So What is Fascia Anyway?

Chances are that if you have taken my yoga class or come to my Roll+Restore workshop, you have use rubber balls (Bodymind Ballwork) and/or a foam roller to do a self-massage techniques AND you have also heard me talk about fascia, myofascia or connective tissue.  So what is it anyway?


Fascia in a simplified way  is a thin layer of connective tissue that encases your body under your skin. Your myofascia (muscular tissue) forms a system of continuous, three-dimensional, body-suit-like tension that gives your body its shape. This system spreads without interruption through the entire body. It actually wraps itself around every muscle, joint, and organ. WOW emoji here, please.

Fascia, as experts argue, is the organ of form. Fascia tissue holds patterns of physical and/or emotional tension that if unchecked, or through accidents, becomes injuries (physical or emotional!).   These injuries and/or scared tissue cause the layers of fascia to tighten and stick together creating restriction and muscular pain. So for example when you have a stiff low back, often it isn’t damage to the muscle that is causing the pain, but a hardening or thickening of the fascia around the sacrum/lumbar region.  

I recently learned that fascia can also store toxins (ama if you follow Ayurveda), interestingly these toxins, often are the product of our emotional baggage- ugh!  

The good news is that fascia is being medically recognized for its importance in maintaining a healthy, fit, toned, calm, and aligned body (Ayurveda, without calling it fascia, was on this case 5 thousands years ago, just saying).  Through myofascial release techniques we can relax muscles and break “injuries" and/or release “toxins.” Releasing the stored tension in the fascia allows for cellular memories to be forgiven, relaxing your mind and allowing the body to enjoy better flexibility. Therein my obsession with the ballwork and foam roller. Feeling great is a catalyst towards SatChitAnanada!

Posted on August 21, 2015 and filed under wellness, Yoga, Ballwork.