Biotensegrity, or tensegrity in biology, is described as the tensional network of the human form. It is an emerging field that raises new questions and insights into how this fascial connective tissue matrix is tensioned and how crucial that is to human structure. Biotensegrity is a compelling model that explains structure and motion in non-linear biologic forms such as the human body. The problem with many of the classical theories of biomechanics is that they are largely based on outmoded notions, such as the widely accepted idea that muscles act on the human limb joints as if they are levers. This article (Part 3 in a series on Biotensegrity) explains why it is a misconception that there are levers in biologic forms and proposes the idea of recognising closed kinematic chains as an alternative model of human anatomy and structure.
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Joanne Avison KMI, E-RYT500 is a CMED graduate, and has 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’s book YOGA: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement, published in 2015, has been highly regarded in a variety of bodywork fields for its clear explanations of how understanding Fascia and the concept of Biotensegrity, can be applied to help us (and our clients) move better; whatever type of discipline we teach.
Joanne currently teaches regular workshops and webinars around the world: See www.joanneavison.com and www.trainings.co.uk for eHealth Learning programmes.
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