What is Fascia?
Fascia is made up of dense bundles of collagen and looks like cling film. It wraps around all muscles, organs, bones, nerves and blood vessels. This offers support and reduces friction allowing different structures to glide over each other. In health the fascia is well hydrated allowing smooth movement. If it’s affected by injury more layers of cling film develop causing shortening and thickening causing reduced movement.
Fascia release is a set of techniques that gives this cling film a work out, stretching and smoothing it so your body works at its optimum level. Movement and stretching are good ways to keep the fascia healthy and supple. Yoga can be a very effective way of achieving this. Each posture works to target the energy channels in the body. Working in a similar way to gentle massage, accupuncture and accupressure. It also does wonders to relieve stress from the mind and body. When fascia is damaged or blocked the energy no longer flows freely. In yoga we target these energy channels allowing energy to flow.
Ways to improve your Fascia
- Move frequently
- Take a walk during your lunch break, stand up, walk around when you are on the phone- get off the bus a stop earlier. Even fidgeting while sat down helps.
- Get a massage
- Fascia restrictions can lead to pain and dysfunction. Release of these dysfunctions should lead to a return in function.
Yoga is a fantastic way of achieving this. Gliding slowly into a stretch, holding it for a few minutes and gliding slowly out is fascia stretching. The Sun salutation is an example of a good exercise to do every morning to keep the fascia in shape. It takes about 2-5 minutes.
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