Fascia – What is it ?

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Fascia – An Introduction

Lately, this wondrous tissue has fascinated me to the core: Fascia. A few decades ago, both the dance world and Western medicine became increasingly captivated by this intricate substance in our bodies. At that time, my ex-partner, a choreographer and Qi Gong teacher, was also deeply impressed. He gave lectures both domestically and internationally about a new way of thinking associated with understanding fascia.

In those days, I began to realize how important it is to understand what fascia is. This often overlooked, yet essential part of the body plays a crucial role in how we feel, move, and heal.

Fascia is like a spider web of elastic tissue that stretches throughout your entire body, a hidden hero that holds and connects everything in place. Imagine it as an internal guide for your muscles and organs, providing stability and flexibility, and even playing a key role in how we experience pain.

At Movement Matters, there is a belief that a deep understanding of fascia is the key to effective massage and long-term well-being. Are you ready to discover how taking care of fascia can not only enhance your massage experience but also transform your daily life? Let yourself be taken on a journey through the unseen but indispensable world of fascia and discover how this hidden structure greatly influences your well-being and health.

What is Fascia?

Fascia is a matrix or web-like tissue that runs throughout the entire body. It is essential for supporting and connecting all body structures, including nerves, muscles, organs, and glands. This matrix penetrates each of the 5000 structures in the body, making it an integral part of the body’s architecture.

Basic Functions of Fascia

Support and Protection: Fascia provides support and protection for the moving parts of the body. It helps maintain the structure and integrity of body parts.

Communication: The subcutaneous layer of fascia acts as a communication system within the body. This layer is highly elastic and works as a sort of shock absorber.

Sensory Perception: The deep fascia layer, rich in collagen and tensile strength, contains numerous receptors specialized in detecting various types of stimuli, making it the largest sensory organ in the human body.

Emotional Memory: Fascia has the capacity to store emotional experiences, indicating that it possesses an emotional memory. Massage therapist Nina from the former team often described this as “issues are in your tissues.”

Contraction and Stability: Fascia contains myofibroblasts, cells capable of contracting like muscles. This property is essential for ensuring stability in the body.

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