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Myofascial Release

20 CE Hours - E578

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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Explore the therapeutic benefits of Myofascial Release and discover how to use this excellent modality to help free fascial restrictions, increase range of motion, evaluate and improve postural distortions and breathing capacity in your clients.

In this home study program you will discover the anatomy of fascia and the location of the fascial lines running throughout the body, including the transverse diaphragms. You will also learn myofascial release techniques that you can easily integrate into your massage practice to ease your client's pain and restriction of motion.

Myofascial release gets great results and can be integrated into any treatment protocol by Massage Therapists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Chiropractors.

Featured Reviews

This class was GREAT! I've been doing myofascial work for many years and this class opened my eyes to some new ways to approach specific client issues. The video's demonstrating the techniques were clear and it was easy to follow along in the textbook. Even though it took a considerable length of time to finish the class, it was well worth the investment.

- Maryjane O'Connor

On 11/06/2015 I completed my 9000th massage. Because of this vast experience and some knowledge of Myofascial Release, after reading the material and looking at the DVD, I was almost immediately ready to include the material into my routines.

- Gilbert H. John, Sr., NCTMB

Altough I am still learning and practicing the material from this course I have had wonderful success so far using what I've learned. It has been one of the most interesting and most importantly, effective courses I have taken in 25 years of practice. Only regret, of course, I wish I had experienced this sooner. I will continue to incorporate myofascial release techniques into my practice.

- Nancy Bollinger, LMT

The advanced video(2) was extremely helpful with looking for misalignment of the body and what areas to massage to bring client back to standard position.

- Amy Alexander, LMT

I found Sean's presentation very well done. He obviously knows his subject, is enthusiastic, and it was great to see him putting the techniques into action in the videos. I think I'll be able to incorporate some of what he discussed into my own work with clients. To me, in its way, myofascial release is the western equivalent of some eastern massage traditions. It was also a wonderful reminder to slow down and trust the healing power of the work. Thanks so much!

- Diane Perkins- Ducey, LMT

Great course. I felt I learned a good all-round amount of information that covered practical and theory examples. I like the fact I could work when I wanted to. Now I have finished this course I feel safe in the knowledge that my clients safety will be maintained from the process and techniques I have learned.

- Allana Collopy, AAMT

I'm very grateful for this program, it has helped me to understand how to evaluate and address postural issues. I have taken structural bodywork classes and no one else made it as simple as this program. This work easily integrates into my deep tissue and cranial sacral work. I think it will take a lot of practice to truly master, but I'm so happy I took this class.

- Vanessa Norton, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

I am a seasoned Pilates practitioner (PMA-CPT) and studio owner. I am always looking for ways to earn CECs which will enable me to better serve the needs of my diverse set of clients. Because I have exhausted the continuing education courses geared toward Pilates, and because I was interested in learning a complementary discipline that would serve as a corollary to my practice, I enrolled Myofascial release. Initially I thought an on-line course would not be educational or challenging. Fortunately I was wrong. This course was excellent. My clients love the work and we are all very pleased with the results. I recommend this course to anyone interested in body work or the healing arts.

- Kelley Watson

This course met and exceeded my expectations. I have done work in myofascial release for years and the course has reinforced and strenthened my understanding of the technique. The dvd is outstanding! While I did not complete all of the demonstrations during the time that I was reading, watching and testing (due to time restrictions and having no subject to work with for the moment), I fully intend to work through the program with a massage therapist as soon as possible. It really is very motivational

- Catherine Emery, LMT, NCTMB

I was hesitant at first to take a home study course because I didn't think it would be as effective as attending a class. I was pleasantly surprised by the video instruction and found it to be more beneficial than a class. The instruction was clear and the camera angles were good for viewing the techniques. It's great to pause on techniques and rewind. I will definitely refer to these videos in the future. Now that I know what your courses are like, I will continue to take CE courses that you offer.

- A. Carter, NCMT

This is a fabulous course! Viewing the videos and reading the texts appealed to my visual learning style. Watching the videos while I did my hands-on practice sessions was especially helpful for me in learning the techniques. Thank you for an overall wonderful continuing ed experience!

- K. Price, NCTMB, AMTA

I plan to watch the videos from this course over and over. The course is jam packed with myofasical techniques and ideas that I plan to integrate into my practice. I particularly liked the discussion on how to apply myofascial release to clients with forward head posture.

- Jenny Steichen, LMT

The materials were very easy to follow and will be a good guide to have to refer to. The videos were very helpful!!

- Pamela Harrison, LMT

Thank you for providing these classes. The material was very well organized and the videos helped me because I am more of a visual person. I was very clear on what I was reading and have gained a lot of knowledge from this Myofascial Release course.

- Melissa Handschuh, LMT

I have many clients who are already benefiting from this course.

- Tammy J. Shannon LMT

I enjoyed it very much - It's a course that beyond taking the test, requires the individual therapist to continue study and develop the instincts and pure confidence to professionally use for a practice. The course is wonderful and is of a great assistance in clients needs. I will be doing more business with you folks. My present clients benefited dearly.

- James J. Mikulich, LMT

All course materials were clear and well written and excellent videos! I enjoyed the information and it is helpful in my practice. Thank you!

- Jane Feldblum, LMT

Very clear and support was there if needed. I love the format of having visual demonstration along with reading.

- Melissa Parkhurst, LMT

This was probably one of the best continuing education classes I've taken in 10 years.

- Deirdre Kelly, CMT

The material explained what actually happens, whereas in some of the good hands-on courses a person is just taking it on faith. The written material was nice to be able to understand how it actually happens in the body.

- Scott McCullen, LMT

I really liked this course. It broke down a complex subject into an easy to understand format. I will definitely be implementing the course work into my practice in the future.

- Tamera Kowalski, LMBT

The myofascial release course was very informative, put together well and it held my attention from start to finish. I highly recommend that other LMT's purchase this course if you are interested in the application of myofascial release. This course teaches you the practical application with various techniques, it explains how the stretches and holds are engaging and affecting the fascia, and any contraindications. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and feel confident in my learning experience to apply this modality in my practice.

- Jonathan Tejeda, LMT

Thank you so much for presenting information on myofascial release which includes DVD so that we can read, see and then perform while having the opportunity to look back and see the details again and play over the DVD to learn each techniques.... Thank you so much and please continue to do CEU with DVD, it is an amazing way to learn and we can always go back and review the techniques anytime we want.. Thanks again and am very interested in your next course!

- Rosemary A. Chaudoir, LMT

This was well designed course. The videos were very informative and clear examples of the strokes and movements. I preferred reading the text before viewing the videos. I look forward to using this knowledge in my massage therapy practice. Thanks to Sean for putting together this great course.

- Ann Schachinger

This was the best course so far! I enjoyed the lecture style of the videos and the text information was super clear and to the point. More from this instructor!

- Johnathan Pina

I have thoroughly enjoyed utilizing what I learned in this class for Myofascial Release for my clients. This class is helping me save my hands from over-use. I wish I had learned this sooner....it would have saved me a world of hurt in my wrist.

- Marjorie Byrd

I’ve been a licensed massage therapist for sixteen years and have received massages over that time. I have been interested in Myofascial release after receiving it from therapists. I’m so excited that you include 2 DVD’s so I can continue to refresh in my profession from time to time.

- Shamani Longville, LMT

I would highly recommend this course!

- Lisa Winton, LMT, NCTMB

Best course I've taken lately.

- Mary Ruebush, LMT, NCTMB

I'm so glad I decided to take this course. The materials were super helpful and I'm excited to apply the techniques in my practice.

- Melissa Holmes, LMT

Good course for my CEU and updating my techniques!

- Yaan Zheng, RMT

Great! Loved this course. It gave great info.

- Lauren Hextell, NCTMB

The information presented was delivered in a clear and concise manner. I especially enjoyed the Kinesthetic Evaluation. I will be able to immediately apply what I learned here to my practice. This will enhance my ability to focus and address areas of imbalance.

- Carol Joyce, LMT

Very interesting course, wonderful complement to the craniosacral therapy that I do already. I am excited to go back and review all the DVD's for this course again. There is a lot of information to absorb at once. I cannot wait to try it on clients.

- Felicia Cawley, LMT

Excellent course information... loved watched videos very helpful

- Theresa Marshall Pac, LMT, NCTMB

This course was fascinating!! I absolutely loved it and would recommend to all therapists!!!

- Shannon Tuck

I would like to thank you for offering such a great course. The written information and dvd's you provided were very concise and easy to follow. This Myofascial Release course was a great alternative to attending a much more expensive class at an institution! Thanks again.

- Henry Jimenez, LMT

My clients have greatly benefited from the knowledge I obtained in this class. The instructor on the video had the best instruction I have received on Myofascial Release. And the accompanying text/workbook was very informational. Thank you for the course!!

- Roxanne Joslin, LMT, NCTMB

I learned so much from following the videos with the materials.

- Diana L. Kanosky, LMT

Sean Riehl's knowledge of the human body and energies is quite apparent. This is the first time I have ever done an online class and was very impressed.

- Tamara Reitz, LMT, NCTMB

I am very happy I took this course! Thanks Natural Wellness.

- Nely Reyes-Hannon, LMT

I did a lot of practice work with my family as I watched the video. This work is awesome and I am excited to begin bringing it into my own practice. My clients thus far have found a great deal of relief and I find it is much, much easier on me. Great course. I love this work and hope to get more advanced training in it.

- Tammy Forbes, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

Love this course. It will be very useful in my practice.

- Jaymie Garner, CMT, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

This course was very interesting and I was totally surprised at the insight it gave on the human body. It will indeed be very useful in my practice.

- Judy Murphy, LMT

It was a good course. The videos were very informative and showed clear examples of the strokes and movements. Very good and very useful.

- Noel Pilotin, LMT, NCTMB

The information was very informative and I liked the videos which allowed me to visually see the demonstrations before attempting to practice them on someone else.

- Margaret Allen, LMT, NCTMB

I loved it! It has made me eager to continue learning more about the fascia and myofascial release. It is one of the few techniques that I have read about that I totally get and will definitely use in my practice.

- Dee Sieger, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

Fantastically done! I learned a lot! Being able to read the text and see the demos being done all from my own home was both handy and very educational! Thanks!

- Sarah Tyler, RMT

Great course! The material and DVD were very clear and easy to follow and understand.

- Carmen Lea Vojtasek, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

I really enjoyed this course. The content was interesting and very helpful to my clients. I loved everything about the course. It was great!

- Stacey Pennington, LMT

The content of the course is very useful.

- Regina Parisio, NCTMB

Best course I have taken. Very informative. I will go back again and again to the tapes.

- Ann Tarvin, CMT, NCTMB, ABMP

This was an excellent course. I loved the way the video followed the book by lesson. Made it easy to follow along and practice and do again as needed. Will buy more courses from you. Thanks.

- Judith Owen, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

I was able to implement these techniques into my practice immediately. Several clients have really enjoyed the new techniques.

- Joy DiGiovannantonio, CMT, NCTMB, ABMP

Great instructional videos. Very detailed and the demonstrations were excellent.

- Marcus Sanders, LMT

Great information for fascial work!

- Gina Giambra, LMT

Very much enjoyed how straight forward this course was. Great new techniques to incorporate into my practice!

- Cassy Smith, LMT

I have taken several in-person myofascial release courses and found this to be a great reference and refresher. I like that the information was clear and simple.

- Kathleen Hagen, LMT

This was the best course ever. I learned so much, and I use the techniques whenever I can. I will also order other tapes, to get new ideas.

- H. Balzarek, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

Very educational, the course and content were very interesting to me and presented in a way that it was very easy to learn and understand.

- J. Cashion, LMT

I enjoyed this home-study course. I feel all the materials learned will enhance my practice greatly. I definitely plan on choosing more home-study courses from this Institute. Thank you.

- T. Fielman-Nielsen, LMT, NCTMB

Very professional and informative. Cleanly presented. This is the first online course I've ever taken, and I am so pleased with the results - I've learned a great deal that I can apply in practice, and I am thrilled to have done it at my own pace, on my own time. Thanks!

- A. Iadarola, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

All the information was clear and easy to understand! I learned a lot from your courses that I have already completed. I plan to do all of my continuing education with you when possible. Thank you!

- V. Steiner, LMT


  • 2 DVDs - 150 minutes total
  • Manual - 43 pages (available for shipment or online)
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.


Sean Riehl, CMT

Sean Riehl, CMT

Sean Riehl has been a bodyworker since 1998 when he completed his training program through the Body Therapy Institute in California and subsequently served as an instructor there. Certified in Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Neuromuscular Therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, Myofascial Release and Shiatsu, Mr. Riehl established Real Bodywork in 2000 producing high-quality, professional, instructional massage and yoga videos. With over 40 video titles, Real Bodywork is the preeminent producer of videos in the massage training industry.

Mr. Riehl is author, co-creator and instructor on various Institute courses including Neuromuscular Therapy & Advanced Deep Tissue, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Myofascial Release, Advanced Anatomy & Pathology, Clinical Massage Therapy, Integrative Massage: Earth, Fire and Spirit, Nerve Mobilization and more.

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