The Anatomy of the Breath: Dissection Livestream Specialty Class with Todd Garcia, Julie Hammond and Mel Burns


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  • February 17 – 18, 2024
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Thank you for your interest. Online registration for this course is now closed. Please contact if you wish to register. 

For all humans with a body, this livestream is for you.

Through brilliant anatomy lectures with Balancing the Diaphragms author and ATSI certified teacher Julie Hammond, and impeccable fresh tissue Dissection by Master Dissector Todd Garcia, you will discover the unique anatomy of your breath. You will also be guided in embodying common postural patterns related to breathing dysfunction and how to relate this to clinical practice in movement and manual therapy. Our dissections are layered from the superficial tissues to deeper structures for a clear understanding of how patterns emerge and are held, exploring the intimate relationship between structure and function, how structural changes affect function and in turn dysfunctional breathing creates structural changes reinforcing dysfunction. Through clinical case studies, you will learn strategies for disordered breathing, how to return to normal function, how emotions might be involved, and how to restore mobility of the structures involved in allowing an easy breath. These modules will include embodied experiences to provide a felt sense of some of the structures we are exploring.

This livestream event will be delivered through zoom webinar, moderated by Anatomy Trains CEO and dissection lab assistant Mel Burns, featuring multiple camera views and detailed anatomical exploration through fresh tissue/untreated cadavers.

Course schedule:

Saturday, February 17, 2024

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Module 1: How Structure informs Function

In this module we will look at the function of the accessory muscles of inhalation and exhalation and how they can restrict as well as aid normal breathing function. We will discuss common postural patterns while exploring the anatomical structures. For example, how the accessory muscles can restrict movement in the rib basket, limiting the expansion of the thoracic cavity. The thoracolumbar aponeurosis/fascia and fascial connections will be a key focus of this module, exploring the layers of the thoracolumbar fascia to from superficial to deep and its involvement in back pain and its influence in breathing.

– Sternocleidomastoid

– Pectoralis major

– Rectus Abdominus

– External abdominal oblique

– Hyoids

– Scalenes

– Pectoralis Minor

– Internal and External Intercostals

– Internal abdominal oblique

– Transversus abdominis

– Serratus anterior

– Latisimus dorsi

– Serratus posterior superior relating to trapezius and rhomboids

– Serratus posterior inferior relating to erector spinae

– Levatores costarum

– Thoracolumbar fascia

Sunday, February 18, 2024

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Module 2: The Upper Deep Front Line

You will be guided on a deep dive into the Anatomy Trains Upper Deep Front Line, and its importance to the structure and function involved in easy breath. The respiratory diaphragm and its fascial connections are central to this module. You will be guided in the effects of diaphragmatic breathing, and myofascial release for gastroesophageal reflux, as well as the role of the diaphragm in back pain and intra-abdominal pressure. Through clinical case studies and embodied experientials, we will explore common postural patterns associated with lack of diaphragm movement, and strategies for freedom and ease.

– Nasal concha

– Frontal, maxillary, sphenoid and ethmoid sinuses

– Ethmoid bone

– Sphenoid bone

– Palatine bone

– Nasopharynx/ oropharynx/ laryngeal pharynx

– Larynx

– Trachea

– Bronchi

– Endothoracic fascia

– Transversus thoracis

– Mediastinum

– Lungs/ pleura/ attachment to thorax

– Heart/ diaphragm connection

– Phrenic nerve

– Diaphragm

– Psoas

– Arcuate ligaments (medial and lateral)

– Ribs- costotransverse and costovertebral joints

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 10 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.

Note: To ensure a high quality student experience, registration for this course will close on Friday, February 16 at 8:00 PM EST. Zoom links will be sent out promptly after registration closes. 

DatesFeb 17 – 18, 2024
LocationOnline course
Class Times

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST each day

Teacher(s)Julie Hammond, Todd Garcia
TuitionEarly bird price of $125 held until February 9, 2024 / $275 thereafter
Credits Earned4 CEUs NCBTMB, pending; 4 CECs NPCP, pending; 0.4 CEUs NASM; 4 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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