From a 'fascial perspective', the remote connections across the body are important. Take a look at the following four myofascial / connective tissue chains. The source materials are from Tom Meyers 'Anatomy Trains, Myofascia Meridians'. The research points are a blend of Meyers philosophies, as well, Robert Schleip, a leading expert in the field of fascia research internationally.
These long chains extend over the length of the body. The blue in the pics is referring to the fascia, overtop the muscles and muscle groups. Being aware of these four most important lines will assist your workouts, yoga, pilates, sitting at a desk all day, and specifically, you fascia fitness.
The Superficial Back Line
- Runs from the feet to the back, neck, and head, up to the eyebrows
- Supports and protects the back
- Responsible for upright posture and for extending the torso upward and backward
The Superficial Front Line
- Runs from the toes to the pelvis, then up the belly to the neck and head
- Although it consists of two parts, in an upright position, it acts as a single link from top to bottom
- Function; to stabilize the upper body posture
- Allows movement and bending, as well, lifting and lowering the upper body
The Lateral Lines
- Run along each side of the body, and enclose both outer sides
- Begin on the outside of the foot, continuing around the outside of the ankle, pass further upward, and then, like a basket, weave up the sides of the body to the head
- Ensure balance between the front and back lines, and connect torso and legs
THE SPIRAL LINE
- Winds around the body, allows rotations and movements in opposite directions
- Encases the body lie a double helix
- Has an impact on our posture, maintains balance at all levels
- Ensures a precise forward directed course when walking
- Stabilizes the body
Fascial fitness is different from traditional muscle weight training (more to come). At minimum
10 minutes 2-3 times per week would be of benefit. You could also incorporate facial fitness into your regular workout / activities program.
The four training principles correspond to the four basic functions of fascia:
TRAINING : Stretch + Spring + Feel + Revive
FUNCTION : Shaping + Movement + Communication + Supply
When concentrating on the four training principles, you will stimulate the four basic functions.