I have been working in the fitness industry since 1995, and have been passionate about all forms of movement since school. I teach Pilates (Therapy Through Movement and Touch is probably a more accurate description), having trained with Modern Pilates, APPI and Polestar. I am a Sports Injury Therapist, Anatomy Trains Structural Integration Practitioner and part of the Thomas Myers Anatomy Trains Teaching Team.
I was convinced by a friend to take on an aerobic class that would have folded if not and what an eye opener… Hats off to all who teach ETM, coordinating movement, all timed to music whilst giving instruction is really hard. Well, I managed to teach a comedy act for a few years whilst giving people a bit of a work out. I look back with fond memories, but it was hell in the moment!
In 2000 I did my Modern Pilates training (this was my first wake-up call regarding anatomy!) with Cherry and Chris Norris (Back Stability Specialist, Author, Physiotherapist and Anatomy Teacher), who at the time taught the theory part of the course. There was only one person that could understand Chris, she had done a Sports Therapy course, so by day two I had booked to do the same.
I love the Modern Pilates ethos and was very pleasantly surprised when teaching an Anatomy Trains workshop in Manchester to see all the Pilates teachers present had trained with MP
My second wake-up call to Anatomy came at a meeting with Tom and James in 2006, and although I found it really hard doing the training, it was a path I had to follow. The myofascial connections had resonated with me when Chris first mentioned Vleemings Posterior Oblique Sling. Tom managed to bring these connections, and his book, to life for me.
I would like to say I have spent the last 12 years learning and training, bringing me to where I am now, but it is an ongoing journey. The workshops we teach at Anatomy Trains have moved with the times and with new research and each dissection we have performed. It makes teaching challenging, but also fun and we keep an open discussion going between the Physiotherapists, Doctors, Osteopaths, Podiatrists, Movement and Manual Therapists, and Chiropractors.
It is said “A wise person knows that there is something to be learned from everyone…” I have just returned from a very enlightening four day trip to Maine to listen to Jaap Van Der Val lecture on ‘The Embryo Within Us’. It has already influenced my work as a practitioner and I am pretty certain it will influence my work as a teacher. I love this quote from Albert Einstein “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got”.
BALANCING THE DIAPHRAGMS
Balancing the Diaphragms is a new workshop that myself and Julie Hammond, Anatomy Trains Teacher and Director or Anatomy Trains Australia and New Zealand, have devised to bring together the many therapists working in Women’s Health, Back Pain and with Breathing Disorders. We look at how the balance at each diaphragm is important for overall health and well being. This workshop will reveal the connection between them and the effect they have on each other. We look at the effect tension further along the chain can affect function elsewhere.
The format of the workshop is as follows. Look at the anatomy and the function, an experiential exercise. Learn to body read and assess the area. You will learn a manual and movement technique, a homework exercise and how it communicates to the diaphragm above.
The workshop is open to Movement and Manual Therapists. Balancing the Diaphragms will be of interest to those working in Women’s Health, anyone working with clients that have back or breathing dysfunction and people treating the emotional issues associated with them.
BALANCING THE DIAPHRAGMS WORKSHOP
I will be running this new workshop in Clare on 13 + 14 April 2019.
£320 if booked and paid by 10 February 2019 and £350 thereafter.
ANATOMY TRAINS WORKSHOPS FOR 2019:
Each workshop is based on a small area, although we always return to examine the body as a whole.
We look globally at the whole pattern and then locally at the given area to see what we can improve, and what affect it might have on the overall pattern that we see.
FANS OF THE HIP
The hip and pelvis combine to transfer the forces from two legs into the one spine, and therefore have a hugely complex role to fulfil in the body. Ida Rolf described the pelvis as ‘the joint that determines symmetry’ and it is easy to see why. Differences between the hips can affect down into the legs or up through the spine. Achieving balance here can be essential for long lasting results in any therapy. This course sheds light on the pelvis – the keystone of human architecture – by organising the 20 or so muscles of the pelvis into three fans. As well as giving you strategies and techniques to balance these Fans of the Hip.
Two and half days exploring the structures around the hip with an in-depth look at the anatomy of this area.
ABDOMEN, BREATH AND CHEST
This workshop is two and half days. It will give you the tools and techniques to open the breath and free the abdomen and chest. Anatomy and body reading with functional tests are included helping you identify the structures needing work. Techniques for this area are also covered.
22 + 23 + 24 March 2019 | £525*
This course examines the spine as a tensegrity truss – how the bones float within the myofascial balance. An integral part of structure, we all know the agonizing effects of incorrect mechanics when it doesn’t work and often fail to appreciate the wonderfully adaptive job it does when the vertebrae are allowed to float.
We look at the actions available at each of the sections (lumbar, thorax and cervical) of the spine and how they may lead to certain dysfunctional patterns. By putting the spine into context with the surrounding structures we can better understand the reasons for its limitations and its wondrous abilities.
Once we explain the logic pattern, the soft-tissue patterns that surround the spine, then through the assessment and learning our techniques for freeing and balancing them, you will be able to address: Anterior and posterior curvatures – lordosis and kyphosis, Side bends, Rotations (and counter rotations) Guy-wires on both the front and back of the spine, and Balancing the trunk spinal work into the cervical spine and sacrum
Free the spine by working with the bends and rotations of this area.
4 + 5 May 2019 | £455*
SHOULDERS AND ARMS
In this driving day and computer age, the arms get unique usage these days. Requiring a complex equation of stability versus mobility to balance correctly on the rib cage, the shoulders can easily be used to compensate for thoracic and cervical deviations or be the cause for them. This can lead to issues travelling down into the arms and hands, up into the neck and jaw or even into the spine and rib cage. You will learn to recognize ‘ideal’ and compensated patterns and how to tie them into the story of the rest of the body. This will allow you to see what work needs to be done to create lasting results for this area. Releases for each joint of the shoulder Soft-tissue techniques for shoulder muscles Elbow and upper arm muscle releases Lower arm extensor, flexor, radial, and ulnar releases Wrist and hand work
We gesture with our arms and they should be free to float, hug, hold, push and pull. Spend two days looking at ways to improve mobility, stability and position.
8 + 9 June 2019 | £455*
ANATOMY TRAINS STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION
In this exciting new and more comprehensive format you will learn about the myofascial tissue and its many roles in the body.
Participants will see the fascial tissues in context and how they are interdependent with the other body systems. From there we begin to appreciate how the body incorporates the Anatomy Train Lines to create easy and graceful movement – provided they are in some form of balance and harmony; restriction or weakness in one section can have many knock-on effects elsewhere.
This workshop will show you how that happens, how to trace the lines of strain and, most importantly, some strategies to deal with them.
This is the first workshop to combine Anatomy Trains theory alongside structural and functional anatomy and analysis. It blends the concepts of tensegrity with elastic recoil for movement efficiency and illustrates how we use the Anatomy Trains as lines of force transfer.
We will address differential diagnosis to help identify motor control or soft tissue restrictions and where they may be coming from – we will show you the interdependent relationships between many of the tissues and how they interact.
5 + 6 + 7 July 2019 | £585*
HEAD, NECK AND JAW
The neck is a remarkable feat of biomechanical engineering, giving a combination of wide range of movement but maintaining a structural strength. It is often seen as the last site of compensation as it corrects for any alteration from below allowing the eyes and ears to orient to the horizon. Patterns can of course work their way in the other direction and particularly from the jaw and its many possible patterns of movement and holding. This course will focus on key areas of the neck and jaw complex to allow you to build successful strategies to ease these potential problem areas alleviating the issues working in both directions and setting the body up for a longer lasting change.
The head should float, the neck be free to move and the jaw and face be open and free to express. A two day workshop with lots of body reading and techniques to work around this area.
7 + 8 September 2019 | £455*
ARCHES AND LEGS
Underpinning all of our structure is the foot’s interaction with the ground, imbalances here clearly have consequences further up the body. Effective arch balance can be essential for easy and graceful walking, pelvic stability, low back efficiency and even head and neck support.
The feet and legs are literally the foundation for the rest of our structure and this workshop will analyze the bones of the feet and how they conspire to help or hinder the arches.
We will look at the forces coming from the leg muscles and create strategies to help maintain better mechanics by dealing with myofascial restrictions and imbalances.
Three days to explore the foot and lower leg, with body reading, functional tests and techniques to work with these areas.
*Early bird prices are available, please contact me for further information.
FIONA PALMER | 07767 384983 | FIONA@PILATESEASTANGLIA.CO.UK |