1204 – Therapeutic Foam Roller Progressions

Beginner / Land Workshop


Washington, DC / Thursday, February 13, 2020 – 3:15-5:15 pm – 2.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 3:15-5:15 pm)


Faculty: Maria Pritz, EdD


Participants:  Please bring a mat or towel to the classroom. 



Therapeutic benefits of foam rolling were used exclusively in physical therapy by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais in the late 1950s. Muscular tension release via foam roller is done by pressure, which is applied to break up the most superficial layer of tissue where dysfunction appears (pain, tension or rigidity) and helps move oxygenated blood into those muscles. Once the tight tissue is stimulated, blood flow to the area increases and the tight tissue will become suppler. This allows the therapist to access the next layer of tissue without applying excessive pressure. This pattern is repeated until all layers of dysfunctional tissue are restored and the tight, rigid tissue is replaced with supple and mobile tissue. Supple and mobile tissue will be free of pain and have a greater range of motion.


The benefit of foam rolling is the ability to release muscular tension independently and one must learn how to align their body and mind while experiencing an alert but relaxed state of awareness. The application of the SykorovaSynchro Method (which is an educational tool with positive impacts for patients mentally, physically and emotionally) for foam rolling - has three stages/progressive levels:

1)    To balance function of sensory-motor cortex via sensory stimulation mental imagery (sometimes called visualization, guided imagery), progressive muscular relaxation and controlled breathing. The result is a relaxed but alert state of awareness with awoken biofeedback.

2)    To enhance sensory integration/awareness of somatic movement (movement regulated by feeling, mental imagery, sensation). The result is an ability to perform movement which releases muscular tension and increases blood circulation in desired areas of one’s body.

3)    Ability to perform conscious exercises – via mental imagery, sensation. Positive result is in neuro muscular conditioning/function: postural improvement, balance, coordination, flexibility and agility.


Therapeutic Foam Rolling can benefit and be used by anyone! This includes chronic pain sufferers to athletes. It resets the posture by corrective exercises, and will prepare/warm up muscles before exercise. In post-exercise recovery, it will assist with removing metabolic byproducts/toxins along with numerous neuro- muscular benefits. Implementing foam rolling movement in a variety of directions and speed, one stimulates and enhances balance, coordination, and flexibility, and inspires the neuromuscular system to become more expansive and creative. Moving at different speeds is an aspect of our physical capabilities that must be practiced in order to maintain a sense of health and well-being.



1)  Increase knowledge in theory of Functional Neurology, Sensory Stimulation, Sensory Integration and Somatic Awareness.

2)  Examine the theory and philosophy of SykorovaSynchro Method as an educational tool.

3)  Gain apprentice skills of the Therapeutic Foam Roller protocol for clinical applications.

4)  Experience and perform progressive foam rolling exercises to release muscular/myofascial tension for clinical applications.

5)  Develop knowledge in theory of Methodology and Didactics of Muscular Tension Release via Foam Rolling Movement Techniques and master skills to apply it into practice.

6)  Develop, design and apply foam rolling neuromuscular exercises for muscular tension releases into practice.


FACULTY: Maria Pritz, EdD, is an exercise physiologist with 30 years of experience in developing and implementing health, fitness and wellness programs for corporations, health clubs, and schools. She earned her doctorate in education (specialty in Physical Education and Sports) from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her unique training method involves integration of multidisciplinary techniques to achieve overall health and optimized performance. She is a member of Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) Research Council, author of health fitness articles, and presenter for national and international conferences. She has researched and developed an aquatic fitness exercise program targeting pain management (e.g. fibromyalgia, posttraumatic stress release, neuromuscular conditioning, and reconditioning of athletes).