FASCIA

 

"Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing, there is a field, I will meet you there"Rumi

 

 

 

 

The fascia is essentially made up of collagen and elastin fibres bound together to form a variety of tissues. Together these tissues form a tensional matrix that contains every part of us.

Fascia includes tendinous sheets (aponeurosis) and chords (tendons), connecting webs and the boundaries that distinguish one part from another. It includes various types of tissues with different densities. It has been suggested that the entire body is made up of variations on this tissue theme: that bone is a calcified form of fascia at its thickest, hardest and most compressed, while cartilage comes next, with high hyaline content, then ligament, then tendon, then myofascia containing numerous muscle fibres.

It is the main building material in our bodies, varying in thickness and density, extending even to the softest and most delicate of membranes, such as eardrums.

Fascia provides structural and fuctional continuity between the body's hard and soft tissues.

It is a ubiquitous elastic-plastic sensory component that surrounds, supports, separates, connects, divides, wraps and gives both shape and fuctionality to the rest of the body, while allowing gliding, sliding motions, as well as playing an important role in transmitting mechanical forces between stuctures.

The fascia architecture has not geometric regularity, no linearity that is why the fascia needs not linear movements but movements on multiple planes.

The twisting, compression and expansion of the visceral fascia helps release tension and blockages in the fascia. It is like a sponge and it acts like a sponge. If our sponge is wet and soaked full of water, then it becomes very flexible and springy.

Therefore drinking lot’s of water is very important.

Loading, stretching or compressing will inevitably squeeze water from sponge-like connective tissues. Once that is done, it maybe replaced with fresh fluid from surrounding tissue and the localvascular network.

Long-term and regular use of dynamic stretching, correctly performed,can positively influence the architecture of the connective tissue, in that it becomes more elastic.

Stretching is not about lengthening but creating actually, mobility to the different layers of fascia.

We just need to move and roll our body.

The elasticity of the fascial elements reduces the work needed from active muscle fibers, which leads to a decrease in energy expenditure.

Fatigue is counterproductive for the fascia that's why the workout should stop before the point of fatigue.

The fascia web, rich of nerve endings, can be seen as our largest sensory organ.

Fascia is developing as the basis of our sixth, very important sense: the one that tells us where we are relative to our environment and ourselves at any point in time.

This is known as Proprioception=proprio(one's own or self)+perception.

It is a sensory feedback signaling system; it speaks the instictive language of movement.

In yoga it is essentially the sensing of everypart of us, in any given pose, relative to every other part and the mat.

Self-appropriate practice is one which our proprioceptive sense guides us to congruency=find our own kind of yoga that speaks the language of our own essential body dialect, written in its fascial form

    "Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing, there is a field, I will meet you there"Rumi

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