Anatomy Trains Structure and Function – Read more

In this exciting new and more comprehensive format you will learn about the myofascial
tissue and its many roles in the body. Participants will see the fascial tissues in context and
how they are interdependent with the other body systems. From there we begin to see how
the body incorporates the Anatomy Train Lines to create easy and graceful movement –
provided they are in some form of balance and harmony; restriction or weakness in one can
have many knock effects.
This is the first workshop to combine Anatomy Trains theory alongside structural and
functional anatomy and analysis, blending together the concepts of tensegrity with elastic
recoil for movement efficiency. We will address differential diagnosis to help identify for motor
control or soft tissue restrictions and where they may be coming from. This is an exciting and
fun workshop delivered with clarity and with your practice in mind – you will have useful and
usable skills by the end of the 3 days.
In this workshop we will introduce you to the lines – Superficial Front and Back, Lateral and
Spiral, Deep Front Line, Arm and Functional Lines. For each of the lines we will teach you a
range of movement assessments and you will learn the basics of Fascial Release Technique.
We will allow deeper exploration of the main concepts behind the whole system – structural
and functional analysis and refining fascial touch skills.
Research will be referenced showing the roles of fascia in the body, making this an up to date
and highly effective skill-building workshop. This will include a synthesis of Robert Schleip’s
work on how we can affect the fascia through stimulating different mechanoreceptors.
Further, we will draw from the approaches of many other top researchers and practitioners
from across the world of fascial manipulation and functional anatomy.
• Learn to see and correct the myofascial
patterns of the body. By gradually building
BodyReading skills you will learn to interpret
movement and postural patterns. We all want to have
a 3-dimensional vision of the body and this workshop
is the first step towards establishing those skills for
your self.
• Strategies – we will teach you to reliably
connect with the fascial tissues, the many ways in
which you can mobilise them and, most importantly,
the reasons why you would do it and when. A range
of powerful techniques will be presented in the
context of their structural and functional influences
making this a unique workshop that will lead you to
the deeper skills explored through the rest of the
• Learn the full system – Following from the
Anatomy Trains workshop we offer a Structural
Bodywork and Structural Integration training. The
next step on both paths is the FRSB series of workshops, which will give you the
latest research information and put it in a useable context, making sure that we can
be maximally effective in our application of fascial release. The world of myofascial
anatomy is quickly expanding and we aim to keep you up to date if not ahead of the
Review of the AT lines in static posture and introduce functional movement assessment. Build
on the skills and knowledge of Anatomy Trains by developing Fascial Touch skills. BodyRead
areas in detail, making you ready to explore the body through the FRSB series. Learn to
utilise the power of the DASIE model.
Movement analysis will be utilised to further aid the vision of the fascial layers gliding and the
roles of the ‘locals’ and expresses’. We will add the concepts of ‘cylinders’ to the
BodyReading and use it to look at the trunk in particular. To give more familiarity to the use of
Bend, Tilt, Shift, Rotate and how they relate to the body positioning along with developing
Fascial Touch Skills.
To relate the BodyReading to Fascial Release principles of assisted and resisted releases,
movement of planes of tissue, separation/differentiation of planes, relaxation of tension and
using Schleip’s mechanoreceptor model to communicate different intents, to relate global and
local tensegrity – expresses vs locals – AT lines vs single muscles, and to understand the
necessity of balancing locally as well as the overall posture.
Illustrated lecture
Open inquiry atmosphere; questions encouraged;
high degree of vitality and humour
Participants will exchange palpation and practice
BodyReading (visual assessment) on one another
under supervised analysis of instructor and
Anatomy Trains is the perfect introduction to
myofascial anatomy for any manual therapist. It is
also the first essential step along the path to training
in Structural Integration with the Anatomy Trains
Whilst primarily aimed at manual therapists, many
movement therapists have also attended the
workshop. Functional movement assessments are
included within the class alongside standing and table based manual therapy. It therefore
gives a range of skills and a new vocabulary to practitioners of various disciplines. The
manual therapy and BodyReading elements require some degree of disrobing which is done
discreetly and no one is forced to any level beyond their comfort.
Touch skills are a major focus of the workshop. While they might not be a normal part of the
movement therapist’s repertoire we do encourage full participation as they also give palpation
skills and understanding. These are skills that can further assist visual assessment and
movement prescription.