International Institute for Corrective Muscle Therapy, Inc.Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy

About IICMT Teachers & Training

Contents:
Introduction

To Schedule a Class
Teacher Bios
Program Outline
Course 101 Comprehensive Crossfiber Technique
Course 201 Crossfiber Muscle Isolation
Course 202 Gentle Fascial Release
Potential Future Courses Offered Under IICMT


INTRODUCTION

Teachers: The Institute authorizes seven CCMT Instructors based in five locations – Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, California, and Israel. CCMT Instructors are approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as continuing education Approved Providers. CCMT Instructors work as independent contractors and have from fifteen to thirty years experience as practitioners of what is now called Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy® (CCMT). Teachers conduct classes at their own local facilities or travel to other locations where classes are requested. (See Teacher Bios.)

Training: There are two levels of training offered in the field of Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy® (CCMT). Together they equip the practitioner with the versatility to evaluate and address a wide spectrum of localized and systemic pain, impaired range of motion, and muscle/soft-tissue disorders. Although it is considered optimal to take courses 101, 201, and 202 in sequential order, Level 1 is not required by IICMT as a prerequisite for taking Level 2 and each Level 2 course may be taken individually and in any sequence. (See Program Outline.)

Level 1 is a four-part course, totaling 80 hours, that provides foundational training in Comprehensive Crossfiber Technique, a full-body cross-fiber treatment format that elicits a localized and systemic healing response throughout the body. This course equips the practitioner with the skills and knowledge needed both to practice the technique and to navigate the profession of Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy®.

Level 2 offers two courses, of 20 hours each, in advanced troubleshooting techniques for focusing specialized attention on localized problem areas of the body. Both courses specialize in the art of Crossfiber Palpation (touch evaluation) as students are trained to isolate, identify, and evaluate certain key muscles and then to address the type of muscle/tissue damage found. To this end Crossfiber Muscle Isolation utilizes specially-directed methods of myofascial release whereas Gentle Fascial Release applies this training to the most sensitive conditions; such as areas of recent surgery, recent injury, and inflamed nerve pain.

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TO SCHEDULE A CLASS

To schedule a class: CCMT Instructors operate independently from the Institute and set up their own class schedules and arrangements. Go to “Teacher Bios” (below) to view the general locations where CCMT Instructors are based and to obtain their contact information. For class schedule information and questions, contact an individual instructor directly using the contact information provided under his/her bio. Application, enrollment, and all related matters are handled through the individual instructor. If there are no instructors located in your area and you would like a class to be organized near you, contact the instructor of your choice about the possibility of setting up such an arrangement.

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TEACHER BIOS

List of Authorized CCMT Instructors:

Israel:   Ricky Ben Shimol
CA, USA:   Victoria Ross
NC, USA:   Eleonora Mimansa Guimaraes
PA, USA:   Jennifer Oetzel
PA, USA:   Jonathan Sills
PA, USA:   Cheryl Valvano
TX, USA:   Janine Ray

 

Individual Teacher Bios:

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ISRAEL

(Jerusalem area)

Ricky Ben-Shimol, PDMT, CCMT, CancerGuide®
CCMT Instructor, NCBTMB Approved CE Provider No. 566

Contact Info:
phone: (972) (0)2-5867789
cell: (972) (0)50-7258260
email: rickybenshimol@gmail.com
website: www.bodytherapy.co.il
Read a magazine interview with Victoria Ross in Hebrew.

Ricky

 

 

CALIFORNIA, USA

(San Francisco area)

Victoria Ross, LMT, PDMT, CCMT, MEd
CCMT Instructor, NCBTMB Approved CE Provider No. 567
Founder of Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy®

Contact Info:
email: victoria@iicmt.com
For bio, see Victoria Ross

Victoria Ross

 

 

NORTH CAROLINA, USA

(Asheville area)

Eleonora Mimansa Guimaraes, LMT, PDMT, CCMT, HHP
CCMT Instructor, NCBTMB Approved CE Provider No. 565

Contact Info:
phone: (828) 778-4884
email: mimansa@mimansas.com
website: mimansas.com and www.mindfulbodyworkceu.com

Eleonora

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA, USA

(Suburban Philadelphia area)

Jennifer A. Oetzel, LMT, CCMT, BCTMB
CCMT Instructor, NCBTMB Approved CE Provider No. 564

Contact Info:
phone: (267) 251-6170
email: joetzel@verizon.net
website: amtamembers.com/joetzel

 

 

(Suburban Philadelphia area)

Jonathan Sills, LMT, CLT, PDMT, CCMT, BCTMB
CCMT Instructor, NCBTMB Approved CE Provider No. 562

Contact Info:
phone: (215) 233-2680
cell: (215) 896-8049
email: jsillslmt@gmail.com
home office: 910 Pleasant Ave., Wyndmoor, PA 19038


Jonathan Sills has been an authorized instructor of Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy (CCMT) since 1998. He graduated from the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy (PSMT) in 1997 and was an instructor of anatomy and physiology at PSMT from 1998 to 2000. He has been a guest lecturer in anatomy, physiology, and massage therapy at a number of universities and massage schools in the Philadelphia area.

Jonathan’s interest in the human body began when he started voice lessons as a teenager in Dallas, Texas, and continued with his studies at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in both voice and theater. He went on for graduate studies in opera at the University of Illinois and then moved to the Philadelphia area in 1983, where he has lived ever since. As a singer and actor, Jonathan uses his knowledge of physiology, relaxation techniques, and body awareness to enhance his performances. His years on the stage have given him a unique advantage as an instructor, resulting in a lively and engaging teaching style.

He has been in private practice as a massage therapist, offering Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy and Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy (CCMT), since 1997 and as a certified lymphatic therapist, offering Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage, since 1999. A member of AMTA since 1997, his work as an active massage therapist specializing in the treatment and relief of chronic pain, illness, and injuries informs his knowledge as a CCMT Instructor, providing a wealth of practical experience to share with his students.

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(Suburban Philadelphia area)

Cheryl Valvano, LMT, PDMT, CCMT
CCMT Instructor
NY Sponsored NCBTMB Approved CE Provider No. 561

Contact Info:
phone: (610) 999-2577
email: cvalvano@massagetherapy.com
website: cherylvalvano.massagetherapy.com

Cheryl

 

 

TEXAS, USA

(Austin area)

Janine Ray, LMT, MTI, PDMT, CCMT, TX CE Provider
CCMT Instructor, NCBTMB Approved CE Provider No. 563

Contact Info:
mobile: (512) 825-6090
email: janine.ray@gmail.com
website: JanineRayLMT.com


Originally trained and certified in Northern California, Janine has spent much of her life devoted to furthering the interests of the field of massage therapy. For thirty years she owned and supervised North Austin Massage Therapy (NAMT), a medical massage clinic specializing in Pain Relief and Injury Rehabilitation.

She received her Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy (PDMT) training at the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy in 1994 and was personally mentored by Victoria Ross, one of the two Master Pfrimmer Instructors in the world and the founder of Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy® (CCMT). Janine is a Texas State Certified Massage Therapy Instructor (MTI #822) and Continuing Education Provider (#1720) and has taught and presented the CCMT courses at schools and conventions around the state.

Recognized as one of the Pioneers of Massage Therapy in Texas, she served as the secretary of the Therapeutic Bodyworkers of Austin in 1984-85 and was involved in the political process of creating the original Massage Therapy Registration Act of Texas. She served as the Central Texas Regional Director for the Texas Association of Massage Therapists (TAMT) for several years and as TAMT’s Legislative Chairperson for numerous legislative sessions.

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PROGRAM OUTLINE

General Course Outline

CROSSFIBER CORRECTIVE MUSCLE THERAPY® LEVEL 1
Course 101: Comprehensive Crossfiber Technique (CCT)
(80 hours total)
   • Section 1 of 4 (20 hours)
   • Section 2 of 4 (20 hours)
   • Section 3 of 4 (20 hours)
   • Section 4 of 4 (20 hours)

CROSSFIBER CORRECTIVE MUSCLE THERAPY® LEVEL 2
Course 201: Crossfiber Muscle Isolation (CMI) (20 hours)
Course 202: Gentle Fascial Release (GFR) (20 hours)

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COURSE 101
COMPREHENSIVE CROSSFIBER TECHNIQUE (CCT)

Course 101

Course Description: Comprehensive Crossfiber Technique is the four-part, 80-hour course comprising Level 1 of the Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy Program. This course trains the student to perform a total-body cross-fiber treatment on clients and to practice in the profession of Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy® (CCMT). By applying a system of detailed cross-fiber strokes to the entire body in a succession of three passes, the student is introduced to a technique that maximizes the body’s own healing responses, one which facilitates both localized and systemic results. This technique is effective in addressing the underlying causes of pain, structural imbalance, and a broad range of muscular and soft-tissue conditions.

The training covers theory, history of cross-fiber massage, terms of the profession, legal considerations, contraindications, clinical protocol and charting, professionalism, and discussion on how Crossfiber helps each of the body systems. Closely supervised hands-on technique-work includes an anatomy review, the rationale for each stroke used, navigating areas of caution, and proper body mechanics for each stroke performed in each section of the body. Lecture, demo, audiovisual aids, charts, extensive hands-on exchange with feedback, and a comprehensive student instruction guide (textbook) are utilized.

The experiential and professional training a student receives from this course makes it the most foundational level of the CCMT Program and, therefore, the required schooling for a graduate to earn the title of Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapist. This course is broken down into four 20-hour sections that can be adapted by the instructor to fit various time frames (four 20-hour weekends; two 40-hour weeks, etc.). Section 1 covers the technique-work for hands, arms, neck, and head; Section 2 covers chest, abdomen, back, and posterior neck; Section 3 covers anterior and posterior legs; and Section 4 covers the written and practical exams. A commitment to the full four-part training is necessary to qualify for enrollment.

Suitable for: Practitioners who wish to perform full-body corrective treatments or full-coverage treatments on sections of the body in order to bring relief to clients suffering from mild-to-serious muscular, neurological, connective-tissue, and structural conditions (e.g., fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, structural imbalances, circulatory problems, lupus, paralysis, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, etc.).

Name of Profession: Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy®

Professional Title Awarded: Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapist

Certificates Awarded: Certificate of Completion is awarded upon completion of each of the first 3 sections; Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of the fourth and final section.

Length of Course: four 20-hour sections / 80 hours total

CE Hours: 80 CE hours (recognized by NCBTMB, etc.)

Prerequisites: Minimum of 500 hours of combined schooling in massage, anatomy and physiology, pathology, First Aid, CPR, professional ethics, and contraindications; (or) formal training in one of the healthcare professions, such as the following: medical doctor, osteopath, chiropractor, physical therapist, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse

Student–Teacher Ratio: (12:1)

Course Objectives: Upon graduation the student will be able to do the following: to perform a full-body, hands-on CCT treatment; to list contraindications; to recount history, theory, and legal considerations of the profession; to identify proper body mechanics during regular technique-work or while moving a client with extensive paralysis; to follow clinical process guidelines in his/her practice; to communicate on the subject of Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy® in a professional manner.

Graduation Requirements: Passing a practical exam, a written exam, and an overall performance rating; clinical documentation on two clients of the public; signing a release form committing to following certain professional standards and legal guidelines

Tuition in USA: $2000

Additional Costs: $100 cost for required course textbook Level 1 Student Instruction Guide; independent purchase of required reference book Trail Guide to the Body, by Andrew Biel; see individual teacher for potential application fees and notary fees

Hourly Breakdown for
Course 101 – Comprehensive Crossfiber Technique:
Basic Technique — Theory & Hands On   68 hours
50 Common Conditions   2 hours
History of Cross-fiber Bodywork   2 hours
Body Mechanics   1 hour
Professionalism & Role Playing   5 hours
Contraindications, Legal Considerations & Charting   2 hours
Total Course Hours   80 hours

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COURSE 201
CROSSFIBER MUSCLE ISOLATION (CMI)

Course 201

Course Description: Crossfiber Muscle Isolation is the first of two courses comprising Level 2 of the Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy Program. This course trains the student in the advanced cross-fiber troubleshooting technique designed by Victoria Ross for quickly finding and fixing problems in the muscles and surrounding soft-tissue. Learning to address the muscle across the fibers not only enhances the ease of identifying muscle and soft-tissue problems but automatically brings the practitioner’s hands into position for correcting what has been found. Upon completion the graduate is equipped to isolate and perform corrective myofascial release on 62 key muscles/anatomical areas which commonly become distressed. This technique can be remarkably effective with removing adherent factors and improving range of motion, fibromyalgia, scar tissue, etc. It can be easily incorporated into the standard treatment already practiced by physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and other hands-on practitioners.

Course 201 covers history of cross-fiber massage, terms of the profession, contraindications and vascular considerations, guidelines on effective use of pressure, and theory and concept of Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy®. Closely supervised hands-on technique-work includes an anatomy review, the rationale for each stroke used, navigating areas of caution, and proper body position and body mechanics for each stroke performed. Lecture, demo, audio-visual aids, extensive hands-on exchange with feedback, and an illustrated step-by-step textbook are utilized. Graduates of the course can also obtain an historical video featuring the author, Victoria Ross, demonstrating and discussing each of the 62 muscles, a valuable source of future reference and review.

Suitable for: Nurses, physical therapists, massage therapists, corrective muscle therapists, and health care providers practicing in the following situations: working on athletes; working with chiropractors, osteopaths, or neurological rehabilitation facilities; working on clients with paralysis, restricted range of motion, physical trauma, repetitive strain injury, inability to hold a chiropractic adjustment, etc.

Length of Course: 20 hours

Student–Teacher Ratio: (12:1)

Prerequisites: Minimum of 500 hours of combined schooling in massage, anatomy and physiology, pathology, First Aid, CPR, professional ethics, and contraindications; (or) formal training in one of the healthcare professions, such as the following: medical doctor, osteopath, physical therapist, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse

Course Objectives: Upon completion the student will be able to do the following: to perform Crossfiber Muscle Isolation on 62 muscles; to list contraindications; and to identify proper body mechanics.

Completion Requirements: Passing a practical demonstration on 3 muscles

Certificate Awarded: Certificate of Completion

CE Hours: 20 CE hours (recognized by NCBTMB, etc.)

Tuition in USA: $200

Additional Fees: $100 cost for required course textbook Level 2 Student Instruction Guide (this textbook is used for both Course 201 and 202 and only needs to be purchased once); see individual teacher for potential application/enrollment fees

Optional: Suggested reference book Trail Guide to the Body, by Andrew Biel

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COURSE 202
GENTLE FASCIAL RELEASE (GFR)

Course 202

Course Description: Gentle Fascial Release is the second of two courses comprising Level 2 of the Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy Program. This course trains the student in the non-invasive cross-fiber troubleshooting technique designed by Victoria Ross to safely and painlessly release the fascia involved in the most vulnerable conditions and areas of the body. Upon completion the graduate is equipped to isolate and perform “muscle equilibration” on 62 key muscles/anatomical areas which commonly become distressed. This subtle yet powerful technique effects a remarkably safe release of the tissues for such conditions as intense nerve pain, mastitis, tissue damage caused by surgery or recent injury, bursitis, tendinitis, etc. — conditions which are contraindicated for other forms of massage. This technique opens the practitioner to the limitless learning potential of being informed by the body, about the body, through intuitive touch. It can be easily incorporated into the standard treatment already practiced by physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and other hands-on practitioners.

Course 202 covers the history of cross-fiber massage, terms of the profession, contraindications and vascular considerations, guidelines on effective use of pressure, orientation on working respectfully on highly-sensitive conditions, and theory and concept of Gentle Fascial Release. Closely supervised hands-on technique-work includes demo of technique in each of the 62 areas addressed, instructions on using caution for the conditions that may present in each area, extensive hands-on student exchange with feedback, and proper body mechanics and position for each stroke performed. Lecture, demo, audio-visual aids, and an illustrated step-by-step textbook are utilized.

Suitable for: Nurses, physical therapists, health care providers, massage therapists, or corrective muscle therapists; care-givers of family members, the elderly, or clients with delicate conditions; practitioners seeking to practice a highly-effective yet less-taxing form of bodywork

Length of Course: 20 hours

Student–Teacher Ratio: (12:1)

Prerequisites: Minimum of 500 hours of combined schooling in massage, anatomy and physiology, pathology, First Aid, CPR, professional ethics, and contraindications (or) formal training in one of the healthcare professions, such as the following: medical doctor, osteopath, physical therapist, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse.

Course Objectives: Upon completion the student will be able to do the following: to perform GFR on 62 muscles, to address at least ten specific conditions (selected by the class), to list contraindications, and to identify proper body mechanics and effective hand positions.

Completion Requirements: Passing a practical demonstration on one muscle and one condition of the body

Certificate Awarded: Certificate of Completion

CE Hours: 20 CE hours (recognized by NCBTMB, etc.)

Tuition in USA: $200

Additional Fees: $100 cost for required course textbook Level 2 Student Instruction Guide (this textbook is used for both Course 201 and 202 and only needs to be purchased once); see individual teacher for potential application/enrollment fees

Optional: Suggested reference book Trail Guide to the Body, by Andrew Biel

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POTENTIAL FUTURE COURSES
OFFERED UNDER IICMT

The following three courses teach techniques that are part of the system of Advanced Crossfiber Troubleshooting developed by Victoria Ross since the mid-1970s. They comprise aspects of the larger body of technique-work known as Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy®.

JOINT RELEASE (JR)

Course 203 Joint Release

Goal of Course:  To train the student in a multi-phase, cross-fiber troubleshooting technique for addressing problems in the joints. The student is guided through the process of (1) identifying (through palpation) each muscle attaching to the joint; (2) evaluating (through Crossfiber Palpation) what type of distress each muscle and/or tissue is experiencing; (3) selecting the Crossfiber technique to best release each muscle and/or tissue involved; and then (4) releasing the joint space itself by a technique of “wringing” or “pumping” the bones back into their balanced position.

Suitable for:  Physical therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and corrective muscle therapists working on clients with any of the following: joint pain or discomfort, limited range of motion, injuries, or inability to “hold” a chiropractic adjustment

Length of Course:  20 hours

Student-Teacher Ratio:  (12:1)

Prerequisites:  Professional training as massage therapist, physical therapist, corrective muscle therapist, nurse, doctor, or health care provider; previous training in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Contraindications, and Professional Ethics

Course Objectives:  Upon completion the student will be able to do the following: to perform Crossfiber Palpation and Joint Release for the tissues adjacent to (a minimum of) ten joints of the body; to list contraindications; and to identify proper body mechanics.

Completion Requirements:  Passing a practical demonstration on two different types of joints

Certificate Awarded:  Certificate of Completion

CE Hours:  20 CE hours

Registration:  $25 (non-refundable)

Tuition in USA:  $200

Optional:  Suggested book: Trail Guide to the Body, by Andrew Biel

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GENTLE VASCULAR RELEASE (GVR)

Course 205 Vascular and Lymphatic Repair

Goal of Course:  To train the student in a non-invasive, cross-fiber troubleshooting technique specially designed for addressing the sensitive conditions related to blood vessels and lymphatic vessels. The student is guided through the process of using Crossfiber Palpation (touch evaluation) to evaluate the condition of vascular and lymphatic vessels; learning how and when it is safe to address these conditions; and learning contraindications related to vascular and lymphatic release. (Note: This is NOT a course in lymphatic drainage. The purpose of this course is to restore injured lymphatic vessels as an adjunct to massage, corrective muscle therapy, or manual lymph drainage.)

Suitable for:  Nurses, massage therapists, lymphatic drainage practitioners, and corrective muscle therapists working with the elderly, pre- and post- surgery situations, broken bones, injuries caused by car accidents, etc., soft tissue injuries, health conditions affecting the vascular or lymphatic systems

Length of Course:  20 hours

Student/Teacher Ratio:  (12:1)

Prerequisites:  Professional training as massage therapist, physical therapist, corrective muscle therapist, nurse, doctor, or health care provider; previous training in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Contraindications, and Professional Ethics
(Suggested prerequisites: Course 202 Gentle Fascial Release; personal review of the anatomy and physiology of the vascular and lymphatic systems)

Course Objectives:  Upon completion the student will be able to do the following: to list the contraindications and precautions to vascular and lymphatic bodywork; to demonstrate pressure variations for vascular and lymphatic work; and to explain the rationale for technique approaches to vascular and lymphatic repair.

Completion Requirements:  Passing a written exam on the contraindications and safety concepts of vascular and lymphatic bodywork; signing a release form stating that student has been trained in vascular and lymphatic contraindications and safety; passing a practical demonstration of the Crossfiber Palpation and corrective approach for one vascular or lymphatic condition.

Certificate Awarded: Certificate of Completion

CE Hours:  20 CE hours

Registration:  $25 (non-refundable)

Tuition in USA:  $200

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VISCERAL RELEASE TECHNIQUE (VRT)

Course 206 Visceral Evaluation and Repair

Goal of Course:  To train the student in a cross-fiber troubleshooting technique specially designed for relieving distress in the abdominal area. The student is guided through the learning process of the following aspects: (1) the anatomy and palpation (touch evaluation) of the digestive system; (2) when and how to safely do corrective bodywork in this area; (3) which musculature interacts with digestive-organ distress; and (4) which conditions are the most responsive to corrective work performed in the digestive area.

Suitable for:  Nurses, massage therapists, and corrective muscle therapists working with the elderly, pre- or post- surgery of the digestive area, cosmetic surgery, certain types of breast re-construction, elimination problems, digestive inflammatory conditions, and other systemic conditions of the digestive area

Length of Course:  20 hours

Student/Teacher Ratio:  (12:1)

Prerequisites:  Professional training as massage therapist, physical therapist, corrective muscle therapist, nurse, doctor, or health care provider; previous training in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Contraindications, and Professional Ethics
(Suggested prerequisites: Course 202 Gentle Fascial Release; personal review of the anatomy and physiology of the digestive process, the supporting musculature, and conditions common to the digestive area)

Course Objectives:  Upon completion the student will be able to do the following: to list, locate, and palpate the anatomical position of each organ of the digestive track, vital organs, and supporting musculature; to perform the aorta safety-check; to explain the rationale for using three specific Crossfiber Palpation and correction approaches in the digestive area; and to list the contraindications and safety considerations for working in the digestive area.

Completion Requirements:  Passing a practical demonstration of the aorta safety-check; passing a practical demonstration with verbal rationale for the Crossfiber Palpation and correction of one organ

Certificate Awarded: Certificate of Completion

CE Hours:  20 CE hours

Registration:  $25 (non-refundable)

Tuition in USA:  $200

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CROSSFIBER EVALUATION SERIES

The following series of courses outlines the system of Crossfiber Evaluation Technique (CET), an aspect of the larger body of technique-work known as Crossfiber Corrective Muscle Therapy® developed by Victoria Ross since the mid-1970s. The series has been structured to progressively train the practitioner in the skills needed to evaluate and provide clinical-level reports on the muscular, soft-tissue status of the client. The student is guided through the following skills: performing total-body Crossfiber Evaluations on the client; recording the findings on both an anatomical chart and a numerical scale; communicating his/her findings to the client; and issuing a report to a referring physician or insurance company. The courses are designed to build on each other and to be taken sequentially. Completion of the Level 2 courses is a prerequisite.

STRUCTURAL EVALUATION 

Course 204 Structural Evaluation

Goal of Course:  To equip the student to perform the first set of skills needed for clinical-level training in Crossfiber Evaluation Technique: structural evaluation. The student is trained to evaluate client structural problems through the following methods: the “Structural Quick Check”; the Crossfiber Palpation (touch evaluation) of key weight-bearing muscles while the client is  the prone, supine, and side-lying positions (on the table); visual observation while the client is in the standing posture; and movement assessment.

Suitable for: Physical therapists, massage therapists, corrective muscle therapists working in rehabilitation or chiropractic settings and/or wanting a quick way to identify and correct stubborn structural patterns in the client

Length of Course:  20 hours

Student/Teacher Ratio:  (12:1)

Prerequisites: Completion of Courses 201, 202; professional training as massage therapist, physical therapist, corrective muscle therapist, nurse, doctor, or health care provider; previous training in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Contraindications, and Professional Ethics

Course Objectives: Upon completion the student will be able to do the following: to demonstrate the “Structural Quick Check”; to list the key structural muscles that should be checked while the client is on the table; and to list the areas important to visual, standing-posture evaluation.

Completion Requirements:  Passing a practical demonstration of “Structural Quick Check”

Certificate Awarded: Certificate of Completion

CE Hours:  20 CE hours

Registration:  $25 (non-refundable)

Tuition in USA:  $200

Optional:  Suggested book: Trail Guide to the Body, by Andrew Biel

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TOTAL BODY CROSSFIBER PALPATION

Course 301 Total Body Palpation

Goal of Course:  To equip the student to perform the next set of skills needed for clinical-level training in Crossfiber Evaluation Technique: a detailed assessment of the entire body. The student is trained to use the technique of Crossfiber Palpation (touch evaluation) and the skills of identifying, assessing, and addressing problem areas in the muscular system — as learned in Level 2 — and to consolidate them as the student applies that knowledge to performing a total-body evaluation through Crossfiber Palpation.

Suitable for:  Physical therapists, nurses, massage therapists, and corrective muscle therapists who want to improve their skills of palpation and their ability to safely and effectively handle an ever-broadening scope of conditions.

Length of Course:  20 hours

Student/Teacher Ratio:  (12:1)

Prerequisites:  Completion of the preceding course in the Crossfiber Evaluation Series

Course Objectives:  Upon completion the student will be able to do the following: to name the different types of tissue disturbances which can be palpated; to identify the anatomical locations of key body parts by following a detailed “map”; to relate the student’s impression of the results of his/her Crossfiber Palpation; and to list the areas and conditions requiring caution.

Completion Requirements:  Passing a practical demonstration requiring that the student perform Crossfiber Palpation on three body parts while relating his/her impression of what was felt in the tissues at those locations

Certificate Awarded: Certificate of Completion

CE Hours:  20 CE hours

Registration:  $25 (non-refundable)

Tuition in USA:  $200

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MUSCLE ASSESSMENT SKETCHING

Course 302 Muscle Assessment Sketching

Goal of Course:  To equip the student to perform the next set of skills needed for clinical-level training in Crossfiber Evaluation Technique: sketch notations. The student is trained to turn a detailed assessment of each anatomical location (as learned in the preceding course of the Crossfiber Evaluation Series) into a composite assessment of those same locations; to proceed with that process throughout the entire body; and then to draw sketch notations on a muscle-anatomy diagram indicating the type of irregularity discovered in each location.

Suitable for:  Physical therapists, nurses, massage therapists, and corrective muscle therapists who want to improve their skills of palpation (touch evaluation) and their ability to quickly assess the total body

Length of Course:  20 hours

Student/Teacher Ratio:  (12:1)

Prerequisites:  Completion of the preceding course in the Crossfiber Evaluation Series

Course Objectives: Upon completion the student will be able to do the following: to name the different types of tension and tissue disturbances which can be palpated; to comment on irregularities that the student has discovered on a partner; and to relate the reasons for the notations that the student has made on his/her sketch.

Completion Requirements:  Passing a practical demonstration requiring the student to choose three of the muscles annotated on his/her sketch, to demonstrate Crossfiber Palpation on a partner for each of those three muscles, and to relate his/her impression of what was discovered at each location during the palpation

Certificate Awarded: Certificate of Completion

CE Hours:  20 CE hours

Registration:  $25 (non-refundable)

Tuition in USA:  $200

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MUSCLE ASSESSMENT CHARTING

Course 303 Muscle Assessment Charting

Goal of Course:  To equip the student to do the next set of skills needed for clinical-level training in Crossfiber Evaluation Technique: numerical rating. The student is trained to perform the composite assessment and sketch notations (as learned in the preceding course of the Crossfiber Evaluation Series) more quickly; then to place a numerical value on the sketch findings (rating the type and degree of tissue irregularity); and finally to record the numerical rating on a client progress chart.

Suitable for:  Physical therapists, nurses, massage therapists, and corrective muscle therapists who want to improve their speed of palpation (touch evaluation) and their ability to quickly assess individual muscles and the total body musculature

Length of Course:  20 hours

Student/Teacher Ratio:  (12:1)

Prerequisites: Completion of the preceding course in the Crossfiber Evaluation Series

Course Objectives:  Upon completion the student will be able to do the following: to perform a total-body session of detailed assessment, composite assessment, and sketch notations; to determine a numerical value for each muscle irregularity; to record the numerical rating on a client progress chart; and to relate the reasons for the notations the student has made on his/her chart.

Completion Requirements:  Passing a practical exam requiring the student to choose three muscles from his/her client progress chart, to demonstrate Crossfiber Palpation on those three muscles, and to relate his/her impressions on what was found during the palpation

Certificate Awarded: Certificate of Completion

CE Hours:  20 CE hours

Registration:  $25 (non-refundable)

Tuition in USA:  $200

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EVALUATION, CLIENT CONSULTATION & REPORTING

Course 304 Evaluation Client Consultation and Reporting

Goal of Course:  To equip the student to do the next set of skills needed for clinical-level training in Crossfiber Evaluation Technique: client consultation and clinical reporting. The student is trained to perform the composite assessment, sketch notations, and numerical rating (as learned in the preceding course of the Crossfiber Evaluation Series) more quickly; then to conduct a client consultation re: the findings; and finally to do clinical reporting on the findings by preparing a report for referring physicians or insurance companies.

Suitable for:  Physical therapists, nurses, massage therapists, and corrective muscle therapists who want to master their ability to quickly assess both individual muscles and the total body musculature and to record and report their findings

Length of Course:  20 hours

Student/Teacher Ratio: (12:1)

Prerequisites:  Completion of the preceding course in the Crossfiber Evaluation Series

Course Objectives:  Upon completion the student will be able to do the following: to perform a total-body muscle check on a partner using Crossfiber Palpation; to record the student’s impressions on a muscle-sketch while proceeding through the evaluation; to transfer the information to a formal numerical-scale chart; to relate to the partner the reasons for the notations the student has made on the chart; and to prepare a clinical report for a referring physician.

Completion Requirements:  Passing a practical demonstration requiring the student to relate to a partner his/her impression of what was discovered while doing a palpation check on the partner and to do so using the sketch and chart that the student has prepared

Certificate Awarded: Certificate of Completion

CE Hours:  20 CE hours

Registration:  $25 (non-refundable)

Tuition in USA:  $200

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CROSSFIBER EVALUATION PRACTICAL EXAM 

Course 305 Total Body Practical Exam

Goal of Course:  To provide the student with the documentation of having mastered the skills needed to practice clinical-level Crossfiber Evaluation Technique on clients. The student is required to pass a practical exam by performing a total-body Crossfiber Evaluation on an outside client including client consultation and clinical reporting within the allotted time. This course solidifies the student’s confidence in his/her ability to combine what has been learned in the preceding courses of the Crossfiber Evaluation Series and to employ it in his/her professional practice.

Suitable for:  Physical therapists, nurses, massage therapists, and corrective muscle therapists who want to work in a clinical setting, to establish a clinic, or to do clinical-level work

Length of Course:  20 hours

Student/Teacher Ratio:  (12:1)

Prerequisites:  Completion of the preceding course in the Crossfiber Evaluation Series

Course Objectives:  Upon completion the student will be able to demonstrate his/her ability to perform a complete evaluation, consultation, and reporting session on a partner.

Completion Requirements:  Passing a practical exam by performing, within the allotted time, a professional execution of a total-body Crossfiber Evaluation session together with client consultation and clinical reporting

Certificate Awarded: Certificate of Achievement

CE Hours:  20 CE hours

Registration:  $25 (non-refundable)

Tuition in USA:  $200

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