Fascia is a 3 dimensional web of connective tissue that surrounds and connects everything in your body. It is the extracellular matrix, the glue that holds us together. It is all the space in between, literally surrounding and connecting every cell in your body. All of your muscles, nerves, arteries, veins, tendons etc pass through this web.
This fascial network needs to be mobile and dynamic and FLUID. Everything in the body (everything in life really) needs to flow. Energy, oxygen, blood, nutrients, toxins, tendons, ligaments, muscles etc. need to be able to move and flow. When we have injury or inflammation in an area it can lead to restriction and adhesions in this fascial web. This impedes the flow of whatever happens to be in that area. For example, if the fascia is tight and restricted surrounding the nerves and arteries of your low back this can lead to decreased circulation and increased pain in that area by tightening down, constricting around the arteries and nerves.
When one part of this web is tight, it pulls and places too much tension on other parts. This uneven pull in the system is what can lead to tightness, pain, and injury. For instance, lets' say you did too many push ups at the gym or sat for WAY to many hours slumped over your keyboard, and end up with increased tightness in your neck and shoulders. That tightness is now putting increased tension throughout your entire system, but for this particular example, especially down into your low back. So the next day when you bend down to pick up the heavy box off the floor, you have all this extra tension through your low back- increasing the risk of injury or strain.
It's like if you were trying to pull the garden hose around the side of the house- but it's caught on a chair.
In order for all the elements essential to our health and well-being to literally FLOW around our body, this fascial system needs to remain mobile and dynamic.
What impedes the flow in this tissue?
Posture, alignment, and space are incredibly important to the state of our system.
Awareness in an OPEN FOCUS, a wide angle lens. it's blurry and soft, it sees the whole picture.
Attention is focused, sharp and pinpoint.
It's the difference between being outside at night and being aware of all of your surroundings (the noises in the distance, the grass under your feet, the breeze on your face. Then you turn on the flashlight, and you shine a focused spotlight on a small area in the grass- this is now where your attention goes.
In this lifetime we will have a lot of relationships, a lot of people will come and go. However, there is ONE person (being) that has been there from the first breath we took and will be there until the last one we ever take on this earth- and that is OURSELVES. That relationship, that partnership, that being is the most important ally that we have in this lifetime. Without it being whole and well we cannot relate, love, create, or experience to our fullest potential. We need to take responsibility for the well-being of that being.
Part of the path to optimal fascial health and wellness, is the necessity of becoming the observer.