Know Yourself

Have you noticed that something changed in the way we understand ourselves, suddenly everyone is talking about fascia. Knowledge of this inner world can evolve the way you stretch and how you hold your body in daily life, as you come to better understand the dynamics of your body. If you are curious to know more then please read on!

The Organ of Oneness

When we look at something so complicated and intricate as the human body there is too much to see so our minds tend to break things down into smaller, bite-size part. In doing so we create divisions that were not there before so our textbooks are full of separations that don’t exist in nature. 

Likewise since its beginnings the study of anatomy has divided the human body and organised things into inter-dependant systems; the nervous, digestive and circulatory systems for example. The musculoskeletal system provides support to the body and allows for movement, it is held together by connective tissue like tendons; which anchor muscles to bones, and ligaments; which connect bones to bones. 

There is more to the story than taught at school, fascia is also classified as a connective tissue. It is like a spiders web, which weaves its way around the body, touching everything, connecting all the parts, so in that sense we are one.

What is the Fascia?

It wraps around muscles, bones and organs, it connects everything and at the same time protects delicate tissue, in this sense the fascia supports adhesion. Yet we are not stationary figures, movement is dynamic, the bodily structures move internally and in relation to each other, slipping and sliding past each other, our bodies need stability but also elasticity. All the internal organs have a layer of fascia enveloping them, keeping them in place and helping them to move around inside you. 

The fascia also forms a web-like net just beneath the skin all around your body, this is the superficial and deep fascia, it has 10 times more sensory nerve endings than muscle, these keep the brain informed, reporting movement, position and load (the weight being supported by different areas). This somatosensory information is crucial to coordinate movement after all there are about 600 muscles and 206 bones in the human body, none of them move individually, everything is interconnected, when we run, walk and dance everything moves as one, even when we are standing or sitting the body adjusts to our posture.

What are Energy Lines?

The fascia is largely composed of the proteins collagen and elasticin, these form protein strands, which weave themselves into a mesh, if this all new to you, think of the white stringy bits in meat. The fibres of the fascia are a sinuous tissue containing ground substance (water); the fluids in our bodies distribute nutrients, contain mineral salts and also help to eliminate toxins the byproducts of metabolism. Collagen has been shown in experiments to be electrically conductive and it is well know that salt water is a good electrical conductor.

Ancient spiritual science identified “energy lines” running throughout the body different cultures gave them different names: nadis, meridians, sib sen, at the intersections we find the chakras & acupuncture points. Together they form a network, a structural energy system through which vital energy flows. Just as running water is clear but can turn stagnant and green when the flow is blocked when vital energy is blocked it can manifest as physical problems. Modern research as confirmed that there is a similarity, a convergence between the maps of the energy lines used in acupuncture in Chinese Medicine and the recently discovered myofascial meridians LINK

Upgrade Yourself 

What you do with your body today actually makes the body you will have tomorrow! Your daily actions, habits and movement (or lack of it) form a feedback loop within the fascia, which renews, rebuilds itself over a period of 6 months to a year. It is continually remodelling itself to best suit the demand placed on it. Your fascia is always trying to find the form and structure that is best suited to carry out your daily activities, unfortunately nowadays that resembles an office desk and chair
The fascia plays a large role in muscle memory, our sub-consciousness learns how to carry out daily activities without us having to think about what we are doing. The fascia remembers how to distribute forces along habitual lines of tension.
If we are immobilised following an injury, the tissues of the fascia will grow with uneven and crisscrossed patterns leaving a “scar”. The harmonic technique has been proven to activate tissue growth and promote the harmonisation fascia tissue.
Not just physical trauma affects us, a shock can also be emotional, a bad experience can leave an “emotional scar” in the fascia, a memory in the body.
Learn how to work through trauma on a physical level, recover from injury and unravel knots in your fascia. Either in person or online we can book in one on one training session to give you some practical self-care tips in self massage and movement methods.

Is a healthy mind

And a healthy mind is a healthy body, both are intimately connected, what you think you feel, and what you feel affects how you think, thus there is a feedback loop between mind & body.
A healthy fascia facilitates movement, allowing the parts of the body to move freely and unimpaired, yet it is all too easy if you work at a desk and spend a lot of time sitting that the fascia becomes stiff as it adapts to support the position, so try to keep moving, even when sitting you can rock your spine to the front and the back and round to each side. you can shake your hips and wiggle your toes, just because the mind is engaged in work does not mean that the body has to inactive and sleepy. Repetitive actions such as physical work, typing, even playing sports like golf can wear down the tissues, causing inflammation or tears in the fascia. If your joints to become inflamed they will feel tender and sore and take away the pleasure in the activities you enjoy. 
When the fascia becomes knotted, twisted or locked, a typical "modern solution" would be to “yoga is out” but stretching can actually make things worse, imagine a rope with a loose knot in it, what happens if you pull on both ends? First you must pick at it, push it, wriggle it and unravel the fibres before you can undo the knot.
Innersense offers you a unique programme combing body work with self-care training, to get you started and empower you to continue feeling better and better. 

Check in With Your Heart

As with all of the vital organs the heart is contained within protective sack of fascia, in this case the pericardium. It connects to the vertebrae of the lower neck, and sternum (chest bone) and also to the pleura (the lung fascia). So shallow breathing can result in neck pain, a forward head posture from looking at your mobile all day could produce tension in the heart. Everybody is unique, we all have our own issues, but one thing we have in common is that if we release tension in one part of the body it will have a positive affect the surrounding areas
I offer an holistic treatment programme of bodywork and movement, which promotes health and vitality.

The Sense of Being Touched

Just under our skin all around our body lie tiny sensors (mechanoreceptors) most are not actually in the skin or muscles but in the fascia. These provide somatosensory information by detecting pressure, stretch, friction and vibration. This is our sense of proprioception, it is the way that the body knows itself, its location, position and movement. The hands and face are particularly sensitive because they have many receptors, but they are also spread all around the body in the fascia giving us not only our sense of touch but also our sense of being touched.
I am currently working on an online course in self massage, anatomy and movement, though which we can develop our Innersense.