A Fluidic Approach to the Treatment of Connective Tissue - Oakville and Calgary

A 3-Day Class for Therapists
with Jane Eliza Stark


No force required - less strain on the therapist’s body - longer lasting results

This workshop challenges several of the commonly held paradigms regarding the understanding and treatment of fascial tissue. In particular, it focuses on the often overlooked, yet critically important role of loose connective tissue, not only in giving and maintaining the fascia’s fibrous form, but more so in the regulation of the health of the body. A mix of theory and practice, this workshop offers participants the visual advantage of viewing slides of freshly (non-preserved) dissected connective tissue in conjunction with the kinesthetic application of their hands on their workshop partners.

Using a comprehensive theoretical approach, her practical familiarity with dissection of fresh tissue, and years of clinical experience as an osteopathic manual practitioner and certified athletic therapist, Jane explains, demonstrates, and supervises the practice of a variety of therapeutic treatment applications on connective tissue using a fluidic, rather than a fibrous, approach. A fluidic approach on fascial restrictions allows the individual’s tissues to release quite effortlessly with no discomfort. In addition to attaining a new set of immediately applicable therapeutic tools, participants will notice how a fluidic approach puts less strain on their own bodies and results in more permanent results. As an added benefit, by practicing the techniques on each other, participants will experience a notable improvement in their own posture.

About the Instructor - Jane Eliza Stark, MS, CAT(c), R.Kin, D.O.M.P., DScO

Jane has had an active clinical practice since 1991, first as a certified athletic therapist since 1991, and beginning in 2003 as an osteopathic manual practitioner. She is also registered kinesiologist. Jane continually engages in continuing education courses, most notably an extensive study of Blechschmidt’s embryology with European instructors. (https://www.morphologicum.org)

On the academic side, Jane contributes regularly to the therapeutic literature and is most notably the author of Still’s Fascia (Jolandos 2007) and a contributor to the newly released book Fascia in the Osteopathic Field (Handspring Publishing 2017). Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.

Over the last 15 years, Jane has taught a fluidic approach to connective tissue on four continents and in 10 European countries. Jane also teaches complexity theory, histology, human embryology, techniques of the early osteopaths, spirituality in Osteopathy, and the history of osteopathy. Coupled with dissection of fresh tissue, this extensive background gives Jane the advantage of understanding connective tissue on multiple levels.


Jane Eliza Stark holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in Biology (1980) and a Master’s degree from Walden University in Clinical Research Administration (2014).

She also holds diplomas from Sheridan College in Sports Injury Management (1990), the College D’études Superior in Somatotheraphy (2001), and the Canadian College of Osteopathy, in Osteopathy (2003).

She has been the director of student research at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto since 2005.

Upcoming Courses

For answers to common questions see FAQ.



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Seminar:  Go with the Flow  - Fluidic Approach to Fascia - in English (with translation)

Contact - Anna ┼╗urowska - zurowska.a@gmail.com






May 28-31, 2020 - Munster

Seminar:  The Biography and Forgotten Techniques of William Garner Sutherland, DO (with translation)

Contact Kristin Makac  info@daom.de  +49 (0)251 49093194

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June 4-6, 2020 -  Neuss

Seminar:  Go with the Flow  - Fluidic Approach to Fascia - in English (with translation)

Contact Daniela or Philipp  info@ifaop.com

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December 10-13, 2020 - Berlin 

Seminar Understanding and Treating Acute Discogenic Injuries: From the Patient's Perspective (with translation)

Contact - Andreas Kasack  kasack@still-academy.de 

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March 18 - 21, 2021 - Leipzig

Seminar:  The Biography and Forgotten Techniques of William Garner Sutherland, DO (with translation)

Contact - Andreas Kasack  kasack@still-academy.de 





June 25-18 - Aldeneik

Seminar:   - The Biography and Forgotten Techniques of William Garner Sutherland - in English

Contact - Jean-Paul Hoppner  jp.hoppner@morphologicum.org + tel. 0032 89 56 37 30

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Apri 15-18, 2021, - Aldeneik     

Seminar:  Go with the Flow  - Fluidic Approach to Fascia - in English

Contact - Jean-Paul Hoppner  jp.hoppner@morphologicum.org + tel. 0032 89 56 37 30

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December 9-12, 2021 - Aldeneik     

Seminar -  The Biography and Forgotten Techniques of William Garner Sutherland - in English

Contact - Jean-Paul Hoppner  jp.hoppner@morphologicum.org + tel. 0032 89 56 37 30




November 27-29

Seminar - History of Osteopathy (with translation)

Contact - Juan Carlos Crespo www.eoraosteopathy.com      postgrados@fbeosteo.com




Seminar:  Go with the Flow  - Fluidic Approach to Fascia - in English (with translation)

Contact - Hafida Izelifdo izelfido@gmail.com 





September 18-20, 2020

Seminar - History of Osteoapthy

Contact - Juan Carlos Crespo www.eoraosteopathy.com      postgrados@fbeosteo.com




What is the “fluidic approach to fascia”?

In this course we almost completely ignore the fibres as they cannot be stretched manually unless they are firmly held and held for a very long period of time.
It will be shown through actual dissections on animal tissue that when a stretching force is placed on collagen fibres they do not stretch, rather they are distorted and thus they appear to have stretched. In fact there is no net change in length.

Instead the fluid within the connective tissue is addressed and in particular the loose connective tissue where the majority of the fluid is maintained as extracellular matrix.

How is the fluidic approach different from other fascial courses?

Unlike other courses where the emphasis is placed on the continuity of connective tissue – this course focuses on its contiguity. Whereas the continuity of fibres has a longitudinal emphasis – fascia contiguity is a layered approach from superficial to deep.

Think of the problem of pain or immobility not being a problem of length but rather a problem of one layer not being able to move or react in relationship with its over lying or under lying layer. These contiguous problems arise following prolonged immobilization—such as casting or bracing, or bed rest, following injury—especially where there was heavy bruising, or following repeated inflammation—such as in tendonitis conditions. In these cases longitudinal, stretching or a crossed hands release approach will have little effect.

Loose Connective Tissue - Jane Stark

What is the goal of the fluidic approach to fascia?

The course presents considerable theory so that the participant is able to realize and appreciate the scientific merit of working with the fluid component of connective tissue rather than struggling with its fibres.

Participants will realize that hundreds of years of rote teaching along with anatomy books which do not depict connective tissue’s fluid, matrix and cellular components, have given us a completely false sense of what fascia looks like and more importantly how it behaves and reacts to treatment.

High resolution pictures of fresh animal connective tissue (dense and loose), dissected by Jane, augment the need to view fascia from a differing perspective--that of fluid. Embryological development of connective tissue along with its histological features and wave mechanics, round out the lecture portion of the program.

The hands on approach is light and subtle. Jane puts her hands on each person so that they are able to feel the difference between a fibrous approach and a fluidic approach.

Many participants will experience that by working with the fluid within the connective tissue that emotional reactions may be invoked. In many cases it will be noted that these unintentional reactions play an important role as to why the dysfunctional region may have been resistant to other forms of treatment.

What is the format of the course?

Most of day one is lecture based: How we have come to think of fascia as being fibrous. Discussion centres around how embryologically, connective tissue develops from a fluid and how collagen fibres are the last elements of connective tissue to be formed. It is repeated multiple times that without the presence of fluid, connective tissue simply disintegrates and that stretching is futile.

Jane gives you the opportunity to develop a finer sense of palpation as she allows you to perceive fascia on an individual basis rather than telling you how it should feel. Armed with this skill she then takes you through a series of techniques which employ a fluid approach to the assessment and treatment of connective tissue. Techniques shown can be applied anywhere in the body – depending upon the participants’ knowledge of anatomy and their confidence in their palpatory ability.

During day 2, the anatomical regions emphasized are the Ilio-tibial tract, the shoulder, the inguinal ligament.

Day 3 focuses on the simple ways to improve and maintain posture using a fluid approach to the treatment of fascia.

Do participants receive supplementary course material?

Participants will receive a small handout but in fact the material is so well explained and so deeply assimilated that all one needs to remember upon leaving is to “Go with the Flow”.

Approaches to treatment will be very well explained and plenty of opportunity will be given to practice them, so that their application is well integrated into the participants’ memory.

All participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course to use towards CEU's for your respective disciplines.

The Fluidic Approach Advantage:

While a great deal of concentration is required, the work itself is physically effortless. The client is allowed to change under your hands. When the client’s body makes the changes then the changes are more long lasting than when an external force is applied.

Come out and see how effortless it is to treat connective tissue. Change your way of thinking about fascia and achieve increadible, lasting results.

What people are saying

Brigitte Petruzzi - TestimonialThis picture was made on a brillant day after rockclimbing in sunny Ticino, Switzerland August 31, 2015. The day was so brillant, because I was supposed to have knee surgery on that day. I participated in Jane Stark's amazing and special Fascia Course "Fluidic Approach to the Treatment of Fascia,” the week before. I had a fresh hematoma on my left leg, and was lucky enough to have Jane demontrate her technique on me with the class. My left knee had been compensating with years of trauma when I started this course. After Jane's work I quickly regained good stability and normal mobility back. I could jump and land on stones without any problem already one day later. This was my personal testing and confirmation to be back on track. I cancelled the surgery! My leg felt so unreal in the first few days. And as mentioned above, climbing a whole day one nice wall to its peak with a 'new' stable knee provided me with an undescrible grateful victory! :-) ..better than any podium in sports I ever reached. 1000 thank you’s to Jane Stark for helping me so much in the right moment. Also, for me as therapiest it was a great experience to participate in this course. I use it a lot in my clinic. I can recommend it to everyone who likes to work in profound and efficient ways on our clients bodies.

Liebe Grüsse
Brigitte Petruzzi

The course was a revelation to me, how important the fluid flow between the various layers of the fascia is... I learned how to approach the fascia with softness, to give the fluid freedom. As a result, I've been able to help a lot of people, even though it was sometimes a matter of old trauma, such as scars. You could see the scar ‘melting’ before your eyes. These are techniques I apply daily in my practice.

C. Bergmans

Jane Stark is a passionate osteopathic practitioner, a true knowledgeable and very inspiring woman in the field of osteopathy. Known internationally for her fascial work and the history of osteopathy. Her courses about the fluidal approach was a real eye-opener. The taught content is transferable into the daily practice right away. The course is an absolute must for every practitioner working with patients on a daily base.

Ralf Dornieden, DOMP, MSc DO, BA,

Nova Scotia/Canada

After my first course with Jane in 2013 I felt inspired in many ways. It felt as if I were a flowerpot in which innumerable seeds had been planted. 

First of all there was this fascination for our finder of osteopathy A.T. Still. By illustrating the historical background Jane helped me to understand more deeply that osteopathy is more than just a method to treat aches and pains but rather a medicine for the whole person that can be used for all kinds of diseases, including emotional or psychological ones. 

In her course the main aspect to look at is the fascia. That is one huge seed that really wants to be watered in me. I had always used fascial release techniques in my office but coming back from her course I had some very new insights in and new approaches with the fascia. I understood more fully the fluidic and embryological and anatomical aspect of fascia and its behaviour when the fluid is able to flow through. 

Absolutely overwhelming was the fact that there might come deep biographical information about the patient to the hands and to conciousness as knowledge by touching the fascia the way she teaches it. 

This is an absolutely new way of communication between the patient and the therapist, feeling the fascia respond to words and movements and thereby unfolding the inherent healing processes of the patient. Emotional responses are no longer a fear or a challenge to cope with but something that sometimes happens if the patient (as well as the therapist) is open to it. To me that makes osteopathy more complete in the treatment of the body-mind-spirit-unit that we are. 

More seeds are the way to observe the patient`s posture from a more functional and practical point of view or the new and exhausting exercises for the fascia that she shows. One big plus for Jane is that she is absolutely helpful with any sort of question coming up. She is willing to share her profound knowledge so that the students get the benefit they want. She helped me a lot to develop more faith in my own capacities, a trust in my own potential - one wonderful seed to go home with. 

Now I only need to water my fascination for Still, my intellect, my palpation skills, my experience with this kind of touch, my own exercises, my trust and in the end I will hopefully get a nice bunch of flowers. And because I keep neglecting some of it I keep coming back to take courses with Jane.

A. Pichol


I took your Fluidic Approach to Fascia course in Toronto in January. I absolutely loved it. I have been using many of the techniques and have had great success with them!
Thanks so much again. Even my National Field Hockey Players and Provincial Ice Hockey players have been in love with the new treatments.
Jen Mark. R.Kin., CAT(c),


I thoroughly enjoyed your perspective and information about the fascia. Lots of stuff that I've read about but never really had it all put together for me in a weekend course. It was so helpful to my palpation and my understanding of working with patients fascia. Your course has really changed the way I work, as well as listening to the patients tissues so that I can be more effective and precise as well as going with the flow!
C. Filler, RMT, DOMP


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