The Fascia Responds!
Recent research has revealed various exciting levels at which the connective tissue matrix changes - locally and globally - in response to massage and manipulation, exercise training, and healing. In this presentation, Robert Schleip and Tom Myers review research findings and point the way to how massage therapists and soft-tissue workers can take best advantage of the properties of the fascial webbing. This presentation explores new concepts in fascial elasticity, how the ligaments are dynamically connected to the muscles, how fascia remodels to meet the demands placed on it by training and injury, and new information about fascial pain and its relief.
Robert Schleip is director of the Fascia Research Group of Ulm University, Germany and Research Director of the European Rolfing Association. He has been a certified Rolfing Instructor since 1992 and certified Feldenkrais Teacher since 1987. He has an M.A. degree in Psychology and a PhD in Human Biology. He is author of numerous books and publications in the field of fascia research and fascia related applications in manual and movement therapies. His research on active contractility of fascia was honored with the Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine in 2006.
Thomas Myers is the author of the best-selling Anatomy Trains (Elsevier 2001), supporting video programs, and over 50 articles for journals and trade magazines. Tom currently directs Kinesis, Inc. which offers continuing education and certification programs worldwide. Tom studied directly with Drs Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller during the 1970's followed by movement studies with Emilie Conrad, Judith Aston, and various martial arts. Tom's work is influenced by the European approach to cranial and visceral osteopathy. Tom has practiced integrative bodywork for over 30 years in a variety of clinical and cultural settings. He is a founder-member of the International Association of Structural Integrators, and a member of the Rolf Institute, the Guild for Structural Integration, and the Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals.