What are Fascia?
Fascia – Can it be trained? And why is this important? The answer is yes and here is why!
Fascia in its commonly used plural form is actually incorrect. This is due in part to the fact that the body has only one fascia. This one fascia makes up a large pervasive network found within and around the body. Some parts of the fascial network function as tendons and bands; other parts of the fascial network surround muscles, bones and organs; and some parts of the network can serve as buffer zones and storage depots.
The fascial network itself is a living organ. It contains nerves and metabolic processes and houses a substantial portion of the body’s immune system. The fascia is also fully furnished with receptors responsible for bodily awareness.
Nature has bestowed us with a body well capable of surviving a variety of conditions. This is done with the help of the fascial network, which helps the body assess reoccurring postures and movements, viewing these postures and movements as vital for life.
Fascial fibers are able to seamlessly adapt their shape to whatever demand is at hand. The fibers are intertwined, separated, pulled and compressed. In other words, fascial fibers are in constant change as they adapt continuously to the present moment. This means that the body does not differentiate between the importance of sitting bent over in front of a computer and the performance-intensive task of working out. Both actions are held as significant by the body, an important fact.
⇒ Fascial Components
Fascial tissue contains a large amount of collagen and elastin fibers. Collagen fibers are responsible for stability and elasticity. Elastin fibers ensure graceful movement and flexibility. However, the difference between the two lies in their respective relationship to one another.
⇒ Stabile Flexibility: Both firm and elastic like a rubber band
• Pervasive tissue network found within and around the body: enveloping, connecting, stabilizing and shaping. The fascial network surrounds organs and bones, keeping the body’s posture upright and ensuring that the body’s vital organs remain safe and secure.
⇒ Sixth Sense: the body’s most comprehensive sensory organ
• Able to perceive feelings and pain via our body’s receptors. Main recipient of movement . A component of the body’s emotional expression.
⇒ Protective Provider: prevents bodily injury
• Improve the immune system due to their ability to house scavenger cells and create a barrier against pathogens. Part of the metabolism and accelerate regeneration via builder-cells (Fibroblast).