Meet the presenters
For BFS 20 we booked a range of excellent presenters from the world of fascia, between them bringing you both scientific knowledge and therapeutic insight.
In our new format of BFS Online, we expect to have all the presenters listed below as contributors to the event but, due to the global situation, if a presenter is unable to join us, we reserve the right to find a replacement of equal experience and knowledge.
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 our great list of presenters below.
Gil Hedley Ph.D
Gil Hedley, Ph.D. is the producer of The Integral Anatomy Series. He has been teaching folks in the dissection lab since 1995. Gil's whole body, layer-by-layer, integral approach to studying anatomy is followed by many in the massage, structural integration, Pilates, yoga and fitness communities around the world. Gil is also the author of several books, and teaches online, as well as providing many free resources on his website www.gilhedley.com for those interested deepening their understanding of the human form.
Dr Robert Schleip directs the Fascia Research Project at the Technical University of Munich, 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 four subsequent international congresses.
The Pain Panel:
Member of the Pain Panel
has been a hands-on therapist for over 25 years. The founder of the European College of Bowen Studies (ECBS), he has taught thousands of students over the years the skill of The Bowen Technique, a non-invasive system of fascial release. He is the author of two books on Bowen and Fascia and has contributed hundreds of articles about bodywork, fascia, dissection and the human form. Julian now runs Functional Fascia, leading fascia-focused dissection groups. A popular and sought-after speaker, he has presented widely at conferences around the world.
Member of the Pain Panel
is a lead instructor and the Director of Advanced-Trainings.com. With a diverse background that includes manual therapy, somatic psychology, transformative education, as well as organizational and leadership development, Til's ability is to connect interdisciplinary, big-picture ideas to practical, real-world applications. As a Certified Advanced Rolfer™, for 20 years Til was on the faculty of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute®, serving as Coordinator and Faculty Chair of the Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration program, where in the early 1990's he originated Skilful Touch Bodywork (the Rolf Institute's training and practice modality). The author of the Advanced Myofascial Techniques textbook series (translated into 5 languages), his articles have been published in numerous magazines and peer-reviewed professional journals in Australia, Canada, Poland, the UK, and the USA. Formerly a resident practitioner at the Esalen Institute, Chair of the Dr Ida Rolf Institute's Teacher Training Committee, and Adjunct Faculty member of Naropa University's Somatic Psychology Department, he has trained thousands of practitioners in his popular courses at schools and centers in over twenty countries, on six continents.
Member of the Pain Panel
Sue Hitzmann, MS, CST, NMT, is the creator of the MELT Method®, a revolutionary self-care system designed to help you get out and stay out of chronic pain, improve performance, and live a resilient life. Sue is an internationally recognized educator, manual therapist, exercise physiologist, and founding member of the Fascia Research Society.
Sue is the author of MELT Performance: A Step-by-Step Program to Accelerate Your Fitness Goals, Improve Balance and Control, and Prevent Chronic Pain and Injuries for Life, which was released this spring, as well as 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!
Sue has trained more than 1,800 professionals in more than 20 countries worldwide and is a leading presenter for organizations such as IDEA, ECA, and PMA, and a CEU provider for ACE, AFAA, NASM, PMA, and NCBTMB.
Further presenters in alphabetical order:
Ana Barretxeguren is a movement educator, Pilates teacher and myofascial release practitioner. Her work explores the expansive and fluid quality of the body. Her own struggle with catamenial pneumothorax, a rare condition where a woman experiences repetitive lung collapses, leads Ana to a continued enquiry of fascia, focused on the visceral space and its connections to breath and movement. 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. She runs courses and workshops online and in person from Brighton and London.
She has studied Visceral Manipulation with the Barral Institute and researches anatomy through human dissection. She has over 500 hours of dissection lab research and is currently studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Anatomical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Ana mentored for Polestar Pilates before founding Evolve Movement Education in 2013. She runs a comprehensive Pilates teacher training from Brighton Pilates Studio, her Pilates and health centre in Brighton.
Wojtek has been fascinated with movement, sports and bodywork all his life. He finished his degree in sport education and physiotherapy and he is also a board-certified ATSI (formerly KMI) structural integration practitioner. Wojtek has been practicing manual and yoga therapy for five years, combining it with myofascial therapy in the water. Happy father of two children, he lives and practices in Poland in a medical Spa whose idea is built around Anatomy Trains concepts and Anatomy Trains structural integration combined with structural, functional diagnostics, physiotherapy, and manual and movement interventions. His passion is bodywork and holistic approaches to the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. He brings this passion combined with his excellent knowledge of anatomy and manual therapy technique to the workshops he teaches. Founder of Zoga Movement concept.
Carol M Davis
Carol M. Davis, DPT, EdD, MS, FAPTA is Professor Emerita and immediate past Vice Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Miami. She is also a clinician in active clinical practice, primarily treating patients with cervical and lumbar spine pain utilizing energy-based manual therapy, myofascial release, along with exercise. Dr. Davis is an international lecturer and consultant and a respected author in rehabilitation literature. She is the author of Integrative Therapies in Rehabilitation, and Patient-Practitioner Interaction, both published by Slack Books, Inc., and several text book chapters, many focusing on the science of energy medicine and integrative therapies. She has published over 30 articles in peer reviewed journals. Her areas of scholarly interest include the histology and function of fascia and educating students in recognized manual therapy approaches that release fascial restrictions for improved function and quality of physical and emotional life.
Jeannie di Bon
Jeannie Di Bon is a Movement Therapist specializing in working with people with hypermobility, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and chronic pain with over ten years’ experience. Her research and study encompass Pilates, biomechanics, anatomy, neuroscience and pain management. Jeannie has hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and rehabbed her body and mind from chronic pain.
She presents globally for The EDS Society and other charities. Jeannie is also an educator of teachers and therapists in the field of hypermobility. Her range of digital courses – among them, Movement Strategies for the Hypermobile Client – have proven very popular. In July 2019, Jeannie launched The Zebra Club – a comprehensive collection of movement classes for people with hypermobility, EDS and chronic pain. She is the author of two books Pilates Without Tears (2016) and Hypermobility Without Tears (2019). She is undertaking research into her movement method and hypermobility with UCL and Clarkson University in the United States.
Jing Advanced Massage Training
Rachel Fairweather & Meghan Mari , founders and Directors of Jing Advanced Massage Training, are co-authors of the book “Massage Fusion: The Jing method for the treatment of chronic pain”. The ‘Jing method’ explores how fascial approaches can be creatively combined with other advanced soft tissue work to produce effective outcomes in the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain.
Rachel and Meghan have over 30 years combined experience in the industry, are sought after international guest lecturers, write regularly for professional trade magazines, and together have twice received awards for outstanding achievement in their field. Both have degrees in psychology and have trained extensively in Eastern and Western bodywork. Rachel holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work, an AOS in Massage Therapy and is a licensed massage therapist. Meghan is a New York Licensed massage therapist, Certified Holistic Health Educator, and holds a Masters in International Law.
Linus is a physiotherapist, movement practitioner, and movement integrator. Linus works with patients in his clinic, presents workshops, and educates other therapists and trainers. Linus is the author of several books and he is one of the cofounders of the movement concept SOMA MOVE®.
Wilbour Kelsick specializes in elite athletic performance and rehabilitation, using applied functional anatomy. Dr. Kelsick received his BSc. in Kinesiology from SFU and his D.C. from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He is a Fellow and Vice President of the College of Chiropractic Sport Sciences (Canada), a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Rehabilitative Sciences (Canada), and a faculty member in the Department of Graduate Studies at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Dr. Kelsick has written and published several articles, is a contributing author for a medical text, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association (peer review journal). Dr. Kelsick holds post-graduate specialties in the field of sports injuries and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. He has worked as team doctor at the Olympics, World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. Dr Kelsick lectures both locally and internationally.
Elizabeth Larkam, author of ‘Fascia in Motion’ (Handspring Publishing 2017) and contributing author, ‘Fascia in Sport and Movement’ (Handspring 2nd edition 2019) was awarded the Medal of the Danish Society of Military Medicine in recognition of her contribution to the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers. She is a pioneer of ‘Heroes in Motion’, an initiative of Pilates Method Alliance. A movement educator with therapeutic emphasis, she is a Pilates Method Alliance gold-certified teacher, a Feldenkrais practitioner, and a Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis teacher. Elizabeth is a founding member of ‘Fascia Net Plastination Project’ sponsored by the Fascia Research Congress and the Plastinarium. Her 42 PilatesAnytime workshops and classes address Fascia in Motion, Biotensegrity and Interoception in movement. As a Dance medicine Pilates Specialist at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Elizabeth created Pilates protocols for orthopedic, spine and chronic pain diagnoses.
David Lesondak, BCSI, ATSI, FST, FFT, IAHE
is the author of the international bestseller, Fascia: What it is and Why it Matters (Handspring), now available in eight languages. He has contributed a chapter on fascia to the 2nd Edition of Metabolic Therapies in Orthopedics (CRC Press), and is helming, as editor-in-chief, Fascia, Function, and Medical Applications which will be published sometime in 2020. David is an Allied Health Member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where he serves as a clinician and fascia specialist in UPMC’s Center for Integrative Medicine. He specializes in chronic pain, injuries, improving athletic performance, and post-surgical issues of all sorts. David produced “Anatomy Trains Revealed” taking Thomas Myers’ myofascial meridians concept from the page into the anatomy lab, followed by the University of Ulm’s Fascia Academy series, the Connect: Fascia and Sports Medicine series. David lectures and teaches workshops worldwide.
Owen is an experienced Structural Integrator from the Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI) School. He runs a busy practice in the East of England. His diverse education includes undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in sports science, injury rehabilitation, sports psychology and teaching. Working with the Integrative System Model was the next natural step in his search for long-term positive change within a holistic modality. He teaches with an enthusiasm and insight that is infectious with a relaxed, open style of teaching, allowing self-discovery as well as the understanding of precise technical detail. His own interests range from the visual arts, poetry and music to philosophy, dance and numerous sports.
Robert Graduated from CCMH in 1994 (2400hr) and WCCMT 2008 (upgraded to 3000hr BC). From 2001 – 2008 Robert was a Senior Clinical Supervisor teaching at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) instructing in their Orthopedic and Neurological Examination departments. Robert is a Canadian Trained Registered Massage Therapist. He instructs LAST live at international and online. Along with teaching and lecturing, Robert maintains a full-time practice.
Robert has a passion to advance and improve Manual Therapy education, encouraging innovation in our manual skills and inspiring manual therapy professions to achieve a greater vision and sense of purpose worldwide. He inspires therapists to incorporate research into practice to better serve their community. Robert is featured in Massage Therapy Canada, Massage Matters and Canadian RMT Magazine and the Journal of Prolotherapy.
Graham Scarr has a particular interest in the morphology and mechanics of living structures and has been at the forefront of biotensegrity research for many years. He is a Chartered Biologist, graduate in microbiology and retired osteopath; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and Fellow of the Linnean Society. He currently has eleven scientific publications and presents at meetings and conferences in both the UK and internationally. He is the author of Biotensegrity, the structural basis of life, published by Handspring Publishing.
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Clinical Anatomist John Sharkey is Associate Editor: Fascia Science & Clinical Applications Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT). John is a popular presenter and recognized authority in the areas of fascia, anatomy, exercise science, human movement and the manual treatment of myofascial pain. A graduate of the University of Dundee, University of Liverpool and University of Chester, John completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies in the areas of exercise physiology and clinical anatomy, and holds a post-graduate qualification in education.
A senior lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences, University of Chester/NTC, Dublin John is the programme leader of the biotensegrity-focused Thiel soft fix cadaver dissection courses delivered at the department of anatomy and human identification, Dundee University, Scotland.
John has been delivering fascia focused dissection courses worldwide for over three decades teaching the geometry of human form and movement from the unique Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century perspective. His presentations are respectful, dynamic, entertaining, educational and insightful.
Jan Trewartha B.A. (Hons.)
has worked in healthcare since 1992. A former nurse in the Armed Forces and then the NHS, she has had the privilege of working at grass roots level with patients on the wards and in the operating theatre. This is what has directly influenced her choice of specialisation; physical trauma and scarring.
Through her business - Body in Harmony - Jan specialises in both treating clients directly and training other healthcare professionals in Fascial Unwinding, Body Realignment and Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork. Jan is co-editor and co-author of “Scars, Adhesions and the Biotensegral Body”, to be published by Handspring in Spring 2020.
Dorcas has been teaching Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis method exercise since 2009 and opened the first studio dedicated to The Gyrotonic Expansion System® in Birmingham. She trained at The Royal Ballet School, joined Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in 1986 and was a principal dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet until 2004. Her qualifications include Gyrotonic certification Level 1 & level 2, Gyrokinesis certification, MA in Applied Dance in Education, Relational Dynamics coaching accreditation, 2009 Dance fellowship on The Clore Leadership Programme.
Sharon developed Scarwork and Bonework and teaches Continuing Education Classes. She maintains a private practice and a home in Port Orchard in Washington State. She loves dancing zumba, permaculture gardening, rivers, and stories. Sharon is the proud daughter of two championship swing dancers from the UC Berkley. Mom was a Code Breaker and Dad was improbably lucky; flying more than fifty combat missions as a B-17 Bombardier Pilot for the UK an USA.
Unconventional early schooling gave her a taste for the unusual. She found a welcome home in Esalen Institute’s diverse educational community teaching Esalen’s Massage program. Dr. Ida Rolf trained her in Structural Integration in the summer of 1970. She is certified in Rolf Movement and Advanced Structural Integration. Art and luck in the seventies generated Sharon’s two new disciplines: ScarWork and Bonework.
Sharon teaches her new discoveries in Continuing Education Workshops around the world. She has a private practice in Structural Integration in Port Orchard, Washington. She dances Zumba, and is learning to garden with Permaculture. She holds the Colorado river in the highest regard and appreciates a good story.