Welcome to The Fascia Hub

The British Fascia Symposium (BFS) Online 2020 was a fabulous, five day event as we took not only the lectures but the movement classes, the Move that Fascia mobilising sessions and the clinical approach workshops online for the first time. Not only did we deliver what many of you described as an incredible virtual experience, but what we have learned has provided us with a change of direction and focus.

The first thing you will notice is that we have a new brand – The Fascia Hub. Don’t worry, the BFS will be back as planned in late Spring 2022 but, in the meantime, we have many more superb events lined up for you.

The Fascia Hub will build on all the good things from BFS and bring together the community of those who work within the world of fascia. We plan to provide you with up to date research, knowledge, and workshops, both online and live. Our speakers will all be industry leaders in their field, delighted to be sharing their knowledge and helping to inform your practice.

Saturday 16th January 2021: The Fascial Heart online event brings together three leaders in their field:

Featuring our presenters:

Gil Hedley Ph.D, Joanne Avison MSS, CMED, C-IAYT, Michael Shea Ph.D

The aspects of the heart covered in this event are myriad, from anatomy to self-assembly, from the felt sense to heart motion, from embryology to the macro and the micro..... let us take you on the ultimate exploration of this most subtle of organs...

Our tickets are sure to go quickly!  Early Bird prices are £35, valid until the 4th January, and thereafter £45.  For this, you will have access to these three quality presentations spread over 6 hours, 15:00 – 21:00 (UK time).  This includes a further three weeks of online access, so if you miss the actual day, you can still catch all the presentations.

Gil Hedley Ph.D

Lecture Title: On camera dissection of the pleura and pericardial tissues of the heart center

In his own, inimitable fashion, Gil will be talking us through the heart anatomy as he dissects and explores the heart. Gil is a much-loved and inspirational presenter who always manages to bring unusual insights to dissection and to anatomy.

Gil Hedley has been teaching integral anatomy in the dissection laboratory and at large to somanauts from all over the world and from a wide variety of disciplines and modalities since the mid-nineties. Gil is the producer of The Integral Anatomy Series, 4 feature-length videos documenting his whole body, whole-person approach to the human form. He has published a number of books and online courses, and hosts a great deal of free content on his "Somanaut" channel on Youtube and much more on his website:


Joanne Avison MSS, CMED, C-IAYT

Lecture title: The Heart of the Matter of Being Us

In this presentation, we will consider the heart-centred nature of our self-assembly and how this correlates with ancient wisdom and modern fascia science.

At the heart of the matter of being us, physically and psychosomatically, is that we self-assembled according to a pattern. While the general (as in genetic) pattern is species-specific, paradoxically, what makes us, all the same, is that every one of us is unique. Each one of us animated our (own) form into form according to our movement patterns and individual expressions of that genetic code, in a unique kinematic dance in space and time. Fascia is the organ of organisation; expressing our unique architecture as our archetypal morphology. As creatures essentially formed in soft matter, that architecture self-assembles according to the geometry, kinematics and genetic frequencies of living humans, being. That is distinct from the classical anatomical and biomechanical systems based on hard matter physics that we have relied upon historically to explain human motion. Recent research into the fascial matrix suggests that this fundamental and ubiquitous fabric is also the largest sensory organ of the body and responsible for our proprioception and haptic awareness. Essentially meaning “one’s own self-perception” this indicates that we are both self-assembling and self-aware on a multi-sensory and multi-dimensional basis.

We might see the heart as the conductor, orchestrating our inner and outer movements with both visible and invisible forces of life; from anatomy to archetypal patterns. At the macro- or micro-level, from muscles to molecules, our physical forms are shaped by (and in) the fascial matrix; morphologically unique to each one of us.

Joanne Avison is an author, advanced Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist and Structural Integration practitioner/teacher; she also has a master’s degree in Spiritual Sciences. Joanne’s fascination with fascia and human architecture led to membership of the Biotensegrity Interest Group, which pioneers how Biotensegrity distinguishes living movement and form. Joanne is passionate about the New Science of Body Architecture; the geometry of form and consciousness in animated beings. Her work includes writing the book Yoga: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement (Handspring, 2015) and presenting her ABC (Anatomy Basic Course) series worldwide, simplifying how fascia and Biotensegrity make sense of 21st-century anatomy for manual and movement professionals of all disciplines. Biotensegrity is complex, yet it is also the keystone to natural motion and self-organized structure. Joanne’s presentations weave the missing links between fascial anatomy and human health and performance, based in natural, biomotional integrity. www.joanneavison.com

Michael Shea Ph.D.

Lecture title: Cardioception and the Felt Sense of Vascularity, an Embryonic Perspective

The blood is liquid fascia and self-assembles the tubes it moves through. The heart is an organ of impedance showing its originality of slow growth. The arteries and veins in the periphery of the embryo connect to the heart at the centre of its body mandala. With ordered movement, remodelling and pruning of yesterday’s withering forms no longer needed, the developing vascular system must meet constantly shifting growth demands in every shape and structure of the body. Phenomenologically our embryo, current and past, achieves this by its attraction to quiescence at the cellular metabolic level and by the whole organism outforming biodynamically to the cosmos via exteroception and imagination. The felt sense of blood moving and heart beating leads our embryo on its path of discovering empathy and compassion. Is fascia the mediator of this balancing act of stillness and movement, informing and outforming?

Michael J. Shea received his Masters degree in Buddhist Psychology at Naropa University, and a doctorate in Somatic Psychology at The Union Institute. He taught human embryology in the pre & perinatal psychology doctoral programs at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. He was a consultant or member of numerous doctoral committees studying the phenomenology of prenatal life. He was an editor and wrote the Foreword and an Appendix to Prenatal Development and Parents’ Lived Experiences, How Early Events Shape Our Psychophysiology and Relationships by Ann Diamond Weinstein published by Norton. He is an editor and writing the Preface to Breathing, Mudras and Meridians, Direct Experience of Embodiment by Bill Harvey, forthcoming with Handspring. He is the author of five books on Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Volumes 1-5 and Myofascial Release Therapy with North Atlantic Books. He is in training to become a Buddhist chaplain at Upaya Institute in Santa Fe, NM.

He is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA). He is licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since 1976. He is a founding member of the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings (IABT) and was a founding board member of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (BCTA-NA). He makes his home in South Florida with his wife, Cathy where they grow mangos and papayas.

Information about his courses can be found on his website: sheaheart.com, or contact him at email: info@michaelsheateaching.com, by phone at 561.775-9912 or in writing at 13878 Oleander Ave., Juno Beach, FL 33408.

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All videos will be recorded and available to watch three weeks after the event. In the case of cancellation of this event, all payments will be refunded to the attendees. Should an attendee wish to cancel, we will not refund but will allow the transfer of the ticket to another name. Please email us with the full name and email address of the replacement. This exchange can only be offered until one week prior to the event, not thereafter.