FA ARTICLE A Day with Jaap van der Wal by Tom Myers – 2015 EN


In this personal blog, Tom Myers (Founder and Director of The Anatomy Trains Institute) reports on his participation in the post-conference workshop Embryology of Fascia at the Fourth International Research Conference in Washington USA by Jaap van der Wal, Washington September 17-21, 2015. The workshop was entitled Biodynamic Embryology of Fascia and Meso(derm) – the Embryology of Blechschmidt extended.


Dr. van der Wal has been on my radar since the 2nd FRC in Amsterdam, where Dr. Peter Huijing generously presented his groundbreaking study of anatomical relationships in the rat cell arch in 1988. Huh? Rat elbow? And this was in 1988, for crying out loud? Yes, but the implications of his painstaking work were so radical that it was treated the way many new ideas are treated: It was shelved and conveniently forgotten. But it was very much there, and I’ve been trying to grasp his vision ever since. After that conference, I wrote an article about his work for Massage Magazine.
Jaap (who has more degrees and qualifications than almost anyone you can name – medical doctor, anatomy professor, embryologist, and anthroposophic morphologist – but he is so approachable and personable that I hope both he and you will forgive me for using his first name below) spent the day correcting our common misconceptions about anatomy in a critique that is as scathing as it is – once understood – obvious and reasonable. Despite the dull environment and fatigue at the end of the conference, I was not bored for a minute.

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