Anatomy Trains in Structure and Function

with Meredith Stephens

Fri, Sat & Sun, April 22-24, 2022

9am - 5pm 

21 CEs - $525

Save your spot with a $262.50 non-refundable deposit. 

*Reminder: Facemasks must be worn at all times on the TLC Campus. 

Workshop Description:


One short course. . . long-lasting results for you!

A revolutionary map with practical results!  Transform your view of myofascial anatomy and expand your ability to assess postural and movement patterns, and to create lasting fascial change with your hands.

In this exciting course, you will learn about the myofascial tissue and its many roles in the body. You will begin to appreciate 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 section can have many compensatory effects elsewhere.

This workshop will show you how that happens, how to trace the lines of strain, and, most importantly, how you can develop strategies to deal with them.

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.

  • Get the latest information on fascia, muscle, and movement
  • Be able to identify the 12 myofascial meridians and their link to human growth, development, perception and consciousness
  • Accurately “BodyRead” posture and movement; assess your clients in a new way
  • Gain effective myofascial and movement strategies
  • Develop treatment strategies specific to your clients’ 
structural and functional patterns

Anatomy Trains in Structure & Function courses give you new techniques to transform structure by reaching deeper issues in the tissues.

WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?

Anatomy Trains in Structure & Function is suitable for Manual Therapists (massage therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors), it also serves as the prerequisite to the ATSI Certification Program.

OBJECTIVES

  • Review of the AT lines in static posture and introduce functional movement assessment.
  • Builds on the skills and knowledge of Anatomy Trains by developing Fascial Touch skills
  • BodyReading areas shown in detail, making you ready to explore the body through the FRSB series
  • Learn to utilise the power of the DASIE model of touch
  • 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.

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 yourself.

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 series.

Learn the full system - Following on 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 that will give you the latest research information and put it in a useable context, making sure that you 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 curve.

About the Instructor:

Headshot of Meredith Stephens


Meredith Stephens, MS,PT, DPT, LMT, BCSI holds a BS in exercise physiology, a doctor of physical therapy, is an LMT and board certified structural integrator. Meredith has over 20 years in the health and fitness industry as a fitness, Pilates and yoga instructor, personal trainer and outpatient orthopedic physical therapist. She focuses her current practice on healthy aging. When working with clients and patients, Meredith employs a unique combination of traditional physical therapy with fascial training, Pilates and structural integration techniques.

She began her Anatomy Trains studies in 2009 and became an ATSI practitioner in 2011. The ATSI training gave her the tools to treat patients and train clients holistically with greater efficiency and longer lasting results. It inspired her to continue learning about fascia, neurology and how the body moves and functions. She brings this passion to her teaching.  Meredith is the owner of two NH studios Bodyworks at Depot Square and Brookline Bodyworks.

“I like to take complex concepts and make them accessible and create a fun learning environment that fosters inquiry. I love the ‘light bulb’ moments, when students connect the dots from what we are doing to how it can be applied in their practice. My role is to educate and inspire students to want to learn more about the workings of the human body, the Anatomy Trains, fascia, tensegrity and how they can affect positive change in their clients.”