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1632 – Muscle Tension Release

Beginner / Half-Day Course
Washington, DC / Saturday, February 19, 2022 – 8:00-11:30 am / 3.5 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 8:00-9:45 am / Classroom: 9:45-11:30 am) 

Faculty: Maria Pritz, EdD

Participants:  Please have a mat or towel available for floor work. 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Muscular Tension Release is based on the fundamental idea, backed by research, that stress, tension and trauma are both psychological and physical. To have the ability to release muscular tension independently, one must learn how to align their body and mind while experiencing an alert but relaxed state of awareness, which can be also facilitated by hydraulic pressure. The water current/drag effect can be applied to stimulate the body’s neuro system. This will help to soften up the most superficial layer of tissue where dysfunction appears (pain, tension, or rigidity) and help move oxygenated blood into the muscular system. Once the tight tissue is stimulated, somatic/intuitive movement will accrue, 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.

1) Increase knowledge in theory of Functional Neurology, Sensory Stimulation, Sensory Integration and Somatic Awareness.
2) Examine theory and philosophy of SykorovaSynchro Method℠ as an educational tool.
3) Gain knowledge and apprentice skills of the Progressive Muscular Tension Release Protocol for clinical applications.
4) Experience and perform progressive exercises to release muscular/myofascial tension for clinical applications.
5) Explore knowledge in theory of Methodology and Didactics of Muscular Tension Release in water environment and master skill to apply it into practice.
6) Increase skill to develop, design and apply neuromuscular exercises for muscular tension releases into practice.

FACULTY: Maria Pritz, EdD, earned her doctorate in education (specialty in Physical Education and Sports) from University Comenius in Bratislava, Slovakia. She was a member of the AEA Research Council for seven years. She is also an author of health fitness articles and FLS CE classes, and a presenter for national and international fitness conferences. In her professional career of 34 years, Maria has combined academic knowledge with hands-on experience in functional fitness (athletic recovery, active aging), pain management via land-based and aquatic fitness. Her unique training method (SykorovaSynchro MethodSM) involves integration of multidisciplinary techniques to achieve overall health and optimized performance. Maria was awarded the Aquatic Exercise Association’s 2020 “Global Lifetime Achievement Award” for years of leadership, dedication and contribution in Aquatic Fitness. She was also given the “Tsunami Spirit Award” by the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute in 2021.