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.