Fascial Manipulation

Domain: Mind / Body | Mechanics

Fascial mobilization works with chronic restrictions in the body’s fascial system.  Fascia imparts the body with tensional integrity and involuntary adaptability.  It is a communicator, a place of exchange.  Compensatory and conductive. Trauma, repetitive use, inflammation or even simple daily movements create holding patterns in the fascia that can result in tension, pressure, pain, pull, decreased range of motion, poor circulation and the forming of compensatory movement/holding patterns.  The goal is the teach you and your body new, more efficient ways of finding and maintaining structural support.

Fascia has been widely under appreciated and misunderstood but has recently become an exciting frontier in anatomy, physical medicine, somatics and rehabilitative science.  A formal research community started coming together leading up to the 2007 1st International Fascial Research Congress at Harvard Medical School.  It was just in 2015 that the International Association of Anatomists newly categorized fascia as a system of the body (just like your muscular system, skeletal system, digestive system, nervous system, etc.).  Prior to that it was just thought of vaguely as ‘connective tissue.’

The many decades of interest and experiential inquiry prior to 2007 left us with many confusing and competing schools of thought, protocols and techniques for working with fascia.  The good news is that an international collaborative study revealed that they are all more alike than different.  Fascia is a system of the body that can be worked with via a variety of techniques.   These include bodywork, massage, stretching, movement, trigger point props, stability props and biofeedback tools.


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