EQ1100E: Equine Myofascial Release Level I

Instructor Ruth Mitchell, owner of the Equine Therapeutic Center in Virginia, leads this five-day course. Those already certified in equine sports massage or other complementary therapies will find that this dynamic modality fits in well with their work, adding a new dimension to it. Practitioners discover wonderful results when integrating these techniques into an existing routine.

Others who are just starting out will find this an easy approach for understanding and applying the modality. Lots of hands-on sessions! Ruth is constantly allowing this course to evolve with her ever-increasing knowledge. Like many of our instructors, she too continues her education to enhance her skills by attending conferences, events, courses and workshops.

Participants are trained in the theory, concepts and practice of Myofascial Release (MFR) as it pertains to the equine population. MFR restores the length and elasticity of the fascia, creating long-term benefits.

Following the course, students will immediately be able to produce positive structural changes, whether the problem be an acute or long standing dysfunction, with this full body approach.

Course Outline:
Theory

  • myofascial/osseous and related structures
  • anatomy
  • biomechanics
  • conformation and definition of common equine injuries
  • handling and safety

Myofascial Release Techniques

  • physical evaluations
  • gait analysis
  • lower extremities
  • lumbar/pelvic region
  • anterior & posterior thoracic region
  • cervical spine
  • atlas and axis

Additional Practicals

  • myofascial osseous release
  • myofascial stretching
  • therapeutic exercise

 

Prerequisites: knowledge of veterinary vocabulary and some anatomy suggested but not required. This class is suitable for those just beginning their studies. However, horse handling skills and a thorough understanding of equine safety are a must!

Required Text:
Facilitated Healing Through Myofascial Release: Putting the Pieces Together for Horse and Rider by Ruth Mitchell Golladay. This book will be handed out at the course.

Suggested Reading :
Any good anatomy book
The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion by Pilliner, Elmhurst and Davies

This course is required for the Equinology Specialized Equine Body Worker® Myofascial Release Series (ESEBWmfr). Students must be certified EEBW to attain the ESEBWmfr certifications. However, students of all levels are invited to take this course so long as they meet the prerequisites listed above.