Fascia: the new buzzword amongst movement experts
Fascia is the new buzzword amongst yogi’s and movement experts.
So, why are people so interested in it?
Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains, explains that fascia is essential for movement. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds all organs, muscles and nerves in the body. New understanding of the body has evolved the principle that muscles are connected to tendons which are then connected to bone.
Research has proven that fascia connects muscles to muscles so it is important to understand this when looking at movement.
“Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together, the connective tissue network” – Tom Myers
It is important for us pole dancers to consider fascia when working on our flexibility.
How does fascia contribute to flexibility?
There could be a number of things hindering you from improving your flexibility. The most common is tightness in the muscles which we are pretty well educated as an industry about how to stretch. You may also have an infringed or inflamed nerve so nerve flossing might be beneficial. Another area of concern is the fascia which is probably the least understood.
Yin Yoga is based on the principle that your fascia requires at least 120 seconds of continued pressure to exhibit change so the practice involves holding stretches for longer than usual to also enable you to relax in to the stretch.
Yogi’s also explain the all-round wellness that fascia release can bring to the mind and body as it can leave you feeling light, floaty and free.
‘Myofascial release’ is another technique that aims to workout, stretch and smooth your fascia so your body works at its optimum level. Most commonly this is where you use a tennis ball and your bodyweight to work the fascia.
Put down the foam roller and get out the tennis ball for a much deeper release and let us know how you get on!