Breath in the Body: Dissection Livestream Specialty Class (in English with spoken Japanese translation)


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  • December 10 – 12, 2021
  • Online course
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Presented by Tom Myers and Todd Garcia, with Japanese translation by Kaori Tani 

Class schedule: 

Friday, December 10th 7PM – 10 PM EST / Saturday, December 11th 9AM – 12PM Japan
Saturday, December 11th 7PM – 10 PM EST / Sunday, December 12th 9AM – 12PM  Japan
Sunday, December 12th 7PM – 10 PM EST / Monday, December 13th 9AM – 12PM Japan

Please join us for this unique Dissection Livestream event focused on the breath dynamics with Anatomy Trains author Tom Myers, Master Dissectior Todd Garcia, and Kinetikos President and Master Japanese Translator Kaori Tani.

We will tour the unique lived experience of human breath, from the inhale to the exhale. This event will be live in English with Japanese translation. Each module is 3 hours long.

This course will be provided over zoom webinar with multiple camera views, live chat and Q&A. Recordings will be provided via password protected streaming access for 5 days. This special dissection livestream format allows us to go more deeply into the relationships and applications to multiple manual and movement modalities, from athletic training to trauma resolution to osteopathy.

This course is open to all, but due to its advanced nature, some prior experience with dissection, especially our 4-day dissection livestream, is recommended.

Module 1 Concepts

  • Air flow at head/neck with inhalation and exhalation.
  • Nose breathing vs mouth breathing.
  • Role of the tongue in breathing.
  • What happens during sleep apnea.
  • Head/neck position and breathing ability. (e.g. how forward head posture restricts airflow)

Module 1: Anterior Neck, Nose & Throat 

Superficial tissue, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and bones relating to the following.

  • Thyroid cartilage
  • Cricoid cartilage
  • Hyoid bone
  • Trachea
  • Tongue
  • Epiglottis
  • Vocal cords
  • Nasopharynx
  • Oropharynx
  • Laryngopharynx
  • Superior nasal concha
  • Middle nasal concha
  • Inferior nasal concha
  • Nasal septum

Module 2 Concepts

  • Role of accessory breathing musculature.
  • Asymmetries of lungs.
  • Movement/expansion of ribs.
  • What allows for good inhalation and exhalation.
  • What impedes good inhalation and exhalation.
  • Lung/heart interrelation and movement.

Module 2: Heart & Lungs

Bones, muscles, and fascial connections relating to the following.

  • Scalene muscles to 1st rib
  • Intercostal muscles
  • Pericardial sac
  • Phrenic nerves
  • Heart in situ
  • Lungs in situ
  • Pericardial sac relating to respiratory diaphragm
  • Pulmonary veins, and arteries
  • Left & Right main bronchus

Module 3 Concepts

  • How the diaphragm drives breath.
  • Creation of intra-abdominal pressure (and relationship with pelvic floor for maintaining intra-abdominal pressure)
  • Diaphragm relationship to spinal stability
  • Diaphragm relationship to core stability
  • Movement of organs created by action of breathing (via attachment of diaphragm, organs, etc.)
  • How breathing influences global movement.

Module 3: Abdominal muscles, Digestive Organs, and Respiratory Diaphragm

  • Abdominal musculature as a supportive group
  • Digestive organs is situ relating to the respiratory diaphragm
  • Evisceration of digestive system
  • Kidney relationship to respiratory diaphragm in situ
  • Evisceration of kidneys
  • Crus of the respiratory diaphragm relating to abdominal aorta, psoas major muscle, and quadratus lumborum muscles
  • Pelvic diaphragm as a barrier ( single structure )
About Todd Garcia: 
Todd Garcia is owner and director of Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment Inc. Todd specializes in human dissection, and has been teaching anatomy for 15 years. He has worked together with anatomy/physiology textbook publisher Benjamin Pearson, and Author, Thomas Myers in the creation of anatomy/physiology textbooks and DVD’s. As director and teacher at Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment Inc. Todd continues to teach human anatomy classes to students of more than 20 different schools ranging from entry level massage therapist to graduate students. For 7 years Todd taught human anatomy continuing education classes at the Anatomical Institute of Vienna, Vienna, Austria. Todd’s dissection experience is in the range of 10,000 hours. His region of specialty is the cranium.
About Kaori Tani: 
Kaori Tani started her career in the health/fitness industry in 1985.  A strong advocate of continuing education, she has hosted and translated countless professional education events in her native country of Japan.  She was certified as a Rolfer in 2003 and became the first Gray Institute’s Fellow of Applied Functional Science in Asia in 2010.  Kaori is currently one of the leading professional education providers in Japan: teaching for TRX as a Senior Master Instructor, Dynamic Variable Resistance Training as a Master Instructor, Certified Functional Strength Coach as a Master Coach and the Gray Institute as a Course Instructor.  She has provided Japanese translation services for Tom Myers since 2008.
DatesDec 10 – 12, 2021
LocationOnline course
Class Times

Friday, December 10th 7PM – 10 PM EST / Saturday, December 11th 9AM – 12PM Japan
Saturday, December 11th 7PM – 10 PM EST / Sunday, December 12th 9AM – 12PM  Japan
Sunday, December 12th 7PM – 10 PM EST / Monday, December 13th 9AM – 12PM Japan

Teacher(s)Tom Myers, Todd Garcia, Kaori Tani
Tuition$450 USD early bird held until December 7th / $500 USD thereafter
Credits Earned9 CEs NCBTMB, pending; 9 CEs NPCP (PMA), pending; 9 CEs CMTBC, pending; 9 CEs IASI Cat. 1
Cancellation FeeFor cancellations up to 24 hours before the start of the course, full tuition credit to applied towards a future workshop or product. Cancellations within 24 hours before the start of the course, no refunds.
ContactFrancesca at 888 546-3747
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