Anatomy Trains is a unique map of the ‘anatomy of connection’ – whole-body fascial and myofascial linkages. The Anatomy Trains concept joins individual muscles into functional complexes within fascial planes – each with a defined anatomy and ‘meaning’ in human movement.
Anatomy Trains leads to practical new holistic strategies to improve stability, coordination, and resolve long-standing compensations in postural and movement patterns.
Developed by author and bodyworker Thomas Myers in the 1990’s, Anatomy Trains has been welcomed and put to use by diverse health professionals – physical therapists, personal trainers, massage therapists, athletes and coaches, Pilates and yoga teachers, chiropractors and osteopaths – anyone interested in effecting lasting changes in body structure and movement through updating their idea of how the body regulates its biomechanics.
Anatomy Trains has been progressively supported with books, videos, dissections, DVD-ROM’s, posters, and other ancillary material designed to make it easier to apply the Anatomy Trains ideas in diverse therapeutic and educational contexts.
Anatomy Trains offers CEU-accredited short courses and longer certification trainings worldwide to convey the ideas, strategies, assessment tools, and techniques that grow out of the Anatomy Trains understanding.
Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians gives you a new understanding of whole-body patterning in posture and function – the interplay of movement and stability. Understanding the ‘Superficial Back Line’ as a whole gives insights into hamstring problems that you cannot get from considering the hamstrings alone. The ‘Spiral Line’ shows how to resolve rotational compensations in a way that no analysis of any single muscle can give.
From the individual cell to the social and cultural context, we are investigating morphogenesis, as well as morphostasis and morphokinesis – how we take form, how we get stuck, and how we mature and grow out of such restrictions. We call this ‘Spatial Medicine’ – how do we optimize the mechanical relationships in the body – either to repair injury or improve performance? The overall context is to improve our ‘KQ’ – our Kinesthetic Quotient, or body intelligence.