The Center’s 8 hour Rocking and Rolling to Release course aims to help the end user feel release through the fascial, bony and muscular system.

Course Description

This course is the introductory level to our myofascial release techniques. It uses the body plus small balls to release fascia and muscles with gentle rocking and rolling movements. This allows for a non-aggressive hands-off approach to releasing restrictions throughout the body. The program is divided into sequences with the body placed in specific positions to facilitate mobility, stability and eventually release. These sequences are easily integrated into a mat class, allowing the client to experience release along with strengthening the body. The easy to learn, fast acting techniques are simple enough for your client to practice at home.

The rocking movements are defined as moving the body functionally either with a ball or using movement. The movements begin with a body position that will encourage a release of any restrictions coupled with a rhythmical breath. Each rocking sequence can be made more dynamic with stronger movements and a more forceful breath, however, all movements are created without tension, with no alignment cues to follow and no forced range of motion required. This is a starting point for your clients’ body to take the lead in unwinding the restriction. Using breath, pace and flow, we will endeavor to activate the body’s innate sense of moving freely through space.

The rolling is designed to utilize the pressure of balls to facilitate release. The balls used in this course have different textures. One is semi hard and the other is a soft inflatable ball. Throughout the program these balls can be used interchangeably to offer pressure, support and movement.

Course Objectives

You will gain a deeper understanding and application of

  • How the fascial web works win conjunction with the muscles and bones to create movement.
  • How to release fascial restrictions through movement sequences and positions and gentle pressure.
  • How to create tension free movement with breath and its effect on the fascial system.
  • How rocking facilitates release.
  • How to use the set sequences as a guideline towards unwinding restrictions.
  • How the sequences progress to release restrictions through the whole body.

Course Outline


  • Overview of the fascial lines and fascial body
  • Primal movement- circles, spirals and oppositional movement
  • The difference between muscle activation and joint movement from the viewpoint of release
  • Understanding the connection between mobility and stability in release work



  • The evolution of this course.
  • Overview of Thomas Myer’s fascial lines and fascial body.
  • Overview of John F. Barnes philosophy of myofascial release.
  • Primal movement- circles, spirals and oppositional movement.
  • The difference between muscle activation and joint movement and tension free movement in creating release.
  • The ability of release work to align and strengthen the body.


  • Relaxation alignment cuing
  • Supine work


-Pelvis and Sacrum

-Hip and gluts

-Neck, Shoulders and Arms

-Feet and ankles


  • Side lying work
    – Hips and sacrum

– Ribcage
– Psoas and QL

  • Sitting work
    – Pelvis
    – Spine
    – Shoulders and arms
    – Hips
    – Pelvic floor

– Gluts

– Hamstrings

  • Prone work

-Thoracic Spine

– Diaphragm

– Quads

– Adductors

– Abdominals

– Cervical spine

  • Standing work
    – Hamstrings/Quads

– Feet and Ankles

– Psoas

– Shoulders and arms

– Pelvic Floor

– Spine

– Abdominals

Continuing Education Credits

ACE – American Council on Exercise – 0.70
PMA– Plates Method Alliance- 7
– Pilates Alliance Australasia – 4 PDP
This course fulfills 1 requirement for The Women’s Health and Exercise Specialist Certification™


Online Course
Includes one manual,
8-hr recorded course

This includes one manual and two balls.