Anatomy Trains Structural Essentials:
Head, Neck and Jaw
The neck is a remarkable feat of biomechanical engineering, giving a combination of wide range of movement but maintaining a structural strength. It is often seen as the last site of compensation as it corrects for any alteration from below allowing the eyes and ears to orient to the horizon. Patterns can of course work their way in the other direction and particularly from the jaw and its many possible patterns of movement and holding. This course will focus on key areas of the neck and jaw complex to allow you to build successful strategies to ease these potential problem areas alleviating the issues working in both directions and setting the body up for a longer lasting change.
Focal points, among others, include:
- The sub-occipital muscles
- The lamination grooves and deep cervical muscles
- The muscles at the front of the neck: anterior scalene and longus colli muscles
- Intraoral work for the hyoid complex, the tongue and the floor of the mouth
- The jaw muscles, TMJ, the palate & facial muscles
You must have completed Anatomy Trains in Structure & Function (ATSF) to participate in this course. Keep in mind, once you have completed ATSF, you are eligible to take all 6 Structural Essentials courses. These can be taken in any order, or as one intensive format in our ATSI Part 1 course. The 6 ATSE courses are:
- Arches & Legs
- Fans of the Hip
- Abdomen, Breath and Chest
- Tensegrity Spine
- Shoulders and Arms
- Head, Neck and Jaw
This course is accredited by both Stichting Keurmerk Fysiotherapie and Kwaliteitshuis Fysiotherapie (Vakinhoudelijk algemeen) for 15 points.
Meet your Teacher(s)
This course is will be taught by either Michael Watson or Don Thompson, depending on the date.
Preparation: Recommended Literature
This course is based on the myofascial meridians outlined in the book, "Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual Therapists and Movement Professionals" by Thomas Myers. We highly recommend reading this book before your course if you have not already.
The fascial release techniques you will learn in this course stem from the book, "Fascial Release for Structural Balance" by James Earls & Thomas Myers.
If you'd like more information about the concept of BodyReading, we recommend "BodyReading: Visual Assessment and the Anatomy Trains," by Thomas Myers.
This course is offered in:
View the course page to see all available dates and locations.
Language of Instruction
This course is taught in English. 🇬🇧
Once you have completed all 6 ATSE courses - either as 6 individual courses or 1 intensive format (ATSI part 1) - you are eligible to continue towards a Anatomy Trains Structural Integration Certification.
The next step in this journey is: Anatomy Trains Structural Strategies (Part II).
The final step is: Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (Part III).
Structural Integration Certification Map
Click here to learn more about the Anatomy Trains Structural Integration Certification Program.
- 08:30 - 09:00: Registration with coffee and tea
23 - 24 June 2023
- Michael Watson
15 points (Stichting Keurmerk Fysiotherapie)15 points (Kwaliteitshuis Fysiotherapie Vakinhoudelijk algemeen)