Over the next few weeks we will be serialising an article about the Human Fascial Net Plastination Project. Originally written for Massage and Bodywork magazine,by Rachelle L. Clauson with Tjasa Cerovsek Landes and David Lesondak, the article explains the project and a number of the anatomical areas worked on within the project. Jihan Adem, Founder of Bowen College UK has been part of the project from its onset.
The Human Fascial Net Plastination Project (FNPP) is a collaboration of the Fascia Research Society, Somatics Academy, and the Gubener Plastinate (GmbH) in Guben, Germany, and is directed by Robert Schleip, PhD, John Sharkey, MSc, and Carla Stecco, MD. Follow their work at www.fasciaresearchsociety.org/ plastination and www.facebook.com/ fasciaplastination
Like world explorers mapping uncharted territory, a group of scientists, researchers, therapists, and anatomy enthusiasts set out in January 2018 to bring us our first look at fascia in a way it’s never been seen. Their mission? To create the world’s first 3D human fascial net plastinated forms.
Led by fascia research scientist Robert Schleip, clinical anatomist John Sharkey, professor of anatomy Carla Stecco, and director of anatomy and plastination Vladimir Chereminskiy, the Fascial Net Plastination Project (FNPP) is taking place in collaboration with the Plastinarium in Guben, Germany, the world headquarters for the internationally acclaimed Body Worlds exhibition. Now, these pioneering methods that brought Body Worlds to the public will help bring fascial anatomy education to the masses as well.
What is Plastination?
Plastination, invented in 1977 by scientist and anatomist Gunther von Hagens, MD, is the groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving anatomical specimens for scientific study and medical education. A revolutionary method of cadaver tissue preservation, plastination permanently infuses the tissue with silicone rubber, enabling it to be viewed, touched, and studied with a level of detail and durability that was previously impossible. This method for displaying human anatomy for study and education grew to world fame and recognition through the Body Worlds international touring exhibitions.
Similar to the Body Worlds exhibits, the mission of the FNPP is to create permanently fixed human fascia specimens to help people understand the complex ubiquity of fascia, what it looks like, and where it is found. These specimens will be exhibited for the first time at the Fifth Fascia Research Congress in Berlin, Germany, in November 2018 (www.fasciacongress.org). This exhibition will mark the completion of the first phase of an ambitious, three year plan to create the world’s first all-fascia, whole-body plastinates that will become a part of Body Worlds.
“To see this project finally coming to life, and with such an international team behind it, is almost unbelievable for me,” says Robert Schleip, PhD, director of FNPP. Adds FNPP’s Carla Stecco, MD, orthopedic surgeon and professor of human anatomy and movement sciences at the University of Padova, Italy: “This is a unique opportunity to get outside the laboratory and communicate the meaning of fascia in a direct way to all people—to show its continuity through the body, its resilience, and its perfect structure. This project will open the eyes of any who, until now, were not confident about the importance of fascia.”