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 Therapies
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
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
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
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
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
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
Erik Dalton, Ph.D. Author of Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques®
Anatomy Trains revolutionizes the teaching and learning of
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 recommended!
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.
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
""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
Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists