Fascial Fitness


Fascial Fitness

“Fascial Fitness” is an umbrella term for working with the myofascial system. ‘Myo’ pertains to muscle, and ‘fascia’ is the connective tissue that provides structure and support for much of the body. Fascial anatomy is a newer science, pioneered by Tom Myers/Anatomy Trains and Dr. Robert Schleif and others. Fascia used to be the tissue thrown away during a dissection so they could study the muscles and bones. Now we know that fascia provides a tensional force transmission network throughout the body. It should be springy and resilient, but gets gummy and stuck due to injuries, posture, repetitive motions and the like. Creating pliable, hydrated fascia can be achieved via massage and other bodywork, specific types of movement, and self administered myofascial release techniques.

Self-Administered Myofascial Release

For me, discovering myofascial release (MFR) has been transformative. The technique is basically self-administered massage using a variety of tools such as balls, foam rollers, or hands. Often, a few minutes of myofascial release can make the pain go away, or at least significantly decrease it. It’s not a replacement for a trained professional’s hands, but it can stretch out the time between appointments. There’s a good description on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myofascial_release

Opportunities to learn about Myofascial Release & Fascial Movement

I often incorporate MFR into my retreats, and offer workshops teaching you how to roll out your tensions with tennis balls, super balls and foam rollers. The style I teach is not the Melt Method (a specific form of MFR), although I like it and have taken many workshops and classes in that form. Fascial Movement are specific use of larger, softer balls, where you use the balls to bounce and massage to hydrate the tissues.

You can contact me about a workshop or set up a private session to learn these helpful, pain relieving techniques.