Trigger Points

 a myofascial approach

Part 1 

Part 1 Trigger Points

Theme: Myofascial influence in sport and wellness. 

Sub-theme: Trigger Points. 

Target groups: sports and wellness massage therapists with a recognized diploma and least 1 year of demonstrable experience in sports and/or wellness.

Work area: sports and sports related, wellness.

Start date: in consultation.

End date: in consultation.

Number of participants: Minimum 9, maximum 12

Study load: 40 hours.

Number of contact hours: 24 hours.

Number of contact days:  3 full days at 8 hours or 6 half days at 4 hours for the workshops and 2 half days at 4 hours for testing and return activity .

Language: Dutch or English.

Relationship between practice and theory: 50/50.

Assessment: Yes.

Certificate: Yes.

Accreditation: Granted for 18 studypoints at NGS (Netherlands)

Course location: in consultation for Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire St Martin and the Surinam. Also possible in-company

Course dates: in consultation.

Cost including course material and syllabus: on request, depending on location and logistics.  

Entry level: To participate  in this course, you require; 

  • A recognized sports and wellness massage therapists diploma and least 1 year of demonstrable experience in sports and/or wellness
  • Sufficient knowledge of anatomy and functions of the muscular system.
  • Sufficient  knowledge of Muscular physiology.

The links below are recommended for self-study:


Massage therapists play an important role in sports and wellness by guiding athletes, active elderly people and people with demanding professions. 

Much attention is paid to normalizing the tone of tense muscles or muscle groups. Not every client reacts positively to the massage treatment. The tension does not decrease sufficiently and or is back the next day.  In that case there may be myofascial pain.

Myofascial pain is defined as a chronic pain disorder. In this condition, a continuous muscle tension in a small portion of the muscle fibers (trigger points) causes the pain in the muscle and sometimes in apparently unrelated parts of your body  . This is called referred pain.

This syndrome usually occurs after acute or chronic muscle overload. Think of repetitive movements in work, hobby or sports, (sports) trauma, deviations within the musculoskeletal system, post-operative or stress-related muscle tension. Although almost everyone has transient muscle tension pain, the pain or discomfort associated with myofascial pain syndrome persists or worsens.

Treatment options include;

  • Trigger point treatments.
  • Myofascial release techniques.
  • Medical taping.
  • Relaxation techniques.

In part 1 of the triptych myofascial influence in sport and wellness, we focus on the phenomenon of Myofascial Trigger Points (MTP).

Compulsory literature (included in the course price):

 “The concise book of trigger points”, Book written by Simeon Niel-Asher (Digital version)


After the course, the participant;

  • Has knowledge about the onset and morphology of myofascial pain.   
  • is able to diagnose,treat and evaluate trigger points in a methodical way. 
  • is able to construct, result-oriented exercises and self-treatment possibilities to influence trigger points. 

Didactic method:

Theory in the form of presentations are alternated with practical assignments. Students are also expected to spend the necessary time on self-study. 

An important part of the course is “the internship in your own practice” where you have to practice with 'your own' clients. 


A specified portfolio with methodical clientreports, a presentation of a chosen clientreport to fellow students and a combined practical test of theory and practice, 

Course planning:

• Theory and practice in workshop form, 24 hours

• Return activity, 4 hours

• Testing, 4 hours

Teacher and course management:

Rob van Wageningen, 

Teacher physiotherapy HGZO, Physiotherapist, MS sonographer, 

Region representative Caribbean Dry needling,Canada,