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LICENSING SHARING,AND CONNECTING, This ebook is free and does not contain any affiliate links It grew from a post. that first appeared here on Breaking Muscle I am grateful to Breaking Muscle. for posting my work but mostly I am grateful to them for creating a site where. people can speak about athleticism in a such a thoughtful way. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution. NonCommercial NoDerivs 3 0 Unported License To view a copy of this. license visit http creativecommons org licenses by nc nd 3 0 deed en US. That means you can share and utilize it as long as you don t edit it give me. credit as the author and keep it free, Created by Brooke Thomas for Fascia Freedom Fighters and Liberated Body. Are you a body nerd or someone who is navigating how to live more. happily in their body Come hang out with us,http www fasciafreedomfighters com blog. https www facebook com fasciafreedomfighters,https twitter com brookethomas. TABLE OF CONTENTS,Acknowledgements,About this ebook.
1 Meet fascia,2 It s all connected,3 How we actually move. 4 A masterpiece of tensegrity architecture,5 The domino effect. 6 A fluid tensegrity system,7 Its springiness wants to help you out. 8 Variation matters,9 The original information superhighway. 10 Loving your fascia,In closing,For practitioners and teachers.
References,About the Author,ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, I am neither a fascial researcher nor am I a brilliant fascial mind I just happen. to be a fascia nated I swear I m only going to do that at maximum twice. student of this tissue system, That said I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the fascial researchers who. are leading the charge into what I believe is the unfolding of a completely new. way of understanding the human body Without them I am a ship without a sail. In this book I have cited the research and work of Katy Bowman Thomas. Findley Robert Schleip Frederick Grinnell Jean Claude Guimberteau Helene. Langevin Stephen Levin Ross Pope Guido Meert Jere Mitchell Robert. Schmidt Jaap C van der Wal Erik Dalton Thomas Myers James Oschman. and Donald Ingber, There are of course many others who are doing exceptional work in the field. Perhaps most notably Gil Hedley who has managed to change what the verb. to dissect means entirely, I have also been fortunate to cross paths with a number of brilliant minds. over nearly two decades now who have each in their own way awakened and. continue to stoke my passion for this tissue system In particular I am thankful. to Joe Wheatley Patrick Ellinwood Jan Sultan Michael Salveson Jonathan. FitzGordon Jill Miller and Sue Hitzmann, And while she was gone before I had a chance to study with her directly the.
work of Dr Ida P Rolf continues to shape my life profoundly. I humbly and gratefully bow to all of you,ABOUT THIS EBOOK. This should by no means be considered the last word on fascia or any kind of. exhaustive work on the subject This is for a couple of reasons. First fascial research is a very new field and as such new information is coming. to light all the time So this book is more like a glimpse of reporting from the. front lines rather than a set in stone definitive text. Second this ebook came to be because I wrote a blog post on Breaking. Muscle The Top 5 Ways Fascia Matters to Athletes and as I sent it in for. publication I wondered if anyone else would care about a long ish article on a. tissue system that has until recently been considered a lowly packing material. I was surprised and delighted to discover that I am far from the only one. who is excited about the wonderful world of fascia I had many teachers and. practitioners of all stripes getting in touch to ask if they could print out the. article to use it as a teaching aid with their students clients patients This gave. me the idea to adapt and expand upon the article in this handy free ebook. format so that people could easily do just that, So while this ebook is more in depth than the original article it is adapted. from that and is very much in the vein of a blog post short sweet and. informal This is more like an incredibly brief primer on fascia that is intended. for a wide audience rather than the book on fascia As such yes there will be. parts of the fascia conversation that are missing from this ebook If you want. the book in my opinion you would do well to grab a copy of Fascia The Tensional. Network of the Human Body by Schleip Findley Chaitow and Huijing. WHY FASCIA MATTERS, Lastly this ebook is free and available for download under a Creative. Commons license for more information on how it is licensed see the licensing. page that precedes this I wrote it to make some basics of fascial information. easily available so that teachers and practitioners and just plain old interested. laypeople can use this information and spread it as easily as possible So please. feel free to download it share it print it out use it as a micro textbook or. what have you Let s liberate some bodies and minds. MEET FASCIA, You may be noticing that the word fascia is a hot topic right now in many. body related fields so before we get to why fascia matters here is a brief. primer about why it s getting so much attention these days. Many have thought of fascia as a glorified body stocking a seamless piece. of tissue that Saran Wraps you just underneath the skin While this is true. of the superficial fascia it s important to understand that it is a richly multi. dimensional tissue that forms your internal soft tissue architecture. In fact fascia has been defined as all of the soft fibrous connective tissues that. permeate the human body Findley and Schleip 2007 1 These tissues come in a. wide range of densities on a broad spectrum from cotton candy to a leather strap. From the superficial body stocking fascia it dives deep and forms the. pods called fascicles that actually create your musculature like a honeycomb. from the inside out Imagine what it looks like when you bite into a wedge of. orange and then look at those individually wrapped pods of juice we re like. that too It also connects muscle to bone tendons are considered a part of the. fascial system and bone to bone ligaments are also considered a part of the. fascial system slings your organ structures cushions your vertebrae yep your. discs are considered a part of this system too and wraps your bones. So imagine for a moment that you could remove every part of you that is. not fascia You would have a perfect 3D model of exactly what you look like. Not just in recognizable ways like your posture or facial features but also the. position of your liver and the zig zig your clavicle takes from that break you. WHY FASCIA MATTERS, had as a kid how your colon wraps etc To say it s everywhere is far from over.
stating things, In fact it turns out that its everywhere ness is one of the reasons it was. overlooked for so long Until recently it was basically viewed as the packing. peanuts of soft tissue Therefore in dissections for study and for research most. of it was cleanly scraped away and thrown in a bucket so that the cadavers. could be tidily made to resemble the anatomical texts people were studying. from Poor misunderstood and underrated fascia Sigh. Fortunately research is catching up to what turns out to be a remarkably. communicative sensory and proprioceptive tissue And what fascia researchers. are discovering is pretty amazing not just for fascia nerds like me but for. anyone who wants to put their body to good healthy use So without further. ado here is some of the newly emerging information about fascia and how it. matters to everyone who lives in a body, 1 There is plenty of debate in the fascia research community about how to define the boundaries of this. tissue system which when you consider that its function is to connect things makes perfect sense For the. purposes of this ebook I will be using Findley and Schleip s definition which was proposed as a basis for the. first Fascia Research Congress,IT S ALL CONNECTED, Let s say for example that you are in your kitchen and your leg is in your. bedroom This is an example of not being connected You may also notice that. it s an example of a potential plotline for Dexter Something has gone horribly. wrong in this scenario, Ok ok so we were not dropped on our heads as children and we get it that. our parts aren t detachable But the problem comes when we think of them as. attachable Because of the way we all learn and study anatomy whether the. extent of your studying was singing the hip bone s connected to the thigh. bone song in preschool or something more extensive we tend to conceive of. human bodies as attached by magical soft tissue versions of tape. In anatomy speak we describe all muscles as having an origin and an insertion. So for example the gastrocnemius muscle our most superficial calf muscle. originates on the lateral and medial condyles of the femur and inserts on the. calcaneus via the achilles tendon This way of describing the location of the. gastrocnemius makes it sound like it is taped or stapled to be attached at its. origin and insertion points like it s this separate thing that gets stuck onto. other separate things, It is convenient to think of ourselves as mechanical systems that get made by.
attaching parts but we are not machines we are living organisms There is no. point at which a human being gets assembled We develop A pregnant woman. does not need to set time aside to remember to attach the fetus s lungs Because. the fetus develops as a unified organism,WHY FASCIA MATTERS. Back to the gastrocnemius description Rather than talking about its. attachment points a more clear and true to human anatomy description. would be that the gastrocnemius becomes the achilles tendon by weaving more. densely until muscle becomes tendon which then becomes the calcaneus. heel bone by weaving more densely until tendon becomes bone No muscle. attaches to the skeleton anywhere in the body It only transitions into the bone. via fascia, I am not just trying to belabor anatomy semantics This is important because. it gives us a handier understanding of how you just plain can t have something. happen to one part of your body and not have it affect every other part of. your body albeit in varying degrees of intensity In other words there are no. local problems Oschman 2012, Often in the fascia geek worlds we ll use the example of wearing a tightly. knit sweater If you tug on one end of that sweater you see the tug travel. long distance to other ends of the sweater Or to put it in clearer and in my. opinion mind blowing terms the fascia is the one system that connects to. every aspect of human physiology Langevin 2006 I feel like shouting that. from the rooftops That s pretty remarkable This system tithes in to literally. everything that makes us human at both the macro and micro levels. HOW WE ACTUALLY MOVE, Just as there are no local problems there are also no local movements We are. taught to view individual muscles as the things the move our skeleton And. while they clearly participate in that a large portion of that tensional force is. transmitted via fascial sheets which because they are our connectors affect. not only the local joint but also regions farther away It is less like a simplistic. lever or pulley than it is like a complex network of sheets and bags as what. covers our organs that transition into one another and orchestrate globally to. create a body movement, Or consider that muscles which are presented as tangible and discreet things.
in anatomy textbooks are not really a whole As in the central nervous. system does not activate a muscle as one whole thing The functional units of. the motor system are the so called motor units of which we have several million. in our body Much like a school of fish that have learned to swim together. depending on the quality of the sensory feedback these millions of motor. units can be individually regulated Schleip 2003, I love Robert Schleip s way of seeing the motor units of a muscle as a school. of fish It helps us to see things on a more nuanced scale Your triceps for. example are not really such a set in stone solid thing They are more like. this school of fish that has decided to swim in a way that creates triceps ish. movements in that location But if you ve looked at enough human bodies. it becomes clear that it really isn t a tricep is a tricep is a tricep Sure your. triceps are not going to flex your knee unless Dr Frankenstein got ahold of. you but on a more refined level we understand that how we move i e which. motor units are firing is as important as what we move. WHY FASCIA MATTERS, To put it another way our central nervous system views us as having one. system wide muscle which has different actions depending on what motor. units are firing Sure we ve managed to catalog those actions as resulting from. around 640 discrete structures but they just plain old aren t as distinct as we. tend to describe them If you ve dissected a human cadaver you know that. it takes a scalpel to ferret out the separations between things You don t just. remove the skin and see everything laid out in a shiny red muscle topography. of individual structures,A MASTERPIECE,OF TENSEGRITY. ARCHITECTURE,Speaking of no local problems and no local. me the idea to adapt and expand upon the article in this handy free ebook format so that people could easily do just that So while this ebook is more in depth than the original article it is adapted from that and is very much in the vein of a blog post short sweet and informal This is more like an incredibly brief primer on fascia that is

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