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What is fascia?Fascia is the body's single largest organ and the only system that touches every other system, so it forms a body-wide network (or spiderweb) binding us together to provide support and protection to our muscles and bones. It's a whole body communicating network. The (myo)fascia from one muscle then connects with the fascia from other muscles, and forms a network of connective tissue that integrates from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. It is said there are over 650 different muscles in the human body, all are wrapped in fascia. Like bones, fascia bands are composed primarily of collagen which gives them a tough but pliable texture. The fascial system maintains a balance of tension and elasticity which allows for smooth, unrestricted movement of each muscle group while holding everything in place. If the fascia is restricted then muscle contraction is restricted. Since there is one singular piece of this stretchy, mesh-like substance interweaving through muscles and organs from head to toe like shrink-wrap, distress in one area can affect movement and create symptoms elsewhere. This answers the question as to why our shoulder begins to hurt after a sore ankle has been bothering us, or any one of a number of scenarios where stress from one area causes tension in another part of the body. The body might be composed of different parts, but they are all connected through this mysterious organic glove-like web of fascia. Fascia is in constant change, dynamic, because it is responding to messages from the internal and external receptors, and plays a vital role in the transportation, repair, adaption and defence of our tissues. Lack of activity will cement the once-supple fibers into place. Chronic stress causes the fibers to thicken in an attempt to protect the underlying muscle. Poor posture and lack of flexibility and repetitive movements pull the fascia into ingrained patterns. Additionally, when you keep your fascia relaxed and unknotted, you’re allowing blood to flow as it should. This will lead to faster recovery from exercise and injury.
What is your cancellation policy?All cancellations require 24 hours notice or the full session fee may be charged. If you have an illness or injury etc please contact me so a decision can be made about rescheduling.
What might unhealthy fascia feel like?Headaches and Migraines Trigger Points, Muscle pain and spasms Poor digestion Chronic back, neck and jaw pain Muscles weaknesses and/or tightness Recurring/Chronic injuries and illnesses Sciatica and Pelvic Asymmetry Insomnia "Brain Fog" Carpal Tunnel Breathing Difficulties Sensations such as numbness and pins and needles Poor posture and reduced flexibility Whiplash Just to name a few..
What to expect during a session?A normal session lasts 90 mins. We will start the session by reviewing your concerns and possible goals. Information about previous accidents, operations, scars etc are important to know so please try to remember them and be prepared before a session. Even small falls etc. can have long lasting affects on our bodies tissues. This is followed by an assessment of your body (on that day - remember the fascia is constantly adjusting) through a postural assessment, palpation, and movement. Throughout the session I will be manipulating the fascia with my fingertips, thumbs, knuckles and elbows working with the different layers of muscle and fascia. As well as moving your limbs and joints. In some cases it may also be necessary to ask you to engage certain muscles whilst I am working with you. Expect also to be asked to step off the table a few times during a session so that we can check our progress. We finish with homework for the next session. Remember my goal is for you to live pain free.
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