Ankrum Institute isn’t just a bodywork training program. It’s a perspective shift into the future of sustainable health.

About Leigh Ankrum, CNMT, CSST

Ankrum Institute’s founder and director, Leigh Ankrum, is a bodywork practitioner with 32 years of experience in teaching and private practice. After decades of training around the world, she has brought together multiple modalities into one comprehensive, paradigm-shifting program that takes students through every system of the body in just over two years. Her knowledge of anatomy and physiology is deepened by her holistic understanding of the body’s organizing principles. 

Leigh’s training includes:

  • Canadian College of Osteopathy (Vancouver, BC) — Five-Year Training Program

  • Hakomi Institute (Boulder, CO) — Sensory Motor Psychotherapy

  • Karuna Institute (Devon, England) — Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

  • Pre- and Perinatal Birth Issues

  • Shea Myofascial and Visceral Manipulation

  • Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (Chicago, IL)

  • Guild for Structural Integration (Rolfing) (Boulder, CO)

  • Neuroanatomical Dissection: Human Brain and Spinal Cord (Marquette University)

Principles, not just techniques. Listening to the body, not applying formulas. Empowering, not fixing.
— Leigh Ankrum

Did you know?

100% of our graduates have passed the MBLEX test on their first try,

compared to a national average of only 70%.


The Ankrum Institute Curriculum

Each module includes an extensive craniosacral segment.

Module 1: Introduction to Systems

Module 2: The Foot, Lower Leg, and Knee

Module 3: The Sacrum + Trauma-Informed Bodywork Seminar

Module 4: The Ilium

Module 5: Embryology

Module 6: The Lumbar Spine


Module 7: The Thorax

Module 8: The Shoulder, Arm, and Hand

Module 9: The Cervical Spine

Module 10: The Stomach and Esophagus

Module 11: The Liver

Module 12: The Kidneys and Urogenital

Module 13: The Heart and Lungs

Module 14: The Brain and Autoregulation


About the Ankrum Institute

Founded in 2016 by internationally recognized bodyworker Leigh Ankrum, CNMT, CSST, Ankrum Institute provides quality training for individuals with a deep desire to excel in the field of manual bodywork and craniosacral therapy.

Our program is open and accessible to anyone with a desire to learn, whether you already have a career in bodywork (massage, yoga, physical or occupational therapy, nursing, personal training, and the like) or are a complete beginner in the field. As a student of the Ankrum Institute, you’ll learn to start from a place of balance and health. You’ll be able to recognize the interconnectedness of the systems of the body, and how to use this knowledge to help clients return to a state of equilibrium and well-being.

Ankrum Institute is a member of the AMTA, an NCBTMB-Approved Continuing Education Provider (#1801), and is licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools (#7693).

Graduate Practitioners

Shannon Keener, PTA • 918-743-1858 / 918-277-0988 (cell)

Rachel Cochran, RN • Whole Health Healing (Owasso) • (918) 399-2719

Allan Guenther, LMT • Motility Integrated Bodywork (Tulsa) • https://motilitybodywork.com

Jessica Smith-Gonzalez, LMT • Ideal Balance (Tulsa) • (918) 701-9131

Training Calendar

Group Two

Module 14 • October 2-6, 2019

Group Three

Module 5 • September 5-8, 2019

Module 6 • October 31-November 3, 2019

Module 7 • January 9-12, 2020

Module 8 • March 5-8, 2020

Module 9 • April 30-May 3, 2020

Module 10 • July 9-12, 2020

Module 11 • September 3-6, 2020

Module 12 • November 5-8, 2020

Module 13 • January 7-10, 2021

Module 14 • March 4-7, 2021

Group Four

Module 1: January 30-February 2, 2020

Module 2: April 2-5, 2020

Module 3: June 4-7, 2020

Module 4: July 30-August 2, 2020

Module 5: October 1-4, 2020

Module 6: December 3-6, 2020

Ready to start your bodywork training journey?