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These are unique opportunities for students to engage in the actual dissection process in order to develop a greater understanding of connective tissue. You will be using scalpels to reflect and remove tissues, but also using hands to palpate. This is are incredibly rare opportunities led by Julian Baker, who is one of the UK's leading experts in fascial biomechanics, and is an experienced dissectionist, author and lecturer in this exciting new field of human understanding. His impressive understanding of the deep and superficial fascial layers is backed up with many years of hands-on treatment experience. His enthusiastic and humorous approach moves workshops along at a lively pace. All the information is backed up with detailed evidence-based research, whilst keeping focused on practical application.

Julian Baker presents more days of new and exciting subject matter.  In these workshops he is keen on following where the fascia and tissues lead him, by taking lengths of tissue and seeing how they connect, rather than in a determined way or along any so called “lines”. Whilst we will have a starting point, the end point might be different to where we thought we might end up, and the workshops will work around a series of questions and suggestions leading towards a hypothesis at the end of each session.

Participants will be encouraged to consider how they work in their clinics and bring their own understanding of bodywork to the dissection. What do you think you are touching?  Where do you think it connects from and to?  What do you think it does?  The whole basis of these explorations is going to be function and how the tissues link up with longer sections from top to bottom.  

The workshops will either confirm your learning and thought process or radically change the way you consider the body and your therapy. They are designed to act as a mirror to your own experience and show you another side to what you think you already know.  Participants will be able to fully engage with the guided dissection process.  The course is designed specifically for body workers and aims to formulate an alternative view of traditional anatomy from books which don't really relate to overall body function and what we experience during hands-on treatment. 

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Monday 1 July

ALL DAY (9.30am–4.30pm)

Introduction to fascia: Introduction to skin and adipose tissue and their relationship to layers of fascia and to get the feel of cutting. Dropping down further to start to appreciate how deep fascia creates a connection with all other structures. This will enable us to move from a regional anatomy model to an understanding of the connective nature of our structure. We will also examine how one muscle connects to another and the properties of fascia which is richly innervated and yet has huge plasticity. It is highly recommended that you attend this workshop before advancing onto the other dissection days, as you will gain a huge insight into how fascia connects with the rest of the body and the major role it plays when treating clients. There is an enormous amount of information to take in on all these days, and in order to fully benefit from the additional subject matter on subsequent courses, it cannot be stressed enough how this day is an essential introduction to the subject as a whole.

Tuesday 2 July

ALL DAY (9.30am–4.30pm)

The face and neck: an investigation into the effects of cosmetic acupuncture. The first ever opportunity for past students of cosmetic acupuncture with Acuregen to explore the possible effects of such treatment with the expertise of fascia expert, Julian Baker, together with a senior professor of anatomy.  It is our intention to take a close look at facial anatomy, including the location of structures such as lymph nodes, glands, arteries, neurology and so on.  This in context with our objective for continued safe practice and understanding what may be innervated by our acupuncture techniques that will be undertaken on the cadaver.  We will discuss the relationship with facial and upper body fascia and its relationship with the whole body (also as a communication system) and how we can resculpt ourselves.  We will include the role of auricular acupuncture for pain relief as well as its inclusion in facial enhancement with a discussion on the neurological relationship of the ear with the face/body in context with embryology.  We will discuss the use of and risks of Botox and fillers and their effects.  We hope to compare our concepts of treatment as an alternative including our use of intradermal needles and dermaroller for collagen induction and skin improvement including scars.   In particular expert opinion will be sought as to the effects of hyper and hypo movement of facial muscles in respect of sagging and concepts from other systems that focus on motor and muscle connection points.  We hope to also take a look at pathology such as TMJ and bell's palsy - also in context with acupuncture treatment ideas.  Amanda Shayle intends to write a paper covering discoveries from this unique experience and, in particular, begin to develop potential research questions.[Led by Julian Baker with Professor Ceri Davies]

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