In November, I took part in a fascia release seminar with Gabriella Poli, an experienced Shiatsu Practitioner, teacher and one of the founders of the European Shiatsu Society. It was impressive and I learnt new techniques which compliments very well with Shiatsu, in realizing releases of old and recent injuries and traumas. It was a comprehensive group of 28 experienced Shiatsu Practitioners from the UK, Sweden, Portugal, France, Greece and Italy.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a general term for connective tissue. It is also called “extracellular matrix”. Fascia is a band or sheet that spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web from head to toe. It covers all structures of our body: it separates, supports, connects and protects. Energetically, fascia is crucial as it is deeply connected and interwoven within our denser structures: bones, muscles, ligaments and organs. Fascia records all physical, emotional and mental activity. Energy that connects with trauma that has not been resolved gets trapped in the fascia tissue. Fascia influences the energy flow in the meridians.
Have a look at this youtube clip ‘Fascia magnified 25 x’.
Fascia restriction causes pain, contractions, limitations in the range of motion, dysfunction of organs and body systems and misalignment of body structures.
Fascia reacts to stress and trauma by contracting to protect the body. Collagen fibers thicken in order to provide additional support to the tissue that is undergoing stress. Because fascia is a unique sheath and an interconnected web, restriction of fascia in one part of the body will transfer, through time, into other parts of the body itself.
In order to release fascia I use no pressure techniques, but instead a light touch. As we do not use pressure, we can therefore treat clients with:
Fascia releases are performed all over the body, depending on where the restriction is located. Fascia release allows the return of denser structures to their normal physiological adaptive range, relieving pain and improving the quantity and quality of motion and function.