Robert Schleip Ph.D

When you book your ticket, you will be able to choose (FREE and included in the overall price):

One workshop and one lecture over the weekend.
OR
One lecture on each of Saturday and Sunday

You may also choose one early morning workshop over the weekend.


Once you have booked your workshop/afternoon lectures, you will not be able to change these choices until you arrive at the venue via the Workshop Desk (subject to availability).

Sunday Lecture350 places, 197 available

Venue: St Johns - Auditorium

Specialist Lecture: Fascia and interoception

Robert Schleip will be giving two lectures over the weekend. His Keynote speech will be in the main auditorium on Saturday morning, given to all delegates. His Specialist Lecture will be open to all again, but as an option on the Sunday afternoon.

Probably the most interesting sensory function of fascia is its role in interoception.  Interoception encompasses not only the afferents of our so-called enteric brain (‘gut brain’), but also many other perceptions that sense our internal milieu and compare these somatic sensations with the physiological and emotional needs as perceived by our brain. In contrast to proprioceptive stimuli, these sensations do net get projected primarily to the somatomotor cortex of the forebrain, but rather to the cortical insula.

Interestingly many common somatic dysfunctions which clinicians encounter in their practices are less associated with diminished proprioception, but rather with an impaired interoception. These include post-traumatic stress disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and alexithymia (emotional dumbness). Treatment of these disorders may therefore profit from a more interoceptive stimulation compared with the treatment of other musculoskeletal pathologies which are associated with a proprioceptive impairment (such as chronic low back pain, whiplash injury, complex regional pain syndrome or scoliosis).

What do we know about ‘interoceptive mindfulness’, about its trainability and effect on body functions?  Is it different from proprioceptive attention?  How can we orchestrate manual myofascial therapy around interoceptive stimulation? How important are warmth and temperature or the length of listening pauses for this process?  What do we presently know about the influence of specific touch styles, of meditation and of exercise on interoception? How is interoceptive yoga different from a proprioceptive yoga style? And could this apply also for movement therapies, and possibly also to manual therapists?

Dr Robert Schleip directs the Fascia Research Project at Ulm University, Germany, and is also Research Director of the European Rolfing Association. He has an MA in psychology and a PhD in human biology. Robert has been a professional bodyworker since 1978 and is a certified Rolfing instructor as well as Feldenkrais teacher, plus author of several books and numerous other publications. His recent discovery of active contractile properties in fascial tissues was awarded the prestigious Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine. Robert’s enthusiasm for fascia related academic research served as driving factor behind the 1st Fascia Research Congress (Harvard Medical School, Boston, 2007) as well as the three subsequent international congresses. Besides his research activities he still maintains a private practice as a manual practitioner in Munich, Germany.

Requirements for course:

Open to all.