This one-day workshop will change the way you see and understand the body. It will therefore change the way you work as a massage therapist- with more ease, more accuracy and improved results.
The fact that everything in the body is connected is not new to you but with a few simple movements you will build a clear picture of the direct interactions between one part and another ….
• Why does foot function relate to hip or low back pain?
• How does thoracic mobility affect shoulder mobility?
• What can the neck do to assist the hip?
All of these questions and more will be explored to give you a four-dimensional picture of how the body really moves - and none of it will require a textbook (in fact, they are actively discouraged!).
Simple palpation and movement exercises will let you explore functional movement patterns on yourself and others and, importantly, they will build to a set of powerful hands-on techniques that you can implement in your clinic immediately.
The ‘Active Fascial Release’ (AFR) techniques that you learn will give you tools to work with your clients fully clothed to help assess them prior to a treatment, help them integrate the benefits of your work after a treatment, or they can form the entire treatment themselves.
What is AFR?
Fascia, the soft tissue surrounding muscles, bones, and organs, plays a crucial role in supporting the body. By learning to intelligently manipulate it, a bodyworker or therapist can help clients with many chronic conditions, providing immediate pain relief as well as reducing ongoing aches and pains.
‘Active Fascial Release’ has been developed and pioneered by James Earls, a specialist structural integration practitioner and Anatomy Trains teacher. It blends his in-depth understanding of myofascial continuities and functional movement principles with hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue to create a variety of therapeutic effects.
What makes ‘Active Fascial Release’ (AFR) special?
• AFR is a new and exciting approach to bodywork
• AFR techniques are versatile and effective and based on a blended understanding of functional and myofascial anatomy.
• Active Fascial Release offers a functional and four-dimensional understanding of the body – an essential aspect of modern manual therapy.
• AFR breaks the ties to and removes the limitations of the treatment table, by bringing the client upright in gravity and into movement.
Sign up for this informative and inspiring day now to ensure your spot! This is an exciting and enjoyable workshop delivered with clarity and with your practice in mind – you will have useful and usable skills by the end of the day.
We are so fortunate and excited to be hosting the brilliant James Earls for the first time here at MSCM. James is an acclaimed author, lecturer and bodyworker specialising in Myofascial Release and Structural Integration.
Increasing the understanding and practice of manual therapy has been a passion of James’ since he first started practicing bodywork over 20 years ago. Throughout his career James has travelled widely to learn from the best educators in his field, including Thomas Myers, developer of the Anatomy Trains concept. James and Tom founded Kinesis UK, which co-ordinates Anatomy Trains and Kinesis Myofascial Integration training throughout Europe, and together they authored ‘Fascial Release for Structural Balance,’ the definitive guide to the assessment and manipulation of fascial patterns.
James teaches a range of courses across the UK and Europe as the Director of Kinesis UK. He is a regular lecturer at conferences and workshops around the world. Renowned for his relaxed and humorous style, James is a popular presenter whose subject is applicable for a wide-ranging audience that includes osteopaths, physiotherapists, massage therapists and movement therapists, and is in demand from the Sports Medicine departments of Premiership Football and Premier League Rugby teams. He is also the founder and Director of Ultimate Massage Solutions, one of the UK’s most prestigious providers of professional literature and workshops in the bodywork field.
James has collaborated with some of the top researchers in bodywork and fascial theory including Art Riggs and Robert Schleip. He is currently studying for an MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution and after three years of research, recently authored the well-received ‘Born to Walk’ book a blend of comparative and functional anatomy an introduction to the interconnected mechanics of the body for therapists who wish to understand gait more deeply.