Jaap van der Wal

Dr. Jaap van der Wal worked until 2012 as senior lecturer (Associate Professor) in Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Maastricht, Holland. He is now retired from university and dedicates himself completely to his project Embryo in Motion training in Phenomenological Embryology and Dynamic Morphology. Since his graduation as a medical doctor (1973) he has become an anatomist-embryologist and specialized primarily in the functional anatomy of the locomotor system. In 1998 he graduated as an MD in this field with a dissertation on a ‘trans-anatomical’ view of human propriocepsis (sense of posture and locomotion). To read more about Jaap van der Wal please visit:

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FASCIA, FABRICA OR FABRIC – On the Origin of Fascia

Preeminent embryologist Jaap van der Wal, MD, PhD, discusses the intersections between biotensegrity, embryology and fascia. Former associate professor in Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Maastricht, Holland, and a teacher of courses in Philosophy of Science and Medical Anthropology, Dr. van der Wal now devotes his energy to teaching Embryosophy with his worldwide project “Embryo in Motion”.

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De Humani Corporis Fabrica – Fascia as the Fabric of the body

In this essay the author will also have to address the matter of How to Define Fascia. He will approach the issue from the two domains of science he stands for: anatomy and embryology. And he will do so applying the phenomenological approach which he has been able to learn during his decennia long experience as a teacher in dynamic morphology and embryology.

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The Architecture of the Connective Tissue in the Musculoskeletal System—An Often Overlooked Functional Parameter as to Proprioception in the Locomotor Apparatus

The architecture of the connective tissue, in- cluding structures such as fasciae, sheaths, and membranes, is more important for understand- ing functional meaning than is more traditional anatomy, whose anatomical dissection method neglects and denies the continuity of the connective tissue as integrating matrix of the body.


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