Fascia and myofascial release are becoming common terms. But are they worth paying attention to? Let us take a deeper look at what fascia is and how fascia can affect your body. We will also delve into the field of manual therapy called myofascial release. We will look at the goals of myofascial release and how they differ from other therapies.
What is Fascia:
Fascia is one type of connective tissue in your body. Fascia is not unique to human beings. All animals possess fascia. Fascia organizes cells, tissues, and in turn an entire body. Fascia runs from head-to-toe weaving every muscle, bone and organ together. Your fascia is the organ of structure. Its framework is both protective and supportive. Their is no beginning or end to your fascia system, which is arranged in layers throughout the body.
In a healthy body the fascia can glide and deform with ease. This allows for easy flexible movement without restriction. Fascia also creates stability by reenforcing joints and load bearing cha...
Structural Integration (SI) is a technique for reordering the body to bring its major segments — head, shoulders, thorax, pelvis and legs — toward a vertical alignment. Generally speaking, the Rolfing process lengthens the body, approaching an ideal in which the left and right sides of the body arc more nearly balanced and in which the pelvis approaches horizontal, permitting the weight of the trunk to fall directly over the pelvis; the head rides above the spine, the spine curves are shallow, and the legs connect vertically to support the bottom of the pelvis.
MAN DEALS WITH GRAVITY in a way different from other animals. Rather than planting himself firmly on four or more supports, he has swung himself up on a narrow, unstable two-point base; he is less secure but more dynamic, more flexible, with two of his limbs free for an active and mobile contact with his world. The tightrope walker presents this image of balance and lightness in ourselves, a delicate adaptability to the forces ac...
Nature offers an opportunity to rest in the present moment free from distractions. Nature is always creating, sustaining, and renewing - without cause or need. Nature can be found inside your home, on your doorstep, and within your heart. The next time you need anything, rest for a moment in nature and see what happens.
I have just completed my first three day water fast! Here are the details. For three days (~80 hrs) I ate no solid food. I did allow myself one cup of black coffee each day, and the first day I drank a cup of chai. I drank over a half gallon of high quality water per day. At no point during the fast was I starving. In fact humans can survive for weeks without food.
Food allergies and sensitivities are chronic in our modern culture and the gut takes on much of this burden. When we fast the digestive system gets to take a break from assimilating food and is allowed to heal. When we fast the body generates energy through ketosis, which means we are burning fat held in tissue and organ deposits instead of sugars from the liver. Reduced caloric intake has been demonstrated to increase life span. Fasting can also help to rebalance intestinal flora and fauna, which has an impact on how we feel via the gut brain.
During the fast I stayed active, working, bike riding, and exercisin...