Month: January 2016

The Elastic Body

Introducing Biotensegrity as a model of Elastic Integrity in the moving body by Joanne Avison Everyone has a motion pattern that we could call a movement signature. Working in yoga, or any movement modality, a teacher naturally develops a more refined sense of people’s individual styles and movement expressions. Considering the fascial matrix as a dynamic,

Spontaneous Movement

Most bodywork and movement therapy instructed the  client to perform movement which can  facilitate simple patterns of activation and release. However,  there are various bodywork and movement therapy that utilise the body’s own inherent movement for therapy and relieving pain. Usually, these therapies initiate unconscious or automatic movements in the client’s body. Here we listed

Illustrating Fascia

The Fascia Posters were produced by Robert Schleip in 2012. The project of illustrating fascia took  more than 3 years to complete.  The idea of illustrating fascia comes from the demand from  bodyworkers who got tired of seeing the same muscular or skeletal posters hanging on their wall. There is also never an illustration of

Divo Müller talks about Fascial Fitness

When and how did you decide to become a bodyworker? I took my first training in neo-Reichian bodywork and massage at the tender age of 21 in 1982. That was the time when I was deeply searching for something real, authentic and meaningful and all the  other options like going to university and study medicine didn’t seem

Aspects of Fascial Anatomy Relevant to Bodywork

At the 2012 Fascia Research Congress in Vancouver, physiatrist, Dr. Antonio Stecco, and physiotherapist, Julie Ann Day are teaming up to present a full day, post-conference workshop entitled “Fascial Manipulation and its Biomechanical Model”. Furthermore, Dr. Carla Stecco, orthopaedic surgeon and anatomy researcher, is an invited keynote speaker as well as being part of the

Putting the Maximus Back into Gluteus Maximus

Putting the Maximus Back into Gluteus Maximus By John Gibbons Manual therapists are what I call detectives: they possess some clues (patient’s history and symptoms), but they then have to take the patient through an elimination process (via a physical assessment) to hopefully find out and identify the actual underlying cause of the symptoms. The purpose

Throwing and Elastic Storage

Throwing and Elastic Storage By James Earls Figure 1. A baseball pitcher. Photo By Antonio Vernon (original photograph) and Jjron (photoediting), at en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0.   Recently, an article on biomechanics and evolution published in Nature (Roach et al., 2013) managed to attract much attention in the US-based press. It did so by comparing the throwing

The Great Debate About Stretching

The Great Debate About Stretching By Chris Frederick, PT, KMI “…conflicts between what therapists believed worked for them and what the researchers were saying was really happening in stretching.” Stretching by By Pierre Selim, CC BY 3.0.   Introduction The great controversy about stretching, particularly in therapy and athletics, started about 15 years ago (Shrier, 1999). Previously,

Chronic Hamstring Strain & the Pelvis

Chronic Hamstring Strain & the Pelvis  by Stephanie Panayi Perhaps the most prevalent injury in Australian Rules Football, hamstring strain can be a major problem for elite athletes. Because of the attachment of biceps femoris into the ischial tuberosity and sacrum via the sacrotuberous ligament, the biomechanics of the sacroiliac joint and hip, along with lumbar-pelvic

The Intrinsic Spiral

The Intrinsic Spiral by George Kousaleos, LMT. Since 1978, I have looked at and worked with the structural alignment of countless thousands of human bodies. I have also studied with some of the early masters of structural integration and pondered the theories of the great thinkers and creators of this dynamic discipline. Every clinical experience