Date of Course:
13 May 2020 - 30 May 2020
FASCIAL THERAPY INTRODUCTORY, ADVANCED AND NEURO-FASCIAL ONLINE COURSE – via zoom meeting; Live stream
with Steve Goldstein
Live stream time; 8am – 11am South African times for all 8 modules; Mod 1; 13th may, Mod 2; 16th may, Mod 3; 17th may, Mod 4; 20th may, Mod 5; 22nd may, Mod 6; 26th may, Mod 7; 28th may; Mod 8; 30 may 2020 – please check your own local times.
Fascial Therapy Intro, Advanced and Neuro-Fascial course Objectives for Course Modules 1-3
Participants in FT Introductory course will:
- Obtain a conceptual understanding and practical application of lighter touch and the engagement of ease versus bind positions that underlie the foundation principles of direct (bind) versus Indirect (ease) technique whose intention at all times is to create NO PAIN.
• Understand how lighter touch is to coin an adage, the “homeopathy of bodywork”, LESS IS MORE.
• Obtain an understanding of myofascial treatment methods and modalities and how these methods/modalities are utilized within the scope of Fascial Therapy.
• Obtain a basic understanding of the concept of myofascial anatomy and structure as related by work of Thomas Myer’s Anatomy Trains, Serge Paoletti’s Fascial Chains, Robert Schleip’s Magic Spots: High Leverage Points in the Myofascia Net, and Schultz’s Body Retinacula or Body Straps.
• Obtain an understanding of the most current evidenced based research concerning the field of connective tissue including the neurobiology and neurophysiology concerning recent myofascial theories with reference to Schleips’ Fascial Plasticity.
• Be introduced to assessment of the global cardinal lines of myofascial tension following the template Thomas Myers Anatomy Trains.
• Observe through photos or video applied FT technique of superficial myofascial soft- tissue layer according to lines of myofascial tension.
• Obtain a basic understanding of the physiology of the how the Autonomic
Nervous System’s discharge facilitates soft- tissue release.
• Understand how the ANS discharge has a strong systemic effect and the
need for ‘periodic disengagement’ (Shea) or ‘pace & space’ (Goldstein) so as not to overload the autonomic nervous system & create an overtreatment situation.
• Understand the concepts of osteopathic ‘Ease’, ‘Bind’ & ‘Stacking’
• Observe palpation of three planes of myofascial distortion within the superficial fascial layers: sagittal, coronal & transverse directions.
• Observe the core techniques that underpin Fascial Therapy,
that include the ‘Two Point’, the ‘Fulcrum’ as applied static & leverage
• Observe how Fascial Therapy myofascial-releasing techniques from a supine, prone and side-lying position.
• Understand the concepts of passive positional release and practice techniques associated with Lawrence Jones’ ‘Position of Ease,’ Exaggerate the Distortion’ and ‘Replicate the Strain’ concepts.
• Understand the concepts, of engaging barriers to joint range of motion and/or fascial restrictions that limit range of motion. Useful techniques that address superficial fascial sleeve distortion that are presented.
• In a general context understand conceptually the spiral and rotational barriers effecting extremities and the torso of the body including bilateral applications, rolling motion and torsion barrier releases.
• Be introduced to various Fascial Therapy Foundation sequences to establish a fundamental protocol for integrating Fascial Therapy into their existing professional practice.
• Understand the importance of the autonomic nervous system to soft-tissue release. Have a sense of potential side-effects of myofascial releasing methods and understand protocol associated with somato-emotional releasing.
Fascial Therapy Introductory Course Modules
Module 1 – Cardinal Lines of Myofascial Tension/Myofascial Concepts, Theory & Principles, with Direct MFR Applications – 3 Hours.
The participant is introduced to the theory and concepts that underpin Fascial Therapy. Included is a brief survey of fascial anatomy and the integral concept of ‘tensegrity’.
Models and patterns of myofascial chains are presented to give the viewer an opportunity to compare and contrast patterns that are used to assess myofascial restrictions.
We then de-construct Thomas Myers primary cardinal lines of myofascial tension by viewing the elements of the superficial back and superficial front lines.
Module 2 – Direct & Indirect Applications – 3 Hours;
Module 2 bridges direct with indirect modalities that effect the myofascial soft-tissue. This includes how Fascial Therapy has utilised modified MET Muscle Energy Technique to effect joint and ligamentous mechano-sensory receptor change through the interface of the central and autonomic nervous systems.
We will unpack the structures of Myers anatomy Train model for the lateral line and augment that with three-dimensional Fascial Therapy releases that include ‘levering’ of connect long bones of the body, body rolling releases and approximation of position and gravity to change vertebral spinal joint receptors. Lastly in this module will look at supporting and holding technique that has polyvagal effects. Along with a discussion of the expression of the autonomic nervous system, avoiding autonomic exhaustion and protocol for somato-emotional releasing.
Module 3 – Levering Techniques for Upper and Lower Extremities; Myofascial Arm Lines: Structure, Assessment, Palpation & Technique – 3 Hours
In Module 3 the important part of Fascial Articulations is introduced through joint levering and modified MET. This is integrated through detailing Myers Myofascial Arm Lines in his anatomy Train model. We watch how his structure and template is utilised in the Fascial Therapy model. This is achieved through applied techniques to the upper extremities, axial spine, scapula, thorax and pelvis. Complexity is achieved through ‘stacking’ various levering both uni-lateral and paired in short and long positioning from supine and side-lying positions.
Fascial Therapy Advanced Course Modules
Module 4 – Spine, Scapula and Thorax – 3 Hours
The advanced module 4 course in Fascial Therapy is a more focused and detailed view of the biomechanics of spinal motions including laws and types of motion, how to palpate the fundamental landmarks of the transverse and spinal process to assess and then apply Fascial Therapy technique. This cause has drawn on physiotherapy, osteopathy and structural integration.
We will palpate and apply myofascial technique that is exceptionally effective and also simplistic, so as to be integrated immediately into clinical practice. As with the Foundations course, Fascial Therapy concepts of ‘ease-bind’, ‘fulcrums’, levering and modified MET are utilised in a more complicated manner.
Facet joint restrictions are addressed as well as ‘receptor enhancement’ for the thoracic and lumbar spine.
Module 5 & 6 Deep Front Line – Advanced FT techniques – 3 hours each per module
Deep Front Line – Learning Outcomes
The outcomes for this course have greater complexity, as the DFL deep front line as a core line, constitutes an enormity in structure to create an understanding of relationship.
Included in learning outcomes for this two-part module:
- ‘Benchmarks’, the ‘Hook-up’ and the Polyvagal theory are discussed.
• Participants will learn the constituent structures that constitute the DFL according to Thomas Myers Anatomy Train model.
• Introduction to the postural and movement function of the DFL
• Presentation and palpation of the core muscles that constitute the DFL
• Palpation of key landmarks and myofascial ‘tracks’.
• Integrate the relationships of the structures related to the DFL.
• Introduction to a series of Myers articles entitled ‘Fans of the Hip Joint’ written in Massage magazine in the late 1990’s.
• Conceptually learn that no muscle should be treated separately from groups of muscles.
• Clinically problem-solve complex soft-tissue patterns for muscle, tendon, ligament and joint that are usually referred to as chains, slings, lines or transfer points.
• Understand Fascial Therapy FT treatment protocol including ‘ease-bind’ assessment and technique.
• Introduced and practice ‘Fulcrums’ both static and glide.
• Understand basic concepts of tensegrity, manual soft-tissue loading (Lederman), and how we adjust our touch ‘variables’.
• Practice specific fulcrums; i.e., umbilicus.
• Employ special tests for the scalenes.
• Apply FT joint levering technique protocol to the gleno-humeral, sterno-clavicular and 1-2nd rib.
• Anatomy and palpation plus technique is applied to the hyoid musculature, including; digrastric anterior belly, mylohyoid, stylohyoid, sternohyoid, omohyoid and thyrohyoid.
• Learn, palpate and apply technique protocol for the respiratory diaphragm as drawn from Keleman, Key and the Postural Restoration Institute.
• Understand the diaphragmic ‘zone of apposition’, anterior interior chain, brachial chain and Sibson’s pleural mediastinum.
• FT technique will be applied to core muscles of the DFL including the psoas, illicus, pectineus, quadratus lumborum, adductor group, select deep lateral rotator and pelvic floor musculature, finishing with the popliteus and ‘toe’ flexors.
• Understand and practice assessment and technique application to the lumbar facets.
Module 7 Neurofascial Mobilisation; Part 1 – 3 hours
Part 1 NFM Upper Extremities: Brachial Plexus & Median Nerve 3 hours
In this module we will introduce the participant to the fundamental concepts of neurofascial mobilisation as drawn from physiotherapy (Shacklock-Butler), osteopathy (Barral), and Fascial Therapy (Goldstein).
The learning outcomes for this part 1 of module 6 include;
Neural anatomy of the brachial plexus and median, radial and ulnar nerve, peripheral nerve palpation. Neurodynamic upper limb tests for each bias (pathway). Anatomy specific to syndromes associated with each neural pathway, such as carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, posterior interosseus nerve, and radial tunnel syndromes.
Module 8 Neurofascial Mobilisation; Part 2 – 3 hours
Part 2 NFM for the Spine, Lower Quadrant and Lower Extremity
Continuing with Shacklock’s landmark work, we view levels of neurodynamic assessment, the base tests for neurodynamic assessment; the ‘slump’ and sciatic straight-leg raise. Special tests, anatomy of lumbar and scaral plexus are introduced.
Differentiation of neural tension from soft-tissue tension especially myofascial are discussed.
Techniques are drawn from osteopathy (J.P. Barrel) and Fascial Therapy (Goldstein)
Pathways assessed and technique applied to include:
Spine, sciatic nerve, tibial nerve, peroneal nerve, medial and lateral plantar nerves, lumbar plexus, inguinal canal, femoral nerve, lateral cutaneous nerve and obturator nerve.
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Live stream time; 8am – 11am South African times for all 8 modules; – please check your own local times