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New material for 2013

This forms part of the new modular format training in Structural Bodywork
Latest findings from fascial research, current thinking in biomechanics, functional training into the tried and tested  AT concepts as developed by Tom Myers


Course dates 
 Friday 20th – Saturday 21st September 2013
Fee: £275 (Non-refundable deposit – £125)
Times: 9am – 5pm
 Venue: The Bond Company, Birmingham UK
 Teacher: Michael Watson


For further information or a booking form contact pauline@simplyholistictherapies.co.uk



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Learn about the myofascial tissue and its role in the body, see it in context and how it is interdependent with the other body systems. From there we begin to see how the body incorporates the Anatomy Train Lines to create easy and graceful movement – provided they are in some form of balance and harmony; restriction or weakness in one can have many knock effects.
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to the first four main lines – Superficial Front and Back, Lateral and Spiral. For each of the lines we will teach you a range of movement assessments and learn the basics of Fascial Release Technique.
This is the first workshop to combine Anatomy Trains theory alongside structural and functional anatomy and analysis, blending together the concepts of tensegrity with elastic recoil for movement efficiency. We will address differential diagnosis to help identify for motor control or soft tissue restrictions and where they may be coming from.
This is an exciting and fun workshop delivered with clarity and with your practice in mind – you will have useful and usable skills by the end of the two days.
  • Introduce the AT lines in static posture and introduces functional movement assessment.
  • Understand many of the roles of the fascial tissues in the body
  • Introduce Tom Myers’ unique style of BodyReading, letting you clearly see skeletal relationships using the vocabulary of Bend, Tilt, Shift, and Rotate.
  • To be able to see and understand the distal influences through the body – how does the shoulder relate to the opposite foot? – and why we need to assess the whole body if we are to make a lasting change
  • Learn to accurately palpate fascial areas through feeling different qualities of tissue
  • BodyReading areas in detail, making you ready to explore the body through the FRSB series
  • Movement analysis will be utilised to further aid the vision of the fascial layers gliding.
  • To relate global and local tensegrity – expresses versus locals – AT lines versus single muscles – and to understand the necessity of balancing locally as well as the overall posture.
This will relate to the forthcoming FRSB series of regional workshops that will follow the locals more closely.
Learning Environment:
  • Illustrated lecture
  • Open inquiry atmosphere; questions encouraged; high degree of vitality and humour
  • Participants will exchange palpation and practice BodyReading (visual assessment) on one another under supervised analysis of instructor and assistants.
Much more research will be referenced showing the roles of fascia in the body, making this an up to date and highly effective skill-building workshop.
For further information or a booking form contact pauline@simplyholistictherapies.co.uk



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Teacher – Michael Watson 

Michael Watson’s journey of self-discovery has led him around the world, teaching and sharing his passion for anatomy and alternative modalities of exercise and therapy.  Beyond yoga, Pilates and KMI teaching certifications, Michael leads advanced training programs, retreats and clinics worldwide.  He has worked with athletes with disabilities at the Paralympic level of training and continues to develop ideas that bring an integrated approach to health, movement and wellness. As a certified teacher of Yoga, Pilates, KMI Structural Integration and with a degree in Sports science, Michael brings an in depth awareness to his clients based on a strong understanding of anatomy, the body and its function.
A proud father of 3 home birthed children; Michael is also a natural birth advocate and works progressively in his home base of Bermuda alongside his wife in bringing awareness to birth and reforming birth options for women.


CPD Workshop – WAYFORWARD – Willem Fourie March 2013



Understanding our Connective Tissue System

Complaints after Breast Cancer Treatment

 Date: Friday 8th – Sunday 10th March 2013

Venue: The Meridian Centre, Birmingham UK

Times: 9am – 5pm

Teacher: Willem Fourie PT, MSc ©

Background of level of evidence on which the course is based:

This course is based on detailed dissections and study of the functional and integrated fascial anatomy of the shoulder girdle. Various manual therapy techniques, fascial, viscerofascial and myofascial release techniques were used and modified to accommodate the new understanding of applied anatomy and the role played by connective tissue in function. The clinical approach has largely evolved from integrating work from Francine St George (Australia), Stuart Robertson (United Kingdom), Tom Myers (United States) and Luigi and Carla Stecco (Italy). 

Course objectives:

This workshop is to introduce the participant to the connective tissue and fascial systems and its role in normal function.  A further aim is sharing how dysfunction and pathology may develop by interference within this system.   By understanding how various systems interlink to determine function, integrated treatment strategies are introduced.  Participants will develop skills for evaluating and treating of individual patients using an integrated approach.

Elements and subjects to be covered during the course:

1.     Body design:

All structures are involved in movement quality.  Seeing the body as a pre-stressed “biotensegrity” for musculoskeletal function is described. This expands the view of linear biomechanics to explain movement into a more realistic view of the body functioning as a non-linear system where small changes can produce a disproportionately large output.

 2.     Connective tissue:

It is further aimed at bringing connective tissue and fascia as a microscopic subject into the macroscopic domain.  The fascial system as a living tissue constituting our “organ of form” that can be assessed, moved and manipulated. Aspects covered in the workshop: 

a)    The structure and classification of connective tissue.

b)    Vessels and nerves of connective tissue where its roles in fluid transfer, proprioception and sensation are highlighted. 

c)     Connective tissue architecture. Design differences on a macroscopic level in different parts of the body with special reference to function and movement quality.

d)    Different fascial layers encountered therapeutically i.e. skin/epidermis, superficial fascia/hypodermis, deep fascia and myofascia are explained and evaluated.    

e)    Functions and roles of connective tissue and fascia.   

f)      Physiological changes due to injury, immobilization and scarring.

g)    Wound healing and how tissue responds to manual therapy during all stages of healing.  

 3.     Contributors to dysfunction:

How a “local” tissue dysfunction (loss of tissue mobility) can contribute to a “global” body response (changed movement patterns) is looked at.   

 4.     Manual assessment and treatment of the connective tissue:

The principles of fascial assessment and treatment are explained, demonstrated and practiced.  A grading classification of the depth of touch and palpation of tissue is introduced.   

 The palpation for tissue mobility, flexibility and glide are carefully demonstrated and practiced within the group. The participants learn to identify the extent, quality direction and depth of compromised tissue mobility.  

 5.      Complaints after Breast Cancer Treatment:

Dysfunction (lymphoedema, restricted movements and weakness) as well as pain syndromes after the treatment for primary breast cancer are fully explained.  Details of surgical and reconstructive procedures are given and demonstrated.  The detailed post breast cancer knowledge is then used to formulate an individualised assessment and treatment plan for every patient and stage of recovery. 

After this workshop, participants should have a clearer understanding of:

  • The functional anatomy and biomechanics of the upper quarter.
  • The structure of connective tissue, its classification, and its role in normal musculoskeletal function. 
  • How this system is damaged by trauma, surgery, overuse, or habit, and ultimately the body’s postural responses leading to later complaints – even in non-related areas of the body.
  • How to evaluate the connective tissue/fascial system.
  • How all the above guides you, the therapist, through the most appropriate personalized treatment strategy for every individual patient.

 The workshop will be an intense mix of theory and practical work, and will therefore only allow a limited number of participants.

As places are limited for more information email pauline@simplyholistictherapies.co.uk,

 Willem Fourie


CPD Workshop – Anatomy Trains® FRSB – Nov 2013

Anatomy Trains®

Fascial Release for Structural Balance (FRSB)


‘Arches & Legs’

“Fantastic for improving athletic performance, for ankle and knee injury rehab ideas, and for applying novel treatment strategies for complex patients”


<<< Last Few Places still available >>>



Date: 22nd, 23rd & 24th November 2013
Full Fee – £360
Venue: The Bond Company, Birmingham UK
Times: 9am – 5pm


Teacher: James Earls


For further information or a booking form contact pauline@simplyholistictherapies.co.uk 


The Fascial Release for Structural Balance (FRSB) is a set of intensive soft-tissue technique courses – based on the book of the same name – divided into functional regions. Each course thoroughly conveys 15 – 20 technique ‘templates’, designed for versatile application for the different patterns your clients bring to you.

Each class includes:
• Relevant anatomy for the area – short intensive and integrated presentations assemble the best figures from multiple sources, including brand new learning tools such as video of fascial dissections and palpation of the relevant structures to convey the information in an inspiring and understandable fashion.
• BodyReading (visual assessment) – the common postural and movement implications – how to see and ‘read’ them in the intricacy of individual patterns
 • Fascial Release Techniques – each technique is fully laid out for intent and ‘feel’, with plenty of time for practice, ensuring that you can apply these methods immediately in your practice.
 Arches and the Legs
Underpinning all of our structure is the foot’s interaction with the ground, imbalances here clearly have consequences further up the body. Effective arch balance can be essential for easy and graceful walking, pelvic stability, low back efficiency and even head and neck support. The feet and legs are literally the foundation for the rest of our structure and this workshop will analyse the bones of the feet and how they conspire to help or hinder the arches. We will look at the forces coming from the leg muscles and create strategies to help maintain better mechanics by dealing with myofascial restrictions and imbalances.
1. This course focuses on good foot and leg support through: The 3 (or 4) arches of the foot, how they act in walking and standing, and
 2. The balance of support the arches receive from the long muscles of the calf, and
 3. Unwinding rotational compensations in the foot, the tibia-fibula complex and the knee.
The Knee and Thigh
A complicated hinge in the middle of two long levers is perhaps not the best of designs – but this “elbow designed by committee” is an excellent work of engineering. The knee joint mediates forces coming down from the hip and up from the foot and still allows a wide range of movement in all but the frontal plane.
 1. How to differentiate your analysis of the foot and legs from the rest of the mechanical chain, giving an accurate reading of their skeletal relationships
 2. How to assess and then provide good foot and leg support through the three (or four) arches of  the foot
 3. How the arches act in walking and standing and their relationship to the pelvis and the AT lines
 4. How to balance the support the arches receive from the long muscles of the calf
 5. Effective strategies to unwind rotational compensations in the foot, the tibia-fibula complex and the knee.
 6. Learn how the structures of the knee and thigh co-operate to achieve this and learn to recognize some of the structural dysfunctions that can occur.
 7. BodyRead the various imbalances which can occur
 8. Learn to balance the very common rotation patterns at the knee
For further information or a booking form contact pauline@simplyholistictherapies.co.uk 
James Earls

James Earls – Teacher

 James Earls is a writer, lecturer and bodyworker specialising in Myofascial Release and Structural Integration.
Increasing the understanding and practice of manual therapy has been a passion of James’ since he first started practicing bodywork over 20 years ago. Throughout his career James has travelled widely to learn from the best educators in his field, including Thomas Myers, developer of the Anatomy Trains concept. James and Tom founded Kinesis UK, which co-ordinates Anatomy Trains and Kinesis Myofascial Integration training throughout Europe, and together they authored ‘Fascial Release for Structural Balance,’ the definitive guide to the assessment and manipulation of fascial patterns.


James teaches a range of courses across the UK and Europe as the Director of Kinesis UK, and is also a regular lecturer at conferences and workshops around the world. Renowned for his relaxed and humorous style, James is a popular presenter whose subject is applicable for a wide-ranging audience that includes osteopaths, physiotherapists, massage therapists and movement therapists, and is in demand from the Sports Medicine departments of Premiership Football and Premier League Rugby teams.


James has collaborated with some of the top researchers in bodywork and fascial theory including Art Riggs and Robert Schleip, and is now involved in a number of projects involving research into fascia, movement and treatment modalities. He is also the founder and Director of Ultimate Massage Solutions, one of the UK’s most prestigious providers of professional literature and workshops in the bodywork field.

CPD Workshop – Anatomy Trains® for 2012

CPD Workshops for

Complementary Therapists/Practitioners


Anatomy Trains®

Myofascial Meridians
for Manual Therapists
Dates to be advised for 2013  Birmingham UK
Times:  9am – 5pm
Teacher: Mike Doxey
 Assistants: Marie Steadman
& Ron Coutts

One short course………..                                 Long lasting results for you!

Set your anatomy knowledge free! Thomas Myers’ Anatomy Trains® weekend intensives are holistic, fun and very useful. Completely transform your view of myofascial anatomy and expand your ability to assess your clients’ posture and movement.

Anatomy Trains is a revolutionary map for analyzing soft-tissue patterns, and developing strategies for unwinding these patterns via various forms of manual and movement intervention. The Anatomy Trains concept moves beyond mechanical “cause and affect” actions of muscles to the integrative relational connections of real-life functional movement.

Anatomy Trains offers skills that hands-on therapists, regardless of their modality, can use to see their clients more clearly and work more effectively.

Workshop Format: The workshop is split into roughly equal time on 1) lecture/presentation of the concepts and the lines, 2) BodyReading™ and postural  analysis, and 3) fascial plane and myofascial plane techniques from Tom’s KMI Structural Integration and movement education library.

This course helps you:

  • BodyRead your client’s postural and movement patterns with greater accuracy and integration.
  • Gain access to effective treatment strategies for resolving postural distortions, which may occur some distance from the obvious site of pain or limitation.
  • Enable you to make distinct changes in your clients’ structure in a few short moves.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand basic properties and connected nature of fascia, and tensegrity applied to fascia and human movement.
  • A succinct and relevant introduction to geometry/character of the connective tissue, and the topology of fascial planes
  • Be able to identify and trace the 6 major and 6 supplemental fascial meridians along which movement, tension, and postural distortion travel
  • Be able to BodyRead™ postural patterns based on analysis of Anatomy Trains lines
  • Apply knowledge to construct a bodywork session appropriate for the specific pattern of each client.
  • This course also serves as a prerequisite for entry in the KMI 500-hour Certification Training.

Learning Environment:

  • Illustrated lecture
  • Open inquiry atmosphere; questions encouraged; high degree of vitality and humour
  • Participants will exchange palpation and practice BodyReading (visual assessment) on one another under supervised analysis of instructor and assistants.

 For further details or if you wish to be added to our waiting list for 2013 contact pauline@simplyholistictherapies.co.uk


The movement of the human body is something that Mike has been passionate about since childhood. Mike comes to this form of bodywork with extensive experience as fitness professional and Body Controlled Pilates teacher. He has been in private practice since 1990. Through his background in professional football, cycling, triathlon, yoga and Pilates, Mike has developed his natural intuitive awareness & understanding of the workings and movement of the human body.

Fascinated by the integration of movement and manual therapy, Mike studied with Tom Myers, and having completed his KMI training, has expanded his one to one practice. With his work as a Pilates teacher, he has found that incorporating structural integration, and particularly the KMI approach, has completely changed how he looks at the body, making the two arts very powerful in enabling the individual to make optimum use of their body. Michael’s practice is based in London & Brighton.

For more information about Anatomy Trains and Myofascial work visit – www.anatomytrains.com.




Marie Steadman has been a practicing massage therapist in Leicestershire for the past 17 years, starting in Aromatherapy and in later years predominately Sports massage. She graduated in Structural Integrationfrom KMI in 2010, then subsequently in 2011 went on to take KMI Teacher Training and now is working towards becoming a Certified KMI Teacher. 



A practicing therapist for about 17 years. Ron has absorbed and mastered the techniques of Massage, Manipulative Therapy, Sports Therapy and Electrotherapy and Structural Integration. A large amount of Ron’s work is associated with assisting and rehabilitating sports people, but clients come from all walks of life. Ron enthusiastically engages is self development and encourages the same of his practice colleagues. “It is really important that the therapist is as good as he can be, the patient deserves it!” Ron has a broad spectrum of interests including: Anatomy, fishing, singing and almost any sport!






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CPD Workshops in Birmingham (UK) 2017

Simply Holistic Therapies is a small independent host located in Birmingham, West Midlands (UK), and has been working in partnership with key training providers such as Anatomy Trains and Willem Fourie of Wayforward since 2012. Co-ordinating and organising CPD (Continuing Professional Development) workshops with a focus on working with fascia/connective tissue.

Over the years I have been pleased to welcome many international participants, in addition to those from the UK.

CPD workshops are a great opportunity for qualified practitioners to further explore the world of fascia and myofascial connections. Enhancing your existing knowledge and skills by reviewing aspects of anatomy, physiology and pathology, conducting  detailed patient assessments/evaluations, plus learning new and effective hands-on treatment strategies, all adding a new dimension to your therapy practice.

 The photos below are from previous Birmingham (UK) courses I’ve hosted – (Photos are Copyright)


A fantastic 4 days * Body reading excellent & beneficial * Inspirational, useful techniques to apply


Great course * I’m inspired to learn more about structural & functional anatomy * Thumbs up!

It has been an eye opening course * Excellent venue & organisation





We are pleased to welcome back Michael Watson who will be teaching the following workshops:
Anatomy Trains in Structure and Function 
(formerly known as ATI & ATII)
Dates: Thursday 20th – Sunday 23rd July 2017
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For course booking details contact Pauline Miller – CPD Co-ordinator via:
Email: pauline@simplyholistictherapies.co.uk or Mobile: 07805092328