Caninology®: Canine Myofascial Release Techniques Level II: CN3045SA


Course Features

  • Duration: 2.5 days
  • Category:
  • Externship: Yes
  • Venue: HEA Farm
  • Language: English
  • Course Capacity: 14
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Skill Level: intermediate
  • Start Course: 29-05-2019

More Information

This dynamic course is very different from the Canine MFR I course. In the MFR I course where emphasize is placed on the use of the right brain for listening to the body and using intuition, in the MFR II course students will be using the left brain to investigate the possible causes of certain restrictions and learning clinical reasoning behind the use of the techniques prior to learning new techniques to use in combination with their intuition. Additionally, the course will cover specific rehabilitation situations.
This is a two and a half day course and will run on directly from the Canine Level I MFR course.

We are privileged that this course will also be presented by Ruth Mitchell-Golladay, owner of the Equine Therapeutic Center in Virginia.

This course is designed solely for those individuals who have participated in the CN3040 Canine Myofascial Release I course. Ruth will expand on the MFR techniques and will present techniques to address the body’s dysfunction, enabling better recovery. There will be a great deal of discussion with problem solving combined with various labs

Venue: The Hemel en Aarde Farm, Hermanus
Fee: R8,500*Early Bird Discount available – please contact us for details
Dates – 29-31st May 2019
Instructor: Ruth Mitchell-Golladay

The Theory
• Myofascial/Osseous and related structure review
• The body’s response and adaptation to injury and dysfunction
• Presentation and discussion of existing case studies

The Myofascial Release Techniques
• Advanced MFR techniques
• Advanced Myofascial Stretching
• Additional Therapeutic Exercise Targeted for Specific Injury
• Exercise for Strength Training

After completing the course the student will be able to:
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathology associated with the fascial tissue of the canine body
• Demonstrate the ability to apply advanced Myofascial Release techniques to the canine population,
• Identify myofascial restrictions and follow the myofascial releases throughout the canine body,
• understand when a session is appropriate for a dog or when they should recruit a veterinarian first before commencing myofascial release sessions
• Site all the contraindications when myofascial release is not appropriate for the welfare of the dog
• Apply advanced Myofascial Release successfully for their sessions
• Utilize the proper body mechanics to continue working without injury to themselves
• Devise a follow up exercise program for the dog following the Myofascial Release to help break up adaptive movement, improve strength and monitor performance
• Record the session findings in a professional manner utilizing the accepted protocol in the canine health care industry
• Communicate with the other health care professionals as well as the owner and/or trainer in regards to the care of the dog
• Evaluate the overall progress of the dog in response to progressive sessions to determine if the dog is or is not improving.

Course Overview

Myofascial injury, locating restrictions and developing/refining palpation skills, causes of myofascial restrictions, safety rules, common areas of restriction, encouraging communication and interaction during the session, recognizing pain versus normal canine responses to Myofascial Release techniques, scientific rationales of Myofascial Release with emerging theories, location of fascial restrictions, benefits of Myofascial Release, dynamic and static assessments and comparisons, history evaluation, and combining MFR with other modalities.

This subject matter for this course is presented in a variety of mediums and is aimed to be highly interactive.

The classroom lecture portions are usually followed by lab practicals in the classroom and on the subject (in this case the dog). The classroom lecture may be supported by visual aids (slides, PowerPoint, model, specimen or overheads) and discussion. The lab practical vary depending on the topic and can be supported by templates, labeling sessions, gait analysis sessions, muscle and surface anatomy identification and practical hands-on. Independent additional study activities are required in the evenings. This study will be evaluated through self-assessments and quizzes.

Should you have any specific requirements or needs please inform us (, so we can address your needs and prepare your Instructor prior to the course.

To enhance class discussion, students joining this Level II class who attended the CN3040 Level I previously (not for those attending Level I & II back to back), are asked to share one case study using Canine Myofascial Release Techniques. Documentation, including initial evaluation, sessions completed, and outcomes will be needed. Any visuals are welcome; please check with the office at least 3 weeks in advance if you require equipment which we may have on hand for your presentation. Ruth will direct class discussion over each case study.

These students are requested to bring the following to class:
A list of common or consistent problems/restrictions you have encountered while performing MFR in the pelvis/hind end
A list of common or consistent problems/restriction you have encountered while performing MFR in the neck/shoulder/front end
A list of rehabilitation challenges you have faced.

Students attend class for 2 ½ days from 1pm-5 pm on Day 1, and 8am-5pm on Days 2 and 3 and have additional 1 hour of evening studies.

For this course there are 37 hours of guided study (case studies and extra learning activities) once the student leaves the class.

Includes course hand-outs, supplies and your guided externship. It does not include accommodation or lunch. Snacks and hot & cool drinks are provided during breaks. A fridge and microwave are available.

Please note! Students must have attended the CN3040 Canine Myofascial Release Level One course. Externships do not have to be completed. The MFR Level One and Level Two classes have been designed to comfortably attend them back to back. The course is a requirement of our MFR specialized series.
Although not a formal prerequisite: We recommend participants be comfortable handling and working dogs, and are aware of the safety of yourself, those around you and the animal you are working with.


Barnes, John F., PT, Myofascial Release, The Search for Excellence

This course is required for the Caninology® Canine Body Worker Myofascial Release Certification. The CN3045 Canine Myofascial Release Level Two is also required in addition to the Caninology® Canine Body Worker certification to attain this MFR certification. However, students of all levels are invited to take this course as long as they meet the prerequisites listed.

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As a physical therapist, massage therapist, Equinology Equine Body Worker, and lifetime animal lover, Ruth Mitchell-Golladay is able to combine knowledge and experience with love to care for animal populations. Ruth, a Texan, received her graduate degree in physical therapy from The University of Iowa in 1972 and opened a private practice in Dallas in 1978. She then attended The Institute of Natural Healing Sciences in Colleyville, Texas, in 1991, for her massage therapy training. She is Nationally Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Body Work and state licensed. Additionally, she obtained her Equinology Equine Body Worker certification in 2004. Ruth began her Myofascial Release education in 1987, has taken all John Barnes MFR courses (including equine), and was a Senior Instructor/Coordinator, Co-lecturer and Primary Lecturer for John Barnes, teaching over 130 courses for him from 1988-2002. From 1999 until her resignation in June 2001, she was the Primary Lecturer for the Barnes Equine MFR courses. In 1990, Ruth opened Equine Therapeutic Center, Inc. which is now based at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia from May through October and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas from November through April. In both locations Ruth provides therapy for horse and rider. She uses her biomechanical knowledge to assist in determining a problem with the horse (or human) and then primarily utilizes Myofascial Release to decrease the symptoms and/or dysfunction. In addition, she uses laser, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, Red Light Acupoint Therapy, essential oils and specialized taping techniques. To assist owner, trainer and/or rider in a home program of care she also includes exercises, including stabilization and core exercises for the horse and rider.

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