Meet the Team

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Thomas Myers - Global Director

The originator of the Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians

Thomas Myers studied with Drs. Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller, and with a variety of movement and manual therapy pioneers. His work is influenced by cranial, visceral, and intrinsic movement studies he made with European schools of osteopathy.

An inveterate traveler, Tom has practiced integrative manual therapy for over 40 years in a variety of clinical and cultural settings. 

Tom is the author of Anatomy Trains (2020, 4th ed),  co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance (North Atlantic, 2010, 2017), co-author of Anatomy Trains in Motion Study Guide (2019), author of Body3, The Anatomist’s Corner, Structural Integration: Collected Articles, and BodyReading: Visual Assessment and The Anatomy Trains, and has also written extensively for Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (Elsevier). He has also produced over 20 online learning courses with Anatomy Trains, and others in collaboration with various body-oriented professional groups. 

Tom lives and sails on the coast of Maine in the USA. Tom and his faculty conduct professional development courses and certification in Structural Integration worldwide.

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Julie Hammond - Director & Lead Teacher Australia & New Zealand

Director Anatomy Trains Australia and New Zealand

Certified to teach:

  • Anatomy Trains in Structure and Function
  • Structural Essentials (ATSI Part 1)
  • Structural Strategies (ATSI Part 2)
  • Structural Integration (ATSI Part 3)

Julie Hammond  lives in Western Australia with her husband and 3 children. She is Director and lead teacher of Anatomy Trains Australia and NZ. Julie has been a bodyworker for the last 20 years and is a certified Anatomy Trains Structural Integration practitioner and Teacher, certified to teach the entire Anatomy Trains Structural Integration programme. Julie also designs and edits the Anatomy Trains E magazine.

Julie has trained with some of the best names in the industry and has been heavily influenced by Tom Myers and Judith Aston’s work. She has a passion for anatomy and has participated in many dissections to increase her knowledge of the human body. She loves working with the feet, pelvis and jaw and is fascinated with the connection each of these parts of the body.

Julie also has a passion for gait and in her sessions looks at functional movement and gait. She is currently looking at the connection between pelvic floor health and arch support, or lack of, and how she can help women improve the function of the pelvis from the ground up.

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Rachel Sampol - Administration & Marketing Officer

Rachel grew up in The Netherlands where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business & Marketing and started her career within the sports industry. She moved to Australia in 2009 where she continued to pursue her marketing career.

She started working at Anatomy Trains Australia & New Zealand in 2019 after a career break to start a family. In her spare time, Rachel loves to practice Pilates and spend time outdoors in beautiful Perth, Australia, together with her partner and 2 children.

Jennifer Beesley - Administration Officer

Jennifer is originally from London, where she worked as an Executive Assistant in the oil & gas industry for ten years. She also graduated from the College of Naturopathic Medicine and set up a Nutritional Therapy practice in the UK, specialising in low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets.

Jennifer moved to Perth in 2019 and now lives by the beach with her husband and two children.

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Julie Mower - Certified Anatomy Trains Teacher

Certified to teach:

  • Anatomy Trains in Structure & Function
  • Structural Essentials (ATSI Part 1)
  • Structural Strategies (ATSI Part 2)

Julie Mower has been working in the health and fitness industry since 1994. She has trained with both Thomas Myers and James Earls in the UK, is a fully certified Anatomy Trains Structural Integration practitioner and is an assistant during Thomas Myers’ Anatomy Trains Structural Integration trainings and other fascia-related workshops in Australia.

Additionally, she has been teaching Pilates for over 10 years, training with Polestar Pilates and is a fully certified APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) instructor, specializing in long-term chronic pain. Julie lives and works on the Gold Coast.

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Chris Clayton - Certified Anatomy Trains Teacher

Certified to teach:

  • Anatomy Trains in Structure and Function
  • Anatomy Trains in Training

Chris Clayton lives in South East Queensland Australia, where he and his wife Maree operate their Remedial Therapy Clinic in the regional City of Toowoomba. Chris is a certified Anatomy Trains Structural Integrator and a movement therapist where he implements Anatomy Trains in Training concepts as the backbone of his movement therapy strategy.

Chris’ first love was and still is the martial arts, where he teaches for free and strives to be a perpetual student, a journey that has spanned 37 years or more so far. It was in his early years of training, where he saw his martial arts instructor successfully treat fellow students when they presented at class with basic injuries. Chris was immediately profoundly interested in what he saw, when he asked his teacher what he could do to follow the healers path, his teacher pointed him to anatomy, Chris has been following that advice ever since.

Chris has been in the coaching/training industry for over 35 years and holds Diplomas in Sport Development, Sport Coaching and Fitness. Since 2007, Chris has taught Sport Coaching and Fitness qualifications for the Australian College of Sport Development and YMCA Brisbane as an industry partner. Over time, it became ever more apparent, that the best way to improve an athlete or client was to be able improve them where they were most vulnerable. This led Chris to continue his learning and integrate manual therapy into his work, eventually resulting in Chris becoming an ATSI practitioner. Chris has toured with AP Lindberg of Anatomy Trains in Training a number of times in Australia and more recently to Taiwan in June/July 2018, with this being the first time that Anatomy Trains in Training had been taught in Asia. Like most therapists, Chris just likes to help people feel better and most days he will be found happily working with his clients at his clinic.

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Alexa Nehter - Certified Anatomy Trains Teacher

Certified to teach:

  • Anatomy Trains in Structure & Function
  • Anatomy Trains in Motion
  • Slings in Motion 1

Alexa Nehter is an Anatomy Trains Structural Integration Practitioner, an Anatomy Trains Certified Teacher, experienced yoga instructor, and Slings Myofascial Training Teacher, known for her accessibility, dedication for teaching and her insatiable passion for the human body in motion.

The German native graduated from the European University of Flensburg with a double degree in Physical Education (major Sport Psychology) and Biology (major Human Biology) before moving to Australia, where she trained with Anatomy Trains under the tutelage of Julie Hammond and Lou Benson; and soon after with the art of motion Academy under Muriel Morwitzer and Karin Gurtner.

Alexa has worked as a senior high school teacher, as well as a movement educator since 2008, teaching at conferences and festivals internationally, leading fascia-focused yoga teacher trainings, workshops and wellness retreats, which naturally lead her to the work of Tom Myers and Karin Gurtner.

Today, if not traveling and teaching for Anatomy Trains Australia and art of motion, Alexa enjoys the ocean and the Karri forests of the beautiful Southwest coast of Western Australia, where she offers her services in a small, lively practice. Working with her clients Alexa combines the very specific, yet very holistic aspects of AT Structural Integration and Slings myofascial training.

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Maree Clayton - Certified Anatomy Trains Teacher

Certified to teach:

  • Anatomy Trains in Structure & Function

Maree Clayton is a certified Anatomy Trains Structural Integration Practitioner graduating in June 2015 in Australia with Julie Hammond and a Certified Anatomy Trains Teacher.

Maree is also a Personal Trainer and Remedial Massage Therapist having operated her own clinic, with her husband Chris since 2003.

Working in Toowoomba has given Maree the ability to build a wide Allied Health Professional Network in order to utilize a holistic approach, as she views communication between modalities is vital for a positive outcome for her clients.

Maree has had the opportunity to assist and teach during the years of ATSI training and has a wealth of knowledge.

 

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Alexia Langley - Certified Anatomy Trains Structural Integration Teacher

Certified to teach:

  • Anatomy Trains in Structure & Function

Alexia lives in the Perth Hills in Western Australia, where she runs her own health business which combines both remedial and naturopathic services to her clients.  After spending 15 years in the IT industry, Alexia decided she wanted to do more meaningful work, and so went to study Naturopathy.

As part of her Naturopath course she was introduced to massage, was surprised at how much she enjoyed the work, so after completing her Naturopath qualification continued straight on to study remedial massage.  Inspired by her myofascial release lecturer and wanting to keep learning and seeing more about people’s movement and body patterns (and not just “massage” people), Alexia then jumped straight from her remedial massage qualification in to an Anatomy Trains workshop, realised that it opened up many more questions and possibilities, and went through the whole Structural Integration training immediately following the completion of her remedial massage course.

Under the support and guidance of Julie Hammond, Alexia then went on to assist in Anatomy Trains workshops.  She believes that assisting is not just about learning to be a teacher, but continuing to learn, explore and dive deeper into the world of not just Anatomy Trains, but anatomy, the human body, and connecting it all together.  Assisting has enhanced her understanding, helped her see and feel more in her practice.

Alexia enjoys CrossFit in her spare time and is constantly taking what she learns about movement in the sport, and what she learns within the Anatomy Trains concepts, and puts them together both for her clients and for her to continue to learn more about movement patterns, and loves to use all the information she learns to teach her clients about their own bodies.

She has recognised that she is very much a problem solver, and has loved the change from problem solving machines, to problem solving the complex and exciting world of the human body in a holistic way.

 

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Fiona Palmer - Certified Anatomy Trains Teacher

Certified to teach:

  • Anatomy Trains in Structure and Function
  • Structural Essentials (ATSI Part 1)
  • BodyReading 101 & 102

 

Fiona Palmer is co-founder of Pilates East Anglia specializing in clinical and modified Pilates classes and 1-1 sessions, and practices Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (ATSI) in the UK. She is a fully certified APPI instructor (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) and Modern Pilates Instructor, Certified Anatomy Trains teacher, ATSI Therapist and Remedial Massage Therapist. Fiona has a passion for helping people achieve their best, which she brings to everything she teaches along with a great sense of humor and fun.

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Cristy Harper - Certified Anatomy Trains Teacher

Certified to teach:

  • Anatomy Trains in Structure and Function
  • Structural Essentials (ATSI Part 1)

Cristy Harper is originally from Victoria, BC, Canada, where she began her studies in Massage Therapy in 2003. Cristy and her husband Justin made Winnipeg, Manitoba their most recent place to call home in support of her husband’s career in the Canadian Armed Forces. They are proud to support their country, and look forward to each move as an opportunity to grow and learn and embrace what each Canadian city has to offer.

Cristy’s fascination with human anatomy has fueled her educational endeavours, which lead her to certification in ATSI in Seattle Washington in 2011, followed by her advanced certification in Maine in 2014. She also trained and certified in Neuro-functional Acupuncture in 2015 at McMaster University, has joined Tom and her colleagues for 2 human anatomy dissections in Tempe, Arizona, and has extensive personal experience in natural bodybuilding, strength, and conditioning.

Teaching has always been something that she knew she would pursue. This past year Cristy traveled extensively assisting Anatomy trains teachers in Canada, USA, New Zealand, and Australia. Cristy hopes to continue to inspire the next generation of bodywork and movement professionals, teaching the Anatomy Trains Structural Essentials in Canada, and abroad, when the opportunity presents.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman.