What is AFR?
Active Fascial Release has been developed by James Earls, a structural integration practitioner and Anatomy Trains teacher. It blends his understanding of myofascial continuities and functional movement principles with hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue to create a variety of therapeutic effects.
James studied structural integration with Tom Myers. James also studied movement principles with Gary Gray and David Tiberio of the Gray Institute. Active Fascial Release aims to bring the best of both these models together to give you a quick and effective treatment tool.
Active Fascial Release combines elements of motor control theory with a neuro-myo-fascial approach to identify, treat and finally re-educate the clients movement patterns. The blending of guided movement with various soft tissue engagement protocols has created a method that addresses the body as a whole and acknowledges the roles of the bodys various tissues and their interrelationships.
Why attend an AFR workshop?
Active Fascial Release is a dynamic and thorough method of assessing, treating and re-educating soft tissue. It is designed for the manual therapist who wants to incorporate movement into their treatment. By using AFR you are giving the client the potential to educate themselves on the wonderful interrelationships through their body.
How and why the clients condition appeared in the first place often becomes clearer to them as the therapist guides their movement and works with the soft tissue in movement. This allows the therapist a wonderful educational tool to engage and motivate the client in their own treatment.
The learning of Active Fascial Release will also develop a functional and 4 dimensional understanding of the body an essential aspect of modern manual therapy.
In this training you will learn:
why many injuries recur or simply wont go away and how this work may help resolve them
how to feel the rhythms of movement through the system and learn to assess whether they are suitable or not
the movement implications of the Thomas Myers Anatomy Trains map of myofascial connections
fascial layering and how to connect with different layers
how to use movement to create shearing effects
the influence of intermuscular septa and how to mobilize them
how to use use full body movement to feel for the connections between the shoulders and feet, the hands and the pelvis
how to work with the deep quadriceps without pain or discomfort (to your client!)
the real function of the hamstrings
why restricted deep lateral rotators may lead to rotator cuff issues
when to use a clients hand movement to mobilize their adductors. Workshop Format:
Relevant Anatomy: short, intensive and integrated presentations from multiple sources including video of fascial dissections are combined with the palpation of relevant structures. We aim to convey information in an inspiring and understandable fashion.
Postural & Functional Assessment: learn how to see and read the intricacy of individual movement patterns.
Active Fascial Release Techniques: each technique is fully laid out for intent and feel. Plenty of time is dedicated to practice, ensuring you can apply these methods immediately in your clinic.
The lower limbs are covered during the first day, along with essential elements of functional movement such as directions and drivers.
The second and third days address the pelvis, torso and shoulder girdle.
Throughout the course, fascial touch skills are explored in movement, creating powerful effects on the myofascial tissues.
We finish by blending the material together to give a full body treatment, learning to feel the connections through the body in many different positions with a variety of movement ideas.
Once the principles of AFR are learned they can be easily adapted to almost any client or situation. The application of this work can increase your clients body awareness and understanding of movement as well as resolving or easing many of their issues.
Understanding and applying essential principles touch, layering, movement
Applying different movement drivers to create different effects and knowing when to use them
Knowing how to create tissue length versus separation and when to apply each
Combining structural and functional assessments and making sense of how they interact
Building on the principles listed above to develop global and local movement strategies and knowing when to use each based on the combined structural and functional assessments
Further Highlights Include:
A full repertoire of interventions for the upper body including quadratus lumborum, obliques and intercostals, multifidi and shoulder girdle muscles. Bringing the protocols together to assess and understand the full body connections
A fully illustrated manual outlines the principles and techniques.
Participants also receive access to video content to review and expand on the techniques demonstrated during the workshop.
Who Should Attend?:
The workshop is designed for massage therapists, physical therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and those wanting to add an extra dimension to their treatments. While anatomy and pathology will be acknowledged during the 3 days of training, time is too short to teach basics, so a reasonable understanding is expected to allow for a rapid progression and focus on techniques.
What to Bring:
Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely.
Please note that this class is also a teacher training for future AFR instructors. Some portions may be taught by teachers-in-training with James assisting.
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