Movement: Fascia and Function in Soft Tissue Therapy

The world of Soft Tissue Therapy has moved forward at a startling pace over the last decade with more and more people realising the virtue of its benefits.  With this appreciation of the modality comes a more educated and demanding client who wants more than just relaxation, they want tangible results.  Research and the techniques available are progressing at a rapid pace, meaning that we as therapists need to keep up to date with regard to these areas to ensure we are delivering effective treatments and real results for our clients. Continue reading Movement: Fascia and Function in Soft Tissue Therapy

Freeing Fascia: The Massage Connection

‘Fascia’, if you haven’t heard of it, take note as it is the big thing in ‘Soft Tissue’ these days.  What is this stuff dubbed ‘The Cinderella’ tissue by Dr Schleip and how does it impact how we treat clients as massage therapists?  In its simplest terms it is a web of collaginous fibres that hold everything in the body together so we act as one strong and co-ordinated unit, a single organ.  Fascia connects skin, veins, organs, nerves, muscles and bones together so we can move and function by distributing the stresses and strains across our body.  On that basis, if it is restricted or damaged its impact on the body can be vast.If that is the case then why has Fascia been ignored for so long?

One view is that since it differs from person to person in texture & quality it has been difficult to describe.  In addition it cannot be split easily into segments that we can name like muscles and bones (Dr. Schleip) which again has made it harder to document and study.   The good news is that technology has now improved to a level where Fascia can now be studied in more detail so research is catching up on proving why this tissue is so important and how it impacts the body.

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