For the Love of Fascia, Part 2

Last week, I wrote a deeper introduction to fascia and how it is the context in which we move.

So, how do we keep our fascia healthy? How do we maintain this idea of tensegrity and balance between our “cables?” Before we even address mobility, the most important key to healthy fascia is movement itself. Kelly Starrett loves to say “motion is lotion,” which is applicable to our joints and muscles as well, but the fascia specifically organizes itself through movement. Fascia appreciates chaos in that it thrives when we vary the vectors. Not only will it stay healthiest with movement, but different and unexpected movement seems to be optimal. The other main key to healthy fascia is to keep it hydrated. This is done with varied movement, too (motion is lotion!), but here is where foam rolling comes in. Tom Myers describes foam rolling like squeezing a sponge so that water can enter back in easier. Foam rolling compresses fascia allowing new water to flow in. However, according to Myers foam rolling only needs to be done for a few minutes. Other fascia experts, John Barnes for example, state you cannot achieve true fascial release without spending at least 3-5 min in one, precise area. Myers concedes that rolling for long periods of time (more than 15 min on entire body) does have value in deepening our overall body awareness, but for hydrating the fascia we don’t need more than 10-15 min total.

The last thing I want to write about regarding fascia is this more esoteric idea that is starting to come to light though it is difficult to scientifically prove: the idea that fascia is the consciousness of our body.  This is taking the whole mind/body to a more real level. Our muscles and bones and joints are not how the body “thinks.” They are value tools needed to move , but the fascia with its free-flow and intuitive form holds consciousness suggesting that our whole consciousness doesn’t just stem from the brain. Some of you have heard — maybe from yoga teachers or body workers — that emotion can be stored in the body causing restriction. Fascia theories are deepening behind this suggestion that emotional trauma that is not dealt with has to go somewhere and that somewhere is in your fascia. I know plenty of clients who have had an emotional response to deep tissue work without being able to explain why. Even Tom Myers who typically focuses on the clear-cut anatomy of fascia said that though he doesn’t know how to prove it, he believes that the fascia absolutely holds emotion and unresolved trauma.

Anyway, all very interesting food for thought. Again, I am fascinated and amazed by how brilliant the human body is.

Wednesday’s Workout

4 RFQR (30s:30s)
Inverted rows
Hurdle hops
RKB Swings (24/16)
Row for cal

Front squat
8-8-8-8-(8) (By feel)

Front squat
5-5-5-5-(5) (By feel, HEAVY!)

Thursday’s Workout
Mental Toughness

21 Deadlifts (225/155)
400m Run
5 Rounds of “Cindy”*
15 Deadlifts
400m Run
5 Rounds of “Cindy”
9 Deadlifts
400m Run
5 rounds of “Cindy”
–35min Cap–

*Round of “Cindy”:
5 Kipping Pullups
10 Pushups
15 Squats

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