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The Protection of Our Donors
February 17, 2019

Recently, there was a very in-depth investigation on the TV show W5 about fraudulent usage of human cadavers. The investigation focused on an individual named Arthur Rathburn, the owner of International Biological Inc.. This man procured donated cadavers from a large donor program, Biological Resource Center of Illinois in Chicago, and then sold individual parts to researchers and educators, some tissue coming to Canada. He did this without the knowledge of donor family members as they entrusted their loved ones to the program in Chicago. He also did not follow or comply with legal requirements regarding infectious disease screening for tissue entering Canada.

Somatic Explorations has NEVER utilized the services of International Biological Inc or Biological Resource Center of Illinois. Somatic Explorations has always put the dignity, respect and protection of the donors first and foremost! We have spent a vast amount of time researching and choosing where all of the donor tissue comes from that is utilized at Somatic Explorations. With that in mind and for full transparency, all specimens that have come from the United States has been procured through Life Legacy and United Tissue Network. Both organizations are non-profit and fully compliant with the American Association of Tissue Banks. It is important to the Lab that all tissue that enters Somatic Explorations Inc. is freely donated. The Lab only deals with donor programs that interact directly with donor families.

Somatic Explorations Inc. is fully complaint with all laws in Canada. We have even been fortunate enough to have had organizations referred to the Lab from the University of British Columbia.

The ONLY reason participants can experience the amazing learning that happens at Somatic Explorations is because of the incredibly generous gifts of our donors and their families. These selfless individuals deserve our utmost respect and gratitude!

Chris Hagey, RMT

The world is coming to Somatic Explorations
March 20th, 2012

The Lab is ready to host the 3rd International Fascial Congress 2-day pre-conference fascial dissection workshop. Participants from as far away as United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, and Australia will be attending. Chris Hagey, Carla Stecco, and Patrick Coughlin will be guiding 48 participants through the fascia of the extremities and trunk utilizing six donors.

Two GREAT classes in Maui
March 15th, 2012

Two 1-day upper extremity classes were held at the Maui School of Therapeutic Massage on March 2nd and 3rd. Everyone got so much out of being able to see what truly is inside the human body. All the participants were both wired and exhausted at the end of the day. But when you are in Maui you can always go down to the beach and cleanse the body and spirit with the powers of the ocean!

Somatic Explorations Workshops to be Delivered in the United States
October 15, 2011

Somatic Explorations has completed the paperwork to allow workshops to be delivered in the United States. One Day Upper Extremity and One Day Internal Organ workshops will soon be available in select cities in the US.
Please check the schedule for a course near you!

Somatic Explorations Workshops Are Going on the Road
July 22, 2011

Chris will be traveling to Nelson and the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences to deliver One Day Upper Extremity workshops on August 6th, 7th and 8th.

BC Ambulance Approves Continuing Ed at the Lab
March 8, 2011

BC Ministry of Health Services has approved all of Somatic Explorations offerings for continuing education for BC Paramedics.

In-depth Forearm and Hand Dissection Added to Course List
January 22, 2011

The first in-depth forearm and hand dissection was held today with 9 participants and 3 specimens.

The excitement and 'AH HA' moments were fantastic!

Somatic Explorations at the Massage Foundation in Seattle, WA
May 12th, 2010

Somatic Explorations is a sponsor and attending the Massage Foundation 'Highlighting Massage Therapy in CIM Reasearch'

Over 325 particpants from around the world are gathering in Seattle Washington to share, discuss, and critique research in Massage Therapy. Somatic Explorations is very proud to be able to sponsor and support this incredible event.