to Jun 29

BioTensegrity Focused Dissection Seminar, Dundee University, Scotland

These dissections represent the Worlds first Thiel Soft Fix Dissection courses with a BioTensegrity focus, The dates for my next course in 2019 which will run over three days include: Thursday June 28th, Friday 29th, and Saturday 30th. In 2019 John will be joined by Dr. Vladimir Chereminskiy, PhD, Director of Anatomy & Plastination von Hagens Plastination. 
Dr. Chereminskiy is also Assistant Professor Department of Pathology and Anatomy Eastern Virginia Medical School. John will also be joined by Joanne Avison and other biotensegrity colleagues. To book your place and to find the full details go to:http://www.ntc.ie/course/uk-courses/human-anatomy-dissection-seminar-dundee

This rare and unique three-day dissection course involve's the use of soft fixed cadavers using the Thiel soft fix embalming method. The cadavers exhibit a greater degree of flexibility and true color retention compared to that of traditional formalin-fixed cadavers. Each day will involve a short presentation before moving into the dissection room where under the guidance of clinical anatomist John Sharkey you will participate in a life-changing educational and transformational  experience. There will be plenty of time for questions and personal inquiry. This is a rare opportunity to explore the human form and John's team of experienced tutors will do all they can to support you. We also hope to have an opportunity to investigate areas of participant's own interest.

Sample topics: BioTensegrity- Genetics, Kinetics and Synergetics.
This three-day course involves short presentations from John Sharkey, Joanne Avison and guests. Following short presentations learners will be brought through a short health and safety presentation and then immediately begin dissection having familiarized themselves with the local anatomy and topography.
Biotensegrity will be our main theme in the course providing the foundation for our understanding of the continuity of the human form. 
A special focus will be around the subject of Embryological Origins; on a scale of softness to stiffness (of soft tissue) throughout our lives. Considering that we live and develop between conception and elder hood, as a tensioned network that relies on BioTensegrity organisation to grow and change and emerge differently, at any point in time; over time…. in a continuum. 

Explore how movement and form, in BioTensegrity architecture, are exquisitely interrelated from conception and throughout life. 

Expand your perception of our self-assembly and how humans as the architects become or respond to our loading history?

Question how does appropriate stiffness relate to tensional integrity and elasticity in motion; from the cradle to the grave?

Witness the tensional nature of the body while we discuss how we grow what we are looking at in the dissection; such as the heart, the limb's and viscera.

Full details and Registration: CLICK HERE

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to Jun 29

3 Day Human (Full Body) Dissection Course, University of Dundee, 2019

Are you a manual therapist or movement practitioner who places an educational value on human dissection studies? Whatever your stripe this course will provide you with a unique lifetime experience that has the power to change your clinical practice forever. Having the guidance of clinical anatomists who understand and appreciate human movement in a comprehensive manner will shape and inform the way you treat patients and provide motion prescriptions. Therapists including osteopaths, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, sports medicine doctors and surgeons (to name only some) all benefit from participating in this course.

Join myself, Joanne Avison, Graham Scarr, Leonid Blyum and Dr. Vladimir Chereminskiy, PhD
Director of Anatomy & Plastination von Hagens Plastination, Guben, Germany. 
My friendly experienced instructional team will guide you through the dissection. You will be a member of a team that will investigate superficial to deep structures, identifying fascia tracing the path of the nerves and blood vessels to their termination. Your exploration will include the spinal cord, heart, lungs, organs, joints and the cranium. Students compare and examine the same structure on multiple specimens. Learners touch the mobility, density and position of the various connective tissues (Fascia) of the Mesokinetic Organ (Levin, Scarr. 2012) throughout the human body.


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8:00 AM08:00

Surgical procedures-Anatomy-New Course

This course is suitable for clinical anatomists from both academic and clinical backgrounds who are involved in teaching clinically applied anatomy relevant to clinical procedures at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels. Contact me directly: john.sharkey@ntc.ie


24 (4:1 ratio of delegates to cadaver)

Stations include:

Regional anaesthesia: Paravertebral & brachial plexus block, epidural spinal block/lumbar puncture

Airway procedures: Intubation, video laryngoscopy, surgical cricothyrotomy, difficult airway access

Thoracic access: Thoracostomy & thoracotomy

Cranial access: Burr hole & Craniotomy

Orthopaedic procedures (upper limb): Fasciotomy & carpal tunnel release

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to Sep 9

Austin, Texas USA – September 7th, 8th and 9th 2018

A Body at Peace from A Body in Pieces

A Paradigm Shift…New Vision in Bodywork and Movement Science

Are you eager to dive deeper into the intersection of living anatomy, fascia and movement?


This ground-breaking workshop with clinical anatomist and movement educator, John Sharkey,  in collaboration with Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle, will take you on a visually rich journey of our human embryology and self-emergence. You will experience the integration of science, theories, evidence and lots of “real-time" kinesthetic experiences” … creating a visual and sensory feast, so you leave with tactile knowledge of the true nature of our human architecture.

“We can begin to see that a change of tension anywhere within a biotensegrity system, such as the mid back, is instantly signaled to everywhere else in the body chemically and mechanically. This structure works equally well right side up, upside down, in the sea, land, in the air or in space. It resolves many of the inadequacies of present biomechanical models. ” …John Sharkey, MSc

We will compare and contrast a linear biomechanical approach, to this pioneering, biotensegrity “Helical body” approach of continuously tensioned contractile fascial fabric…”Anatomy for the 21st Century”!

Full details and bookings: http://internationaltherapyevents.com/texas-2018/


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to Mar 10

Fascia Considerations for Surgeons-Dissection course 2018

This 5-day course, which is exclusive to surgeons, involves the use of fresh frozen cadaveric specimens. Clinical Anatomist John Sharkey (BACA) will lead dissections identifying anatomy relevant to a wide array of surgical procedures on fresh frozen cadavers ensuring we preserve tissue planes while simulating the surgical experience. Surgeon's will appreciate that fascia is a vital structure and knowledge is required to reduce surgical insults and prevent nerve damage. Anatomical knowledge of fascia is necessary to protect, and, if damaged, reconstruct. Full details are available on application. 




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