+ What is Fascia?..
It is like memory foam in that it changes shape and length depending on the harmony or stresses the body experiences.
It is the network of tissue made from collagen and the protein Elastin that supports, protects and hydrates the structures that it surrounds and permeates.
It is the primary substance we are made of and is the energetic highway within our bodies transporting water and energetic information.
What does Water have to do with ease in the body?..
Important in it’s role of protecting the cell from all environmental instabilities such as variation in temperature, radiation and mechanical pressure, water also supplies all cells in the body with necessary nutrients, electrolytes, oxygen and hormones.
It is also the way that toxins and waste metabolites leave the body.
Dehydration occurs when a person chooses to frequently drink sodas, alcohol and coffee. Special attention on ones electrolyte balance is needed when engaging in regular exercise, when out in dry, hot weather or when the body is out of balance and experiencing diarrhea, vomiting or fever.
Electrolyte intake and increasing your Total Body Antioxidant Capacity through nutrient supplementation are great choices to enjoy a body that is well hydrated.
+ Fascial Hydration and Alignment..
Since Fascia responds to stresses, be they related to physical impact or injury or whether they are due to repetitive stresses (physically, emotionally etc..), the fascia contracts to protect you. It does so extremely effectively given that it has 7,000 lbs per square inch tensile strength!
Take a moment to think back to the positions your body and mind were in when you experienced an injury. This is the position that you would have contracted in in the moment of the fight or flight response creating a lock down or position of injury fascially.
The effect this has on the rest of the systems of our bodies is potentially one of restriction of the healthy functioning of organs and a type of resistance against easy muscle contraction as the muscles have to not only do the movement you are asking of them but with the added resistance of fascial tension.
The techniques I use for unwinding and releasing the fascia are CranioSacral Therapy and C.O.A.T. – a Course of Applied Tensegrity.