Phil Earnhardt is a software engineer by training. He started taking Pilates classes in 2000. While he really liked the classes and the results, he didn’t understand at all why it worked. Phrases like, “Pilates can lengthen the spine” made absolutely no sense whatsoever.

After asking one too many “why” questions after class, one of Phil’s teachers referred him to Gil, a local Feldenkrais instructor. Gil referred Phil to the text Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers. This text presents a new model for musculosksletal anatomy: our musculoskeletal structure is organized into “myofascial meridians” — long lines of tension — that determine posture and movement.

Phil then found Dr. Stephen Levin’s Biotensegrity website. Levin, a retired Osteopathic Surgeon, makes the case for biotensegrity: nature’s use of tensegrity in our biological systems at a molecular, cellular, and gross anatomy layers. Equally important, he clearly explains why the traditional tightly-coupled “levers and hinges” model is wholly inadequate to describe the posture and movement in the body.

Finally, Phil found Tom Flemmons, a creator of tensegrity-based functional anatomical models. These unique models allow hands-on exploration into the dynamics of our musculoskeletal system. Tom works closely with Dr. Levin; he continues to refine the models.

Besides hosting this website, Phil presents a half day course, Floating the Bones, about floating compression models: what they are, why they’re valuable to understand, and how we can develop/enhance the springiness/resiliency of our bodies. He also consults with body/mind instructors on business marketing, internet presence, and web design.