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A B M P m e m b e r s e a r n F R E E C E a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / c e b y r e a d i n g M a s s a g e & B o d y w o r k m a g a z i n e 61 What makes your cadaver lab different than other cadaver labs? BT: Our lab is different primarily because we are independent, so we can create classes independent of a prescribed syllabus. Also, the fact that we can get history on our donors makes the learning we offer even deeper. When you receive a donor from the state anatomical board, there is cause of death and age but nothing more; we try to understand how that person lived so we can see adaptation patterns that were created during their lives and the impact it had on their bodies. Also, because Jim and I are in the world of manual therapy/complementary alternative medicine, we are able to apply the anatomy that participants see to their manual or movement therapy profession. JP: As therapists, we always see and palpate the body through the skin. We can only guess at what we are feeling underneath. In the lab, we get to see and palpate a body with the outer layers removed. We get to see what we are compressing or, in my case, putting needles into. We can move the muscles and fascia to see how they react. We can often see the depth of scars and other vestiges of injury or surgery. It has greatly changed my practice for the better. BT: I would like to add that we also host other continuing education instructors in the fields of manual and movement therapies and complementary alternative medicine. They can offer observational cadaver lab workshops, demonstrating the anatomy we have already dissected. Or they can offer dissection cadaver lab workshops, with either embalmed or fresh-tissue cadavers, allowing their participants to perform the actual dissection. We also have a lecture classroom and a manual therapy treatment table for their use. In this way, they can link the fundamental anatomy they have just seen in the cadavers, that underlies their technique, with the lecture and hands-on application of their technique. What are your goals with The Institute for Anatomical Research? BT: Going forward, I would love to see The Institute for Anatomical Research become the place where everyone feels they are able to come and learn at whatever level they please. I would like our institute to be the leader in creating an understanding of function and dysfunction, so we can help massage therapists and other manual and movement professionals become more effective at treating people in pain and discomfort. I would like the institute to offer a place to learn at a level beyond what the books teach us. It has been an honor and a privilege to create and run this cadaver lab, and I am gratified that anyone and everyone who wants access to this learning now has the opportunity to do so. JP: And, as Bonnie said, the lessons we learn in the lab are to be shared with the greater public as well. Everybody can benefit from understanding how the body functions and how it experiences dysfunction. We want to continue our mission of reaching out and helping therapists, and even the general public, learn more about the human body and what we can do to improve our health. We are constantly looking to improve our outreach and educational opportunities. I would like to extend my hand to anyone who would like to join us on this mission. If someone is interested in contacting you to learn about how they can learn or teach at your lab, how would they do so? BT: They can contact me through our website,, or email me directly at JP: We look forward to seeing you at our lab, which, by the way, is located right at the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains! Joseph E. Muscolino, DC, has been a manual and movement therapy educator for more than 30 years. He is the author of multiple textbooks, including The Muscular System Manual: The Skeletal Muscles of the Human Body (Elsevier, 2017); The Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual with Trigger Points, Referral Patterns, and Stretching (Elsevier, 2016); and Kinesiology: The Skeletal System and Muscle Function (Elsevier, 2017). He is also the author of 12 DVDs on manual and movement therapy and teaches continuing education workshops around the world, including a certification in Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT), and has created Digital COMT, a video streaming subscription service for manual and movement therapists, with new content added each and every week. Visit for more information or reach him directly at

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