The fascial system is a thin layer of tissue that surrounds and holds in place fibers, fluids, muscle, organs and bone. The fascial system is responsible for holding the body’s shape, and serves as part of the energetic and nervous systems communication channels.
Signs of Optimal Health & Wellness
The fascial system is operating at its best when:
Tissues are soft and flowing, and the body’s structures move with ease
Trauma is being processed in the brain, rather than in the body
Problems in the fascial system can be caused by physical damage, however, science also shows mental, emotional and energetic trauma have a direct impact on the fascial layer. Indicators include:
Soreness or tightness in the fascia and/or muscles
Thickening or hardening of the fascia
Decrease in height or change in posture
Evaluating one’s own movement, tightness and posture can be an important way to monitor fascial health. When indicators of decline are present, common practices include myofascial release, massage, unwinding, yoga, thumb rolling, acupuncture and pressure on trigger points. Increasing movement can help to loosen the fascia. In addition, applying direct pressure on sore or tight spots until they soften can often address issues in fascial system.
Apply pressure on tight or sore spots
Intervention services should be sought when there are tears or lacerations in the fascial system, and/or when self-care methods have had no impact on improvements. Interventions might include: