Optional post-conference 2.5 hour parallel presentations are scheduled for Sunday, September 20, following the conclusion of the main Conference proceedings.

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1. Manual Therapies
Leon Chaitow, ND, DO – Naturopath, osteopath, and acupuncturist, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (Elsevier)
César Fernández de las Peñas, PT, PhD – Researcher at the Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain


Detailed demonstration of methods of major fascia-directed manual approaches, with interactive discussion.


  • Myofascial Release/Induction variations,
  • Muscle Energy Techniques and eccentric and pulsed variations,
  • Neuromuscular Techniques,
  • Positional Release methods,
  • Connective tissue manipulation, and others, time permitting.

The workshop will include Video + Practical Demonstrations of:

  • Fascial treatment of Myofascial scars – Raul Martinez Rodrigues, DO PT
  • Fascial Manipulation® – Julie Ann Day, PT
  • Fascial treatment for nerve tissues – Cesar de las Penas, PhD PT DO
  • Muscle Energy Technique (isolytic and slow eccentric variations) – Leon Chaitow, DO
  • Myofascial release (Induction) – Andrjez Pilat, PhD
  • Structural Integration version of MFR – Tom Myers, LMT
  • Counterstrain positional release – Leon Chaitow, DO
  • Q&A – all presenters
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2. Tool Assisted Therapies
Andre Farasyn, PhD, PT, DO – Clinical researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, co-founder of the Cross-friction Therapy named “Roptrotherapy”; will present Roptrotherapy
Warren Hammer, DC, MS, DABCO – Clinician, introduced Fascial Manipulation into the U.S. in 2011 with Antonio Stecco, MD; will present Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Tom Hyde, DC, DACBSP – Adjunct Professor of Sports Medicine, University of Western States (UWS); Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)


The presenters will discuss the rationale behind the use of these instruments, including the differentiation between fascial densification and scar tissue/fibrosis. They will demonstrate the use of specific instrument soft tissue methods for a variety of soft tissue injuries. This will include nonspecific low back pain, tension headaches and extremity lesions, including iliotibial band syndrome, rotator cuff, Achilles tendinosis and generally any myofascial condition that responds to this specialized type of mechanical load.

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3. Visceral Manipulation
Peter Schwind, PhD, MA – Director of the Munich Group for interdisciplinary manual treatments
Carla Stecco, MD – Assistant Professor of Human Anatomy and Movement Sciences at the University of Padova, Italy, founding member of the Fascial Manipulation Association


During the workshop a new way to organize the inner fasciae will be presented, based on the results of several anatomical dissections. In addition, their relationship with the muscular fasciae will be investigated, to understand how the various manual techniques can affect the function of an organ. Furthermore, the internal fasciae’s anatomy is always seen in correlation with the physiology, and in particular the close relationship with intra and extramural ganglia and plexus is emphasized. This new integrated vision between internal fasciae and autonomic nervous system allows us to better comprehend the internal fasciae’s function and it provides a key of interpretation to see how to approach them from a therapeutic point of view.

During the practical part of our workshop Peter Schwind will demonstrate techniques of visceral manipulation, based on the concepts of Jean-Pierre Barral D.O. (UK). Special emphasis will be given to various modalities of treating the kidneys within the context of the fascia of the psoas and the supporting fat of the kidneys and the arterial supply of the organ. Then, Carla Stecco also will demonstrate the Fascial Manipulation approach for the same problem. In this way the participants can appreciate the analogies and the differences between the two techniques.

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4. Fascia in Sports and Movement Therapies
Robert Schleip, PhD, MA – Director of the Fascia Research Project at Ulm University, Germany, Research Director of the European Rolfing Association
Paul Grilley, PhD, MA – Trains hatha yoga teachers in usage of anatomical principles, teaches hatha yoga, conducts a yoga teacher training program
Stephen Gangemi, DC – Private practice in Chapel Hill, NC, conducts Training & Treatment Workshops in the U.S. and Europe focusing on Natural Movement and MovNat principles
Klaus Eder – Joint owner of physiotherapy and rehabilitation center www.edermuellerkerler.de, Physiotherapist, Sports physiotherapist, Vojta therapist, Rehabilitation trainer, Physio at various Olympic Games, Lecturer at the Universities of Bayreuth and Regensburg
Bernie Clark – Teacher of yoga and meditation and creator of YinYoga.com


How do sports, exercise and daily movements influence the remodeling of fascial tissues? How can movement related overload syndromes be best treated and prevented? What scientific evidence as well as practical innovations are most relevant in the fields of yoga therapy, foam rolling, athletic performance, stretching and sports rehab?

Several informative presentations, mixed with brief practical instructions, will open this intriguing new field of inquiry, with space for audience participation and discussion in order to foster networking, curious questioning, and new creative ideas among all involved.

  • Stephen Gangemi: Natural Movement: Moving our bodies the way they’re designed to move
  • Paul Grilley: Yoga, fascia and meridians
  • Bernie Clark:  What stops me? The role of connective tissue and human variation on range of motion
  • Robert Schleip: Principles of a fascia oriented training approach
  • Klaus Eder: Fascia oriented support for world champion soccer players
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5. Ultrasonography and Ultrasound Elastography
Jouko Heiskanen, MD, Pt – Senior lecturer of ultrasonography medical rehabilitation at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland
Wolfgang Bauermeister, MD, PhD – Researcher in cooperation with Ulm University, Germany, lecturer/instructor of his Elastography and shockwave approaches.


A. Jouko Heiskanen, MD, Pt – Ultrasonography
In this dynamic ultrasonography workshop we visualize the structures of fascias, movements of its layers in relations to muscles as they occur in real time.  This sonopalpation workshop has three goals:

  • theoretic base: how valid and reliable is ultrasound as an assessment tool in fascial evaluation?
  • practice: an objective assessment for normal myofascial anatomy, its thickness, consistency, as well as facial connections to bones, tendons and ligaments and
  • applying: dynamic, functionally applied sonopalpation for structures and movement patterns of myofascial system.

Diagnostic ultrasound has been used by radiologists within radiology departments as a diagnostic tool for decades. Musculoskeletal therapists have used ultrasound imaging (ultrasonography, sonopalpation) as a part of muscle assessment and “biofeedback” in therapeutic exercise and in facilitation of patient’s optimal motor learning. This dynamic ultrasonography workshop applies a review to:

  • free fascia: in lying, sitting and standing, breathing, relaxation (transmitting force and load),
  • active fascia: effects of local/global muscles, inhibition, kinetic chain, fascial lines, standing/walking 
  • modified fascia: light/heavy pressure, stretching, taping, massage
  • education: technique portion how to use ultrasound in teaching 

The clinical aspect of this workshop is to visualize the continuous interplay of articular, myofascial, neural, visceral systems in healthy body for manual therapists, masseurs, doctors, athletes and scientists Combined with manual palpation it creates a more realistic conception of the fascial system. This ultrasonography could be a new way to improve teaching results in functional anatomy in various professions. Characteristics of adhesion and other pathologies are important but not the main focus in this instruction. In this workshop we work in small groups so that everyone act as an ultrasound researcher and will be investigated by the colleagues.

B. Wolfgang Bauermeister, MD, PhD – Ultrasound Elastography: Anatomy Trains Assessment of the elastic properties of fascia and muscle related to myofascial trigger points
Myofascial Pain caused by trigger points in the fascia and the muscles is mostly not considered because it is difficult to objectively prove the existence of myofascial trigger points (mTrPs). Their related patterns like the Anatomy Trains as perceived by Thomas Myers in the late 1990’s are based on structural connections. Stiffness of fascia and muscle can be palpated and measured to a certain extent, but it cannot be visualized by conventional means like MRI or conventional ultrasound. Ultrasound Elastography has emerged as a tool not only in research but in everyday practice too for the imaging of the Anatomy Trains and the underlying pathophysiology such as mTrPs and fibrosis.

  • Current research: Theory, Shear wave, vibrational and compression Elastography, Shockwave therapy and their effect on fascia and muscle
  • Practical application: Clinical Elastography for imaging the different parts of the Anatomy Trains detecting mTrPs in the fascia and muscle
  • Findings: Putting the results together, relating them to muscle imbalance and pain threshold measurements
  • Treatment effects: Elastography shows the immediate effects of any therapeutic intervention. The effects of manual techniques, percussion massage and Frequeny Specific Microcurrent will be demonstrated.

The participants will learn to perform the Elastography exam, to interpret the findings and incorporate them into a therapeutic strategy.

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