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* RESEARCH and CASE STUDY POSTERS finalised - here's a taster!


  Part 2 of Joanne Avison's Biotensegrity series


Dear christian

We're getting very close now to BFS 16 - after a long, long wait!  Here at HQ it's non-stop!

Nearly all the exhibitors' stands have been filled - just a few left if you have a business/ school/ project you want to promote to dedicated therapists - the kind who spend weekends at conferences just to learn, network, develop themselves and make themselves the best therapists they can be.  Contact Jacqueline Bristow ( for stands, or if you would like to advertise in the delegates' manual. 

If you haven't booked your place at BFS 16 yet, here's the link.  We still have a few tickets available at £50 off the full price so book now!  That way you stand more of a chance of getting some free, hands-on, fascia training with an expert of your choice - just make your selection when you book, under the Saturday afternoon workshop/specialist lectures option.

If you're looking to share information/cost etc on travel and accommodation, sign up to the BFS Delegates' Forum when you book - if you've missed doing so, just email and we'll send you the link.

Research and Case Study Posters
Our new venture this year, and we have been inundated by applicants!  The number has finally been whittled down by our Poster sub-committee: Susan Findlay, Sue Adstrum and Ruth Duncan. Here's a taster of what will be on offer:

1.  Christian Courraud  PhD, PT, MR
Christian Courraud directs training in Fasciatherapy Danis Bois Method in France.  He has been training physiotherapists and osteopaths in France and Europe for 20 years, particularly its application in the field of sport, the pathologies of the muskuloskeletal system, the treatment of stress and therapeutic education. He is a member of the scientific committee of the CERAP research laboratory at Fernando Pessoa University in Porto (Portugal).
Physiotherapist, he has since developed the applications of Fasciatherapy DBM to the field of sports, and has specialized in the study of the psychotonic dimensions of Fasciatherapy DBM touch. He has participated in numerous conferences and communications, and is a published author. He is a PhD in Social Sciences in the field of psychology and his thesis is about the identity changes among the practioner applying the DBM fasciatherapy.
DBM fasciatherapy and pain: the practitioners' perspective
Courraud C. *, Lieutaud A. *, Dupuis C. *, Bois D. *
*CERAP, Universidad Pessoa, Porto.
DBM fasciatherapy is a soft tissue manual therapy, and a body/mind integrated approach. This study surveyed French physiotherapists and showed that DBM fasciatherapy improves physiotherapists' effectiveness on pain. They express a strong feeling of improvement of their effectiveness for both physical pain and mental suffering and improvement was the best for headaches, and back pain.

2. Christopher Gordon
Title: Interdisciplinary Fascia Therapy (IFT method) for Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP): An Examination of Therapy Process and Outcome at 18 Months
The CIT was founded in Stuttgart Germany by Christopher-Marc Gordon in 1990.
The Center for Integrative Therapy has now been specializing for 25 years in the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and stress ailments.
Since 2006 we have a leading clinical research team and are in affiliation with the Universities of Ulm, Tübingen, Memphis, California and the University of Palma de Mallorca
Particular emphasis is laid on the clinical treatment and research of Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP Care). Our aim is to develop a new understanding of CLBP through evidence based, objective validation, as well as developing new therapy solutions such as Myofascial Triggerpoint Release Osteopathy and HRV Training.

3. Ruth Duncan
A Case Study: discussing the use of myofascial release (MFR) as a manual therapy which was used to alleviate the pain and discomfort due to postoperative scarring and adhesions as a result of a mastectomy and breast reconstruction involving the transfer of the ipsilateral latissimus dorsi and abdominal tissue.

4. Kelly Clancy
Global changes with localized therapy implications for the biotensegrity treatment model.
Targeting ligaments in a therapeutic setting is a new way of addressing connective tissue tension patterns.  Utilizing the proprioceptive capabilities of ligaments, therapists can use traction to create a tension change locally and distally within the connective tissue system. The aim of using ligament stimulation within a Tensegrity Medicine™ framework is to restore a three dimensional balance of the biotensegrity system

A lot of very exciting research representing hundreds of hours of dedicated application.  The Posters will be displayed at the back of the auditorium, so can be visited at any time.  There will be set times when the Posters will be attended and you will be able to discuss them with their authors.  The best of the Posters will be presented on Saturday afternoon - choose this option when choosing your workshop/specialist lecture options on booking your Symposium ticket.

THIS SYMPOSIUM would not be able to exist without our sponsors and we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our three new sponsors:

The College of Bowen Studies:  Click here for website

TMG Concept: Click here for website

Trigger Point Pilates: Click here for website

Body in Harmony Training: Click here for website

We'd also like to thank Brooke Thomas of Liberated Body for her support: 
Liberated Body ( is a podcast talking with the thought leaders in the somatic fields about emerging new paradigms of the body.  Host Brooke Thomas interviews researchers, neuroscientists, surgeons, manual and movement therapists, anatomists and somatic experts from a number of other fields in order to build bridges between disciplines and to dive deeply into the wondrous universe that is the human body.

AND HERE'S YOUR FREE GIFT FROM  our sponsor CO-KINETIC!   Click here for website:
An article by JOANNE AVISON on Biotensegrity; a hot topic in the therapy world.
Joanne Avison KMI, E-RYT500 - as a CMED graduate, Joanne extensively studied human development and specialised in soft tissue and the links between archetypal behaviour and physiological patterns. Her studies also included Human Dissection and movement research in Fascial Fitness with Dr Robert Schleip. Joanne is a fully accredited Professional Structural Integrator (Kinesis Myofascial Integration School) and has taught at the KMI School of Structural Integration (Maine, USA) and also taught Anatomy Trains™ in the UK, pioneering its application to Movement Practitioners in Yoga, Pilates and professional sports, including English Premier League Soccer Clubs and golf professionals. Jo is an experience trainer of yoga teachers, holding E-RYT500 status and is the co-founder and director of the accredited Art of Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training School (AOCY). Joanne is author of Yoga: fascia, anatomy and movement (Handspring Publishing 2015) and currently teaches regular workshops and webinars around the world on Structural Anatomy, Biotensegrity and Fascial Fitness. See and for recent presentations.
Click here for part 2 of the Biotensegrity series


Biotensegrity Pre-Conference Day
Friday 24th June
For the first time in the United Kingdom we are bringing together the leading experts on the topics of fascia and Biotensegrity. Join Robert Schleip (live streamed), Jean-Claude Guimberteau, Joanne Avison, John Sharkey and a host of other leading experts and scientists for a special one day event focusing on Biotensegrity and fascia. The science of human anatomy is fast changing. The current focus on fascia is having a positive impact on movement and bodywork therapists and clinicians across the globe. This is turn is resulting in improved therapeutic results for patients and clients as we better understand the role of fascia in living anatomy. Biotensegrity adds to this knowledge with a new vision of human form and movement that has been received by scientists and therapists to great acclaim. Not only will you benefit from the educational experience with recognised world leaders you also get to network with your peers and encounter new ideas, new models and new techniques all in one amazing day. Get ahead of your competitors with the most up to date science based approaches and techniques.
We have literally packed a year’s worth of learning into one day. You simply cannot afford to miss this amazing educational event. Learn today. Teach tomorrow.  Click here to book.

Post-conference day – Monday 27th June
Coming in to Form with Gil Hedley PhD (see video below)

Gil Hedley is one of BFS 16's keynote speakers - don't miss him speaking on Saturday morning in the auditorium  and again in his specialist lecture on adhesions on Saturday afternoon - book the latter as your workshop option once you have booked your ticket to the Symposium.  Then stay over and spend Monday with him:

One day only £90. Free to those booking on Gil Hedley’s 10 day class.Gil’s one day is a really nice look at the whole of the human form from outside to in.Using a series of dissection slides as well as slides from nature and using examples that we can all readily relate to, Gil drops through and around the conventionally and less conventionally acknowledged layers of the body, exploring the anatomy, the fascia and the movement of these structures, how they relate to each other and what our own relationship with them is, as well as how societal beliefs and education influence our view and understanding of anatomy, our bodies and ourselves. He also addresses conventional vs integral anatomy and brings the physical form to a more holistic and practical awareness. It’s a very captivating and engaging day and Gil brings his own brand of gentle intellect and vibrant enthusiasm to his subject. Even those with no anatomy knowledge or special interest in bodywork will enjoy this journey into the human body, with an exceptional teacher as guide.The day runs from 9am-5pm with the usual breaks for refreshments and lunch.
For a trailer of this remarkable one day class, click here for Gil’s website
This is the only day of this class that Gil will give in 2016 anywhere in the world and is being offered as part of the British Fascia Symposium.To reserve a place, please contact Julian Baker on 07778 641171 or email

Post-conference day(s): Fascial Assessment & Treatment Strategies Using a Tensegrity Medicine™ Approach
With Kelly Clancy, OTR/L, CHT, LMP
27-28 June 2016  -  Bank House Hotel, Worcester, U.K.
9am - 5pm (option to do day 1, day 2 or both)

Kelly will be running a taster workshop on Saturday afternoon at the Symposium, then continuing on the Monday and Tuesday with these full length workshops:
This two-day fascial assessment and treatment workshop focuses on viewing common pathologies through the lens of a biotensegrity model. On the first day of class, students will learn to use myofascial testing to determine functional non-compensated range of motion and determine where treatment should be targeted. The second day of class will highlight treatment techniques, where students will learn ligament stimulation protocols for resetting tissue tension patterns. With the ability to test the fascial and muscular system, therapists can get to the source of the problem and balance the structure three-dimensionally with measurable, objective results.
Students can attend one or both days of this workshop.
Course Objectives:

  1. The student will learn to apply the latest understanding about fascia and biotensegrity and their role in commonly seen pathologies.
  2. The student will learn to objectively analyze and document postural limitations using Myofascial Testing.
  3. The student will understand the principle concepts of ligament stimulation as a means to changing connective tissue tension.
  4. Based on objective testing outcomes, the student will be able to select and demonstrate appropriate ligament stimulation procedures to reset abnormal tension patterns.
Cost: Day 1 or Day 2 only: £115; Both days: £220
FULL DETAILS on home page
Contact: John Wilks  Tel 07866 764 960

AND A GEM OF A VIDEO for those of you who haven't yet seen it!  Gil Hedley and Julian Baker talk about BFS 16, Gil's post-conference day and the dissection course:
 We look forward to seeing you at British Fascia Symposium 2016

with best wishes

The British Fascia Symposium Team

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