Anatomy Trains® faculty to speak at world conference on Movement and Cognition, Oxford

Anatomy Trains® faculty, Laurice D. Nemetz (U.S.A.) and James Earls (UK) will be presenting the oral presentation, “The Connected Body: Born to Walk and Dance. Bipedalism to Artistic Expression Through the Lens of Anatomy Trains®” at the International Movement 2017 Brain, Body, Cognition Conference at Oxford July 9th-11th, 2017.

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This world conference includes sponsorship from Harvard University School of Medicine’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the M.I.N.D. Institute at M.I.T among other international schools and institutions. Per the conference website (, “The purpose of the conference is to share knowledge of all those whose interests lie in the nature of human movement. The conference will address issues related to gait, motion, kinesiology, disorders of movement, movement rehabilitation, motion, and balance, movement and cognition, human factors and ergonomics, as well as optimized movement in elite athletes, developmental issues of movement and coordination. Workshops on dance, dance therapy, physiotherapy of movement impairment will also be provided.”

The basis of the Nemetz/Earls presentation is how bipedal gait has evolved over the course of human evolution and how the development of dance increases fascial efficiency as well as serving as a means to express the human experience. These myofascial lines, as outlined by Thomas Myers, create both a means to assess gait, as well as showing preferences in artistic expression. Building on the work of the ethnographers, Lomax and Bartenieff, who studied how environment impacted dance steps, the presentation will highlight the relevant myofascial anatomy.

All abstracts as well as selected papers will be published in Functional Neurology, Rehabilition, and Ergonomics (Nova Scientific publishers). Laurice (Lauri) Nemetz is an adjunct associate professor at Pace University (Pleasantville NY), a licensed dance/movement therapist, and yoga and Pilates teacher as well as a chapter contributor in the book Creative Arts Therapies Manual. More on Lauri at James Earls is the director of Anatomy Trains® UK, writer, lecturer and bodyworker specializing in Myofascial Release and Structural Integration and the author of Born To Walk (2014) and co-author with Thomas Myers of Fascial Release for Structural Balance. More on James at