Myofascial Integration

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Myofascial Integration is a certificate program for working or aspiring body work therapists. It trains the student in assessment of musculoskeletal dysfunction and its associated myofascial components. Dr. Woodruff developed this approach over many years in private practice. There are seven courses totaling 121 contact hours, a practical exam and a written exam. Each course has an assignment to be completed within one month of taking the course. Students who do not complete the assignment within that time may repeat the course.

Myofascial Integration Curriculum
• Anatomy of the Body-in-Motion 30 hours
• Introduction to Bartenieff Fundamentals℠ 14 hours
• Bartenieff Fundamentals℠ in Rehabilitation 14 hours
• Optimal Stretching Techniques (formerly Postural Muscle Assessment and Stretching) 14 hours
• Working with Fascia 21 hours
• Essential Movement Patterns 14 hours
• Clinical Applications 14 hours

How Myofascial Integration works

The myofascia is the fibrous covering of a muscle and the surrounding tissues that support, separate and guide muscles in their actions. If the fascia is damaged or dysfunctional, the associated muscles will be limited in their ability to support and move the body. My hands-on treatment approach uses fascia release and integrates it with movement—thus the title: Myofascial Integration.

After releasing the fascia, I guide the client through movement sequences that use the repaired tissue. The movement itself sends a message to the brain that there is new information to work with in creating that movement. Here’s the kicker: Without the movement input, no information gets to the brain. It’s about saving (or forgetting to save) your work on your hard drive. It is the movement experience that tells the brain there is something new with which to work. No movement = no change.

Myofascial Integration provides more than pain relief. It offers improved and lasting function.

Prerequisites for the certificate course:
A working knowledge of anatomy and an introductory course in Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement.

Assignments, clinical supervision hours and an examination complete the certification program. CMAs may take the certificate course to fulfill the 100-hour ISMETA upgrade requirement.