Why We Were Born To Walk - James Earls #43

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James Earls — author of Born to Walk — talks to us about an important part of the movement conversation: fascia and bipedalism. Fascia is the 3-D spider web of fibrous, gluey, and wet proteins that hold our bones all together in their proper placement (from Anatomy Trains, go here for more details). Bipedalism, as I'm sure you know, is the act of locomoting upright on two legs. In our conversation, we explore James' fascinating knowledge on movement efficiency and how we may have evolved through walking.

Episode Breakdown:

  • How James got into this work
  • Fascia being ignored for 2k years
  • What is tensgrity?
  • Why do dogs seem to move so easily?
  • Bipedalism
  • How did we evolve through walking?
  • Movement efficiency
  • Ground direction force
Fascia is multi-factored and exciting, and so it’s unfortunate that it has been ignored for the past 2,000 years in anatomy. Tweet it!
Why go from the stability of four points of contact to just two? Tweet it!

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Meet James

James Earls is a writer, lecturer and bodyworker specialising in Myofascial Release and Structural Integration.

Increasing the understanding and practice of manual therapy has been a passion of James’ since he first started practicing bodywork over 20 years ago. Throughout his career James has travelled widely to learn from the best educators in his field. James and Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains, founded Kinesis UK, which co-ordinates workshops and trainings throughout Europe, and together they authored ‘Fascial Release for Structural Balance,’ the definitive guide to the assessment and manipulation of fascial patterns.

James has recently published the result of his four years of research into human gait - ‘Born to Walk’ - a valuable addition to the library of any therapist wishing to understand full body connections and their implications for movement.

James teaches a range of courses across the UK and Europe as the Director of Kinesis UK, and is also a regular lecturer at conferences and workshops around the world. Renowned for his relaxed and humourous style, James is a popular presenter whose subject is applicable for a wide-ranging audience that includes osteopaths, physiotherapists, massage therapists and movement therapists. For more information contact him via www.anatomytrains.co.uk.