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Course Content and Assessment

Living Anatomy Course

The Course Content

The course is held over nine live online weekend seminars and an optional foundation day.

Foundation Day

You will get an experiential overview of the course and be introduced to some key concepts and principles, giving a taster of what’s to come.

Seminar One – Structure and Relationship

Introduction to living anatomy, formation of bone, axial and appendicular skeleton, boney landmarks, formation of joints and joint functions.

Seminar Two – Central Axis and Tissue Development/The Whole Within the Parts

The importance of the spine, embryological development of spine, cells and tissues, cell membranes.

Seminar Three – Breath and Blood

The heart as an organ of circulation and integrative centre, blood vessels, blood, lymph, lungs and respiration.

Seminar Four – Unity in Motion and the Connective Tissue and Fascial Network Part 1

Fascia and connective tissues, embryology of fascia, fascia fluids and vitality, the “living matrix”, subtle aspects of connective tissue and connection with autonomic nervous system, cellular behaviour of fascia.

Seminar Five – Unity in Motion, Movement, Function, Structural Support and the Fascial Network Part 2

The tensional network, latest findings in fascial research, muscles and movement, the myofascia and the “living matrix”, embryology of muscle, one muscle, shape and form, fascial abdomen.

Seminar Six – The Neural Axis and How We Communicate

Central nervous system, return to the spine, peripheral and somatic nervous systems, neuro-fascia, embryology of the central nervous system, special senses and the skin.

Seminar Seven – The Abdominal Cavity, the Gut and How We Metabolise

Digestive system, including gut tube, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, gall bladder, liver and diaphragms of the body. Digestion and metabolism and the importance of the gut microbiome.

Seminar Eight – Reproduction, The Electrochemical Matrix and Neuro-Endocrine-Immune Responses

The kidneys, reproductive system, pelvis and cycles of birth and death. Autonomic nervous system, endocrine system, stress response, introduction to the immune system and homeostasis, cells talking to cells.

Seminar Nine – Health and Integration

Immune and lymphatic system (continued), endocrine system, stress response, connecting it all up, diaphragms of the body, pelvic balance, shape and form, pathology overview.

Study and Assessment

Each weekend will include presentations by the tutors and practical sessions.

  • Extensive class notes and guidelines will be provided
  • Course material will be cross-referenced to the booklist provided
  • Time spent on home study is likely to average around four hours a week (depending on prior learning)
  • Assessment is done through an evaluation of class attendance, home study, a short home study project and a practical exam
  • Graduates will be awarded a diploma in Anatomy and Physiology, accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists.

Feedback from Students

A warm thank you to the teaching team. I have learned a lot throughout the course. Despite my background and the course material being dense, I enjoyed every seminar. I now better understand my own anatomy, how my body works as a whole and how it is able to adapt to its environment. This course has given me solid grounds to go away and deepen certain areas of interest without being put off by technical concepts.

I've found this course brilliant ... it has been a big resource to me to help me understand my body, connect with my sensations, and become more embodied. Such a wonderful gift that I am phenomenally grateful for and it has enriched my own spiritual path and deep sense of awe; it has been a wonderful companion to my movement medicine work, and qi gong. The mode of presentation has been inspirational and I've loved the experiential work, as well as the encouragement to follow our own interest and to present written work in a way that suits our way of being. Such a relief to have tutors who are so open and heart warming.

Wonderful - had much more than I expected. Well put together in a very interesting manner.

Informative, mind-opening - brought the body to life.

Excellent - very current. Diverse views and theories. Sarah and Anne compliment each other beautifully and the assistant team were a wonderful support.

I found the Living Anatomy course to be incredibly diverse and rewarding. Having studied A & P before I was impressed by both the teaching approach and by how many new topics of interest were covered over the course. I now have a great deal I can investigate at my leisure.

Stimulated my brain, taught me anatomy and how to find out more, made connections on many levels and deepened my self-knowledge.

The course was brilliant, really interesting, more so than I could ever have imagined; it enabled me to develop my knowledge of anatomy and physiology whilst supporting my increasing confidence.

Even now I am thinking that the Living Anatomy teachings are continuing to be such a sound basis to work from for the practitioner course; it is invaluable!

This course both met and exceeded my expectations. I found it exciting to learn about a new realm of possibilities beyond just the classical structure and function of the body.

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Michael Kern