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What is Fascial Fitness?
And What Can It Do For me?
Through my training as a massage therapist and Pilates teacher, I have had the privilege of meeting some influential people in movement work. Tom Myers, the author of anatomy trains and Daniela Meinl, CEO and Managing Director of Fascial Fitness Germany.
I am continually fascinated with and how the current research shows our fascia connects with our total health and movement. This makes so much sense to incorporate fascial training into both my massage and pilates work.
It is my belief that movement is key to good health. As soon as we lose the ability to move smoothly without constraints our wellbeing is challenged. Our tissue and joints can be moved in massage or we can be moved in exercise.
Incorporating Facial fitness training ideas into pilates makes sense as we work on:
• Connective tissue
• Tensegrity structures
All my classes follow the fascial fitness and pilates principles along with the research, sprinkled with added humour.
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Fascia ( “connective tissue”) is the material that runs through our entire body, enveloping our organs and giving us form and structure.
If you slice open an orange, you can see the fine web of white fibres that gives the fruit its shape and holds the juice and flesh in place in the tiny sacs. Fascia plays a similar role in the human body. “What many people don’t know is that because of its many sensors for movement, position, tension, pressure and pain, fascia is our largest sensory organ, covering more area than our skin,”
It plays a major role in our body, our perception, our mobility, our sense of well-being and in the prevention of injuries.
Fascia training can be a separate part of your normal training, but it doesn’t have to be. If you already have a regular weekly workout plan, I would recommend integrating more fascia-focused exercises into your existing routine.
For those who have to sit a lot at work, here’s a good tip: Throughout the day, raise your arms above your head and bend and stretch as you do in the morning when you wake up. This produces a pleasant tension in your body. Of course, another great possibility for in between is to roll out your lower arms, neck and soles of your feet with a ball or a foam roller. If you are interested in having a more long-term positive impact on your fascia, you should do fascia-focused training 2-3 times per week.