Meyers, Thomas

Tom Myers

Thomas Myers studied with Dr. Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller

Meyers is the author of Anatomy Trains (Elsevier, 2001, 2009, 2014), the co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance (Ntom meyersorth Atlantic, 2010), and numerous articles for trade magazines and journals that have been collected in the books Body3, The Anatomist’s Corner, and Structural Integration: Collected Articles. He has also produced over 15 DVDs and numerous webinars on visual assessment, Fascial Release Technique, and the applications of fascial research.

Developed by author and bodyworker Thomas Myers in the 1990’s, Anatomy Trains has been welcomed and put to use by diverse health professionals – physical therapists, personal trainers, massage therapists, athletes and coaches, Pilates and yoga teachers, chiropractors and osteopaths – anyone interested in effecting lasting changes in body structure and movement through updating their idea of how the body regulates its biomechanics.

Anatomy Trains offers CEU-accredited short courses and longer certification trainings worldwide to convey the ideas, strategies, assessment tools, and techniques that grow out of the Anatomy Trains understanding.

Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians gives you a new understanding of whole-body patterning in posture and function – the interplay of movement and stability. Understanding the ‘Superficial Back Line’ as a whole gives insights into hamstring problems that you cannot get from considering the hamstrings alone. The ‘Spiral Line’ shows how to resolve rotational compensations in a way that no analysis of any single muscle can give.

From the individual cell to the social and cultural context, we are investigating morphogenesis, as well as morphostasis and morphokinesis – how we take form, how we get stuck, and how we mature and grow out of such restrictions. We call this ‘Spatial Medicine’ – how do we optimize the mechanical relationships in the body – either to repair injury or improve performance? The overall context is to improve our ‘KQ’ – our Kinesthetic Quotient, or body intelligence.

Anatomy Trains has been progressively supported with books, videos, dissections, DVD-ROM’s, posters, and other ancillary material designed to make it easier to apply the Anatomy Trains ideas in diverse therapeutic and educational contexts.

Tom studied directly with Dr. Ida Rolf,  and says: “I developed the Anatomy Trains during the 1990’s as a game for students to play when I was teaching Fascial Anatomy at the Rolf Institute . All the books you can find put forward the ‘single-muscle’ theory, but Ida Rolf kept saying, “It’s all connected through the fascia.” He has also studied with Moshe Feldenkrais, Buckminster Fuller, and movement teachers Judith Aston, Emilie Conrad, and in the martial arts. His work is influenced by cranial, visceral, and intrinsic movement studies with European schools of osteopathy.

An inveterate traveler, Tom has practiced integrative manual therapy for 40 years in a variety of clinical and cultural settings. He is a member of the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI). A certified Touch-in-Parenting instructor, Tom retains a strong interest in perinatal issues relating to movement.

Tom lives, writes and sails on the coast of Maine with his partner, Quan.

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