Become a TMJ specialist!

Qualify with the Advanced Diploma

in TMJ Therapy ®

only at Blend!

6 days of hands on training in TMJ Therapy for just £900

Save 10% when booked as a series just £810

Train with THE original creator of TMJ therapy. With over 17 years of clinical development and successful practice Tracey Kiernan’s TMJ Therapy® is a specialised protocol for the relief of the many symptoms of this much misunderstood and debilitating condition. 

Pre-requisite for the diploma is core education training in manual therapy to a minimum level 3.
Professional indemnity insurance to practice in a recognised bodywork.

The World Health Organisation postulated that 1 in 4 people suffer head and neck pain, with conventional treatment having little or no effect

In 2002 after almost 20 years as a dental nurse, Tracey Kiernan combined her extensive experience of working with TMJ patients with her training as a clincal massage therapist to create an effective protocol for getting people out of pain and restriction in less than 6 treatments.

In 2007 she created the first TMJ course which has been taught to hundreds of therapists across the UK, who are all achieving astounding results with this difficult problem.

Tracey has presented on the subject as far afield as Copenhagen where she worked with Gunna Højgaard sharing her work at the prestigious MassageSkolen.

These unique skills will help you achieve results with patients who have often suffered for years with little hope of recovery

The course has now been updated and improved as Tracey’s specialist work on this subject has evolved over the last 8 years.

The Advanced Diploma in TMJ Therapy®.

This unique series is made up of three modules:

This post graduate qualification is suitable for therapists holding a recognised massage qualification and insurance to practise.
Training schedule and assessment criteria
There are a total of 5 days classroom led learning and practical training. Ongoing in class assessment includes multiple choice answers, oral questions and written questions.

Total 40 hours
Guided learning hours of home study theory made up of 2 theory study packs which are each delivered prior to TMJ1 and TMJ2. Recommended reading list plus online reading and research

Reflective Journal.
Client log: a basic record of the number of clients treated over the course of the year. Total 80 hours
Case Studies
6 case studies treatments consisting of 3 x 2 hours each to include assessment, record keeping and treatment.

Each case study to have a completed standardised intake form at the start of and on completion of each course of treatment.
1000 word resume to be completed per case study to include reflection as part of the ongoing assessment process.

Total 54 hours

Examination and assessment
There is a 1 day practical (2.5 hours) /viva voce (30 mins) and written assessment (2 hours) with tutorial review 3 hours

Total 8 hours
Total learning hours minimum: 182 hours.

Course structure and pre-requisites

There are three modules which may be taken as stand alone modules for CPD or together as the post graduate qualification.

  • TMJ1 2 days advanced clinical massage for TMJ1
  • TMJ2 2 days advanced myofascial bodywork for TMJ2
  • TMJ3 Review and clinical assessment daysYou are required to have completed TMJ1 before embarking on TM2. Those who have trained with Tracey Kiernan previously on this subject may be eligible for APL (Accredited for Prior Learning) . However you will need to attend a tutorial day to prepare for TMJ2. Please contact Tracey for detailsWe recommend a minimum of three months clinical practice between TMJ1 and TMJ2.

    We recommend a minimum of 6 months to complete case studies and home study before attending TMJ3.

    Workshop Pathway

    TMJ1 2 days

    Pre-requisite: Core educational training minimum level 3 in a manual or bodywork therapy such as Massage, Sports Massage, Bowen Therapy CST, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Chiropractic Osteopathy etc. Students must have professional indemnity insurance to practice

    Pre learning pack: theory manual sent two weeks before course plus recommended reading

    Techniques and learning outcomes:


  • Signs and symptoms
  • Causes
  • Anatomy and physiology of the TMJ
  • Understanding fascia
  • Principles of trigger point therapy
  • Trigger point pain patterns
  • Introduction to Pterygoids and disc displacement
  • Standardised intake form assessment and record keeping
  • Treatment planning
  • Client care
  • Health and safety/cross infection control/contra-indications to treatment Body mechanics


  • Body mechanics
  • Clinical and palpation assessment for masseter, temporalis, medial and lateral pterygoid
  • Full treatment protocol to include:
  • Soft tissue and Fascial release techniques
  • Trigger point work
  • Passive/PNF/fascial stretches.
  • Assessing fhe cranial rhythm

A CPD certificate will be sent by email to all students following completion of the workshop.

TMJ2 2 Days

Pre-requisite TMJ1.

Pre learning pack: theory manual sent two weeks before course plus recommended reading

TMJ2 enhances understanding and takes the skills from TMJ1 to an advanced level incorporating a range of myofascial bodywork techniques.

Techniques and learning outcomes.

Pre learning pack and theory two weeks before plus recommended reading


  • Recap of material from TMJ1
  • Clinical assessment techniques including moving postural assessment and client movement education
  • Cranial nerves
  • Cranial and facial anatomy
  • Theory of cranio-sacral therapy, assessing the CSR.
  • Jaw and bite relationships and classification
  • Dental terminology
  • Introduction to Biotensegrity and the TMJ/hyoid/Pelvis connection/the deep front line Health and safety cross infection control, contra-indications to treatment Vertebral artery insufficiency test


  • Evaluation of fascial mobility
  • Advanced Myofascial techniques for muscles of mastication and soft tissues of the face and jaw including:
    masseter, temporalis, medial pterygoid, lateral pterygoid, anterior and posterior digastric, hyoids, floor of mouth work
  • Cranial techniques to evaluate and balance cranial and facial bones including sphenoid, maxilla, mandible, zygomatic, temporal, hyoid
  • Intra oral scarwork unwinding the mucosa, unwinding teeth/periodontal ligament
  • Unwinding the fascial diaphragms
  • Standing assessment for hip height/leg length discrepancy and SI joint issues.
  • Techniques for rebalancing the Pelvis
  • passive/PNF/Fascial stretches

A CPD certificate will be sent by email to all participants following completion of the workshop

Case study preparation and tutorial: 6 case studies x 3 treatments

TMJ3 2 days

Pre-requisite TMJ1 and TMJ2
Day one: Review day

Refine knowledge and techniques, consolidate information and learning.

Pre learning pack to include induction for exam and plan for the day

Assessment day

Total of 3 hours tutorial, preparation and review for assessment:

Treating TMJ clients in a clinical setting.

Day Two:

Practical assessment:

Full consultation on a clinical setting to assess use of intake form, medical history and standing/moving/postural/palpation assessment and recording of findings.

Full treatment using appropriate techniques for the client lasting 1 hour Post treatment assessment, aftercare and review.
Total 2.5 hours including oral assessment.

Written paper

2.5 hours written assessment to include:

Section A

Multiple choice questions, short answer questions to assess knowledge and understanding across all areas of learning
Section B
Extended answer questions. These challenge learners in a practical and technical context. Case studies, scenarios and client examples may be used to provide the basis for the objective assessment of applied knowledge and understanding.

Course Dates:

6/7th December 2018 TMJ3 £300 Course FULL!

24th-25th January 2019 £300  Course FULL!

TMJ1 29th-30th April 2019 TMJ2 £300 Course FULL!

17th-18th October 2019 TMJ3 £300 Course FULL!

28th/29th March 2019 TMJ1 Wigan

20/21st June 2019 TMJ2 Wigan

5/6th December 2019 TMJ3 Wigan

£300 per module booked individually
£810 if booked as a series
Contact Tracey today to discuss your options including affordable payment plans.: 07739694056


NB: You are required to have completed TMJ1 before embarking on TMJ2. Those who have trained with Tracey previously on this subject or with her approved instructors only are eligible for APL (Accredited for Prior Learning) and may go straight onto TMJ2 after attending a tutorial day to prepare for TMJ2.

Contact Tracey for more information or to book on or call/text 07739694056 to book your place on this specialist course.

We expect a huge demand for this new qualification so do book early to ensure your place!