Learn IASTM – On Sale This Week!

Reinold-ReligiosoAs a nice surprise for our 1 year anniversary, Erson Religioso and I are offering our online course teaching you Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization at for special price.  We are completely humbled by the great response we have received about the course and are proud to be helping people learn IASTM in a simple and affordable system.  We created this course to offer a solution to the overpriced and complicated courses currently teaching IASTM.

IASTM is easy to learn, affordable to begin, and a really effective treatment tool.

Here are some testimonials from past course participants:

  • “Drs. Reinold and Religioso have complied a course that consists of easily digestible research and practical application, that a busy clinician will find not only helpful, but flexible and ultimately USEFUL! Thank you for creating this course, I found it very helpful to both me and my patients.”  Brad Banker, PT, DPT, NCS
  • iastm-box“After taking this CEU course I believe I am ready to start performing IASTM. I am new to IASTM and feel as though it will be a great adjunct to my current treatment techniques. I have been itching to start performing IASTM on my patients since beginning this course. I liked learning about new and different perspectives to evaluation and treatment that were presented in this course and that can be used with IASTM. Overall I believe this was a great course.” Erica Smith, PT, DPT – Upper Sandusky, OH
  • “When I first came in contact with IASTM I was eager to learn more. So I started looking on the web for courses in my country when I found out about this website. As there are any courses regarding IASTM available in my own country I decided to take the shot and follow this course. This was the first paid online course I’ve attended. To be honest the course is great. I learned a lot about some (scientific) background using IASTM and also a lot of techniques to work with while in working in the field. I didn’t find it hard to follow the course and had a lot of fun with it. I even decided to order the lubricate and EDGE tool to work with. Turns out that they’re great for me. I already recommended this to my colleagues and close friends and they are most likely to participate in this course as well. Thanks for the well set up course. I will get back to this website to look some things up in the near future again to further enhance my skills and I’ll definitely go study more regarding fasciae and IASTM. Thanks so much!”  Joris van Hulten PT, B
  • best IASTM tools“Excellent course for beginning IASTM. Covered background, tools, theory, techniques and advanced topics. Highly recommend this course! I began practicing and implementing the techniques immediately.”  M.T., DPT – Denver, CO
  • “This program gave me insight to the research behind the IASTM technique as well as simple strategies to begin incorporating IASTM into my daily treatments. I think my elite athletic population will benefit greatly from IASTM and will work well with some of my time constraints often faced with professional athletes. This will also work well for the small percentage of my patients that cannot tolerate FDN.”  Rebecca Arce, DPT COMT, Resident PT for Carolina Ballet, Raleigh, NC


Special Offer This Week Only

To celebrate out 1-year anniversary of the program, we are taking $30 of the price of the online course.  You get access to all of our program teaching you the basics of IASTM, as well as advanced techniques.  Plus, we have partnered with several IASTM tool manufacturers to offer discounts on their tools for our course participants!  After you start the program, there is a whole section on how to pick the right tool for you and your budget (some for less than $10!).

The program is on sale for $99.99 until Friday September 5th at midnight EST – No exceptions!  Click the below link to start learning today!

[button link=”” size=”large” color=”red”]Learn IASTM Today[/button] On Sale To Celebrate Receiving CEU Approval

iastm-boxI am very excited to announce has officially been approved for 6 CEU contact hours by the NATA and the MA State APTA!  You can also submit for approval with other states and organizations, we provide everything you need on the course lesson page.

In honor of our course approval, Erson and I are going to put the course on sale again for this week only!

The sale price will be available until midnight Sunday EST.  Click here to save $30 and get 6 CEU hours!

Join the several 100s of people that have already gone through the program and are giving it awesome reviews!   IASTM is a really effective manual therapy technique that is easy to learn and doesn’t have to be expensive to perform.  Erson and I show you exactly how we use IASTM and how you can started using the technique quickly and easily!

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My Recommendations on Choosing the Best IASTM Tool

best IASTM toolsOne of the major points that I wanted to get across in my new online program teaching you instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization is that the tools do not need to be expensive to start using IASTM.

There are a wide variety of different tools that you can buy to perform IASTM, ranging from $5 to several thousands of dollars!

Luckily for you, it doesn’t have to be expensive to get started using IASTM!   Don’t get me wrong, you absolutely get what you pay for with the different tools, however price should not be an issue that limits your ability to start using IASTM.  If you have $5, you can start performing IASTM.

Over the last several years I have tried almost every IASTM tool on the market.  There are many great ones.  I am going to review several tools that I personally use and recommend.  I am going to start from cheapest to most expensive and overview the pros and cons of each.  When people are not sure IASTM is for them, I recommend starting with a cheap tool.  Once you get the hang of it and see the many benefits, you’ll definitely want to upgrade.

Consider this article your resource to choosing the best IASTM tool.



Buffalo Horn

buffalo hornBuffalo horn is probably the cheapest and easiest way to get started with IASTM.  It is easy to find on the internet, cheap, lightweight, and effective.  If you are new to IASTM or just want to test it out, this is a great tool to begin with while being very budget friendly.  It doesn’t feel or resonate very well, the more expensive tools feel SO MUCH better, but buffalo horn is certainly an acceptable material to use for your first IASTM tool.  Certainly not the best option but I would rather you use a $5 tool than not perform IASTM at all.  if budget is your primary concern, start here, otherwise move down the list!



jadeJade is a gemstone and a definite step up from buffalo horn.  They come in many different colors, though there does not seem to be a big difference in quality between the colors.  I also like the shape in the image to the right, which gives you a few useful edges.  Jade tools are heavier than buffalo horn, but also more slippery if you get too much lubricant on the tool.  They certainly resonate more than buffalo horn but still not nearly as much as the higher cost tools, such as stainless steel.  Jade is more fragile than buffalo horn, so keep this in mind.  It isn’t the best if you are worried you are not going to be able to protect it well.  It is an option and another good beginner tool, but you’ll want to upgrade soon.


Bian Stone

obsidian toolI would put Bian a mild step up from Jade.  They tend to be smooth but not shiny, so have a better grip to it.  I feel it resonates more than jade or horn, and actually have a decent feel to them, but again nothing like stainless steel.  Although not the cheapest, these are a great low-cost option and work well.  You will certainly feel a difference between these and the cheaper tools above.  These also are more fragile than other tools and should be protected like jade.  Don’t drop them!  Considering the mild increase in cost and the fragility of the stones, I again say this is a good beginner tool, but you’ll likely want to upgrade soon.



The next class of tools takes a step up and now includes plastic, or polycarnonate tools.  These tools are more durable than all of the above tools and tend to be custom shaped based specifically for manual therapy.  The shapes also tend to be larger, which is a good thing.  I prefer polycarbonate tools over the above natural tools for their durability.

dolphin polyThere is a clear winner in polycarbonate tools in my mind, the Dolphin by IAM Tools, based in the UK.  This is a “training” version of their stainless steel dolphin tool, but trust me, this is not just a training tool.  I love the shape, edges, and ability to grip.  Plus it is a bit larger than the above tools so you can work many different body parts.  This a good tool, but still nothing like stainless steel.


Stainless Steel

Last but certainly not least are the stainless steel tools.  Let’s get this out-of-the-way first – stainless steel tools are by far the best tools for IASTM.  I definitely feel everyone should have at least one stainless steel tool if they are serious about IASTM.

You can’t compare the feel, resonation, durability, or even the weight.  I like a tool with a little weight to it.  Stainless isn’t perfect.  My number one issue is often related to grip as stainless steel can get VERY slippery during a session.  That is why the tools I use tend to have some feature that enhances the grip.  It is also easier to be aggressive with a stainless steel tool, so if you want to be gentle with someone, I would recommend using a different tool, at least initially.

There are two tools that you should highly consider.

edge toolThe first is the EDGE tool.  Think of this as the Swiss Army Knife of IASTM tools.  It has a bunch of different edges and a great ability to grip using the middle hole.  At only $100, it is pretty hard to compete and is often most people’s first stainless steel tool.  It is a pretty versatile tool, especially if you use it in combination with some of the larger Hawk Grip tools, as described below.


hawk gripsLastly, another great stainless steel option is a set of tools from Hawk Grips.  If the EDGE tool is the Swiss Army knife of IASTM tools, the Hawk Grips tools are the entire top-of-the-line Craftsman tool set!  These tools look really, really, familiar, right?  They are based off the most popular stainless steel tools on the market but Hawk Grips are actually better than those tools!  They added a nice hash grip surface on each that really makes a big difference.

Hawk Grips offers a huge variety of tools, including my favorite the HG8 and the VERY popular HG1 handlebar tool.  There are also a lot of smaller tools designed to treat every body part.  These tools are more expensive, but are quality.  If you are looking for an entire set of tools and a version of IASTM tools just like the most popular ones, this is for you.  If you are not interested in the whole package, they sell the tools individually so you can slowly build your set as your budget allows


What is the Best IASTM Tool?

I don’t think there is a clear winner for each and every person.  If you treat a lot of athletes, you may want the Hawk Grip tools as they are larger and have a great variety.  If you just treat hands and wrists all day, you may want a smaller tool.  If you just have $100 to spend, the EDGE tool may be for you.

In all honestly, I use several tools together, and I bet you will too.  Start with what looks best for you right now, even if just a piece of horn, and as you see the benefits of IASTM start to expand your collection.  I have every tool on this list and I actually use all of them based on my goals, different clients, and body parts


Learn IASTM Technique

If you are new to IASTM or looking for more advanced techniques, check out my online education program teaching IASTM.  It’s a great program to show you how and why I use IASTM.  I show you everything you need to know to start using IASTM.  It’s effective, easy to learn, and affordable to start using.


4 Myths of IASTM

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is really a great manual therapy skill to have in your tool box.  However, there are many myths and misconceptions regarding IASTM that I really believe are holding people back from getting started and seeing the benefits of IASTM in their practice.

In this video, Erson Religioso and I discuss some of the myths of IASTM that led us to develop our online educational program at to teach people how and why we use IASTM:


4 Myths of IASTM

To summarize some of the myths of IASTM discussed in the video:

  • IASTM does not have to be expensive to learn or perform.  You do not need to spend tons of money on certification courses and crazy expensive tools.  Erson and I have a quick and easy online educational program at that will get you started right away.  We even talk about how you can get useable tools for as little as $5!
  • IASTM does not have to be complicated to learn.  If you are already performing manual therapy or massage, you know everything you need to know to start using IASTM.
  • IASTM should not make everyone black and blue!  Let me actually rephrase that for emphasis, IASTM is not about being so aggressive that you leave large purple marks and essentially produce superficial capillary hemorrhage.  Some redness and petechia is OK, but the over aggressive black and blue is not ideal.
  • IASTM tools do not provide as much feedback as my hands.  IASTM is a way to compliment your hands, it is not a replacement!  In fact, it gives you a different feel that really helps your palpation skills.



IASTM Technique

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How and Why You Need to Learn IASTM

Learn IASTMErson Religioso and I have a nice video for you discussing why and how we both started using instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM).  Like many people, I held out initially as I wanted to hear and see more.  However, the more I learned the more interested I became.

In this video, Erson and I describe how and why they both started using IASTM, how we integrate IASTM with other manual techniques and exercise, the major benefits of IASTM, and then some brief technique demonstrations.


How and Why You Need to Learn IASTM


IASTM Technique

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IASTM Technique Program Now Available!

Are you ready to start learning how to start using instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) today?!?  I so excited to finally have finished my new online education program teaching you how and why to start using IASTM quickly and easily!  The program has been almost 2 years in the making, but I think it is going to be worth the wait!


IASTM Technique

IASTM tool is my new website teaching you everything you need to learn to start using IASTM today.  It is jam-packed with over 35 videos and over 6 hours of content!  I have teamed up with physical therapist Erson Religioso to produce the content, as Erson has a ton of great knowledge and experience using IASTM.

If you are not using IASTM, think about these things:

  • IASTM is pretty effective.  You and your patients are going to see the benefit quickly.
  • IASTM doesn’t have to be complicated to learn.  You don’t need a length certification process to begin.
  • IASTM doesn’t have to involve crazy expensive tools.  We’ll show you what we use for tools, some for under $5!

Everything you need to start using IASTM is covered!  We break the program down into 4 different portions:

  1. Basic Principles – We start the program out telling you about some of the history and background behind IASTM, including some of the research reports on the benefits and efficacy of using IASTM.  Once you understand the “why,” we jump right into the “how,” showing you the basics behind tool selection, grip, scanning assessments, stroke patterns, and more
  2. Body Part Specific Techniques – Once you have the basics down, we now break down the content by body part, going over how we use IASTM from head to toe.  At this point, you are ready to rock and start practicing, but we don’t stop there (like some programs do…).
  3. Advanced Techniques – Here is where you will take your IASTM skills to the next level.  We talk about how to integrate IASTM with your other manual therapy techniques and how to use IASTM for several different pathologies, movement dysfunctions, and to enhance neurodynamics.  There are lots of great videos here including footage of real patients and case studies.
  4. Resources – Great, now you know how to use IASTM like a pro, head over to the resources section to hear our unbiased recommendations on what to use for tools and lubricant, as well as other educational resources.


IASTM Technique Launches Next Week!

Reinold Religioso

It’s been a couple of years in the making, but my educational program on how and why to perform instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is ready to launch on Monday!  I’ve teamed up with Erson Religioso to finish the product as Erson has a wealth of knowledge and experience using IASTM.  He really took the program to the next level!

I’ve been working on this website for two years after realizing that many people don’t realize that:

  • IASTM is pretty effective.  You and your patients are going to see the benefit quickly.
  • IASTM doesn’t have to be complicated to learn.  You don’t need a length certification process to begin.
  • IASTM doesn’t have to involve crazy expensive tools.  We’ll show you what we use for tools, some for under $5!

Much more info coming on Monday, including a special announcement on how we are also giving away close to $2000 worth of tools.  So stay tuned for the big announcement and get ready find out how to start using IASTM.

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In the meantime, enjoy this great blooper video we put together to get excited about next week!

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IASTM, Sports Rehab Experts, and Bootcamps

This week’s Stuff You Should Read comes from SportsRehabExpert, Mike Robertson, Jim Laird, Moly Galbraith, Erson Religioso, and myself!  Big week!


Inner Circle and Update

My next Inner Circle webinar will be tomorrow, Friday January 18th at 11:15 AM EST.  We’ll be discussing tips on how to assess and treat shoulder impingement.  There will be a bunch of great concepts that both the rehab and fitness groups will benefit from, including how to detect what type of impingement is occurring, what that means for us, how to get over the hump, and how to train around the issue in the meantime.  Inner Circle members can log in to the Inner Circle Dashboard and sign up for the live event.  If you can’t make it, don’t worry, I’ll get a recording of it up on the website within a few days.  If you aren’t a member of my Inner Circle, click here to learn how to access this and all my past webinars for the price of a latte.

Kevin Wilk finished up his 4-part webinar series on the Current Concepts in Rehabilitation Following ACL Reconstruction this week over at  Part 4 discusses some of the postoperative complications, like anterior knee pain and loss of motion, including what to watch out for and how to get past them in rehab.  Kevin is one of the best PTs in the world and his rehab program for ACL reconstruction is top notch.  This is exactly how Kevin and I treat ACL reconstructions.  Learn more about and if you want to get a a taste of the awesome content, there is a sign up box to get access to part 1 of Kevin Wilk’s ACL Rehab series for free.


[hr] Update

As many of you know, I have been working on an educational solution to teach people how to use instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) in their practice.  You don’t need ultra-expensive tools, long seminars, or crazy certifications that add to thousands of dollars of expenses.  That is crazy, it’s not that hard!

Well, I have some exciting news!  The website isn’t ready yet, but I’ve teamed up with Erson Religioso of to collaborate on the educational material.  I’ve been working on this for some time and admit that the project was always getting pushed back by bigger projects.  With Erson’s help, we are going to get this project done and out their for you to access.  Erson brings a ton of experience with IASTM and is going to make this even better!

Stay tuned for more information as we develop the website, we’ll be talking about this more over the next several months.  In the meantime, head over to and enter your email to make sure you get all the updates and qualify for the special launch price, when it happens.



2013 Sports Rehab Expert Teleseminar Series

Every year at this time Joe Heiler release an amazing and FREE teleseminar series from some of the leading people in our field.  This is a quick and easy way to get an update on what is current and what new concepts you’ll be hearing about in 2013.  Always a fun resource.  There is a new telemseminar each week, which can be accessed both live and afterward as a recording.  Here is this year’s list of speakers:

  • Dan John – discusses ‘Intervention:  Course Corrections for the Athlete and Trainer‘ including goal setting, training the 6 basic movements, proper exercise progression, and more…
  • Dr. Mark Cheng – talks about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture vs. dry needling, combining TCM with corrective exercise, kettlebells, and the martial arts.
  • Diane Lee – one of the foremost experts on the lumbopelvic-hip (LPH) complex, discussing assessment and treatment using her Integrated Systems Model, and putting it all together to rehab and train athletes.
  • Mike Voight – discusses the 4×4 matrix of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) to train motor control/stability and enhance movement.
  • Dr. Evan Osar – ‘Corrective Exercise Solutions for Common Hip and Shoulder Dysfunction‘ including breathing pattern corrections, the importance of joint centration, and more…
  • Jason Glass – Rotational power slings for golf and other rotation sports, screening rotational athletes, common injuries and prevention, and best training methods.
  • Robert Butler – researching the pillars of Functional Movement Systems including pain and effects on motor control, injury prediction and the FMS, and more…
  • Neil Rampe – using the Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) and Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) systems in professional baseball, identifying and addressing asymmetries.
  • Charlie Weingroff – discusses principles from his Training=Rehab and How to Make a Monster seminars including soft core vs. hard core training, using DNS principles and joint centration, using the SFMA to target dysfunction.
  • Dr. Mark Scappaticci – discusses his Functional Integrated Therapy (FIT) system including Fascial Abrasion Technique and Functional Integrated Needling, treating painful and non-painful dysfunction, and working with elite athletes.
  • Kelly Starrett – talks about the unique challenges of working with CrossFit and other athletes that push themselves to the limits, the importance of joint mobility, tissue quality, and movement, plus a whole lot more…

CLICK HERE to sign up for FREE access for the 2013 Sports Rehab Expert Teleseminar Series.




Bootcamp in a Box

Bootcamp in a BoxWow, lots of new educational announcements this week!  For the fitness people, Mike Robertson, Jim Laird, and Moly Galbraith have teamed up to produce a complete done-for-you system on implementing fitness bootcamps .  What an outstanding group!  This looks like it’s going to be one of the best fitness educational products of the year.

Bootcamp in a Box is literally a 6-month done-for-you program designed by Mike, Jim, and Molly. They lay it all out  in a 200+ page manual and accompanying DVD – metabolic exercises, corrective exercises, progressions & regressions, cueing instructions, the works…

Seriously, Mike Robertson promises the bootcamp owner who puts this program to work WILL become the go-to place in his/her town, and I believe him!

Bootcamp in a Box is on sale this week during the launch so CLICK HERE and get in for 33% off before the launch ends tomorrow night.




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