Bodywork News Update – June 2014


Bodywork News Update – June 2014

We are happy to bring you our brand new website. After nearly ten years, now we have a new look For End of Financial Year, we gladly offer discount on a wide range of products at: Only for a limited time and while stock lasts (until 6 July)
We also have our latest collection of books, include: Fascial Stretch Therapy by Chris & Ann Frederick, Pilates for Children,  Energetic Kinesiology, and the 3rd Edition of Anatomy Trains.
Our new DVDs, including Joe Muscolino’s new DVDs on Joint Mobilization & Stretching, Whiplash by Til Luchau & Opening the Breath by Tom Myers.

Kinesio Taping, Does it Work?

Kinesio Taping is getting popular nowadays, especially now at the World Cup, players are shown to have these colourfl tapes around their legs. Researchers from Brazil tried to see what the evidence says about the effectiveness of Kinesio Taping. They identified twelve randomised controlled trials (pooled sample: 495 patients) with a range of conditions (shoulder pain, knee pain, back pain, neck pain, plantar fasciitis and mixed musculoskeletal conditions). These trials used different control groups, such as sham tape, manual therapy, electro-physical agents and exercise. All the eligible trials had small samples and the risk of bias of these trials was, on average, moderate. However the results were very consistent: Kinesio Taping was no better than any control group for all conditions tested. There were very few comparisons that suggested that Kinesio Taping was better than the control groups, and their effect sizes did not reach clinical significance.
The research team also conducted large trial with 148 participants with chronic non-specific low back pain .  Experimental group participants received eight sessions (over four weeks) of Kinesio Taping applied according to the Kinesio Taping Method treatment manual (ie, 10 to 15% tension applied in flexion to create skin convolutions in neutral). The control group participants received eight sessions  of “sham” Kinesio Taping with no tension, creating no convolutions.
The results showed that applying Kinesio Tape to create convolutions in the skin did not significantly change its effect on pain or disability index at four weeks. The authors concluded that Kinesio Taping applied with stretch to generate convolutions in the skin was no more effective than simple application of the tape without tension for the outcomes measured. These results challenge the proposed mechanism of action of this therapy.
These articles of course generate lots of debate among therapists. So do you use Kinesio Taping? What’s your view and experiences? Please let us know.


[1] Parreira, P., Costa, L., Hespanhol Junior, L., Lopes, A., & Costa, L. (2014). Current evidence does not support the use of Kinesio Taping in clinical practice: a systematic review Journal of Physiotherapy, 60 (1), 31-39 Free text here

[2] Parreira, P., Costa, L., Takahashi, R., Junior, L., Junior, M., Silva, T., & Costa, L. (2014). Kinesio Taping to generate skin convolutions is not better than sham taping for people with chronic non-specific low back pain: a randomised trialJournal of Physiotherapy, 60 (2) Free text here


Help complete a groundbreaking study: Structural Integration for chronic low back pain

Now, you can support a research into manual therapy for Lower Back Pain.

The study by Harvard Medical School research scientist Eric Jacobson, Ph.D., “Structural Integration for Chronic Low Back Pain,” has been funded by a grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. However that funding has run out—with analysis of data on pain disability, balance, gait, blood biomarkers and psychology uncompleted. Massage therapists and the public can contribute via the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation to support a new clinical study’s continuation and publication. The foundation will match the first $10,000 in contributions.

You can donate here

Free Webinar MFR: Learn what the FASCIANATION is all about

Myofascial release (MFR) is a popular therapy for new therapists and for those wishing to expand their skills. This webinar will offer insight into the important components of MFR discussed in more detail in the new book Myofascial Release. Ruth Duncan will describe the role of fascia and how it affects the body when it is injured. She will also discuss how therapists can find these inured and tight areas and by using MFR techniques can help resolve pain and dysfunction and restore balance and health. Ruth will also demonstrate some of the valuable techniques from her book offering a greater insight into MFR.
This free webinar will take place

Fri, Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM AEST

Sign up now for free!

           Top 5 Best Sellers (June 2014)

  1. Psoas Major
  2. Fascial Stretch Therapy
  3. Stretching and Joint Mobilization of the Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage
  4. Fascial Fitness
  5. 9 step Protocol for Low Back Pain

            On Sale

Discount on a wide range of products DVDs and Books at: Only for a limited time and while stock lasts (until mid June)

        Upcoming events

CORE Myofascial Structural Integration with George Kousaleos

Sydney, 26,27,28 Sept 2014: CORE Myofascial Therapy 1.
Sydney, 29,30 Sept- 1 Oct 2014: CORE Myofascial Therapy 2

CORE Myofascial Therapy program focuses on intermediate to advanced training in structural integration techniques that improve the structural alignment of the human body while advancing functional abilities, respiration, flexibility, and reducing chronic pain.CORE Myofascial Therapy is a 6-day certification course authored by George P. Kousaleos. However one can take CORE Myofascial Therapy 1  for hands-on experience in full-body Myofascial treatment.
More information at

CORE Sports and Performance Bodywork

Sydney, 3,4,5 October 2014 with George Kousaleos
This 2-day seminar will examine the four basic styles of performance inherent in all athletic disciplines. Utilizing structural integration and myofascial therapy theories and techniques that are appropriate for each style of performance, participants will focus on developing training and event protocols for endurance, sprint, power, and multi-skilled athletes.
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Association Conference

AMT Conference. October 17 – 19. The Event Center Flemington Race Course, Melbourne. Click here.

Somatic Intelligence

June 30/July 1 (Monday/ Tuesday)  “Nerve work for the lower limb” Randwick
July 5 (Saturday) “Touch Lab 1:  the spectrum of contact in working fascia” Lawson, Blue Mountains
July 6 (Sunday)  “Touch Lab 2: Posture beyond the plumb line: body-reading from a Rolfing Perspective” Lawson, Blue Mountains
July 13 (Sunday)  “Touch Lab 1:  the spectrum of contact in working fascia” Randwick
July 14 (Monday) “Touch Lab 2: Posture beyond the plumb line: body-reading from a Rolfing Perspective” Randwick
July 20 (Sunday) “Touch Lab 1:  the spectrum of contact in working fascia” Newcastle
For More info contact Colin Rossie (Ph:0425 289 969)

Functional Fascial Taping with Ron Alexander

  • 18-19 October 2014,  Brisbane
  • 25-26 October 2014, Sydney
  • 11 October 2014, Melbourne.

Not All Taping Techniques Are Supported by Research!
FFT is the only taping technique supported by randomised controlled clinical trial shown to be significantly better than placebo in reducing Non-Specific Low Back Pain.  Prof. Andry Vleeming said it is the best taping technique. More info here

Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy with Joe Muscolino

Joe will be back again in Sydney in 2015.
31 October – 1 November 2015. Clinical Orthopedic 
Manual Therapy for the Upper Extremity

2 – 3 November 2015.  Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy for the Lower Extremity
More info is coming up soon

Heskiers® OneTool

is an ergonomic massage, acupressure and myofascial release tool, promoting the flow of the interstitial fluid for use by professional bodyworkers and sports teams to help increase performance, enhance daily recovery, treat sports injuries, pain and relieve tension. It is also easy to use as a self treatment tool by athletes and health-conscious people everywhere! Now available at an introductory price here

Joe Muscolino’s Orthopedic Manual Therapy

Deepen your practice with Dr. Joe Muscolino’s new Book & DVDs on Joint Mobilization, Stretching, Massage, Body Mechanics, Orthopedic Assessment, and more!

New DVDs

Whiplash – Advanced Myofascial Techniques

This 2-DVD set shows the complete instructor demonstrations by Til Luchau. A great way to learn advanced myofascial techniques that dramatically improve your ability to work safely and effectively with whiplash and related trauma.
Plantar Fasciitis Protocolgives you a proven template to help you access and treat the pain of plantar fasciitis and other related syndromes of the foot that are so prevalent in our practices.

Joint Mobilization of the Upper Extremity with Joe Muscolino
Learn how to perform joint mobilization for all the joints of the upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, radioulnar, wrist and joints of the hand). Joint mobilization is the most effective technique to loosen and stretch the intrinsic fascial tissues of the joints!

Joint Mobilization of the Lower Extremity with Joe Muscolino
Learn how to perform joint mobilization for all the joints of the lower extremity (hip, knee, patella, tibiofibular, ankle and joints of the foot).

Stretching and Joint Mobilization of the Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage with Joe Muscolino
Learn how to stretch and mobilize the muscles and fascial tissue of the chest, shoulder girdle, thoracic spine and rib cage. As a bonus, this DVD also includes self-care for your patients/clients, as well as Thai massage moves, yoga poses and Pilates exercises!

Stretching the Lower Back and Pelvis with Joe Muscolino
Learn how to stretch the lower back and pelvis/hip joint. Beginner, intermediate and advanced techniques are demonstrated  and taught: Stretching of functional groups, pin and stretch, and neural inhibition (CR/PIR/PNF, and AC) stretching techniques are all covered.

Opening the Breath  Tom Myers takes you on a tour of the essential motions of breath in the rib cage, spine, shoulder, and neck – and how to enhance those motions for both the inhale and the exhale to achieve a full and easy breath – which will only assist in getting other benefits you seek for your clients.

Easing the Neck, with Tom Myers. A detailed tour of Fascial and Myofascial Techniques for the neck.

The Posture Plus DVD series is a synthesis of a wide variety of movement programs including Stretch Therapy, Pilates floor method, and strength training.


  • Anatomy Trains 3rd Edition Posters
  • Fascial Manipulation Posters by Luigi Stecco. The set of 2 posters show you the Centre of Coordination & Centre of Fusion.
  • Trigger Point Flipchart by Joe Muscolino
  • Fascia Posters by Robert Schleip

All Available at:

           New Books

Fascial Stretch Therapy by Chris & Ann Frederick shows how assessment, treatment and training are used in a variety of common circumstances encountered in manual therapy and athletic training.
Myofascial Release
 provides comprehensive training for hands-on therapists of all disciplines and at all levels to expand their practices. This scientifically grounded whole-body approach presents an overview of the entire fascial matrix.

Pilates for Children and Adolescents is written by experts in the topic areas covered, this book will be of use to Pilates teachers and those delivering training courses on this topic, as well as to others who work with children and adolescents.

Energetic Kinesiology  is an emerging field internationally in the Complementary Health Sciences, gaining more and more scientific support and recognition. This fully referenced textbook describes the field and explains the techniques upon which it is built.
Manual Therapy for the Low Back and Pelvis: A Clinical Orthopedic Approach by Joe Muscolino. This straightforward, procedures-oriented book empowers students to develop the advanced clinical orthopedic skills they need to confidently and effectively manage pain and conditions in the lower back and pelvis.

Anatomy Trains 3rd Edition: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists. By Tom Myers. The latest edition of this best seller presents a unique understanding of the role of fascia in healthy movement and postural distortion.

 A Practical Guide to Kinesiology Taping By John Gibbons. Comes with a FREE 90-MINUTE DVD. This book is a must for any therapist involved in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and pain. John guides you step by step, through the entire process of kinesiology-taping. 

Osteopathy for the over 50s, Monitoring Function & Healing Dysfunction By Nicette Sergueef and Kenneth Nelson This highly illustrated book will be invaluable in providing osteopaths with the information they require about the diagnosis of somatic dysfunction and application of osteopathic manipulative treatment unique within this age group.

The Fourth Phase of Water, Beyond Solid, Liquid, Vapor, by Prof. Gerald Pollack.

…unveiling the secrets of the world’s most common substance. Scientist, Gerald Pollack and colleagues at his University of Washington laboratory have discovered that water is NOT always H2O. The Fourth Phase of Water documents this fundamental discovery and uses it to explain common everyday phenomena, which you have inevitably seen but not really understood.

Facilitated Stretching by Robert McAtee, Jeff Charland (4th Edition), the most trusted resource for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching.