Arthorfascial Stretching is a Joint Mobilization Workshop for Manual Therapists. This course is a 2-day hands-on workshop with Dr. Joe Muscolino.
Many factors are important for musculoskeletal health. Arguably, the two most important factors are flexibility of soft tissue and strength of musculature. Often the key to remedying a client’s musculoskeletal condition is loosening tight soft tissues that directly cause pain and/or decrease the client’s range of motion (ROM). However the field of massage therapy has limited its effectiveness by focusing only on tight musculature. Recent understanding of the importance of fascia and the role that fascial adhesions (and fascial contraction) has enhanced manual therapy. However, this increased focus on fascial tissue has largely limited itself to myofascial tissue. Most manual therapist largely ignore an incredibly important fascial tissue component of the body: joint capsules and their associated intrinsic joint ligaments.
The essence of a joint mobilization is to stretch the arthorfascial intrinsic tissues of the joint (ligaments, joint capsules, short deep muscles) by stabilizing the proximal bone and then introducing a gradual gentle-but-firm stretch force to the distal bone. A very valuable technique!
This workshop covers motion palpation and joint mobilisation of the entire spine (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar) as well as the sacroiliac joint and rib cage.
Prerequisite: Completion of any of the Clinical Orthopedic Massage Therapy (COMT) workshop.
Date & Location
10-11 June 2023, Sydney, , 9AM-6PM every day
Location: Erskineville Hall. Erskineville Anglican Church, 55 Erskineville Road, Erskineville NSW.
Regular $699, Early-Bird $645
Dr. Joe Muscolino is a licensed chiropractic physician and has been a massage therapy educator for more than 30 years, with extensive experience in teaching kinesiology and musculoskeletal assessment and technique classes. Dr. Muscolino has authored 8 major publications with Mosby of Elsevier Science, including the best selling The Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual , Kinesiology, and The Muscular System Manual. He also writes the column article “body mechanics” for the AMTA’s massage therapy journal, AMT, AAMT, and Massage Australia.
“Joe Muscolino is a master of his profession! His broad knowledge on the human body and extensive experience made the workshops interesting and engaging. The topics were delivered with enthusiasm and great clarity. His instructions were easy to follow and understand and he always had time to check on everyone’s hands-on work. Joe is definitely one of the most genuine teachers I’ve come across. I would highly recommend his workshops to any body-worker. I, myself, can’t wait for the next one!” Zuzana G., Sydney.
“After having read one of Joe’s books, I was encouraged to attend his workshops for deep tissue massage, stretching and joint mobilisation for the neck and low back & pelvis. I had been trying to find a workshop like this to update and add to my skills for some time. Joe’s teaching method is methodical, full of valuable information, with hands on training and teaching. Bad postural and massage habits I had developed were corrected making my massage techniques more effective with less effort. There was a very friendly and open atmosphere, and Joe was open to seeing the students techniques as well. The education was invaluable and worth every cent. I would highly recommend Joe’s workshops to anyone wanting to improve and add more to their skills. I look forward to future workshops.” Lauren S., Balmain, NSW.
“I was impressed with the workshops for a number of reasons – firstly, each point was clear, easy to understand and well supported with factual reason. Secondly, it was very hands-on so that each point was reinforced immediately with Joe getting to each table to fine-tune or compliment. Finally, Joe’s persona was engaging, friendly and thoroughly authoritative. I learnt a number of new treatment techniques and looked at ones I have used for some time from a different angle. All well worthwhile.” Julian W., Melbourne.
“I can personally tell you his two-day neck workshop was a wealth of information and has convinced me to work more deeply on this region, which is a culprit for many annoying symptoms in lives of our clients.” Kay S., Hobart, Tasmania.