Does anyone have any experience with this group? Have you taken classes with this instructor? How was the set up? Was the facility comfortable to learn in? What was the student to teacher ratio like? Was the class more esoteric, clinical, emotional, structural, combined, etc.
Do you practice some different form of myofascial work and can provide information as to what this class may have of interest or be lacking in?
The website seems to have a lot of info on it and here is the simplified site map for those interested.
A few tidbits from the FAQ page (more info can be found there).
Q: How is Myofascial Release different from Swedish massage?
A: The focus of the work is to release restrictions within the fascia, or connective tissue, which envelops the muscles, bones, ligaments, and organs. Rather than focusing on specific muscles and their origins and insertions, MFR requires you to shift your thinking to see the body in terms of the interconnecting fascial planes. MFR requires no oil and is very slow. The actual strokes are quite different because you are molding into the tissue to grab and move fascia, rather than working only muscle.
Q: What is the difference between the Jenings Method of Myofascial Release and other styles of Myofascial Release?
A: The main difference is in approach. Some MFR work is primarily static, which means that it involves a lot of holding and stretching to release the tissue. While the Jenings Method of MFR incorporates some static release, it focuses more on active, or direct, MFR techniques. In active work, the therapist goes directly into the tissue to move it to a better anatomical position and release restrictions that way.
Q: What is the difference between the Jenings Method of Myofascial Release and Rolfing®?
A: Rolfing is a system of fascial manipulation developed by Dr. Ida Rolf. While Barry Jenings has studied the work of Dr. Ida Rolf through advanced training in the non-formalistic approach to the ten-step program with Dr. Michael Shea, Certified Advanced Rolfer, our courses do not teach Rolfing and are neither affiliated with nor endorsed by the Rolf Institute. The Jenings Method of Myofascial Release is similar to Rolfing in that both styles use techniques called myofascial release. They also share the same goal -- to improve clients' posture and body functioning, as well as relieve their pain. The primary difference between the two styles of work is the investment involved in learning each. The Myofascial Release techniques we teach are just as effective as other styles, but can be learned at a fraction of the cost and time.
Q: What are your instructors' qualifications?
A: All of our instructors have completed a recognized 2,200-hour massage therapy program and have studied the Jenings Method of Myofascial Release in our intensive 300-hour instructor training program, which is taught by Barry Jenings. Teaching more than 40 seminars per year, our instructors are approachable, respectful and motivating, thus ensuring the highest quality seminar experience for participants. When you register for one of our courses, you will receive a detailed bio on the course instructor with your confirmation letter.