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Two exciting workshops to choose from.
Soft Tissue Release (Level 1) and now Advanced Soft Tissue Release (Level 2) Workshop.

STR (Level 1) Workshops
Who should take this workshop?

This workshop is extremely beneficial for any heath care professionals dealing with injuries to soft tissue. Health care providers such as physiotherapists, massage therapists, athletic therapists, chiropractors, kinesiologists and osteopaths can benefit from this workshop.

Workshop Details
This practical hands-on workshop is delivered in a unique, learner-centered way. A brief review of the anatomy and physiology of soft tissue, and the changes in tissue resulting from injury, is followed by an explanation of how the application of soft tissue release techniques can achieve positive results quickly and permanently. The two basic movements of STR are taught and then participants move into practical sessions, applying STR techniques to different body areas.

The workshop is organized to help the participants learn the concepts and deliver the techniques in a way that is specific to their size, posture and clientele.

After completing the workshop participants will have the confidence and skills to properly apply the techniques to their clients immediately.

Course Content
This course covers the entire body. Concepts build on participants’ knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy, and are presented in a way which is quickly grasped by all. Some of the conditions included in the course are:

  • Lower leg injuries - Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Splints, Ankle Sprains, Foot and Arch pain, Sesamoiditis, Hammer and Claw toes.
  • Knee problems – Patellar Femoral Syndrome, ITB Friction Syndrome, Jumper’s Knee, Adductor and Hamstring Strains.
  • Low Back - chronic and acute pain treatment – Learn to successfully eliminate low back pain both acute and chronic following a very simple yet effective protocol.
  • Shoulder and upper body problems – Releases for Deltoids, Supraspinatus, Levator Scapulae, Latissimus Dorsi, Rhomboids, Trapezius, Pectoralis Major and Minor, Biceps, Triceps, Frozen Shoulder, Intercostals and Respiratory Muscles.
  • Neck pain – Whiplash - chronic and acute neck pain.
  • Elbow pain – Tennis and Golfer’s elbow.
  • Forearm and Hand - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and De Quervain’s Syndrome.

Please Note: Each section will incorporate specific home programs enabling clients to help maintain the success achieved from the treatments. These techniques can be easily integrated into your practice immediately following the course. Specific attention is given to self-help, minimizing fatigue while maximizing results. The class will also participate in case studies to demonstrate their skills obtained in the workshop. Class size will be small to ensure a good instructor/participant ratio.

Workshop Duration: 2 full days – approximately 16 hours of total contact time.

Workshop Materials: Include a detailed, illustrated manual, all PowerPoint notes, course certificate upon successful completion and receipt.

Workshop Accreditation
Soft tissue release training by Jim Bilotta is accredited with the following associations:

  • Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) – 5.6 CEUs
  • College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) – 8 CEUs (Category A)
  • College of Massage Therapists British Columbia (CMTBC) – 14 Credits
  • Massage Therapists Association of Manitoba (MTAM) – 16 Credit
  • Massage Therapist Association Of Saskatchewan (MTAS) - 16 Credits
  • New Brunswick Massotherapy Association (NBMA) – 14 credits.
  • Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) – 7 credits
  • Massage Therapist Association of Alberta – (MTAA) 14 credits
  • The College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Association of New Brunswick Massage Therapists (ANBMT) 7 CEU’s

Advanced (Level 2) Soft Tissue Release (STR) by Jim Bilotta

What is Advanced (Level 2) Soft Tissue Release (STR)?
Advanced Soft Tissue Release is a one - day practical workshop aimed at progressing the STR skills of therapists who have completed the level one STR workshop. Over the past 10 years soft tissue release by Jim Bilotta has continually evolved with more techniques, modifications to existing techniques, and changes in protocols and sequences. These progressions and modifications, both theoretical and practical, will be presented in the workshop.

Who can participate in this workshop?
This workshop will be offered to health care providers who have completed Soft Tissue Release by Jim Bilotta.

Why should you participate in this advanced workshop?
Most participants expressed an interest in returning after they had the chance to practice the techniques in their workplace. This advanced workshop will give participants the opportunity to elevate their skills and understanding of STR to ensure they produce the best possible results for their patients/clients.

Workshop Details
This practical workshop will:

  • Emphasize pressure (lock/glide) going from superficial structures to deep, and selecting the most effective tool for optimal performance.
  • Focus on strategies to ensure the patient/client actively moves towards the stretch. This is achieved by applying resistance against movements that are gravity assisted.
  • Give participants the opportunity to concentrate more on application because they are already familiar with most of the techniques.
  • Cover the entire body and participants will learn how to apply the techniques in a sequence rather than individually.
  • Give participants practice cases to work with an injury by developing a sequence of techniques to ensure the appropriate muscles are addressed in an orderly fashion.
  • Include Functional Soft Tissue Release (FSTR), aimed towards helping patients/clients safely return to work/sport or leisure activities. These techniques include functional movements that are common in sport, work and leisure activities. This unique concept focuses on applying pressure during the eccentric load on the muscle. Movements such as squats, lunges, dead lifts, push-ups, lat pull downs, seated rows will be examined in the workshop.
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to discuss any challenges, successes or findings that they have experienced in their practice, with the instructor and fellow workshop attendees.

Participant/Instructor ratio:
Participant/instructor ratio will be smaller to ensure more one on one opportunity with the instructor.

The STR manual has been completely revised. All photos have been updated and many new techniques have been added. The Advanced workshop will include the new manual, plus even more material to reflect the additional topics covered in this workshop.

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