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Upcoming Workshops

Plan ahead to join Lu in Winter Park September 8 – 9 for MyoMob for Instant Results. This 12 CE course includes Posture and Movement Evaluation, Myofascial Mobilization techniques (MyoMob) for the whole body, and specific treatment protocols and strategies for low back pain and neck/shoulder pain. For more information and to register, click here.

What is MyoMob?

MyoMob (Myofascial Mobilizations) is a system of plug and play techniques that you can put into your massages, physical therapy sessions or the family’s dinner, just as needed.
The techniques themselves are aimed at mobilization of tissues like fascia, muscle, tendons, ligaments, the soft tissues around the bones, not the bones themselves. Often, the results after a treatment can feel as if the bones had been adjusted, though, because the pull from myofascial strains has eased.
This is not rocket science. It’s simple, applied biomechanics, and the techniques are nothing new. You’ll find them in classes for medical massage, manual therapy, osteopathic treatments, and in various traditions all over the world. You’ll probably see them used and you think “Oh, I’ve seen that, that’s polarity,” or insert some other fancy modality.Myofascial massage demonstration
You might already be very familiar with what we do in class. In that case, what you learn might be better body mechanics, or an evaluation technique that makes it possible for you to see structural challenges in your clients more quickly than before, or you’ll be able to help your clients gain better awareness.
Even if you’ve worked with several styles of myofascial work and you’re doing nothing else in your practice, you’ll still leave a MyoMob workshop with some new tools to use. You will have more clarity of how to put a session together that helps your client quickly and that doesn’t stress your own body.
If you’re doing spa sessions you’ll also benefit. MyoMob techniques (or, as some students call them, “MyoMobs”), can be put into ANY session that makes it possible to put your hands on people. Even if you never get to practice a whole MyoMob session, you’ll use some techniques, and your clients will leave not only relaxed, but also with surprising results, especially regarding range of motion.
If you’re an occupational therapy assistant and you’ve never done manual therapy, you can learn useful techniques that can help your patients in just the few minutes you get with them.
MyoMob is a style of work that is decidedly NOT holistic. It’s not meant to integrate the whole body. It’s not a routine that needs to be applied in a prescribed sequence.
Techniques can be used without warming up the tissue before so you can either:
  • give the client the deep sensation they crave the instant you put your hands (or, more likely, forearms) on them, or
  • do a bit of work in two minutes to help a friend who “has slept wrong” and has trouble turning their head into one direction.
Myofascial Release Low Back
Most workshops for massage therapists teach you whole routines, and for some of us, it can be confusing to be just handed a bag of tools. But there really is no routine in MyoMob. It would be wrong to even try teaching a routine, it would even be misleading! The goal of a workshop is that you’ll be able to make up your own session based on the client’s needs.
But we’ll cheat a bit. In every workshop, we’ll also learn a sequence to treat one particular problem within half an hour or less.
So if you’re a physical therapist, you can use your 15 minutes of manual therapy with MyoMobs to target an area and get instant, and usually permanent, improvement in range of motion.
If you’re an LMT who works in a hotel spa, you’ll be able to plug a MyoMob sequence into your massage routine to help with some lingering back pain, and you will not feel exhausted afterwards.
So what is it we actually do in MyoMobs? We use one of our “tools”, like knuckles, a forearm, an elbow (rarely), or, in delicate areas, the pads of our fingers at about a 45 degree angle to the client’s body. We apply pressure skin-on-skin, without lubricant in between, and we wait for the typical myofascial glide.
That’s it. All the learning and practicing is needed because it’s hard to feel what it’s supposed to feel like, and because we’re so used to “doing” things to our clients that we have trouble just hanging out.
But MyoMobs are NOT myofascial holds, we’re not waiting for several minutes–the aim is to get movement into the tissue, and if that’s not happening, we need to change the angle, or the area, or address it in a different way.
MyoMob workshops are 95% hands-on work, not lecture, because it’s important to feel the myofascial glide in different bodies, skin textures, and ages. The high instructor-student ratio makes it possible for every student to feel how the instructor applies the treatment.

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