Fabulous fascia

Fabulous fascia

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Fascia has become a hot topic in the health media. This excites me because the structural integration bodywork I do is all about influencing the fascial network in the horse’s body.

Wondering what fascia is, exactly? It’s the body’s network of fibrous connective tissue. You’ve seen it when you skin a chicken breast (the thin filmy layer between the skin and meat). Fascia used to be removed during dissection in order to see the “important stuff” – muscles, organs, nerves, arteries, etc. We now understand that fascia IS the important stuff because it forms a network that reaches everywhere in the body. If everything was removed from your body except fascia, you’d still see your unique shape. Fascia is what actually holds us up and together (not muscles and bones), so you can see why it’s so important to how we move and function.

What happens to fascia? Life happens. Trauma, over use, surgery, and gravity all play a part in limiting movement. If you think of the fascial net as a sweater all nice and stretchy, after a big snag happens, it’s not so flexible anymore. When we work the snag back into the body of the sweater, we have stretchy again. That is what structural integration bodywork is doing: restoring flexibility to the fascia.

Because fascia is living tissue, it can heal. This is why caring for fascia is so worthwhile for people and horses. All athletes benefit from good bodywork to keep the fascia humming. Research says varied movement, stretching, and bodywork keeps fascia healthy.

We know that our cars need regular maintenance to keep them running. We need to maintain our bodies and our horses’ bodies as well. The great benefit for us, since fascia is living tissue, with the right care, it will heal itself. Wish my car could do that too!

I encourage both you and your horse to receive bodywork to keep Moving in Balance.

Want to know more? Watch this excellent video, Strolling Under the Skin, and see fascia live and in action.

Photo borrowed from the inter webs

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By |2017-02-27T10:04:40-08:00September 20th, 2015|Bodywork, Equine Health, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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