Stretching for Health and Wellness

Stretching for Health and Wellness



6 CEUs for NJ Massage Therapists, NJ Physical Therapists/Physical Therapy Assistants, and Chiropractors*

This is a LIVE class, held at the school.

Course Objectives:

You will learn about the principles and clinical aspects of flexibility, the factors limiting flexibility, as well as techniques to enhance flexibility throughout the body. You will learn the most effective stretches to eliminate pain, alleviate muscle soreness, improve balance, and prevent common injuries.


Flexibility is an important adjunct to regain or maintain optimal health. Prevention of postural problems and injuries to joints should be a priority. Stretching your clients has many benefits. In addition to adjustments, you will be able to help your clients regain postural control of specific muscles that might be creating chronic musculoskeletal disorders, spasms or strains. Healthier muscles result in increased range of motion, improved circulation, greater postural control and optimal performance.

This hands-on course will include different stretching techniques such as Active Isolated Stretching, stretching with a stretch strap, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitative (PNF), breathing techniques, traction techniques, as well as static and dynamic stretching.

This course was previously offered as “Prescriptive Stretching”.

Course Content:

Discuss the Physiology of Stretching
Discuss Stretch Reflex

Review Purpose of Prescriptive Stretching

Discuss and Demonstrate Types of Stretching Techniques- Hands on
Muscle Energy Technique
Active Isolated Stretching

Review Stretching Guidelines

What you should bring: Sheets and Pillow. Please wear loose comfortable clothing.

Instructor: Toni LaSala, PhD, LMT, NSCA-CSCS, ACSM-EP-C, RYT, ACE -GEI, Integrated Stretch Coach (NASM), Health and Wellness Coach. A Licensed Massage Therapist, Toni has taught Exercise Physiology and related topics in academia as well as massage  schools for over 30 years. She has also taught myofascial release, stretching, massage techniques, ethics and other continuing ed topics to licensed healthcare professionals for many years.  She has implemented and managed fitness and wellness programs in fitness centers, in Global Fortune 500 corporations, in hospitals and chiropractic centers, as well as for children with learning disabilities. Toni has been a researcher, student advisor, corporate consultant, scholarly presenter and published author of peer-reviewed articles. She has 21 certifications in fitness and health coaching, most recently as a certified pickleball coach with PPR and a member of USA Pickleball.


*This course was formerly called PRESCRIPTIVE STRETCHING. The course (and name change) are approved by the NCBTMB for massage therapists in all states but NY.  For NJ chiropractors, the course is approved because The Institute for Continuing Education is a Pre-Approved Provider/Sponsor with the NJ Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Chiropractors in other states may receive CE credit if their state recognizes PACE; The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized by the PACE Program of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards. The course is approved (with name change) by the NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, Approval #2107-75.


Thursday, May 30, 2024, 9:00am-3:30pm EST