DISSECTION ANATOMY with Julian Baker & Nick Marcer

Sep 23, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019

5 day dissection class with Julian Baker and Nick Marcer



Workshop for 20 people.
Interview and advance payment has an impact on the order of entries.

Before booking please contact us for the interview and fill up below registration form: 


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Day 1 – Skin and superficial fascia
Day 2 – Deep fascia and muscles
Day 3 – Deep fascia and muscles
Day 4 – The heart, diaphragm, kidneys, liver and viscera
Day 5 – Spinal cord , brain and their fascia



After introducing ourselves to the facility and the forms we will be working with, we start the process of removing the skin and studying the superficial fascia, the adipose layer, beneath. This is a vital session for body workers as these two layers represent the interface that we work on when treating. The scalpel becomes dull when trying to remove skin from the underlying superficial layer, reluctant to loosen its grip. It takes a determined effort to be able to see what lies on the underside of the skin and begin to understand its relationship to the body. At the same time, it gives us the chance to develop the skills required with the scalpel that we will need later in the week. We will then reflect the adipose layer to reveal the deep fascia, studying its connective nature and its differentiated relationship to muscle and adipose.



This is the layer that so many people think about when referring to fascia. The white, strong fibrous bands of tissue that wrap around and in between muscle and even bone. We will find ways of creating continuity of muscular tissues through fascia and other connective tissues and determine how structures relate to each other.Here we can start to examine and question some of the statements that have arisen over the years surrounding fascia. Are there specific lines as suggested by the Anatomy Trains concept from Tom Myers? Can fascia be released, stretched or otherwise directly treated? These questions may not be answered fully, but at the very least this session will give us some more questions to add to the questions! Similarly the muscle layer has a lot of responsibility placed on it. Often our primary understanding and focus as physical therapists is on the muscles. Attachment, origin, insertion nerve of action and so on. How much of this still applies after the third day? Reconsider how we understand functional movement, what a muscle is or really looks like and how it relates to the other tissues we have already explored.



We drop into the visceral layer through the peritoneal tissues and explore the connectivity and function of the fascia in creating a related structure from top to bottom in these deep layers. A challenging session for some, the visceral layer is a step away from the areas that a lot of therapists relate to. Yet familiarity with this region is vital to the understanding of the physical responses we see during treatment sessions. Why would the intestinal area have anything to do with sports massage, functional movement, Bowen, or many other things. Understanding these areas became a vital component in understanding and appreciation of whole body function.



How, if at all, does mechanical function or posture affect the brain and spinal cord? We will examine the fascia of the spine, front and back, its deep muscular make-up and the implications for normal body-wide communication and function.We will explore the cranium and open the skull to examine fascia-like tissues in the brain and dura. Deep fascial tissue is a densely arranged structure and impacts widely on functions such as respiration and digestion and will be explored during today.

In addition to these areas, we will start to piece together the various elements that we have experienced through the week and try to maintain an understanding and appreciation of the whole system that is the human form.

Please note. Classes are only open to suitable health professionals who can demonstrate clear reasons for attendance. You will be asked to provide a CV showing experience, qualification and membership of professional bodies and for a personal statement of intent.

Cadavers are treated with Soft Surgical Embalm. Odourless method that allows normal tissue elasticity and at same time prevent decomposition.

Students are dissecting cadavers fully themselves – this is a dissection and not prosection classes. Students who have specific project to support their master or phd degree studies will be fully supported by faculty – please consult us first through email listed above.


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  • Founder of the European College of Bowen
  • Bowen teacher and practitioner
  • 2 books published: The Bowen Technique and Bowen Unravelled
  • 10 years teaching hands on dissection classes: University of St Andrews, University of Bristol, University of Oxford, Newcastle University, Nottingham City Hospital, Southampton Hospital, Imperial College, Kings College London.
  • On the committee and sponsor of the British Fascia Symposium, member of the Anatomical Society and the Institute of Anatomical Sciences
  • Speaker at conferences: Therapy Expo, Allied Health Professionals, Physio First, Physiotherapy UK, COPA
  • Taught alongside Robert Schleip in a dissection lab

In 1991 I started to study the practice and theory of what we would today call hands on therapy. Learning Bowen, reflexology and massage, I was introduced in a very small way to anatomy and physiology and began to appreciate the value in learning about the human body.

Over the years however, the approaches that were presented in anatomy books and the explanations of how things moved and worked, didn’t match up with my experience of hands on body work. I could see and feel imbalances and changes in movement that were body wide, yet the standard anatomical teaching didn’t seem to incorporate that idea.

In 2006 I met Tom Myers and spent time with him studying his idea of imaginary lines of strain around the body as outlined in the phenomenal Anatomy Trains series. It was whilst in New York with Tom, that I first heard of Gil Hedley and his approach to anatomy and dissection and in 2007, travelled to San Francisco to take what would be the first of many classes in human dissection.

Gil’s approach to dissection and anatomy was completely radical, as can be experienced first hand on his YouTube channel. An incredible dissector, what Gil doesn’t know about the body isn’t worth knowing and time spent in his company in a dissection lab is invaluable.

What he isn’t however, is a hands on body worker with a practice.

I have long been fascinated with the stories that therapists tell their clients about what they are doing and why their treatments work. The theories that surround our therapies are ones that as we train we accept, without really having much point of reference. What is actually happening when we feel changes under our hands? What is the mechanism of action that changes something from stiff or tight to relaxed and soft?

The evidence for outcomes in terms of hands on therapy is fairly conclusive that touch therapy is beneficial. Yet why and how still remains a source of debate and there is little consensus.

The rise of interest in fascia has spawned dozens of approaches that claim to treat, release, stretch and otherwise alter fascia, with little evidence to suggest that they do any of the above. Yet people feel better and something is happening. My efforts in the dissection lab aim to examine some of the thinking around this and explore how the tissues we see might respond to our own particular type of input.

There is no question that a lot of the tissues we refer to as fascia are very poorly described and understood. Traditional dissection has tended to trim the tissues that get in the way of muscles and the more vital tissues, leaving us with a gap in our knowledge and understanding of how hands on and movement therapies relate to these layers.

There is a lot of science out there in relation to fascia and some research taking place that will no doubt change the way we understand functional movement and hands on therapy. Much of it is beyond the remit of the practicing therapist and falls in to the theoretical knowledge basket for many.

A journey in to a dissection room is one where you are encouraged to explore your own attitudes and ideas, to change your mind where you can and reform your way of thinking.

Shifting the narrative to change the imperative.

If as a result of your dissection experience you are able to better help and benefit another person who is in pain or distress.


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