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David Lesondak’s highly successful book serves as a primer for massage therapists, physical therapists, osteopaths, yoga and Pilates teachers, fitness professionals, and medically qualified professionals, giving a good grasp of what fascia is and what it does in the body. Its success derives from the fact that it explores and explains scientific material in a way that is readable and applicable in practice to therapists, teachers and clinicians.

The book has a strong storyline, with each chapter logically connecting to the next, rather like fascia itself! Informative and satisfying to read, it gives the reader an understanding of fascia as a tissue, its role in the various systems of the body and its clinical significance. By the end of the book the reader has a solid working knowledge of fascia.

What leading bodywork and movement teachers say about Fascia: What it is and why it matters:


  • ‘For everyone interested in getting a better overview of the workings of fascia, this book will become your road map.’ Professor Andry Vleeming
  • ‘Sensitively written with an admirable understanding of fascia’s clinical importance and complex functions, this important book strips away myth, and provides clarity.’ Leon Chaitow
  • ‘I found Lesondak’s writing style to be rich, insightful and engaging. I highly recommend his book as a must have for any fascia library.’ Eric Franklin
  • ‘It’s what every student of mine needs!’ P J O’Clair, Master Instructor Trainer, Merrithew Pilates

David Lesondak joined Elizabeth Larkam in our webinar series Moved to Learn! to discuss the latest research and current thinking in the field of fascia and its importance for all massage therapists in terms of what they learn and what they do.

Additional information

ISBN 9781909141551
Edition No 1
Pages 176
Illustrations 110 full colour images
Binding Paperback
Dimensions 246 x 189 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 15 September 2017

Author biography

David Lesondak is an allied health member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where he maintains a clinical practice in structural integration, visceral manipulation, and other fascial modalities at UPMC’s Center for Integrative Medicine. He has been a clinical bodyworker/structural integrator for over 25 years. Certified in Kinesis Myofascial Therapy by Thomas Myers, he is also a Board Certified Structural Integrator, Fascial Fitness Trainer, Visceral Manipulator via the Barral Institute and also certified by Ann and Chris Frederick as a Fascial Stretch Therapist, Level One. Since 2010, he has video-taped and edited 88 individual scientific presentations resulting in 55 hours of finished lectures from the most forward-thinking researchers in the field of fascia. In all cases he had to access the presenters slides and data and formed good working relationships with the presenters. These projects fostered ongoing partnerships with both the Fascia Research Department at Ulm University and the International Fascia Research Congress.. Prior to this, he conceived, edited, and produced Anatomy Trains Revealed, a 3-DVD companion to the best-selling book. These DVDs present the Anatomy Trains system through investigations and explorations in various cadaver labs over a 5-year period. He is a busy lecturer on the topic of fascia and fascia-based therapies and have presented internationally to such groups as Fascia Research Group at Ulm University; Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine; Natural Health Practitioners of Canada; and Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine Education (IMPriME). David was a Kinesis faculty member from 2003—2008, teaching dozens of hands-on/theoretical workshops in the US, Canada, and UK from 2007 – 2015. He also runs the blog

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