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James Earls - Born to Move

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Born to Move (Previously Active Fascial Release):

What is it?

Most movement in the real-world is uses multiple joints and tissues and if one of those is challenged through dysfunction it will put extra load onto the others along the movement chain. Most of bodywork-based assessment, treatment and exercises tend to be short-chain (single joint orthopedic assessment), out of gravity (techniques applied on a table) and out of context (joint or tissue specific). Each of our tools give precise information about a precise area but rarely give the full impression of how tissues are used in the real-world.

Active fascial release (AFR) techniques combines manual therapy with functional movement. Using a blended approach of release techniques and motor control re-education, it aims to assess and correct movement difficulties. By having the client in standing and using various movements, the therapist can build a fuller impression of how the client REALLY moves outside the clinic. This information can then be used to design the treatment plan, it can form the treatment itself or be used as part of the motor control integration post-treatment. AFR can also be some combination of all three - it can be assessment, treatment, and integration all at the same time.

Based on tensegrity principles, the practitioner will learn functional interrelationships through the body to easily spot potential sources for tissue dysfunction. Various movement and touch strategies can then be applied in real-time to encourage better strategies within the client’s movement to ease pressure on overworked tissue or to encourage underworking tissues to wake up.

AFR is a practical day-to-day approach that integrates with any manual therapy practice and is ideal for working through clothes, at the sports field or in the clinic room.


What is covered?

- AFR is taught in a 3-day workshop (9am-5pm).
- The lower limbs are covered in during the first day, along with essential elements of functional movement such as directions and drivers.
- Fascial touch skills are explored, as well as how to use different movements and directions to create various effects in the myofascial tissues.

- The second and third days address the pelvis, torso and shoulder girdle. Techniques and handling are taught for various trunk and shoulder tissues. We then spend a lot of time blending the material together to give a full body treatment, learning to feel the connections through the body in many different positions with a variety of movement ideas.
- Once the principles of AFR are learned they can be easily adapted to almost any client or situation, encouraging an increase in their body awareness and understanding of movement as well as resolving or easing many of their issues.

What is included

- The essential principles – touch, layering and movement
- Using different drivers for movement to create different effects
- Creating length versus separation and the importance of each
- Structural and Functional Assessment – combining the two to really make sense of both
- Building on the principles listed above and develop global and local movement strategies and when to use each based on the combined structural and functional assessments.

Further highlights include:

A full repertoire of interventions for the upper body including quadratus lumborum, obliques and intercostals, multifidi and shoulder girdle muscles. Bringing the system together to assess and then utilize the full body connections.

Course Description:

- Each class includes – Relevant anatomy for the area – short intensive and integrated presentations from multiple sources. The presentations will include new learning tools such as video of fascial dissections combined with palpation of the relevant structures. We always to convey the information in an inspiring and understandable fashion.
- Body Reading (visual assessment) & Functional Assessment – the common postural and movement implications – how to see and ‘read’ the intricacy of individual patterns.
- Active Fascial Release Techniques – each technique is fully laid out for intent and ‘feel’. With plenty of time for practice we will ensure that you can apply these methods immediately in your practice.

Who should attend?

The workshop is designed for movement therapists, health care practitioners, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and massage therapists wanting to add an extra dimension to their treatments.

While anatomy and pathology will be acknowledged during the 3 days of training, time is too short to teach basics, so a reasonable understanding of practice is expected to allow for a rapid progression and focus on techniques.

Learning Aids

- To support you in the learning process we have chosen some excellent tutors – chosen for their backgrounds in therapy, sports and understanding of the body
- Each teaching module is beautifully illustrated with short lectures, and the techniques are supported by video content playing as you practice.
- A fully illustrated manual outlines the principles and techniques.
- On attendance of the workshop you will receive access to video content to review and expand on the techniques demonstrated during the workshop.


About the Presenter:

James Earls, author of Born to Walk, clearly articulates the “essential events” during gait in this course. His style of teaching allows therapists of all levels to break down and analyze the movement at each joint. Walking, one of the most used daily functions is often one of the least understood biomechanically. In this workshop, James will present his insights gathered from working with Anatomy Trains ®’s fascial chains, more than 25 years of bodywork, and most recently a MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution.

Lecturing at conferences worldwide, James has been teaching workshops since 1996. Born in Ireland, James has studied under some of manual therapy’s most well known educators – Thomas Myers (Author of Anatomy Trains), Gary Gray (GIFT program), and Art Riggs (Advanced Rolfer®). With a growing demand for both manual and movement therapy integrated into one treatment, a wide range of practitioners will find this course applicable. James is an experienced instructor, and is known to passionately teach in a relaxed and humorous manner. He has been an influential contributor to the field of structural integration and all manual therapies in the UK over the last decade.

Additional Notes:

James also co-authored Fascial Release for Structural Balance – A definitive guide to the assessment and manipulation of fascial patterns.


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