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Designed for fitness, medical and therapy professionals, Merrithew Fascial Movement workshops and courses explore the latest research findings on the neuromyofascial skeletal system.

With an emphasis on movement variables including Bounce, Sense, Expand and Hydrate, Merrithew Fascial Movement training offers a thorough understanding of what fascia is, what it does, how it moves and how to work with it across a range of varying modalities.

Upon completion of the Instructor Course, participants will be able to incorporate content taught in the course to their existing qualifications/training and can use the term “trained in Merrithew™ Fascial Movement”.

General Course Objectives:

  • Identify the components of fascia and be able to explain its role and relevance to movement.
  • Articulate the difference between tensegrity and traditional force and lever-based biomechanics.
  • Define and explore fascial movement variables such as Bounce, Sense, Expand & Hydrate.
  • Develop programs for clients of all levels integrating specific fascial movement variables.

Merrithew Fascial Movement Foundation Course, Level 1

Fascia, the most ubiquitous connective tissue in the body, is creating a buzz in the fitness industry. The importance of this multi-faceted network is only starting to be understood. The Merrithew Fascial Movement Foundation Course, Level 1 is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness, therapeutic movement and rehabilitation, and provides some insight as to how movement affects and is affected by fascia. The initial lecture component of the course reviews basic fascial anatomy and physiology and explores the latest research findings on the neuromyofascial skeletal system. The application component of the course introduces movement variables including Bounce, Sense, Expand and Hydrate; and shows how they can be applied to all forms of exercise including Pilates, yoga, dance, athletic conditioning, sports performance, and rehabilitation.


Fitness professionals, movement therapists, personal trainers, yoga instructors, Pilates trainers, a variety of somatically driven movement modalities and manual therapists looking for simple movement techniques to enhance their therapeutic practices.

Course Length: 16 hours

Continuing Education Credits

REPs 6.0
ACE 1.6
canfitpro 4.0

Education Materials

  • Fascia Movement Instructor Course Workbook (SKU: MN08080)
  • Fascia in Sport & Movement, by Robert Schleip & Amanda Baker (may be purchased online or locally)

Teaching Props


Equipment Required

Buy together and save:

1 per student:

  • Pilates Mat
  • Mini Stability Ball - Large
  • Twist Ball with pump – 6 lb
  • Flex-Band® - Regular
  • Resistance Loop Band
  • Rollga® Genesis Foam Roller
  • Foam Roller Soft Density (36 or 18 inch)
  • Mini Stability Ball - Small

or 1 per 2 students:

  • Mini Stability Ball - XSmall
  • Mini Stability Ball - Small

5 per course:

  • Peanut Massage Ball – 2-Pack
  • Weighted Massage Rollers – 2-Pack
  • Balance & Therapy Domes – 2-Pack

3 per 12 or 4 per 18 students:

  • Fascia ReleaZer®
  • Small Massage Ball

1 each:

  • Laptop Computer
  • Projector & Screen


  • White Board
  • Chalkboard or Large Flip pad
  • Table and Chairs

This course is intended for those who have a solid understanding of functional anatomy and biomechanics.

Courses/Workshops fees:

Click below for a price list from the Toronto Corporate Training Center for courses, exams and materials.
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  • Prices listed are for the Toronto Corporate Training Center and are provided as a reference. Prices will vary depending on region and location. Please contact individual training centres for up-to-date pricing information as well as any packages or discounts that may be available.

The Merrithew Fascial Movement Foundation Course does not have an exam.

Please note: These are general Merrithew™ Policies. Please refer to the specific course and facility policies when registering for instructor training at any of our licensed training facilities around the world.

Prospective Pregnant, Injured or Post Rehabilitation Participants

While it is considered safe and desirable to exercise during pregnancy and Pilates programs can be ideal in the recovery phase of injury, Merrithew courses can be quite demanding physically, and have not been tailored for pregnant or injured participants or those in a post rehabilitation phase.

For this reason, we are not able to accept course registrations from students who are knowingly pregnant or who are currently or recently injured. A major component of our courses is physical performance of all exercises. This necessitates that participants are injury-free, and able to participate fully, in order to fulfill this requirement.

Under certain circumstances, permission to participate may be granted for select workshop titles from our Post-Rehabilitation, Pre and Post-Natal, and Active for Life Specialty Tracks, as well as the Injuries and Special Populations course. Extensions will be granted for those needing to earn CECs, at no additional cost. Requests for permission or extension must be submitted in writing to the Senior Program Director, Education at least 30 days prior to the workshop/course date and for CEC extensions. This allows us time to review and consider all factors as well as provide alternative recommendations in the event the request cannot be fulfilled. Please note that we receive a high volume of requests and those received less than 30 days prior to the workshop/course date will only be reviewed if time permits.


We allow auditing of the following courses if a student has previously taken them: IMP, IR, ICAD, ICHR, IBRL, AM, AR, ACAD, ACHR, ABRL, CMR, and CCCB. We also allow auditing of the ISP course if taken post-June 2007 to present and the RMR1, RMR2, RCCB1 and RCCB2 courses if taken post-June 2012. Please contact your closest Training Center if you are interested in auditing. We do not however, allow auditing of any Functional Anatomy Course, Foundation Courses and the workshops we offer (CEC / introductory) as the main goal of the workshops is continuing education and not certification.

Please note: Students are asked to remain silent and not participate in any group work/discussions, or ask questions during the course, unless otherwise directed by the Instructor Trainer.

Absenteeism & Make-up Hours

No time can be missed during any Foundation Course and there will be no make-up hours. If any of the course time is missed, the course must be re-taken.

Video or Audio Recording

Audio or video recordings of courses being taught is strictly prohibited. If there are exceptional circumstances that make this necessary, the student must apply for and receive express written permission from the Senior Program Director, Education and sign a contract restricting its use. This policy is to help us avoid any infringement on our intellectual property.


Candidates must be at least 18 years of age to participate in any STOTT PILATES® course, workshop or examination.

Grievance and Appeals Process

Students who choose to submit a formal grievance regarding their education training may do so in writing to instructorcustomercare@merrithew.com within 30 days of the course or workshop completion. Grievances should include details regarding the specific situation, the desired resolution of the grievance, and any other relevant supporting information. All grievances will be attended to within 60 days of receipt.