About Fascia Research
Welcome to an exciting new field in musculoskeletal therapy: the fascinating world of Fascia.
What is Fascia?
Robert Shleip PhD and Director of the Fascia Research Project at Ulm university, Germany describes it as follows: -
‘ Fascia forms a continuous tensional network throughout the human body, covering and connecting every single organ, every muscle and even every nerve or tiny muscle fiber. After several decades of severe neglect, this ubiquitous tissue has transformed from the ‘Cinderella of orthopedic science’ into an almost super star position in medical research. ..
‘Fascia is one of our richest sensory organs, it is, for sure, the most important organ for proprioception and for our sense of embodiment’
Through this web page and blog I would like to bring some of this research to a wider audience.
I have had the privilege of meeting Robert Schleip at Ulm University in 2010. He is part of a key group who are bringing new Fascia research to the attention of the world.
I have also studied with Joanne Avison and been on workshops with Tom Myers, the author of Anatomy Trains
This research is not hidden or restricted. It is all available on the WEB if you know to look for it.
I hope to bring the research to life, relate it to Pilates and share the real life experiences observed in my studio. I am not a scientist, or a medical professional, the research is all referenced and if you want to know more please go to the published article, my comments and observations are personal and should not be publically quoted without permission.
When I think of Fascia I have these key words in my mind:
- Connective tissue
- Tensegrity structures
The best way to understand Fascia as connective tissue is to see it. Until recent times connective tissue could only be seen when the skin is removed. Modern technology, ultrasound machines and smaller cameras, which can move beneath the skin, means we can now see fascia move and react to movement. View this u-tube video to see fascia:
I have a deep connection with all structures and tensegrity structures have to be the most beautiful. Studying fascia has brought together two of the most fascinating and important aspects of my world, buildings/structures and the body. Together they create the potential for easy, Movement
It is my deep felt belief that movement is key to good health. As soon as we loose the ability to move smoothly without constraints our wellbeing is challenged. We can be moved as in a massage or we can move as in exercise.
Research is revealing that fascia is an important sensory organ and when we move the fascia moves as part of the bodies’ tensegrity structure. Research is also revealing that commonly held ideas about how we move our bodies has to be revised to include the action of fascial connections.
- Is the health of our body dependant on the health of our fascia?
- How do we keep the fascia healthy?
These are questions that I want to explore, I’d like to thank all my clients who visit the studio or come to my classes, for being part of this experience. I hope that by being party to my passion for fascia that their fascia is healthy.