Webinar Fascia, fabrica of ‘fabric’ – On the origin of fascia – Jaap van der Wal

E-Learning - Online session
Jaap van der Wal MD PhD

€ 60,00



22 Apr until 23 Apr
10:00 - 13:00

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Fascia, fabrica of ‘fabric’ – On the origin of fascia.

About the origin of fascia. Fascia understood through the eyes of dynamic embryologist and holistic anatomist Jaap van der Wal.

This course

Wednesday 22 April from 10 am to 1 pm (CEST)
Thursday 23 April, from 10 am to 1 pm (CEST)

This webinar consists of 2 parts. Part 1 will take place on April 22, 2020 and part 2 on April 23, 2020. You can only register for both.

With an article with the above title, Jaap van der Wal, MD PhD, anatomist-embryologist (and phenomenologist, and morphologist and philosopher), more or less says goodbye to a decade of contribution to and participation in fascia research. Since his first presentation in 2009 for the 2nd International Fascia Research Congress (Amsterdam), he has contributed to the imaging and understanding of fascia by means of lectures, lectures, seminars and workshops. He also participated in the committee of the Fascia Research Society which finally formulated a generally accepted definition of fascia in 2015.

Warning to osteopaths: this seminar / webinar is not a practical course. It is a theoretical-philosophical reflection on Fascia. What it is and why it matters? The view that fascia might be considered a system or organ does not stem from mainstream medical anatomy and physiology. Connective and supporting tissues are considered there as one of the four basic tissues of the body. However, the fact that fascia could be approached as an ‘organ’ or system originates in principle from the philosophy and theory of osteopathy (AT Still).

Osteopaths also often forget that the human image of osteopathy is in principle not based on the mainstream analytical and anatomical image of (hu)man but arises from a human image that starts from the human being as being of body AND mind. That is the principle of the Triune Man or tripartite (hu)man. In fascia research circles, however, this fact sometimes threatens to be snowed under in an attempt to define a system such as fascia in anatomical and medical frameworks. That is qualitate qua impossible. If the connective tissue in the human body is organized as a system, this cannot by definition be based on an anatomical principle. Because the anatomical scientific mentality thinks the human as ‘built up’ from parts and organs, while thinking in fascia requires architectural thinking and figures an organ or system that creates relations between the parts. Van der Wal calls this “architecture versus anatomy”. His contribution to conceptualize the ‘anatomy’ of fascia has been to think more and more in terms of force relationships, that is architecture, and this is leaning against the biotensegrity model or principle. Thinking in biotensegrity and architecture is not contrary to, but more complementary to thinking in biomechanics and anatomy. In this seminar an attempt will be made to connect both principles. It will become apparent that the study of the embryology (or the embryonic development) of the fascia can solve the problem of the discrepancy between the osteopathic view of man and the medical-scientific view of man.

The whole webinar is based upon a phenomenological approach.


Literature and information

Above mentioned article, more articles and also PowerPoint presentations of previous seminars and lectures are available via the website of Jaap van der Wal www.embryo.nl (in English, German and in Dutch).

One has to click Knowledge Bank (Kennisbank), next to click on Fascia Specific (Fascia Specifiek). Recommended: Fascia. Fabrica or Fabric 2020. Direct link:

NL https://www.embryo.nl/10022-fascia-and-the-humani-corporis-fabrica-2020

EN https://www.embryo.nl/10023-fascia-and-the-fabrica-of-the-human-body-2020

Short table of contents.


22 April 2020 10:00 till 13:00

Technical details concerning the seminar. Create your own definition of fascia. Introduction about Jaap and fascia, quotes and definitions. Anatomy leads to the parts, architecture leads to relationships. And still the two ground each other. Or is it a two-stream land that might come together?

Short break

The embryo or the body as a process. Connective tissue: separating and connecting. Muscle and connective tissue in the Posture and Locomotion System: in parallel or in series. Continuity or anatomy? A connective tissue sparing dissection of the elbow region. It’s not only about Where, it’s also about How. Pressure and tension, struts and cables; tensegrity. Articular joints are not hinges! “Muscle anatomy” versus vesture anatomy or architecture.

23 April 2020 10:00 till 13:00

Tensegrity as a principle. The muscleman enlarged with dynaments About the “dynament” and Biotensegrity. And about Motion / movement versus shaping / Gestaltung. Blechschmidt’s idea of “no physical forces but gestures”.

Proprioception is organized according to architecture, not according to anatomy.

Short break

Introduction into fascia as ‘organ’ of the Inner and innerness. ‘Mesoderm’ and mesenchyme as primary fascia. Two fascia definitions. About polarities, Triune Man and consciousness.