James Earls talks about Anatomy Trains in Structure and Function

Anatomy Trains in Structure and Function

Anatomy Trains has changed.

No, not the anatomy as such – that remains more or less untouched – but we have reached a level of understanding the implications of the myofascial continuities.

With the launch of our new introductory workshop and series of complementary events we hope we can transfer that new understanding to you as well.

Manual and movement therapies have also changed over the last few years. There is much more cross-fertilization than ever before – movement therapists are using various soft-tissue applications once thought to be the domain of the manual therapist while the table-based practitioners are now getting their clients up and off the couch to move.

Our new workshop series embraces those changes and, in keeping with the Anatomy Trains ethos, we are leading the way by bridging the gap between modalities and our understanding of why and how they may work.

Anatomy Trains first grew out of Tom Myers’ work within Structural Integration, a discipline embedded within the postural paradigm. Originally published in 2001, the ‘Anatomy Trains’ book was a world-wide success gaining popularity across disciplines that were thankful for the new, connected anatomy it provided. Subsequent years saw a second and, recently, and third edition along with supportive, ground-breaking dissections, research projects along with many workshops and trainings world-wide.

Dedicated work and investigation has resulted in a general acceptance of the Anatomy Trains model. We now know the body is an interconnected whole and this has led us to a different question – why do we have ‘Anatomy Trains’?

Having a functional understanding of the body requires extra depth to our anatomy. We need to fully appreciate the interactions between the various tissues in the body – nerve, bone, muscle and fascia (to name a few) – and how they interweave to create efficiencies for transfer and distribution of forces.

In our newly designed workshop, ‘Anatomy Trains in Structure and Function’, we will start you on an exciting journey. It will be a journey toward seeing the body as a moving, interactive, contextual whole. You may have noticed the new logo and the dynamic front cover of the third edition. We have done this to announce the changes in our system.

Anatomy Trains is about our body – in movement and in rest.

We will explore the realities of the fascial system and how it reacts to and informs the other systems, how the fascial tissues give us energy efficient ways of dealing with the requirements of movement. Using functional based assessments we expose some of the areas that may be causing difficulties for your clients and give you skills to address them.

The ‘Anatomy Trains in Structure and Function’ workshop gives you immediately useful skills that can be put to use the next day in your clinic or studio. It has changed the way many therapists look at and analyse the body, leading to new and creative ways to design treatment strategies. It will give you an introduction to the overall systems thinking and approach our school have pioneered and then, if you wish to take it further, leads you to an even more detailed series of workshops and trainings.

To allow greater depth of understanding and supervised learning, we have created a series of regional workshops – ‘Arches and Legs’, ‘Fans of the Hip’, Abdomen, Breath and Chest’, ‘Tensegrity Spine’, ‘Shoulders and Arms’ and ‘Head, Neck and Jaw’. If taken in that order, they let you skill-build with a designed sequence of principles that underpin many anatomical, movement and manual therapy approach we will combine.

After completing the series of workshops you can then choose to put all of the learning into the context of a 3-session series and attend the ‘Structural Bodywork Certification Module’. In this 8-day training, we once again, give you the full system thinking by combining all of the knowledge to perform a safe and effective series of sessions to bring ease and balance to the client.

After practicing the 3-session series for a number of months, the final portion of the training is the 30-day, Structural Integration element. In this part we will teach you the blended stories of Tom Myers’ and Dr Ida Rolf (the originator of ‘Structural Integration’) by teaching you a 12-session series. In the 12 sessions we can go deeper into the system and we will explore this is further articles in this newsletter to bring you the full story.

In the meantime, if you would like further details on Anatomy Trains, the workshop series or any aspect of our trainings please contact us ….

workshops@anatomytrains.co.uk  or Telephone 028 9058 0764

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