The Secret Life of Fascia with John Wilks


Seminar for Bowen Practitioners CPD Course

Dates and Venues:  Sherborne, UK, 28 & 29 September 2019

Cost: £240.00

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This course will also be run in Belgrade, Serbia on 16 & 17 October 2019. Please contact for more details.

This workshop will explore the various receptors found in fascia and other forms of connective tissue. The workshop will explain how these different receptors respond to the different types of touch (ie speed, depth of pressure etc) that are used in various Bowen moves and how the practitioner can use Bowen moves to achieve specific effects. The workshop will include practical and theory and will look at the science behind working with different levels of touch in acute and chronic conditions. It will also look at the difference between medial and lateral moves to obtain specific effects with a variety of different clients and conditions.

This course concentrates on encouraging an increased sensitivity to responses during treatment, and an understanding of what those responses mean in terms of treatment possibilities.

The workshop will cover:

  • Presentation on recent research in relation to fascia as a sensory organ

  • The concept of ‘fascial recoil’ in relation to movement and practical on observation

  • A look at what receptors are involved in the basic bowen move and how we can accentuate its effect on the autonomic nervous system

  • The role of myofibrolasts and how they are affected by stress and accidents. The importance of pH balance and how myofibroblasts are affected by this and Bowen work

  • Explanation of fascial drag and factors which affect the fluidic nature of fascia (ie fixotrophia, scar tissue, environmental and ergonomic factors)

  • Organising factors in fascial drag – practical exercise in palpating these and how this can be interpreted in terms of treatment approaches (ie choosing the right procedures)

  • Exploration of other sensory nerves accessed in Bowen work (muscle spindles, Golgi receptors) etc and the importance of working close to origin and insertions when working on tendons

  • Other mechanoreceptors in the fascia that are responsive to light touch or rapid pressure changes and an exploration of which Bowen moves affect these

  • What responses mean in the body and how their understanding can enhance our practice

  • Presentation on the difference between medial and lateral moves and why they affect the body differently. A look at how fluids in the body and in nature respond differently to centrifugal and centripetal forces

  • Working with Chronic pain and the need for light touch. A look at the receptors involved and the degree of pressure needed. A look at nerve supply to the aponeuroses specifically

  • The effect of accidents, trauma and operations on fascia