Fascial Connections for Resilient and Dynamic Posture

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
                                    Superficial Back Line  

                                    Superficial Back Line

 


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
Superficial Front Line

Superficial Front Line


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 Lateral Line

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
The Spiral Line

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.

 

Spatial Experience ~

Throughout your life, you take on shapes.  Combining your thoughts / feelings, with your posture(s) and movement patterns, you create numerous 'attitudes' that show up in body reshaping.

The best way to help you find this connection is through a physical communication, through touch, offering you a spatial experience to physically and emotionally, relax your held shape, thus creating space for freer movement and less discomfort.

Life, 'good' or 'bad', leaves us with held attitudes or posturing in our bodies.  Usually these areas will have a dense texture or lack of movement in the tissues involved.  The qualities of interpersonal touch (duration, location, action, intensity, and frequency) underlines the palpable nature of all manual therapy techniques.

Touch communicates. Touch heals. Touch inspires. Touch reveals. Touch connects.

Touch, our first line to spatial experience.

Along with touch, comes Fascial Fitness through simple movements . . . Stay turned for more on Fascial Fitness for better living.  

Be well.

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Fascia is the white tissue over the red, traditionally showing muscles. Recent research demands greater attention be given to fascia, for pain free movement.