Many popular exercise programs contribute to postural and muscle imbalances by strengthening already tight muscles and stretching muscles that are already weak and over lengthened. An appropriately designed training program can prevent some of these muscle imbalances from occurring. However, exercise alone may not be sufficient to correct many of these muscle imbalances.

The use of myofascial and soft tissue massage techniques is helpful for reducing tightness and pain in soft tissues. Myofascial techniques can assist the client in achieving their goals, whether they are training to improve their performance or undergoing rehabilitation.

In this course you will learn myofascial techniques, trigger point techniques, and deep soft tissue massage techniques. These techniques differ from other massage techniques, which offer mainly a generalised relaxation effect. The techniques introduced will be aimed at promoting recovery from muscle sprain or strain. These techniques will also assist in improving sports performance through improving body alignment and biomechanics and therefore prevent recurrent injuries and/or pain.

This course is appropriate for newly graduated physiotherapists, Pilates instructors, personal trainers, and massage therapists wanting to expand their skills in the area of myofascial therapy. 



About the Lecturer

Penny Elliott, M.H.Sc. (Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy), Member AAOMT, B. App.Sc (Phty), Physiotherapist, Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Assoc.

Penny completed her qualifications in Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney in 1993 and completed her Masters of Health Science (Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy) at Charles Sturt University, with Distinction, in 2006. The major focus of this Masters degree was on the work of Kaltenborn and Evjenth.  Penny was co-founder of the Physiotherapy Posture and Fitness Clinic in 1999. She has been a Senior Associate of the clinic for the past 11 years. 

With a personal background in dance, one of Penny’s main interests has been in movement analysis and postural assessment. In the past, she has worked with a variety of sports people at The Sports Clinic at Sydney University – including; the Sydney University Rugby team, Olympic level rowers, runners and triathletes. She uses this expertise in designing individual and small group exercise programs. Currently her work at the Physiotherapy Posture and Fitness clinic includes teaching Clinical Pilates in two fully equipped Pilate’s studios and the use of Real Time Ultrasound for specific rehabilitation of the deep trunk stabilisers. 

Penny has spent several years on the development of a number of education programs for health professionals. This has included teaching the Posture, Soft tissue and Exercise course for physiotherapists; teaching and designing the sports massage programs at the NSW School of massage; and teaching personal trainers around Australia and in Singapore. Since having her own child 3 years ago, she has also been teaching pre and post natal exercise prescription. 

Penny’s other areas of interest include lower limb analysis and biomechanical assessment, which has arisen from her work making orthotics with a well known Sydney podiatry group. Additionally, teaching posture at the University of Sydney’s School of Dentistry has encouraged her further study on the TMJ during her Master’s degree. 

Penny’s hands on and exercise based approach to treatment means that patients can really understand their problem and take an active part in managing their own health and fitness. When not in the clinic, Penny will be found in all manner of activities, including Pilates, dancing, swimming, jogging, and yoga and 


Level 1 & 2

Course Date and Venue

Course title:Myofascial techniques - Level 1 & 2
Date: 20-21 August 2011
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Venue: ITE College East, 10 Simei Ave Singapore 486047
Fees: S$850.00 per person
Closing date for registration: 20 August 2011
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