Since the 1st International Fascia Research Congress (FRC) in 2007 and the subsequent increase in fascia related research, much of which has been published by JBMT and other journals, it is true to say fascia is well and truly established as an important topic in medical science.

Due to the nature of fascia, its architecture and ubiquitous characteristics, it is difficult to visualize an image of fascia that would do justice to this omnipresent connective tissue without the aid of anatomical specimens for educational purposes. Fascia can be likened to dark matter – a practically invisible network – of our inner universe weaving a supportive fabric without which our bodies would have neither form nor function. Fascia provides the mechanism to connect and yet disconnect (Van der Wal, 2009).

Fascia shapes our form, and fascia research has provided evidence- based explanations as to why pain in one body part could be as a result of an insult in a more distant part, in turn contributing to “global soft tissue holding patterns” (Myers, 2009). Accurate anatomical specimens of the superficial and deep fascia would be welcome tactile educational aids in medical teaching facilities and departments of anatomy around the world. To this end, in 2017 Dr. Robert Schleip, head researcher at Ulm University in Germany, approached the world-renowned von Hagens’ Plastinarium in Guben on behalf of the Fascia Research Society to investigate possible interest in supporting a proposed venture named “Fascia Net Plastination Project” or FNPP.

John Sharkey – MSc

John Sharkey is an international educator, author and authority in the areas of clinical anatomy, exercise science, human movement and the manual treatment of chronic pain. He is a graduate of the University of Dundee, University of Liverpool and University of Chester. He completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies in the areas of exercise physiology, clinical anatomy and holds a post-graduate certificate in education. He is currently a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences, University of Chester/NTC, Dublin and is the programme leader of the Biotensegrity focused Thiel soft fix cadaver dissection courses department of anatomy and human identification, Dundee University, Scotland.

John has been delivering human anatomy dissection courses for many years teaching the geometry of anatomy and movement from the unique Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century perspective. His presentations are respectful, dynamic, entertaining, educational and insightful.

John promotes his model of “Biotensegrity-anatomy for the 21st century” integrating the pioneering work of his mentor Dr. Stephen Levin MD. John has been teaching European Neuromuscular Therapy using living anatomy and specialising in chronic pain conditions. He is recognised as one of the worlds leading authorities on fascia and Biotensegrity. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT), International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine and other professional journals.

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