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Muscle Energy Technique (MET) Online

Course Overview

This online Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) course is designed for Level 3 sports massage therapists or alike who are looking to broaden their skills and ability to work with soft tissue, understanding and using Muscle Energy Technique (MET) for the treatment of the upper and lower body. 

It is delivered via a range of online modules that you can work through at your own pace, providing a reference library of techniques for ongoing use.

The protocol of Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) in theory is straight forward and easy to understand, however what is often missed is when to perform it, and the importance of client positioning to allow for the protocol to have full effect. This course is designed to explore what MET is, the positioning of our clients, different applications of MET, and when and how to intergrate this into our treatment plans.

Muscle Energy Techniques are a fantastic addition to your treatment toolbox as they can be used for any condition in which the goal is to cause relaxation and lengthening of the muscles and improve the range of motion in joints. They can be applied safely to almost any joint in the body, making them incredibly adaptable and helpful to most presenting conditions.

Course Syllabus

This online course will aim to teach you:

  • What is Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) (focussing on the two main different types - PIR/RI)

Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) (PIR/RI) application and use for the upper body and neck to include:

  • Trapezius - upper and lower
  • Levator Scapula
  • Scalenes
  • Sternocleidomastoid
  • Glenohumeral joint (medial & lateral rotators including deltoid - all aspects)
  • Pec Major
  • Pec Minor (& Serratus Anterior)
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Teres Major & Minor
  • Thoracic Spine Group

Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) (PIR/RI) application and use for the lower body to include:

  • Quadratus Lumborum
  • Gluteus Group
  • Hip Flexors
  • Hip Extensors
  • Hip Medial/Lateral Rotators
  • Gastrocnemius/ Soleus

Assessment Criteria

To receive your FHT Accredited certificate, you will be required to complete practical assessments (either in person or via video submission) demonstrating the practical application of MET.


FHT Accredited Certificate of Attendance.

Entry Requirements

You must have previously studied a Level 3 Sports massage qualification or higher, or similar such as Osteopathy or Physiotherapy.

Books for Study

This list of books is for further reading; you are not required to buy these as part of the course but you may find them interesting to read around the subject area. 

Muscle Energy Techniques: A Practical Handbook for Physical Therapists - John Gibbons | ISBN: 978-1-905367-238 (Affiliate Link)

Muscle Energy Techniques - Leon Chaitow ‎ ISBN-10: 9780702046537 (Affiliate Link)

Why Train with Us

Here at the Academy, we are passionate about delivering quality training in Complementary Therapies to ensure each student gains a professional qualification of the highest level. We believe the combination of expertly trained, passionate tutors,  quality assured certification, and our on-going support for students, helps grow our students into highly successful therapists.

What set's us apart from the rest...?

  • FHT Accredited Certificate
  • Quality, easily accessible learning content from your phone, laptop or tablet
  • Passionate, experienced tutors committed to the highest standards in the industry
  • Free Thursday evening support - available throughout your training and when you are qualified
  • A fun, friendly environment to study and meet like minded people
  • All our courses are eligible to apply for an NUS Extra card, giving you savings on lots of retailers.
  • We continue to support you as you make your way into the industry as a qualified therapist, with free talks on setting up a business, Facebook groups with job opportunities and continued contact with your Tutor

About Your Tutor(s)

Chris Phillips


The Academy has a proud history as a private training provider in the complementary health sector for the last twenty five years.

One of my core beliefs at The Academy concerns training standards. I believe there is a real need to further raise and develop credibility in our industry, so that more clients can benefit from high professional standards. We can contribute to this by sharing our knowledge and working experiences with each other. This is the main drive behind my weekly evening groups; Thursday Evenings.

I trained as a Massage and Sports Therapist in 2000 and have been developing my private practice from my home just outside Northleach in the Cotswolds ever since. In 2006 I completed my Certificate in Further Education Teaching (CFET1) and I have been teaching Sports and Remedial Massage ITEC Level 3 & 4 here at the Academy since. I have a background of working with young troubled people and their families in a therapeutic setting, both as key worker and as a manager and supervising and training staff.

Tamara Howard

Sports Massage Tutor

My journey into this industry started 7 years ago when I qualified in both my iTEC Levels 3 & 4 in Sports Massage here at The Cotswold Academy.  Alongside developing and running my private practice in Purton, I have been driven to continally develop my knowledge and skills in order enhance my 'toolbox' as a Therapist and gone on to study and qualifiy in Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy, Myofascial Cupping, Hot & Cold Stone Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Kinesiology Taping, Trigger Point Therapy, Acupuncture for Sporting Injuries, Advanced Dry Needling, Medical Acupuncture and Aromatherapy.

I have been part of the dedicated and passionate team of tutors at The Cotswold Academy since 2019.  It’s an honour to be teaching subjects that I love, to the high standard set by the Academy, and being part of other people's journey into this exciting industry.

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