FSM Advanced – John Sharkey – Fascia Pre-conference Workshop


February 28, 2020 | 8:30am – 6:00pm

John Sharkey’s Pre-Conference workshop brings to the FSM community a new vision of anatomy and motion that will take your knowledge and experience of fascia from embryology through bio-tensegrity to cell-specific resonance and force transfer and create an entirely new appreciation of movement and therapeutic intervention. This exciting day of lecture and hands-on experience complements FSM and can be used in practice immediately.

Hotel Info:

One N. San Marcos Place
Chandler, Arizona 85225
Group Rate $189 + tax

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John is a senior lecturer with the University of Chester (Masters Degree in Neuromuscular Therapy) and NTC. An accredited Physiologist (BASES) and Clinical Anatomist (BACA and Anatomical Society). John offers dissection courses in Dundee University, King’s College, London, Imperial College London and Internationally. John is the founder of European Neuromuscular Therapy, Biotensegrity pioneer and author of several books “Concise Book of Muscles” (co-author 3rd edition), “Concise Book of Neuromuscular Therapy” and “Healing through Trigger Point Therapy: A Guide to Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction”, and “Concise Book of Dry Needling”-Practical Applications for Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling.

Having completed this workshop the learner will:

  • Describe human continuity from an embryological viewpoint- using hierarchical knowledge of anatomy to target the true source of insult
  • Illustrate how biotensegrity is the architectural framework of our fascial form
  • Discuss why human anatomy is based on a 4th dimension (using both a visual and tactile demonstration)
  • Explain how force transfer is possible from skilled practitioner to patient using resonance that is cell-specific, individual to the patient and complementary to FSM
  • Critique current well held models such as biomechanics using a science-based approach and offer a new vision of anatomy and motion
  • Theorize why Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century explains human movement in a new and exciting way
  • Apply new techniques based on biotensegrity principles that complement FSM and can be used and integrated into practice right away

“Everything that you normally think about – neuromuscular regulation, metabolic activity, improvement of circulation, breath, softening of the connective tissue are all the effects we will be influencing. I am very excited to share my 37 years of experience with FSM course participants and I look forward to meeting all of you” – John.


                                 John Sharkey, Clinical Anatomist MSc


John Sharkey, MSc. Clinical Anatomist

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Clinical Sciences,

University of Chester/NTC, Dublin, Ireland

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 John Sharkey is an international educator, author, and authority in the areas of Clinical Anatomy, Exercise Science, human movement and the manual treatment of chronic pain.  John is a graduate of the University of Dundee, University of Liverpool and the University of Chester. He completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies in the areas of exercise physiology, clinical anatomy and holds post-graduate qualifications in education. He is currently a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences, University of Chester/NTC, Dublin and is the program leader of the Biotensegrity focused full-body Thiel soft fix cadaver dissection courses held at the department of anatomy and human identification, Dundee University, Scotland. John also offers dissection courses across the globe.

John has been delivering human anatomy dissection courses for many years teaching the geometry of anatomy and movement from the unique Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century perspective. His presentations are respectful, dynamic, entertaining, educational and insightful.

John promotes his model of “Biotensegrity-anatomy for the 21st century” integrating the pioneering work of his mentor Dr. Stephen Levin MD. John has been teaching European Neuromuscular Therapy using living anatomy and specializing in chronic pain conditions. He is recognized as one of the worlds leading authorities on Fascia and Biotensegrity.  He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT), International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine and other professional journals.


British Association of Clinical Anatomists

Anatomical Society (Full member)

British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists

Member of REPS

European Health Fitness Association (Former Director)

Editorial Board Member Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT).

Editorial Board Member International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education & Practice

Reviewer, International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical Team Member, Olympic Council of Ireland

Association of Neuromuscular Therapists-member


Concise Book of Neuromuscular Therapy. A Trigger Point Manual. 2008. Sharkey, J. North Atlantic Books

“Healing through Trigger Point Therapy” A Guide to Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction”. Devin J. Starlanyl and John Sharkey; 2013. North Atlantic Books

The Concise Book of Dry Needling: A Practitioner’s Guide to Myofascial Trigger Point Applications. John Sharkey, 2017. North Atlantic Books

Concise Book of Muscles. 2016. Jarmey and Sharkey. North Atlantic Press.

Atlas of Anatomy for the 21st Century- due 2021. Edi Ermes publishing, Italy.

Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction-The trigger Point Manual 3rd Edition 2018. Travel and Simons. Edited by Joseph M. Donnelly. Wolters Kluwer (Chapter contribution by John Sharkey).

Forwards 2018

Fascia Dysfunction. Manual Therapy Approaches.  2018 Edited by Leon Chaitow. Forward by John Sharkey. Handspring Publishing

Biotensegrity. The Structural Basis of Life 2nd Ed. 2018  Graham Scarr. Forward by John Sharkey. Handspring Publishing

Seeking Symmetry. Finding Patterns in Human Health. 2018. Niall Galloway. Forward by John Sharkey. Handspring Publishing

Chapter contributions 2018/2019

Scars and Adhesions. In press: Due date 2019 Jan Trewartha. Chapter contribution by John Sharkey: Scars and Adhesions: A Clinical Anatomist’s experience of scars and adhesions in the cadaver. Handspring Publishing

Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. 2018 Travell, Simons and Simons. Edited by Joesph Donnelly. Chapter Contributed by John Sharkey Chapter 71, Long Toe Extensors

Fascia in Sport and Movement 2nd Ed. In Press: Due date 2019. Robert Schleip and Amanda Baker. Chapter Contributed by John Sharkey: Biotensegrity in Sport and Movement

Examples of scientific development and articles:

Dr. Jan b Eyskens a, John J, Sharkey b, Dr. Jeroen Staring c, Luc De Nil d, John August Appleton  e. In press

  1. 19th Congress of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA), London, England August 9th-11th 2019. John is the joint keynote speaker with Dr. Carla Stecco professor of anatomy in Padua University, Italy. Presentation is part of a Fascia Symposium regarding new research findings concerning fascia. 

2018  Fascia Net Plastination Project in conjunction with the Fascia Research Society and the von Hagen’s Plastinarium, Guben, Germany. Part 2, January 2020.

Article title: Fascia Net Plastination Project
Article reference: YJBMT1749
Journal title: Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies
Corresponding author: John Sharkey
First author: John Sharkey

Research Project by Sharkey, J. 2014-2019 Worlds First 3D Printed Model of the Fascia Profunda of Thigh. Supported by Fascia Research Society and 3D Life Prints, UK. 

Article title: Regarding: Update on fascial nomenclature-An additional proposal by John Sharkey MSc, Clinical Anatomist
Article reference: YJBMT1744
Journal title: Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies
Corresponding author: Dr. John Sharkey
First author: Dr. John Sharkey
Online publication complete: 6-DEC-2018
DOI information: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2018.11.006

Sharkey, J. 2018 Anatomy Matters. Journal of Yoga and Physiotherapy, Volume 3, Issue 5

Sharkey, J., Avison, J. 2015 Biotensegrity-Powering the fabric of human anatomy. Terra Rosa, July, Issue 15

Sharkey, J. 2018. Anatomy Matters. Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century informing bodywork and movement therapy. Journal of Massage and Myotherapy Australia.

Sharkey, J. 2016 Fascia and the Fallacy of Biomechanics. A three-part research review and update. Journal of Massage and Myotherapy, Australia.

Nan Zheng, Xiao-Ying Yuan, John Sharkey et al. 2014 Definition of the To Be Named Ligament and Vertebrodural Ligament and Their Possible Effects on the Circulation of CSF• August 2014

PLoS ONE 9(8):e103451

Sharkey, J. 2010. Anatomy of Human Fasciae. A review of current literature. Presentation to academic board of studies, Dundee University.


Hotel Room Reservations:

Group Rate $189.00/night + tax

Cut Off Date – Monday, January 20, 2020

Hotel’s Reservations Department


Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. –

11:00 p.m. Eastern, 7 days a week.



Group’s attendees are responsible for making their own reservations by calling the Hotel’s Reservations

Department at 1-877-685-5594 no later than the Cut-Off Date set forth below. Attendees should identify themselves as being part of Group when calling.

Descriptions of Hotel’s guest room types (including descriptions of guest rooms accessible to guests with disabilities) are available on Hotel’s website at www.CrownePlaza.com/ChandlerAZ or otherwise

available by calling Hotel’s Reservations Department at 1-877-685-5594. Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. –11:00 p.m. Eastern, 7 days a week. Reservations may also be made online through a custom website link. The link web address will be issued to you for your use upon receipt of the signed original contract.


All guest room rates are quoted exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, currently 11.67% occupancy tax. Tax and fees are subject to change without prior notice. Additional person is $10.00 per night for more than double occupancy. Guestroom occupancy is limited to four (4) persons per room. Check-In Time is 3:00 p.m. Check-Out Time is 12:00 noon. All guests arriving before 3:00 p.m. will be accommodated as rooms become available.


Guests will NOT be charged a daily resort fee of $15.00 plus tax per night.  When receiving a confirmation letter from making a reservation online or through our call center, it will automatically show a resort fee.  This is an IHG standard, however, since this has been waived per your contract, the hotel will absorb that fee upon check-in. Cancellations less than 48 hours prior to arrival or No Shows will result in a charge equal to one night’s room and tax.  Your rooms cutoff date is 1/20/20


Complimentary Internet in Guest rooms and Meeting rooms

The group rate will be available 3 days pre/post program dates, based upon availability


All attendee reservations must be accompanied by a first-night room deposit, or guaranteed with a major credit card of Group. The hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by one of the above methods.

Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to arrival will result in a charge equal to one night’s room and tax,

and the balance of the canceled reservation will be considered when calculating any Group attrition

charges. Early departures and no-shows will result in the same charge and consequence. If a rooming

list is sent by Group, Group will be responsible for no-shows if a credit card is invalid or declined.

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If you require an early check-in you will need to book the night before, otherwise, early check-ins can be requested, however, they are not guaranteed.  Cancellations less than 48 hours prior to arrival or No Shows will result in a charge equal to one night’s room and tax.


In the event a guest who has requested a room within the Room Block checks out prior to the guest and reserved checkout date, Hotel will add an early checkout fee of one night’s room and tax to that guest and individual account. Guests wishing to avoid an early checkout fee should advise Hotel at or before check-in of any change in planned length of stay.


Reservations by Group and attendees against the Room Block must be received on or before Monday,

January 20, 2020 (the “Cut-Off Date”). At the Cut-Off Date, Hotel will review the reservation pickup for the Event, release the unreserved rooms for general sale, and determine whether or not it can

subsequently, accept reservations based on space and rate-available basis at the group rate after this