Evolving Perceptions of Fascia in Bartenieff’s Movement and Bodywork

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This 3-day workshop will discuss the Fascia and its connection to Bartenieff Movement Fundamentals and Connective Tissue Techniques.

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The Evolution of the Understanding of Fascia in Relationship to Bartenieff’s Movement Fundamentals and Connective Tissue Techniques®

Course Description

Bartenieff’s understanding of movement organically involved fascia, from her use of bony landmarks as reference points in establishing body connections, to the movement themes mobility/stability, function/expression, exertion/recuperation, and inner/outer-all are related directly to fascia.

Through ongoing research, our understanding of fascia has expanded. This course illustrates how Bartenieff was ahead of her time in understanding the importance of fascia’s role in the body and in movement. The objective of this workshop is to deepen your appreciation of the role of fascia in your own body and movement.

I. Perceptions of Fascia: Past and Present:

This class concerns an overview of the evolution of the understanding of Fascia: its properties, inherent complications in perceiving and defining fascia and current fascia research.

Experiential: Exploring your own superficial fascia.

Bartenieff taught a few of her students connective tissue massage or Bindegewebsmassage, a massage technique specifically addressing fascia. At times, she administered Bindegewebsmassage to her students who were having trouble with sequencing movement because of fascial restrictions.

II. Irmgard Bartenieff’s Fundamentals, Connective Tissue Techniques® and Fascia

This second class will continue with historical and theoretical relevance of fascia to Bartenieff Fundamentals in the work of Robert Schleip, Carla Stecco, Thomas Myers, and others.

Experiential: We will move through the Bartenieff Fundamentals Basic Six from the perspective of Thomas Myer’s Anatomy Trains. How Bindegewebsmassage through LBMS evolved into Connective Tissue Techniques® will also be addressed.

III. Connecting through Fascia

Experiential: This final class involves a BF fascial movement warm-up. We will experience meningeal fascia through intention-based on my research, “The Effects of Adapted CranioSacral Therapy Intracranial Membrane Techniques on Irmgard Bartenieff’s X-roll.”

Instructor Bio

JACKIE HAND, MA, BFA, CMA. RSMT/E, CST-D, has a private practice in Movement Re-education, Connective Tissue Techniques® and CranioSacral Therapy for all professions and ages, newborns to seniors. Senior Faculty in the LIMS Certificate Program for many years, she has also taught LBMS at NYU, NJ’s Montclair University, Columbia University’s Teachers College, NC State University and in Berlin and Budapest. She has presented movement workshops internationally and has extensive experience in teaching ballet and modern dance in colleges, universities and dance studios. Nationally Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork with a Virginia Massage Therapy Certificate, and New Jersey and North Carolina Massage & Bodywork Therapy Licenses, Jackie now works predominantly in NC. She uses her eclectic education to focus on clients’ rehabilitation from patterns of movement that contribute to present and future pain. Sessions involve movement, CranioSacral Therapy and Connective Tissue Techniques®.

Class Dates

February 13, 20, & 27, 2021

11:00 am-12:30 pm Eastern Time (US)

Who Can Join

This class is geared towards those who are professionally certified in LMA/BF, those who are not certified (yet) but have a lot experience, and those who have some experience.

What You Need

Comfortable clothing and space in which to move



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