From Research to Clinic:
International Conference for
Speech Language Therapists
about Elastic Therapeutic Tape


30 XI 2019


Hotel BW Felix, Omulewska Str. 24
Warsaw, Poland

Night panorama of Old Town in Warsaw, Poland


Dear ladies and gentlemen, colleagues,

I am extremely happy to invite you to participate in the coming ETT-HNO Conference. A first of its kind. One dedicated to a treatment option that many know but not all use in the same manner. Our Skin Approach to taping takes the skin, the autonomic nervous system and the physiological movement of skin into account first and foremost. Speech language therapists most frequently work in the head, neck and orofacial region and they know of the importance of the trunk, alignment and breathing. They are specialized in treating eating, drinking and speech disorders. The Elastic Therapeutic Taping for Head Neck and Orofacial disorders courses have become well-known in many countries. Poland has more than 500 speech language therapists already trained in this method. Interest not only in the practical use of tape but especially in the principles behind its effect have been sparked. What do we know currently? What questions still need to be answered? Does colour make a difference?
We aim to present the latest and some novel therapeutic possibilities. We endeavour to create space for discussion and brainstorming. We have a number of unique topics by leading experts in the field. One is titled ‘The benefits of colour and the influence of colours on the human body’. Another is on the topic of cutaneous and cranial nerves. A third on the best practice use of tape on scars and the fourth on Classification and Assessment Tools. All topics are related to the practical use of elastic therapeutic tape in the clinic. We are extremely honoured that our keynote speakers come from the United States and Europe and that the members of our Scientific Committee consist of five eminent SLP’s from the United Kingdom, Germany and Poland.
Our Conference is being held in Warsaw, the Capital of Poland, with its historical Old Town a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. A city full of sorrow and beauty. We welcome you to come and take part in this unique first of its kind Conference.

Esther de Ru GoPhysio the Netherlands

Organizing Committee

Martyna Brychcy PPT PhD
Sebastian Grzechnik SLP
Esther de Ru, PPT
Michał Zachariasiewicz

Scientific Committee

Angela Hoffmann-Keining SLP
Prof. dr hab. Katarzyna Kaczorowska-Bray SLP PhD
Marcelina Przeździęk SLP PhD
Mira Rządzka SLP PhD
Diane Sellers SLP PhD 




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English/Polish Translation will be available during the Conference.

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9.00 – 9.30
Opening Ceremony
9.30 – 10.30
The Nerve of it! – using Cranial nerves to improve speech – Julie Porter
10.30- 11.00
Coffee break
11.00 – 11.15
Using ETT in facial palsy therapy – Sebastian Grzechnik
11.15 – 11.30
Classification Systems: Use and usefulness – Esther de Ru
11.30 – 12.15
The benefits of colour: History of the influence of colours on the human body – Helma Kaspers
12.15 – 12.30
Questions & brainstorm session
13.45 – 14.45
Workshop I Colour: Test & Tape – Helma Kaspers
13.45 – 14.45
Workshop II DNM and cranial nerves – Julie Porter
14.45 – 15.00
Skin, scars and taping – best practice – Esther de Ru
15.00 – 15.30
DRA (diastasis recti abdominal) taping procedure – dr Martyna Brychcy
15.30 – 15.50
Coffee break and poster walk
15.50 – 16.50
Workshop II DNM and cranial nerves – Julie Porter
15.50 – 16.50
Workshop I Colour: Test & Tape – Helma Kaspers
16.50 – 17.15
Panel Questions & brainstorm session
End ceremony


Workshop I, Helma Kaspers – Colour Influence and Testing in the Clinic. 

Many professionals now utilize elastic therapeutic tape in their clinical work. Many manufacturers claim that the colour of their tapes is not of importance. They claim that all tape rolls with various colours have the same quality and outcomes after applying should not differ. Research has shown that this is not the case. Colour does matter. Most research looking into tape colour however has concentrated on the mechanical properties of the tape itself. 

In this workshop participants will learn more about the influence colours have on the human body. They will also learn how to test properly and safely. Keeping in mind that testing needs to be repeated every taping session as the physical condition of the patient may have changed.

Workshop II, Julie M. Porter – DermoNeuroModulating cranial nerves.

In the workshop you will learn the route of the cranial nerves, where the nerve has a cutaneous access point that we can address through manual therapy. Once we know the route and access areas, we can move the skin to facilitate better communication for their nervous system. The technique will appeal to your patients as it is designed to be non-threatening, non-invasive, novel and stimulating to their nervous system to facilitate change. This change could be temporary or longer lasting, depending on your patient’s nervous system response to the input of touch via the skin. 



Julie M. Porter

DNM Instructor

San Francisco, USA

Julie Porter started her first career involving helping, supporting and inspiring people in 1991. It was then that she received her Bachelors of Nursing from the University of San Francisco. She continues to practice bedside nursing to this day. In 2006 she decided to take on a second career involving helping, supporting and inspiring people. It was then that she started her training as a massage therapist with the National Holistic Institute (NHI). In 2007 she opened her private practice where she is best known for therapeutic massage, with a reputation for providing pain relief, improving function, and enabling athletic performance. At the end of 2007 she started teaching for NHI for 10 years. Julie taught the foundational massage program and in her last six years she taught Advanced Neuromuscular work. In 2013-14 Julie co-started an educational business Institute of Manual Neuroscience (IOMNS) its goal is to bring science-based education to manual therapists. Julie is a recognized continuing education provider, teaching classes in pain science, pain management, and Dermoneuromodulation. She is a certified massage therapist by the state of California, Certified Dermoneuromodulation Instructor and an approved CE provider for NCBTMB. Besides all the professional stats, Julie is happily married, has two amazing grown daughters and two wonderful dogs at home.

Presentation: The Nerve of it! – using Cranial nerves to improve speech.

Dermoneuromodulation for the cranial nerves that address speech related areas is the focus of the lecture and workshops for this conference. Let’s start with breaking down what Dermoneuromodulation is. Dermo refers to the largest organ we have, our skin. It provides a huge amount of information to our nervous system about the state of our body. Neuro refers to the nerves. In every square inch of our skin we have about 1000 nerve endings. This means we have an ability to create change, hence modulation. How? We do this through touching and moving the skin, that stimulates a novel, pleasant and non- threatening input to the nervous system. The nervous system will then decide, if it will modify, change or remain the same based on that information. Speech, hearing and swallowing are connected to six cranial nerves.  Cranial nerves have a relationship with the movement of the jaw, the use of our tongue, hearing, cognitive-communication and social engagement to name a few connections between the two. In this lecture I will address these cranial nerves.


Helma Kaspers

Physiotherapist,Orofacial myologist, Educator

Sarnen, Switzerland

Helma Kaspers graduated as a physiotherapist BSc in 1983 in Utrecht in the Netherlands.
She has lived and worked in Switzerland since1985 and manages her own Clinic for Physiotherapy and Myofunctional Therapy (Orofacial Myology according to Garliner).
During her physiotherapy and orthodontic assessment Helma is confronted with the influence of posture on orofacial problems among others on a daily basis.She participated as a guest lecturer in courses for speech therapists, in Switzerland and Germany and presented at the Dutch Speech Language Therapy conference in the Netherlands in 2018.Furthermore Helma is certified in Orofacial myology, various Taping methods and their different philosophies, acupunkmassage according to Penzel and Lympheodema Therapy. She is a certified educational teacher. Early in her professional life she came into contact with rigid low dye tape, which she has frequently applied to athletes. Later she expanded her taping possibilities using elastic tape by training in various methods. Knowledge of the possibilities of elastic therapeutic tape have led to the conclusion that this tape method can also be used in neck, neck and face. Together with Esther de Ru she developed a taping course ETT-HNO specifically for the SLP.Helma has acquired in depth knowledge about colours and the therapeutic effects fo colour on the human body. She has been working with coloured tapes for many years and is still fascinated by the bodies response.

Presentation: The benefits of colour… history of the influence of colours on the human body

In this lecture the world of colours will be presented. The physical properties, the Hue, colour Tint, Shades, colour Saturation and Brightness, colour Chroma will all be discussed. The influence of colour on the human body and the physiological properties of colours will be taken into consideration. Studies by various authors, Klausbernd Vollmar, Peter Mandel, Don Brooker, Jean-Gabriel Causse, Michael Whitworth, MD, Karolina Wiercioch-Kuzianik, MSc, MA and Przemysław Babel, PhD will be presented.  The physics of wavelengths, depth of penetration and energy volume of spectral colours which we can see, test and use in the clinic become clear. 


Esther de Ru

Physiotherapist, ETT Instructor and Founder

Leeuwarden, Netherlands

I have been a health professional for 50+ years of which 40+ years as a physiotherapist. The last 10+ years I have become a student of the skin. My fascination with skin started early in my career during classes in which colleague Christel Heidemann demonstrated the effects of touching dried- and fresh parsley contaminated by Chernobyl fallout in 1986 on the mobility of the skin. The parsley was put in my colleague’s hand and we could see (and feel) the complete change in the physiological state of the skin on her trunk. I was trained in the BindeGewebsMassage BWM (Connective Tissue Massage) method. This method was developed in the 1930’s in Germany and the creators originally wanted to call it ‘autonomic massage’ as they realized they were influencing the skin and nervous system. The method has two different techniques, the deep and the superficial technique. The deep technique ‘hooks’ and pulls on the muscle edge, the other ‘scratches’ the skin. I started working with the superficial technique only after an overuse injury to my MCP II joint about 30 years ago. To my surprise, it was just as effective as and possibly even stronger than the deep technique. I have used this ‘skin’ technique on both adults and children since. During my first Elastic Taping course in 2008, the lack of sound reasoning behind the method worried me. We are taping on the skin, not on muscles, joints or ligaments. That I needed to learn more about the skin became obvious. I am lucky to have learnt a lot from both Prof T. Fukui from Japan and Diane Jacobs from Canada. Knowledge of the skin has resulted in a better understanding of the effects of taping. The need for a ‘skin approach’ to taping was apparent and the first ETT course was developed as a result. To me it is very clear that we need to ASK THE SKIN WHAT TO DO. Tape is a sensory stimulus and the patient’s skin is my best assistant. My endeavour to get this message across is ongoing.


Martyna Brychcy

Physiotherapist, ETT Instructor

Poland, Karpacz

I completed my very first taping course while I was still at college. During my experimenting with the tape I noticed that a lot of the information I had learnt did not always work as expected. That’s when my journey started looking for solutions, observing the skin and its physiology. At the time I was not aware that my observations and reasoning about the mechanisms behind taping were actually backed by scientific research.  I met Esther at one of these Conferences in 2014 and she was able to explain why my actions were effective. We have worked together since then. We have held more than 20 courses for speech language therapists and 10 for paediatric physiotherapists in Poland. I became a qualified instructor of the Elastic Therapeutic Taping for speech-language pathology ETT-HNO and paediatrics ETT-Ped in 2017. During courses I can still be pleasantly surprised by the phenomenon of the movability of the skin and the effectiveness of taping.


Final Call for Abstracts! Deadline is 20th of October 2019

Abstracts for posters and presentations relating to the use of elastic therapeutic tape in eating, drinking & speech disorders as well as postural alignment and mobility issues are welcome. We are interested in receiving submissions across a large number of conditions. We are especially interested in your experience with long term use and assessment tools.

Your abstract can be written in the English or the Polish language.

Guideline abstracts

  • The abstract body text is limited to a maximum of 400 words, excluding title and authors. Figures and tables are not allowed.
  • Contact details of the main author.
  • Details of author and all co-authors: family name, initial(s), institute, city, country.
  • Preferred presentation type (please indicate your preference for Oral or Poster presentation)

Structure your abstract with the following headings: Introduction, Patients and methods, Results, Conclusion.

Your abstract must be written in the English or Polish.

Your abstract should also include the following if applicable:
References: (max 4)
Acknowledgments to contributors and funding organisations.
Ethics approval (if required).

Please provide your email address so that you can be contacted on the poster or presentation. The submitting author of an abstract for oral or poster presentation is considered to be the presenting author. The work described is original to the authors and was conducted in accordance with current ethical standards and regulations.

All posters and presentations must be in English or Polish. 

Format of your poster: portrait format 80 cm width x 120 cm high.

Please note the deadline of October 20th 2019. Abstracts arriving after this date will not be accepted. The Scientific Committee will review the abstracts. Instead of an oral presentation a poster may be advised. The committee will contact authors with formal acceptance or rejection. All notifications will be sent to the e-mail address provided during the abstract submission process.

Review Process: The committee will contact authors 30th October 2019 at the latest with formal acceptance or rejection. All notifications will be sent to the e-mail address provided during the abstract submission process. Abstract cancellation policy: Please do not submit an abstract if you are not confident that you will be able to attend the conference and make the presentation.


The Conference fee does not include lunch.
Conference Fee amount depends on the date of payment, NOT the date of registration. After payment registration is accepted. Price includes coffee and tea breaks.

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Dear everyone, from this day and time on (21st November 15.30 pm), refunding of payments made for the Conference are no longer possible.