Anatomy Trains® maps the ‘anatomy of connection’ – the whole-body fascial and myofascial linkages. Anatomy Trains links the individual muscles into functional complexes, each with a specific anatomy and ‘meaning’. Anatomy Trains leads to new holistic strategies for health professionals, movement teachers, and athletes to resolve complex postural and movement patterns.
With offices in both America and the UK, Anatomy Trains Australia is the newest addition to the Anatomy Trains® global family, bridging the gap and bringing Australia and surrounding countries the chance to access high level learning opportunities that have previously not been accessible.
Founded by Julie Hammond, Director, - and gaining accolade from Thomas Myers - Anatomy Trains Australia’s aim is to bring high level training courses to qualified therapists of all modalities and to bring the necessary skills and expertise to students to help further their careers and open new pathways.
Learn about the myofascial tissue and its role in the body, see it in context and how it is interdependent with the other body systems. From there we begin to see 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 can have many knock effects.
The Anatomy Trains concept moves beyond mechanical “cause and affect” actions of muscles to the integrative relational connections of real-life functional movement. This is a revolutionary map for analyzing soft-tissue patterns, and developing strategies for unwinding these patterns via fascial and myofascial work.
Anatomy Trains offers skills that hands-on therapists, regardless of their modality, can use to see their clients more clearly and work more effectively. The classes are designed primarily for hands-on bodyworkers who want to expand their understanding of the myofascial connections in the body and learn new skills to affect them. It is ideal for physiotherapists, massage therapists, osteopaths and chiropractors but anyone who uses manual techniques will benefit form the classes.
Many movement therapists (Pilates, Feldenkrais, Franklin and Gyrotonic etc.) have also learned much about the body by attending Anatomy Trains. The in-depth BodyReading and touch exercises have given them a profound deepening to their experience of the body. While they may continue to attend we have now also designed a new workshop to give a fuller movement based experience.
Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (ATSI)
Tom Myers studied directly with Dr Ida Rolf, as well as Moshe Feldenkrais, Buckminster Fuller, Judith Aston, Emilie Conrad, and European osteopaths. Tom has practiced
Structural Integration in a variety of clinical and cultural settings since 1976. Tom is the author of Anatomy Trains (Elsevier 2001, 2014), Fascial Release for Structural Balance (North Atlantic 2010, 2017), and numerous articles, DVDs, and webinars.
In 1999, Tom started a certification program in Structural Integration based on the Anatomy Trains myofascial meridians, which has graduated more than 500 practitioners via trainings in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, and Australia.
Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (KMI) blends the art, science, and craft of Structural Integration in an open-inquiry learning environment that honours all contributions to balanced posture and generous movement.
We are dedicated to providing opportunity for deeper explorations into our inherent somatic wisdom, and to support therapeutic and educational processes leading to self-reliance.
Anatomy Trains Structural Integration is a 640-hr certification offered in three parts. Trainings are offered in US, UK, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere as applicable. There are two formats: Modular and Intensive – see our website for details.
Anatomy Trains Structural Integration training is open to manual therapists of all types – massage therapists, physical therapists, osteopaths, RN’s, OT’s, and rehab specialists.
Movement professionals are welcome in Part 1, but may be required, on the basis of assessment, to obtain mentoring or further manual therapy training before entering Part 2 & 3.
Part 1: Structural Essentials (Modular or intensive format)
- A coherent philosophy of manual and movement therapy in the 21stcentury
- BodyReading (visual assessment of pattern) vocabulary and practice
- Regional Anatomy and Myofascial Meridians
- Fascial Release Techniques – introduction and practice, spinal unwinding
Part 2: Structural Vision
- Fascial Release Techniques – legs, pelvis, spine, trunk, shoulders, and neck
- Practice with techniques on a variety of models
- Demonstration and practice: 3-session series
- BodyReading practice – functional assessments
Part 3: Structural Integration
- 12-session protocol, demonstration and practice
- Practice building and business prep
- Clinical applications
- Certification testing and review
We now accept the following workshops as the prerequisite for our ATSI Training program:
Anatomy Trains in Structure & Function
Anatomy Trains in Training
Anatomy Trains in Motion - Qualifies as the prerequisite to the Slings Myofascial Training
Anatomy Trains in Motion FUSION
*Please note, if you are not a manual therapist, you may be asked to attend mentoring sessions to improve your touch skills if you wish to become a Structural Integration Practitioner.
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 see 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 can have many knock effects.
This is the first workshop to combine Anatomy Trains theory alongside structural and functional anatomy and analysis, blending together the concepts of tensegrity with elastic recoil for movement efficiency. We will address differential diagnosis to help identify for motor control or soft tissue restrictions and where they may be coming from.
In this workshop we will introduce you to the lines – Superficial Front and Back, Lateral and Spiral, Deep Front Line, Arm and Functional Lines. For each of the lines we will teach you structural and functional assessments along with Fascial Release Techniques for each of the lines. We will allow deeper exploration of the main concepts behind the whole system – structural and functional analysis and refining fascial touch skills.
This is an exciting and fun workshop delivered with clarity and with your practice in mind – you will have useful and usable skills by the end of the 3 days.
Strength, Power, Endurance & Mobility: Maximizing Performance – Preventing Injuries
Understanding Neuro-Myofascia in holistic context
• Global understanding of balanced movement
• 4D movement assessment principles
• Dynamic flexibility & mobility
• Functional training for myofascial continuities
• Appropriate use and differentiation of neutral stability & dynamic control concepts
Anatomy Trains in Training has its foundation in Tom Myers's Anatomy Trains and James Earls' Born to walk. The myofascial meridians give the map of loading. This map has developed in us because of the loading of the movement that we most commonly do. This map needs to be trained as a whole, but we also need to be able to understand it's individual connections.
AT in Training includes discussions and practical exercises for overall exercise programming and singular exercise building for different individuals. Additionally, how to warm up for the exercise and at the same time improve neuro myofascial performance while minimising injuries.
Essentially Anatomy Trains in Motion is an anatomy course in which you will increase your depth of knowledge and gain a new perspective of Thomas W. Myers’ Anatomy Trains concept in relation to body-minded movement. The course is filled with functional anatomy, movement relevant information and practical applications that not only sound good on paper, but also work well in real life.
Anatomy Trains in Motion is a self-contained course as well as part of the Slings Myofascial Training education. At the heart of the course are the myofascial meridians. Understanding the lines’ integral anatomy, workings, sensory qualities and relationships are invaluable for body reading, clear movement intention, lesson planning and teaching.
Yes, myofascial meridians are so much more than «lines» that can be «superimposed» onto exercises! The essential events of walking, or said differently, the necessary motions for engaging myofascial meridians efficiently in gait, are a theme that runs throughout the 3 days. All of the theory is «translated» into movement with lots of exercises, functional sequences and a specifically designed Anatomy Trains in Motion lesson. If you love integral anatomy and want to gain an extensive understanding of the Anatomy Trains body map through movement, this course is for you.
This course is delivered with your practice in mind. The days are filled with information relevant to both the movement and manual worlds, along with practical applications – you will have useful and usable skills by the end of the three days. Touch skills might not be a normal part of the movement therapist’s repertoire; therefore we encourage full participation throughout this course. You will gain palpation skills and deeper anatomical understanding, further assisting your visual assessments and movement prescriptions.
A seamless and functional Slings Myofascial Training movement lesson, representing the interconnectedness of myofascial meridians (they are so much more than ‘lines’ that can be ‘superimposed’ onto exercises) in motion is also part of the course.
As a manual therapist you spend a lot of time focusing on the posture and imbalances of others. ‘Stepping’ into your own body and experiencing anatomy in movement can bring many insights leading to greater body awareness when doing your own practice, as well as understanding your client’s movement patterns from a different point of view.
With even more workshops qualifying as the prerequisite, being taught in even more places, its never been easier to jump in and find out about all that Anatomy Trains has to offer.