British Fascia Symposium 2014/16/18




With this product you can buy all three of the British Fascia Symposia events from 2014 / 2016 / 2018. This set comprises 32 recordings. Below are the descriptions of the presentations enclosed.

The British Fascia Symposium 2014

is an opportunity for every practising and student bodywork and movement therapist to learn more about fascia. These recordings feature presentations from the practice-led event designed to expand the therapist’s knowledge of a fascinating structure.
Featuring: Leon ChaitowRobert Schleip – 
Joanne Avison – Ceri Davies John WilksMichelle WatsonJulian BakerRuth Duncan Jan Trewartha and many others.

This unique 12 hr (approx) Memory Stick or eight disc DVD set includes many internationally acclaimed speakers each of whom give presentations of between 45 and 85 minutes. An Advisory Panel featuring the three keynote speakers completes the weekend.
NB: due to copyright reasons, some presentations do not show slides.

Individual or small groups of presentations can be purchased separately – click on the links below to view these products.

Disc 1
‘Introduction to Fascia’
by Ruth Duncan – Ruth Duncan is a sports, neuromuscular and myofascial therapist with a full time practice in Glasgow and she is the Principal of Myofascial Release UK.

‘The Animated Architecture’
by Joanne Avison – Joanne Avison is a professional Structural Integrator as well as co-founder and director of the Art of Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training School, (AOCY) accredited worldwide by Yoga Alliance (USA), Yoga Federation of India, European Yoga Alliance and IPTI.

Disc 2
‘Fascia Research and clinical applications in the prevention and treatment of pain and dysfunction’
by Leon Chaitow
A practising naturopath, osteopath, and acupuncturist in the United Kingdom, with over forty years clinical experience, Leon Chaitow is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. He regularly lectures in the United States as well as UK and Europe where he instructs physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors, as well as massage therapists. He is a member of the Organising Committee for the 4th International Fascia Research Congress 2015.

Disc 3 (180 mins approx)
Parallel Speaker sessions

‘The Role of Fascia in the Rhythm of the Craniosacral System’
by Caroline Barrow

‘Anatomy Trains and Their Contribution to Functional Movement’
by Michael Watson

‘The Emotional Map of the Body’
by Christian Platts

‘Scar and Adhesions and their Reintegration Into the Fascial Web’
by Jan Trewartha

‘Meridians and Myofascia’
by Jing

‘Human Fasciae – a New Anatomy for the 21st Century’
by John Sharkey

‘The Unappreciated Plantaris’
by Ron Coutts

Disc 4
‘The effect on fascia of how we are born, and the implications for adult health and posture’
by John Wilks
John Wilks is an author and has been a full-time practitioner of the Bowen Technique and Craniosacral Therapy since 1995. He works at three clinics in the South West of England. He is currently working on commissions for two new books on the Bowen Technique and on Choices in Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Fascial Plasticity – the Science Made Simple in Dealing with Pathology and Dysfunction’
by Michelle Watson (nee Marr)
Michelle qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1995 in the UK. Her specialist field is neurological rehabilitation, but she has gained experience in all areas of physiotherapy. Michelle has been the Director of Therapy Fusion Ltd since 2007, a company that consists of 18 highly qualified therapists, who specialise in many of the different fields of healthcare and rehabilitation.

Disc 5
‘An Anatomist’s View of Fascia’
by Ceri Davies
Professor Ceri Davies is Professor of Anatomy at Imperial College London. He has taught human anatomy to students of medicine and allied healthcare professions and to postgraduate trainees for over 25 years. During this time he has witnessed many changes in the teaching of anatomy and is one of the authors of the Anatomical Society’s core syllabus in anatomy.

Disc 6
‘Fascia as a Sensory Organ’ 
by Robert Schleip –
Robert Schliep directs the Fascia Research Project at Ulm University, Germany, and is also Research Director of the European Rolfing Association. He has an MA in psychology and a PhD in human biology. Robert has been a professional bodyworker since 1978 and is a certified Rolfing instructor as well as Feldenkrais teacher, plus author of several books and numerous other publications. His recent discovery of active contractile properties in fascial tissues was awarded the prestigious Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine. Robert’s enthusiasm for fascia related academic research served as the driving factor behind the 1st Fascia Research Congress (Harvard Medical School, Boston, 2007) as well as the two subsequent international congresses.

Disc 7
‘Match of the Day’
by Julian Baker
– Julian Baker is a highly experienced Bowen Therapy teacher who has taught throughout Europe and used this experience to develop a comprehensive teacher training programme. He founded the European College of Bowen Studies and, more recently, Functional Fascia, leading human dissection courses for therapists.
PLUS ‘Leon Chaitow and Robert Schleip talk on the Fascia Research Society’

Disc 8
Advisory Panel with Leon Chaitow, Ceri Davies and Robert Schleip facilitated by Julian Baker.


British Fascia Symposium 2016
Presentation and Workshop Stream

Every practising bodywork therapist needs to know about Fascia. This an event with top speakers, workshops and an Expert Advisory Panel, all designed to expand the therapist’s understanding of a fascinating structure.

The Fascia Symposium recordings cover, amongst other topics:

  • Structure and function of fascia
  • Basic science to clinic practice
  • Fascia layers and relationships
  • Fascia’s role in infection control
  • Breaking the pain cycle

This is a streamed product viewable from 2-3 different computers on an unlimited basis. It is not downloadable. PLEASE NOTE that this recording series excludes some slides, especially Gil Hedley’s; this is for copyright reasons and is beyond our control.  The price of the recording reflects such omissions.

Recorded June 2016

1) ‘Why did we stand up? A Myofascial Perspective’by James Earls BA(Hons), KMI (Adv.), FAFS
Why did we stand up? A Myofascial Perspective: The earliest evidence for bipedalism is the Laetoli footprints made by an ancient family crossing volcanic ash. Impressions left behind those upright walkers are dated to 3.7 million years ago. What happened to encourage this new method of walking? Did the myofascia play a role?

2) Keynote:‘Fascia: Healthy Movement in Relationship’by Gil Hedley Ph.D
Over many years of exploring the human body as both a “somanaut” and an “integral anatomist”, I have come to appreciate the fasciae of the human body in their capacity to both express healthy relationships and connections between the various textural layers of the body, while simultaneously facilitating movement. In this presentation I will illustrate these layers, their fascial relationships, and their movement potential with images from my laboratory work in order to help hands-on practitioners and movement explorers to better understand the relevance of fascial anatomy to their practices. NB: No slides will be included in this recording.

3) ‘Breaking the Pain Cycle: What is it that makes our brain produce pain and why does it persist long after trauma or injury has healed?’by Sue Hitzmann MS, CST, NMT, is the creator of the MELT Method®
In this lecture we will explore how brain and body communication changes when pain persists, and how the neurological and fascial systems influence physiological regulation of the body.

4) Workshop with Gil Hedley Ph.D
‘Stuck Fasciae: Anatomy, Functions and Problems with Adhesions’. In this lecture I will illustrate with examples from the laboratory different types of fascial adhesions that one finds in the human body. I will distinguish between “normal” and “pathological” adhesions. NB: No slides will be included in this recording

5) Workshop with Carla Stecco MD
‘Internal Fasciae’
: During this lecture a new way to organize the inner fasciae will be presented, basing on the results of several anatomical dissections. Besides, their relationship with the muscular fasciae will be investigated, to understand how the various NB: No slides will be included in this recording

6) Keynote:‘Fascial Anatomy: from basic science to clinical practice’by Carla Stecco MD
In the past 15 years, multiple articles have appeared that target fascia as an important component of treatment in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. To better understand the possible actions of fascial treatments, there is a need to clarify the definition of fascia and how it interacts with various other structures: muscles, nerves, vessels, organs. NB: No slides will be included in this recording.

7) ‘Fascia and Compartments’by Julian Baker
Fascia is not just a compartmentalising structure, but is also the support mechanism for an incredible network of epithelial cells.  By itself, fascia has no purpose, but as part of other systems it creates a transformational surface through which even breathing would be otherwise impossible.  In this lecture, Julian Baker will introduce the little known role of fascia as an epithelial interface and how together, they form the basis for a solid compartmentalised structure in the human form.

8) Charity and Appreciations

9) ‘Fascia Training Principles for Running Sports’by Wilbour Kelsick BSC, DC, FRCCSS(C), FCCRS(C)
Running is a whole body event and is related to the biotensegrity concept. This lecture will help you better manage your running client needs as you understand the fascia training principles and mechanism of running.

10) ‘A Proposed Model for Fascia-focused Movement’by Elizabeth Larkam  Pilates Method Alliance Gold Certified, Feldenkrais® practitioner, Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® teacher.
A succinct summary of fascia-informed therapeutic techniques to help movement educators and therapists customize therapeutic movement sessions for their clients.

11) Panel Session with Gil Hedley and Carla Stecco, Elizabeth Larkham, Wilbur Kelsick and Sue Hitzmann; chaired by Julian Baker.

Fascia Symposium 2018

Keynote Lecture by Dr Robert Schleip

Robert Schleip will be giving two lectures over the weekend.  His Keynote speech will be in the main auditorium on Saturday, given to all delegates.  His Specialist Lecture will be open to all again, but as an option on the Sunday afternoon.    (Hands-on and movement workshops will be running on Saturday and Sunday afternoons with Specialist Lectures as alternative options, all included in the ticket price).

Keynote Lecture:

Fascia as a sensory organ 

While classical musculoskeletal medicine regarded fascia mostly as an inert packing organ, new histological investigations revealed that it is one of our richest sensory organs. In fact, it can be seen as our most important organ for experiencing our own body. This includes the high density of most fascial tissues with potential nociceptors, which tend to be involved in many contemporary soft tissue pain syndromes.

In addition, our fascial network serves also as a major source for proprioception. Recent research contributed several surprising discoveries regarding this property. These are helpful to know for both manual as well as movement therapists. An intriguing aspect of more recent investigations is the high density of sympathetic receptors in fasciae. While some of these small receptors are apparently related to vasodilation, a significant portion of them seems to serve hitherto unknown functions. Could they serve as neurotrophic agents, providing a bridge between the autonomic nervous system and the biochemical milieu in the tissue?

Last but not least, there are the recently rediscovered telocytes in fascia. While not being classified as neuronal cells anymore, their super-long prolongations enable them to serve a signalling function. Their dysregulation has been shown to be involved in several fibrotic pathologies.

What do we know about our ability to foster proprioceptive perception? And what about inhibiting fascia-generated nociception? Can fascia-oriented manual mobilization or movement therapy induce a different branching/sprouting of neuronal endings or influence the stimulation threshold of their receptors? If we ask these intriguing questions, it works well to differentiate clear scientific findings from plausible assumptions and from well-informed but brave speculations. Welcome to one of the most exciting fields in connective tissue research!

Specialist Lecture by Robert Schleip:

Fascia and interoception

Probably the most interesting sensory function of fascia is its role in interoception.  Interoception encompasses not only the afferents of our so-called enteric brain (‘gut brain’), but also many other perceptions that sense our internal milieu and compare these somatic sensations with the physiological and emotional needs as perceived by our brain. In contrast to proprioceptive stimuli, these sensations do net get projected primarily to the somatomotor cortex of the forebrain, but rather to the cortical insula.

Interestingly many common somatic dysfunctions which clinicians encounter in their practices are less associated with diminished proprioception, but rather with an impaired interoception. These include post-traumatic stress disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and alexithymia (emotional dumbness). Treatment of these disorders may therefore profit from a more interoceptive stimulation compared with the treatment of other musculoskeletal pathologies which are associated with a proprioceptive impairment (such as chronic low back pain, whiplash injury, complex regional pain syndrome or scoliosis).

What do we know about ‘interoceptive mindfulness’, about its trainability and effect on body functions?  Is it different from proprioceptive attention?  How can we orchestrate manual myofascial therapy around interoceptive stimulation? How important are warmth and temperature or the length of listening pauses for this process?  What do we presently know about the influence of specific touch styles, of meditation and of exercise on interoception? How is interoceptive yoga different from a proprioceptive yoga style? And could this apply also for movement therapies, and possibly also to manual therapists?

Guest Speaker
Carol Davis

The Role of Mitochondria, Fascia, and Energy in Pain

The extracellular matrix is the immediate environment of all of our 35-75 trillion cells. For anything to get into a cell or out of a cell, it must pass through the fascia that the cell is embedded within. When fascia is restricted, cellular transmission is interrupted or shut down completely.   Sustained release myofascial release opens up fascial restrictions so that metabolic processes can proceed.

  • 1. Current scientific understandings of fascia (the extracellular matrix) : What is true, and what is not true about fascia.
  • 2. Brief summary of the role of mitochondria in eukaryotic cells for energy production.
  • 3. The relationship between fascia, the extracellular matrix, and mitochondria.
  • 4. Mitochondrial dysfunction, dysbiosis and restrictions in the extracellular matrix.
  • 5. Pharmaceutical treatment of pain (eg. fibromyalgia pain) ignores the dysfunction of the microbiome, “pours poison into the swamp.”
  • 6. Sustained release myofascial release “melts” the ground substance of the fascia and helps restore cellular function.


In this presentation, fascia and biotensegrity combine to provide contiguity of gold standard research. Come and enjoy learning how connective tissue and the biotensegrity model make sense of natural human motion. The facts of fascia diversity are presented as compelling evidence of a new paradigm in the science of body architecture leading to one undeniable truth, our interrelated unity and our self-organising emerging behaviour.

The interplay between form and function can be seen in our mountains, rivers, ant colonies, and complex life forms such as jellyfish and sponges. We witness Nature’s complex patterns manifested through self-organizing emergent behaviour, resulting from individual internal elements. These elements respond to local influences as a result of a fixed set of rules, in soft matter physics. Human bodies abide by these rules relentlessly and the research supports the shift in understanding of living biologic architecture.

The relationships between components in a complex system are generally more important than the components themselves because local rules regarding connectivity generate global order. Invisible forces such as the light from the sun, the air we breathe, the ground we walk on, all call for more than what is currently understood from the biomechanical sum of the anatomical parts. Everything is connected and transformed through this connection and the nature of its connected organisation.

Join Joanne Avison and John Sharkey for a presentation that promises to present fascia in an entirely new light.

The Fascia of the Abdominal Cavity
Alison Harvey

The fascia of the abdominal cavity has a vital role in organ function. The connections of the fascia are widespread creating communication between the abdominal cavity and the rest of the body. The fascial connections within the abdominal cavity create relationships between organs and thereby influence the function of the organs themselves, their neighbours and the body in its entirety. Often, the abdominal cavity is skirted round but this presentation aims to consider the contents of the cavity and its wider implications.

Aims of the lecture:

  • To discuss the role of peritoneum in the abdominal cavity
  • To look at the connections of the peritoneum
  • Discuss specialized areas of fascia in the abdominal cavity
  • To look at how abdominal organs are supported and how these support systems influence the surrounding tissues and the body as a whole

Consider specific scenarios in relation to abdominal fascial restriction.

Daniel Lawrence
Tendons don’t exist in the world of fascia; anatomy, pathology and rehabilitation for tendon pain

Like fascia, tendons do not exist as isolated parts of our anatomy, this lecture will look at the fascial continuity of tendinous tissues with bone and contractile tissues and how this influences the pathology and treatments we choose to provide.  What are the most important evidence-based treatments to focus on and what are their proposed mechanisms of action?  This lecture will provide scientific insight and real clinical tools to help you with your patients.  Earlier versions of this lecture were very popular at Therapy Expo and COPA; don’t miss this lecture, exclusively prepared for the 2018 British Fascia Symposium. A full set of notes will also be available via email after the event.

Wilbour Kelsick
Integrating Alternative and Complimentary Fascia therapies into Conventional medicine – How to create the bridge

Present day health care practitioners are basing their clinical practice concept on the newly resurrected principles of connective tissue anatomy and physiology – fascia science. In today’s world patients will seek out several different practitioners to address their different health issues. Finding a way in which these many health care approaches (conventional & alternative therapies) can benefit patients, led to the concepts of blending the approaches. Hence, the term Integrative Medicine (IM) was born.Recent evidence shows integrative practices are on the rise and it represents a new worldview and paradigm shift in delivering health care.  IM has many benefits but is also plagued with several challenges for both practitioner and patient. Patients depend on clinical experts to give them the best advice about their health care. They want to trust a clinician with experience.To become an excellent health care provider presently requires several crucial attributes, such as being: an information guru; multi-media literate; a communication specialist, and a creative problem finder and not just problem solver.

Cervicogenic and Tension Headaches: Myofascial Techniques
Til Luchau

Our understanding of cervicogenic and tension headaches has been greatly enriched by recent research into manual therapy’s relevant mechanisms and effects. Join popular lecturer and author Til Luchau as he elucidates and demonstrates, fascia-based manual therapy techniques, informed by both fascial research and biopsychosocial perspectives.

Aims and objectives: Increase your repertory and understanding of assessments, approaches, techniques for several kinds of head pain, including common headaches, tension headaches, cervicogenic headaches, and more.


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