Fascia – What Is It?
Ever heard of this thing called FASCIA
& wondered what the hell it is?!
Here is the down-low on what it is & why it’s important: Fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, & separates muscles & other internal organs.
Fascia is classified by 3 layers:
▪️ Superficial Fascia
▪️ Visceral Fascia
▪️ Deep Fascia
Like ligaments & tendons, fascia is made up of fibrous connective tissue containing closely packed bundles of collagen fibers. Fascia is consequently flexible & able to resist great forces. Fascia differs to ligaments & tendons in their location & function: Ligaments join one bone to another bone, tendons join muscle to bone, & fascia surrounds muscles & other structures such as you’re internal organs.
Simply put, fascia is a clingfilm-like substance that wraps around all our muscles & organs, offering support & reducing friction during everyday movement. ‘Myofascial release’ is a set of techniques that aim to give this clingfilm a workout, stretching & smoothing it so your body works at its optimum level.
Quite often Myofascial Release can help with reducing/relieving the pain completely from injuries relating to muscle & joint pain – but of course, each case & the factors involved are completely unique & individual. The results I have witnessed & endured myself are incredibly remarkable. Have you experienced it before?
Curious as to how you can release your fascia?
Try these yoga poses:
Downward Facing Dog – Superficial Back Line
Camel Pose – Superficial Front Line
Extended Side Angle Pose – Lateral Line
Single-leg Revolved Belly Pose – Spiral Line
If this intrigues you… & you think you should find out more, then you probably should!