Understanding the Feet in Function and Dysfunction – A Biotensegrity Point of View

The feet are the body’s first points of interaction with the ground. As such, feet have to deal with forces coming down from the body and coming back into them from the ground – all whilst encased in various strange and restricting footwear.

During this introduction to the form and function of the feet, we will look at the overall anatomy of the foot with an exploration of the interactions between bones, muscles and tendons – not with the usual textbook stories, but in context of the roles they all play together in real-life movement. We will explore the relationships between the feet and the rest of the body and why they should be one of the first areas to check when clients present with aches and pains – what should your feet do when you reach, lunge, or turn? How does your left foot connect to your right arm? What are the roles of the fascial tissues of the feet, how do they contribute to movement and stability and what can you do to assess and enhance their abilities?

By the end of the day, you will know exactly what to look for in your client and how to assess the foot’s adaptability. The day will be interactive, explorative and fun – be prepared to explore new areas, new strategies and new ideas.

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Who can attend – Movement and Manual Therapists.

Where – The Village Hotel Glasgow. See the events page for information on the Village Hotel, transport and parking.

Date – 9am – 5pm. Friday 21st June

Limited spaces – purchased as part of the 3-day Fascia in Focus Event. 20 spaces available only

Please wear comfortable clothing for this event.

Tea and Coffe provided – lunch available for purchase at the hotel. Please note you cannot bring your own food into the hotel premises. The hotel has a Starbucks and a Grill restaurant.

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More about James Earls

James Earls. BornToWalk.com

Based in the United Kingdom (UK), James Earls is a writer, lecturer and bodyworker, specialising in Myofascial Release and Structural Integration. In recent years he has concentrated on blending movement with manual therapy to create a new approach, ‘Active Fascial Release’.

Increasing the understanding and practice of manual therapy has been a passion of James’ since he first started practising bodywork over 25 years ago. Throughout his career, James has travelled widely to learn from the best educators in his field, including Thomas Myers, Art Riggs, and Gary Gray. James and Tom Myers authored Fascial Release for Structural Balance, a definitive guide to the assessment and manipulation of fascial patterns.

James’ vision of what manual therapy could look like in the 21st century led to the founding of Anatomy Trains UK and Ultimate Massage Solutions in the early 2000’s. With the growing demand for movement and manual therapy blends, James is now concentrating on finding new approaches to understanding how to apply movement and myofascial principles to bodywork.

Having helped build the reputation of Anatomy Trains for Tom Myers through the UK, Europe and worldwide, James now teaches a range of his own courses and is a regular lecturer at conferences and workshops around the globe. 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.

James has collaborated with some of the top researchers in bodywork and fascial theory, and has been involved in a number of projects involving research into fascia, movement and treatment modalities. James’ blend of movement and fascial understanding led to the publication of his well received “Born to Walk”, an introduction to the interconnected mechanics of the body.

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