3 Days £600

Active Fascial Release has been developed by James Earls, a structural integration practitioner and Anatomy Trains teacher. It blends his understanding of myofascial continuities and functional movement principles with hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue to create a variety of therapeutic effects.

James trained with and now teaches for Tom Myers, the originator of the Anatomy Trains model. James also studied movement principles with Gary Gray and David Tiberio of the Gray Institute. Active Fascial Release aims to bring the best of both these models together to give you a quick and effective treatment tool.

Active Fascial Release combines elements of motor control theory with a neuro-myo-fascial approach to identify, treat and finally re-educate the client’s movement patterns. The blending of guided movement with various soft tissue engagement protocols has created a method that addresses the body as a whole and acknowledges the roles of the body’s various tissues and their interrelationships.

Workshop Format:

Relevant Anatomy: short intensive and integrated presentations from multiple sources. The presentations will include new learning tools such as video of fascial dissections combined with palpation of the relevant structures. We always to convey the information in an inspiring and understandable fashion.
Body Reading (visual assessment) & Functional Assessment: learn how to see and ‘read’ the intricacy of individual patterns.
Active Fascial Release Techniques: each technique is fully laid out for intent and 1feel’. With plenty of time for practice we will ensure that you can apply these methods immediately in your practice.
The lower limbs are covered during the first day, along with essential elements of functional movement such as directions and drivers. Fascial touch skills are explored, as well as how to use different movements and directions to create various effects in the myofascial tissues

The second and third days address the pelvis, torso and shoulder girdle. Techniques and handling are taught for various trunk and shoulder tissues. We then spend a lot of time blending the material together to give a full body treatment, learning to feel the connections through the body in many different positions with a variety of movement ideas.

Once the principles of AFR are learned they can be easily adapted to almost any client or situation, encouraging an increase in their body awareness and understanding of movement as well as resolving or easing many of their issues.

Learning Objectives:

Understanding and applying essential principles – touch, layering, movement
Applying different movement drivers to create different effects and knowing when to use them
Knowing how to create length versus separation and when to apply them
Combining structural and functional assessment to really make sense of both
Building on the principles listed above to develop global and local movement strategies and knowing when to use each based on the combined structural and functional assessments.
Further Highlights Include:

A full repertoire of interventions for the upper body including quadratus lumborum, obliques and intercostals, multifidi and shoulder girdle muscles. Bringing the system together to assess and then utilize the full body connections via the Anatomy Trains model.

Learning Aids:

A fully illustrated manual outlines the principles and techniques. Upon completion of the workshop participants will receive access to video content to review and expand on the techniques demonstrated during the workshop.

Who Should Attend?:

The workshop is designed for massage therapists, physical therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and wanting to add an extra dimension to their treatments. While anatomy and pathology will be acknowledged during the 3 days of training, time is too short to teach basics, so a reasonable understanding is expected to allow for a rapid progression and focus on techniques.

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