The Key Approach is an evidence-informed complimentary manual and movement therapy method that offers unique insights and management solutions for simple and complex skeletal pain presentations.

The premise of the Key Approach is that most musculo-skeletal pain disorders evolve from defective neuromuscular control of the spine and proximal limb girdles. This alters spinal loading patterns and movement ability – which in time ‘bothers the spine’ and its pain sensitive structures.

In other words, the way we move and posture ourselves contributes to many of our problems.

The Key Approach Workshops: Getting to the source of your patient’s musculo-skeletal pain  explore The Key Approach Model in detail focusing on the bodies control of ‘functional’ movement – both healthy ‘normal’ and compromised. The workshops address the link between pain syndromes and movement impairments. And how altered movement compromises the function in many of the body’s interrelated systems – the nervous, myofascial and joint systems. Variable changes in breathing, postural and movement control, continence and balance ensue and commonly underlie most musculoskeletal pain syndromes and many sports ‘injuries’. The approach adopts an integrative, multi-systems perspective which aims to restore function. It also provides the tools for patient education and patient self-reliance - and a preventative approach.

Through these courses you will be guided through The Key Approach clinical model of posturo-movement dysfunction. You will learn a clinical framework that helps you assess and classify a person based on their functional presentation and which guides your clinical treatment.  You will learn manual therapy skills to address the dysfunction and practical exercise therapy skills that retrain your client’s movement dysfunctions. These workshops will enlarge your understanding around ‘function’. Addressing the underlying functional deficits in all your clients whether they present as principally musculo-skeletal, but also as neurological or cardiothoracic problems, will reap its rewards in improved outcomes.

In 2020 I will be offering 2 different Key Approach workshop formats:

Key Moves® 4 Spinal Rehab: Sydney Series:

I have recently completed my second book: “Freedom to Move: Movement Therapy for spinal pain and many injuries’ - on tailoring exercise for functional rehabilitation of the spine.

Accordingly, I am offering four one-day workshops in the first part of the year which specifically address movement therapy for spinal and related musculoskeletal disorders.

They are suitable for multidisciplinary movement therapists who wish to gain a more in-depth understanding and improved proficiency around assessing and retraining spinal movement control

There will also be an optional 5th day focusing solely upon experiencing, workshopping, developing, and conducting Key Moves® therapeutic exercise classes.

Key Approach Series:

These workshops adopt the previous format of the Key Approach workshops and address the relationship between complimentary manual and movement therapy for more effectively managing spinal pain and related disorders.

These are offered by request in 3 modules - each held over 2-3 days:

  1. The Lower Quadrant: The foundations of control. (3 day module)
  2. The Upper quadrant: An integrated model of torso movement (3 day module)
  3. Putting it all together. (2 day module)

These workshops are suitable for clinicians who wish to enlarge their scope of practice as both manual and movement therapists - settling the client’s pain and restoring joint and myofascial function – and encouraging self-reliance in their clients through an appropriately prescribed home exercise programme which restores spinal mobility and function.

*Module 1 and 2 will run in Seoul, Korea in 2020, dates TBC – (see International workshops)

Refresher/intensive day workshops.

The first of these refresher/intensive workshops for 2020 will be offered on Saturday 8 February 2020. Completion of either the Key Moves 4 Spinal Rehab series or the Key Approach modules is a pre-requisite.


Key Moves® 4 Spinal Rehab Series recognised by:


Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA)
Completion of the KM4SR Series allows 7.5 PDP’s


Australian Pilates Method Assoc. (APMA)
Completion of the KM4SR Series allows 18 PDP’s

Pilates Method Assoc. (PMA)
Completion of the KM4SR Series allows 26 PDP’s
Completion of the Key Moves® Spinal Exercise Class Development allows 6 PDP’s


Upcoming Workshops

Cost: $350 per module – or $1250 if enrolling for all 4 modules (save $150). Optional exercise class module $200*

Module 1: Control of the spinal axis and the ‘core’ – Sat 22 Feb 2020

Module 2: A unique look at the pelvis – Sat 7 Mar 2020

Module 3: The upper quadrant – Sat 4 Apr 2020

Module 4: Bringing it all together – Sat 16 May 2020

*Module 5: Conducting Key Moves® classes
– Sun 17 May 2020 Completion of all 4 previous KM4SR modules is a prerequisite for attending this optional day

Enquiries: email Josephine Key / call +61 0413 819 064


Venue: Physiotherapy gymnasium, St Vincent’s Public Hospital, Darlinghurst, Sydney

$2,200 if enrolling for all 3 modules (save $250)
OR separately:
Module 1 (3 days + evening) $950
Module 2 (3 days) $900
Module 3 (2 days) $600

Module 1: The lower quadrant
Fri 20 - Sun 22 Mar 
+ the evening of Thurs 19 Mar

Module 2: The upper quadrant
Fri 25 - Sun 27 Sept

Module 3: Putting it all together
Sat 28 - Sun 29 Nov
Note: Completion of modules 1 & 2 are a prerequisite for attending this workshop


Cost: $300

Sat 8 February 2020

Completion of all 4 previous KM4SR modules is a prerequisite for attending this course

Course info

Dates TBC
Key Approach Module 1: The lower quadrant - The foundations of control
Key Approach Module 2: The Upper quadrant - An integrated model of torso movement
KM4SR® Module 1: The spine & core
KM4SR® Module 2:  A unique look at the pelvis

Course info