What is Fascia? Where is it found in the body?
Fascia is a web-like connective tissue that connects and encompasses every cell, organ and muscle. Some like to think of it as a soft skeleton.
Why is Fascia important? Why does it matter?
Fascia literally holds us together and gives us our shape. But it does even more than that…
Our Fascial system begins to develop at about 2 weeks gestation. It becomes the scaffolding upon which other structures grow.
Fascia is a complex communication system; it receives and transmits information to facilitate body awareness/movement of the body.
It has the ability to adapt and adjust to strain or stretch.
Fascia plays an active part in wound healing.
How does Fascia tie in with Pilates?
Fascia is not only connective tissue (like a super-cool silver spiderman suit) but is also responsible for detecting and relaying information to the central nervous system about the position of your body and it’s movements.
Pilates ‘develops not only the muscles of the body, suppleness of the limbs, and functioning of vital organs and endocrine glands; it also clarifies the mind and develops the will.’ – PILATES’ Return to Life Through Contrology.
How do you do Merrithew Fascial Movement?
In the studio I use small equipment including Fitness Circles, Mini Stability Balls, Spiky Balls, Foam Rollers and Resistance Bands to help you improve your body movement and awareness.
We use four styles of movement named Fascial Movement Variables:
The Bounce Variable
The Sense Variable
The Expand Variable
The Hydrate Variable
I will go into more detail in future blogs but the best way you can understand these is by attending a Pilates or Barre class with me as I include elements of this training in all of my classes.
To learn more about my Pilates classes in Danbury, Essex: https://www.greenroomhealth.co.uk/pilates-classes/
To learn more about my Barre classes in Danbury, Essex: https://www.greenroomhealth.co.uk/barre-classes/
How can I work on this from home?
If you can’t regularly get to class then an easy way to incorporate some fascial movement/release into your home or work life is to roll a tennis or spiky ball underfoot.
Many people are aware of the foam roller nowadays. There are soft and hard rollers available. Go mindfully at home as you can end up with bruising if you use a hard roller too enthusiastically!
Using both spiky balls and foam rollers can sometimes be uncomfortable but if you start gently you should find you feel the benefit.