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I just returned from Tempe, AZ where I attended a cadaver dissection class put on at the Laboratory for Anatomical Enlightenment. Todd Garcia runs the lab, and he is an amazing dissection teacher. Tom Myers, the founder of Kinesis (and KMI - Kinesis Myofascial Integration) and the author of "Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists"), was also there co-running the class. Both of them shared their knowledge and wonder with the students regarding the human form.

What an amazing experience! As one of fifty dissection students, we did all the work ourselves to uncover the body's structure and reveal all the wonders and information that it had to share. Most of the knowledge for me was in the actual practice of dissecting... during that process, I could see the fascial connections between muscle groups and see where they were more strongly held (and where they were more loosely held). Experiencing this in a way where you actually could separate them physically (as well as remove structures from the body entirely) was very helpful. This continued to yield new information each day.

Another fascinating bit of information gleaned from the class was how small or thin some structures were, yet how resilient. This was impressed on me especially by a few structures such as the trapezius muscle, the oblique muscles of the abdomen, and the IT (iliotibial) band. All of these were very thin structures, but provide great strength and support in the body. If you were to see them and know their strength, you would also be amazed!

One more area of study for me was the abdomen. i was interested in seeing how the organs organize themselves within the abdomen... and this was really neat to see! There were no attachments at the front of the abdomen, so all the viscera (i.e. organs) hang themselves from fascial attachments at the back or sides of the abdomen. The arrangement of the small intestine is really a work of art. Truly, the human body is beautiful inside and out.

This class dovetails nicely with the Bones class I have in two weeks. I look forward to seeing what I learn there, and will share some tid-bits afterward!

Cheers,

Mark Pearlscott LMP, BCSI, KMI
Licensed Massage Practitioner (License MA00012592)
Board Certified Structural Integrator
Kinesis Myofascial Integration
Treatment Massage - Seattle Massage Therapy and Structural Integration for Better Alignment, Injury Rehabilitation/Treatment, and Pain Relief
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Seattle, WA 98105
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All material copyright 1999 - 2017
by Mark Pearlscott and Treatment Massage.

Treatment Massage - The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic
4500 9th Avenue NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105
All material copyright 1999 - 2017
by Mark Pearlscott and Treatment Massage.

Treatment Massage - The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic
4500 9th Avenue NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105