The course itself was about 8.5 hours long and cost $279.
I really enjoyed attending this course. It provided a nice overview of movement screening (using mostly principles from the SFMA which I’m very interested in), taping, and instrument-assisted soft tissue massage (IASTM).
I think this course would be great if you’re interested in implementing taping and IASTM into your practice but don’t really believe in the science enough to spend several hundred dollars, and an entire Saturday, learning about it. It still blows my mind that there are 8 hour courses just for either of these. What in the world do you even talk about for that long?
I’m biased because I believe that these modalities provide mostly a novel stimulus to an area of skin to make the nervous system view that area as less threatening to enable more adequate subsequent movement and loading. I don’t want to sit there for 3-4 hours of lecture learning about different mechanisms of kinesiotaping, such as the amount and direction of tension and different funny shapes, if those concepts aren’t even supported by research. Likewise, with IASTM, I don’t want several hours of lecture on the mechanical changes that occur in rat models or lots of intricate details about how this certain product, held at a specific angle with a specific amount of force, causes all of these changes.
Sorry. That was a bit of a rant. I just don’t see how people sit through an 8 hour course for either kinesiotaping or IASTM alone. Especially when they’re product-driven like so many courses out these.
But this course was nothing like that which was incredibly refreshing.
For the taping and IASTM sections, there was a basic history, methodology, research review (which actually talked about how they don’t always do what they were originally intended), different manufacturer pros and cons, and several examples with included lab time.
That’s how it should be. I really enjoyed that the course was more about educating clinicians about techniques than products. I would say that was my favorite thing about the course.
However, my actual favorite section of this course was about movement. I just find movement screening very interesting. I’m certified in FMS and definitely plan on getting certified in the SFMA later this year. Again, this course used that system but didn’t promote or advertise it.
The SFMA course is about two full 8 hour days. This course provided a basic overview of the top tier tests which I thought was great.
Other things I really enjoyed about the course
- The speaker, Ashley, is a clinician, researcher, and adjunct faculty member. That says a lot. I feel like, many times, big time bloggers and ‘gurus’ are just sort of good at something and really good at marketing. And end up getting a big name that way. Whereas, in this case, I actually felt as though the speaker was knowledgeable and a good advocate for our field’s progression.
- To follow-up my last point, the speaker was also very practical and informal. She was pretty clear about how she does things, about uncertainty regarding why certain methods work, and about how there is little research to support certain areas of the course.
- We got stuff. I’ve attended several courses over the last few months (all of which I’ve enjoyed) but we didn’t really get anything from them. Not even course manuals. To me, if I’m paying several hundred dollars to take a course, they could dish out $10 to get a manual printed and not just a PDF. In this course we got the following as pictured below:
- 149 page course manual
- Drawstring bag
- 2 CLX bands (one gray and one red)
- 2 packs of kinesiotape
- 1 pack of dynamic tape
- One theraband door anchor
- A 4 oz spray on biofreeze
- Medbridge coupon (although just about every big blogger out there has a $200-ish off coupon for this). I feel bad for people who have actually paid $400+ dollars a year for this.
- Dynamic Tape membership for 1 year ($99)
- And some goggles (because some people are literally so stupid that they hit themselves in the eye with theraband and feel they have the right to sue)
- I’m sure most of that was supplied by those individual manufacturers but I still thought it was nice. Especially the printed manual.
I wouldn’t go into this course expecting to learn every detail of movement screening, taping, or IASTM. I think you would get a little more out of this course if you were at least familiar with these three techniques beforehand.
I think this is a great middle ground for learning about taping and IASTM if you’re unwilling, like me, to spend a bunch of money and a Saturday to hear 8 hours of lecture on cherry-picked studies, unsupported and highly technical methods, and brand promotion for either taping or IASTM alone.
I definitely recommend this course.