Our mission at Ankrum Institute is to produce highly skilled and confident practitioners. We will give them the knowledge and skills needed to become successful in all areas of integrating structure and manual bodywork function in the human body.

About Ankrum Institute

Performing bodywork is like telling a story. As the facilitator, you begin with the introduction – getting to know your client and their history. Then comes the body of the story; the heart of the work, as you accompany your client on their journey back to health and wellness. The integration of the process is the conclusion. The process is the journey towards a story well told.

We are each born with mechanisms for health already in place. These are apparent in our natural ability to heal scratches or mend bones. When a person experiences sickness or an imbalance it is not that they have lost their health, rather health has been buried and the healing mechanism has been suppressed. It’s very easy to become out of balance in our busy, stressful culture – and it can happen before we’re even aware of it! Fortunately, our bodies continually strive to move back to a state of balance, but sometimes we require a little assistance to do so. As a manual therapy practitioner, your role is to assist your client in connecting back with their natural healing mechanisms by unburying them and allowing them to expand naturally.

At Ankrum Institute students will be given a map of the territory, that is to say, they will be given a wealth of knowledge about the systems of the body so that they may begin to see how everything is integrated. There are nine different yet unified systems of the body: musculoskeletal, fascial, visceral, fluid, pressure, electromagnetic, morphogenic, conscience and civilization. Each of these systems serves a different purpose and function. But they all have one thing in common: they work together to create health and balance. When something becomes imbalanced in one of your systems, it has a ripple effect that can create an imbalance or symptoms in the other systems. For example, pain that is occurring frequently in your right neck and shoulder might actually have its core issue rooted in congestion of the liver.

The training you will receive at Ankrum Institute will teach you how to read the body through critical thinking as well as how to treat core issues that are blocking health using body manipulation. By learning about the body’s natural pathways and structural integration, you will be able to trace symptoms through the various systems of the body to find the core issues for imbalance. By learning how to listen to the clients’ symptoms and view them as a parts of a whole as opposed to individual concerns, you will be able to see how symptoms connect across the body and across systems as well as how to decide which symptoms are primary and which symptom or symptoms are at the core of the imbalance.

With knowledge of the body’s integrated systems and through developing the ability to listen to the story the client’s body is telling, you will then be able to employ the correct method of manual therapy to bring the body back into a state of balance. Students will be trained in many modalities to promote wellness in each of the body’s systems such as cranial sacral therapy, visceral manipulation, visceral massage, myofascial work, neuromuscular therapy and muscle energy just to name a few. Equipped with these tools, you will be able to assist the body in its own natural healing mechanisms, walking with the client on their journey back to health.

about our faculty

Leigh Ankrum, Founder of the Ankrum Institute

Leigh is a nationally-known body worker, and is offering her extensive knowledge and experience as a comprehensive training designed to assist you in facilitating healing in others.

Leigh has spent over 30 years gaining hands-on understanding of the inter-connectedness of the body and all of its systems. She believes that the therapist is not just a facilitator of healing, but an integral part of the process. Through the Ankrum Institute, she is bringing her wealth of knowledge directly to you.

As someone who is interested in optimal health, and the belief that the human body is capable, with some assistance, to heal itself, your desire to share these techniques with others has brought you here. Leigh is honored and grateful to share her gifts with you.

Throughout this site, you will find information on Leigh’s extensive education and teaching experience, as well as an overview of the training itself. If you have any questions about the program or are ready to enroll, call Leigh for details.


  • 2003 – 2008: Canadian College of Osteopathy, Vancouver, British Columbia
    Five Year Training
  • 2002: Hakomi Institute, Boulder, Colorado
    Certification Sensory Motor Psychotherapy (Trauma Training)
  • 1999: Karuna Institute, Devon, England
    Certification Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
  • 1997: Guild for Structural Integration, Boulder, Colorado
  • 1990: Shea Educational Group, Juno Beach, FL
    Completed Craniosacral Therapy Study
  • 1989: St. John Seminars, Chicago, IL
    Certification in Neuromuscular Massage Therapy
  • 1987: Chicago School of Massage Therapy, Chicago, IL
    Certification in Massage Therapy
  • 1980: University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
    Bachelor of Fine Arts

Clinical Experience

  • 1988 – Present
    Combines education and experience as a full time practitioner to relieve pain, facilitate fluid flow, increase mobility, and encourage all body systems to achieve enhanced health. Therapies used include; Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release Techniques, Visceral Manipulation, Structural Integration, Neuromuscular Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage.

Teaching Experience

  • 1994 – Present: Craniosacral Therapy Instructor
    Conducts individual classes and a series of six-part trainings, bringing extensive anatomy and physiology knowledge to students across the country. Classes integrate both biodynamic and biomechanical craniosacral approaches.
  • 1999 – Present: Structural Integration Instructor
    Presents two-day classes incorporating anatomy, physiology, and the interrelationships of the viscera in a specific area of the body (i.e. pelvic girdle and shoulder). Students gain the tools needed to assess the dysfunction in question and to remediate the underlying cause.
  • 2005 – Present: Visceral Manipulation Instructor
    Presents a seven-part training which provides students with tools for assessing organ movement, and understanding the relationship between organs. Students explore relationships between the organ and structural systems, and how to facilitate healthy organ movement. Students also gain an intimate understanding of the central chain of fascias.
  • 1991 – 2002: Neuromuscular Massage Therapy Instructor
    Neuromuscular Massage instructor for the American Massage Therapy Association Conference. Taught beginning and advanced level classes, as well as an extensive, comprehensive series.
  • 1992 – 2001: Craniosacral Therapy Assistant Instructor
    Assistant instructor for beginning and advanced level Craniosacral Therapy training in Chicago, Chapel Hill, Pittsburg, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Jamaica, England, and Switzerland.

Continuing Education

  • 2013: Neuroanatomical Dissection: Human Brain and Spinal Cord, Marquette University
  • 2003 – 2011: Canadian College of Osteopathy Semi-Annual Symposiums (Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Cranial,Concussions, Biodynamic, Still Technique, etc.), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • 2004: Cadaver Dissection, Somanatics Institute, Boulder, Colorado
  • 1999: William Emerson Pre/Perinatal Birth Issues, Boulder, Colorado
  • 1997: Ray Castelliano Birth Issues in the Body, Boulder, Colorado
  • 1995: Human Cadaver Studies, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1995: Shea Visceral Manipulation, Juno Beach, Florida
  • 1995 – 1996: Shea Myofascial I and II, Washington, D.C.
  • 1992: Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Chicago, Illinois

Miriam Rose, MD, LMT

Miriam will be teaching a portion of the training. Over the course of her life, she has followed a path of personal and professional transformation through many challenging adventures to embody more and more of her true self.

She has found greater wholeness and balance between both science and the sacred in her current work as a physician, which blends her initial hi-tech brain work as a computer programmer analyst with her hi-touch work of heart, hands and body as a mother and massage therapist.

Teaching the wonders of embryological change is a bridge between her passions for joyous birth as a pregnancy consultant and her hands-on treatments as a craniosacral osteopath. Her treatments and consultations nourish her clients’ experience of their own inner Knowing and capacity for change and healing which empowers them to transform their fear and pain into a new life filled with greater ease, purpose, and happiness.