Why should you take a Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar?
Hi, My name is Walt Fritz, and I teach all of the Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars. I have been a PT since 1985 and engaged in myofascial release (MFR) since 1992. I began teaching this work in 1995, at the time working for another nationally recognized teacher, but in 2006 began my own line of seminars. Why did I start the Foundations brand of seminars? Simply because what was being taught at that time was, and still is, full of holes. It was effective work, but drifted off into some pretty crazy explanations that I found disconcerting. I sought to make myofascial release (MFR) more simple and credible and began to look for more plausible explanations within current anatomical and physiological understanding, rather than invent science to explain the work.
To that end, I make a few promises:
1. I teach from a solid scientific perspective, not pseudoscience. If you are being asked to look beyond the limitations of Western Medicine, beware.
2. My small group classess guarantee a high level of hands-on instruction directly from myself, Walt Fritz.
3. I believe that you can learn to effectively add myofascial release to your treatment repertoire after just one training.
4. I believe that continuing education seminars should be fairly priced and with time spent on the actual course content and not wasting your time selling you on future classes.
Myofascial release, manual therapy, physical/massage/occupational/speech therapy is serious business, full of ever-changing information about health, wellness, and recovery. I’ve been a physical therapist for over 30 years and have seen my share of therapy fads come and go. I’ve taken enough CE training to know that each CE line seems to have its own unique language, a “secret hand shake”, so to speak. Without knowing the secret hand shake, you stand little chance of figuring out the true causes of pain and dysfunction (or so it seems).
I disagree with these ideas: Myofascial release and manual therapy need not be difficult to learn.
As trained therapists, with degrees/certification and experience, we have a solid understanding of anatomy, physiology, etc. Continuing education training should add a “bump” to this knowledge, allowing us to integrate these new bits of information and perspective and begin to immediately apply this with our patients. That is how I treat you, the therapist, when you take a Foundations Seminar. I respect your knowledge and experience and am humbled that you choose to study with me. Myofascial release can really be quite simple: give the therapist a way to connect with the patient’s pain/dysfunction in a meaningful way, allow them to obtain validation from the patient, and create a very easy means of intervening. It really can be quite simple, with no smoke and mirrors. It does take practice and repetition to achieve a state where one can call themselves competent, but should take place in the clinic, learning the work hands-on with actual patients/clients.
The Foundations Approach to myofascial release teaches a simple, easy to integrate approach to the remediation of pain and the improvement of function. Many therapists are able to take a single class and add layers of depth and effectiveness to their practice, not only with MFR, but with all of the work they do. You can read a recent online article I wrote, “Fitting myofascial release into an evidence-based culture”, by clicking here.
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Foundations Seminars are a new way to look at myofascial release. They respect the “old-school” ideas of MFR, but realize that science has progressed to a point where there are now better ways to explain this work.
You have many options when it comes to continuing education training, so why choose the Foundations Approach? Myofascial Release is a powerful modality for eliminating pain and restoring function and 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 began his own seminars in 2005. Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars delve deeply into the evaluation of pain and movement dysfunction through the lens of neuroscience. Older explanations of fascial origin are explored in a historical narrative and through the introduction lecture put in perspective/context with newer models of pain and manual therapy explanation . 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 size classes, and a high degree of one-on-one interaction; does this sound like what you are seeking? Myofascial Release…Demystified.
Online training is also available.
Medbridge Massage is now presenting 8 different online education videos featuring The Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars Approach. We just finished filming these trainings and they are now in post-production. Given their experience and reputation, Medbridge is a company I feel can perfectly translate the in-person seminar experience to online learning. You will earn CE Hours just like our in-person classes. It is great for an introduction to the Foundations Approach or to reinforce what you learned in one of our hands-on seminars. It really pushed my envelope of comfort to bring these trainings to you and I feel you will be pleased!
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Seminar Learning Objectives and Agendas
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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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