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Why is it that when a child falls, they bounce right up and when Grandma falls it is well... more of a thud?

Why is it that when babies are born they can't hold up their head or support their body but after time, they can support their head, roll over onto all fours, then stand and then walk?

fasciaFascia is a thin netted layer of tissue that surrounds our muscles, nerves, arteries, veins and organs.  It runs in many, many layers.  It is webbed and moves three dimensionally.  Fascia is what connects muscles and transfers force from one muscle to the next creating coordinated movement.  Muscle without fascia is just hamburger. 

When we are born, our fascia is very supple, loose and highly hydrated.  As we move through our days as little ones, the fascia takes on more form or tensegrity, allowing us to access muscle and be able to support our head, lift our limbs and eventually roll over, crawl and walk.  Fascia is elastic allowing us to move but also to stabilize.

In the case of stiffness, feeling tight or loss of mobility, the fascia has become too tense with a loss of hydration and starts to pull on our body.  Too much tension in our fascia not only creates feelings of tightness, it can cause other pain such as headaches, sore back, shoulders, hips and feet. 

fascia 2When we move, we hydrate the fascia and start to feel looser, more mobile, younger, stand taller.  Movement is like water to fascia.  Consider a sponge, when it is wet we can move it, twist it, wash with it. It is supple and won't break apart.  

When we get injured or don't move much in our daily life, fascia forms adhesions.  Similar to a scar on your skin, only inside your body.  Movement and breath help to break down the adhesions and hydrate the fascia.  In the case of these adhesions and tension, a specific technique is found to be most effective.  Our classes are based on this technique:
1. breath work to strengthen the diaphragm and reduce the heart rate
2. slow, three dimensional movements
3. a system of sustained holds with breath, flossing of the fascia around the joints and then core stability  
Utilizing Suspension Straps, our Fascial Conditioning program will focus on the these elements. 

Watch this video on Fascia to learn more about it, then sign up for a class this month.

- A release of tension or tightness (light in your body)
- Relaxed
- Strong and stable (hello core!)
- Aches and pains reduced or gone
All this equates to an overall feeling of well-being, better sleep, elevated mood, better posture, less pain and more energy.

Are you ready to increase your tolerance for pleasure?  Then this class is for you!  Register today.