Fascia is a three dimensional web of connective tissue that covers and connects every single organ, every muscle, every nerve, and tiny muscle fibre.
It fits like a giant body hugging ‘T’ shirt over your whole body from the top of your head to the tip of your toes, and criss-crosses back and forth, through and back over again.
Every bit of you is encased in is protected by fascia, connected by fascia and kept in shape by the fascia. The fascia net is a single connected network in which the spine, muscles and bones float.
Fascia in its healthy state is smooth, supple and elastic; the layers slide and glide, easily over each other. It is this that allows the body to move and stretch to its full length in any direction. Problems occur due to lack of activity, injury, poor posture and stress. These cause fascia restriction which pulls the fascia into different patterns resulting in pain, discomfort and body misalignment.
The fascia responds best through either direct manual therapy or fascial movement. Move it or lose it – is the truth!
The spiral pattern is imprinted in all life: and every part of the human body carries the same pattern through the fascial system, which connects the entire body in a seamless web of spiral movement. The body needs spiral movements to create permanent change.
For too long we have been led to believe that old and decline are inevitable. My advice is to change this mindset NOW! Of course, as we age there are some physical and psychological changes that take place but these can be helped with regular exercise and lifestyle changes. These are the only youth- giving benefits needed to take us into middle -age and beyond. So, please do something for your body every day.
It does not matter what type of exercise you do, provided you are active.What is important is to find an activity that challenges you and is fun.
For too long the medical profession has dominated treatment of lower back pain which can result in surgery and the use of prescriptive drugs. At last things are changing with doctors and hospitals now questioning the benefits and looking for other alternative ways that are effective; including offering exercise on prescription.
The Feldenkrais Method is not a name commonly known, but awareness of this is changing. It is a form of somatic education developed by Dr Moshe Feldenkrais. It uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve posture and efficiency of movement.