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Muscle Energy Techniques & Soft Tissue Dysfunction Course (MET)

This 1-day MET Course is for Bodywork, Massage and/or Aromatherapists who wish to add to their knowledge base by training in Muscle-Energy Techniques and soft tissue dysfunction.

Muscle-Energy Techniques offer reliably effective applications where the client is directed by the therapist to actively use muscles from a controlled position in a specific direction against a distinct counterforce. Both PIR (Post Isometric Contraction) and RI (Reciprocal Inhibition) methods are taught enabling the therapist to adjust this modality for both acute and chronic clinical presentations.

Muscle-energy technique (or MET) is based on the principle of reciprocal inhibition, a theory that explains that muscles on one side of a joint will always relax to accommodate the contraction of muscles on the other side of that joint when indirect pressure is applied. MET is often applied to clients who suffer from muscular spasms.

Also included in this Course are an introduction to Scar Tissue work and Soft Tissue Dysfunction; both of which must be addressed prior to applying MET techniques.

This Course is also one of the days of our five-day Advanced Massage Techniques Qualification Course (AMT). Once all five days have been completed you will be awarded with a Certificate of Qualification.

This Course is also available as distance-learning.


Dorset: 16 January 2019 (£120)
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Dorset: 5 April 2019 (£120)
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Surrey: 30 October 2019 (£120)
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Distance-Learning: (£100)
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Course Content

Studies commence at 9.00 a.m. and finish at 5.30 p.m.

For Bodywork Therapists, Massage Therapists/Aromatherapists

In Muscle-Energy Techniques, the client actively uses muscles from a controlled position in a specific direction against a distinct counterforce.

Soft tissue (muscle, tendon and ligament) work includes stretching and various forms of massage to help reduce muscle-spasm, fluid accumulation and scar-tissue formed as a result of injury or degenerative condition. Although muscular relaxation achieved with manipulation techniques is primarily short-term, long-term effects can occur. Soft tissue techniques are typically direct techniques that treat myofascial structures and related neural and vascular components.

A range of movements is used, from stroking (with or without oils) to compression and passive stretching. The more superficial tissues, like muscles and fascia, are commonly treated; however equally important are tendons, ligaments and even viscera.

Neuromuscular technique is a soft tissue technique that can be used as a diagnostic and a treatment tool. It has many applications and is especially useful when dealing with nodules and spasms of superficial and deep muscles. These conditions, as well as fibrotic tissue, develop more often as a result of structural problems rather than visceral organ dysfunction.

Topics addressed include:

Many Associations accept our courses for CPD including the IFPA (6 Category A Points).

Course Certificates are awarded to participants.

Student Comments

"Good overall teaching. Comprehensive material and interesting work'.

'A very informative day. Lots of useful facts and personal experiences and knowledge which brings the therapy alive'.

'Thoroughly enjoyable'.

'Very forthcoming with relevant information. The day was well thought through'.

'Excellent, the Tutor has a wealth of knowledge and is patient and supportive'.

'Excellent theory, structure and organisation'.