Why Fascia?

WELCOME to the British Fascia Symposium.  A weekend of expert speakers and workshops, headlined by GIL HEDLEY and CARLA STECCO

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Every practising bodywork therapist needs to know about Fascia. This will be a practice-led weekend with top speakers, workshops and an Expert Advisory Panel, all designed to expand the therapist’s understanding of a fascinating structure.

The Symposium will cover, amongst other topics:

  • Structure and function of fascia
  • Basic science to clinic practice
  • Fascia layers and relationships
  • Fascia’s role in infection control
  • Breaking the pain cycle

and will offer delegates:

  • Hands-on workshops
  • Optional specialist lectures
  • Research and Case Study Posters
  • Networking opportunities
  • An expert Advisory Panel

Expert speakers, taster workshops, Gala Dinner on the Saturday evening, Advisory Panel, all in a stunning venue.  A weekend not to be missed!


Early Bird tickets @ £245 – 100 only  SOLD OUT!
Current price at £50 discount – £315
Full price tickets @ £365

Price includes all lectures, Saturday afternoon workshops/specialist lectures of your choice, working lunches and refreshments.



WORKSHOPS – you will be able to book workshops when you buy your ticket.  You can choose one workshop/specialist lecture from Session 1 and one from Session 2 options.  You are advised to have your choices ready before you book, along with second and third choices in case your first are no longer available.

There is also a limited number of Sunday morning workshops on offer.  These are from 7.30 am – 8.30 am.  You cannot book these online, but when you arrive at the venue.  Friends may book your place for you if you are delayed.  Please only book a place on these sought-after workshops if you are certain that you will attend.  Bring any equipment/clothing you may need.

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Want to get involved with the BFS?  Who to contact:

If you would like to apply to present your Research or Case Study Poster please contact Susan Findlay: susan@fasciasymposium.co.uk

To sponsor the Symposium contact jan@fasciasymposium.co.uk.

To exhibit, advertise in the Delegates’ Manual or book for your flyer/brochure/gift to be put in the Delegates’ Bags, contact Jackie Bristow: jpbristowbristow@gmail.com

To offer a prize for the Giant Raffle contact Julian Baker: Julian@fasciasymposium.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing you!

KeyNote Speakers

Our Speakers

This year we have even more for you: our pre and post conference days; PLEASE BOOK THESE DIRECT WITH THE ORGANISERS.

MELT Method Immersion
Pre-conference course
Thursday 23rd June

Is pain keeping you from living the healthy, active life you desire? Don’t just live with it. Do something about it!

Join Sue Hitzmann, creator of the MELT Method, in this interactive, 3-hour self-care experience. She will guide you and break down the key components of each sequence in the MELT Method book, so you can become your own Hands-Off Bodyworker®.

Discover the missing link of any healthy, active lifestyle, eliminate stuck stress, and restore balance in your whole body in as little as 10 minutes a day. Leave with the entire MELT Method system – everything you need to live the pain-free life you deserve.


Event Location:

The Garden Room @ Bank House Hotel

Date: Thursday, June 23rd
Time: 4:30-7:30 pm

Registration closes: May 30th

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Biotensegrity Pre-Conference Day
Friday 24 June

For the first time in the United Kingdom we are bringing together the leading experts on the topics of fascia and Biotensegrity. Join Robert Schleip (live streamed), Jean-Claude Guimberteau, Joanne Avison, John Sharkey and a host of other leading experts and scientists for a special one day event focusing on Biotensegrity and fascia. The science of human anatomy is fast changing. The current focus on fascia is having a positive impact on movement and bodywork therapists and clinicians across the globe. This is turn is resulting in improved therapeutic results for patients and clients as we better understand the role of fascia in living anatomy. Biotensegrity adds to this knowledge with a new vision of human form and movement that has been received by scientists and therapists to great acclaim. Not only will you benefit from the educational experience with recognised world leaders you also get to network with your peers and encounter new ideas, new models and new techniques all in one amazing day. Get ahead of your competitors with the most up to date science based approaches and techniques.

We have literally packed a year’s worth of learning into one day. You simply cannot afford to miss this amazing educational event. Learn today. Teach tomorrow.  Click here to book.

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Post-conference day – Monday 27 June
Coming in to Form with Gil Hedley.

One day only £90. Free to those booking on Gil Hedley’s 10 day class.

Gil’s one day is a really nice look at the whole of the human form from outside to in.

Using a series of dissection slides as well as slides from nature and using examples that we can all readily relate to, Gil drops through and around the conventionally and less conventionally acknowledged layers of the body, exploring the anatomy, the fascia and the movement of these structures, how they relate to each other and what our own relationship with them is, as well as how societal beliefs and education influence our view and understanding of anatomy, our bodies and ourselves.

He also addresses conventional vs integral anatomy and brings the physical form to a more holistic and practical awareness. It’s a very captivating and engaging day and Gil brings his own brand of gentle intellect and vibrant enthusiasm to his subject. Even those with no anatomy knowledge or special interest in bodywork will enjoy this journey into the human body, with an exceptional teacher as guide.

The day runs from 9am-5pm with the usual breaks for refreshments and lunch.

For a trailer of this remarkable one day class, click here for Gil’s website

This is the only day of this class that Gil will give in 2016 anywhere in the world and is being offered as part of the British Fascia Symposium.
Contact: (+44) 7778 641171; info@functionalfascia.com

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Post-conference day – Mon 27 & Tues 28 June
Fascial Assessment & Treatment Strategies Using a Tensegrity Medicine Approach

With Kelly Clancy, OTR/L, CHT, LMP

Workshop Description:

This two-day fascial assessment and treatment workshop focuses on viewing common pathologies through the lens of a biotensegrity model. On the first day of class, students will learn to use myofascial testing to determine functional non-compensated range of motion and determine where treatment should be targeted. The second day of class will highlight treatment techniques, where students will learn ligament stimulation protocols for resetting tissue tension patterns. With the ability to test the fascial and muscular system, therapists can get to the source of the problem and balance the structure three-dimensionally with measurable, objective results. Students can attend one or both days of this workshop.

Course Objectives:

1. The student will learn to apply the latest understanding about fascia and biotensegrity and their role in commonly seen pathologies.

2. The student will learn to objectively analyse and document postural limitations using Myofascial Testing.

3. The student will understand the principle concepts of ligament stimulation as a means to changing connective tissue tension.

4. Based on objective testing outcomes, the student will be able to select and demonstrate appropriate ligament stimulation procedures to reset abnormal tension patterns.

Times: 9am-5pm
Cost: Day 1 or Day 2 only: £115; Both days: £220
Location: BankHouse Hotel Worcester, U.K.

Registration: http://www.bowenprofessional.co.uk/training-courses/tensegrity-classes/

Contact: John Wilks cyma@btinternet.com Tel 07866 764 960

Instructor: Kelly Clancy, OTR/L, CHT, LMP Kelly is the founder and owner of the Seattle Center for Structural Medicine, an integrative wellness center housing like-minded holistic heath care professionals. She is also the founder and owner of the Northwest School of Structural Therapy, a continuing education school for whole-body practitioners.

As an Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand therapist, Structural Medicine Specialist, and Bowenwork Instructor, Kelly uses her skills as a manual therapist and ergonomist to address the postural components that can contribute to pain and dysfunction. Along with treating the structural issues that may be present, Kelly also assesses ergonomics, stress and nutritional factors, and their impact on the body’s regulatory systems.

Kelly graduated from Colorado State University’s school of Occupational Therapy in 1987. She completed her sub-specialty training in Hand Therapy and became certified in 1994. In 2006, Kelly received her Bowenwork training from the Bowen Academy of Australia, where she went on to complete her Instructor training in 2010. In 2011, she completed her three-year Structural Medicine degree through the Institute of Structural Medicine. She is a board certified structural integrator and holds a certificate in holistic health counseling from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is also on clinical faculty with the University of Washington’s rehabilitation department. For more information, visit her websites at www.KellyClancy.com and www.scfsm.com.

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Booking opens at Midday, Wednesday 9th December.

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