Evolution of Movement: The Role of Fascia in the Architecture of the Body: Western

Date: Jan 7, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Online bookings are not available for this class, please see registration info below.

Michael Alicia
Tuesday, Jan 7th/ 1 pm – 3 pm/$56
2 CE hour NCBTMB / NYS-certified

This two-hour lecture is an introduction to the different stages in the Evolution of Movement and explores the concepts of tensegrity, biotensegrity, and the role fascia plays in the architectural model of the human body. We’ll explore how the spine evolved from a horizontal support beam in fish to a vertical column in humans and how the tensegrity elements (tension – fascia and compression -bones) allow the human body to both withstand the forces of gravity and also move through space efficiently and effectively. We’ll explore the architectural elements of the body – arches, columns and vaults and then see how fascia acts on these structures to allow movement. We will see how standing still the body is an architectural form, but in motion it becomes a machine – a complex piece of engineering that works primarily because of the structural and elastic properties of fascia.

Michael Alicia, LMT is the founder and director of CATA NYC, Inc., formerly Massage Space NYC. He has been a licensed massage therapist since 1992 with a thriving practice in Manhattan. Michael has been a teacher of Swedish massage, Shiatsu and Thai massage at the venerable Swedish Institute since 1994. He is also a visiting faculty member at the Therapeutic Massage Training Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the author of The Stretching Process DVD and The Massage Therapist’s Handbook: A Practical Guide to the Business of Massage.

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