COVID-19 / Coronavirus statement from Anatomy Trains

How is Anatomy Trains responding to the evolving situation around COVID-19?

Anatomy Trains continues to monitor the global news regarding COVID-19, and the new Delta variant. First and foremost, we care deeply about the health and well‑being of our students, teachers and assistants, classroom models, staff and community. The following is our current response to the issue.

We are following the science and acting in accordance with CDC / WHO and local governance guidelines at our classrooms all over the globe. In most cases, in person programs have been suspended and we are actively rescheduling these whenever the local situation allows. We have been creating and delivering new online continuing education course options since March of 2020, when the situation first came into sharp focus in the US and overseas. 

What Anatomy Trains is doing:

The safety and well-being of our teachers and staff is of utmost importance to us. We have followed strict guidelines and successfully conducted limited enrollment in person classes in Maine, where vaccination rates are the fourth highest in the US, and infection rates are relatively low. We have also run smaller in person classes in countries when and where it is safe to do so. We at Anatomy Trains corporate headquarters are working remotely as much as possible, and encouraging all who can to continue to wear masks as advised, and to self-isolate as much as possible, in accordance with CDC/WHO directives.

For up‑to‑date information on COVID-19 please consider as provided by the CDC, as well as the World Health Organization

The CDC has also made this available



How can I/my company sponsor one of your courses?

We have a variety of courses we present worldwide for all levels of practitioners. To schedule a course, get in touch with Stephanie Stoy at

Is Tom Myers available to speak at my venue?

Although on a reduced travel schedule these days, Tom does a number of lectures and workshops each year, generally in settings where he can reach a larger audience of 50 or more. For information, contact Stephanie Stoy at

Will Tom endorse my bodywork-related product?

Not without thoroughly vetting it.

How do I get permission to use the images from the Anatomy Trains book?

For some images, we can grant permission, and will do so after we thoroughly understand where and how they are to be used. Other images are the property of Elsevier publishers, and permission must be obtained via

What are the videos referenced in the Anatomy Trains book?

Those are the set of ten technique videos available for sale in our store. They contain manual techniques for each of the lines. You may buy them separately or as a set.

Do you have any online courses for CE credit?

We do! We have Live Online webinars scheduled throughout the year here, as well as an extensive On Demand Learning library where most courses are approved for CE credit through NCBTMB and other organizations where indicated in the store listing.

What is the difference between Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue work?

Ida Rolf, during my advanced training, straightened up from the treatment table and sighed, “There’s nothing new under the sun of manipulation.”
All of these techniques have been invented time out of mind, again, and again, and again.   All the techniques of yoga, physiotherapy, exercise, and diet that one sees out there are cycling around for the umpteenth time.
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a branded technique sourced from John Barnes, PT,, but the techniques they teach have been around forever.  Ida Rolf called hers Structural Integration (others called it ‘rolfing’), but readily admitted that the specific techniques derived from many sources, including yoga and osteopathy.  Myofascial release is also used as a generic, and I would be hard put to it to differentiate myofascial release in general from the vague and fungible slow deep tissue as a generic.  Ditto for a number of other techniques and modalities.  You are putting your hands in tissue and dissolving neuromuscular tension, anhydrous areas, and possibly some kind of fascial densification.  Any road up.
On top of that, there are more differences among individual practitioners than there are among the many approaches to manual interventions.  I would rather go to a good, experienced, awake practitioner from any given modality than a neophyte, dogmatic, blindered practitioner of the ‘best’ technique.
So my best answer is to find the busiest person with the best reputation in town, and go to them regardless of how they name what they do.


What type of dissection do you do?

Anatomy Trains is committed to providing the dissection experience in a variety of forms and venues.  Some classes are observation only; in some you perform the dissection yourself under professional guidance. We work with untreated cadavers for “fresh tissue” dissections.

I have no dissection experience, can I take your Fascial Dissection classes?

Yes, we will teach you how to use the equipment and how to proceed in your dissection. Everyone gets better with experience, and there’s no better way to learn than to do it.

I have a weak stomach, will I be able to handle a dissection?

We all have those feelings, but usually they last about 10 minutes before fascination takes over. Dissecting a cadaver can be an emotional experience, for sure, and these emotions are respected and honored in our classes. The ‘donors’ have given their bodies that you might learn – we honor that gift by learning as much as we can – respectfully, and all the way from skin to bone.

How big are these classes? How many students per cadaver do you usually have?

Class size depends on the lab size. There are 6-8 people per cadaver, which is very comfortable. Students can work on their own project or collaborate with others on a group project – like dissecting out one of the Anatomy Trains lines.

I’m a personal trainer/Pilates/yoga/other movement teacher, will I benefit from taking a dissection class?

Absolutely – anyone who works with the body in any capacity will benefit.


Does Tom Myers teach all of the ATSI courses?

Tom Myers no longer teaches ATSI full-time, but has entrusted the teaching to his ATSI faculty. He will drop by to give short specialized lectures at the trainings in Maine. For programs in other locations, he will make guest appearances at the beginning of Part One or Part Three, either live or electronically depending upon his availability.

For the ATSI Training, do I have to take the Anatomy Trains in Structure & Function workshop if I already attended the version for Movement Therapists?

Yes, it is mandatory that you attend the manual version of this course and no other of our course titles can be substituted. Anatomy Trains in Structure & Function workshop is always offered in the same location as the training on the weekend prior to the start of Part One.

How can I complete the requirement to receive an SI series if there are no practitioners near where I live?

Anatomy Trains may be able to help you find a practitioner, or if none are available we will provide the names of practitioners in the vicinity of the training so you can arrange to receive the sessions during Part One and Part Two.

What if I can’t get all the sessions done before the start of Part I?

As long as you have received about half of the series before Part One, you can complete the remainder while in the training. You must have the series done by the end of Part Two.

Can I apply for ATSI if I have not graduated from a manual therapy school?

Many graduates who have started our program without a background in manual therapy have completed all courses and established successful and rewarding careers in Structural Integration.

To assist candidates who do not have (or have very limited) previous training in a form of manual therapy, we have created a Mentorship Pathway to provide the basic skills and understanding needed to begin the full ATSI training, and to build on throughout the program for maximum benefit. Click here for the full Pathway for Movement Professionals. Click here for the Mentorship Checklist.

What if I don’t have a massage license?

If a license to touch is legally required in your state, you must be able to provide Anatomy Trains with a copy in order to be accepted. We have allowed for some students to attend who will receive their license by the time they graduate.

Is there any financial assistance for ATSI?

Anatomy Trains does not offer financial aid or loan programs for the ATSI Training. We do allow students to pay in increments, breaking the tuition into five payments due before the start of each of the 5 sessions.
The ATSI Certification Program is approved under the GI Bill and for those who qualify, their tuition will be paid in full.

Anatomy Trains Short Courses

What Anatomy Trains courses are right for me?

If you are new to Anatomy Trains, take a look at our webpage here to help guide you with where to start!

Can I get CE credit for an Anatomy Trains workshop?

Anatomy Trains workshops for manual therapists are approved for CE credit by NCBTMB. Anatomy Trains courses for movement therapists are approved by National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and NCBTMB.

Can I get CE credit for the On Demand Learning videos?

Most On Demand Learning videos are approved for Continuing Education (CE) credits. Each video will indicate how many CEs it is approved for on the listing.

How can I get CE credit from other boards?

If you are able to petition for outside credits with your board, Anatomy Trains can provide course information including a detailed outline with learning objectives and a curriculum breakdown upon request.

On Demand Learning Videos

How do I watch an On Demand Learning video?

To access an On Demand Learning video, log into the account you made when you purchased the video. Click on “My Account” or “Login” on the top right hand side of the website. Once in your account, you’ll see “My Videos” option where you can access your On Demand Learning videos, indefinitely. Each video’s quiz to earn CE’s can be found beneath it.

How do I receive a CE credit for an On Demand Learning Video?

You’ll receive an email from the website stating your earned continuing education credit once you’ve successfully completed a quiz. You can also log into your “My Account” and click on “Dashboard” to view all CEU certificates you have earned. We award 1 CE credit per hour or so of video time, or per quiz.