What is PNF Stretching?
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is an advanced form of flexibility training that involves both the stretching and contraction of part of the muscle, the whole muscle, or even a muscle group that is being targeted. PNF stretching was originally developed as a form of rehabilitation for stroke patients, and to that effect it is very effective. It is also excellent for targeting specific muscle groups, increasing flexibility and range of motion as it also improves muscular strength.
PNF stretches takes advantage of the sudden vulnerability of the muscle and its increased range of motion by using the moments immediately following the isometric contraction to train the stretch receptors to get used to this new, increased, muscle length. This is accomplished by the final passive stretch. PNF stretching is one of the most effective forms of flexibility training for increasing range of motion. While there are several variations of PNF stretching, they all have one thing in common – they facilitate muscular inhibition. It is believed that this is why PNF is superior to other forms of flexibility training. By using this method, therapists not only gain tremendous improvement in their patient/client, but at the same time they can reduce the strains on their own body helping to preserve their hands and extend their career.
Date: Saturday, July 15th, 2023
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cortiva Institute – St. Petersburg campus
2370 34th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
CE Credits: 8
Instructor: Anthony Guglielmo
About the Instructor:
As a graduate of the Swedish Institute Anthony became a Nationally certified therapist in 1995 and a NYS licensed massage therapist in 1996.
His practice includes working with many MD’s and Physicians handling a variety of medical conditions that Massage Therapy can be of great assistance.
Anthony has been a guest lecturer to medical students and Professors at Cornell University and Tufts University discussing the benefits of Massage Therapy and is also an author of medical papers and the internationally selling book “The Walrus on My Table” discussing his experiences of Massage Therapy on animals.
In addition to his private practice he is a partner with Cancer Treatment Centers of America working with those dealing with and surviving cancer treatments.
Anthony also provides continuing education classes on a variety of topics to help pass on the knowledge gained over the past 17 years and nearly 33,000 treatments..