Course Description

The basics of fascial bits, pieces and spaces, including: histology, constituents of the extra cellular matrix, micro anatomy/physiology. 

About the Series

That’s right… fascia, fascia, fascia! Evolutionist theorize that; if we didn’t need it – we wouldn’t have it. We have A LOT of fascia – without it all our other bits, pieces and spaces would be formless, unconnected and non-communitive puddles of goo! 

This 5-part series is designed to advance the therapist’s understanding of the structure and function of the fascial system and the consequences associated with injury and dysfunction (e.g. problematic scars, tendinopathies, over-use/repeat strain injuries, low back pain/dysfunction and vascular, lymphatic and neural compression). 

The course material includes emerging research and concepts and evidence informed clinical considerations applicable to massage/manual therapists for the purpose of facilitating better patient/client outcomes. 

The course is comprehensive, yet user-friendly, infused with humor and loaded with easy to integrate, practical skills and knowledge!

Course curriculum

    1. Course Description

    2. About the Instructor

    1. Introduction

    2. Extracellular Matrix

    3. Interstitium

    4. Connective Tissue

    5. The Cells

    1. Fluid & Fiber 1

    2. Fluid & Fiber 2

    1. Cathy's book!

    2. References

    3. Recommended Reading/Viewing

    1. Final Quiz for Exploring Fascia Part One

    2. Want to continue the conversation?

About this course

  • $28.00
  • 14 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content


Guest Instructor Cathy Ryan

Catherine Ryan is a CMTBC Reg. Massage Therapist dedicated to patient-centered care, evidence informed practices and life-long learning. Over her 30+ year career, Cathy has engaged in the profession in a variety of clinical, educational and leadership capacities. An established continuing education instructor and writer, Cathy has presented at conferences internationally (including the International Fascia Research Congress), in the areas of scar tissue management and myofascial pain and dysfunction, which also constitute her clinical practice focus. As writer (and self-proclaimed science-nerd), Cathy is best known for her fascia enthusiasm – she has written numerous articles featured in various industry publications, co-authored Traumatic Scar Tissue Management – Massage Therapy Principles, Practice and Protocols (Handspring 2016) and contributed to: Fascia, Function and Medical Applications (Ch. 18), CRC Press/Taylor & Francis (2020) and Oncology Massage: An integrative approach to cancer care for manual therapists (Handspring 2020).

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