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Fascia: The Endless Web

13 Hour CE Course

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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The comprehensive textbook for this course is the result of more than two decades of research and practice. Through clear language and ample illustrations, learn how movement patterns and structural imbalances may develop before birth and during early childhood; how to read structural imbalances and variations in the body, and how the author addresses fascial imbalances through bodywork. This course does not teach hands-on skills. Please seek additional experience, with a mentor, to add hands-on skills.

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Content Outline

Early Development Pre- and Post-Birth
  • Introduction to connective tissue
  • Early embryological development
  • Factors in the growth of the embryo
  • Development of mesodermal tissues
  • Embryonic limitations and early structural organization
2.25 hours
Connective Tissue in the Body
  • The effect of the birth process
  • Developmental transitions in the newborn and young child
  • Myofascial structures: the spine as an example of living anatomy
  • Movement and gravity
  • Body contour
  • Emotions and the fascial web: body awareness and response patterns
2.5 hours
Body Retinaculae (Bands/Straps)
  • The chest band: Implications for movement and behavior
  • The inguinal band and the structure and function of the vertebral column in relation to the bands
  • The eye band and chin band
  • The collar, umbilical and groin bands
2.5 hours
Anatomy and Function
  • Proprioception: Internal body awareness
  • Upper body
  • Axial skeleton
  • Pelvis and upper legs
  • The system of horizontal and vertical myofascial structures
  • Reciprocity of movement
  • Joints
2.5 hours
Practical Application
  • Bodywork based on connective tissue concepts
  • Evaluation
  • First intervention
  • How to go deeper
  • How to touch
  • How to make it last
2 hours
Open-book Test and Course Evaluation 1.25 hours
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For someone who leads a busy life this course was a great way to increase my understanding of the myofascial system on my own time.

Leigh MacDonald, LMT, Concord NH

I thought the course was very educatinoal - I especially found the "practical applications" to be of the most help!

Linneah Dalmus, LMT

I found this course utterly fascinating!

Paula B Bowen, NCTMB, LMT, Lombard, Illinois

It has opened my eyes to a whole new approach to workings with fascia.

Sojee Raymond

I loved this course! It put language to what I've been sensing in my practice for years, which in turn makes it easier to explain to clients what is going on. I had not studied fascial anatomy previously and found the material exciting and fascinating. I took longer than I needed to with the course because I was able to tie so much of what I was reading to practical applications with several of my clients

Cynthia Frey, LMT, NCTMB

Very interesting. Will be rereading this.

Lyndsey Ritchie, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent information.

Maggie Blair, CMT

Very good information, easy to read, easy to incorporate into my practice. Have used tech./theory on several clients and myself. The work has been profoundly effective. Thanks.

Vicky Oxner, LMBT

This was a very informative course and one I can certainly use in my practice. I enjoyed learning!

Carol Jackson, LMBT

Great course. Useful information and inspired me to look into Rolfing as a new method of bodywork and look at fascia in a whole new way. Thank you.

Erika Best, LMT, NCTMB

I very much enjoyed the material of this class. I must be honest though, the reading was quite detailed! I know that I am far more enlightened than I was before taking this class and have a deeper appreciation for our work as a whole. I would recommend this calls for those who have a bit of experience under their belts as it may be a bit overwhelming for those who may be new to our industry. In other words...this class kicked my keester yet I loved it!

Diane Brown, CMT, NCTMB

I throughly enjoyed this helpful and informative class. I will definitely recomend it to others in the future.

Tabatha Trotter, LMT

Very interesting and well presented class

Kerri Ann Beckham, LMT

The Endless Web cemented what I had already learned about structural type bodywork and led to new insights in my personal practice. Starting with the development of the human body and tracking forward based on habits and emotional habitats help immensely with evaluation before a session.

Taylor Seidler, LMT

This course was a helpful review of anatomy and good descriptions of the stuctures of the body. Well written.

Jeanie Osborne, LMT, NCTMB

Will read this book several times. Great anatomy refresher

Rebecca Bertrand, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent and very informative.

Jody Fuller, LMT

I felt the material was very informative. I feel that after taking this class I can build my practice in a whole new way.

Stephanie Spindler, LMT, NCTMB

This was the first online course I've taken and I was relieved at how easy it was to navigate the website, test, etc. Thank you

Jenia Quinn, LMT

Enjoyed the course! Looking forward to next one.

Patrick Coote, LMT, NCTMB

I appreciate the information from this text. I love to read and learn all kinds of information. This course was interesting and helpful to my practice

Ann Gibson, LMT

The course study was set up in a way that absolutely made you read the info in order to answer the test questions. Therefore, you had to learn the subject! Kudos.

Cynthia Johnson, LMBT

The ability to take course and study online is beneficial for self-employed business owners who work in there home. Thanks for making this possible.

Evelyn DeHoyos, LMT

Very interesting subject and having two small children made this course very relevant. As well as easy to take a continuing education course at home!

Sandra Cameron, LMBT

I took a long time carefully reading & taking notes with this course!! I have to say this was "THE BEST" course I've taken to this point in my career as a LMT & PTA!! Thoroughly enjoyed the content & have already implemented techniques in both fields of practice. Thank you for a great course!!:)

Carlene Pfeister, LMT, PTA

This course was a reminder of what I already knew as well as an introduction to a new area. It felt good to think outside of the box.

Karen Siemon, LMT, NCTMB

It was a very educational course.

April Whiting, LMT, NCTMB

I'm very happy with the course content. It was stimulating and challenging.

Julie Erickson, LMT, LMP

Excellent course. I love the textbook and the material was interesting.

John Koran, LMT, NCTMB

I find taking courses with the Institute makes learning easy and fulfilling my requirements much simpler.

Colleen Quinn, LMT, NCTMb

I always love the variety of courses offered from Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies. This course, "Fascia: The Endless Web" was no exception. Having been a massage therapist for 27 years I'm always looking for courses that inspire, inform and give me some fresh hands-on tools. This course did the trick!

Maryjane Michaud O'Connor

I am extremely impressed and pleased with your quality of courses, materials, & staff. I have used your courses for all of my home study units through my 15 years as a massage therapist in the state of Florida. I cannot say enough about your courses and staff, but I will say- to have such quality and service puts you above your competitors.

Karen Barr-Gosselin, LMT

This course was more than I expected! It delved into the fascia and refreshed my understanding of muscle anatomy. I was very excited that it was written by two Rolfers! This course also fit perfectly with my teaching of Yin Yoga. All in all, it was a great course for me. Thank you.

Sheryl Woodmansee, LMT

The course material was clearly presented both in its written word and illustrations. A good reference guide.

Dorothy M. Menzie, LMT

This course gave me a great fundamental understanding of the fascial system. For anyone who is interested in communicating the structural importance of connective tissue and the work of Ida Rolf, this is a course for you! A+

Summer Alexander, LMT, NCTMB

This was the best online CEU course I have taken in 20 years. It was challenging and informative.

Kerry Brady, LMT

This course, Fascia: The Endless Web, was the BEST course I've ever taken in my 15 years of massage therapy continuing education. The course book is fascinating and its information is accessible because of its many photos and diagrams. Reading with the test in hand is a great way to find important nuggets of information. I think this text is a must-read! Thank you for continuing to provide resources that are timely and relevant to MTs everywhere!

Laura Kruse, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent material. I enjoy taking online courses with your organization!

Larry Androes, LMT

Great content and interesting material! I really liked how you centered your introduction to this material to the very well used work of Ida Rolf.

Chad Bradbury, LMT, NCTMB

This class surpassed my expectations. Thanks.

Nancy Louise Andres, LMT

I continue to enjoy taking courses through the institute and highly suggest it to my co-workers and peers. 'The Endless Web' was very intersting and I have already started applying it to my practice. Thank you!

Paige Afelskie, RMT

I recommended your institute to my fellow employees, highly recommended this course in paticular.

Carrie Tremelling, LMT, NCTMB

Very excellent explanation of concepts, with practical applications throughout the course. I will be using what I learned in my practice.

Tina Barman, RMT

Great for anatomy refresher as well as gaining new information about connective tissues. Well illustrated throughout and the course is divided into sections that read easily.

Kaileen Cantwell, LMT

This was a fabulous course! I learned so much and I have been doing this for 17 years.

Bernadette Bulanda, LMT

Interesting Topic. I always gain a lot from taking your home study tests. Thank you!!

Stacy Poole, LMT

I am happy to have courses that are not required to be online. I like books and paper. It is easier on my eyes and body.

Susan K. Langnes-Hammack, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative and interesting. I will definitely choose your courses again.

V. Ann Spiker, LMT

Pretty simple course. My only complaint would be that there are entirely too many analogies. Therapists familiar with basic anatomy/ physiology don’t need so many long winded examples of kinesiology. But it serves as a good learning tool for visual learners in need of examples.

Rita McNeil, NCTMB

This course did a great job of reinforcing prior knowledge and making me think about how connected everything is.

Jennifer Napoli, LMT

I enjoyed this course a lot. I liked the laid back language of the authors (rolfers).

Neva A. Clark, LMT, NCTMB

I found the information in this course very interesting. In my almost 14 years as a massage therapist I still find the human body an amazing and fascinating organism. The body’s fascia structure is such an amazing 3 dimensional spider web that connects everything! I cannot wait to apply the knowledge that I have learned in this course on treating my clients!

Daniel Hodgdon, LMT

I’m glad I took this course. It was interesting to see how the whole body is connected.

Charlene B. Clay, LMT, NCTMB

Every course I have taken from this Institute exceeded my expectations. I have expanded my knowledge and increased my understanding of how our body functions. Thank You for your quality courses and supportive staff.

Pamela Maryanski, LMT

I loved this book and this course! The book was very well written and easy to understand, if you have a decent knowledge of basic anatomy/physiology. The questions were well designed to make the most of the material, but not so obvious that you could skim through without really understanding the material. Great! Loved it!

Lynn Walden, RMT, LMT

I had been introduced to some of the concepts contained in this course in other classes, and was always intrigued by the subject. This course expounded on these topics for me in a way that was easy to understand and something I will continue learn about. I hope that this company will make a 'Part 2' of this course and delve into further practical application of the material. I would definitely purchase that.

Lisa Giroir, LMT

Enjoyed this course. Book was very, very interesting. Did learn from this course and it reinforced knowledge that I already knew about the body and fascia. Good course.

Joseph Burchick, LMT

This was a very good course, I really enjoyed it, and very interesting information.

Terrilyn Dranchak Ames, LMT

Easy to use and always my “go to” for non-contact hours.

Alison Flemming, LMT

I have wanted to learn more in the area of connective tissue and feel this was an excellent foundation and already have the next book in tow to follow it up with. It has encouraged me to start getting my ten pages a day habit back. Things start tying up in the understanding and it gets exciting again. Thank you.

margot barnard

This course was excellent, something I can refer back to time and time again. I feel I really got my moneys worth. Due to being a massage/NMT therapist for 18 years, full time, it's hard to get valuable knowledge that is not repeated. I would recommend this material to therapists who want to broaden their knowledge. Thank you for providing this!!

Octavia Delfs

This course was very well balances and informative. The descriptions and accompanying illustrations/photos were very helpful! I really enjoyed this course!

Molly Grout, RMT

No matter what your type of bodywork you practice, this course is a fine tool for your toolbox! It is always refreshing for me to embrace different concepts of understanding the amazing and magical human body! If you are curious about the conversations around fascia, this course may bring a few more "AHA" moments back into your life, as well as confirm what you thought to be true. Taking this course has also brought a deeper appreciation for my Yin Yoga Practice. FUN! Thank you. I enjoyed taking this course.

Deborah Caudle, CMT

This course was fascinating and informative.

Dorothea Fong, LMT

I have taken many courses from the Institute and have never been disappointed. This course has been my favorite! The information was detailed yet easy to visualize and understand. I can use my existing techniques in a more effective manner to help my clients. I loved that I was able to incorporate this information so easily.

Sierra Patterson, LMT

Very interesting material- I would definitely recommend it to others!

Erin McAnnany, LMT

Found this course particularly interesting and informative and can be immediately applied in my practice. I am a repeat customer of the "Institute" and will be back for more.

Claire Herlihy, LMT

This course was beyond what i already knew about fascia! Talking about who we are at the beginning of life... it was amazing to read about and study....Thank you.

Ilisa Green, LMT

Very interesting and useful material that I can use practically and have already recommended to two other therapists. Will refer back to the book regularly!

Lorna Hooper, LMT

This is one of the best Massage Therapy courses I've taken. Excellent. Thank you.

Jenny Hamilton, LMT

This was an excellent class. Incredibly thorough and captivating information!

Linda Skye, LMT, BCTMB

Lots and lots of information. Great review of muscles. Material can be read multiple times - gaining new knowledge.

Terry A. Debiaw, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize how movement patterns and structural imbalances can develop before birth.
  2. Recognize how movement patterns and structural imbalances can develop during birth and early childhood, including how these imbalances affect people.
  3. Identify the structure and function of fascial bands and straps in the chest, head, abdomen and groin.
  4. Recognize the various manifestations of structural imbalances and variations in the fascial body.
  5. Identify how fascial imbalances can be addressed through bodywork.
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Sample Text

"Like the chin strap, the next strap - the collar strap (Fig. 15-1) - is that of great importance to singers, whether opera or shower singers. It involves primarily the base of the throat, the upper tip of the lungs, and the upper margin of the shoulders. When this strap is very tight, its most striking feature is a tightness underneath the Adam's apple where the two clavicles (collarbones) meet the sternum (breastbone). The most common result is compression around the base of the neck. The collarbones are tightly glued down to the upper ribs in front and tightly held to the upper margins of the shoulder blades (scapulae) in the back. Deep hollows at the base of the neck, just behind the collarbones, are evidence of tension when this trap has become too tight.

In front, the strap seems to enclose the whole length of the collarbone as well as the two uppermost ribs. It includes a small muscle called the subclavius. This connects the middle section of each collarbone to the first and second ribs and continues as ligaments to the sternum and coracoid process, medially and laterally, respectively, this small muscle is active in respiration when the collarbone moves in relation to the ribs. When the fascial covering of the muscle is thickened, the subclavius is immobilized between the two bones." (The Endless Web: Fascial Anatomy and Physical Reality by R. Louis Schultz PhD and Rosemary Feitis, DO, 1996, p. 73)

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Sample Test Question

Tightness of the _____ often results in compression around the base of the neck.

  1. chin band
  2. chest band
  3. groin band
  4. collar band
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