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Treating Myofascial Expansions
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Mysofascial Expansions: Treating Force in Connective Tissue

with Timothy Agnew


Connective tissue in the human body runs as a “stirrup” from occipital to the metetarsals. There are two major anatomical areas that are often overlooked in bodywork treatments, and as the evolving studies show (Stecco etc al), these regions have an enormous impact on biomechanical function and health. The myofascial expansions of the upper extremities (lattisimus, pectoralis et al.) and the hip region (gluteous maximus et al.) are continuations of muscle and connective tissue that join in powerful unions that produce and support tremendous forces that are transmitted throughout the body, and eventually are felt through the extremities (hands and feet). On the posterior aspect of the body, these two expansions join, in connective tissue, to the lumbosacral region. This area is full of nerve receptors related to positioning of the body, emotional health, and pain reception (nociceptors). Ignoring specific focus of these areas in treatment depreciates outcome.


Learning Objectives



Students will:


describe the health benefits treating fascia

name the three basic layers of fascia

describe the sensory components of fascia

define hyaluronic acid

discuss wringing and pendulums

explain pulling silk

give examples of force transmission in connective tissue

state the concept of Intent

compare residual tension to soft tension

explain force distribution to extremties

explain how weight and lightness is created via connective tissue

express bows in the body and how they affect fascia

identify how expansions affect retinaculums of the extremties

define expansion in fascia



Learning Outcomes




understand the myofascial meridians in the body

think about the role fascia plays in the body

identify at least two nerve receptors found in fascia

learn how to “pull silk” in the body with at least two exercises

understand tensegrity

think about Intent and how it affects movement

understand how force is distributed across tissues

learn how expansions connect to the entire body

define the concept of yin and yang

demonstrate how fascia is used in bodywork treatments





  1. Fascia Science: studies with Stecco et al.b. the evolving research
  2. Myofascial expansions: how force travelsb. Retinaculum in the extremitiesd. kua
  3. Fascia manipulation- side lying
    a. wringing
  4. b. pendulums
    c. feeling sliding
    d. transmission in connective tissue
    e. touch from dantian
  5. e. intent and how it rewires the body
  6. c. the principles of yin/yang in treatment
  7. a: Force distribution
  8. c. principles of tensegrity and how force changes fascia
  9. a. dissection of three major layers of connective tissue


  1. Exam (for credit)




Location 2345 Bee Ridge Rd. Ste 5