This article discusses whether tensegrity or more specifically biotensegrity, which is explained as "tensegrity in biology" is changing our understanding of anatomy. The article is part of a special series published to coincide with the Biotensegrity Pre-Conference day which preceded the British Fascia Symposium 2016. It is part of a module of articles which can be found at the following link: Biotensegrity: concepts and practical applications for the manual therapist. Other articles in this series include: ‘Biotensegrity Part 1: Introduction to biotensegrity’; ‘Biotensegrity Part 2: Considering the role of fascia in the science of body architecture’; ‘Biotensegrity Part 3: Levers and pendulums’; ‘Dissecting the anatomy experience: a valuable learning tool’; ‘Function, form and fascia: What lies beneath?’; and ‘A new anatomy for the 21st century’.
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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.
John Sharkey BSc MSc, BACA BASES is a recognised author and authority on the topic of myofascial trigger points and the treatment of chronic pain. John holds master's degrees in clinical anatomy (BACA), exercise physiology (BASES) and is the programme leader of the masters degree in Neuromuscular Therapy accredited by the University of Chester.
John is a member of the Olympic Councils Medical and Science Team and runs a successful chronic pain clinic. An International presenter and keynote speaker John has proven to be a popular figure at conferences, workshops and masterclasses worldwide. He is a member of the editorial team Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT) and the BioTensegrity Interest Group (B.I.G) under the guidance of his mentor Dr Stephen Levin.
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