The Intimate Spring of the Fascial Network

Fascia is the soft part of our connective tissue. It houses billion more nerve ending then any other part of our body. Essentially it is the way we feel life. In this workshop, we will “wake-up” this sensory organ that runs throughout our entire body through hands on palpation, compression and elastic pull and recoil. Kathleen teach fascial hydration and softening techniques she learned in her studies of the melt method and axis syllabus as well as through her own practice. Undulations that ride on the bounce of one’s fascia will be explored. Focus will be placed on tracing the spiral-line and softening through the hip and pelvic floor area. At first these explorations will be done on your own. We will then receive or give and finally provide this fascial activation in a contact dance. The intention of these dances is to massage the “clay” of our bodies until it warms and soften and surrenders into sensation. There will be time to discuss how the experience of the workshop might have changed your sensation of the world and your relationship with others.

Neurodiversity (Discussion)

Kathleen is an axis syllabus teacher candidate and registered psychotherapist. She self identifies as having high functioning autism and is also mom of six-year-old Wyatt, who is diagnosed with high functioning autism. Neurodiversity education is one of her passions.

Kathleen led the following discussion on Neurodiversity at the Toronto 2017 Axis Syllabus Teachers’ Lab. She defined Neurodiversity as an approach that suggests diverse neurological conditions appear as a result of normal variations in human experience. This challenges prevailing views of neurological diversity as inherently pathological. The Neurodiversity movement asks that neurological differences be recognized and respected as a social category on par with gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability status. The movement rejects the idea that neurological differences need to cured. Instead, they support the idea that neurological differences be accepted as part of the spectrum of experiences, rather than a disease or disorder. The movement also discourages therapies aimed at making neural-divergent people more “normal”, and instead supports interventions aimed at reducing suffering and helping individuals achieve their life goals.

Kathleen then placed everyone in the teacher’s lab group in a diagonal line. This was a human graph in which the first person on the diagonal represented a person who was 100% neuro-typical and everyone going up the line were increasingly neuro-divergent, or neuro-atypical.


Kathleen Rea danced with Ballet Jörgen Canada, National Ballet of Canada & Tiroler Landestheater (Austria). Kathleen is a certified instructor of the Melt Method (Hand and Feet) and teaches Contact Dance Improvisation at George Brown Dance. She has choreographed over 40 dance works and been nominated for five DORA awards. Kathleen is a recipient of a K. M. Hunter Choreographic Award. Kathleen is a published author (“The Healing Dance”, Charles C. Thomas). She has a Master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy and is a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) with a private practice for the past 15 years. In January 2015 Kathleen became a candidate teacher of the Axis Syllabus. Recently Kathleen graduated as a Brian Advancement Coach (Pyramid of Potential Method). She is the director of REAson d’etre dance productions who produces both the Wednesday Dance Jam and the Contact Dance International Film Festival.