IASTM: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Soft Tissue Manual Tool Certification (STMT-1)

Soft Tissue Mobilization Techniques

Combining Manual Therapy, Movement Based Assessment and Correctives, and Kinesiology Taping

IASTM: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft Tissue Manual Tool Certification: STMT-1 Designation


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Instructor: David Doyle, MS, PT, STMT


Certification Requirements

• Complete both the 3 Hour Pre-course online content and the 13 Hour live hands-on component
• Successfully pass online test with an 80% score prior to the live seminar
• Successfully complete a safety and skill exam administered by the course instructor

This is a certification course. Individuals who successfully complete all required elements of the course will be certified as a STMT-1 Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization practitioner. This course contains intermediate level content and is not intended for use by participants outside the scope of their license or regulation.


Tools and Equipment 

Kinesiology Tape by Rock Tape will be used in the this class




Multiple IASTM tool options will be available in class for demonstration and practice including:

  •  The Edge Tool by Edge Mobility Systems
  • The Swede by Verktyg
  •  Smart Tools
  • Rock Blades by Rock Tape






Benefits of Attending

• Universal techniques that can be used with the majority of tools
• Multiple IASTM Tool options provided at the seminar for practice
• Utilize biomechanics and neuroscience to develop evidence-informed treatment strategies

• Lab-based seminar with hands-on coursework throughout both days



Introducing the Soft Tissue Manual Tool (STMT) series, the Medical Minds in Motion Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Certification. In today’s rehabilitation environment, knowing how to safely and effectively utilize IASTM tools is essential. With so many IASTM tool options available in the market, wading through the sea of choices in order to find the tool that will work best for you is daunting. Our certification program is unique, because it provides hands-on experience with multiple tool options so that you can choose which tool or set of tools is the best fit for you.  You will have the opportunity to practice learned techniques with 5 different industry-leading IASTM tools including The Edge Tool, Smart Tools, Hawk Grips, Vertyk, and Rock Blades.  The certification consists of 3 hours of online content, which is a prerequisite to the 13-hour live hands-on lab course. The online portion takes an in depth look at the history and physiology of IASTM, movement principles and kinesiology taping, as well as fundamentals of each technique in order to develop a foundational understanding to prepare you for the live course.

Most noteworthy is the best practice approach, the STMT-1 certification uses to teach universal assessment and treatment strategies that can be applied with any IASTM tool. During the 13 hour hands on lab portion, you will develop a clear understanding of the mechanical principles of increased tissue perfusion, the localized inflammatory response and speed of tissue healing. A strong emphasis will be placed on the neurophysiological principles of “less is more”, decreasing tone, decreasing threat and stimulation of mechanoreceptors to assist with improving movement. In addition, you will explore and discuss various corrective exercises and kinesiology taping strategies for continued positive outcomes provided by IASTM.

Extensive practice during the live portion will allow you to develop a knowledge base for clinical decision making and implementation. Emphasizing cervical mobility, shoulder mobility, thoracic rotation, spinal flexion, knee flexion and many more, you will develop dynamic treatment options to progress your patients to the ultimate goal of functional movement with lasting outcome.



1. Demonstrate safe techniques for implementing IASTM with multiple populations.
2. Utilize movement assessments to determine appropriate soft tissue limitations appropriate for IASTM.
3. Explain the rationale behind IASTM by comparing mechanical vs neurological responses using the most current literature.
4. Implement IASTM into a comprehensive treatment program for optimal patient outcomes.
5. Discuss the rationale for patient positioning and when to treat the targeted tissues loaded vs unloaded and active vs. passive.
6. Differentiate appropriate taping methods based on a patient’s injury, dysfunction, and/or limited function.
7. Demonstrate competent rationale for IASTM treatment progressions by combining clear assessments with an EBP approach to care.
8. Complete a skill check off/rubric at the end of the seminar demonstrating safety and competency with an assessment, tool technique, taping strategy and an appropriate corrective exercise.


Online Content Agenda

1. Introduction and History of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (30 Minutes)
2. Physiological Responses of IASTM (30 Minutes)
3. Tool Options (15 Minutes)
4. Safety (15 Minutes)
5. Fundamentals of IASTM (30 Minutes)
6. Fundamentals of Kinesiology Taping (30 Minutes)
7. Principles of Movement Assessments and Corrective Exercise Strategies (30 Minutes)


Who Should Attend

  • Physical Therapists and Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists and Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Massage Therapists
  • Chiropractors


What to Bring

  • Tools will be provided for use/practice at the seminar
  • Bring Scissors to cut the tape
  • Wear gym type clothing and be prepared to practice what you learn
  • Floor mat or Towel
  • Portable treatment table (optional)


Course Outline

Instructor will break 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon as well as 1 hour for lunch.

DAY One – Each section will include: Assessments – Demos – Lab Practice – Tool Techniques

1. REVIEW OF ONLINE CONTENT (8:00am-8:30am)
a. 10 Key Points
b. Questions/Discussion

a. Upper Trapezius
b. Levator Scap
c. Cervical Paraspinals
d. CT Junction

3. TMJ TECHNIQUES (9:30am-10:15am)
a. Masseter

a. Pectorals
b. Anterior Deltoid
c. Biceps
d. Junctional Zones
e. Lateral Deltoid

a. Infraspinatus
b. Teres Major/Minor
c. Posterior Deltoid
d. Triceps
e. Junctional Zones

6. ELBOW TECHNIQUES (1:30pm-2:30pm)
a. Improving Elbow Flexion/Extension

a. Common Extensor/Flexor
b. Carpal Tunnel
c. Thumb/CMC
d. Junctional Zones
e. Improving Supination/pronation

8. TYING DAY 1 TOGETHER (3:45pm-4:00pm)
a. Billing/Coding
b. Documentation
c. Review/Questions/Discussion

DAY TWO – Each section will include: Assessments – Demos – Lab Practice – Tool Techniques
1. HIP TECHNIQUES (8:00am-9:00am)
a. Lateral Hip: ITB/TFL
b. Adductors
c. Psoas/Rectus Femoris

​2. KNEE TECHNIQUES (9:00am-10:00am)
a. Quads: Improving Knee Flexion
b. HS: Improving Knee Extension
c. Patellar Mobility
d. Patellar Tendonitis Protocol

3. LOWER LEG/ANKLE TECHNIQUES (10:15am-11:15am)
a. Gastroc/Soleus
b. Anterior Tibialis
c. Peroneals
d. Posterior Tibialis

4. FOOT TECHNIQUES (11:15am-12:00pm)
a. Plantar Fascia
b. Great Toe/FHL

a. Thoracic Paraspinals
b. Latissimus Dorsi
c. Intercostal
d. Diaphragm

6. LUMBAR SPINE TECHNIQUES (1:45pm-2:30pm)
a. Lumbar Paraspinals
b. Quadratus Lumborum
c. SIJ
d. Thoracolumbar Fascia

a. Review of Methodology
b. Lab Practice
c. Skills Check/Lab Examination

8. WRAP-UP (3:45pm-4:00pm)
a. Questions/Answers


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