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Myofascial Structural Series 1, 2 & 3

‘MFR is not just about learning a technique. It’s about refining your kinesthetic touch, understanding imbalance and dysfunction and then using those skills to create, pain-free, structural integrity’.

Whether you have experience in using MFR in your practice or are new to the approach, our aim is to teach you more than techniques. It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. Our workshops not only demonstrate the importance and understanding of soft tissue dysfunction but also how to feel for system-wide fascial restrictions which are contributing to pain and imbalance. Techniques are used to create structural integrity where the art of the approach is to tailor each individual application with kinesthetic awareness, dialoguing skills and intuition.

Workshop pathway – which workshop to attend first – click here

If you wish to complete the Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy, click here to see what workshops you need to attend.

MFR UK Workshops – Eligibility and CPD.

The structural series, parts 1, 2 and 3, provide valuable ‘tools for the toolbox’ which students can integrate into their practice straight away. Students attend these workshops in order and they provide effective techniques for the entire body. Some students ask if they can skip part 1 as they’ve attended MFR workshops with other training providers. Part 1 does not mean foundation, it is 1 part of a 3 part series and whilst we introduce techniques in the part 1 workshop, it also offers valuable and effective techniques for the shoulders, neck and hips which you need to know to be able to build on in subsequent workshops. Part 1 also provides a 90 minutes online theory, current research and application presentation and theory notes, all of which offer a greater understanding of fascia and MFR and is also part of the diploma requirement.

All three of these workshops have a theory manual, provided online for students to download or save to a mobile device and a technique manual provided at the workshop.

Technique videos are also available to all students after workshop attendance at an extra charge. The parts 1, 2 and 3 videos are each over an hour long and offer a reminder of hand placements, technique application, dialoguing and treatment responses.

Part 1. Fascial Approaches for the Shoulders, Extremities, Neck and Hips.

Part 1 pre-requisite – core education training (minimum of a level 3 ITEC/VTCT/BTEC or similar) in manual body therapy. Students must have professional indemnity insurance which covers them to practice a manual body therapy such as Massage, Sports Massage, Thai Massage, Bowen, CST, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Shiatsu etc.

Costs £295 if purchased more than 6 weeks in advance, thereafter £320.

Techniques and learning outcomes:

  • cross hand releases performed in a variety of body placements to enable refinement of the technique
  • longitudinal planes – arm pulls and leg pulls
  • transverse planes, seated and supine
  • soft tissue release techniques for the shoulders, neck and hips
  • compression release techniques
  • introduction to fascial self-care
  • introduction to multi-therapist techniques
  • examine the development of fascia, its structural function and dysfunction and the physiological effects of a variety fascial release techniques
  • refine observation and palpatory diagnostic skills
  • learn the importance of the various responses to myofascial treatment
  • explore myofascial unwinding, myofascial rehabilitation approaches and fascial self-care approaches.

A CPD certificate of attendance will be emailed to all students after the workshop.

Part 2. Fascia Approaches to Balance the Pelvis and Cranial System – treating both ends of the spine.

By understanding the imbalances in the pelvis, how to correctly assess and treat them, everything above and below will begin to fall into place.

Part 2 takes the understanding, knowledge and application of myofascial release learned in level 1 into creating structural change which is both measurable and functional.

Part 2 pre-requisite – part 1 with MFR UK.

Costs £295 if purchased more than 6 weeks in advance, thereafter £320.

Techniques and learning outcomes:

  • review and refine existing fascial techniques from level 1 in order to integrate them with newly learned approaches
  • develop a greater understanding of pelvic assessment including leg length discrepancies, anterior and posterior pelvic tilts, up slips, down slips and lateral shifts of the pelvis.
  • soft tissue release for the anterior hip
  • soft tissue release for the erector spinae group in standing
  • assessment of the pelvis and the use of pelvic positioning wedges to create balance and symmetry
  • explore the movement and function of the craniosacral system and its relationship to the pelvis
  • fascial techniques to balance the sphenoid, occiput and falx cerebri- the other end of the spine
  • neurofascial release techniques – combining subtle isometric and isotonic movements with fascial release approaches for the pelvis
  • fascial approaches to balance the pelvis in standing
  • learn the integration of specific muscle energy techniques with fascial release techniques for the pelvic area
  • learn the importance of fascial compression and decompression techniques.

A CPD certificate of attendance will be emailed to all students after the workshop.

Part 3. Putting it All Together. Fascial Approaches for the Thorax and Jaw

Part 3 adds to the techniques learned in parts 1 and 2 completing the whole body structural series. Part 3 helps the student ‘put it all together’ the assessment, the understanding, the knowledge and the application.

Costs £295 if purchased more than 6 weeks in advance, thereafter £320.

Techniques and learning outcomes:

  • refine the integration of the whole body approach
  • seated and supine ‘position of ease’ fascial approaches for spinal and thoracic rotations
  • functional effective assessment for the upper and lower body to assess system-wide fascial restrictions
  • fascial approaches for the abdomen to create anterior length
  • neurofascial release techniques using isometric resistance for the shoulder girdle
  • soft tissue release techniques for shoulder stabilisation
  • introduction to rebounding both as an assessment and to alleviate bracing and holding patterns
  • fascial approaches for the jaw, the only bi-lateral jointed bone in the body.
  • learn fundamental effective fascial assessment to enhance treatment
  • develop a kinesthetic touch of fascial responses and reactions to fascial techniques.

A CPD certificate of attendance will be emailed to all students after the workshop.

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