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CN3040: Canine Myofascial Release Techniques Level I

Date: Fall 2023 Woodbine, Maryland
Cost: $995
Duration: 4 days


Myofascial Release (MFR) has long been an effective treatment modality for humans, and more recently it has become a frequent choice when caring for horses. Fortunately, the canine population is now beginning to benefit from this potent therapy as well.

This four-day course introduces participants to the science of MFR, myofascial evaluation, and techniques to reduce dysfunctions. There are plenty of hands-on sessions with the dogs, enabling you to apply the techniques with confidence.

Those already certified in canine bodywork will find this dynamic modality adds a new dimension to your work. Those participants just starting out in bodywork will find this course presents MFR in an easy-to-understand way. Students will immediately be able to produce positive structural changes, whether the problem is an acute or long-standing dysfunction.

Students attend class daily from 8am to 5pm and have additional 3 hours of evening studies. There is an hour break for lunch. This is an intense course; please plan to attend for all four days.



  • Myofascial/Osseous & Related Structures
  • Anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Conformation & Definition of Common Canine Injuries
  • Handling & Safety
  • Body Mechanics for Application

Myofascial Release Techniques

  • Physical Evaluations
  • Gait Analysis
  • Lower Extremities
  • Lumbar/Pelvic Region
  • Anterior & Posterior Thoracic Region
  • Cervical Spine
  • Atlas & Axis

Additional Practicals

  • Myofascial Osseous Release
  • Myofascial Stretching
  • Therapeutic Exercise


A working knowledge of veterinary vocabulary, anatomy and dog handling skills.  If you are new to the field, the CN3005 Canine Anatomy & Behavior Distance Study course will help you understand the concepts presented in this course.

Required Materials

Required Text:
Dog Anatomy: A Pictorial Approach to Canine Structure
by Peter C. Goody
This text will be used in the class. Please have it with you. It is available at most online bookstores.

Externship (included in tuition):
Externship Grading (Case Studies and Visual Presentations)

Suggested Reading:
Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy: The Dog & Cat (Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy)
by Stanley H. Done, et al.


Ruth Mitchell-Golladay, PT, EEBW, CMT

As a physical therapist, massage therapist, Equinology Equine Body Worker and lifetime animal lover, Ruth Mitchell-Golladay is able to combine knowledge and experience with love to care for animal populations.

Ruth received her graduate degree in physical therapy from The University of Iowa in 1972 and opened a private practice in Dallas in 1978. She then attended The Institute of Natural Healing Sciences in Colleyville, Texas in 1991 for her massage therapy training. She is Nationally Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Body Work and state licensed. Additionally, she obtained her Equinology Equine Body Worker certification in 2004.

Ruth began her Myofascial Release education in 1987. She has taken all the John Barnes MFR courses (including equine), and was a Senior Instructor/Coordinator, Co-lecturer and Primary Lecturer for John Barnes, teaching over 130 courses for him from 1988-2002. From 1999 until her resignation in June 2001, she was the Primary Lecturer for the Barnes Equine MFR courses.

In 1990, Ruth opened the Equine Therapeutic Center, where she provides therapy for horse and rider. She uses her biomechanical knowledge to assist in determining a problem and then primarily utilizes Myofascial Release to decrease the symptoms and/or dysfunction. In addition, she uses laser, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, Red Light Acupoint Therapy, essential oils and specialized taping techniques. She also includes stabilization and core exercises for the horse and rider.

Ruth started teaching for Equinology in 1999. She has taught Myofascial Release for horses at facilities in California, Virginia, Texas, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Additionally, she has taught the Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification Course in the United States, England, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, Canine MFR in Canada and England, and human MFR in England.

Ruth has published two books – Facilitated Healing through Myofascial Release – Putting the Pieces Together for Horse and Rider and Canine Myofascial Release.


A $300 deposit is required to hold your spot in a course – the remainder of the tuition is due at least 30 days prior to the course start date. The $300 deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable, and is credited to the total tuition for the course. Confirmation letters, course outlines, required pre-study (if applicable), directions and lodging options will be sent when the $300 deposit has been received.

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