These vessels that we inhabit, our bodies, are walking pressure gauges; sensitive barometers tuned into our environments....receiving information gleaned by our nerves, and communicated to our nervous systems...which help direct our responses and choices...

Did you know that fascia, the connective tissue that may be considered the "packing material" of the body, is highly innervated? 

It's so much more than packing material. It's the substance that binds each muscle fiber into it's form, and connects fiber to fiber, forming unique muscles; it connects the muscles to each other, to skin, to bone...it's the three-dimensional fabric that criss-crosses throughout our bodies--dense but not; flexible and strong, yet delicate...Living in a liquid matrix, the "ground subtance" that facilitates fluid motion...

When observed in detail, I was reminded of the importance of hydration. Our tissues require water to move. 

"Fasciae were traditionally thought of as passive structures that transmit mechanical tension generated by muscular activities or external forces throughout the body. An important function of muscle fasciae is to reduce friction of muscular force. In doing so, fasciae provide a supportive and movable wrapping for nerves and blood vessels as they pass through and between muscles.[13] Fascial tissues are frequently innervated by sensory nerve endings. These include myelinated as well as unmyelinated nerves. Based on this a proprioceptivenociceptive as well as interoceptive function of fascia has been postulated.[14] Fascial tissues - particularly those with tendinous or aponeurotic properties - are also able to store and release elastic potential energy." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascia)


The fact that this all pervasive connective tissue is innervated--containing nerves that transmit information to the central nervous system--is relatively new information. It's just been within the past two decades that the knowledge has disseminated through the medical and bodywork fields. Surgical medicine/technology has progressed, in part, with the aim to reduce unnecessary trauma to the fascia.

"Deep Tissue" massage has become extremely popular, which is unfortunate: it unnecessarily tears through fascia; and it conditions individuals to believe that if their massage doesn't hurt, they're not getting their $'s worth. Or that it has to hurt to be effective.

When addressing injuries, deep cross-fiber friction may be needed; but it won't be applied for more than two minutes to any one spot, and that's in 20-second increments. The rest of the body doesn't require the same approach.

The Fascial Network is in an integral part of our pressure gauges. It senses atmospheric and environmental pressure, and transmits messages to the nervous system, which may then engage muscles, and/or release neuro-chemicals for distribution (that engage specific "programs," that result in various physiological reactions).

The Fascial Network must be respected.

When we address the fascia, we address the body globally, vs locally.  And to work with fascia, we have to work gently.

Unless there is an injury or scar tissue, tension in the body is a neurological response to the data that it is interpreting through the nerves that communicate information to the central nervous system.

If we want to relieve tension, then we need to remind the nervous system that is safe, so that it disengages the alert response. 

To remind the nervous system that it is safe, we must approach the body gently...then it softens, and allows us to easily find the adhesions that form from years of repetitive movement and emotional posturing, so that we can address the places that need it...more through prolonged compression, rather than digging in. Prolonged compression gently reminds the body that the area needs attention, and resources are directed to that area of the vessel, for self-repair.

The result is a relaxed body, without fascial recoil; and minimal damage to fascia, which results in less scar tissue, which results in greater mobility to the entire structure.

When a fabric is torn, and mended, it shortens. When it is torn and mended repeatedly, the fabric continues to shorten, and pulls on the surrounding fabric.

Let's avoid that.

My job is to help my clients' bodies remember.

I am a facilitator of wellness: helping reset their nervous system with nurturing touch, and gently bringing attention to the areas that need repair.

I don't do the repairing--they do. 

These vessels that we live in are amazing, self-repairing wonders. There's just a lot going on, as we navigate through life...we only have the bandwidth for so much, and depending on our conditioning, we may not even know how deeply in need our vessels are of service.

I am grateful that my job is to provide that service: to support others along our voyage through life.

It supports me to support you; it is a wellness partnership.

Howdy, partner!