Strolling Under The Skin: Living Fascia Explained
Tom Myers, Author of Anatomy Trains June 2010
Jean-Claude Guimberteau's film "Strolling Under the Skin" electrified the first Fascial Research Conference in Boston in 2007. It was the first time that living fascia in the body had been documented - and what images! Evoking morning dew, spiders' webs, trabeculae, patterns in ice, fire, and wind, these images of an adapting and infinitely adaptable fascial network brought forward a new image of the Extra Cellular Matrix.
This 25-minute video contains some of the most fascinating images of living fascia ever developed. Dr. Jean Claude Guimberteau is a plastic and hand surgeon who has been researching the 'sliding system' that allows the body’s fascial planes to move on each other. The beauty and excitement of this film is that it is living fascia in a living person, and so beautifully filmed that no one -- lay or practitioner -- can see this video unmoved. The sheer poetry of the images is enough, but you also learn how the collagen, ground substance, water and fat work together to make this 'sliding system' - the body's interconnected system of loose connective tissue.
In this evening's encounter, we will view the film with commentary by Tom Myers, who has visited with Dr. Guimberteau in his surgery in Bordeaux and has been offering the film (DVD) for sale in the U.S. with Dr Guimberteau's blessing. Tom's comments will fill in the blanks, explain the scientific concepts and terms, and shed light on the scientific implications of this film for soft tissue therapists. Tom will also share imagery from his own dissections and image collection of fascia and cellular interactions. There will be time for your questions.
Come see one of the most beautiful depictions of living fascia in action in the body, with Tom as a tour guide to the new anatomy. Copies of Dr. Guimberteau’s film and Tom’s fascial dissection films will be available at this event or you may order copies through Tom’s company, Kinesis, at www.anatomytrains.com.
Tom Myers is the world renowned author of Anatomy Trains (Elsevier 2001, 2009), and many, many articles of interest to manual and movement therapists of every persuasion. A student of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, Buckminster Fuller, Emilie Conrad, and numerous other teachers, Tom has practiced integrative bodywork for 35 years in a variety of cultural and clinical settings. Tom offers continuing education classes and professional certification in Structural Integration worldwide through his company, Kinesis, which lives with him on the coast of Maine.