Stephen Opper

B.A., NCLMBT #2955

Stephen Opper practices Structural Bodywork, and teaches Therapeutic, and Natural Movement Systems in Asheville, North Carolina

Classes and Events:


Walking and Gait: Assessment and Embodiment

6 C.E. hours for Massage Therapists


October 14, 2017. 10am-5pm. At Our Movement center, 606 new Leicester Hwy, Asheville, NC.

Walking, as the archetypal human movement, reveals a rich and hidden story. Learn how to read it and how to change it.  This course will introduce the observation, assessment, and embodiment tools required to understand the interplay of structure, neurology, and kinetics involved in walking. These skills will enhance your ability to recognize patterns, inform your treatment strategies, and contribute to the longevity and success of your practice. With a little practice, gait assessment will become a reliable pillar for your clinical success.

This class is appropriate for body therapists and teachers of all kinds: massage therapists, acupuncturists, personal trainers, yoga teachers, etc.

Taught by Stephen Opper, NCBTMB provider # 1443

$99 before oct 7

$110 afterwards

in this course. You will learn to:  

visually, intellectually, and kinesthetically asses the gait patterns of your clients and yourselves.

As well as:

 assess relative joint motions of every joint complex of a client’s walk

 assess relative joint motions of your own walking

observe changes in structure during walking (bone, spinal, etc)

recognize areas of increased or decreased transfer of momentum during walking

articulate variable foot positions and footfall patterns during walking

recognize control and efficiency of center mass during walking


              Private and group instruction available,

                     call (828)231-5031 or E-mail


                        “Stephen Opper's Natural Movement System is both methodical and       intuitive;  like the gears of a clock range of motion is explored throughout the body joint by joint. In one hour I came away with stretches, stances, and especially theory that targeted some of the stickiest parts of my body.” Daniel J. Asheville