What makes Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars unique?
They are a cross pollination of traditional manual therapies with newer principles of neuroscience.
You have many options when it comes to continuing education training. Myofascial Release is a powerful modality for eliminating pain and restoring function, but how do you choose? Foundations Seminars draw strongly Walt Fritz’s background as a physical therapist, as well as a Myofascial Release practitioner. He has been a New York State Licensed Physical Therapist since 1985 and has been practicing Myofascial Release since 1992. He spent 10 years teaching nationally with other well regarded practitioners and started his own seminars in 2005. Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars delve deeply into the evaluation of soft tissue dysfunction from both a more traditional fascia perspective as well as looking at pain through the lens of neuroscience . Through deep evaluation you will explore postural and movement pattern disorders. Treatment then proceeds in a logical manner.
It is important to know your strengths as both a therapist and teacher. Walt’s strengths lie in his ability to effectively connect his students with the “Feel” of soft tissue restriction and its elimination. Using a gentle approach, he eliminates the need for aggressive work, which is hard on both the patient as well as the therapist. He has taken the work he was taught and moved in a direction of logic and simplicity, without the heavy trappings of New Age teachings. Learning is an ongoing process for all of us, and Foundations Seminars follows this trend. We review all relevant explanations for pain and dysfunction, from the more traditional models of “fascial restriction” to newer models based on scientifically accepted pain theory. Neuromodulatory treatment is introduced along side myofascial release. The overlap is at times quite amazing!
All Foundations Seminars attend to the individual needs and background of all participants. The intended audience includes massage therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, nurses, chiropractors, and physicians. Instruction is in a very approachable and interactive style. Small class size guarantees individualized one on one attention.
The incorporation of a deep model of evaluative understanding regarding the nature of dysfunction within the body aids in connecting the theory of Myofascial Release to the application of treatment. You will leave Foundations I Seminar prepared to use Myofascial Release from your first day back at work. Walt makes himself available for follow up consultation as needed, so you never feel alone in this process.
Foundations Seminars are packed with technique, theory, and evaluation. There is considerable lab time where you will get plenty of one-on-one instruction, assuring you to have a positive learning experience. Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars provides explanations for the workings of myofascial release from both the bio mechanical model, as well as introducing neurobiological explanations.
Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars emphasize a solid orthopedic basis for evaluation and treatment, small group trainings, and a high degree of one-on-one interaction; does this sound like what you are seeking? Myofascial Release…Demystified.
I have found myofascial release to be the most effective method for both finding the causes of pain, as well as eliminating them. My goal is to pass this along to you. Walt Fritz, PT
Seminar Learning Objectives
Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars will provide you with the ability to effectively evaluate and treat a wide variety of conditions from a basic knowledge in Myofascial Release and MyoMobilization. You will begin to look beyond the muscle and fascia, into the nervous system and how it can influence that body. Learning to feel deeply into your client’s body and sensing what is holding them back is the foundation of this work. You will learn to acquire this feel and use it to make changes that you had not thought possible. You will leave this class equipped to make immediate changes.
After successful completion of this workshop, participants will gain the following knowledge and skills:
- Describe the components that make up the myofascial system.
- Describe the various implications of myofascial restriction on posture and movement.
- Assess and analyze postural asymmetries, imbalances, and superficial tissue tension to determine an appropriate treatment approach.
- Demonstrate Myofascial Release (MFR) techniques including MyoMobilizationTM to release fascial restrictions in both superficial and deep layers.
- Describe and apply MFR techniques to specific injuries and diagnoses.
- List and describe contraindications for Myofascial Release treatment.
Here are some comments from attendees at recent Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars:
“Refreshing approach compared to the rigid structure of other MFR courses. Softer is better!”
“Very informative; I can easily apply what I learned in class to my clients.”
“Excellent demonstration of techniques accompanied by clear and straightforward explanation. Very nice range, accommodating different levels of student knowledge and skill base.”
“(strengths of the seminar were the) demonstrations and the ability to coordinate with other professions, as well as the time allotted to practice the techniques.”
“I loved the lecture/demo right into the hands-on for each technique. It made it easy to learn them.”
“Getting right into learning the work without sitting through a long nebulous monologue was refreshing!”
“Lots of hands-on experience, instructor easy to approach, helpful when Walt felt what I was doing”
“Walt made everything easy to understand and answered all questions effectively and honestly”
“The course booklet was extremely helpful, with many photos of the techniques”
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