Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater
By engaging with the fascia, holding it, and moving WITH it at a slow and steady pace, the tissues can soften, melt and unwind back into their ideal location and motility. The body knows how to get back to it's place of comfort and homeostasis. My hands palpate for the fascial restrictions, hold them, and feel how the tissue wants, and needs to shift in order to create a more harmonious, and open feeling in the body.
Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When one experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery, or just habitual poor posture, and repetitive stress injuries has cumulative effects on the body. Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.