Guest Lectures / Workshops 

August 10, 2020

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

August 10 through the 15th

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.

August 16, 2020

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

August 16th through the 22nd

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

August 23, 2019

Pelvic Explorations, Dissection and Palpation by Myopain seminars (Jenny Wickford and Bonnie Thompson)

August 28 through 30th

A chance to study with two of the top in their field.  If you want to understand more about function and dysfunction of the pelvic floor then this class is for you.  This class, delivered as a three-day intensive course combining in-class discussion, dissection and palpation presents a rare opportunity to go beyond what you learned in anatomy books. This class will be held at the Institute for Anatomical Research in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This clean and bright space will give optimal opportunity for the perfect cooperative, interactive learning experience. This unique workshop is available only to qualified health professionals. Because part of the course will involve external and internal palpation of live subjects, only professionals who are licensed to do these exams will be included in the class.


The aim of the course is to give the participants a deeper understanding of the pelvis and its structures, a stronger base on which to develop enhanced internal and external palpation skills, and to challenge previously held ideas about pelvic function and dysfunction.


Massage therapists, bodyworkers, doulas, and neuromuscular therapists must register at They will be asked to submit a resume which outlines your qualifications and experiences as well as a personal statement of intent. We may also contact you to discuss your application. You will be asked to sign a non-disclosure and indemnity form prior to attendance.


What You Will Learn

Demonstrate proper identification of at least ten muscles in the pelvis, hips, abdomen and upper thigh.

Perform specific internal palpation of seven structures of the pelvis and describe the palpation in relation to relevant landmarks.

Perform external palpation of three key structures in the pelvic region and describe these in relation to surrounding structures (skin, fascia, muscles, nerves, vessels or organs).

Discuss two characteristics of fascia in relation to muscles, and implications for palpation.

Discuss six structural components of the anatomical relationship of the pelvis to the rest of the body.

Discuss three potential implications of the anatomical relationships of the pelvic for function and for clinical practice.

September 13, 2020

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

September 13th through the 18th

The 6-Day Intensive, 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

September 22, 2020

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

September 22nd through the 2nd of October

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. 

October 23, 2020

Advanced Dry Needling Dissection course with Dr. Jan Dommerholt

October 23rd through the 25th

Myopain Seminars is pleased to present a new and unique Advanced Dry Needling Dissection course. The course will be taught by Drs. Jan Dommerholt and Tracey Adler, assisted by other Myopain Seminars faculty, at the Institute for Anatomical Research in Colorado Springs, CO.


The course will combine an in-depth review of challenging dry needling techniques combined with detailed clinical anatomical and dissection studies presented in the context of dry needling. We will challenge common belief systems about anatomy, i.e., is it possible to differentiate the serratus posterior superior muscle and the rhomboid muscles, considering that Travell and Simons described distinctively different referred pain patterns?


How about the pyramidalis muscle in relation to the rectus abdominis muscle? What is the correct dry needling approach for the multidifi muscles? Based on anatomy, how can one best prevent causing a subdural hematoma, or a pneumothorax? Is it safe to needle the posterior tibialis, longus colli, or the psoas major muscles?


We will explore the relationship between muscles and fascia in different areas of the body, and consider the clinical implications of these anatomical relationships. Participants will explore various fascial winding and scar tissue needling techniques both on each other, but also on different tissues of the donor bodies.


The Institute for Anatomical Research is focused on inspiring the development of advanced therapies and treatment options to improve the quality of life through the study of anatomy from real cadavers. During the course, specific portion of cadavers will be dissected again in the context of dry needling.


Group size is limited to 24 participants.


Pre-requisites: Certification in Dry Needling by any course provider.......


What You Will Learn

Demonstrate 2 different dry needling approaches for the psoas major muscle

Identify the anatomical locations of the neurovascular bundles near the posterior tibialis muscle

Demonstrate two fascial winding techniques in superficial and deep fascial layers

Differentiate the rhomboid muscles and the serratus posterior superior muscles and determine possible implications for dry needling

Demonstrate the anatomical location of the longus colli muscles and the adjacent carotid arteries and cervical spine

Describe the fascial connections between different muscle groups, such as the latissimus dorsi and the deltoid, pectoralis major, serratus anterior, and abdominal oblique muscles

Differentiate the pyramidalis and rectus abdominus muscles

Dissect the hip adductor muscles at their insertions at the pelvis

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