A rare opportunity to fully dissect the human form. Led by Julian
Baker, one of the Europe's leading experts on connective tissue function
and dissection, this is a remarkable series of workshops. It will be open only to a small group of people at
each stage, allowing everyone to have plenty of hands-on experience.
The initial step into a dissecting lab can be a daunting experience but is never traumatic under Julian's gentle and supportive guidance. The first view of what we will be working on can be an intense moment, but nerves soon give way to awe and excitement. Julian has taught over 300 people in the dissection lab and no-one has ever regretted attending.
“Julian Baker is a remarkable clinician with the rare ability to convey his knowledge and excitement for what he does as a teacher, as well as the enthusiasm and persistence to back up what he shares with actual research. On top of that, he is willing to engage with the material of the whole human form at the deepest level. It is a pleasure both to work and study with him in the lab.” Gil Hedley, Ph.D., Producer, Integral Anatomy Series
During the courses we will drop down through the layers of the body exploring the integral tissues that define it. Participants will be able to fully engage with the guided dissection process, and will have the rare opportunity to dissect tissue.
The course will focus on functions and movement as a major part of this process. The layers will be examined and explored and the relationships between them studied. Each part of the course will be accompanied by explanations of the tissues we are looking at, with notes and diagrams, functional explanations and examples, allowing you to redefine your understanding of your own therapy and why it works.
You have the choice to attend a series of workshops and receive 10% discount if you book 3 or more. Or you may attend the weekend/s individually. Feel free to phone Caroline or Louise for a chat 01373 461812.
Saturday and Sunday 23 - 24 March 2013
Skin and superficial fascia
After introducing ourselves to the facility and the forms we will be working with, we start the process of removing the skin and studying the superficial fascia, the adipose layer, beneath. This is a vital weekend for body workers as these two layers represent the interface that we work on when treating.
We will then reflect the adipose layer to reveal the deep fascia, studying its connective nature and its differentiated relationship to muscle and adipose.
Saturday and Sunday 15 - 16 June 2013
Deep Fascia and Muscle. Where do the trains go?
We reflect the deep fascia to reveal muscle, dropping to the bony layer and examining whether our previous understanding of muscle matches what we see. We will find ways of creating continuity of muscular tissues through fascia and other connective tissues and determine how structures relate to each other.
Saturday and Sunday 5 - 6 October 2013
The Heart, Diaphragm, Kidneys, Liver and Viscera
We drop into the visceral layer through the peritoneal tissues and explore the connectivity and function of the fascia in creating a related structure from top to bottom in these deep layers. A challenging weekend for some, the visceral layer is a step away from the areas that a lot of therapists relate to. Yet familiarity with this region is vital to the understanding of the physical responses we see during treatment sessions. This is where it all happens! How we feel and where we feel from has deep roots in this layer.
Saturday and Sunday 30 November - 1 December 2013
Spinal and Cranial Fascia. The Spinal Cord and Brain
How, if at all, does mechanical function or posture affect the brain and spinal cord? We will examine the fascia of the spine, front and back, its deep muscular make-up and the implications for normal body-wide communication and function.
We will explore the cranium and open the skull to examine fascia-like tissues in the brain and dura. Deep fascial tissue is a densely arranged structure and impacts widely on functions such as respiration and digestion and will be explored during this workshop.
The course will be limited to 14 participants. Cost £520 per weekend.
You have the choice to attend a series of workshops and receive 10%
discount if you book 3 or more. Or you may attend the weekend/s
individually. Feel free to phone Caroline or Louise for a chat 01373 461812.
has been running connective tissue dissections at Imperial College School of Medicine and St George’s School of Medicine for over five years. He has worked closely with Gil Hedley Ph.D, assisting him in his intensive six day integral anatomy workshops. An experienced body worker and teacher, Julian has been working with soft tissue therapy for over 20 years and lectures widely on body mechanics, fascia and connective tissue.
This course is designed specifically for hands on body workers and aims
to formulate an alternative view of traditional anatomy. The anatomy we
learn in books and in classes doesn't really relate to overall body
wide function and what we experience during hands on treatments. These
weekends will allow you the time to explore the tissues that you feel
every day and develop a different, holistic and connected view of the
body as a functioning unit.
University of St Andrew’s School of Medicine, Scotland. This
state-of-the-art facility has recently undergone a £40 million refit and
boasts some of the most advanced workshop space in the world.
The dissection lab is bright and well lit and has superb audio visual equipment which will assist us in our learning. Adjacent to the lab itself, there is a therapy suite where we will be able to translate our sessions into living palpation as part of each weekend.
The university campus is close to the town of St Andrew’s which is in a beautiful part of Scotland, on the coast and one hour from Edinburgh. www.st-andrews.ac.uk/visiting
The course will be limited to 14 participants. Cost £520 per weekend. A discount of 10% will be offered to participants who book in advance for 3 or more weekends.
“Seeing the bodies revealed in all their glory has given me even more respect and admiration for our bodies, and the way they function on a daily basis [and how they] heal when wounded. Seeing the beauty and interconnection of the fascial tissue has given me a whole new 'view' in my head when I treat. It has totally enhanced the way I treat and how I relate what I'm doing to the client during the session.” Juliette T
Click here to read Julian's journey into dissection
Dissection course with Gil Hedley PhD
22 - 27 July 2013
St Andrews, Scotland