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2202 – Fascia Basics

Intermediate / Half-Day Course
Washington, DC / Sunday, February 20, 2022 – 1:30-4:30 pm / 3.0 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 1:30-3:00 pm / Classroom: 3:00-4:30 pm)

Faculty: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Fascia plays several important roles in our physical function. Mobility, hydration, and strength of our body’s connective tissues is essential for efficient and effective movement. Injury, illness and activity level all influence the health of these tissues. This class will discuss the connections and importance of fascia and provide practical fascial release techniques, combined with follow-up exercise progression to maintain mobility and improve the functional balance of our connective tissue. Current research is presented alongside clinical pearls promoting evidence-based clinical recommendations. Pool lab will focus on techniques for releasing fascial adhesions and strengthening the myofascial network.

1) Define fascia and its function in the human body.
2) List precautions and contraindications to manual release techniques.
3) Perform at least three aquatic fascial release techniques around knee, hip and shoulder.
4) Integrate and progress the five fascial fitness principles to aquatic exercise for clients of all levels.

FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a physical therapist specializing in orthopedic and aquatic therapy, and owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego ( In 1991, Beth earned her PT degree from the University of Connecticut and in 2006, earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University. She has achieved certification and re-certification as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. As a Certified STOTT PilatesTM Instructor, Beth incorporates the use of Pilates basic principles into her exercise programs. In 2010, Beth was honored with the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute’s Tsunami Spirit Award and in 2012, she was named the Aquatic Therapy Professional of the Year. In 2015, the Aquatic Section of the APTA presented Beth with the Judy Cirullo Award in recognition of her promotion of aquatic therapy. Additional aquatic therapy certifications include Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method and Trainer for AquaStretchTM.