Presentations

Discover the wealth of knowledge and skills offered to you by our presenters at the British Fascia Symposium (Online) 2020.

 

We have a fascinating range of topics from our lecturers.  Our movement teachers will still offer sessions you can engage with, so get your mats ready!  Our previously ‘hands-on workshop’ teachers will be converting their sessions to a discussion with a practical bias and, where possible, joining us for Q and A sessions after the presentation.  Don’t worry if the timings are tricky, you will have access to most of the content until either May 20th, the day after the event ends, or June 30th 2020, to watch on catch-up (this is dependent on copyright issues etc.)

Whilst the event this year will be different to past events, we have planned yet another excellent British Fascia Symposium for you, delivered with the usual BFS panache, and we are really looking forward to bringing this to you in an online capacity, adapting to the global situation and bringing the fascial community together.

BFS ’20 Online will run from early afternoon until mid evening daily, 15 – 19th May.

The finalised agenda will be uploaded soon, but meanwhile you can see the planned presentations below.

Gil Hedley: Keynote presentation

Fascial Anatomy Update

In this presentation Gil will report on progress around questions and modelling of fascial anatomy based on his most recent lab work.

Connecting (T)issues: Latest news from the international research field with implications for manual and movement therapists

There is hardly any other tissue in the body whose investigation unites so many different professional disciplines and such a vast variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. While in the past researchers were mostly busy to confirm or ‘rediscover‘ fascial properties, which had already been known to many complementary therapists, recent months have revealed new insights and discoveries which have not been anticipated by most of us. With his unique background of having been a manual therapist for several decades and also knowing most of the current international fascia labs from the inside, Robert Schleip will give an overview of those new insights, which offer valuable new suggestions and questions for manual and movement therapist within the fascia field.

Clinical applications session

Fascia as a sensory and emotional organ

What do we know about the linkages between chronic emotional conditions and fascial architecture? How can we use these recent insights to influence limbic functioning via fascial stimulation? And how can we influence fascial stiffness by working with contextual and autonomic factors?

Julian Baker, Sue Hitzmann and Til Luchau - The Pain Panel

Three of the top experts in pain discuss the thorny issue of pain in particular relation to Fascia.  Join them for a fascinating session with the opportunity for Qs and As.

OUR OTHER PRESENTERS - In alphabetical order.....

Connected Connectivity

In this presentation, Julian Baker will present a film that brings together his many years of experience both in the dissection room and in a hands-on therapeutic environment.

Using never-before-seen material, Julian will present videos that will clearly and simply explain and demonstrate the way that our fasciae and other connective tissues combine to give us stability and flexibility.

The focus on different layers or types of fascia has been a common practice within the field of movement and bodywork and as with all anatomical ideas, it needs to be put together in order for it all to have any meaning.

In this ground-breaking new film and talk, you will fully understand the relationships between, through and around the systems of the body and how our movement and therapy techniques really affect our systems on a body-wide basis. This lecture is being presented for the first time ever at the British Fascia Symposium.

Embryonic origins of the diaphragm and its continuum with the visceral space

What is the embryonic story of the diaphragm ?

What does the diaphragm formation tell us about the functional relationships of its architecture?

Through self-enquiry, her passion for anatomy and her extensive work helping people recover from injury, Ana has created Moving Fascia ®, an embodied anatomy course that explores the fascial architecture through theory, embodiment, self-release and movement techniques.

Her own experience of living with catamenial pneumothorax, a rare condition where a woman experiences repetitive lung collapses, has led Ana to a continued enquiry of fascia, focusing on the visceral space and its connection to full body breath integration for health.

This lecture is both theoretical and experiential.

As a participant you will be led through:

- The embryology of diaphragm formation

- The processes of communication between the thorax and abdominal chambers.

- An embodied experience to support whole body breath.

The concept of ZogaTM combines movement and manual therapy in the Structural Integration style. It focuses on an analysis of the relation between body positioning and its spatial movement while observing its individual structural components in gravity. It takes under consideration the bone position and bone movement as well as mechanical reactions of the soft tissues throughout the motion. 

Limitations of tissues in gliding movements are identified during the process of static and dynamic analysis. Then, through the patient’s movement, which is directed by the therapist’s hands and manual interventions, the correct gliding relations can be restored. The goal of this process is to introduce a greater freedom of movement and achieving a higher level of balance of the body’s position in gravity. 

Zoga™ Multidimensional Movement was created as a combination of two therapeutic worlds that influence humans – the world of movement therapy and the world of manual medicine. These should never be separated. The result is a transfer of the principles and ideas of the mechanical impact on tissues that are contained in manual methods to the movement performed. Specific mechanical reactions within tissues are also precisely targeted by this movement. 

Zoga™ uses a biomechanical point of view on the relationship between adjacent structures in the human body in motion in order to direct therapeutic movement. It also uses manual interventions to restore and correct the movements of fascial layers against each other.   

This concept helps therapist and their clients to find a way to bring balance and freedom of movement in a client body and a tool to keep results of this balance for a lifetime.  

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Living the “Truth of Our Own Core” – Fascia, Interoception and the Role of Fascial Therapies in Improving Interoceptive Awareness

This lecture will help manual and movement therapists understand the latest published information about the interoceptive nervous system, and will explore how we, as therapists, hold a privileged role in assisting our clients and patients to release fascial restrictions that are keeping them from functioning at their highest levels.  We have the capacity to help our clients and patients not only with relief of pain and improvement of function and motion, but with assisting them in feeling more at one with themselves.  This is a special part of the mystery of releasing fascial restrictions. 

Aims/Objectives: 

Introduce the interoceptive nervous system and describe its function in healthy people 

Describe fascia as the largest sensory organ in the body/mind, and distinguish among exteroceptors, proprioceptors, vestibular receptors and interoceptors. 

Distinguish among interoceptive accuracy, sensitivity and awareness 

Explore how fascia can be said to “hold the truth of our own core.” 

Define fascial restrictions and describe how these restrictions interfere with a healthy interoceptive response 

Identify how various fascial therapies, including manual therapies and movement therapies, release restrictions and help to open sensory/motor channels 

Describe how this opening, or freeing of fascial restrictions improves biotensegrity dynamics, homeostasis, biomotion function, and offers us access to our feelings and emotions trapped in fascial restrictions or previously never developed.

If you can’t connect the issues, think connective tissues: Working effectively with clients with connective tissue disorders

What happens on a multi-systemic level when our connective tissue is defective?  The consequences are far reaching for our clients. We need to be aware and sensitive to the implications of our bodywork with this population. Working effectively and safely with clients with a chronic disorder such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) or Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) can be extremely rewarding.  This workshop will look at how we can build an effective strategy when working with clients with a connective tissue disorder such as EDS or HSD.  

  • Introduction – Why We Need A Strategy 

History and latest research 

Examine the related conditions and how that will impact your teaching 

Introducing the Biopsychosocial Model 

  • Signs and Symptoms We Need To Be Aware Of As Teachers 

How we can help as therapists and teachers 

Prevention of problems and management of the condition 

Our Role as Coach 

  • Case Studies and Analysis 

Examine real life case studies of hypermobile clients and discuss 

  • Movement Strategy  

Examine how a strategy needs to encompass multiple factors 

Recommended exercise application on the mat 

Understand the reasoning behind the most appropriate movement strategy for this population 

N.B. These movement classes require a Melt tool - see below each description.  Discounted MELT equipment will be made available to all delegates in advance - please watch out for the promotional email.

However, even if you don't have MELT Tools, you can still join the class and listen to learn about MELT, Fascia and the nervous system.

 

Workshop 1- MELT Hand and Foot Treatments (60 Minutes)

Description: Experience the MELT Soft Ball Hand and Foot Treatments which have been clinically shown to decrease pain and tension in your feet, hands, low back, and neck brought on by everyday stress, overuse, and age. In this workshop we will breakdown the 4Rs of MELT, and practice the hand and foot assessment and compression techniques. These are simple treatments you can add to any fitness or therapeutic modalities for improved performance and more lasting results.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how to restore fascia’s supportive qualities with the 4Rs of MELT
  • Discover what pre-pain signals are – and how if left unaddressed they can lead to neck and low back pain that can keep you from being active
  • Understand why treating our hands and feet are essential to our overall wellbeing, mobility, stability and improves the quality of our healthspan
  • Learn how to add MELT’s Hands-Off Bodywork techniques to your regular self-care practice to prevent persistent joint pain or repetitive stress injuries before they impede your fitness progress

Tool Needed: MELT Large Soft Ball

 

Workshop 2- MELT Restore Experience (60 Minutes)

Description: The missing link to staying active, healthy and pain free is supple, hydrated connective tissue. In this Hands-Off Bodywork® session, get simple self-treatments that immediately restore this untapped system by directly addressing connective tissue dysfunction. Discover how to eliminate stuck stress that causes chronic aches, pains and injury. Reduce inflammation, ease chronic neck and lower-back strain, improve alignment, enhance athletic performance, and keep your whole body feeling great at any age.

 

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Overview what fascia is and how daily living impacts its supportive qualities
  • Discover what pre-pain signals are – and how if left unaddressed they can lead to neck and low back pain that can keep you from being active
  • Learn how to restore fascia’s supportive qualities with the 4Rs of MELT
  • Learn how to add MELT’s Hands-Off Bodywork techniques to your regular self-care practice to prevent persistent joint pain or repetitive stress injuries before they impede your fitness progress

Don't miss your chance to experience MELT Restore, featured in the New York Times bestselling book The MELT Method®: A Breakthrough Self-Treatment System to Eliminate Chronic Pain, Erase the Signs of Aging, and Feel Fantastic in Just 10 Minutes a Day! We recommend coming to both MELT sessions for a full-body experience.

Tool Needed: MELT Soft Roller

Myofascial Release for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue syndrome

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome can both be frustrating conditions for the bodyworker. Endless symptoms such as constant pain, fatigue, “fibro-fog”, digestive problems, sensitivity to light and noise (to name but a few) can be overwhelming for both practitioner and client. Traditional bodywork techniques and some aspects of fascial practice can also often leave the client in more pain after treatment.

This dynamic online presentation outlines a clear theoretical model for safely treating fibromyalgia with your existing toolbox of manual therapy or movement techniques. You will learn:

  • A theoretical understanding of etiology of these conditions
  • An understanding of treatment planning and managing client expectations
  • An understanding of relevant technical terms including central sensitisation, nervous system “wind up” and the biopsychosocial model
  • How to adapt your existing hands on or movement techniques for working with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
  • Self care techniques and approaches

 

SOMA MOVE – Move as one fluid unit

SOMA MOVE® is a great total practice for strength, flexibility, balance, relaxed power, rhythm and grace.  

Designed to be performed by almost anyone. Enjoyable to do and easy to develop.  

You will move through a constant flow of well selected movements and high embodied presence.

You will enjoy a structure of movement patterns that are strong but at the same time soft. The movements will challenge you and they will help you to develop a more united and whole body. You will breath, move and sweat.  

Nothing else than the ground beneath you and your body’s movements is in focus. Clean, simple and fun.  

Barefoot. Breathing in harmony with your body. Free from thoughts. Sweat dripping onto the floor. Feeling great, powerful and graceful.  

You will move athletic and strong to a suggestive music, relaxed and powerful.  

No beat to follow, no repatriations to count. Just you and your never-ending movement.  

 

Fascia In Motion – Its Dynamic Abilities

Fascia is the new fascinating topic in medical science. It’s the sort of new buzz around town. We study the macro aspect (gross anatomy) and micro aspects (histology) of it, which is all static.  However, we seldom appreciated it in daily movement such as: dance, walking, running, on the job, or our daily activities.

This presentation is interactive and will explore the dynamic properties of fascia and its architectural design, which governs its behavioural properties:  its ability to generate force, its elastic behaviour and infinite capacity to adapt to load in its environment. Live video will be use to demonstrate these attributes. Fascia in motion is fascinating to see.  

  

 

Interoception and Proprioception: coordinating verbal and touch cues to enhance fascia-focused movement teaching and practice

Enhance your own movement practice and your work with clients by understanding how to effectively stimulate mechanoreceptor cells abundantly located in the fascia to inform body awareness through proprioception (where I am) and interoception (how I am).

Learn criteria for coordinating verbal and touch cues that enhance accurate proprioceptive information while supporting awareness of internal sensory feedback during movement.

Learn how to time and articulate your cues when teaching movement so that your client is encouraged to attend to body sensations while in motion.

Unique movement sequences embody experience of  nine criteria of fascia-focused movement that support proprioceptive refinement and interoceptive awareness.

 

 

You can’t change fascia

We hear, see, and read this a lot (especially on social media). And, while there are good arguments to be made for the primacy of the nervous system, or the BPS Model, and so on, it’s important that we understand the underlying mechanisms behind fascial change. Are we actually remoulding the fascial network, or just giving it a series of nudges in the right direction? If so, how does that work? If fascia takes so long to change pathology , then how do we get such relatively quick results? And what is a palpatory pareidoilia? What do we mean when we talk about things?  Fasten your seat belt and put your laptop in the upright lock position. You won’t want to miss a second of this lecture.

 

 

It has been suggested (Van Der Wurff 2000) that all SIJ tests lack reliability and validity. The implication for clinicians is to stop all tests. This is not practical, clinicians need a alternative, here we present that alternative.  

The principal aim of this workshop is to give clinicians a clinically relevant understanding and method of assessing the SIJ. 

When looking at the movement of the SIJ in research Vleeming states that the ‘conclusion is an illusion’ felt by clinicians. I submit it is not an illusion but a delusion created by research. A delusion, by definition is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence. The evidence here being our collective clinical experience of assessing the SIJ. This workshop will expand upon why this is a problem with research failing to deal with the multi idiosyncratic nature of working in clinic.  

Research considers one test, here we consider a multi factorial method of tests culminating in an understanding of the SIJ position. Utilising the Integrative System Model we determine if a client is standing in a sub-optimal or unlocked SIJ and appreciate the implication on other tests.  

Learn a logical process of assessment. Considering the SIJ in context allows a realisation that it is here that the myofascial forces bloom across the whole body. The implications allow us to answer questions about hamstring strength, back pain and force transfer. All within this informative and interactive workshop for all.

 

1: Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques for the Foot

This 1 hour course is designed to enhance your competence, confidence and skill level treating the Leg & Foot complex. This course is for manual therapists wanting a simple and effective way to treat patients complaining of lower Leg and Foot issues.

*Access to Course Manuals, Instructional Videos and Special Discounts will be provided to BFS Registrants only via a specific link after the webinar

In this course, I discuss: my most effective techniques for the Leg & Foot; current Pain Science and how it integrates into our practices; the communications of the various mechanoreceptors of the ligaments/joint capsules, and the influences of the ligamentomuscular reflex and their influences on the CNS.

Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques (LAST) is a reconceptualization, a revitalization of a classical Osteopathic Manual Technique. Ligamentous/fascial injuries are now recognized as systemic dysfunctions affecting a  patient's biotensegrity, influencing all aspects of their life; from the smallest properties of their physiology to their neuropsychophysiology.

Clinicians will:

  • learn Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques
  • be able to recognize and effectively treat dysfunction affecting the biotensegrity, functionality and interoception
  • understand how the ligamentomuscular, monosynaptic and polysynaptic reflexes contribute to biotensegral and sensory motor dysfunctions
  • understand how a patients’ thoughts, beliefs and behaviors contribute to the production of pro-inflammatory mediators, changes in the CNS and how this impacts rehabilitation
  • be able to recognize typical Ligamentous Pain Referral Patterns and how referred pain occurs according to the Neurophysiological Model

 

2: Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques treatment of the Shoulder

This 1 hour course is designed to enhance your competence, confidence and skill level treating the Shoulder complex. This course is for manual therapists wanting a simple and effective way to treat patients complaining of lower Shoulder issues.

*Access to Course Manuals, Instructional Videos and Special Discounts will be provided to BFS Registrants only via a specific link after the webinar

In this course, I discuss: my most effective techniques for the Shoulder; current Pain Science and how it integrates into our practices; the communications of the various mechanoreceptors of the ligaments/joint capsules, and the influences of the ligamentomuscular reflex and their influences on the CNS.

Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques (LAST) is a reconceptualization, a revitalization of a classical Osteopathic Manual Technique. Ligamentous/fascial injuries are now recognized as systemic dysfunctions affecting a patients biotensegrity, influencing all aspects of their life; from the smallest properties of their physiology to their neuropsychophysiology.

Clinicians will:

  • learn Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques
  • be able to recognize and effectively treat dysfunction affecting the biotensegrity, functionality and interoception
  • understand how the ligamentomuscular, monosynaptic and polysynaptic reflexes contribute to biotensegral and sensory motor dysfunctions
  • understand how a patients’ thoughts, beliefs and behaviors contribute to the production of pro-inflammatory mediators, changes in the CNS and how this impacts rehabilitation
  • be able to recognize typical Ligamentous Pain Referral Patterns and how referred pain occurs according to the Neurophysiological Model

 

Biotensegrity: an examination of the human body from first principles - energy, geometry and architecture.

Our understanding of biology has been largely based on the workings of man-made machines from the Seventeenth Century and the same mechanical principles that govern the construction of cranes, bridges and skyscrapers. Such an engineering system has been enormously useful in developing the many different medical devices and surgical procedures that are now used in our healthcare system but its value to understanding the biology itself is questionable.

The biotensegrity concept is different because it is based on some fundamental rules of physics first and from which everything else is derived, and thus represents a paradigm shift in the way that we think about the human body. It examines morphological complexity through the geometry of its architecture and appreciates this as a simple energy-efficient configuration that has refined itself over hundreds of millions of years. A constantly-evolving information processing system that enables each part to move with the minimum of effort and powers the dynamism of life.

 

From fascia in pieces to Fascia in peace

Can fascia science and dissection inform manual and movement practitioners?

Join leading fascia expert, clinical anatomist/exercise physiologist John Sharkey as he provides a logical rationalisation for manual and movement-based fascia net interventions purposeful in attaining or maintaining healthy fascia.

This short presentation will provide a feast of visually strong cadaver specimens from John’s personal collection while including powerful educational images of fascia specimens from the Fascia Net Plastination Project (FNPP). John will spotlight the continuity of fascia while providing a clear explanation concerning the process of ‘mechanotransduction’.

Research evidence has confirmed the fascial net as a significant contributor in biomechanical, sensory, metabolic and mechanotransducive utilities due to its body-wide continuity and pervasiveness. John will be offering an evidence-oriented perspective that supports specific manual and movement therapeutic interventions aimed at treating a wide variety of myofascial pain complaints.

Time is set aside at the end of this presentation for delegates to put their questions to John.

 

The power of following the tissue

As therapists, when working with our clients, do we follow the tissue or do we impose our demands, deciding where the tissue should be?

Jan will look at how we learn to follow, the value of light touch, and the value of allowing the tissue to lead us, often into a depth of healing that can surprise us.

 

GYROKINESIS method – stretch, recoil & spiral your fascia!

This is a participatory exercise workshop for all abilities to help delegates physically experience how an intelligent movement system can affect the fascial body.

The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® is a multidimensional system of exercise and consists of the GYROTONIC® method, which uses specially designed equipment, and the GYROKINESIS® floor method. The Fascial Body is particularly receptive to GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® because the method aims to distribute forces, not focus them, creating flow, decompression and stimulation. This leads to increased agility, vitality & a heightened sensation of movement.

In this GYROKINESIS® method class we will experience gentle stretching, twisting and rotating exercises that utilize circular movement and synchronized breathing. The exercises begin by sitting on a stool and progress to the floor with emphasis on stimulating the neuromuscular system and improving the hydration and strength of the fascial system.

The following concepts will be explored through various movement series:

  1. The difference between interoception and proprioception.
  2. The ability to increase the efficiency of kinetic motion by pre-tensing the body and placing it on “the ready” for action.
  3. How to rhythmical cue a quick stretch or stretch reflex. Once a lengthened position has been achieved with a stretch stimulus, a stretch reflex can be superimposed on the pattern. The reflex can be elicited by quickly taking the elongated parts past the yield point.
  4. How does this extra “and” beat facilitate a student’s understanding of recoil?

Performing full body, tri-planner movement patterns, incorporating rotation and spirals which increase awareness of the back body, are functional and lead to gentle overall changes in the stress strain patterns of the body.

 

A different approach to scars

Sharon Wheeler will be interviewed by Jan Trewartha, a UK ScarWork tutor, on the technique, ScarWork, that she has developed over the last 45 years.

This novel approach is painless, pleasant to receive and give, and rapid. Mature scars of many years longstanding respond. As adhesions resolve, texture, appearance and many functions normalize. 

Is this reasonable? Not at all. 

Is the work effective? Yes. 

Do we know how it works? No.  

However, we are keen on science and working with researchers to shed light on how this counterintuitive light touch work shifts the paradigm of scars.

Delegates will be given a link where they can watch and learn five ScarWork techniques, at the end of the interview.

 

 

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