Chances are that if you have taken my yoga class or work with me using rubber balls (Bodymind Ballwork), you have heard me talk about fascia or myofascia. Fascia in a very simplified way is a thin layer of connective tissue that encases your body under your skin- think a body suit made of spanx - and actually wraps itself around every muscle, joint, and organ. If you’ve ever cut into a piece of raw chicken or steak and seen that thin, white, filmy layer, then you’ve seen fascia!
How I understand it, fascia is incredibly malleable and thin, it is also largely responsible for the shape or form of our bodies. It is the organ of form: fascia transmits mechanical tension generated by muscular activities and external forces throughout the body. It can thicken and harden when it is not used correctly. For example when you have a stiff low back, often it is not damage to the muscle that it causing it, but a hardening or thickening of the fascia around the sacrum/lumbar region. I recently learn that fascia can also store toxins, interestingly this toxins, according to experts, could be the product of our emotional baggage. The amazing thing is that fascia is only now being medically recognized for its importance in maintaining a healthy, fit, toned, calm, and aligned body.
These days, “myofascial release” has become a bit of a buzzword in the fitness and wellness communities. Medical science is finally catching on that fascia is a major player in every movement you make and every trauma you’ve experienced, making it largely responsible for giving form to the body.