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- What is fascia? Why should fascia matter to us?
- Why do holistic manual and movement therapies work?
- When our methods aren’t working, what can we do about it?
I’m probably a lot like you: I’m dedicated to my clients’ health and healing, and I get very frustrated when my clients don’t get the results they need.
When I began looking for an answer that would explain why my clients weren’t improving with the techniques I knew, I read voraciously, and I learned more techniques–structural medicine, Bowen therapy, craniosacral therapy, and energy medicine—trying to find the missing piece that would bring my clients the healing they needed.
I deeply suspected that what I was missing was holistic—after all, I was a certified hand therapist and knew how to treat symptoms and locations of pain very well. I followed my suspicion and studied how the human body is organized and functions as a whole unit.
After years of reading, going to conferences alongside researchers, and learning new bodywork methods, I landed upon the word that would change my practice and, honestly, my life: fascia.
Fascia is something I learned about in my OT program as the white gunk that’s in the way during dissection. I never learned that fascia is more than a layer under the skin—because the research on fascia hadn’t been done yet.
Now, I read everything I can about fascia, and the text most directly helpful to my OT practice is Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains. Tom is a manual therapist, by way of structural integration and Rolfing, and his writing on the ways fascia operates in our bodies immediately changed the way I treated my clients.
His explanation of fascia arranged in lines, called anatomy trains and myofascial meridians, reveals the interconnection of muscles and body parts through a linear arrangement of fascia. These fascial lines tug on body parts either in a happy balance or cranky imbalance, and our function, movement, and pain result directly from this tugging along the fascial lines. Anatomy Trains is a text, with accompanying posters, which I refer to as I treat my clients again and again.
In addition to Anatomy Trains, I share journal articles full of clinically relevant findings about fascia, what I’ve learned as an attendee at the International Fascial Congress and the British Fascial Symposium, and anecdotes from my own practice as a manual therapist who focuses on fascia.
Before each of our 8 monthly teleseminars, we will read a chapter of Anatomy Trains and assorted articles on that month’s fascial line. Then, when we meet, I will discuss the fascial line in detail and share the main diagnoses that I have seen associated with dysfunction in that fascial line. We will close with lots of time for questions and answers, so your new knowledge about fascia can become a tool you use in your practice. Throughout our 8 months together, you will be part of our private discussion group, where you can get support and advice from other curious, passionate, and motivated manual and movement therapists just like you.
My hope is that the Fascia Journal Club will deepen your knowledge of fascia and give you practical tools to help your clients heal.
- September 28, 2017: The World According to Fascia: Chapter 1
- October 19, 2017: The Rules of the Game and the Superficial Back Line: Chapters 2 and 3
- November 16, 2017: The Superficial Front Line: Chapter 4
- December 07, 2017: The Lateral Line: Chapter 5
- January 11, 2018: The Spiral Line: Chapter 6
- February 08, 2018: The Arm Lines: Chapter 7
- March 15, 2018: The Functional Lines: Chapter 8 and The Deep Front Line: Chapter 9
- April 12, 2018: Anatomy Trains in Motion and Structural Analysis: Chapter 10 and 11
- 5+ hours of required Independent study over the course of the series
- 10+ hours of live teleseminars with Kelly Clancy
- Recordings of all classes, to listen to at your own pace, accessible through May, 2018
- Year-long access to our community of curious, passionate manual and movement therapists
- The support you need to bring what you’ve learned into your therapy practice
- Practical ways to combine the manual therapies you know with new insights from the scientific fascial community
CE Hours: 13
Required course material: Anatomy Trains, any edition