The Equine Fascial Manipulation Days

Bingen and Waldalgesheim, Germany, September 3-6, 2019

In cooperation with Tierklinik Binger Wald

This course will show the participants the importance of understanding fascia, its 3-D network, the identification of musculoskeletal dysfunctions in reference to the animal fascial system and to apply the Fascial Manipulation system as taught by Luigi Stecco. The goal of the course is to identify specific points of fascia causing movement restrictions and then to manipulate them, often far away from the problem area, to restore movement. These will be taught combining theoretical and practical elements as well as a live demonstration of all steps of treatment.



Tuesday, September 3 | Lectures 9:30 to 18:00 hours
Hotel NH Bingen
With Mika Pihlman, Tuulia Luomala and Vibeke Sødring Elbrønd

  • 9.30 - Structure and function of the fascia. Focus on the horse.
  • 11:15 - Coffee break
  • 11.45 - History and theory behind animal fascial manipulation. Basics of myofascial unit, centre of coordination and myofascial sequence.
  • 13:15 - Lunch
  • 14:15 - Fascial phenomenon’s.
  • 15.30 - Coffee break
  • 16:00 - Animal Fascial manipulation treatment protocol.
  • 18:00 - End

Wednesday, September 4 | Practical work 9:00 to 18:00 hours
Morning Hotel NH Bingen
With Mika Pihlman, Tuulia Luomala and Vibeke Sødring Elbrønd

  • 9:00 - Palpation in small groups - learning points
  • 10.30 - Coffee break
  • 11.00 - Palpation in small groups - learning points.
  • 12:30 - Lunch

Afternoon Tierklinik Binger Wald

  • 13:30 - Participants will be divided in groups and rotate between anatomical and treatment demonstrations.
  • 16:00 - Coffee break
  • 16.30 - Palpation in small groups - learning points.
  • 18:00 - End

Thursday, September 5 | Practical work 9:00 to 18:00 hours
Tierklinik Binger Wald
With Mika Pihlman, Tuulia Luomala and Vibeke Sødring Elbrønd

  • 9.00 - Movement testing and Palpation in theory.
  • 10:00 - Manipulation of the Fascia – Treatment, palpation protocol, densification of the fascia.
  • 10:45 - Coffee break
  • 11:15 - The Assessment Chart for Animal Fascial Manipulation (from anamnesis to hypothesis to treatment to verification to treatment to reassessment).
  • 12:30 - Lunch
  • 14:00 - Participants will be divided in groups and rotate between demonstrations on movement testing and fascia anatomy.
  • 15:45 - Coffee break
  • 16:15 - Participants will be divided in groups and rotate between demonstrations on palpation testing and fascia anatomy.
  • 18:00 - End

Friday, September 6 | Hands on 9:00 to 13:00 hours
Tierklinik Binger Wald
With Mika Pihlman and Tuulia Luomala

  • 9:00 - Participants do movement and palpation testing with horses
  • 10:45 - Coffee break
  • 11:15 - Participants do movement and palpation testing with horses
  • 13:00 - Lunch
  • 14:00 - Compilation of assessment chart by participants and treatment by instructor
  • 15:30 - General discussion
  • 16.30 - End

The instructors

Tuulia Luomala
graduated from University of applied sciences of Tampere as Physiotherapist. Since 2000 she has been working as a private practitioner, lecturer and teacher. Tuulia has strong practical background concerning musculoskeletal rehabilitation of humans and animals. She is focused on fascial anatomy, fascial manipulation and practical applications of fascial treatments and exercises to both, humans and animals. Tuulia has been working as a chairman of the Finnish association of animal physiotherapist since four years. She has published the following books: 1) A Practical guide to Fascial Manipulation: An evidence- and clinical-based approach. 2016. Elsevier and 3 books in Finnish. Fascia: From the clinical perspective, 2016, VK-Kustannus. Pocket book of massage, 2017, Sanoma Pro. Mobility training, 2018, VK-Kustannus.

Mika Pihlman
is a physiotherapist from Finland working since 20 years with humans. He has studied many manual approaches from the osteopathic techniques to the Maitland concept, acupuncture and various fascial techniques. He has been studying and writing articles and books about human and animal myofascial systems. Together with the Stecco family and Tuulia Luomala he has developed the animal fascial manipulation in the last 7 years.

Vibeke Sødring Elbrønd
graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Copenhagen and has a PhD in Anatomy and Physiology. She is Associate Professor in Anatomy and Biochemistry at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Science. In 2008 she completed an education in Veterinary Chiropractic and since then her research field is biomechanics / functional anatomy with focus on fasciae and functionality and integrity of fasciae. She has been lecturing at several conferences, courses, educations and workshops in this topic. In 2016 she passed the IVAS exam in Veterinary Acupuncture. Besides the University she runs a small practice where she treats the locomotion system of dogs and horses using manual therapies such as chiropractic and fasciae release as well as laser and acupuncture treatments.

What you need to know...

Dates and location

  • September 3, 2019 | NH Bingen – see address below
  • September 4, 2019 | Tierklinik Binger Wald, Hofgut Kreling · D-55425 Waldalgesheim, GermanyPhone: +49 (0) 6721 94 24 0 ·
  • September 5, 2019 | Morning NH Bingen, afternoon Tierklinik Binger Wald
  • September 6, 2019 | Tierklinik Binger Wald


NH Bingen (instructors are accommodated here)
Am Rhein Nahe Eck, D-55411 Bingen;
Phone +49 (0) 6721 79 60;
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Further information

Arbeitsgruppe Pferd – Task Force Horse
Arno Lindner
Heinrich-Röttgen-Str. 20, 52428 Jülich, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 2461 340-430; Fax: -484;;

Nearest airports: Frankfurt am Main (FRA) and Frankfurt-Hahn (; However, Cologne/Bonn (CGN) and Düsseldorf (DUS) are good choices too because from there it is rather easy to get to Bingen by train and the hotel is within 10 minutes walking distance from the railway station (Hauptbahnhof) Bingen.