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.

We look forward to welcoming you to our one-day event focusing on The Fascial Foot.

Featuring our presenters:

John Sharkey MSc, Elizabeth Larkam, Phillip Beach DO, Dr. Wilbour Kelsick DC, BSc, FRCCSS(C), FCCRS(C), Rachel Tudor

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Four leading speakers from the world of fascia share their latest research, insight and provide live demonstrations on this fascinating topic; spend a day with John Sharkey, Elizabeth Larkam, Phillip Beach, Wilbour Kelsick.A somatic awareness session with innovative movement teacher Rachel Tudor takes you into engagement with your own feet to lead you to a deeper self-sensing, informing both your practice and your self-care.

We know that some may not be able to watch the whole event live so the videos will be available to be viewed for three weeks post the event, until Sunday 30th May 2021.

See below for the full agenda.

John Sharkey, Clinical Anatomist MSc:

John Sharkey is an international educator, author and authority in the areas of Clinical Anatomy, Exercise Science, human movement and the manual treatment of chronic pain. John is a graduate of the University of Dundee, University of Liverpool and University of Chester. He completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies in the areas of exercise physiology, clinical anatomy and holds post-graduate qualifications in education. He is currently a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences, University of Chester/NTC, Dublin and is the programme leader of the Biotensegrity focused full body Thiel soft fix cadaver dissection courses held at the department of anatomy and human identification, Dundee University, Scotland. John also offers dissection courses across the globe.

Lecture title: The Fascial Foot - How tensegrity architecture, hierarchy and 'fascia tuning pegs' impact whole body strategies

This bespoke presentation is delivered by Clinical Anatomist John Sharkey MSc, combining fascia and tensegrity science to support your learning and appreciation of the concept of “Fasciategrity” so that you can help your patients/clients to move and feel better. Avison and Sharkey were the first to coin the phrase, which is not a true noun, to help movement and manual therapists to understand, appreciate and integrate the science of fascia, in a meaningful way, into their practice. Combining fascia and tensegrity science results in “Fasciategrity”. In this short presentation, John provides easy to follow explanations supported by visually powerful cadaveric images in conjunction with detailed anatomical models and plastinated specimens ensuring each individual has an exceptional educational experience sure to raise your understanding of fascia and tensegrity in practice.

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Elizabeth Larkam, National Certified Pilates Teacher

Elizabeth is a pioneer of the Pilates Method Alliance® initiative Heroes in Motion® (2012). She was awarded the Medal of the Danish Society of Military Medicine (2010) in recognition of her efforts to improve the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers. As a Dance medicine Pilates Specialist at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco (1985-1999), Elizabeth developed, instructed and documented Pilates programs for orthopaedic, spine and chronic pain diagnoses. As Director of Pilates & Beyond for Western Athletic Clubs (1999-2009) she collaborated in the creation of the internationally acclaimed Mind & Body Center.

Elizabeth authored the book Fascia in Motion: Fascia-focused movement for Pilates (Handspring, September 2017) and the Pilates chapter for the book Fascia in Sport and Movement (Handspring, 2015, second edition 2021). She is co-editor of the book in preparation, Pilates Applications for Health Conditions: Case Reports and Perspectives (Handspring, 2021). Elizabeth is a Feldenkrais® practitioner and a Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® instructor. She has created and filmed 50 programs on Pilates Anytime and ten on fusionpilatesedu.com. She is a Balanced Body Master Instructor and Mentor.

Elizabeth has participated in eight dissection courses taught by master dissectors Professor Carla Stecco MD, Gill Hedley PhD, Todd Garcia and John Sharkey MSc. She taught the movement component of two dissection courses hosted by Tom Myers (2015, 2016) and one hosted by Balanced Body Pilates (2018). Elizabeth is a participant in the Fascial Net Plastination Project, sponsored by the Fascia Research Society at Guben Plastinarium.

Elizabeth is the host for the Handspring Publishing webinars ‘Moved to Learn!’ and ‘Pilates Applications for Health Conditions’(2020-2021). These monthly forums for movement educators and manual therapists feature interviews with Handspring authors. They are offered on a gratis basis in recognition of the importance of providing community support during the global pandemic.

Lecture title: Every Step You Take

Foot-focused movement sequences alternate with computer animations of embryological development and slides of fascia dissections to enrich your experience of articulate feet. Appreciate the significance of foot function in breathing, vision, balance and walking. Marvel at the fascial connectivity of your feet with every aspect of your neuromyofascial system and resonant fields. Please have on hand a mat, a wall or stable vertical surface, a sturdy stool and a stretch band. When seated on the stool your hips ought to be higher than your knees. The band or stretch material ought to be as wide as the length of your foot and as long as your outstretched arms, from one hand to the other. The movements may be practised while seated or in standing, with or without wall support. Bare feet are recommended. Non-slip socks may be used for warmth and comfort. These movement modules are designed for use in your personal practice and your work with clients.

Phillip Beach DO:

Phillip grew up in Australia, Nigeria, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. This poly-cultural perspective fostered a unique perspective on his areas of interest. After more than 20 years in London, he now lives in the beautiful city of Wellington, New Zealand.

Phillip’s book, Muscles and Meridians: The Manipulation of Shape (Elsevier 2010), breaks new conceptual ground in the realm of human movement. Firmly based in an understanding of evolutionary and developmental biology, this volume introduces the three core insights developed:

  • Contractile Fields
  • Archetypal Postures as an assessment methodology
  • How these two ideas may be applied to understanding the world’s oldest medical map.

Lecture title: Functional feet for a functional body

Phillip will look at the feet through three lenses:

The first lens is the evolutionary perspective. Our limbs are derived from the fins of a fish. Our piscine ancestors moved from an aquatic environment to a terrestrial environment so fins morphed into weight-bearing limbs. Our species then traded four points of contact with the terrain for two points of contact - our bipedal walking pattern. Feet are very important to us.

The second lens is the embryological perspective. This is not just an idea - we have all experienced this developmental cascade that starts with 4 small buds on our front/outside body wall. These buds quickly become large and powerful organs of mobility. Here lie secrets.

The third lens is the anthropological perspective. Phillip calls shoes “sensory deprivation chambers”. Feet need an information-rich environment to realise their full potential. Shoes help us avoid the sharp and unpleasant but there is a cost. Most of us walk and run in a clumsy manner.

Phillip will introduce simple postures that allow us to assess how well ‘tuned’ our legs and feet are.

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Dr. Wilbour Kelsick DC, BSc, FRCCSS(C), FCCRS(C)Sports Medicine & Rehabilitative Medicine

Dr. Kelsick is the founder and spiritual core of the MaxFit Movement Institute. He has been working as medical staff with the Canadian National and Olympic teams for over 26 years. Also served with the NHL, NBA and attended 10 Olympic Games as health practitioner. In addition, he has been a sports medicine consultant with Olympic athletes from USA, Africa, Caribbean, and Sweden to name a few. His education and experience position him perfectly for this role.

Wilbour's network of colleagues and friends, gathered in his more than 30 years as a healthcare practitioner, expands what he can offer. He received his B. Sc. in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University, and his Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Wilbour has written and published several articles, is a contributing author for a medical text and recent contributor to Fascia in Sports and Movement (Schleip-Handspring Publishing) and to the Australian Journal of Massage Therapy.

As founder of the “Teach Me to Run Workshop” (an internationally presented workshop on running technique, efficiency and injury prevention) he is passionate about the science of human movement. In addition, he is contributing lecturer internationally in his speciality of sports and rehabilitative medicine. In the past he sat on the editorial board of the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association (peer review journal).

His two specialties are sports medicine and rehabilitative medicine and is a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) and the College of Chiropractic Rehabilitative Sciences (Canada).

Lecture title: Stepping Down to Step Up : One of Nature’s gateways to human locomotion and our bioelectric self

The purpose of our feet is more than just to hold up our body. They are also the connection base of our bioelectric self to one of Nature’s largest batteries – the healing earth. We are designed to be in direct barefoot contact with the ground/earth, but industrialization and technological advancement have diminished that purpose considerably.

The complex foot architecture comprises 26 dense fascia (bone) structures in a soup of softer less dense fascia (muscle, ligaments, tendons) encasement. The unique qualities of the foot tissue construct allow it to be a rigid, force-bearing and absorbing or flexible (grabbing or holding) structure as necessary or as function dictates. Basically, it’s designed for variability in human mobility and other living survival functions.

This presentation will discuss the bio-movement (biomechanics) of the foot’s complex function and some of the common dysfunctions associated with human locomotion. The global correlation of such dysfunctions (perils) contributing to inefficient movement and hence injury to the lower and upper body regions will be discussed from a biotensegrity perspective.

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Rachel Tudor:

Rachel's vision is for everyone to be able to move effortlessly and find joy in the easy motion of their bodies. Her fascination with the body began at a young age as the daughter of a renowned cardiologist. She would spend hours pouring over her father's medical and dissection texts enthralled with the majesty of the human body.

Rachel has 30 years of experience as a movement professional teaching ballet, contemporary Pilates, fascia-focused and interdisciplinary movement.

Rachel is the owner of Tudor Pilates, a fascia and biotensegrity informed studio that has evolved into a movement ‘lab’ serving a wide range of clients from those with severe pathologies to those in elite athletics. In this nurturing and empathetic space, Rachel’s decades of experience with interdisciplinary movement and energy work come together to provide guidance for her students’ and clients’ well-being. Rachel has a profound respect for the beauty of all beings and our shared condition of being human.

Session title: Being Upright, the Human Condition

As human beings, we are designed to move through the world upright, supported by our feet.

We will gently explore variations on our upright stance and our shifts of weight, engaging with our feet and bringing awareness to their connection with the entire body.

Please have some floor space in front of a wall, with the wall area clear enough to place your hands on it both high and low.

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Terms and Conditions:

Terms and Conditions: All videos from this event will be recorded and available to watch until 30 May 2021. In the case of the 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.