Sunday, June 22, 2008

Myofascial Release FAQ

Myofascial Therapy and Research Foundation
SCeB CAPT, Chemmanampady, Medical College, Kottayam
PH: 9495300913, 9846967728, 9846265331

Advanced Diploma in Myofascial Therapy

Q: What will I learn from taking a course?

A: Our Myofascial Release courses are designed to introduce you to techniques that can help you treat difficult cases and chronic or deep-seated pain. We guarantee you will be able to use MFR immediately in your practice with confidence and success.

Q: How large are the classes and how many instructors are there?

A:There will be10 to 20 students in a class. Our instructors frequently work with assistant instructors to enhance participants' learning experience. Classes are kept small so you have lots of opportunity to ask questions and receive one-on-one instruction.

Q: What are the hours of your courses?

A: Our courses are two months in length. They are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Q: How much hands-on work is there? How much theory?

A: About 95% of the course is devoted to hands-on work. Emphasis is put on practical clinical application of MFR. The instructor starts with a short lecture (about a half-hour) to go over anatomy and theory related to the work, and then gets right into demonstration and practice time during the first morning.

Q: Does Myofascial Therapy and Research Foundation award certificates?

A: Yes. You will receive a certificate at the end of the course, provided you have completed all of the required hours of instruction.

Q: How is Myofascial Release different from Swedish massage?

A: The focus of the work is to release restrictions within the fascia, or connective tissue, which envelops the muscles, bones, ligaments, and organs. Rather than focusing on specific muscles and their origins and insertions, MFR requires you to shift your thinking to see the body in terms of the interconnecting fascial planes. MFR requires no oil and is very slow. The actual strokes are quite different because you are molding into the tissue to grab and move fascia, rather than working only muscle.

Q: What is the difference between the AJIMSHAW’s Approach of Myofascial Release and other styles of Myofascial Release?

A: The main difference is in approach. Some MFR work is primarily static, which means that it involves a lot of holding and stretching to release the tissue. While the AJIMSHAW’s Approach of MFR incorporates some static release, it focuses more on active, or direct, MFR techniques. In active work, the therapist goes directly into the tissue to move it to a better anatomical position and release restrictions that way.

Q: What is the difference between the AJIMSHAW’s Approach of Myofascial Release and Rolfing®?

A: Rolfing is a system of fascial manipulation developed by Dr. Ida Rolf. Our courses do not teach Rolfing and are neither affiliated with nor endorsed by the Rolf Institute. The AJIMSHAW’s Approach of Myofascial Release is similar to Rolfing in that both styles use techniques called myofascial release. They also share the same goal -- to improve clients' posture and body functioning, as well as relieve their pain. The primary difference between the two styles of work is the investment involved in learning each. The Myofascial Release techniques we teach are just as effective as other styles, but can be learned at a fraction of the cost and time.

Q: What are your instructors' qualifications?

A: All of our instructors have completed a recognized Myofascial Release program (Direct and Indirect) and have studied the AJIMSHAW’s Approach of Myofascial Release, which is taught by Dr. Ajimshaw. M.S.

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