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Myofascial Release is a quick and powerful method of releasing pain and tension in the body, your clients will benefit as it allows you to go straight to the area of pain such as the back, neck, hips etc.
Myofascial Release is the new “buzz” word in Massage and Bodywork. It is the missing link, making it highly recommended as an invaluable tool to add to your existing practice.
This course is designed for the therapist looking to add these techniques to their existing skills, so they are available to use straight away.
This is a must for the serious massage therapist that is looking for techniques to help release pain and tension with the clients, it will help you stand out from the crowd with a powerful routine you are sure to be recommended by your clients!
Please check that your qualification is accepted before booking - this information can be found here, no need to email us. You will find all the information required by clicking on the above Accreditation & Entry Requirements tab.
No written exams, certificate given on the day on completion of a successful practical assessment with your tutor.
We have many venues and dates on offer in London and all around the UK including Ireland.
If you feel one day is not enough training, you are able to come back to repeat the course again free of charge. However due to small classes this is rare but available if required.
This course holds between 5 - 13 CPD points (all professional bodies are different please check with the one you are registered with for confirmation of points they award for one day courses)
MFR is a specialised treatment that releases restrictions within the connective tissue, enabling stuck, hardened and dehydrated areas to become soft and pliable and re-introduces movement within the body allowing a complete release all the way to cellular level.
This Myofascial Release Course is for the full body and is open to experienced therapists with a full body massage qualification.
Fascia is the soft tissue part of the connective tissue and provides support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscle (Myofacsia). However due to overuse, trauma, infection, inactivity and disease this soft tissue can become restricted. This frequently results in pain, muscle tension and reduced blood flow.
Furthermore, irritation of fascia or muscle causes inflammation and if this continues and becomes chronic it can result in fibrosis, or thickening of the connective tissue. This thickening causes pain and irritation creating a cycle which can result in ischemia (reduced blood flow) and somatic dysfunction. Myofascial techniques aim to break this cycle through a variety of methods acting on multiple stages of the cycle.
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a type of soft tissue massage incorporating stretching and elongating of the connective tissues such as fascia. It is a powerful method of releasing tension from problem areas such as the neck, the diaphragm, lower back and pelvis. Myofascial Release is a safe, effective, hands-on technique, involving gentle sustained pressure and stretching into the myofascial connective tissue. This helps to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Myofascial release usually begins with a gentle massage which is designed to warm and loosen muscles. As the therapist works, he or she identifies areas of tension which require further attention, and will return to those areas to stretch and work the fascia. Sometimes myofascial release can be quite intense, especially in the case of muscles which are holding a great deal of tension and stress.
The time factor for this therapy is important, often a stretch of the fascia may be held for 3 - 5 minutes and so the therapist must be patient and use appropriate body weight to maintain the stretch for the suitable length of time. The time element has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon. Using a low load and gentle pressure slowly applied will allow a viscoelastic medium or fascia to elongate, thereby releasing the restrictions within the fascia.
Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils or creams. This enables the therapist to detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia. It works on the principle that many people hold stress in their muscles causing them to seize, tighten or lock. Injuries or scarring will exacerbate this. The purpose of myofascial release is to access these areas of blockage and tension and release them, by freeing up the muscle and allowing it to move more easily.
During MFR treatment, the client can be worked on in various positions, or the massage therapist may only stretch a muscle in a small way, using a few fingers to get deep into the muscle and pull it into a beneficial stretch. Working with the breath in combination with the stretches should maximize the effectiveness of MFR.
Regular myofascial release can improve posture, counter-act muscle soreness and increase flexibility and help with a variety of conditions some of which are listed below:
This largely practical, one-day course is designed so you can learn the techniques and use them straight away in your practice alongside your current skills. We place an emphasis on releasing deep rooted tensions in the front of the body, which are often ignored in traditional massage yet are key to improving posture and flexibility.
The qualification gained from the following course will only be accepted for professional practice and insurance if the student holds the pre-requisites of A&P and an accredited body massage qualification.
Also for Existing FHT Members only they require 3 case studies x 3 treatments - 9 treatments in total.
Please note the other professional bodies do not require any case studies for this or the other courses we offer, you will only have to do case studies if you are a member of FHT.
98' to present date
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Please note if your previous training was a weekend massage or 1 - 3 day course, this is not a level 3 that's required (not enough practical hours) and not accepted.
Certificates are given on the day of training, a recognised Gateway Diploma qualification.
For course times, venue information, what to wear etc please use/click on the information tabs above where this information can be found.
The balance of the course fee is paid direct to the tutor and they will contact you by email as soon as the deposit is paid for the course.
All course manuals are included in the price of the course - you will get a bound hard copy course manual given to you on the day of your training.
You will also get a complimentary Anatomy and Physiology manual as our gift to you - worth £10!
This is given to you when you sign up for a course as an e-manual, via a link in your course confirmation from your tutor.
You do NOT have to read this before your course.
You do NOT have to bring it with you as it is for later reference if you need it.
It is an extra manual to save you having to buy Anatomy and Physiology books later saving you money.
We also send you the Gateway therapist accounts package after you have completed a course with us - complimentary worth £10!
This course is insurable and accredited by the professional bodies, FHT, BABTAC, Guild of Holistic Therapists, Towergate.
For more information, see Accreditation & Entry Requirements information tab above
Gateway accredited/recognised diploma
Insurable allowing you to gain insurance and use therapy with the general public and charge.
Specialising in small classes for individual attention
Why book with us - Accredited, Established, Trusted, Recognised and Insurable Qualifications
15 CPD course points has been awarded for this course by the beauty guild, 10 points by FHT and 5 by Embody - please check with whom you are registered for their guidelines on how many points they award for one day courses as they all differ.
For Existing CTHA Members
You can attend this course and gain your CPD points through the CTHA as it is recognised as additional learning and students are able to get insurance cover as this is through Holistic Insurance Services who will add it to the therapists insurance.
Feedback from Heather Brown
The tutor was very enthusiastic about fascia release & it showed in the way she taught. She is friendly & approachable & gave guidance throughout the day. I would recommend & attend courses that she provides again. The Gateway site is very easy to use! Explanations of the courses & locations etc are easily accessible & there are no hidden costs!
Feedback from Donna Chamberlain
A lovely lady, very friendly and knowledgeable, I would definitely go on more of her courses.
The Gateway Workshops I have been on have been very informative with very good tutors and I have come away confident and happy with the courses.
Feedback from Philip Anderson
Great teacher very good at showing and explaining techniques. The day flew by. Very fun and enjoyable