Anatomy Trains


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By Thomas Myers
Trade paperback book
ISBN 9780702046544
280 pages

New edition of a worldwide bestseller which helps you expand your vision and practice with global functional patterns – now with website containing supporting video and podcasts!

What are Anatomy Trains?

Traditional anatomical study emphasizes individual muscles attaching from end to end, from bone to bone, Anatomy Trains expands our understanding of myofascial force transmission and the effects – for good and for ill – that interrupted strain distribution can have at some distance from injury or pain.

This volume clearly describes functionally integrated body wide continuities within the fascial webbing forming traceable ‘meridians’ of myofascia. Stability, strain, tension, fixation, resilience and postural compensation are all distributed via these lines. Based on the meridian map, this book presents many new and holistic strategies for manual and movement therapists to restore and enhance posture and movement function.

The theory offers the following benefits to the practitioner:

  1. Anatomy Trains are applicable no matter what you approach. Once patterns are recognized, these meridians can be easily applied in assessment and treatment employing a variety of therapeutic and educational approaches to movement facilitation.
  2. The theory provides a more powerful ‘three dimensional’ feel for musculoskeletal anatomy and an appreciation of whole body patterns distributing compensation in daily and performance functionally.
  3. Clinically the theory shows you how painful problems in one are of the body can be linked to a ‘silent area’ some part removed from the problem, giving rise to new treatment strategies.


  • Layout designed to allow the reader to gather the concept quickly or gain a more detailed understanding of any given area according to need.
  • Icons direct readers to their own specialist areas of interest, e.g. manual therapy, movement therapy, visual assessment, kinaesthetic education or supplementary video material.
  • Expolres the latest evidence for the scientific basis of common clinical findings, including human fascial dissections.
  • Discusses the role of Fascia as our largest sensory organ.
    Contains updates arising out of continual teaching and practice – for example, the role of fascia in strain distribution and how strain patterns generate pain patterns.
  • New section discusses the role of Anatomy Trains theory in the analysis of gait.
  • Accompanying website presents multi-media exploration of the concepts described in the book – video clips from Anatomy Trains DVD’s, c0mputer graphics, additional video sequences, webinars and extra client photos for visual assessment practice.

Who is this book for?

Anatomy Trains is designed to interest all professional engaged in human structure and movement: physiotherapists, athletic and personal trainers, rehab specialists, osteopaths, chiropractors, manual therapists, yoga and Pilates teachers, massage therapist, dance and movement teachers, and Asian bodyworkers and acupuncturists.

About the Author:

Thomas Meyers 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 trainer, 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). Living on the coast of Maine, Tom and his faculty conduct professional certification and continuing education courses worldwide.

Additional information

Weight 2.40 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 1 in


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