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 £990

Train with THE original creator of TMJ therapy. With 40 years of combined experience as both dental professional and clinical massage therapist Tracey Kiernan’s TMJ Therapy® is a specialised protocol for the relief of the many symptoms of this much misunderstood and debilitating condition. Developed in clinical practice this groundbreaking protocol has been getting people out of pain and restriction for almost 20 years.

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 2000 after almost 20 years as a dental nurse, Tracey Kiernan combined her extensive experience of working with TMJ patients with her training as a clinical massage therapist to create an effective protocol for getting people out of pain and restriction in less than 6 treatments.

In 2005 she created the first one day Introduction to 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 developed and refined as Tracey’s specialist work on this subject has evolved over the last 20 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 50 hours

Guided learning hours of home study theory made up of 3 theory module packs which are each delivered prior to the practical modules. 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.
Up to 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: 200 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 TMJ Therapy®
  • TMJ2 2 days advanced myofascial bodywork for TMJ Therapy®
  • TMJ3 Review and clinical assessment days for TMj Therapy®
  • You 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 details
  • We 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
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
Dental terminology
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:
Direct Fascial release techniques
Indirect Fascial release techniques
Trigger point work
Passive/PNF/fascial stretches.
Assessing the 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

Advanced clinical assessment techniques moving postural assessment and client rehab
Cranial nerves
Cranial and facial anatomy
Theory of cranio-sacral therapy, assessing the CSR.
Jaw and bite relationships and classification
Introduction to Biotensegrity and the TMJ
H&S cross infection control, contra-indications to treatment Vertebral artery insufficiency test

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

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: 

Techniques and learning outcomes.

Day one:
The deep front line
Biotensegrity /hyoid/Pelvis connection

Techniques for rebalancing the Pelvis
Passive/PNF/Fascial stretches
Structural bodywork for the feet
Structural Integration for the Cranium
Review and refine knowledge and techniques, consolidate information and learning.

Day two
Treating TMJ clients in a clinical setting.

Practical assessment:
Full consultation in a clinical setting to assess use of intake form, medical history and 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 hours written assessment to include:
Multiple choice questions, short answer questions to assess knowledge and understanding across all areas of learning
Extended answer questions.

Course Dates:

TMJ Therapy® Track 1 2019

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

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

TMJ Therapy® Track 2 2019

20/21st June 2019 TMJ2 Wigan Open to anyone who has completed TMJ1

5/6th December 2019 TMJ3 Wigan

TMJ Therapy® Track 3 2019/2020  

8/9th August 2019 TMJ1 Wigan

3/4th December 2019 TMJ2 Wigan

30/31st March 2020 TMJ3 Wigan 

Full Diploma £990

£335 per module booked individually
Contact Tracey today to discuss your options including affordable payment plans.: 07739694056 [email protected]


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 [email protected] or call/text 07739694056 to book your place on this specialist course.

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