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d.b.a. Institute for Anatomical Research

Institute for Anatomical Research
1490 West Fillmore Street, Suite 130
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Tel: 719.651.0064

Guest Lectures / Workshops 

July 08, 2019

6-Day Intensive: unfixed (with 4-Day extended study session available)

July 8 - July 13 and July 15 -18th

This is a 6-Day unfixed soft-tissue dissection during which you will have extra time to spend on the fascia, muscle tissues, and viscera, followed by a four day extension to skeletonize the forms and study the ligaments, movable bony articulations and comparative skeletal morphology. The cost will be $2,500 for the first 6 days, and an additional $1,000 for those who would like to follow through with the 4-Day extended study session (July 15-18), during which we will at long last give the ligaments, joints and bone-trees the sustained attention that is their due! The first session is prerequisite for the second. 

August 11, 2019

6-Day Fresh Tissue and Embalmed Tissue Cadaver Dissection Lab Workshop with Dr. Joe Muscolino

Sunday, August 11th through Saturday, August 17th (with Wednesday, August 14th off)

6-Day Fresh Tissue and Embalmed Tissue Cadaver Dissection Lab Workshop (with Anatomy in Clay too)

Sunday, August 11th through Saturday, August 17th (with Wednesday, August 14th off)

  • This workshop will have both Fresh Tissue and Embalmed Tissue cadavers for the different learning advantages afforded by each type of cadaver. We will also have Anatomy in Clay set up in the adjacent classroom for further maximum depth of learning!

  • Intensive workshop in which you get to actually dissect and learn all the tissues and structures of the body at the Institute for Anatomical Research in Colorado Springs, CO, for a very reasonable cost compared to other trainings.

  • Fresh Tissue dissection is the gold standard of cadaver labs because the tissues are much more representative of living tissue, and joints are movable to better understand the relationship between myofascial tissue and movement.

  • Here is your opportunity to dissect the human body under the personal supervision of Dr. Joe Muscolino. We will dissect the muscles, tendons, fascial planes, joints, and internal visceral organs.

  • And, as an added bonus, as we dissect the body, Dr. Joe Muscolino will discuss applications to kinesiology, palpation, and stretching for the regions of the body being dissected.

  • Maximum 8 participants per cadaver. We work in teams, with 3-4 people on each side of the cadaver form.

  • One instructor per table for maximal supervision!

  • Contact hours of continuing education through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) are given to massage therapists and bodyworkers

September 11, 2019

Human Dissection Class with Julian Baker

September 11-13, 16-18

This class, delivered as a series of workshops, presents a rare opportunity to dissect the human form. Led by Julian Baker, author and founder of Functional Fascia and one of Europe’s leading experts on connective tissue function and dissection. This is a remarkable series of workshops broken down into two parts:

Part one, September 11- 13:  will focus on the Skin, Superficial Fascia, Deep Fascia and Muscle

After familiarizing ourselves with the facility and the forms we will be working with, we will begin the process of removing the skin and studying the superficial fascia, also known as the adipose layer, lying directly underneath the skin. Body workers will find this experience vital as these two layers represent the interface that we work on when treating clients. We will reflect the superficial fascia layer to reveal the deep fascia, especially observing and studying its connective nature and its differentiated relationship to muscle and adipose.

We will reflect the deep fascia to reveal muscle, dropping down to the bony layer and examining whether our previous understanding of muscles matches what we see. We will find ways of creating continuity of muscular tissues through fascia ad other connective tissues and determine how each of these structures relates to each other.

Part Two, September 16 -18: will focus on the Heart, Diaphragm, Kidneys, Liver and Viscera, Spinal Cord and Brain, Spinal and Cranial Fascia

After our weekend exploring Colorado Springs, we will be continuing with our exploration of the forms. We will drop into the visceral layer through the peritoneal tissues and explore the connectivity and function of the fascia in creating a related structure from top to bottom in these deep layers. This can be a challenging study for some, as the visceral layer is a step away from the areas that many therapists relate to. However, this is the layer where it all ‘happens’ – how we feel and where we feel from has deep roots in this layer. Familiarity with this region is vital to the understanding of the physical responses we see during treatment sessions.

We will examine the fascia of the spine from front and back, its deep muscular make-up and the implications for normal body-wide communication and function. We will explore the cranium and open the skull to examine fascia-like tissues in the brain and dura. Deep fascial tissue is a densely arranged structure and impacts widely on functions such as respiration and digestion. We will explore these functions today.

September 30, 2019

6-Day Intensive Hands-On Human Dissection Workshop with Gil Hedley Phd.

Sept 30 - Oct 5

The 6-Day Intensive Hands-On Human Dissection Workshop is the tried and true, time-tested original program taken by thousands of courageous somanauts over the last 25 years. Groups of 6-8 participants per fixed donor form dissect layer-by layer each day for a transformative exploration into the human body, and oneself, from an integral perspective. This profound journey is undertaken with both reverence and excitement for the great gift of learning. Participants help each other along the way, and Gil as guide brings his experience to create a space that affords an opportunity to learn at many levels.

October 07, 2019

6-Day Intensive Hands-On Human Dissection Workshop with Gil Hedley Phd.

Oct 7 - Oct 12

The 6-Day Intensive Hands-On Human Dissection Workshop is the tried and true, time-tested original program taken by thousands of courageous somanauts over the last 25 years. Groups of 6-8 participants per fixed donor form dissect layer-by layer each day for a transformative exploration into the human body, and oneself, from an integral perspective. This profound journey is undertaken with both reverence and excitement for the great gift of learning. Participants help each other along the way, and Gil as guide brings his experience to create a space that affords an opportunity to learn at many levels.

October 14, 2019

5 day Unfixed - Intensive Hands-On Human Dissection Workshop with Gil Hedley Phd.

Oct 14 - Oct 18th

The 5-Day Intensive, like the 6-Day course, is a profound, whirlwind dissection journey layer-by layer through the whole human form, the main difference being the use of unfixed tissues. This perspective is a perfect complement to the explorations of the fixed course, in that it adds the element of movement to the deep encounter with structure. 6-7 participants per table work together to dissect and discuss the structure and function of human anatomy from an integral perspective. Gil's experience working with both fixed and unfixed tissues informs the exploration, and the space, to the advantage of the whole group

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