Fascia 101 - Part 2

by Thomas Myers |  Date Released : 15 Sep 2006

  • Introduction
  • Myofascia in stretching
  • Muscles – elastic
  • Fascia – plastic
  • Muscles like cotton candy
  • Fascia is like a net – muscles like the fish in the net
  • Muscles don’t attach to bone. Fascia attaches
  • What is the state and tone of the fascia?
  • What is the state and tone of the muscle?
  • What is the state and tone of the neurology of the brain?
  • Forward bend example – questions 1, 2 or 3 will limit movement at some point
  • Normally we reach muscle limit before fascial limit
  • Hyper mobility – reaching the fascia length
  • Chinese bamboo finger puzzle – fascia around the muscle
  • Common areas of locked fascia, muscle and nerves
  • Myofascia stretching – go slow. Responds to INTERNAL heat
  • Exercise heats tissue up – allowing fascia to loosen up
  • Looking at long/weak muscles, fascia is still locked (locked long, not short)
  • Long muscles and trigger points
  • Challenge of activating lengthened muscles
  • More difficult to build strength into lengthened muscles than to open up shortened muscles
  • Working with insertion points of chronically lengthened muscles
  • Back example
  • Body worker vs. physical trainer approach
  • Stretching – is this muscle being held too long or too short? Both are taxing
  • Once we open fascia, keep it moving – 2-3 times per week
  • Healing broken bones with fascia “scaffolding”
  • Self myofascial release and foam rollers
  • Holding the scapula onto the back
  • V. Janda cross extensor reflex research
  • 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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