND mom thanks to Ginger.

Dr. Becca Ellis PT, DPT

Ginger's knowledge and experience have completely shaped my professional career, and her guidance has truly helped me be a better mom to my sweet boys.

A sustainable model for healthcare delivery

Kanchan Thakar, PT

Honestly speaking, words cannot do justice to the experience of learning from Ginger. My hope is that all DPT students will avail of her teachings sooner than later and begin to practice PT with enthusiasm and compassion. Thanks to Ginger for creating a sustainable model of healthcare delivery.

Feel better than I've felt in years, AND that's during the pandemic!

Dr. Michelle Walendowski PT, DPT

I’ve been practicing everything from your weekend Level I Certification on a (mostly) daily basis, and I have to say I feel healthier and just generally better than I have in years. And that’s during a worldwide pandemic!

Empowering for me and my patients

Dr. Sarah Talley, PT, DPT, WCS

Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MTY) has transformed my clinical practice and my own self care. MTY provides a framework for treating patients holistically while empowering them to care for themselves.

Life changing course

Dr. Kassandra Schuhmann, PT, DPT

The impact Ginger's program has made on my life is staggering. It has changed my perspective as a clinician completely and has allowed me to look forward to treating even the most complex patients.

Everyone should work with Ginger as a professional and as a patient

Katie Estridge, PT, MPT

I would recommend that everyone work with Ginger Garner. She is without a doubt the best physical therapist I have ever worked with. She understands the human body like no one I have ever met.

Grounded, hopeful, pain free, rested, & resilient after Dr. Garner's classes

Dr. Dina Macs, PT, DPT

You are a trusted gem in a sea of on-line unknowns, Dr. Garner, and a gift to us all. Thank you for keeping us safe, evidence-grounded, & soulfully uplifted. I have not personally experienced a more nimble biopsychosocial rehabilitation guide.

Ginger's program has restored my love of being a PT

Dr. Katie Goroncy, PT, DPT

Ginger's program has restored my love and perspective that physical therapy is a healing ART. I had been feeling uninspired, deflated by the obstacles in the healthcare/insurance system, and was losing sight of what drew me to the healthcare field in the first place. Her program gave me a solid evidence based framework from which to integrate "whole person", yogic, lifestyle medicine into my physical therapy foundation. It has since sparked joy, creativity, and a broader perspective into my clinical practice.

I highly recommend Ginger

Dr. Maureen Mason-Cover, PT, DPT

Ginger is a wise and compassionate health care provider who blends medical yoga with rehabilitation programming, and she has an extensive background of patient care service. Her style is forward thinking towards patient education, empowerment, and optimization of function, and she works with other health care team members to provide a healing community of care. I highly recommend her.

Patients who struggle with finding relief from traditional PT will find a solution in Ginger's method

Dr. Sylvie Le, PT, DPT

The benefits of Medical Therapeutic Yoga have stretched beyond both the clinical setting and mat for my patients. Patients who may have struggled finding relief with traditional PT, battle the psychological and emotional stress of anxiety, depression, and impatience in dealing with injury and functional limitations, or find it challenging to remain motivated to move and take care of their bodies, have found a safe and healthy avenue through Ginger's method.

More Information

  • Your Versatile Skillset

    The knowledge you gain via the ILM Certificate program can be used to deliver telehealth, group sessions, or in-person care. Once you are a student of Living Well Institute, you will have access to the Provider ToolBox, which provides "how-to" webinars on telehealth, marketing, and more.

  • Time to Complete the Program

    24 (CE) are required to receive the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate, which can be completed entirely online.

  • Prerequisites

    A valid medical license (PT, OT, etc) in your state is required. No experience in yoga or Lifestyle Medicine is necessary.

  • CE Credit

    PT - This course is approved for PT in California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. OT - We are an AOTA approved provider and the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate course is approved by AOTA for 24 CE.

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The Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate is approved by AOTA. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
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