Fascial Release for Structural Balance

Fascial Release for Structural Balance by James Earls & Tom Myers joins your manual therapy skills together with the exciting new field of structural therapy, which employs the unique and newly discovered properties of fascial tissues. By learning to intelligently work with the variety of fascial tissues, a bodyworker or therapist can help with many chronic conditions, providing immediate and lasting pain relief, as well as reducing the strains that contribute to movement limitations.


This thoroughly revised edition of the authoritative reference Fascial Release for Structural Balance expands its extensive library of techniques and includes all of the most current research on the role and treatment of fascia and myofascia in the body. James Earls and Thomas Myers offer the reader more sophisticated testing to explore the relationship between anatomical structure and function, making this updated edition an essential guide for every practitioner.

Fascia, the biological fabric surrounding muscles, bones, and organs, plays a crucial role in both mobility and stability. By learning to intelligently work with the variety of fascial tissues, a bodyworker or therapist can help with many chronic conditions, providing immediate and lasting pain relief, as well as reducing the strains that contribute to movement limitations. The authors argue that approaching fascial restriction requires “a different eye, a different touch, and tissue-specific techniques.”

This book offers a detailed introduction to structural anatomy and fascial release therapy, including “bodyreading”—global postural analysis—coupled with complete technique descriptions. The book features 150 color photographs that clearly demonstrate each technique. Earls and Myers, both respected bodywork professionals, provide any bodywork practitioner using manual therapy—including physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, myofascial trigger point therapists, and massage therapists—the information they need to deliver effective treatments and create systemic change in clients’ posture and function.


This book represents the long-awaited ‘day in, day out’ reference manual for fascia-orientated bodywork and movement practitioners, virtually irrespective of their structural persuasion or professional background. For indeed, it does appear to tick just about every box in the repertoire.
Alongside Thomas Myers’ more theoretical Anatomy Trains (2009) title, it is a must-have reference tool for any present, future, or former student of this approach to bodywork. Its breadth and level of detail could not fail to benefit – and no doubt challenge – the most experienced of bodywork or movement therapists. Sincere congratulations to the authors for achieving such a widely-appealing ‘companion’!
Finally… Perhaps the cover should carry the Health Warning: ‘Readers may develop an irrepressible, incurable passion for “Anatomy according to fascia”!’
Tanya ball, Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies

“What a great idea to combine James Earls ‘ expertise and philosophy with Tom Mvers’ classic contributions to structural bodywork. This is the long-awaited expansion of the Anatomy Trains theoretical concepts into a clearly written. functional ‘how to ‘manual that is a must-read textbook for all bodyworkers of all ranges of experience – not just structural integrators.” Art Riggs, author of Deep Tissue Massage: A Visual Guide to Therapy Techniques

“Fascial release has never been made more understandable and achievable – a well illustrated and excellent read.” Leon Chaitow, ND, DO,

“This book is a thorough and refreshing approach to regional fascial release technique.” Erik Dalton, PhD, author of Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques

“With a wonderfull blend of art and science, this text brings together many aspects of structural change grounded ill anatomical precision . It lets you see the relationships surrounding the body and how they link to pro duce the various patterns you will see ill your clients: equally importantly, it gives you the strategies to address them.” Robert Schleip, PhD, MA, Director of Fascia Research Project , Institute of Applied Physiology, Ulm University. Research Director of the European Rolfing Association

About the Authors:

James Earls first trained in bodywork in 1991 before studying with Tom Myers in 2000. He now practices Structural Integration and massage therapy in Belfast and is the director of Ultimate Massage Solutions and Kinesis UK, which bring high quality training in the Anatomy Trains approach, Fascial Release Technique and Structural Integration throughout Europe. James is a popular presenter and writes regularly for a range of bodywork magazines. More information can be found at www.ultimatemassagesolutions.com

Thomas Myers has practiced integrative structural therapy for over 30 years in a variety of clinical and cultural settings. He is the author of Anatomy Trains (Elsevier 2001, 2009) and numerous articles for journals and trade publications. Tom directs Kinesis, Inc., which offers certification in Structural Integration and continuing professional development courses worldwide for manual and movement therapists from many professions. Information is available at www.AnatomyTrains.com