Project Description

It has been well established that the fascia, which permeates the whole body and interpenetrates and surrounds all organs, bones, muscle, and nerve fibers, is a sensory organ. Treatment of the fascia directly affects the proprioceptive system and is responsible for muscles working in a coordinated fashion. It is necessary to treat the fascia along defined pathways based on its anatomy and physiology. It appears that only FM® has established and demonstrated the fascial kinetic chain. For ultimate results in the treatment of many neuromusculoskeletal conditions, practitioners must learn how to treat the source of pain rather than mostly treat the site of pain.


Fascial Manipulation® has been taught in Europe for over 16 years. It has been taught to over a thousand practitioners in 40 countries. It was created by Luigi Stecco, PT, over 40 years ago. For further information go to,  and and enter fascia for peer reviewed articles.

The Fascial Manipulation® program is an intensive hands-on series. It combines theoretical lectures, demonstrations, and practicals throughout each course day. Participants will learn to evaluate musculoskeletal dysfunctions with specific reference to the human fascial system, and to apply the Fascial Manipulation method.  Lectures include the anatomy and physiology of the fascial system, an explanation of the biomechanical model used in application of this technique, and the anatomical localization of fascial points (myofascial sequences, spirals). Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions (from history taking, to hypothesis, to functional testing, to palpation, to verification and treatment) together with a methodology and strategy for treatment.


The Fascial Manipulation® series is intended for physical therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, medical doctors, and other licensed health care practitioners with a good working knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy, physiology and neurology.


The primary objective is to develop an understanding of the Centers of Coordination (CC) that are responsible for the normal function of related monoarticular and biarticular muscles. By the end of the course, clinicians will:
• Learn anatomy and physiology of the fascial system.
• Learn how to evaluate myofascial planes: upper and lower extremities, spine.
• Determine functional testing of areas of complaint.
• Develop skill and understanding to assess abnormal functional findings with fascial points of involvement to restore normal function.


FM 1A 1B Schedule
FM 2A 2B Schedule

Continuing Education Credits and Hours offered

October 27-29, 2017

Ariz Diamondbacks & Stefano Casadei, PT

Cortiva Institute – Scottsdale
8010 East McDowell Road, Suite 219
Scottsdale, AZ 85257


$450(when registered PRIOR to 8/20/17)
  • $550.00 on or after 8/20/17

Why take Level 2 FM? Benefits of Level 1 vs Level 2?

In a large percentage of patients, the treatment of Centers of Coordination (CC), as taught in Level 1, can be a final answer for obtaining a healing result, but the complete treatment of patients under FM requires Level 2. Level 1 considers fascia regulating single planes of movement i.e., unidirectional muscle fibers such as in the three planes of motion (sagittal, frontal and horizontal). Luigi Stecco realized that it was also necessary to coordinate two or three myofascial units involved in complex global movements where the forces of myofascial units converge. Centers of Fusion (CF) are taught to be used for single segments, along myofascial diagonals and myofascial spirals. CF points are mostly found over retinacula and periarticular structures that are influenced by complex movements.

CFs coordinates intermediate muscle fibers, activated during movements between mf units. For example, CCs found mostly in muscle bellies would mainly be used for treating problems dealing with lumbar flexion, extension, lateral bending and rotation. But movements between these planes such as oblique lateral backward bending (Kemp sign), oblique backward and medial bending, anterior lateral or anterior medial movement would require treatment of the CF. This would pertain, of course, not only to the lumbar spine, but to all the extremities and the trunk. Treating CFs also coordinate myofascial CC units. Often treating a CF frees the fascial tension created by the CCs.

Level 2 is very important for understanding its relationship with Level 1. Some of the many questions to be answered are when and why CFs are treated, the relation of CCs to CFs, the exact location of CFs, how to treat CFs (different than CCs) and the concepts of diagonals and spirals. Some other subjects continued from Level 1, such as treatment strategies, physiology of motor control as it relates to fascia, posture and the use of the assessment chart, are continuously discussed.


Hopefully, most of our Level 2 graduates are achieving excellent results. Like any other skill, we often fall into habits that might be incorrect, including point location, improper treatment strategy, and use of information that we misinterpreted. A Master’s course can only enhance our skills and improve our results.

Day One
• What particular topics does class want to discuss?
• Review some CC & CF points.
– Including most effective treatment positions, new points from last year and new locations of points from Luigi’s upcoming book (hopefully in print at seminar time).
• Patient did not respond – what to do?
• Discussion by class of their difficult patients.
– Class is urged to bring case reports.
• Clinical advice and practice recommendations.

Day Two
• Learn Luigi’s updated spirals.
• Learn the latest theoretical research regarding fascial mechanics and fascial alterations.
• Treatment strategies: establishing the hypothesis, choosing the correct plane, diagonal, spiral.
• Short cuts, balancing, combing HU/SC and PV/CX.

Day Three
• Questioning of instructors as they interview and treat patients.
• Evaluation of students as they treat patients. Review of their assessment charts.
• Final discussion.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: CE Credits are NOT being offered for this Masters Class

(not applicable for retake & Master’s Class fee)

Approved Continuing Education (CE) credits & hours in CA, CT, FL, HI, NC, NY, NV, TX, WA… more to come

Continuing education requirements are subject to change.
The licensee is responsible to review board’s regulations and decide if the seminar is acceptable and applicable for continuing education units/hours.