Myofascial Chains & Myofascial Release Techniques

2 Day CPD Course for Professional Equine Therapists

Thursday and Friday 23rd and 24th June 2022

Thursday and Friday 15th and 16th September 2022


Wavendon Grange, Lawn Lane, Old Dalby, Leicestershire, LE14 3LW


Muscles of opposite action work together in groups of pairs and those groups work together in chains. These myofascial chains, which can be dissected, connect all parts of the body together. Understanding their connections helps to explain equine movement, function, compensation patterns and postural and movement alterations following injury.

In this course we look at the anatomy and biomechanics of all the myofascial chains within the horse and how they connect together. Gillian explains the postural and movement alterations you can expect to see when there is weakness, tension or problems within each chain. She demonstrates observation and assessment techniques and how to test each chain. As well as a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises that can be performed in hand, ridden or in the stable, Gillian will demonstrate myofascial release techniques to to improve myofascial health and balance.

This course is suitable for qualified therapists from all disciplines wishing to revise techniques or explore new ones to add to their toolbox.


It is a mix of theory, practical demonstrations and small group hands-on practical sessions. It also provides the opportunity to network, share information and discuss interesting or challenging cases with other practitioners in a relaxed and supportive environment.


During this course Gillian will examine the importance of muscle and myofascial chains, fascial connections, compensation patterns and demonstrate advanced soft tissue techniques to include:


Slow myofascial release

Rhythmic overpressure

Dynamic myofascial release techniques

Myofascial Unwinding Techniques

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This course is a brilliant follow on from the
Fascia Release Techniques Course
which runs on the Monday and Tuesday just before this course.

If you would like to read another therapists review of the day check out this blog article:

All of Gillian's courses are supported by a wealth of photographs and video footage taken from years worth of work including footage of her anatomically painted horses and from her dissections.


Also during the course you will have access to Gillian's large collection of bones and anatomical models. This ensures that you will be better able to visualise the anatomical structures palpated.

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Provisional Timetable



09.00:  Registration and Coffee

09.30:  An introduction to Myofascial Chains
             Classroom Session

10.00:  The Extensor Chains

The Anatomy, Tests, Exercises and Techniques

11.15    Break 

11.45:    The Flexor Chains

The Anatomy, Tests, Exercises and Techniques

13.00:   Lunch

14.00:   The Forelimb Protraction Chain

The Anatomy, Tests, Exercises and Techniques

15.00:   Break

15.30:  The Forelimb Retraction Chain                         The Anatomy, Tests, Exercises and Techniques

16.30:   Questions and Discussion


17.00:   Close


09.00:  Coffee

09.30:  Questions and Discussion


10.00:  The Thoracic Sling Muscles

The Anatomy, Tests, Exercises and Techniques

11.00:   Break

11.30:    Forelimb Abduction Chains

The Anatomy, Tests, Exercises and Techniques

12.30:   Lunch

13.30:   Hindlimb Abduction Chain

The Anatomy, Tests, Exercises and Techniques

14.30:   Break

15.00:   Myofascial Chains Painted Overview

16.00:   Questions and Discussion

16.30:   Close


All participants must provide proof of professional equine therapy qualification and current professional indemnity insurance.

Recommended Reading

It is recommended that you read the myofascial chapters of
Posture and Performance

and watch the recorded webinar: Understanding Muscles and Fascia


Certificates of Participation (CPD) will be emailed after the course. Course notes will be provided.

Tea, coffee, home-made cakes and a light lunch of sandwiches, crisps and fruit is included.

This course is held both inside and out so please bring appropriate warm clothes for a day out on the yard.

This course is limited to 14 people to ensure small groups and individual attention.

Course Prices


Prices include VAT

Thursday and Friday 23rd and 24th June 2022:-

Early Bird Ticket

Purchase before 20th January to take advantage of the discount