Fascia 101 - Part 3

by Thomas Myers |  Date Released : 02 Nov 2006

  • Introduction
  • What happens to fascia when you start stretching?
  • Made by the cell but exists outside of cellular space
  • Like the shell of a snail
  • Forward head posture ramifications on fascia
  • Neck muscle in constant contraction to keep head on the body
  • Muscle degrades – fascia increases
  • Getting the head back on the body
  • Pushing head forward – many causes. Breath, posture, trauma, vision…
  • Find where the body is short
  • Open the front and train the back. Up the front and down the back
  • Scaler muscles often very involved
  • Opening the body to emotional change
  • Freud, etc… Focused on the body to create change – lost in modern psychology
  • Early vital societies knew the importance of physical body to whole being vitality
  • First hospital in Greece had a gym and a theatre
  • Psychological binding is expressed in physical binding
  • Stretching of the fascia happens slowly. Asking to move too fast – risk tearing
  • Hold and move through movement slowly
  • Deep stretching at end of workout in order to change internal relationships in the body
  • 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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