Join us for the APNT AGM & Symposium

12th May, 2019
9AM - 5:30PM

Royal Agricultural University

With Headline Speaker

James Earls

As well as...

We will spend the day learning about a variation of topics, including:

Why Movement Matters To Manual Therapists-
James Earls

According to Leon Chaitow, soft tissue dysfunction is caused by ‘overuse, misuse, disuse and abuse’. However, do we really understand the ‘use’ of soft tissue?

The taught action of muscle and its function in the real-world can be quite different – in fact, they are often the complete opposite. It is no wonder we get confused about anatomy. We suffer learning text-book actions by rote but yet we move in totally different ways. This interactive presentation will break many movement myths and give a new appreciation of how the body really moves through the interaction of the musculoskeletal system.

But, don’t panic – real anatomy should never be boring.

We will explore why the ‘plantarflexors’ are really hip extensors, how the rhomboids control the feet and find that the hamstrings are actually knee extensors and hip rotators.

To really understand the implications of tensegrity anatomy and the many functional roles of fascial tissues, we need new textbooks that show us the reality of movement. Better comprehension of movement facilitates better understanding of the ‘overuse, misuse, disuse and abuse’ our clients subject themselves to outside our clinics. As therapists we can then create specific and individual treatment and homework options.

This lecture will help you see muscle action beyond the joint, to put movement into context, and to appreciate fascia in the real world. We will explore a few standing bodywork techniques for you to practice immediately and start you on the road to really seeing the body in movement.

The lecture will be presented by James Earls a lifetime manual therapist, author of ‘Born to Walk’, and co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance. James has blended the principles of functional, comparative, myofascial and tensegrity-based anatomy to produce ways of seeing movement that makes sense and which are grounded in reality, unlike the ‘anatomy stories’ seen on social media.

James has been practicing and teaching myofascial work for 20 years, he is a graduate of the Gray Institute and recently completed an MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution. As a patron of the Zoological Society of London and the Natural History Museum, he is dedicated to supporting education about the natural world and how we can find a happy place within it.

Dispelling the Myths about Oncology Massage -
Susan Findlay

Much of what the public. conventional medicine and therapists understand about oncology massage is based on fiction. You might have heard at some point in the news that clients are regularly refused massage if they have a history of cancer. It is vital that the myths about Oncology Massage are dispelled especially with an ever increasing number of people suffering with this condition. Susan will take you through some of the research that demonstrates how we as soft tissue therapist can play a vital role in a cancer clients quality of life and their journey back to health. Susan will also cover the principles of application, modifications & benefits, knowledge that will help to change the perception about what complementary therapy has to offer.

Susan is the Director of the North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM), author of Sports Massage: An Illustrated guide of 39 techniques (Hands on Guides for Therapists), British Fascia Symposium committee member, the feature writer for Massage World Sports Massage since 2006, contributor to the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Embody, and Today’s Therapist, with a seat on the board of the General Council for Massage Therapies as well as being a Profession Specific Board member on the CNHC. 

Effects of Scars on the Body -
Jan Trewartha

Jan will be discussing the proximal and distal effects of scars and adhesions on the body within the context of biotensegrity. Few people realise the potential ramifications of even the simplest, smallest scar, let alone what major surgery can do to the body. This lecture will open your eyes to why it is rarely possible to ‘fix’ back pain if there is major abdominal surgery, and help you see the body in a new light.
Jan has been in healthcare since 1979. A former State Registered Nurse trained by the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC), she has worked in complementary therapy since 1992, developing her present work specializing in physical and emotional trauma release. This is the culmination of many years of training and experience in different disciplines. She has had the privilege of working at grass roots level with medical patients on the wards and in the operating theatre. This is what has directly influenced her choice of specialisation; physical trauma and scarring.

Jan has run her own practice since 1992 and runs Body in Harmony Training, providing the 4-day course in Fascial Unwinding & Energy Awareness, the Diploma in Body Realignment and training in ScarWork, Sharon Wheeler’s training in scar and adhesion clearing. Jan is also the Fascia & Energy Representative for the APNT and a member of the Biotensegrity Interest Group (BIG).
In 2014 Jan directed the first British Fascia Symposium – a practice-led event designed to raise awareness of Fascia amongst therapists in the UK; this was also attended by practitioners from Europe, Scandinavia, America, New Zealand and Australia, and was repeated in 2016. The Symposium will be held again 16/17 May 2020.

Why Consultations are the Foundation in Practice -
Britt Spence

Consultations are the first introduction to your new clients. In my 14 years experience as a Bodywork therapist, it is without a doubt that strong consultations are the foundation in building a thriving practice with a long life. In this 30 min interactive talk you will discover:

  • How to Showcase your Expertise and create instant trust.. 
  • The steps to turn a first time client into a repeat client who refers to you like crazy
  • Who are your ideal clients and who isn’t… how to spot warning signs and when and how to refer our
  • What / If to Charge for your Consultations
  • What questions to ask to elicit the information you need
  • How to structure your forms to prevent insurance invalidation
  • BONUS – Free editable consult forms
  • & MORE

Brittany is a mentor and consultatnt for Health & Wellness Professionals around the world.  She is the founder of the Thriving Therapist Toolkit; an online membership program based on Brittany’s #1 Best Selling Book.  Here, Brittany uses her 14+ years’ experience as a bodywork therapist to help professionals to gain experiential, industry, and marketing insight into how to create a Practice that brings them More Clients, More Time, and a Profitable Practice.  

Brittany is also Chair of the APNT, Previous Chair of the British Complementary Medicine Association, and Marketing Consultant for some of the Industry Leaders


9.00 Stands open
9.30 AGM
10.30 Coffee break
11.15 speaker 1 Susan Findlay
12.00 speaker 2 Brittany Spence
12.45 LUNCH
2.00 James Earls – keynote speaker
3.00 quick break
3.15 Jan Trewartha
4.00 Coffee break
4.30 Advisory Panel
5.30 Finish

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Your Ticket to the APNT AGM and Therapy Education Symposium also includes:

  • Full day of learning
  • CPD Points
  • Networking
  • Lunch Included!
  • Speakers Including: James Earls, Susan Findlay, Jan Trewartha, and Britt Spence
  • Course Discounts
  • Product Discounts
  • Meet the Team and have all your questions answered!

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