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The Dorn Method - Training Information

A Yes to Self Responsibility and a No to Back Pain

Learn the DORN Method:


The Training to learn the BASIC DORN METHOD so you can successful and safely apply it as Self Help and Helping others is usually done in a two day intensive Hands on Seminar.

This is an Intensive Two Day Dorn Method Seminar, with plenty of hands-on experience learning the fundamentals of the Dorn Method techniques.

The focus will be more towards the practical application of The Dorn Method (80% of the workshop) with necessary theoretical aspects.

The workshops sometimes can include an introduction to the Breuss Massage which is a complementary aspect to the Dorn Method treatment.

After the workshop you will be able to successfully and safely apply the DORN Method on yourself and other people*.
(* Please note: This 2 day Seminar may not be sufficient to work with the DORN Method on a professional level!
If someone wants to use the DORN Method as a professional practitioner usually other therapeutic knowledge is required and a longer experience in applying the DORN Method as well as a license or a registered business depending on the country of residence!)

» For professional practitioners a participation in an advanced DORN Method Training Seminars is strongly recommended!

Advanced training not only allows a professional review of the basic skills but give an in depth knowledge in the theoretical aspects as well as some new and more advanced practical application to allow a confident therapeutical use of the Dorn Method.

» A review seminar or advanced training is also required to be listed in the international directory on this site or the directory of the

Note: It is Not possible to do a successful basic and advanced training in just 2 days! Although 2 day training periods may be sufficient for a basic learning and careful non professional application a serious practitioner must gain professional experience through guided learning in practice days, review workshops or advanced courses in combination with actual client/patient experience during daily work. Be careful and selective when encountering DORN Method training and therapy offers that are presented with questionable promises that sound too good to be real. Always check the background and experience of the Instructor or therapist first and feel free to report us negative experiences.

DORN Training seminars and workshops cover:


  • DORN Method Introduction, including Basic Anatomy relevant to the Dorn Method, Dorn Theory and fundamentals

  • Applications, Limitations and Contra-Indications, Body Reactions to the Treatment and After Care Advice

  • Assessment and re-balancing of leg length differences

  • Assessment and re-balancing of pelvis, sacrum and joints (shoulder, knee, ankle, elbow, etc.)

  • Lumbar, Thoracic and Cervical vertebrae check and re-balancing of these areas

  • Self help exercises which you can teach your clients or apply to yourself

  • The Breuss massage (as complement, not always included!)

Total time required is usually about 18 hours (2 Days).

The workshop includes a certificate but is not a license to practice!

The student may get additional Materials like Manual, DVD's, e-books, posters etc., depending on the Instructor and place of training.

After the Seminar continuing Guidance should be offered (e.g. helping with actual patients, Telephone or e-mail consultation, or refreshment workshops etc) by professional DORN Method Instructors.

Please note:

It is also required (in most countries) that every DORN Method practitioner who works on a professional level must have a valid license as Massage Therapist, PT or similar or work under direct supervision / license of a (best Dorn Method trained) Medical Professional like MD, DC, DO, PT, MT etc.

A DORN Method Practitioner may work professional as Wellness Practitioner or Health Coach but must apply the DORN Method only for the purpose of teaching Self Help / Self Therapy to the client and not as therapy.

For further Info on this please contact us.

Sample DORN training outlines:


Become a DORN Method Instructor:


DORN Method Instructor Seminars can be attended after 2 years of being listed as practitioner (that means having attended a review or advanced training and with experience practice time) and require proof of experience (minimum several hundred patients), attendance of (best) several seminars as assistant, conducted by an authorized DORN Method Instructor and usually a special Instructor workshop.

New: Since we have founded an official association here in germany we require all DORN Instructors that want to be connected to the association and listed in our directory to pass an instructor exam by the association first.

DORN Method Instructors are independant and do not need to be members of professional associations or pay franchise fees etc. but it is recommended to become a member of our association as this shows professionalism to the public. A professional background in their eduction and a lineage to Dieter Dorn or Dieter Dorn trained Instructors should be documented.
Instructors that certify other Instructors must ensure this proper conduct of professionalism, follow our Code of Ethics and should be authorized by the association as official examiners.

The path to be a DORN Instructor:

  1. Basic course

  2. Advanced (or review) course (both courses can be combined in a special training setup)

  3. Practice time of minimum 2 years and minimum several hundred of patients treated

  4. Assictance in minimum one course done by an authorized DORN Instructor

  5. Special instructor training (different possibilities depending on the guiding instructor)

  6. Official exam conducted by the german association or a representative (authorized Instructors)

» Written approval of an authorized DORN Method Instructor (following and based on the result of a personal evaluation during a special Instructor Training) is necessary before the student can be listed in the directory!

» More information on how to become a DORN Instructor in India: DORN India

Why learning the DORN Method?


There are many good reasons why you should learn the Dorn Method.

Thinking about my own experiences I had with the Dorn Method from being a Back Pain Patient until now being an international Dorn Method Instructor I must say that my whole life has changed completely to the better.

This is something many colleagues also experienced and I encounter this all the time with former students who now practice the Dorn Method themselves with great success.

The gift to help other people in Pain and guide them through an adjustment process that often transformes their life is wonderful and a true blessing.

thumb symbol The Dorn Method is a very valuable skill:
It helps to free people from Back Pain.
Back Pain is likely the single most reason for time missing from work and it costs the economy astronomical amounts of money. So improving this situation is benficial not only for Back pain sufferers by for the whole society.

thumb symbolThe Dorn Method is easy & inexpensive to learn:
As Dieter Dorn himself once said: The one who does not learn it in a few days will never really understand it.
Affordable and short seminars of only a few days already allow the student to successfully apply the newly learned skills save on other people. The return of investment in such a setup is fantastic not just on the financial level.

thumb symbolThe Dorn Method adds to your reputation and career prospects:
As therapist who is acting as a professional health-coach helping people with Back Pain and other problems using the Dorn Method you will fast gain the respect of your clients who are often disappointed by the success of their past approaches. It is common with Dorn to have soon many word of mouth recommendations and satisfied clients that are more than happy to return to you.

thumb symbolThe Dorn Method is a save, gentle and Non-manipulative treatment:
No cracking of joints, no wrestling like positions that can often cause discomfort with clients. The Dorn Method works in perfect harmony with human nature being a dynamic cooperation between client and therapist. Restoring the natural balance of the body is likely the main reason for the great success of the Dorn Method and the Self Help posibility often brings long term results.

The Dorn Method offers a great income posibility:
Health is also business and the competition in the Complementary therapy market is tough. Many therapies may have a relaxation value but do not allow the body to fix the root causes of the problem and results often last short and people view complementary therapies often as unnecessary or wellness treats. The fast and good results using the Dorn Method will generate better business and increased long term income potential.

The Dorn Method is still largely unknown so it can make you stand out:
Although The Dorn Method has been used successfully for over 35 years in Germany, it is relatively new in other parts of the world. This offers enormous opportunity for new Dorn Therapists to establish themselves and build a reputation in their area where they live, free from competition. There really has never been a better time than right now to learn and begin practicing Dorn.

The Dorn Method simply works:
The constantly growing numbers of Dorn Therapist and successfully treated patients and their word of mouth recommendations speaks for itself. Collecting and publishing all the fantastic clients feedbacks would fill books and there is basically not one reported case that suggests the Dorn Method being a dangerous therapy. Many Dorn Therapists get clients from far places just to experience the Dorn Therapy.

The Dorn Method makes you a true Health-Coach:
The Dorn Therapy is only part of the whole Method and together with Prevention and Maintenance you teach your clients how they can manage their condition like no other approach can provide. The therapist becomes a Health-Coach rather than just a therapist and this way you not only teach others but learn yourself with every person that you treat, a truly satisfying experience.

The Dorn Method is likely to be accredited by your association and insurance: In most places around the world the Dorn Method gained accreditation by existing Associations and is accepted by insurances. You should simply apply for continuing education credits in case it is not yet accredited as it was actually never a problem anywhere to achieve this. We provide full support in your communication with institutions and the growing network of health care providers worldwide.

The Dorn Method has ongoing help & support:
Our goal is not just to offer the most professional training and highest standards in the Dorn Method seminars that we provide, but to give on-going support that help Therapists gain more confidence, and to help them promote their newly learned Dorn therapy. This is done through websites, selected and affordable products we offer, comprehensive student materials for review and home study we give to students.

How much is the DORN Method worth?:


This is easy to answer: It is priceless! Money cannot influence the success of the DORN Method as DORN is a non-manipulative approach that only allows our system to start a self healing process and guides it along the way.

The controversial discussion about the value of medical (conventional or alternative) treatments shall not be the main topic here.

We want to simply give an idea what you may experience when you decide to try a DORN Session or attend a DORN Method Seminar.

Therapy fees:

Average fees for Dorn Therapy sessions can range from about 40€ to 70€ or more in most developed (wealthy) countries and are comparable to other manual therapies or wellness treatments.

Fees in less rich developing countries may vary more and can range from about 15 US$ to 60 US$.

If several therapy sessions are recommended the therapist is often able to individually adjust the fees so do not hesitate to ask for that!

Seminar (training) fees:

Average fees for DORN Method Seminars can range from about 200€ to 300€ and more in most developed countries for a two day basic or review or advanced training.

Fees in less developed countries may vary more and can range from about 100 US$ to 200 US$ and more.

Higher fees should include valuable students materials like manuals, DVDs with instructional materials, videos etc.

Repeated Seminars are usually given for discounted fees.

Training fees may depend on the size of the class and individual training is usually higher than group training.

Please note:

A properly done DORN practical session should not just be manual therapy but include health-coaching to learn about problem cause avoidance and self help exercises for self therapy at home. Therefore more time is usualy necessary and sessions of around one hour or longer are common. Patients should get printed instructions after detailed explanantions and demonstrations » please ask for this!

» For inquiries about DORN Method sessions or training with Thomas Zudrell please contact me.
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» Continue exploring the DORN Method: DORN International training

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NOTE: Never try to use the DORN Method on other people without proper training best conducted by an authorized DORN Method Instructor. Although the DORN Method and the Self Help Exercises are very safe if done correctly, the DORN practitioner is not responsible for any consequences resulting from the application during the manual session and Selfhelp exercises. In any case it is advised to consult your doctor first because health problems and back pains may have other causes than misaligned joints and vertebrae and should be checked by a trained medical doctor or other healthcare professional. The DORN Method has certain Limitations that must be cleared prior to any practical application! Remember: The DORN Method is NO Replacement for any other form of medical or non-medical treatment but it can be a very effective complement in an integrative medical system.

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