The Fascia Training Academy is a collaborative educational entity with the mission of expanding our practical understanding of how the fascia system impacts athletic performance and injury resilience with an emphasis on providing the latest evidence-based research information, tools, and training techniques.
OUR ADVISORS AND CONTRIBUTORS ARE AMONG THE LEADING EXPERTS IN THE FIELD.
THOMAS FINDLEY, MD, Ph.D.
Founder, Fascia Research Congress
Thomas Findley is the founder of the Fascia Research Congress and a leading expert on the subject of fascial dynamics. He holds a Ph.D. in physical medicine and is extensively trained in physical therapy, exercise physiology, psychology, and anthropology. Dr. Findley is a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School.
Human Biologist, Psychologist, Fascia Research Expert
Robert Schleip is a human biologist and psychologist. His area of expertise is fascia research. He graduated from the University of Heidelberg in 1980 with a degree in psychology. 1977-1983 he trained as a Certified-Advanced-Rolfer and 1984-1987 as a Feldenkrais teacher.
In 2006 he received his doctorate in human biology from the University of Ulm. His doctoral thesis on active fascial contractility was awarded with the Vladimir Janda Prize for Musculoskeletal Medicine.
Schleip was co-initiator of the first International Fascia Congress 2007 at the Harvard Medical School in Boston (1st Fascia Research Congress), which marked the breakthrough for modern fascia research, as well as the subsequent congresses. He was a member of the scientific committee at all events in this series.
Schleip has been Director of the Fascia Research Group, Division of Neurophysiology at the University of Ulm since 2008.
Schleip has been the organizer the organizer of the event “CONNECT – Connective Tissues in Sports Medicine” in 2013 and 2017 together with the sports physician Prof. Jürgen Steinacker.
He is also Executive Research Director of the European Rolfing Association,
Vice President of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation, and Board Member of the Fascia Research Society.
As a lecturer he teaches in physiotherapy, orthopaedics and training science. He is the author and publisher of specialist publications on the subject of “Fascia” and is present in the media on this subject.
Divo G. Müller
Alternative Practitioner, Body Therapist, and Author
Divo is a pioneer in innovative movement programs, author of several books, numerous articles and DVDs. Her last book is available in English: ‘Train your fascia-tone your body’. As a core member of an international group of sport scientists, fitness coaches and movement therapists, supervised by the Fascia Research Group Germany (Robert Schleip PhD), she translates the actual findings of fascia research into specific training programs for the connective tissues: ‚Fascial Fitness’ (FF) and the Fascial Pelvic Floor Training (FPT) Divo is the director of the Somatics Academy Munich and sucessfully teaches Courses and Trainings worldwide.
Founder, Integral Fascial Yoga
Daniela Meinl has founded INTEGRAL FASCIAL YOGA and is a leading expert on the topic of the integration of fascia training into Yoga, Pilates and Fitness and has led teacher trainings worldwide for many years.
She has been a co-director of the Germany-based Fascial Fitness Association that played a fundamental role in the development and education of Fascia Training.
Her first book “The comprehensive Guide on Fascial Yoga” is currently being translated from German to English and will be available soon.
Founder, Institute of Motion
Michol Dalcourt is an internationally recognized expert in human movement and performance. He is the founder and Director of the Institute of Motion, inventor of the fitness tool “ViPR PRO®” and co-founder of PTA Global. As an international lecturer and educator, Michol has authored numerous articles on human design and function, developed a series of performance videos and created and athletic model for high performance training.
PHIL WAGNER MD
Founder & CEO, Sparta Science
Phil Wagner is founder and CEO of Sparta Science, as well as a certified physician and strength coach. Phil received his medical degree from USC focused on biomechanics. Phil’s passion for protecting athletes through injury resilience coupled with his medically-oriented mindset inspired him to found Sparta Science, a movement technology and data science company focused on musculoskeletal health.
BILL PARISI B.B.A., C.S.C.S.
Founder & CEO, Parisi Speed School
Bill Parisi is the founder and CEO of the Parisi Speed School franchise. With an international team of coaches and facilities in more than 100 locations worldwide, the Parisi Speed School has trained more than 650,000 athletes between the ages of 7 and 18 and produced first-round draft picks in every professional sport—including more than 145 NFL draft picks—and a host of Olympic medalists and champion UFC fighters.
STUART McGILL Ph.D.
Stu McGill has authored 240+ scientific journal papers and mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey. As a consultant, he has provided expertise on low back injury to various government agencies, many corporations and legal firms and professional international athletes and teams worldwide. He is also the author of Back Mechanic, Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance, and Gift of Injury
Optimal Human Motion
The OHM story began with a physicist, company founder Dave Schmidt, and a question: Can we build exercise equipment true to the complex, dynamic way we interact with the physical world?
A lifelong cyclist, sailor, rower, and cross-country skier, Dave was repeatedly frustrated by the dull experience of indoor exercise equipment relative to outdoor activities they claim to simulate. This led to close examination of the physics of motion and force production, and realization that its most defining characteristic is variability. The challenge was clear – develop exercise technology that will allow for our naturally variable expression of force in motion.
The result – OHM Delta-Kinetic™ resistance – responds intuitively to the way we move by giving the user control of every variable – resistance, speed, and path of motion. In even early prototype form, the benefits of the approach were clear, recapturing the “feel” Dave sought, while improving exercise safety, efficiency, and effectiveness. The responsive nature of the technology also allowed for a significant advance in biometric data tracking.
OHM has subsequently attracted a world-class group of advisors and partners from the fitness, wellness and performance training industries and is committed to delivering its technology to all areas of health and human movement.