Fascia 101 - Part 1

by Thomas Myers |  Date Released : 15 May 2006

  • Introduction
  • Anatomy connects longitudinally in the body
  • Study with Ida Rolf and Feldenkreis
  • Hands on stretching of the sinew
  • Fascia – connective tissue around the body
  • 3-D spider web going through the entire body
  • Industry habit of isolation
  • Regional anatomy vs. longitudinal anatomy
  • Myofascial meridians – showing map of how strain moves through the body
  • Tracking the lines
  • Muscles being rubbed on make more noise than those that have closed up – but often not the ones that need it most
  • Often working on the muscles that feel the strain makes the condition worse
  • Posture vs. “Acture” – posture in action
  • Individual vs. universal posture efficiencies
  • Mesomorphs, endomorphs and ectomorphs
  • Universal efficiencies
  • Ligaments and myofascial hold body together
  • Muscles are not attached to the bone – only fascia web
  • No such thing as muscles as a separate entity in the body
  • The bicep begins at the thumb, connects through the ribs..
  • Fascial net evolution from single cell organism
  • Day 14 of gestation 3-D cobweb sprouts to keep growing cells together
  • Doesn’t matter what you do to it, there is only one muscle in the body
  • Muscles never work in isolation
  • Training the whole net vs. focusing on the specific condition
  • Lower back pain example – running the train through the groin down to the arch of the foot
  • Running trains down from the neck
  • Thinking of the front side of the spine
  • Using deep tissue work to release
  • Augmented by exercise – muscles and fascia open
  • Muscle work without tissue work – fascia can get glued together blocking movement
  • Conclusion

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Thomas Myers

About the author: Thomas Myers

Thomas Myers is a Rolfer and the author of Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians book and video series. Tom studied directly with Dr Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Buckminster Fuller and has practiced integrative bodywork in a variety of cultural and clinical settings for nearly 30 years. Former Chair of the Rolf Institute's Anatomy Faculty, Tom currently directs Kinesis, Inc, which runs a variety of courses, including professional certification in Structural Integration. Tom is a frequent contributor to trade magazines and journals. He lives, writes and sails on the coast of Maine.


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