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 Fascial Release for Structural Balance Series (FRSB)

‘Fans of the Hip’

Course dates

9am – 5.30pm (Friday & Saturday) + 9am – 1pm (Sunday)

Friday 12th – Sunday 14th December 2014

Course fees

The Discounted fee of £350 has been extended


Don Thompson


The Bond Company, Birmingham (UK) B5 5SE

For further information or a booking form contact pauline@simplyholistictherapies.co.uk


Based on the recently released book of the same title, the Fascial Release for Structural Balance (FRSB) series is a short intensive course limited to specific anatomy and heavy on manual soft-tissue technique.

Each course focuses on 15 – 20 core ‘templates’ for technique, which can be applied in different ways for different patterns in your clients. We will teach you the relevant structural anatomy for the area and the common postural and movement implications around each of them. The short lectures utilize many new and previously unseen teaching resources to illustrate the information in a fun, exciting and, most importantly, understandable fashion.

The courses fully explain the intent and scope of each technique and will give you plenty of time to master it and experiment with the many possible variations. We will ensure that you can apply these very effective ideas and execute them in your treatments the following day.


Intrinsic Muscles of the Pelvis

The hip and pelvis combine to transfer the forces from two legs and into the one spine and therefore has a hugely complex role to fulfil in the body. Ida Rolf described the pelvis as ‘the joint that determines symmetry’ and it is easy to see why. Differences between the hips can affect down into the legs or up through the spine. Achieving balance here can be essential for long lasting results in any therapy. This course sheds light on the pelvis – the keystone of human architecture – by organizing the 20 or so muscles of the pelvis into three fans. Get specific with sensitivity.


  • Seeing how the soft tissue is arranged in an easy to understand pattern – the so-called ‘fans of the hip’
  • Using these fans to balance pelvic tilts and torsions
  • Learning how work accurately, effectively and sensitively with the adductors around the ischial ramus and deep lateral rotators, leading to the pelvic floor
  • The psoas complex and the many variations on ideas of how it does (or does not) affect pelvic, low back and hip patterns

Each class includes:

  • Relevant anatomy for the area – short intensive and integrated presentations assemble the best figures from multiple sources, including brand new learning tools such as video of fascial dissections and palpation of the relevant structures to convey the information in an inspiring and understandable fashion.
  • BodyReading (visual assessment) – the common postural and movement implications – how to see and ‘read’ them in the intricacy of individual patterns
  • Fascial Release Techniques – each technique is fully laid out for intent and ‘feel’, with plenty of time for practice, ensuring that you can apply these methods immediately in your practice


For further information or a booking form contact pauline@simplyholistictherapies.co.uk

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Don Thompson – Teacher

Don Thompson has been involved in the study of the 4-dimensional human form for the best part of 3 decades.  He is intrigued by the complexity of the 3-D shape puzzle that leads to each of our individual structure and function outcomes.  Alongside this lies a passionate interest in the timeline of where we have collectively come from in evolutionary terms, of the individual personal story we each have… and of the future potential within the transformative process that can occur through the easing of restriction patterns, improved structural relationships and of reconnecting to the inner awareness of the body.

He draws upon his broad personal experiences of having formerly been a strength athlete, an adventure-sport adrenalin junky, and a successful personal trainer as much as from his personal journey through the vicissitudes of Life.  Along with an extensive education in bodywork and complementary therapies he brings humour, clarity and open-enquiry to his workshops.

Increasingly fascinated by integrating movement and manual therapy he has been an integral part in developing much of the new program now being incorporated into the Anatomy Trains school and approach. For this project Don has drawn from his cross-spectrum understanding of both form and function, a unique and insightful blend that he presents with patience and humility.

Don holds a BSc in Complementary Therapies and Bodywork for the University of Westminster.  Don and his partner live and work in the Scottish Highlands where they own a small clinic that is run on not-for-profit and community ideals.  The majority of Don’s clinical work is with people with chronic pain and discomforts that have their origins in posture, habits and work patterns, where he takes a problem-solving approach using Structural Integration, visceral/neural manipulation and movement re-education with the people he works with.