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Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars

“My work is called Myofascial Release due to the style of engagement that most resembles traditional gentle, sustained myofascial release treatment. I no longer believe that I am able to singularly and selectively target fascia (connective tissue) beneath the skin to the exclusion of all other tissues, as many in the myofascial release field believe. Having a broader, more scientifically plausible explanation allows the consideration of many more factors to influence our interventions.”  Walt Fritz, PT

1. Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar:

The Upper Body

The Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars: The Upper Body begins at the core, teaching you a simple but very effective means of connecting your findings with your client’s pain or dysfunction. Using a well-defined Feedback Loop, the Foundations Approach makes treatment of pain and related dysfunctions quite simple.
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  • Integrates a model of evaluation and treatment that is patient-directed, vs. ego-driven
  • Easy to learn evaluation and treatment methods using a simple Feedback Loop
  • The Feedback Loop is applicable to all of your other modalities, including MFR from other teachers
  • Teaches a core understanding of the scientific underpinnings of myofascial release from a neurological perspective
  • Learn the strengths and limitations of postural evaluation, ROM limitations, and other common evaluation methods
  • Covers the evaluation and treatment of the Upper Body from the respiratory diaphragm region up through the neck, thoracic region, head, shoulders, arms, and hands in a comprehensive manner
  • Includes treatment concepts for problems of respiration/breath, pain, movement limitations, TMJ difficulties, beginning concepts of swallowing/voice, and common neck/shoulder/arm/hand pathologies
  • Leave this class prepared to be proficient with myofascial release from your first day back to work
  • Appropriate for beginners and advanced therapist
  • The Upper Body Seminar is 20 contact hours/2.5-days
  • CEUs approved through NCBTMB/NYS MTs (through New York Sponsored program) and PT CEUs for many states. Please inquire for specifics well in advance of a class date. Other CEUs are available with advanced request.
  • Class locations listed on this page of the website
  • Walt Fritz is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider and is also sponsored by NCBTMB to teach New York LMTs continuing education that is accepted by the state of New York for license renewal.”

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2. Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar:

The Lower Body

The Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars: The Lower Body introduces a simple to comprehend manner of engaging your patient’s pain/dysfunction in a manner that is explained with known science.
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  • Integrates a model of evaluation and treatment that is patient-directed, vs. ego-driven
  • Easy to learn evaluation and treatment methods using a simple Feedback Loop
  • The Feedback Loop is applicable to all of your other modalities, including MFR from other teachers
  • Teaches a core understanding of the scientific underpinnings of myofascial release from a neurological perspective
  • Learn the strengths and limitations of postural evaluation, ROM limitations, hip flexor tightness, skeletal abnormalities, and other common evaluation methods
  • Covers the evaluation and treatment of the Lower Body from the abdominal region down through the low back, sciatic/sacroiliac regions, hip/knee/ankle/foot regions in a comprehensive manner
  • Includes treatment concepts for problems of low back and pelvic pain, sciatic and hip/knee/ankle/foot pain/pathologies
  • Leave this class prepared to be proficient with myofascial release from your first day back to work
  • Appropriate for beginners and advanced therapist
  • The Lower Body Seminar is 20 contact hours/2.5-days
  • CEUs approved through NCBTMB/NYS MTs (through New York Sponsored program) and PT CEUs for many states. Please inquire for specifics well in advance of a class date. Other CEUs are available with advanced request.
  • Class locations listed on this page of the website
  • Walt Fritz is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider and is also sponsored by NCBTMB to teach New York LMTs continuing education that is accepted by the state of New York for license renewal.”

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In all Foundations Seminars we address moving toward specialization in your practice and how narrowing your range of clients can actually increase your business. Practice problems and suggestions are discussed throughout the class and you will be given the necessary backing to move toward specificity in your practice, which will help it to grow.

Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars are designed for both beginner and experienced therapists. Massage therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists will all find value in these fast paced and enjoyable hands-on classes. Using an easy to follow approach, Foundations Seminars will build the confidence of a beginner to start using this valuable modality from the first day. Those who have taken other myofascial release seminars will find fresh a fresh approach to evaluation and treatment. Integrating a nervous system based approach creates entirely new openings for the therapist to follow. Pain which was previously explained in a nebulous manner, taking into account the supposed far-reaching effects of the fascial system can now be explained in a plausible fashion using simple neuroanatomy and neuroscience. Advance your practice and your mind with plausible, enjoyable learning experiences.

3. Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar for Neck, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders™

This class is comprised of a wonderful mix of professionals, coming together to share and learn. While one of the intended audiences is the speech language pathologist and voice community, many MTs, PTs, and OTs take the class to broaden/deepen their skill set for patient population with issues in the upper torso and neck region. Information on the Neck, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders Seminar can be now found on this page of the website: Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar for Neck, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders

4. Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar: The Jaw and Mouth

This is the first in my one-day niche workshops.

Course Description: This seven (7) hour hands-on workshop follows along the science-based narrative of all Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars, looking at how a myofascial release style of engagement can influence pain and dysfunction within the jaw, mouth, and facial regions. A full presentation will be made of the science and evidence to support this work, followed by demonstrations and hands-on lab practice covering major areas of concern. Attention will be paid to the entire jaw region, intra-oral cavity for jaw, tongue, and related dysfunction, as well as the more general aspects of the face that relate to course content. The intervention is termed myofascial release as that description best represents the style of engagement taught, with little expectation that we are capable of singularly and selectively target one tissue (fascia) to the exclusion of all other tissues. This concept is well represented in the introductory portion of the workshop. Please note: There are certain treatment sequences that are included in existing longer workshops, but there will be unique aspects of this workshop as well.

  • Integrates a model of evaluation and treatment that is patient-directed, vs. ego-driven
  • Easy to learn evaluation and treatment methods using a simple Feedback Loop
  • The Feedback Loop is applicable to all of your other modalities, including MFR from other teachers
  • Teaches a core understanding of the scientific underpinnings of myofascial release from a neurological perspective
  • Learn the strengths and limitations of postural evaluation, ROM limitations, skeletal abnormalities, and other common evaluation methods
  • Covers the evaluation and treatment of the Jaw, Face, and Mouth regions from the in a comprehensive manner
  • Leave this class prepared to be proficient with myofascial release from your first day back to work
  • Appropriate for beginners and advanced therapist
  • The Jaw and Mouth Seminar is 7 contact hours/1-day
  • CEUs approved through NCBTMB/NYS MTs (through New York Sponsored program) and PT CEUs for many states. Please inquire for specifics well in advance of a class date. Other CEUs are available with advanced request.
  • Class locations listed on this page of the website
  • Walt Fritz is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider and is also sponsored by NCBTMB to teach New York LMTs continuing education that is accepted by the state of New York for license renewal.”

5. Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar:
The Neck and Thorax

This two day, highly interactive class will provide the therapist a solid grounding in the use of myofascial release (MFR) and other neurologically-based manual therapies for the treatment pain and movement disorders. The evidence and science will be reviewed, as well as the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, the fascia, and corresponding muscle groups it supports. The concepts behind myofascial release will be deconstructed to examine its plausibility and a new, more comprehensive model will be explored. I no longer believe it possible to target only one tissue, to the exclusion of all others, under the skin and my approach and teachings of myofascial release have progressed accordingly. The majority of the course will be spent on supervised hands-on practice to develop comfort and expertise in performing these techniques as we work through the thorax and cervical regions. Key techniques and concepts bear repeating, and you will have adequate time to develop a comfort level working from a manual therapy perspective, no matter your background and training/experience.

I treat and teach from a perspective that emphasizes a patient-directed model of evaluation and treatment and make this a key aspect of the work I present to you. Appropriate patient selection will be reviewed and comparison will be made between various techniques to achieve optimal results for each patient, based on his or her presenting symptoms. The addition of myofascial release to an existing clinical skill set will allow the therapy professional to provide intervention to patients with issues that were previously not addressable. The participant will leave this course prepared to utilize myofascial release on his or her first day back to clinic.

For therapists with a background in myofascial release, and similar manual therapies, Walt’s approach will provide a fresh and modern perspective on the effects of manual care. For therapists not yet exposed to myofascial release, they will find effective manual care presented from a simple to understand perspective. With the goal of improving outcomes, Walt’s well-developed Feedback Loop is useful for all forms of intervention. While not following traditional views of fascial work, Walt’s version of MFR has support from very plausible scientific narratives.

Course Description

This foundational course presents an in-depth introduction to a neurologically-based model of myofascial release. Why is it called myofascial release if it stresses a neurological model of change? To Walt, MFR is what he has done with his hands for 25 years, no matter how it is explained. While he no longer feels that so-called fascial changes are primarily responsible for changes in pain and function, the hands-on narrative remain appropriate.

Once a common language of touch and targets for that touch are established, Walt will work his way throughout the thoracic and cervical regions, introducing novels ways to interact with your patient’s nervous system. While a two-day class cannot be considered comprehensive, armed with useful concepts of neurological engagement, the therapist can apply them in any fashion throughout the body. Sufficient time will be given to allowing in-depth hands-on practice, under Walt’s close supervision.

Intended Audience

This class is appropriate for physiotherapists/physical therapists, massage therapists, occupational therapists, and other health professionals with an interest in manual care.

 

6. Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar: The Thorax and Lower Back

Course Description: This fourteen (14) hour hands-on workshop follows along the science-based narrative of all Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars, looking at how a myofascial release style of engagement can influence pain and dysfunction throughout the thoracic, lumbar, and pelvic regions. A full presentation will be made of the science and evidence to support this work, followed by demonstrations and hands-on lab practice covering major areas of concern. Attention will be paid to the entire region, including speaking to specific disorders and complaints, but more importantly utilizing a patient-directed model of evaluation and treatment to determine relevant manual therapeutic engagements. The intervention is termed myofascial release as that description best represents the style of engagement being taught, with little expectation that we are capable of singularly and selectively target one tissue (fascia) to the exclusion of all other tissues. This concept is well represented in the introductory portion of the workshop and is reinforced throughout the workshop. The learner will be exposed to current views of pain science, supported by evidence, with inclusion of the concepts of uncertainty when it comes to knowing exactly what is being effected. The traditional narrative of fascia and fascial restrictions being a primary source of pain and dysfunction and the singular target of our interventions will be deconstructed, with a more inclusive and potentially less wrong scientific narrative being constructed. The majority of workshop time will be spent with demonstrations and one-on-one lab experiences, presented in a well-supervised setting to assure you fully grasp the concepts of this approach.

Learning Outcome
After completion of this workshop the therapist will show the ability to understand and use a myofascial release style of engagement and treatment for the remediation of pain and dysfunctions in the region of the thorax, low back, and pelvis.

Learning Objectives
After successful completion of this workshop, the therapist will be able to:

1. Compare and contrast the traditional “fascial-based” explanatory model of change with neurologically-based models with respect to myofascial release and manual therapy.
2. Understand the strengths and limitations of a postural/biomechanical evaluation and treatment-based approach.
3. Understand and apply an effective patient-directed method of myofascial release evaluation.
4. Describe and demonstrate the various treatment options in a myofascial release session, including cross handed, single handed, compression, gathering/lifting, and traction.
5. Demonstrate treatment options and apply effective treatment for the remediation of thoracic, lumbar, and pelvic issues.
6. Be able to teach appropriate follow-up home care, as allowed by local practice acts, for thoracic, lumbar, and pelvic-related issues.

Participants will be observed and assessed during the hands-on lab portion of the class, as well as monitored for participation and understanding during the lecture/demonstration portion of the class to determine whether the stated objectives have been successfully met.

Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar: The Thorax and Lower Back
Course Outline/Agenda

Day One
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30 (1.50) Introduction, science, concepts of evaluation and clinical applications of treatment.
10:45-12:00 (1.25) Evaluation and patient-directed approach basics/hands-on lab.
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 (2.00) Upper/Mid thoracic/intercostal region
3:15-5:00 (1.75) Diaphragmatic region

Day Two
9:00-10:30 (1.50) Abdominal/anterior lumbar region
10:45-12:00 (1.25) Lower back region
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 (2.00) Lower back/pelvic region, posterior
3:15-5:00 (1.75) Pelvic region

13.0 hours of contact hours

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars and other approaches to MFR?

You may have noticed the small number of seminar choices within the Foundations lineup. We are all trained therapists, with a license to touch and experience in anatomy, physiology, and clinical reasoning. Any manual therapy modality need not be time-consuming and expensive to master, though many schools lead you to believe otherwise. The Foundations Approach is a simple one; connect with your patient’s pain and create change. This need not be made more difficult that it is. The principles you will learn in the Foundations Approach Seminars are easily applicable to most of your existing training as well. After over two and a half decades in this field, Walt Fritz has created a very simple approach to dealing with pain.

Most therapists are used to a tiered system of learning, where you start with the first class, move on to the second class, etc. This is quite common in continuing education, especially those course lines that have multiple offerings. I understand therapists who wish to specialize in a certain modality wish to be able to move through a program, advancing along the way, as this is how I learned myofascial release and related works. But after completing a very expensive and time-consuming curriculum, I was able to step back and realize that much of that training was not necessary. Much was redundant and most was lacking in facts. Repetition does breed familiarity, but does not guarantee to make you a quality therapist.

I see modern myofascial release as a quite simple process: Learn basic concepts of up-to-date pain science, accurate anatomical/physiological understandings as to exactly what we are impacting, then give it a frame of reference with basic techniques. Ignore the fluff and smoke/mirrors of MFR as it has become and apply these core concepts to your current repertoire.

All of the Foundations Seminars can be taken in any order and you may find what you needed from taking just one. All teach core principles of touch and my all-important concept of the feedback loop. Locate “tissue in distress”, obtain validation from the patient that what you have found is an aspect of their pain or dysfunction, and easily turn this into treatment. Simple. Myofascial release need not be difficult to master. It is my goal to teach it to you in this manner.

Why call it Myofascial Release if you stress the nervous system?

I am asked this question frequently, both from therapists working in the old manner of myofascial release (so-called “fascial-based”) as well as therapists who view the term “myofascial release” as implausible. The former group objects because I feel that fascia is not what is of greatest importance and that I should stop using the term “myofascial release”. Neurologically-based therapists object to my using the words “myofascial release” as they feel that the fascia has little if anything to do with the changes we help to create and the word “release” is a biologically implausible concept.

I call what I do myofascial release because to me, MFR is what I do with my hands. I have been doing the same things with my hands, with changes along the way, for 25 years and see no reason to change. My brain, however, has changed dramatically. So for now, I will continue to practice and teach myofascial release, with a neurological slant.

How large are classes and who teaches them?

I (Walt Fritz) teach each and every Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar. I believe that a small group setting is most conducive to learning and I limit classes sizes accordingly. How small is small? Depending on the location and class, most classes have between 12 and 40 therapists present. Each therapist will be given a high degree of one-on-one instruction from myself and the highly skilled therapists who I invite along with me. I keep instructor to student ratios at or below 1:16 to assure help is there when you need it most.

Seminar Pricing

Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar
Upper Body and Lower Body

$445 if registered 2 months prior to the class date
$495 if registered up to 3 weeks prior to the class date
$545 if registered within the final 3 weeks
Group Discounts: $50 off each registration if 2-3 register at same time, $75 off of each registration if 4 or more register at same time.

Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar for Neck, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders™

$400 if registered 2 months prior to the class date
$450 if registered 3 weeks prior to the class date
$500 if registered last 3 weeks

Student Rate is available for this Neck, Voice and Swallowing Disorders workshop and is $100 off of the prevailing fee. No ASHA CEUs provided at student rate. 
Group Discounts: $50 off each registration if 2-3 register at same time, $75 off of each registration if 4 or more register at same time.

Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars: The Jaw and Mouth

Introductory pricing:
$160 if registered 2 months prior to the class date
$175 if registered 3 weeks prior to the class date
$190 if registered within the final 3 weeks prior to the class date

Cancellation/Registration/Refund Policy

Enrollment at all seminars is limited. Fee includes the course syllabus, which is distributed electronically approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the class date, seminar instruction, hands-on workshop training, and seminar certificate. You have the option to download the syllabus to an electronic reader, laptop, ipad, etc, or print it out for use in the seminar. You will not be provided a hard copy at the time of the class unless you notify us in advance of the class.

Confirmation will be sent via email after payment is received to our office. You may cancel your registration up to 14 days before the seminar. Your registration fee will be refunded less a $50 processing fee. If you need to cancel less than 14 days prior to the seminar you may transfer your registration to another seminar of your choice, otherwise you will forfeit the full registration fee.

We reserve the right to cancel any seminar based upon minimum class enrollment requirements, in which case the tuition fee will be returned in full. Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars is not responsible for any guaranteed/prepaid airline/hotel reservation. If any hours or days of a seminar are missed, no refunds will be given.

Any grievances or concerns regarding Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars should be made to:
Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars
980 Westfall Rd
Suite 105
Rochester, NY 14618
585-244-6180

We strive to make your learning experience the best and will do our best to make you happy.

Registration Information

Each class listing has registration instructions. For seminars that include a PayPal registration; If you prefer not to use PayPal and wish to pay by credit card or check, you may download the registration form here:

Seminar Registration Form

Many classes require that registration be made through the host. For these classes you may contact the host directly for registration details and options.

Walt Fritz, PT has been a physical therapist since 1985 and has taught Myofascial Release continuing education internationally since 1995. Moving from the outdated explanatory models of myofascial release, Walt has begun to use more accepted, plausible neurologically-based explanations for the changes seen in myofascial release practice. In his Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars, Walt brings an approachable, easy to understand style of teaching, one that can easily be assimilated into your treatment regime.

Walt also operates the Pain Relief Center, in Rochester, NY where he sees clients from the western New York Region, as well as clients who travel from across the country with pain issues that have not resolved with other modalities.

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Hosting a Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars

For facilities, groups, or individuals wishing to sponsor quality Myofascial Release education.

Host Benefits:

  • Bring quality continuing education to your facility and provide necessary CE Hours for your therapists.
  • Free registration(s) to attend the seminar, with the number of therapists attending the class for free based on the number of total therapists attending the seminar. For hospitals, clinics, and schools, etc., who have other contractual arrangements for CE Education, please contact us with details. Other financial arrangements can be negotiated.
  • Highlight your practice/facility in all marketing materials, including the MFRmail Newsletter and on various social media sites, including, but not limited to Facebook, LinkedIn, AMTAmassage.org, MassageandBodyWorkProfessionals.com, and AFMTE.org.

Host Requirements:

  • Supply suitable teaching and lab/practice space for a minimum of 20 participants and 10 massage (or appropriate) tables. The lecture and lab space must be in a single space. Space requirements: A minimum of 50 square feet per participant. For example, a course of 20 participants would require a minimum of 1000 sq ft./li>
  • Advertise the upcoming seminar through email blasts, website, local publications, etc. Additional advertising will be done by Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars via emails contact and social media sites in order to make the class a success.
  • Class enrollment must meet minimum of 12 paid participants (depending on location, ask for details).

For more information, please call 585-244-6180 or email us by clicking the “Contact Us” button on the right side of this page.

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. Sponsored seminars can be tailored to the individual needs of the host facility.

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