The Well-Heeled Guru Grills Tom Myers, Anatomy Trains, in between Light Sabre Battles. ~ Doreen Hing

Via on Oct 11, 2010

Evidence that the “We are One” Stuff isn’t just Woo-woo, after all.

Absolutely chuffed, honoured and surprised that my local uber yoga studio, South Boston Yoga, chose the Well-Heeled Guru, i.e. not your typical yogi, to host Tom Myers, Founder of Kinesis, Inc whilst* he presented his Anatomy Trains workshops over this Columbus Day Weekend.

Since I was working on personal growth this weekend, care of The Landmark Education, I was bummed that I was unable to attend his program…as this definitely has correlation to my new love and interest in yoga styles that focus on alignment—Anusara and Iyengar Yoga.

A casual conversation would have been the preferred course of action, however, I may have come across as an AT groupie drilling the poor bloke, who probably just wanted a cup of coffee and the Sunday morning newspapers. Fortunately, he graciously juggled first meeting etiquette, light saber battles with my kids and feeding a two-family sleepover solo, as my husband is OOT [Out Of Town]…all while giving me an AT quickie.

So here’s what I surmised from my Anatomy Trains 101 “interview.”

Every part of the body is connected by a single muscle system, i.e. the fascia, which weaves not just around but also in, out and through all muscles, organs, bones, etc. The fascia is a fluid, glue-like substance that connects every component to another via Anatomy Trains and this explains occurrences such as the benefits of a foot massage being felt in other parts of the body. This has application for deeper learning and instruction for holistic service providers, such as yoga, pilates, fitness instructors, and I can’t wait for it to be applied to the world of physical therapy and beyond…

Another interesting concept is that when a fluid is shaken by a certain frequency, it has the capacity to become a solid. In other words, when a body suffers a trauma, be it emotional or physical, the body’s internal hum is literally shaken up and the fascia’s glue-like substance can become solid: in layman’s yoga language, we get stiff or have knots.

Mr. Myers will be back to present more workshops in Boston—yay—and of course I’ll keep you posted. Maybe by that time, I’ll have done some more research and hopefully my eager, teach-me disposition will have subsided. Or perhaps I could have taken a lesson out of my own book (no publicist yet) and breathed. Maybe two, ’cause I heard that he’s not a big fan of high heels, so I may have been anxious to get my perspective across to inspire more folks to roll out mats, (preferably Plank mats, but any mat will do). Our goals are the same, I just join the dots in a different way. Anyway, a seed has been planted, some of you know how much I like seed planters, nurturers and bloomers.

Tom Myers’ research focus at Anatomy Trains has huge impact on this realm of science, medicine and wellbeing, especially if one is inclined or innovative enough to dig deeper. However, my favorite take away is scientific evidence that the, “we are all one, union” stuff is not so “Woo Woo” after all. I’m looking forward to hearing and seeing more of this evidence: as much as I’m an advocate of the benefits of yoga, when the hardcore yogis go easy on the “Woo Woo,” it’s far easier to holler an enthusiastic “Woo Hoo!” for yoga…

WHG, an expert in all things, shoes and heels and fitting yoga into a busy lifestyle.

* I thought I’d seen The Oatmeal illustrate the grammatical difference between “whilst” & “while,” or was it another ironic grammatically-detailed blogger?

Doreen Hing, AKA The Well-Heeled Guru, is a repenting Elitist Fashionista & Serial Upgrader whose heart delights in the beauty of well designed & mindful products & services. She believes that conscious consumerism has the power to shift perspectives and to enhance and move forward societies’ lifestyles. The WHG recently dropped the “Elitist” and prefers to share the how-to, where & why’s of a Fashionista & Serial Upgrader lifestyle: hence Plank, her luxury yoga lifestyle brand. Her voice is contemporary with an unapologetic Brit irony and her discoveries, Plank AAPPs, (Awareness+Application=Plank’s Perspective) result in very real, almost incredulous, tangible & immediate benefits, which could possibly help others too…

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15 Responses to “The Well-Heeled Guru Grills Tom Myers, Anatomy Trains, in between Light Sabre Battles. ~ Doreen Hing”

  1. Enjoyed this, Doreen. Good to see you here.

    Bob W.

  2. Julia N says:

    Love the "layman" and "real world" descriptions of Anatomy Trains. I'd like to study this more, myself and this description of both AT and of Tom himself was really helpful and encouraging. And thanks for the shout out to Anusara Yoga!

  3. thecarbonguy says:

    Hmm: "when a body suffers a trauma, be it emotional or physical". So, as a YIA (yoga infrequent attempter), this impacts me as an extension of the 'eat right, feel good' approach to living. Are you saying that emotional traumas can leave physical knots? Or that physical traumas can emotional knots? And what is an emotional knot? I think I have a lot to learn about this. Thanks for giving me a starting point.

    • Ben Ralston Ben_Ralston says:

      carbonguy – I hope you don't mind me answering your question instead of the author.
      I'm a healer, and I've studied this deeply.
      The body and mind are not separate. So there is not so much difference between a physical knot and an emotional knot!
      When you have a physical knot there will be a 'reflection' on your emotional 'body'.
      So when we experience a physical trauma it causes a physical knot in the fascia which *may* also leave an emotional scar, or knot. Whether it does or not depends on how you react to the trauma.
      Ben

      • Carbon Guy & Ben,
        Ben thanks for input from your area of expertise and Carbon Guy, thanks for your interest due to lack of expertise.
        Not knowing for sure, his explanation of the fascia stiffening to produce knot or tightness due to high frequency stressers, is the result of the fascia becoming actually A solid, whatever the injury. It personally makes sense to me, cos I don't know the difference between what is actually the cause of a tight muscle or a knot in the muscle.
        Anyway, if by throwing this theory out into the world of pixels can make YIA, be open to finding out more, or possibly as a result, maybe drop the I or the A… and we get to see him on the mat more often and we know which one's I prefer…

  4. Tomyers says:

    Ha – this was fun – I didn't realize I was getting a grilling or going to end up in a blog. My take on that morning centered on the kids: http://tomyers.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/gender-un… – but I enjoyed meeting Doreen and seeing her high-art yoga mats.

  5. Aricia says:

    I agree the body and mind are not seperate. Doreen did you explain to him how fabulous one can Feel in a pair of heels, even if your feet hurt a bit? Mind/body!

  6. Randi says:

    Hello,

    I really appreciated your article. I am a yoga instructor and massage therapist, and I recently took a workshop on myofascial release. The results seen by releasing the fascia was incredible. Not only is there a physical release, but an emotional one. In my experience, it is one of the most effective ways to treat pain in the body. It truly is fantastic. And this modality goes hand and hand with yoga. At the workshop I went to, they stressed the importance of mindful stretching as a way of self care and maintenance. Thanks for bringing some awareness to fascia.

    Randi

    PS. I am also a Landmark Education grad, so up with transformation!

  7. Hi Randi,
    Thanks for the share, we touched on my tight forearms and myofascial release in Iyengar Yoga class, this morning., as part of my on-going injured wrist. Every time I do mindful alignment focused stretching/yoga, I can be in DD and the like with no wrist sufferance. Not sure if your workshop is the same as Tom Myers' current workshops over the weekend, but the overall goal, I would imagine is for myofascial release. TM, has a background in Rolfing, + I believe takes it one step further, but he or someone who did the workshop will have to correct me on that…

    Glad to me a fellow LE alum, as passionate as I am about people Getting yoga, you know why LE trumped the workshop…
    Doreen

  8. Jennifer says:

    Great article Doreen! We are intimately familiar with fascia as Richard has plantar fasciitis. Keep up the great work.
    Jen+Richard

  9. Linda-Sama says:

    My teacher, Paul Grilley, has been teaching about fascia and the difference between it and muscle for about 20 years or so…so I would have to disagree about calling fascia a "single muscle system." There is muscle and there is connective tissue, i.e., fascia, two different animals with different characteristics. One of the styles I teach is yin yoga, which is primarily concerned with the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis, and spine…. see paulgrilley.com and yinyoga.com

  10. Great article Doreen! Super mom, style guru, devoted yogi, blogger, entrepreneur…future author? is there anything you can't do? Your talents never cease to amaze me. Thanks for always keeping us in the know!

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  12. Thank you Tom, for the generous offer. I would love that so very much.
    Just, wow and THANK YOU and hurry back down to Boston after a much needed rest, (just saw today's post)…

  13. Linda-Sama says:

    you might want to email your research to Paul, Tom, just to discuss…I know he likes to keep up on all the latest!

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