Archive - July 2013


…as a teacher (as well as an RN), it makes my day to be teaching with the models now. I know my students are really learning anatomy by building in clay both in my live classes and my distance learning interactive television classes. I cannot imagine learning anatomy and physiology without the models!

Valerie Heuchert, RN, Health Careers Instructor, North Valley Career and Technical Center, Grafton, ND

Upcoming Foot & Ankle Workshop in Denver

Dancers Amy Anderson and Greg Gonzales will be teaching a Foot & Ankle Workshop at the Formative Haptics Center in Denver. The Center hosts our beautiful education facility where we utilize the ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System as well as other hands-on learning opportunities related to anatomy.

Here is more information about the workshop:

After having worked in Dance Medicine for 20 years, Amy Anderson has helped dancers in all styles of dance, professional and non-professional alike. She has developed a series of very effective exercises and stretches that can aid in the prevention and rehabilitation of foot and ankle issues in dancers. Coupled with the Anatomy in Clay session taught by Gregory Gonzales, the dancer learns musculoskeletal anatomy and how to identify trouble spots and apply the therapeutic exercises.

The combination is surprisingly simple and logical, and results in better body awareness, greater strength, as well as injury prevention.

Workshop Date: Saturday August 1o, 2013 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Visit the Formative Haptics Center website for more information:

Calling all Horse Lovers!

If you are a horse lover, why do you believe it is important to study equine anatomy? What are the benefits to you as a horse person?

We want to hear from you! Let us know why you see value in learning the muscles and their attachment sites, as well as understanding the relationships between form and function related to equine anatomy.

Thanks for your valuable input!

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Why Should Dancers Study Anatomy?

Surprisingly, many dancers use their bodies their entire career without really knowing anything about them. There are many reasons why learning anatomy may benefit a dancer.

For instance, if a dancer is experiencing pain due to improper alignment or body positioning, understanding anatomy may enable the dancer to make the proper adjustments that may alleviate the strain.

In the event of an injury, a dancer may be able to communicate more effectively about the nature of their pain, which in turn will support them on their way to recovery.

Furthermore, a deep understanding of anatomy may reduce fears associated with injuries as the physical body is no longer sensed as a mystery.

Studying anatomy also enhances body awareness. A dancer will benefit from the increased intuitive connection to their own anatomy—feeling the joints and muscles and all the ways they move, as well as how the body functions as a whole.

Dancers’ bodies are their instruments for expression. Learning anatomy through clay building not only compliments the art form of dance, it is in art in itself that brings many lifelong benefits.


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