Fascial Release for Structural Balance is completely redesigned program that includes a series of short intensives to give you a solid, reliable, and holistic way of working.

Be an efficient and effective integrative bodywork therapist.

  • Learn Functional, Fascial and Structural Approaches in one program
  • Bust the myths of standard ‘origin-insertion-action’ anatomy
  • Understand how the body really moves, handles forces, & maintains balance

Since 2001, the Anatomy Trains model has been a major contributor to the growing interest in connected anatomy, integrated movement, and creating holistic strategies for the ‘neuromyofascial web’. These days, many modalities are touting that they are ‘fascial’ but in this course you will learn from our decades of experience the relevance of fascial properties to how the body really moves.

Learn how the body uses fascial elasticity to minimize energy use. Break the myths of concentric / eccentric / isometric muscle contraction. Use fascia’s plasticity to make deep and lasting changes in posture. Come away with a solid appreciation of the wonders of the how we grow and move. We are grounded in the latest research and the new biomechanics – not levers and vectors but readily usable whole-body strategies that will enable you to see the true source of problems, and then resolve them for good.

This series of workshops will take you to a new level in therapy by combining movement and specific manual techniques for the most efficient and long-lasting results, using the latest research on the interaction between skeleton, myofascia, joints, and fascial proprioceptors.

See how inefficient mechanics in one spot can lead to overuse problems (and pain) somewhere quite distant from the original issue – and then use both movement and manual techniques to make quick, effective and lasting improvements.

Presented in a fun, clear, visually rich and practical manner, these workshops build on each other to give you a full body understanding and approach that can be applied to athletes, chronic pain problems, and any client who wants to move, stand, and feel better.

Learn this reliable and research-based approach and start making immediate and lasting changes for your clients.

All Anatomy Trains courses are supported by complete electronic handouts incorporating video as a reference for tests and techniques, bibliographies, slide shows, and supplementary material.

Anatomy Trains in Structure & Function

Duration: 4 days

This overview develops your skill in fascially based release techniques, which you learn to apply based on BodyReading visual assessment and holistic body-wide strategies. This course takes you through each of the 12 Anatomy Trains myofascial meridians, incorporating movement with highly specific hands-on techniques. This unique functional approach gives you applications on the table, but also in standing – to bring your work into a useful and functional reality for the client.

Building on the vocabulary and skill introduced in the Anatomy Trains book we will investigate specific areas in detail, especially the important pelvis and the spine. In the first two days we provide overviews and techniques for the Superficial Front and Back Lines, Lateral Line, and Spiral Line.

In the second two days, we explore the roles of fascial and myofascial tissues in movement and their implications for human movement strategies – in the gym, on the sports field, in the ‘real’ world – with a ‘neuromyofscial’ approach that brings your hands-on work off the table and into function.  These second two days of the workshop focus on the Arm and Functional Lines and the Deep Front Line, deepening your BodyReading, functional movement assessments, and Fascial Release Techniques.

Note: This course is a pre-requisite for the rest of the FRSB series and must be completed first.

The Fascial Release for Structural Balance (FRSB) Series

Designed with the busy therapist in mind, these short intensives add up to a complete and detailed approach. Ideally you take them in order, but you may take them in any order that fits your schedule.

Built on the Anatomy Trains map, each FRSB event gives you a new understanding of the relevant area, its proper function, and common issues that get it its way. Structural and functional anatomy leads to seeing leads to strategy leads to a variety of techniques to affect change.

Modern multidisciplinary therapy requires skill at your craft, a scientific basis, and intuitive flair in application to each unique client. Get the skills in palpation, BodyReading and functional analysis you need from Anatomy Trains & the Fascial Release for Structural Balance Series.

  1. Arches and the Legs
    Duration: 3 Days
    Our ‘understanding’ begins with the feet and legs. How the foot interacts with the ground has consequences for walking, pelvic stability, low back efficiency and even head and neck support. This workshop goes beyond ‘high’ or ‘pronated’ arches to ‘responsive’ arches and legs and how they help or hinder the rest of our structure. Learn the motions of the foot bones, their relation to lower leg muscles and forces, and many techniques for the feet, legs, knees, and thighs.
  2. Fans of the Hip
    Duration: 2 1/2 Days
    The hip and pelvis combine to transfer the forces from two legs and into the one spine and therefore has a hugely complex role to fulfill in the body. The hip is ‘the joint that determines symmetry’ and it is easy to see why. Hip imbalances affect the legs or require compensation in the spine. This course sheds light on the pelvis – the keystone of human architecture – by organizing the 20 or so muscles of the pelvis into three fans. Get specific in this sensitive but crucial area.
  3. Abdomen, Chest and Breathing
    Duration: 2 1/2 Days
    The breath – an essential ‘food’ for life – can be compromised by structural issues in the trunk. This workshop tours the issues in the trunk and its relationship with the pelvis, shoulders, and neck. This course focuses on ribcage and its relationship with the pelvis to provide a secure anchoring point for the neck and shoulders and thoracic spine mechanics.
  4. Tensegrity Spine
    Duration: 2 ½ days
    This course examines the spine as a tensegrity truss – the balance between the bones float pushing out and the myofascial pulling in. We all know the agonizing effects of bad spinal mechanics; help your clients to find a lengthened spinal balance. This course examines the actions available at each of the sections (lumbar, thoracic and cervical) of the spine and common dysfunctional patterns. Learn to use soft-tissue techniques to ease spinal curves, and resolve bends and rotations that limit functional movement.
  5. Shoulders & Arms
    Duration: 2 ½ Days
    In this driving day and computer age, the shoulders are prime targets for mis-use, since they require a complex equation of stability versus mobility to balance correctly on the rib cage, the shoulders often compensate for or even cause thoracic and cervical deviations. In this workshop we work with the underlying core of the shoulder as well as providing techniques for the arms and hands.
  6. Head, Neck & Jaw
    Duration: 2 Days
    The neck is a remarkable feat of bio-mechanical engineering, but we all know it does not always work properly. The neck and head are the last site of compensation, correcting for any imbalance from below to allow the eyes and balance system to orient to the horizon. Jaw imbalance, with its powerful muscles, can affect the neck and cranium. This course focuses on providing access to key areas of the neck and jaw complex, allowing you to ameliorate these issues, setting the body up for a longer lasting change.