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Walpole, ME - The Embryo in Us: The Human Coming into Form
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 9:00 AM to Saturday, July 21, 2018, 5:00 PM EDT
Category: National CE Courses


July 18 - 21, 2018


Anatomy Trains Classroom
180 Clark's Cove RD
Walpole, ME 04573



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The Embryo in Us: The Human Coming into Form

Instructors: Jaap van der Wal with special guest Tom Myers

Organizational Host: Anatomy Trains

Credits:  28 Category 1 CEs

Course Description:

The workshop explores human prenatal development from conception forward. Learn how the shaping of the body (morphogenesis) expresses essential attributes of the development of the both the matter and the spirit of the human being. The scientific method of phenomenology creates a synthesis between modern embryology and holistic anthropology.

In Jaap’s seminars, Anatomy and Embryology come together in a real ‘Life’ science. As an anatomist, Jaap became an expert on the architecture of connective and muscular tissue and developed a holistic view on the functional regulation of our posture and locomotor system. In this course,9 you will see functional architecture as a whole, not just traditional musculoskeletal anatomy. Jaap’s phenomenological approach brings fascia to life as the “organ of innerness, biotensegrity, and wholeness”.

THE EMBRYO IN US. This seminar is for those who are interested in fascia, posture and the locomotive system, but also open to philosophical questions like: What moves us, actually? Am I “moved by” … (a brain e.g.) or do I move myself? And what is the difference? All in the frame of A.T. Still’s mantra: “Man is Mind, Motion, Matter.” Special guest Tom Myers will add in short, intermittent practical sessions of his view on and the result of his digestion of the presented ideas and concepts.

Instructor Bio: 

Jaap van der Wal, PhD, MD, was associate professor of Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Maastricht, Holland, until 2012. Nowadays he is full-time teaching seminars and workshops of Embryo in Motion around the world. In his 4-day workshops, Jaap finds science and religion, matter and spirit, macrocosm and microcosm, creation and evolution all meeting each other in the phenomenal process of becoming human. He teaches at institutes of Anthroposophy, Craniosacral Therapy, Osteopathy and Polarity Therapy around the world for practitioners as well as laymen.

Thomas Myers is the cartographer of Anatomy Trains (Elsevier, 2001, 2009, 2014), the co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance (North Atlantic, 2010, 2017), and the author of numerous chapters and journal articles that have been collected in the books Body3, The Anatomist's Corner, Structural Integration: Collected Articles, and BodyReading: Visual Assessment and The Anatomy Trains. He has also produced over 16 DVDs and various webinars, with several forthcoming, on BodyReading visual assessment, Fascial Release Technique, and the applications of fascial research to body training.

Tom and his faculty provide continuing education in Anatomy Trains and holistic myofascial strategies for a variety of movement and manual therapy professionals worldwide, as well as professional certification in Structural Integration based on the Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians. Tom studied directly with Drs. Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller. He has also studied with movement teachers Judith Aston, Emilie Conrad, and in the martial arts. His Structural Integration programme is influenced by cranial, visceral, and intrinsic movement studies with European schools of osteopathy.

An inveterate traveler, Tom has practiced integrative manual therapy for 40 years in a variety of clinical and cultural settings. He is a member of the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI) and a member of the Health Advisory Board for Equinox. A certified Touch-in-Parenting instructor, Tom retains a strong interest in perinatal issues relating to movement.
Tom lives, writes and sails on the coast of Maine.