Category: Research

Fascial Dissection

Fascia Mashers and Fascia Bashers

I’d recently been advised to read this article, which has been floating around the interwebs for a couple of years now, but is worth looking at again: Fascia Science: Stretching the power of manual therapy. Since this fellow is both sincere and clearly referring to our work, he deserves a response. In every young science… Read more

Yoga

Pre- and Post-Exercise Stretching: Pros and Cons

Now, any movement is better than none, but there are a lot of cultural assumptions about stretching that we (exercisers, yoga adepts, bodyworkers, rehab specialists) have embraced without much of a foundation. The presumptions persist even as the research tells a different story. Everybody stretches, all the time. Sit down, and you are stretching the… Read more

Myth and Healing in Ancient Greece

We’ve posted this before, but someone recently reminded me of it again. Worth revisiting. Doctors trace their lineage back to Hippocrates. Holistic therapists can trace their lineage back to ‘Asklepios’ (Aesculapius). Here I take you on a tour of the original ‘asklepion’ (hospital) in Greece, and show you how holistic thinking was for the ancients.

Q&A with Tom: Amputations & Anatomy Trains

Axel Dell asks: Hi, all! I was asked this past weekend how you apply the Anatomy Trains to people with amputations, and wasn’t sure how to answer the question. I know Tom talked about it at the teacher training, but I am pretty sure my little brain was overloaded by that point. Could you give… Read more

Cobra: Core Support

The upright human posture and plantigrade gait requires a delicate balance to keep the ventral cavity operating at its functional best. Solving problems in the abdominopelvic region has focused primarily on the horizontal belt surrounding it: the transversus abdominis and its fascial connections to the thoracolumbar fascia and neural connections to the levator ani of… Read more

Can Fascia Stretch?

I know this is just a little side article: Article: If We Cannot Stretch Fascia, What Are We Doing? But it provoked this response from me: While I appreciate a contrarian view, I have to weigh in on some of the inaccuracies in this article. I have no problem with ideas changing over time, and… Read more

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