5 Top Tips on Choosing IASTM Seminars and link to our free Ebook.
There has been an explosion in the popularity of IASTM in the last few years, and as a result there is now a significant number of training providers offering IASTM. While this is great for the evolution of IASTM, many people are still unaware that IASTM varies greatly in its depth and complexity of application. In short, not all IASTM seminars are the same!
Choosing IASTM Seminars : Step 1
What are your goals for using IASTM? – Basic Soft Tissue Mobilization? Treatment of Pain or soft tissue Injury? Improve movement?
Everyone will have different goals for using IASTM. Medical professionals are often looking to learn an advanced soft tissue technique for treating pain and soft tissue injuries. Personal trainers may want new way to increase their clients ease and range of motion, or a massage therapist may just be looking for a way to save their hands after years of hard use.
One of the great things about IASTM is it can be utilised in so many different ways. From basic easy to learn techniques to improve soft tissue mobility, to a complex soft tissue treatment system, there’s something in it for everyone. With this in mind, it’s important to think about your goals and aims of using IASTM.
Choosing IASTM Seminars : Step 2
Not all IASTM is the same! There are two main treatment concepts fundamental to IASTM: the soft tissue remodelling and neurological soft tissue change concepts.
The soft tissue remodelling approach is considered by many to be the more traditional IASTM approach. Having been popularised by Graston® and ASTYM, it’s aimed at medical professionals treating soft tissue pain and injuries. It uses IASTM techniques to stimulate a healing response in the tissue. This helps in the breakdown and remodeling of fibrosis and scar tissue.
The neurological approach is aimed at both medial and movement professionals and is based around neurological stimulation of receptors in the tissue. Stimulation of these receptors can cause rapid changes in tissue tone and fluid dynamics.
Choosing IASTM Seminars : Step 3
No one wants to be ripped off, or over pay for a seminar. But at the same time, you want to ensure you are taught the necessary skills and techniques to get the results you want. It’s important to remember that developing good technique takes time, especially when dealing with more complex treatment strokes. Shorter courses will obviously be cheaper, but also cover less content and fewer techniques. Longer, more in-depth courses will likely cost you more, but cover far more content and allow you time to develop your technique. You need to be realistic with what you want to achieve. Of course you want a seminar that’s good value for money, but you also want to ensure you will be able to get the results you want when you complete it. Note: In a 1-day course is simply impossible to develop the skills and knowledge to safely apply the mechanical soft tissue change model.
Choosing IASTM Seminars : Step 4
Arguable the most important point to consider, who is going to be instructing you? Teaching is a skill-set in itself, and good instructors have the ability to communicate their experience in a way that makes learning easier and more enjoyable. Check the background of the instructor team teaching the programme. What’s their professional background and experience, have they taught any other IASTM or soft tissue courses? What’s the instructor to student ratio? These are all important things to consider.
Choosing IASTM Seminars : Step 5
Research, review and contact training providers
It’s down to you to make sure you choose the right IASTM course, after all, it can be a considerable financial investment! Things to consider: What techniques and approaches are covered on the programme. What do other people say about their experience on the course. Are they now getting the results they want? Watch out for ‘text only’ testimonials, look for video, or at the very least testimonials with photographs of the people. (It’s so easy to fake testimonials these days). If possible, try to speak to someone who has already taken the course. The more research you do, the more likely you will find a course that meets your expectations.
We hope this simple 5 step guide has helped point you in the right direction for choosing an IASTM seminar. If you would like more information about our seminars check out our Seminar Pages.