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As we seek solutions to the frequently complex biomechanical puzzles posed by those who consult us, Tom Myers' insight
into the fascial networks of the body can often point to practical therapeutic options. The Anatomy Trains metaphor is a
revelation; a way of seeing the body's interconnectedness more clearly, offering new physiological and anatomical
perspectives, and therefore different clinical choices. Quite simply the content of this book is revolutionary.
Leon Chaitow ND DO, Honorary Fellow, University of Westminster, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Bodywork & Movement
Any body of work that demonstrates the interconnectedness of the body and fosters appreciation of the whole over the
sum of available parts is a must in today’s health and fitness market. Anatomy Trains champions a wider scope of the
body and its movement systems.
Gray Cook MSPT, OSPT, CSCS, Developer of the Functional Movement Screen Tom Myers' masterful second edition of Anatomy
Trains incorporates the most recent scientific concepts into a framework for understanding and practicing deep tissue
work. Readers will gain insight into both basic and clinical research issues, how the science could influence clinical
practice, and vice versa. Completely redone illustrations show anatomy from the cellular to the whole body level,
describing both structure and function. Clinicians, researchers and educators alike will find this an invaluable text,
which leads to new insights on each reading.
Thomas Findley MD PhD, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New
Jersey, Editor-in Chief, International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork: Research, Education and Practice
Using Tom Myers' Anatomy Trains concepts and techniques in my chiropractic practice has improved my ability to see the
source of my patient's problem and more efficiently target the soft tissue structures involved. As a result, injuries
resolve more quickly, chronic problems respond well, and my adjustments are more effective because they are supported by
the soft tissue. I highly recommend Anatomy Trains as a valuable asset for chiropractors and other practitioners using
manipulation in their practices.
Dr Andrea Coates Vinson, D.C. Anatomy Trains has become required reading for the advanced Structural Integration and
Myofascial Therapy programs of the CORE Institute. Myers has discovered the critical interconnections of the myofascial
web and communicates his vision in a language that honors both the art and science of somatic therapies.
George P. Kousaleos, LMT, Founder & President, CORE Institute For everyone interested in integrative medicine and
functional anatomy, this artistic book is recommended. It even makes studying functional anatomy enjoyable. Dr Andry
Vleeming, Professor of Clinical Anatomy, co-editor of Movement, Stability and Lumbopelvic Pain The beauty of Tom Myers'
work is that it is useful for a wide range of bodyworkers, from movement or energy therapists to manipulative manual
specialists, and does more than simply demonstrating rote techniques, Anatomy Trains provides a deep understanding of
strain patterns in the body to enable creative and effective solutions for the issues we encounter in a bodywork
Art Riggs, Certified Advanced Rolfer Our field is fortunate to have the talent and skill of Tom Myers and his ability
to articulate his findings. His study, discoveries and syntheses are clearly defined and easily applicable for anyone
who works with the body. His documentation of the body's structure and function containing spiral pathways inspire
people to rethink the idea of 'straight line' movement.
Judith Aston, M.F.A. Somatic Pioneer teaching bodywork, movement, and fitness for over 40 years. Anatomy Trains will
help physicians, therapists and bodyworkers of all backgrounds break away from the prevalent traditional, mechanistic
view of how the body works and is to be treated and will then push you headfirst into a logical, systems oriented view
that has helped expand my diagnostic and treatment paradigms as well as my personal practice enormously.
Chris Frederick, Physical Therapist, Certified Flexibility Specialist, Professional Structural Integrator, Director
Stretch to Win Institute. Training optimal movement patterns requires an understanding of how the body regions connect
and work in synergy. Anatomy Trains is an essential guide for understanding key myofascial lines which, when in
tensegrity, facilitate optimal movement and postural patterns. Keep the train rolling, Tom. All aboard everyone!
Diane Lee BSR MCPA FCAMT, physiotherapist and author of The Pelvic Girdle Perfection improved? Guess so…The Anatomy
Trains’ ZenMaster once again demonstrates how excellence evolves with greater mastery as we journey the road less
traveled. An anatomical playwright, Tom’s newest offering captures our curiosity with incomparable biomechanical prose
and delights our visual senses via breathtaking graphic designs. Kudos, Captain Myers…
Erik Dalton, Ph.D. Author of Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques® Anatomy Trains revolutionizes the teaching and learning
Elizabeth Larkam, Director, Pilates & Beyond, San Francisco In Russia, this book turns a new page in rehabilitation,
osteopathy, orthopaedics, sport medicine and sports. It opens a new horizon in understanding the basics of movement
patterns and posture and gives a unique chance to gain awareness of formation of scoliosis and movement stereotypes.
Anatomy Trains will allow you to make quality changes in your medical and sports practices to achieve amazing results
very rapidly. I am recommending this book to friends and colleagues and keep using the concepts of Anatomy Trains in my
everyday practice with great success.
Dmitriy Merkulov, D.O. There is no doubt that this beautiful and inspiring book will contribute many important insights
to the scientific understanding of musculoskeletal function.
Helene M. Langevin MD, Research Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation,
University of Vermont Tom's Anatomy Trains book and in depth practical studies represent/reveal an invaluable and vivid
insight/understanding into how the body has pre-organized its movement functions via the flexible fabric (cut on the
bias) from within. The story and strategies of the body’s movement and the related posture is visually introduced with a
wealth of "functional" information. This body of work profoundly contributes to the foundation of my teachings. It is
the manual/handbook for any serious teacher or student of movement.
Marie-Jose Blom Lawrence, Master Teacher of Pilates, Director Long Beach Dance Conditioning, Creator of Smart Spine
Back Support System Anatomy Trains is a resource that gives inspiration for anyone who works with the human organism,
for practitioners of various manual fields, for movement teachers and for educators in a larger sense. This book is
written in a way, that it leads directly into practical application.
Peter Schwind, Ph.D. Author of Fascial and Membrane Technique An excellent teaching/study aid for all bodyworkers. An
unusually interesting guide to living anatomy - an excellent way to visualize the anatomy of movement. Highly
Rosemary Feitis DO. Author of The Endless Web As a movement professional it is essential to study the brilliance of
anatomist Tom Myers in Anatomy Trains. When you actually see the connectedness and order of the body you begin to
understand how one action can move through and effect so many others areas. Bravo!
Yamuna Zake, founder of BodyRolling® Thomas Myers is one of the pre-eminent practitioners and teachers of connective
tissue matters. Originally trained as a Rolfer, Tom has taken his research to a completely new level, presenting current
material about connective tissue that continues to pour out of clinical studies at an ever-increasing pace. Anatomy
Trains is the magnum compendium of his experience, thinking and teaching. Here you will find a wealth of information
about the nature of fascia, its treatment, and its relationships to many other somatic systems. This book is a must-own,
must-read for any serious practitioner of bodywork. Anatomy Trains will deepen your knowledge and practical applications
regardless of what your training background has been.Deane Juhan, is a long time teacher of Trager and the author of
Job's Body: A Handbook for Bodywork and Touched by the Goddess: The Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Powers of
""Anatomy Trains" is certainly not devoid of personality. It is this personality combined with a non-scientific writing
style, yet supported clearly with scientific references, that makes or breaks the book as a reader. If approached with
an open mind then there is a clear working theory that flows throughout the text and even now in its 3rd edition, the
book appears novel and rogue. [...] There is a clinical relevance to this book that could change the thinking of most
physiotherapists and encourage a more "whole body" approach to therapy."
Sam Blanchard, Head of Academy Physiotherapy, Brighton & Hove Albion Football club.
About the Author
Thomas Myers studied directly with Drs. Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller, and a variety
of movement and manual therapy leaders. His work is influenced by cranial, visceral, and intrinsic movement studies he
made with European schools of osteopathy.
An inveterate traveller, Tom has practiced integrative manual therapy for over 30 years in a variety of clinical and
cultural settings, including 10 years in London, and practices in Hamburg, Rome, Nairobi, and Sydney, as well as a dozen
locales in the US. He is a founding member of the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI).
Author of Anatomy Trains and a set of supporting videos, and co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance (Lotus,
2010), Tom has also penned over 60 articles for trade magazines and journals on anatomy, soft tissue manipulation, and
the social scourge of somatic alienation and loss of reliance on kinaesthetic intelligence. A certified
Touch-in-Parenting instructor, Tom retains a strong interest in perinatal issues.
Living on the coast of Maine, Tom and his faculty conduct professional certification and continuing education courses