Fascial Manipulation Certification Course Level 1

This 6 day program is divided into 2 blocks of three days.

Dates 15th May 2020
16th May 2020
17th May 2020
19th June 2020
20th June 2020
21st June 2020
Length 6 days
Cost £849.00 incl VAT - early bird price
Discount on £999.00
Expires 29th Feb 2020
CPD hours 48

Fascial Manipulation

Fascial Manipulation is a manual therapy that has been developed by Luigi Stecco, an Italian physiotherapist. Focusing on fascia, it considers the myofascial system as a three-dimensional continuum.

This method presents a complete biomechanical model that assists in deciphering the role of fascia in musculoskeletal disorders.

In recent years, Prof. Carla Srecco MD and Dr. Antonio Stecco MD have carried out extensive research into the anatomy and histology of the fascia via dissection of unembalmed cadavers in Italy and France. These dissections have provided new histological and anatomical data including the existence of myotendinous expansions between segments, the multi-layer structure of deep fascia and the abundant innervation of the tissue by mechanoreceptors and free nerve endings.

The mainstay of the manual method developed by L. Stecco lies in the identification of specific, localised areas of the fascia in connection with specific limited movements. Once a limited or painful movement is identified, then a specific point on the fascia is implicated and, through the appropriate manipulation of this precise part of fascia, movement can be restored.

(For list of articles by Prof. Carla Stecco and Dr. Antonio Stecco see PubMed)

Who should attend?

Fascial Manipulation courses are intended for medical doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors. Other registered health practitioners with at least two years of experience and a good working knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology and notions of postural analysis maybe accepted after submission of their qualifications.

Fascial Manipulation Courses

Fascial Manipulation Certification course is divided into two levels (6 days per level):

Level 1 – Addresses the myofascial sequences of the body and the Centres of Coordination, small areas where altered fascia causing dysfunctions within the musculoskeletal system are most common.

Level 2 – Consolidates clinical application and introduces Centres of Fusion, points that are extremely important for proprioceptive dysfunctions.

On Level 1 and 2 participants learn to evaluate musculoskeletal dysfunctions in reference to the human fascial system, and to apply the Fascial Manipulation method as taught by Luigi Stecco. Lessons include fascial anatomy and physiology, the biomechanical model used in application of this method and the anatomical localisation of key fascial points. Theory lessons demonstrations, and practice between participants alternate during the day.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellation must be made in writing to Octopus Physiotherapy at the email address info@octopusphysiotherapy.com. Substitute delegates are welcome at any stage. Cancellation made before 20th of February 2018 will receive full refund less £50 cancellation fee. Cancellation before 20th of March will receive 50% of the refund. We regret that no refund is available if cancellation received after 20th March, for whatever reason.

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Note: this programme may be subject to changes according to organizational requirements of either the venue or the Instructor.

Day 1

08.30 – 08.45 Welcome and Introduction to Level 1  
08.45 – 10.00 Fascial Anatomy: layers and continuity, histology, innervation  
10.00 – 10.20 Break  
10.20 – 11.00 Biomechanical model and Glossary of terms used in Fascial Manipulation® Theory
11.00 – 12.30 Sequence of antemotion: upper limb presentation, demonstration of centers of coordination, movement tests, position of treatment Theory/Demonstration/Student practice
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch  
13.30 – 15.00 Sequence of antemotion: head and trunk Theory/Demo/Pratical
15.00 – 16.00 Sequence of antemotion: lower limb Theory/Demo
16.00 – 16.20 Break  
16.20 – 16.40 Sequence of antemotion: lower limb Practical
16.40 – 17.30 Manipulation of the Fascia – Treatment Theory

Day 2

08.30 – 09.20 Physiology of the myofascial unit and mf sequences Theory
09.20 – 10.40 Sequence of retromotion: upper limb Theory/Demo/Practical
10.40 – 11.00 Break  
11.00 – 12.30 Sequence of retromotion: head and trunk Theory /Demo/Practical
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch  
13.30 – 14.40 Sequence of retromotion: lower limb Theory/Demo /Practical
14.40 – 15.30 Part 1 The Assessment Chart for Fascial Manipulation (from anamnesis to hypothesis – significant questions, abbreviations) and demonstration Theory
15.30 – 15.50 Break  
15.50 – 16.10 Part 2 The Assessment Chart for FM - from hypothesis to verification and treatment Theory
16.10 – 17.30 Sequence of lateromotion: upper limb Theory/Demo /Practical

Day 3

08.30 – 10.00 Sequence of lateromotion: head and trunk Theory/Demo/Practical
10.00 – 10.30 Sequences of lateromotion: lower limb Theory/Demo
10.30 – 10.45 Break  
10.45 – 11.15 Sequences of lateromotion: lower limb Practical
11.15 – 12.30 Treatment of a patient by instructor – anamnesis, hypothesis, movement tests and palpation verification, treatment, reassessment. Demo
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch  
13.30 – 14.40 Sequence of mediomotion: upper limb Theory/Demo/Practical
14.40 – 16.00 Sequence of mediomotion: head and trunk Theory/Demo/Practical
16.00 – 16.15 Break  
16.15 – 17.15 Sequence of mediomotion: lower limb Demonstration and discussion
17.15 – 17.30 Question time  

Day 4

08.30 – 10.00 Sequence of extrarotation: upper limb TheoryDemo/Practical
10.00 – 10.15 Break  
10.15 – 11.45 Sequence extrarotation: head and trunk Theory /Demo/Practical
11.45 – 12.30 Sequence of extrarotation: lower limb Theory
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch  
13.30 – 14.00 Sequence of extrarotation: lower limb Demo/Practical
14.00 – 15.30 Sequence of intrarotation: upper limb Theory/Demo/Practical
15.30 – 15.50 Break  
15.50 – 17.30 Sequence of intrarotation: head and trunk Theory/Demo/Practical

Day 5

08.30 – 10.00 Sequence of intrarotation: lower limb Theory/Demo/Practical
10.00 – 11.00 Comparative assessment: movement and palpatory assessments of the upper limb, lower limb, head and trunk Group work with instructor
11.00 – 11.20 Break  
11.20 – 12.30 Comparative assessment: movement and palpatory assessments of the upper limb, lower limb, head and trunk Group work with instructor
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch  
13.30 – 14.30 Comparative assessment: movement and palpatory assessments of the upper limb, lower limb, head and trunk Group work with instructor
14.30 – 15.00 Assessment Chart for Fascial Manipulation (revision) Theory
15.00 – 15.15 Break  
15.15 – 17.30 Treatment of a patient by students: Compilation of assessment chart hypothesis, movement tests, palpatory verification, and treatment Group work

Day 6

08.30 – 10.00 Presentation and discussion of cases by students Discussion
10.00 – 10.15 Break  
10.00 – 10.50 Fascial Manipulation - treatment strategies, progression of treatment, patient advice Theory
10.50 – 12.30 Presentation and discussion of cases by students  
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch  
13.30 – 15.00 Treatment of a patient Group work
15.00 – 15.15 Break  
15.15 – 16.00 Exam Level 1  
16.00 – 16.30 Diploma presentation and Closure of course  

Antonio Stecco MD, PhD

Antonio Stecco MD, PhD


Assistant Professor at The New York University School of Medicine.

Physiatrist, President of Fascial Manipulation Association, Assistant to the President of the International Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ISPRM) from 2012 to 2014.


Scientific activity devoted to the study the human fasciae from a macroscopically, histologically and physio-pathologically point of view.

He personally made over 100 cadaver dissections for research.

Fascial Manipulation

From 2007 he organizes and personally holds theoretical-practical courses about the Fascial Manipulation method in all the five continents.

Author of more than 40 in extensor papers about the fascia. Co-Authors of 5 books and co-author of different chapters of international books published by Elsevier.

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