Fascial Movement Foundation 2018-19

Fascia—the connective tissue that weaves throughout all the organs, muscles and bones of the body—is a crucial element in maintaining overall health and optimal physical function.

Revolutionary research in the field of fascia now shows that it plays a strong role in injury prevention and healing. Like the musculoskeletal system, the fascial system changes in response to repeated stress and injury. Small changes in the fascia, in one area of the body, can ripple out and affect the body as a whole.

Five years ago Merrithew introduced ZEN•GA® —an innovative fusion of fascial exercise science and mindful movement—to the health and fitness world. Now, they’ve stepped up their commitment to merge fascial science with healthy movement in the new Merrithew Fascial Movement Foundation Course, Level 1.  Join Melanie Byford-Young  at Pacific NW Pilates for an intensive, in-depth weekend of exploration into the latest research findings on the neuromyofascial skeletal system.

Fascial Movement Foundation Course, Level 1

Fall 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019
1- 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2019
noon – 7 p.m.*

Sunday, September 22, 2019
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.*

  * Saturday & Sunday hours include a 60-minute break.

Tuition: $895


$135 for required course material & prop package:

 Fascia in Sport and Movement book by Ph.D. Robert Schleip, Merrithew Twist Ball & Resistance Loop

(note: you may purchase these on your own and bring to the course)

In addition, we highly recommend that you read Fascia: What it is and Why it Matters by David Lesondak


Satisfy your annual STOTT PILATES CEC requirements—earn 1.6 credits

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the components of fascia—explain its role and relevance to movement.
  • Articulate the difference between tensegrity and traditional force and lever-based biomechanics.
  • Define and explore fascial movement variables such as Bounce, Sense, Expand & Hydrate.
  • Develop programs for clients of all levels integrating specific fascial movement variables.

Go Deep into the Structure of Fascia

Fascia forms a continuous tensional network throughout the body investing every organ, every tissue—even down into the cells. It can be slimy, stretchy, tough, strong and everything in between. It can be fine and web-like or wet with dewdrops. It is the structure of our organs. It is sometimes said that fascia, which includes the extra-cellular matrix (ECM), is everything in the body that isn’t a cell. Our fascial system begins to develop at about two weeks gestation. It becomes the scaffolding upon which all other structures grow. (Myers)

This course takes an in-depth look at the structure and nature of fascia. You’ll leave this course understanding the anatomy of fascia—what it’s made of, how the cells sense and respond to stimuli (tension created when you move, for example) and how it organizes itself along lines of pull. The ability to train and change fascia starts with understanding what it is and how it behaves.

Visit Fascial Landscapes

It’s easy to read about fascia but how do you know when fascia is healthy or not? This course will help you learn to identify when fascia is slimy and shiny (well-hydrated) or sticky and fuzzy (bound down).

Discover the qualities of prestress, pretension and compression within your own body so you can use it as a tool with clients who have pain or injuries, and experience fascia’s response to various training protocols like jumping, stretching and proprioceptive input.

From Perplexing to Practical

Merrithew blends the art of teaching and science of fascia in its four movement Merrithew Fascial Movement Variables. These variables—Bounce, Sense, Expand and Hydrate—provide the movement practitioner with a platform to develop a fascia-inspired movement library suitable for a variety of clients and conditions.

Ready to explore fascia more? Call to register at 503-292-4409.