Functional, Fascial and Structural Approaches in one program
Understand how the body really moves,
Break the myths of anatomy and physiology
And learn to make the appropriate changes to maximise efficiency.
In this series you will learn how the body really moves and the true roles of the fascial tissues.
- Learn how the body uses fascia to minimise its energy output, break the myths of concentric / eccentric / isometric muscle contraction and
- Come away with a solid appreciation of the wonders of the body grounded in the latest research and biomechanics – not levers and vectors but readily usable whole-body strategies that will enable you to see the true source of problems.
- Expertly combine movement and manual techniques for the most efficient and long-lasting results, based on the latest research on the interaction between skeleton, muscles, joints, and fascial proprioceptors.
This series of workshops will take you to a new level in therapy.
Presented in a fun, clear, visually rich and practical manner, this series of workshops will build to give you a full body understanding and approach that can be applied to sports people and clients with chronic pain. You will understand how inefficient mechanics in one spot can lead to overuse problems somewhere quite distant from the original misuse – and then use both movement and manual techniques to make quick, effective and lasting improvements.
Get a clearer picture; get a better appreciation of the beauty of human movement; receive a reliable and research-based approach and start making changes for your clients.
Starting your journey:
Any Anatomy Trains in Structure & Function workshop will give you a great introduction to the overall picture. Presented in over 20 countries and more than 50 workshop every year this has been the gold standard in giving therapists from all backgrounds an introduction to the role of fascia and the Myofascial Continuities developed by Thomas Myers.
Designed with the busy therapist in mind, these workshops can be taken in any order, but for the best results and continuity of leaning we suggest you take them in the order below. Please note: Anatomy Trains in Structure and Function is a pre-requisite for the Structural Essentials Series.
Each workshop can stand on its own to give you new understanding of each area and how the structural and functional anatomy relates to many common issues. A range of back-up notes will be given with each along with learning assignments both prior and post-workshop. Where possible the information is backed up with current research and critical thinking is encouraged throughout. This unique package is aimed to build confidence and give you fresh insights into the workings of the body’s myofascial system.
Finally, when you have attended each on the series, you can learn how to put all of the skills together to create a comprehensive and effective system. Based on many new and established approaches we believe the Structural Essentials will give you the skills in palpation, BodyReading and functional analysis needed for the modern multidisciplinary therapist.
1. Arches and the Legs – 3 Days
Underpinning all of our structure is the foot’s interaction with the ground, imbalances here clearly have consequences further up the body. Effective arch balance can be essential for easy and graceful walking, pelvic stability, low back efficiency and even head and neck support. The feet and legs are literally the foundation for the rest of our structure and this workshop will analyse the bones of the feet and how they conspire to help or hinder the arches. We will look at the forces coming from the leg muscles and create strategies to help maintain better mechanics by dealing with myofascial restrictions and imbalances.
2. Fans of the Hip – 2 1/2 Days
The hip and pelvis combine to transfer the forces from two legs and into the one spine and therefore has a hugely complex role to fulfil in the body. Ida Rolf described the pelvis as ‘the joint that determines symmetry’ and it is easy to see why. Differences between the hips can affect down into the legs or up through the spine. Achieving balance here can be essential for long lasting results in any therapy. This course sheds light on the pelvis – the keystone of human architecture – by organizing the 20 or so muscles of the pelvis into three fans. Get specific with sensitivity.
3. Abdomen, Chest and Breathing – 2 1/2 Days
The breath is an essential food for life and its passage in and out of the body can be compromised by structural issues in the trunk. The trunk must also act to support the shoulders as well as the neck and head. Its position and relationship with the pelvis can therefore be vital for correct mechanics of the upper limbs and head, neck and jaw issues.
This course focuses on ribcage and its relationship with the pelvis to provide a secure anchoring point for the neck and shoulders and thoracic spine mechanics.
4. Tensegrity Spine – 2 Days
This course examines the spine as a tensegrity truss – how the bones float within the myofascial balance. An integral part of structure we all know the agonizing effects of incorrect mechanics when it doesn’t work and often fail to appreciate the wonderfully adaptive job it does when the vertebrae are allowed to ‘float’.
We will look at the actions available at each of the sections (lumbar, thoracic and cervical) of the spine and how they may lead to certain dysfunctional patterns. By putting the spine into context with the surrounding structures we can better understand the reasons for its limitations and its wondrous abilities.
Once we explain the logic pattern the soft-tissue patterns that surround the spine then through the assessment and learning our techniques for freeing and balancing them you will be able to address many structural and functional issues in the spine.
5. Shoulders & Arms – 2 Days
In this driving day and computer age, the arms get unique usage these days. Requiring a complex equation of stabilityversus mobility to balance correctly on the rib cage, the shoulders can easily be used to compensate for thoracic and cervical deviations or be the cause for them. This can lead to issues travelling down into the arms and hands, up into the neck and jaw or even into the spine and rib cage.
You will learn to recognize ‘ideal’ and compensated patterns and how to tie them into the story of the rest of the body. This will allow you to see what work needs to be done to create lasting results for this area.
6. Head, Neck & Jaw – 2 Days
The neck is a remarkable feat of biomechanical engineering, giving a combination of wide range of movement but maintaining a structural strength. It is often seen as the last site of compensation as it corrects for any alteration from below allowing the eyes and ears to orient to the horizon. Patterns can of course work their way in theother direction and particularly from the jaw and its many possible patterns of movement and holding. This course will focus on key areas of the neck and jaw complex to allow you to build successful strategies to ease these potential problem areas alleviating the issues working in both directions and setting the body up for a longer lasting change.
Integrate all of the information you have learned in the previous 8 workshops (Anatomy Trains and the SE series) to create one powerful package: our unique 3 session series.
During this in-depth 10 day workshop (4 days in class, followed by a break of 2 days off, then a further 6 days of training and exploration) you will develop a full-body vision, applying the postural assessments already learned and integrating them into a complete understanding of the relationships throughout the body. Using Thomas Myers’ Anatomy Trains as the model for the interpretation of structural and functional compensations, you will be equipped with the functional analysis tools to be able to design and perform the Structural Bodywork series, which can produce powerful and lasting changes for your clients.
The 3 session series you will learn will give you the ability to balance the lower body (first session), the upper body (second session) and the spine (in the third session). The series allows the client to regain a sense of completion and connection in their body, being able to use it as a communicating and co- operative whole rather than a set of individual part, bringing efficiency and integration to their system.
Once you have completed the Structural Strategies your knowledge can be further expanded through our advanced Structural Integration training, . In which our training approach expands to encompass the mind-body connections and build on the skills taught in the Structural Strategies.
All our teachers are highly trained and experienced practitioners. They are able to use a range of teaching methods to help you to hone your touch skills, ensuring a confident and accurate engagement of the fascial tissues in each part of the body. Our teachers are up to date with current research and thinking on bodywork approaches to the body, and will give you the opportunity to blend your current skills with the new ideas demonstrated allowing you to evolve your own unique style of myofascial bodywork.
We hope you can join us on this exciting journey.
For more details and to book your place on any of our forthcoming workshops contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 028 9058 0764